Montreal is a beautiful city. Most people are bilingual and speak both French & English, although all of the street signs are in French. Here is a scene from the downtown area. A French delicacy I checked out was poutine, which is basically french fries covered with cheese and gravy. Actually, I am not a big fan and just prefer my fries with good old Heinz ketchup. It was very warm during my visit. I got to check out several sites including Old Montreal, which is one of the oldest urban areas in North America and features beautiful cobblestone streets and lovely architecture, the Botanical Gardens, Olympic Park and the Biodome, which is located in Olympic Park contains four different ecological habitats - rain forest, polar, marine and forest - where visitors can see the plants and animals native to each ecosystem. It was so cool to check out animals including the polar penguins & puffins, the tropical monkeys, parrots and beavers. Have any of you ever visited Canada? (We will actually study the regions of Canada this year in-depth. However, our first social studies unit will be about the geography of the western hemisphere. We will also learn more about explorers of the western hemisphere).
I can't wait to hear (and read all about) your exciting summer vacations. Have you had any super special experiences lately? Our first unit of study this year will be memoir writing. So get set to write about those memorable, life changing moments.
We will also be working with a new multi-media math series called Envisions. We will also be doing a lot of problem solving and real-life math investigations. Our first unit will be on place value and decimals.
We will launch our reading workshop by setting goals for ourselves, start keeping track of what we read in our book logs, continue to developing important ideas about texts, review ways to respond to texts and how to conduct post it chats and begin reading partnerships.
Please make sure you have your supplies, completed your inventories and summer reading logs. Also, please try to get your Broadway permission slip and deposit back to school as soon as possible.
Well, I could keep writing. But then I may be at a loss for words on Thursday and that wouldn't be very cool now, would it?
Anyway, au voir, goodbye for now and I can't wait to meet you in a few days.