Language Arts Homework: Assigned: Friday Sept 15, 2017. Due: Monday Sept. 18, 2017:
Social Studies: This week, students identified the position of Alberta relative to other parts of Canada by looking at its place in the world. Students said sentences like, "Alberta is west of Saskatchewan." "Saskatchewan is east of Alberta." "B.C. is west of Alberta." and so forth. Students learned about a graphic representation that can be seen on most maps called a compass rose. The compass rose shows cardinal directions and usually also shows intermediate directions. Two new terms for most students were latitude and elevation. Latitude is a measure of the distance north or south from the equator. Elevation is height measured from sea level. Both of these factors affect the climate and natural vegetation in Alberta. Students have begun studying about Alberta's six major natural regions:
In Humanities, students continued to work on refining and proofreading their acrostic and haiku poems. A new type of poetry was introduced called Diamante. The diamante poem is shaped like a diamond and its name means diamond in English. This type of poetry is seven lines long. 4E and 4C students wrote what is known as an antonym diamante. Here is an example:
Purring, Meowing, Scratching
Whiskers, Fur, Collar, Leash
Barking, Licking, Digging
Uploaded from: https://www.poetry4kids.com/lessons/how-to-write-a-diamante-poem/
When writing diamantes students had to think a great deal about their choice of words. It involved both creativity and trying to think about what part of speech was being used. A diamante begins with a noun and ends with a noun. Some lines involve using adjectives or -ing verbs. Diamantes do not use adverbs. In our class we wrote diamantes with antonyms or near antonyms like: day/night, sun/moon etc. Next week we will continue to work on improving our diamantes by adding details and thinking about the proper use of vocabulary. A homework assignment on proofreading/editing was given on Friday. It is attached as a file to the beginning of this blog update.