November 11

Instructions for November’s final project

Dear parents, as you already know, this months’ project is on the topic of food. Today we explained to the students how they should start working on their food related project. While all of the explanations were given in class, we feel that the best results will be achieved if you guys are onboard. The following are the outlines of the entire project as they were given to the kids:


  • The entire duration of the presentation must be under 5 minutes. Should you need more, ask one of the teachers and explain why.
  • All presentations must include as much Hebrew as possible, each student is expected to include content in Hebrew in accordance to their own ability.  
  • The topic of the project is a food that has some special meaning to you and your family members. It doesn’t have to be traditionally Jewish/Israeli, but it would be better if it was. 
  • The kids can pair up, no more than two in a group. If they work as a duo, they can do a presentation about the same food, or two separate presentations, their choice.
  • The presentation must contain the answers for the following questions:
    • What food did you choose? ( I chose to do my project about Hummus)
    • Why did you choose it? Or why does this food mean something to you and your family members? (My bubby used to make my mom latkes on rainy days, my mom makes me latkes on rainy days, so every rainy day I think about latkes, and so on.)
    • What is the history of this food in general, and what is its history within your family? (for example: Chumentash symbolizes Haman harasha’s ears, they come from ancient Persia, my zeidi always brought us a box of Chumentash on Purim)
    • What is it made of? Where can you find the food itself? (grocery stores, in the wild, restaurants, etc.)
  • After gathering the information from the question above, the kids will have to decide on a method of delivery for their project, this is the part where they get to be as original as they can. Just off the top of my head, they could do:
    • A presidential debate between two politicians arguing which food should be the national food? Couscous or Burekas?
    • A skit about a Canadian going to an Israeli restaurant asking what’s in every dish.
    • A slide show about the food the kid chose.
    • A large plack with cutouts, texts and pictures on it.
    • A news article covering a huge accident on the Ottawa river causing a mass spill of lucky charms into the lake. 
    • The sky’s the limit, any idea the kids have that cover all the materials gathered in the last section is perfect. 
  • The presentations need to be ready for the week of 29.11-3.12, we won’t have all presentations done in a row, but will spread them out throughout the week. We’ll give each student a more specific date after reviewing their progress at the end of next week.
  • Have fun, push your kids to explore your background and culture, inspire them to be as imaginative as they can!!!
November 9

Grade 4 are BEAVERING away…

So my classes know I love a good pun… (hello, social studies river class – let’s just meander on past this!!) Today, we took part in the Beaver Computing Challenge. It was a whole lotta problem solving and logic! All I can say is WOW, I was so impressed with the perseverance and determination to complete the task. Here they are in action:

November 5


…To quote one of the many exclamations of excitement in the Grade 4 science class this week! We recapped transparent, translucent and opaque objects, creating a window of objects. Then we extended our learning by exploring refraction and the different mediums through which light can transfer and how light can ‘trick’ our eyes into seeing a mirage of an object.

November 4

Ms M’s Prep for Social Studies quiz

Hello Grade 4 students and families!

This blog post is all about how you can prepare for your first social studies quiz. Depending on the type of learner you are, there are study skills that can be more effective for you. In class today, we talked about learning styles and we went over what the quiz would look like.

The focus of our quiz is the Canadian provinces and territories. The layout of the quiz will be a blank map and a blank compass rose. Students are able to access word bank of provinces and territories once they have added all the ones they can remember. If, a student wants to challenge themselves and not use that word bank that is also encourged. There will also be additional bonus questions which students can show what extra knowledge they have.

Click here to see an example quiz and questions (ours will be VERY similar!)

The Quiz date is Thursday, Novemeber 11th. Here are some resources in addition the homework set to help out:

Please feel free to reach out should you have any questions or concerns,


Ms M.

November 2

Beaver Computing Challenge!

In the enthusiasm and dedication to mathematical growth and thinking of the OJCS, we are bringing the Beaver Computer Challenge to all students in grades 4 and above. Created by students, teachers, and professors from the University of Waterloo: The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing, this contest is open to students around the country and around the world, and we are SO EXCITED to be participating in this year!

The Beaver Computing Challenge (BCC) introduces Computer Science through problem-based questions with a focus on the connections I’ve listed above (and that was just a few!) Students require no prior knowledge about computing, but rather work toward problem-solving and using those “hidden” computer science skills for hands on learning and experience.

The contest is a 45-minute timed experience that involves a total of 12 (15 in grades 7/8) multiple-choice questions at 3 different levels, A, B and C.  “A” level is the easiest of the three, and then it becomes more challenging with level “C.” Students complete the contest on their own devices, and are allowed a calculator and are encouraged to use pencil and paper to use the strategies taught in class to draw a graph, make a table, draw a diagram etc.

There are two different levels of contests, one for grades 4-6 and another for grades 7-8. This ensures that the math curriculum and material provided is aligned with the content material and methods of strategy and answers by grade cohorts.

This year, the Beaver Computer Challenge Contest will be conducted on NOVEMBER 9th 2021 at the OJCS. Grades 4-8 will be writing this contest on the same day during a scheduled time with their Mathematics teacher in class. 

November 2

Ms M’s Social Studies

In my social studies classroom (a lot like my general studies!) I find that learning is better embedded when children are having fun with their learning. So upon recapping and practising cardinal and intermediate directions when learning about the political map (looking at the location of provinces and territories in Canada) I decided to plan a treasure hunt!

Students needed to draw a ‘birds-eye view’ map of the school and draw in key locations then write out a set of instructions to their ‘treasure’. Key geographical directions and their compass rose was all they had… ALL STUDENTS ACED THE HUNT!! Here are some pics from our afternoon of fun: