Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday Math Contest Frenzy!

Mrs. Seguin and I are so proud of the grade 6 students who participated in the holiday math contest at Sumdog.com. Our classes completed a combined 16 700 questions in one week! And if that isn't amazing enough, we had a few students who completed the maximum questions allowed - 1 000 questions! I can't wait to see what happens when the next contest comes out :)

French Review sites

Mme. Montemurri has shared fun practice sites for students to review verbs. These links are now found on our Symbaloo page for easy access by students. The French sites are pink and located on the bottom right of the Symbaloo Webmix.
Symbaloo Student Resources for 6Pike and 6Pierce/Seguin

Monday, December 9, 2013

Holiday Math Contest

Grade 6 students are competing in an online math contest at Sumdog.com. We are currently in 10th place in the world - competing against 4000 other students! Please encourage your child to participate as often as possible in the next two weeks to see if we can maintain our ranking. I wish homework had been like this when I was a kid!
Parents, you can sign up for a family account for your other children if you would like. Here is the link: Sumdog Parents

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

New Math resources for parents and students!

Mathies LogoThis website from the Ontario Association of Mathematics Educators has links to everything you could want to help your child with math at home. Please check out, Mathies.ca
If any of the sites need a username and password, please check your child's agenda. If you can't find what you need send me a note and I will get you the passwords you need.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Haiti Donations Picked Up!

Well, today was the big day...our clothing and shoe donations were picked up for delivery to people in Haiti. We were surprised that Jim Scott was able to attend so soon after having shoulder surgery. He brought his wife Heather, and friends Brianne and Matt, to help take all of the bags. We needed 3 pickup trucks to take away all of the donations! Watch our Smilebox interactive collage to see highlights of the day and find out how many items of clothing and pairs of shoes the kids collected :) Click play to watch and then click on individual photos to see them close up.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Important Thing About Graphs

We read The Important Book by Margaret Wise-Brown and then wrote our own poems about what is important about graphs. Come back Friday to see the finished products and to hear us reading our poems. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Lost Generation

Today we introduced our Literacy Unit on Perspective and Point of View with a youtube video. The video, Lost Generation is in two parts. Stop the video at 48 seconds and discuss what you think of the author's perspective on life. Then rewind and watch the whole thing from the beginning. Discuss how your perspective (and hers) changed as you watched!

Conducting Experiments

We conducted our first experiment in Science today. We are learning to use the Scientific Method to write about our experiments. Below is our first write up:

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Planes!

And the winner is...
The 6 Minions plane, The Ripper, with 40 points. 

Paper plane contest!

Tribes practice the four C's: cooperation, collaboration, communication and contributions of tribe members as they try to create the world's best paper airplane. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Graphing Mystery!

Students were getting creative trying to figure out what the 'Mystery Graph' might be showing. Students were given a blank graph and asked what story it might be telling.
Some of their ideas: heart rate, money spent, traveling elevations, fundraising for Haiti, traveling distances, Tune of music, migration patterns of ducks... You get the idea!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fantastic Flying Books!

We watched an award winning video short called, The Fantastic Flying books of Morris Lessmore. What connections can you make to this story?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Glogster Posters!

Some students chose to create their posters online using a new tool called Glogster. Check them out!

Remembrance Day

My grandfather and four of his brothers went to war. He is the one at the bottom left. So grateful that they all made it home safely. Remembering them, and others who gave their lives for our freedom.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Grade 1D Buddies

Dear parents of the students of 6pike,

Today we went down to one of the grade 1 classrooms and helped them with technology. One of their daily 5 activities is reading books online with various online book readers (tumblebooks, starfall, e.g.) . We had lots of fun! First, we helped them memorize their code and log in. Once their desktop loaded, we helped them get to the book readers and listened to an online book with our buddies! Once they get to know how to use the laptops very well, we hope to make an online little bird tales with them!

Written by,
Aidan & Angelo

Mathemagician TEDtalk

One of my favourite TED talks is by a math professor named Arthur Benjamin. He can do amazing math-magic tricks and I was lucky enough to see him live a couple of years ago at a math conference. He has a new talk about a special pattern called Fibonacci numbers that goes nicely with what we are learning about patterns right now. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Parent Toolkit

Hi Parents! I am sharing a resource from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) called the Parent's Toolkit. This site has supports for math from Kindergarten all the way through high school. If you want support with what math learning is like for children these days, here is a good place to start.

Parent's Toolkit

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Assembly was amazing!

I am so proud of our students! They have been engaged in a Social Studies Inquiry to learn about ways Canadians help other countries. After Mr. Jim Scott's presentation about Enable Haiti's efforts to help orphaned and disabled children, our students decided to help out by holding a clothing and shoe drive.Students created a slide show to educate the school about the needs in Haiti and then started the school off by placing the first 40 items of clothing in the collection boxes. Their goal is to collect 1000 articles of clothing and 500 pairs of shoes! Check back to read student posts about our progress toward these ambitious goals.
Slide show photos with Haitian children wearing clothes from Windsor Essex county. These clothes were delivered by Enable Haiti on their last trip. 

So grateful to parents who took the time to come out to the assembly.

Students in grade 6Pierce and 6Pike start off the clothing and shoe drive with the first donations.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

What We Learned

Dear families,

Welcome back to blog! Recently we have been asking questions about our chosen natural disaster. We started to make predictions and answers to the questions we made. We have been using the tablets and our own devices to research about our disasters. On November 1st our class will be collaborating with Mrs. Pierce's class to do a presentation about our disasters in front of Northwood School. Our classes will make speeches, posters , slideshows { Imovies }, etc.

In math class we started to learn about new AWESOME patterns. The patterns that we are learning right now are called Digital Roots. These patterns are made up by multiplying two digits like 8 x 4 = 32 then you add the 2 digits in the number 3 + 2 = 5 so then the 5 is your digital root if u keep continuing multiplying 2 digits and than adding the 2 digits u will come up with a AMAZING PATTERN! Try it out you will be Amazed! After we found out a lot of digital roots and patterns we started to make visuals to show the patterns with the SPECTACULUR COURTNEY! (Mrs Pike's daughter)

By : Ryan and Rodi on the behalf of 6Pike!

Thank you for taking your time to read our blog post!

         Dear families,

Welcome  back to our BLOG! We are the LAKERS writing this weeks blog post from  6 pike!!!
This week, we have been working  very ,very hard on our social studies with the 3 main focuses of Literacy:questioning ,predicting and answering! Soon we will be also hosting an assembly on October 30th,2013 where we will be presenting our full understanding  about Haiti and the Natural disaster in 2010 with a visual and oral presentation. In math we are starting a new unit all about patterns and how to identify patterns. 6 pike has arranged  our literacy block  to help us use our time affectively altogether. In Our French class we have been working on presenting about our self orally in French using Smart Notebook "Je me Presente".6Pike and 6Pierce are working on our fitness goals and attaining our Smart Goals and catching up on our Healthy eating goals too.

Sincerely , 
          The Lakers :)
    Come back next time to get a new update on your Childs learning from our class!!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Apple Crisp Baking with Early Years

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Technology of all kinds

Today in Social Studies, we had the choice to use iPads, Surface tablets or laptops. Baqer, Imaya and Angelo chose the laptop to do group writing of a letter to the Red Cross. 
Harkarn, Alex and Rodi are using the iPad to create a multimedia presentation about the 2009 Indonesia Earthquake. 

Fatima, Halima and Mazin are using the Surface tablet to look up songs on YouTube that they can rewrite to be a song about Hurricane Katrina. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Literacy Block

Students are becoming more independent during our literacy block. These pictures show students engaged in independent, partner and group tasks. Some tasks involve technology, some art and others Social Studies. 

The Recording Studio is a popular choice! Thanks, Maaheen for making our awesome sign!

Percy Jackson is a popular character in our class!

Grade one buddies

Dear Parents,

           Sartaj and Zacaria are writing on behalf of 6pike.Today we went to Mrs.Dadd's class to teach the grade ones about how to use the laptops. Under this post, you will see pictures of the students of 6pike teaching the grade one students how to properly use the laptops. We felt proud, because we taught them instead of being taught.


                              Zacaria and Sartaj on behalf of 6Pike. :)

Inquiry Buddies

Grade 6 students are good Knights! Teaching Miss Dadd's Grade one students how to use the laptops. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Haiti Presentation

We were honored to have Mr. Jim Scott, from Ground Effects and Enable Haiti, in to speak to us about Canadian relief efforts in Haiti. Students asked many, many thoughtful questions (Jim said our class holds the record for the most and best questions!). Watch for future posts from students about what they learned. 
Parents, please ask your child to tell you about how Canadians are helping victims of this natural disaster. 

Friday, October 4, 2013


Dear Families,

LAST WEEK, 6Pike and 6Pierce's class did a dance workout. We had a lot of fun ,we had a
visitor come over who's name is Cory, he can do lots of dances like, break dancing ,hip hop, he has also been in a show for to do dances .First, he taught us the moves of the dance step by step , and we
kept on practicing every single time . We were all doing the dances in lines of people, it was really exciting. Everyone was having a lot of fun and Cory was really happy from us.
After we were done practicing the dance, we did some cool down stretches with some of our favourite music  .Cory also showed us a big high ballet jump it was amazing! Then it was time for Cory to leave and we all had a class picture with him . Come back next week and see what Cory has in store for us!!!!


From: Urooj 6Pike

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Dear Families,

You are reading back from students of 6Pike! This week is: Pike’s 6 Collaborating Minions. (Week of September the 23th)


On Thursday, in Phys.Ed, we were excited meet a choreographer named Cory. Cory is a dancer who was in the show “So You Think You Can Dance”. He taught us cool moves and the secret about stretching (Breathing.) He helped us meet our goal by participating in activities and we were able to do the activities with-out being out of breath (that means we are fit) we are monitoring our fitness. Also on Thursday our teacher (Mrs. Pike) was not here to attend but and we missed her ALOT! 😢 On Friday we were expecting Mrs. Pike to be back, but she wasn’t. We enjoyed our day with another sub and we did our bio-poems about a special person in our life and we played silent-ball for DPA.




Pike’s 6 Collaborating Minions. 🌈✳✴✨

Mya, Fatima, Imaya, Jasmine, Bryan and Mohammed

Come back to see what were up to in 6Pike!
Dear families,
             On Thursday, September 26th 2013, in Physical Education, we were entered into a Dance Mania! Professional choreographer, Corey came to Northwood to teach the grade 6's how to dance! We had a blood-pumping, sweaty warm-up that we did to the beat of the song. After that... went straight to dancing! It was a quick step dance, that means you have to do the moves as quick as you can, but to the beat of the music, which in case the song was Safe and Sound by Capital Cities. We learned new moves which made the whole dance so enjoyable! We practiced the dance many times. So many times that people even collapsed, panting! It helped me reach one of my goals, because I think one of my goals were that I should dance and do active activities more! We hope Cory comes back to teach us more exciting Dance moves!!

Come back next week to see what else we are up to in 6Pike! :)

  By: Imaya In 6Pike, on behalf of the Pike's 6 Collaborating Minions! :)
Dear Parents ,
Today in gym class, with our 2 awesome grade 6 classes (6 Pike, 6 Pierce) and our very special guest .... Corey !!!  Corey had helped us improve on our way of stretching  and a mini lesson
on following our dreams and passions like he did with dancing. He gave a full 1 hour experience on dancing threw stretches and how it helps us. This class with Corey helped me and my peers to meet our SMART goals, by knowing not to give up and  how exercising will also help us monitor our own FITNESS level, with safety and active participation. I  hope Corey comes back again with a new dance experience!!!😉😊

By: Sarah 6 PIKE on behalf of THE LAKERS

Dancing with Corey!

 Welcome back to the blog!

A few weeks ago, We had Phys.Ed. It was AWESOME! We learned the secrets of stretching and the secret is to breathe. We did lots of new dance moves to songs and eventually we got pretty good. It helped us achieve our goals by doing dance moves that help us practice the 4 health related fitness components: muscular endurance, cardiorespiratory endurance, flexibility and muscular strength. The dance was so fun!! Come back next week to see videos of us dancing!

Written by: Ryan on the behalf of The 6 Smurfs!

                        Dancing With Corry

WOW! That work-out was spectacular we had an hour long dance work-out with Corry. We learned a whole routine step by step and learned some new moves! It helped us try to challenge our fitness level and understand how healthy we really are! THOSE 2$ WERE WORTH IT!

From: Maaheen

Behalf of 6 Minions ( Hanna Namanya Aidan Angelo and Yousef )

Monday, September 30, 2013

Welcome back to the blog!

Dear Families and Friends,

So far these two days, we have been working on comparing numbers in math and creating a title page explaining about Canada.We have also finished doing our activity stations in gym. In Social studies we are learning about natural disasters  and also we watched about Haiti's earthquake and lesson saves life's

We are learning about French Canadian  culture and making a title  page about it.We will have a test  tomorrow on numbers, days of the week, and months of the year.

On September the 20th, we got the new Surface RT tablets with the key board and they are awesome!!
We used them for alot of things such as Evernote. In Evernote, we all created a notebook to write in and send our homework to Mrs.Pike. Ask your child to login from home and show you their work.

In gym, we have finally finished our fitness journal. Every day 3 we did  gym with Mrs .Pierce's class and every day 5 we did it with our class. This week we had collected $2 from our classmates for gym because theres a professional trainer coming to Northwood for a work out and that will be happening on 09/26/13.

        The Despicable 6's (Doha,Urooj, Kagila, Hmaim,Baqer,Sobaan)

 (P.S) Come back next week and see what the Gru's 6 Collaborating Minions have to tell you.

                                                                                                                   Thank You.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Math Puzzles

Doing math puzzles like Ken Ken are good for problem solving, improving numeracy skills and having fun! Here is a link to the Ken Ken website where you can do puzzles online or print out paper copies. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Technology in Social Studies

Our new Surface RT tablets come in handy to research symbols of Canada.

Students also use their own devices to do research.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Dear families,
You are reading back from us: students of 6PIKE. Each Tribe is taking a turn writing our blog post, this week it is the 6 Minions.
This week we have been writing our own speed week sentences and have been learning about personal health. We have been starting to understand our 4 tribe agreement: Attentive Listening, Mutual Respect, Appreciations No Put-Downs, Right to pass, by creating posters amongst our tribes. We recently created our tribe names and posters. We have conducted an iSearch on famous mathematicians and scientists. In art we have drawn and learned about the 7 elements of design and 1 principle of design. We are applying what we learned to decorate our art portfolios. Come back at a later date to see photos!
In French we have done small quizzes on the days of the week (les jours) and the months of the year (les mois de l'annee) and have been preparing for our up-coming French test next week.
Come back next week and hear what’s up in 6PIKE!
Thank you for reading,
The 6 Minions Tribe

Maaheen, Aidan, Namanya, Yousef, Hanna and Angelo.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Wow, it was hot!

It was so hot on Thursday we had to take a break in the Cooling Station, aka the air conditioned gym!

Math Mania

We opened our math kit and shared what we know about using manipulatives to improve our learning. Students use the iPad and Apple TV to present their group work. 

What's happening so far?

We had a guest (my daughter Courtney) bring in photos of her Bearded Dragon. The students had lots of questions about what having a reptile pet is like. Maybe one day Marvel will be able to come for a visit himself!