Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Tuesday, 13 February 2018


January has been a very busy month for our grade 6 students! They have been working very hard researching and presenting their hard work. Students presented their MINESING Talks speeches, demonstrating impressive speaking and listening skills. Our school MINESING Talks competition held on Tuesday, February 6th at 11:30 am. was a huge success. Congratulations to Grace, Mason and Kieran, who represented our class in the competition. A special shout out to Mason for getting third place!

In science, we have completed our unit on biodiversity. As a culminating task, students have chosen a specific biome and have researched that biome. They examined lifeforms from the five kingdoms (animals, plants, protist, monera, and fungi), and also researched threats and protections to the biome. Students shared their research findings using Google Slides or another format of their choice. We were able to enjoy a variety of presentations on many different biomes, including freshwater, saltwater, wetlands, mangroves, grasslands, wetlands, tropical rainforest, and boreal forest. We have since moved on to SPACE!

In social studies, students have finished their inquiries for Strand A: Communities in Canada: Past and Present. Students studied a particular event in Canada’s history, examining the perspectives of the different groups involved. We learned about a variety of Canada’s past events, including, the Underground Railroad, the M.S. St. Louis, Japanese Internment Camps, Chinese Head Tax, Residential Schools, and many more. Once students examined the perspectives of the some of the groups involved, they then came up with a thoughtful inquiry question and answered this question based on their research. Some students have even expressed interest in participating in this year’s Heritage Fair that will take place at the Simcoe County Museum in the spring! This week we began Strand B in social studies, Canada’s Interactions with the Global Community.

In math, we are finishing up our unit on measurement. We have converted metric units and solved problems involving the perimeter and area of 2-D shapes, and solved problems involving volume and surface area of prisms. Next, we will move onto geometry. If is is possible, students should bring in a math set for angle construction.

On Wednesday, January 31st, we were lucky to invite “Artist Sean” to our class for a half day workshop on cartooning. He worked with our students, explaining the importance and popularity of cartooning and illustration in today’s art world. Students explored various ways to create their own character and then produced ‘buttons’ of these characters using a Artist Sean’s button machine. With Artist Sean’s workshop, students touched on various curriculum expectations:

Overall Expectations
-produce a two-dimensional work of art that communicates a range of ideas for specific purpose and to a specific audience, using a variety of familiar art tools, materials, and techniques
-identify the elements of design and the principles of design and use them appropriately
-explain the interpretation of variety of art works, with examples of how the elements and some of the principles of design are used in the work
-use correct vocabulary and art terminology

In addition, they touched on many specific art curriculum expectations in the categories of Knowledge of Elements, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. It was a fantastic day!

February also marks Valentine's day, Carnival and the beginning of the Winter Olympics. 

Please check your child's agenda and the remind app regularly for updates this month.

Yours in education,

Lianne Hodgins

Monday, 15 January 2018


Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a very happy and restful holiday!

Now that we are back at school, we are very busy learning and researching as we near the end of term one.

Please find below some information about what we are currently doing in each of the subject areas.


We have just begun our new unit on measurement and have also revisited some multiplication strategies. We have spent time working on converting between metric units, and solving problems involving metric conversions. Today, we moved on to perimeter and area. Students may wish to review their multiplication facts at home as this will help them greatly when converting units of measure, as well as calculating perimeter and area of 2-D shapes.


It’s that time of year again! We have begun thinking about speech topics. Similar to last year, Minesing is using the TED Talks format in our speeches. We have viewed some different TED Talks and have begun to talk about what makes a good speech topic. Students are asked to have chosen a topic by Monday, January 15th. There is an electronic copy available to them on the Google Classroom.



Social Studies

Throughout this term, we have examined the experiences of several cultural groups that have immigrated to Canada. To finish the unit, students will use their inquiry skills to examine a particular event that has happened in Canadian history and look at this event from the perspectives of at least two groups. The assignment is available electronically in the Google Classroom.



This is a very busy time for students as we near the end of the term. The timelines have been outlined very clearly for speeches and social studies.  Students will present their MINESING Talks Speech on either January 31, February 1 or February 2. The school speech competition will be in the library on Tuesday, February 6th at 11:30 am (see detailed timeline for more information).

Students will be provided with plenty of class time and teacher support to help complete their assignments. If they wish to work at home, they are welcome to, however, if they use their class time efficiently, this will not be necessary.

The beauty of having this blog and the Google Classroom is that students have access to their work even on snow days! 😊

Please contact me at any time if you have questions regarding any of the upcoming assignments or curriculum expectations.

Mrs. Hodgins 😊

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Komagatu Maru Debate

Ask your child what character they played today and what their position was? The students really enjoyed this activity and want to continue it next week!

Monday, 20 November 2017


Patterning Test and Class Update

It has been a very busy few weeks in our grade 6 class! It was great to have the opportunity to meet all of our wonderful grade 6 families last week to celebrate your successes and goal set for the upcoming months.

In math, we are finishing our patterning unit and will be having a test on Friday. You can find a practice test in the math section of this blog. We have been talking about repeating, growing, and shrinking patterns. We have also been building patterns with algebra tiles. This has allowed us to differentiate between the constant and the multiplier in the patterns we build. Students have been using the recursive pattern rule to extend the patterns they build, as well as use the explicit pattern rule to find any given term in a growing pattern.

In language, we have finished our class novel study on The City of Ember. Students have asked questions, made predictions, summarized, and visualized. They also used the Answer Sandwich model to respond to the text, using specific answers from the text to support their answers. As a culminating project that linked with our electricity unit in science, students created a model of The City of Ember, and wired it with series and parallel circuits to make it light up! Now we have moved on to our new class novel, Wonder.

We also finished writing and sharing our Halloween mystery stories, which were a lot of fun! The best part was sharing them in the circle on Halloween. Our next major writing assignment will be on descriptive writing. More information to come!

In science, we have wrapped up our electricity unit and have moved on to biodiversity. So far, we have talked about classifying life forms.

We have been super busy, and only 5 weeks to the winter break! As always, thank you for your continued support! 😊

Mrs. Hodgins

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