Reading and writing are an important means of communicating and learning. This week in Humanities, our focus was on extending knowledge by increasing vocabulary in subject areas and reading for enjoyment. Mr. Brewer began reading aloud the novel Superfudge by Judy Bloome during class.
Students showed enjoyment and appreciation during this listening activity. It also gave them the opportunity to reflect on the views and experiences of others. We had the chance to read self-selected books in class. Skills like listening, reading and viewing enable students to gather and verify information. In this manner, they identify areas for further inquiry or research and develop support for their opinions. In the coming weeks and months we will be using effective reading skills and strategies to construct meaning and develop thoughtful and critical interpretations of a variety of texts. A goal for Humanities is for students to explore, shape and clarify their thoughts, and communicate them to others through writing. On Friday of this week, students wrote a friendly letter to their parents/guardians. This letter will be done every month as a means of communicating about what students are learning in school. Through this final week of September, students wrote sentences using new vocabulary from Social Studies and Science.
One such term we studied in class was chinook. A chinook is a warm dry wind that blows down from the Rocky Mountains in the winter months. These winds affect Calgary and much of southern Alberta. They have been known to raise temperatures drastically within hours. Chinook winds blow down the Bow Valley and warm up Calgary frequently during the winter months. Students found out that a sure sign of a chinook is the sight of a bank of clouds to the west. The sight of a chinook arch is a sure sign that temperatures will go up and that when there is snow on the ground a lot of it might melt. Below is a picture of what the chinook arch looks like:
The homework assignment for this weekend is a reading about chinook winds. Students are encouraged to write or type their answers in full sentences:
Social Studies homework: Assigned: Sept. 29 Due: Oct. 2, 2017