Wednesday 25 December 2013

research project update

as salamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

In shaa Allah you’re all enjoying some time with your children this holiday.

Just a quick note to remind you about some important information for the Animal Research Project, and what I am hoping to see from the children.

1 - I want to see pictures and important information displayed on a poster.

2 - Information on the poster should be written or typed using the children’s own words whenever possible. ( /3 marks)

3 - I want to see pictures along with a brief physical description of the animal (/5 marks)

4 - I want to see information about the lifestyle, and country/environment that the animal lives in ( /5 Marks)

5 - Marks for bibliographic information, quality writing/creativity ( /2 Marks)



Please have the children bring any additional information they have collected with them to class after the break.

Deadline for bringing in the animal research poster is 
January 13 in shaa Allah.

jazakum Allahu khayran for your continued support and effort.

Tuesday 17 December 2013

Winter fundraiser for Syria

as salamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

In shaa Allah we will all soon be relaxing and enjoying winter break with our friends and families. Ameen!

Before we begin our break the school is trying to have a quick mini-fundraiser for the Syrian crisis.

The deadline to donate would be this Thursday, December 19, before the students go for the winter break.

The goal is to collect $35 per student, so everyone should encourage their students to bring this amount; however, whatever they can bring is acceptable.

May Allah SWT reward all of your intentions and kind acts of charity in shaa Allah. Ameen!

Saturday 14 December 2013

2 digit multiplication practice+math update

as salamu alaykum wa rahmatullah,

3B students are working further on their multiplication skills. On friday we did a timed test that required them to answer 100 random multiplication questions in 7-minutes. These types of speed drills are important in preparing them to be fast and accurate on the EQAO tests at the end of the year. As such we will be doing more in the coming terms.

The students have been building their measuring skills, converting between cm and mm, and calculating perimeter.

I am also having them brush up on a few more advanced multiplication concepts. knowing their timetables will help them advance to concepts like calculating area, division and converting other units (cm, m, L, mL, km).

Here is a link to information and activities about 2-digit multiplication:

In addition, click the link below to find a folder of pdf documents I would like the students to attempt over the next week.

Friday 13 December 2013

Dua'a of December

as salamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

here is the dua'a we have been practicing for December. My apologies for the late upload.

Saturday 7 December 2013

Math work due by Friday December 13

Measurement work

Please follow the link below to download a pdf sheet (with an answer key) that the students can use to practice changing centimetres into millimetres:

Decimal Addition

Students have copied a set of 6 questions into their math notebooks to complete.

We are learning to keep the decimal in the same position as it appears in the question for the answer.

ex.     3 . 2 cm
    +   5 . 4 cm
         8 . 6 cm

Perimeter Word Problem ($2)

I want to build a fence around my house. I know that it is 15 m from the road in front of my house to the end of my yard in the back. I also measured the width of my yard. It is 23.6 m to walk from the neighbours on my right to the neighbours on my left.

Draw my yard with the measurements of all 4 sides. Next, calculate the perimeter of my yard.

Length of sides (^  vertical) _____

Length of sides ( >  horizontal) _____

Perimeter ___________________

Friday 6 December 2013

French Update

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Assalamu Alaikum Dear Parents
Time is just flying by and we are already in December and the winter break is at our door.
So far we are working on our daily vocabulary, using it in sentences, questions and answers. Al Hamdulillah, students are gaining more confidence in speaking French in class.
We are working on our first story “Les Trois Petits Cochons” and we have started the reading comprehension activities related to the story “Choisis le bon mot” and “Mets les mots en ordre”.
·         The majority of students finished “Choisis le bon mot”
·         We are working on “Mets les mots en ordre”
·         Tuesday, December 10, we are having the 3rd French test : spelling, Choisis le bon mot, les mots en ordre.
·         The spelling list for Tuesday is:
1.       Le père
2.       La mere
3.       Le frère
4.       La soeur
5.       Le grand-père
6.       La grand mere
7.       La famille
8.       Voici ma famille
9.       J’aime beaucoup mon père et ma mère.
·         « Choisis le bon mot » and « Les mots en ordre » are related to the story and students are familiar with both activities as we are working on them each period.
Jazakum Allah Kheiran for your cooperation and your support.

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Amina Ould-brahim, OCT, Ph.D.
French teacher
Science coordinator

Wednesday 4 December 2013

as salamu alaykum,

just a quick update on what we have been working on in class.

Language/ Research skills

- Adjectives and descriptive writing.
- Elements of paragraphs and paragraph writing
- extracting facts from information texts
- bibliographies


- Measuring in centimeters
- calculating perimeter of shapes


- salatul jama'ah (prayer in congregation)
Message from Tr. Amal (arabic):

أولياء الأمور الكرام / السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

أنهينا الدروس الخاصة بفصلي الخريف والشتاء  , وتم مناقشة جمبع المهارات اللغوية والنحوية  وأسئلة الفهم والاستيعاب

وسيكون هناك اختبار شامل في هذين الدرسين يوم االثلاثاء القادم - إن شاء الله - الموافق 10/ 12 / 2013

ولان ابتدأنا بتدريس المحور الخاص بالأسرة ولقد أرسلت اليوم عع تلاميذنا الأعزاء ( القرص المضغوط ) للاستماع والتدرب على القراءة 

النموذجية من خلاله.

في هذا الفصل الدراسي  سيتم تدريب التلاميذ على كتابة فقرات ذات علاقة  بدروس المنهج

جزاكم الله خيرا

المدرسة  أمل

Sunday 1 December 2013

Research Project

as salamu alaykum wa rahmatullah,

The Grade 3B class is starting a research project this month! I have asked the students to go home this weekend and begin thinking about an animal or insect they don't know a lot about, which they can research.

I gave them a few preliminary questions to help them direct their research on their animal on Friday.

I mentioned to them that they should try going to the Public Library to find books on their animal (i.e. the research should not only be carried out on the internet). They will also be able to look for books in their library time at school. I also had a brief discussion with them about possible websites they may want to look at for information on their animal (e.g. wikipedia, national geographic, discovery, google, etc.).


- I have asked the students to copy information found in books by hand onto papers. [Students should try to summarize in their own words whenever possible]. Author and Titles should be written with summarized or copied information.

- Information from websites may be printed off or cut and pasted into word documents. Students should copy and paste the URL of websites they find information on whenever possible

- The students should collect their information in duo tangs that can be brought to and from class to monitor their progress, and to use the information in a variety of activities.

At the moment, I have just asked them to begin collecting information. All good research projects need a library of work to choose from.

The project will be ongoing and is expected to wrap up after the winter break. This allows the students plenty of time (including winter break) to become an expert on their chosen animal, it's habitat, etc.

JazakumAllahu khayran for your ongoing support and efforts!