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What your child is learning

Your child will make observations, develop theories and evaluate their theories based on evidence and investigation. They’ll explore the properties of air and construct and modify devices for flight. Your child will recognize that planning, communication, cooperation and flexibility are important to teamwork. They’ll describe, model and interpret objects in the night sky, considering, for example, the movement of the Sun and the Moon. They’ll also examine local tree species to identify their unique characteristics, such as leaf shape and branching pattern, and to understand their role in the environment. Want to know more? Refer to the program of studies.

How your child is assessed

Your child’s learning is assessed using a variety of tools and strategies within the classroom. Ask your child’s teacher what methods they are using. The different assessment methods tell you and your child’s teacher about your child’s strengths, the areas in which they might grow and how well your child is doing throughout the course. Your child’s teacher can then change or refine their teaching plans to ensure that learning activities better meet the needs of your child.

Student Learning Assessments (SLAs) are the new assessment instruments that will replace the existing Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs).

Update: Grade 6 PATs and Grade 6 SLAs

Alberta Education has heard that more time is needed to ensure that the Grade 3 SLAs are a valuable assessment tool for teachers, parents and students before transitioning from PATs to SLAs in grades 6 and 9. The second year of the Grade 3 SLA pilot administration will allow further opportunities to ensure that the SLAs are a valuable tool.

As such, the Grade 6 SLA pilot will be rescheduled, with a target of fall 2016 for the first administration. As a result, the May–June 2015 and May–June 2016 Grade 6 Provincial Achievement Tests will be regular, full administrations across the province.

For more information about SLAs, visit the Student Learning Assessments web page.

Resources to help your child

A variety of digital and print resources from many different sources help students learn. Alberta Education reviews and authorizes many student and teacher resources that support learning and teaching in the classroom. Additionally, teachers may select, and bring into the classroom, numerous other innovative and creative resources to create rich learning experiences for your child. Visit LearnAlberta.ca or the Authorized Resources Database to learn more about the resources your child may encounter.

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