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Month: October 2020



Dear Parent/Guardian you have Blogfolio homework.  Please ask your child to LOGIN to their blogfolio so you have access to it.  I ask that you comment on ONE (or more, if you have some time) of the posts and ask your child to share with you some of the writing and topics they have learned about.  Please see instructions below.  As of October 23rd students SHOULD have at least 8-10 completed blog posts (topics are all in TEAMS).

Digital portfolios are assigned to individual students and are kept private. To access a digital portfolio, students must know their unique login and password information. Digital portfolios (Blogfolio) will be assessed each term.  Please see rubric on my website.   Parents/Guardians will have access to their child’s digital portfolio where they can see the learning process. This form of communication allows the student opportunities to practice self-assessment and ownership of their learning (an extremely important skill for this year). Students please login for your parent/guardian.

For homework this week, students will be asked to spend a few moments to review their Blogfolios with their parent/guardian. I ask that you take time this week to comment on one item of your child’s digital portfolio.   Please comment in their Blogs. Thank you!

Tips on Commenting and supporting learning process:

Under any of the posts will be a COMMENT link > click to open a box. (You can also record in any language if you prefer).

  • Notice thought, capacities and growth. This can include creative and critical thinking in responses
  • Connect with your child’s opinions, stories or ideas.
  • Share your intellectual curiosity.
  • Encourage
  • “You are interested in ______? Me too, here’s an interesting website I’m reading about ________.”
  • I noticed you…
  • The part I found most interesting…
  • A few things you did really well here are…
  • One thing I’m seeing about your work is…
  • Have you considered…

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.



We started our Inquiry Projects.  Here is our Timeline and you are encouraged to work on it at home!  We have our Gallery Walk/Presentations on November 9th.

October 16th – Finalized our Topics and Big Question (posted in Teams)

October 19th– First Week of Research .  You should now have 4 additional questions that you are using to help answer the Big Question.  Question 1 and 2 you are finding research on this week.  Use MS Word to organize your notes and don’t forget to have citefast ready!



This week we’ve started our research for our inquiry projects! My key question is How did Paper Spread from China all around the world?  So far, I’ve researched for my first two sub questions: “How and why was paper invented?” and “How did the creation of paper affect other inventions?”. This week I’ve learned about how paper was made and it’s materials. It was a a cheaper alternative to silk, and was made during the Han Dynasty. I also found out some things about the invention of printing, books, kites and paper money.

I had trouble with identifying key information so that I didn’t use up too much room on my research paper, however this was a minor struggle.

I was surprised to find out that paper was made with things such as rags and fishnets, but it makes sense because those were some cheap materials that were available. The part about metal coins on strings being exchanged for a written deposit on paper also intrigued me because I thought that the coins were directly replaced by paper money, but they were actually these deposit papers first before becoming a national currency.

Next week, we will continue to  investigate the other questions.  I have uploaded a picture of my research notes/or my word document with research notes to Teams for this week.  I have added a few pictures in my Blog as well from my findings.



Please see Teams for updates and information. So far we have completed the following:

  1. Museum of Me
  2. Coat of Arms
  3. Blog
  4. Viking Ad
  5. Ancient Civilization Mini Project

All of the above will be part of the Mid Quarter 1 assessment.