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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Grade 6/7 ... Ms. DeMarco

Parents can join Ms. DeMarco's Edmodo groups. A letter was sent home on curriculum night outlining how to create a parent account, and copies have been home for the parents who were not there. ​ 

For any parents who need clarification or assistance, they can contact Ms DeMarco directly.
 
To see updates, Parents can also look at Ms. DeMarco's Twitter account... @msademarco 
 
If you need more information, call Ms. DeMarco at the school and she'll take care of you.

 
Click the link for the grade to see Ministry Expectations for the grade:
 
    Grade 6     Grade 7   
 
  

 

Reading 
Online Reading Websites ... Click on the titles below and enjoy with your child.
Read-Alongs are great for emergent, struggling, and reluctant readers, as well as being an excellent tool for ESL. They are also well received by strong and accomplished readers who are excited to follow along to the narration of their favorite books. Children, who are now growing up with e-mail, instant messaging, iPods, and text messaging are early and willing adopters to this innovative online reading experience.​

TumbleBooks TumbleBook of the Day​


Click on the links to go to the site ... enjoy the reading!

 
TumbleBook Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. The collection includes Story Books, Life Learning, Puzzles & Games and Language Learning from children's book publishers such as Scholastic, Chronicle Books, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge Press, Harcourt, Little Brown, Walker and Company and others.

Tumblebook of the Day ... Click the Read Online button for today's book!
Come back tomorrow for another new book. 
Happy Tumbling!​


 
Storyline Online - This great website has famous actors and actresses reading quality children’s fiction.  You get to see all of the pictures, just as if you were listening to a live read aloud.  This is a great way to expose students to quality read alouds – perfect for ESL students and low income families who may not have access to English books being read aloud.
 
 
 
 
 
The ICDL Foundation's goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world.  Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children's literature from the world community.
 
Language barriers have never been more pronounced. Whether in an urban area of a modern country (e.g. the Chicago Public School system has 73 different languages represented in its student population) or the rural areas of a less developed country (e.g. Mongolia, where the ICDL has its first "branch" and where rural schools do not yet support a culture of reading for pleasure), differences in language are making it harder and harder for educational initiatives to bring about success.  
 
 
 
 
The project was created in 2010 with a simple goal in mind; one book to connect the world. From its humble beginnings, the GRA has grown to make a truly global connection with more than 1,000,000 students having participated.
 
What is it?
The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible. Each teacher decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would like to be. Some people choose to connect with just one class, while others go for as many as possible. The scope and depth of the project is up to you. While there are official tools you can use such as Skype, Twitter, WriteAbout or Edmodo, you choose the tools that will make the most sense for you. Teachers get a community of other educators to do a global project with, hopefully inspiring them to continue these connections through the year.
 


Prodigy Game (Fun and Educational)

 www.prodigygame.com

 

Ask your teacher about getting on this site.

 

 

 

Play DOS Games online ... WORD RESCUE 1, WORD GALLERY

 

These are two of Mr. Masciarelli’s favourite games for reading (Primary grades) - click the links to see them and your kids will love them!

 

Word Rescue 1:  http://www.classicdosgames.com/online/1rescue.html

  

Word Gallery:  http://www.classicdosgames.com/online/wordgal3.html

 



Bitesize – This UK based website has fabulous reading games and lessons on a variety of topic.  The KeyStage 1 site has lessons on phonics, spelling, alphabetical order, and rhyming words.  The KeyStage 2 site has lessons on deductions, poetry, dictionary and finding information.  

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/reading/

 


 

We Give Books – This website is owned by Pearson Foundation, and has hundreds of e-books available for kids to read for free.  In addition, the foundation donates books to kids in need around the world for all of your time spent on this site.  You can sort the books by content and age appropriateness. 

http://www.wegivebooks.org/books

    


 

Time for Kids Real life reading is the most important type of reading.  Time for Kids provides kids with reading about today’s current events.  There are real life articles on topics that interest children. 

http://www.timeforkids.com/

 

 

 

Reading Planet – Kids Books’ Authors 

This website gives information about all of the best kids’ authors and illustrators.  The information is written in interview format, which is a great for introducing kids to different reading formats.

http://www.rif.org/kids/readingplanet/bookzone/diterlizzi.htm

 

 

 

 

 

Giggle Poetry – Read and Rate – This site has hundreds of poems for kids to read and rate.  It’s a great way to get kids excited about reading!

http://www.gigglepoetry.com/

 

 

 


Television Tunes

Do you want to have some fun remembering the good old days ... well, do it with your kids.  Go to the website and hear all-time favourite theme songs (good quality not midi) and challenge your kids to figure them out.  You can also be challenged to figure the latest TV Tunes.

 

 


 Guys Read


A web-based literacy program for boys. Their mission is to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers. Offers a list of books recommended by the webmaster, children's author Jon Sczieska, and others suggested by visitors to the website.  
 

 

 

 

Play Kids Games ... Playing to Educate

Play Kids Games provides free online kids games that are both fun and educational. Aimed at ages pre-K through grade 6, Play Kids Games offers kids a safe environment to discover their abilities and learn new skills with interactive and fun computer games. The games build skills in math, logic, memory, vocabulary, alphabet, spelling, geography, computer skills, color identification, shape identification and other various problem solving.


This website's commitment to parents, teachers, and kids, is to connect learning and skill building with a sense of challenge, fun, and self-esteem. From the fun of "Alphabet Whack-a-Mole" to the skill building "Math Fact Practice", the hope is that PlayKidsGames.com will be a part of our future generation's ongoing experience and development.

Create vocabulary lists and math problems for pinball or word lists for word search. Your vocabulary lists will automatically show in Word Find as well. It is easy! Just create a login, add your class page detail, and create lists! Your lists will automatically show up in the games!

 

 

Storybird - Artful storytelling

Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read, and print. Read them like books, play them like games, and send them like greeting cards. They're curiously fun. You can embed them in a blog or wiki ... you can even make them into books (you pay for this feature). All in all, the website gives you tutorials on how to sign-up, setup a class, use the program, and produce good looking stories.

 


 

YouTube ... Fractured Fairytales

Choose a video and watch a classic fairytale warped into something different. 

 

Use these as a jumping point to create your own "Fractured  Fairytales

 

 

 


YouTube ... Cool School Stories

Watch these neat little stories with some interaction involved.  Start with Goldilocks and the 3 Bears and then you choose which story you want to get involved with ... fun and easy to get engaged in!

 

 

Photofunia … Another Mr. Masciarelli all-time favourite!

 

This is a fantastic website to use.  It just keeps getting better and better all the time.  You can make amazing things happen to plain old pictures. Check it out and keep an eye on the time as you will be doing this stuff for hours and before you know it, it's tomorrow.

 

 

 

ComicLife 


Great place for kids to start ... Comics and literacy ... means have fun and learn. Engage your students/children to go beyond what YOU see.  Make comics and share with friends and family!  Show them HOW and they'll show you WHAT. You download it and use it - no strings attached, just creative fun and learning!

 

 

 

 

Summer Playground

Available for all parents and children to access and use all summer long.  Also, it is there for all teachers all year long too.  Click the pictures to take you to the interactive site.

 

 

 

Photostory ... Easier and better than PowerPoint

 

 

Photostory is presentation software made by Microsoft ... it is readily available to download FREE over the internet.  You make really nice presentations (.wmv) to watch on your computer or over the internet.  Easy enough for Grade 1 kids to use and adults too!​​​




 

Math


A Parent Guide to doing mathematics with your child:

 

Doing Math Parent Guide.pdf

 


Math is Fun:

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=26355

 

Adapted Mind (Math)

Select the grade level you want to learn.

 

Adapted Mind (Reading)

Select the grade level you want to learn.​


 

This page is for kids, parents and educators to use in order to assist in learning ... Teachers or parents can visit the sites to introduce, reinforce or practice particular skills.  

 

There are plenty of options. Choice a "game" or skills you wish ... Have fun learning! We have hundreds, no thousands of links to go to, so no rush!  Truly, this page contains thousands of games to go to - if you know the topic you want to work on, go for it. If you only want to go by grade, you can do that too.  Take your time and come back often. If you have any sites you can recommend, please let us know.

 

 

Play the DOS Games online .. Math Rescue, Lemmings


You'll love these classic DOS games ... just let your kids see it and they will love it too. Click the links below and play right online.

 

Math Rescue 1http://www.classicdosgames.com/online/1math.html

 

Lemmings:  http://www.classicdosgames.com/online/xmaslm93.html

 

A Recommended Site by Erin

 

We have a website recommended by Erin M. (Grade 6 student) and her mom. Erin wrote to us to let us know that she found this website during her research for a project on money and accounting.  Erin notes that it would be a great resource for all kids doing research on money and simple accounting.  Thank you for sharing this, Erin!  See Link below for some info on the website:

 

A Kid's Guide to Accounting

http://www.ignitespot.com/kids-guide-to-accounting

 

Managing money involves keeping track of the income you earn to make sure you have enough money to cover your expenses. Businesses have to keep track of their finances with careful (bookkeeping). This type of accounting requires a system of writing down all financial transactions. By recording these transactions, it's then possible to summarize, analyze, and create reports about how well a company is managing its finances and making ends meet. Just like a business, people need to perform personal accounting to make sure they manage their money effectively.

 

The Top 10 Math Websites ... These are some very good sites to get you started on your Math journey.  Enjoy! 

 

 Woodlands Math Resources and Interactive Math Games

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/maths/index.html

 

Click the website link above and then practice the math skills below … The games are fun and you will learn things very easily!

 

Number Skills(add, subtract, multiply, divide, place value, decimals, fractions, percentage, mental math, word problems)

 

Shape & Space(shapes, symmetry, tangrams, angels, tessalations, co-ordinates)

 

Data & Probability(graphs, venn diagrams, probability, mean, median, mode)

 

Measurement (area, perimeter, time, money, weight, capacity)

 

More (worksheets and math investigations)

 

 

Singapore Mathsframe Interactive Math Websites

 

 http://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/category

 

Enjoy – These games are absolutely AMAZING, ADDICTIVE, and AWESOME! A++ all the way!

 


 

Summer Playgro​und

An online learning tool (Numeracy and Literacy Activities) for chidren, parents and teachers to use ... anytime!


Available for all parents and children to access and use all summer long.  Also, it is there for all teachers all year long too.  Click the link below or the pictures to take you to the interactive site.

 

Visit: http://www.tcdsb.org/forparents/summerplayground/pages/default.aspx

 



For more Math Websites, you can just visit: 

The ​Epiphany Numeracy Websites for Fun & Learning


 

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