Jan. 25th- Last day of term 1 electives
Jan. 30th- Electives and PE Report Cards go home
Feb. 1st- No School
Feb. 6th- Swim to Survive @ Southland Leisure for PE
FORT STEELE DATES: 5.3 - May 2-5, 2019
5.4 - May 5-8, 2019
**If you would like to be considered as a parent volunteer, please email your child’s homeroom teacher. Decisions regarding volunteers will be made closer to spring break.
Humanities- Students viewed a documentary that took them on a cross-country tour of Canada. They began creating a Canada One Pager to demonstrate their understanding of the video’s content, as well as their own prior knowledge. They will continue working on this next week. Our Caldecott books were narrowed down to a field of 20. Students took another look at each of the books and used the criteria to rank each book. We will choose our winner on Friday of next week. Our top titles are going head to head, and students will be very sad to see some favourites eliminated. Students will begin crafting a persuasive letter to Mrs. Veteikis. They are making a case for, and requesting that their favourite Caldecott eligible title be added to our school library collection.
Math - This week we learned (or reviewed, for some), the traditional algorithm for multiplying. We also tested 2 conjectures around multiplying double digit numbers. We are close to wrapping up our multiplication analysis and will be moving on to methods for dividing. Continue to practice multiplication facts at home as fluency in those will aid in students ability to divide.
Science - In Science this week we shared our weather instrument videos with each other and looked at ways of measuring weather. We also began to explore air/atmospheric pressure and the role it plays in weather.
We had a busy week in grade 5. Please enjoy this glimpse into the week’s learning.
Jan 15- In class expert, Science Illustrator (Teresa McLaren) will spend 80 minutes with each grade 5 class on field journal sketching techniques.
Jan. 18th- No School
Jan. 25th- Last day of term 1 electives
Feb. 1st- No School
Feb. 6th- Swim to Survive @ Southland Leisure for PE
Math- In math this week we explored another multiplication strategy, the Lattice Method. Many found success in this simplified strategy and prefer it over the array method. They did a check-in on Thursday and it is in the midst of being assessed. Students will get these back by mid week. If you are interested in learning more about this method, check out this instructional video and why it works. In Grade 5, students are expected to master 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication, some have been able to take a strategy like this to expand to even larger numbers. Next week we will look at the strategy that is familiar to adults, what we will call the ‘traditional algorithm’. It is important that students have a strong understanding of what it means to multiply prior to investigating this strategy, as it is not as intuitive as the first two strategies we explored and much more depending on memorization of steps.
Science- Students researched, planned and created weather instruments that helped us observe and monitor what is happening weather-wise in our local environment. They tested their instruments and shared their results with a video that was posted on Seesaw. This week will look at some of the scientific principles behind the weather phenomenon we see in our local environment (such as chinooks).
Humanities- We spent this week immersed in our collection of Caldecott eligible picture books. There were over 40 books available on the long list for students to examine against the Caldecott criteria. Students voted for each book on a 3 point scale, and the top will 16 move onto the next round. In addition, 4 books will be assigned wild card spots and will move on. We will continue narrowing down the books until Jan.25th, when we will choose a winning selection. We will compare our results with the official results on Jan, 28th. Looking ahead, the students will begin looking at beauty within Canada, and we will continue with Mock Caldecott.
Project Beautiful- We have completed another assignment for this inquiry. Students built their critical thinking skills as we explored the concept of beautiful. Collectively and individually we defined the word, “beautiful.” Many students found that their ideas around, “What is beautiful?” have expanded. Thank-you to all of you who were able to take the opportunity to provide feedback to your child on their movie. Moving forward we will be examining our essential question, in the context as it relates to “What is beautiful about me?” and within the context of the topics we learn about in grade 5.
These last weeks before break are busy ones. We enjoy some fun activities, but also work hard and learn a lot. Please don’t forget to let the office or the teachers know of absences.
Important Dates and Peace Festival Activities
Dec. 17- Keynote speaker about empathy and caring for others and an opportunity to shop at Peace Festival Market. Please note that the Market includes student-created crafts (proceeds will go to Inn From the Cold -cash only), as well as goods from Nepal (proceeds go to Medical Mercy Canada’s Nepal project- cash or credit card accepted) This is also open at lunch recess Mon-Wed.
Dec. 18- Skating @Lakeview for Peace Festival (bring helmets and skates)
Dec. 19- Fun carnival games in the gym - non-perishable food items welcomed to play some games!
Dec. 20 - Potluck Lunch Sign Up Here
Dec. 21- No School until January. Enjoy a restful break.
Please vote for the People’s Choice award in the Canstruction Jr. competition. Voting closes Dec. 17th
Our school’s entries are:
The Cat in the Hat
The Heart of Who-ville
Gifts for Grinch
Project Beautiful: We continued to investigate the definition of “beautiful.” Our trip to the library resulted in some great clips about beauty in that space. Students began creating a video that summarizes their crowdsourced results.
Humanities: We started our Mock Caldecott Unit and read several books that have won the medal. We searched for evidence in each book that meet the Caldecott criteria. Once we are familiar with what award winning books look like, we will examine books that are eligible for this year’s award and see if we can predict the winner. In writing, we began looking at the punctuation involved in written dialogue. We started by taking comic style conversations in the “Pigeon books” and turned them into written dialogue.
Math: This week students looked at feedback from their multiplication check-in and made any corrections necessary. These have been uploaded to SeeSaw. While Mrs. Piper was at MRU this week marking final projects, Mrs. Price worked with the students on multiplication proofs. They analyzed different ways they can represent numbers using the array method, whether or not these methods worked and how you can mathematically justify whether they worked or not. Students then created their own proofs.
Science: In Science this week, students compared forecasts using both the Farmers Almanac and the Weather Network. We are beginning to look at why we forecast weather, how we forecast weather and what instruments are used to measure/forecast weather.
Dec. 10 - Central Library Field Trip: 9am-2:30pm (Thanks for the tremendous volunteer response!)
Dec. 18- Skating @Lakeview for Peace Festival
Dec. 20 - Potluck Lunch Sign Up Here
Dec. 21- No School until January!
Project Beautiful: We continued to investigate the definition of “beautiful.” Our walk to MRU and the interviews we completed were a success. Students reflected on their responses and began curating some of the common ideas and words that are arising. Some students require your support this weekend. If they have not yet done so, they need to interview YOU about your thoughts on beauty. There are 2 questions to answer with either a voice recording or video recording of your response. We would also like them to find someone older than you to interview (could be a grandparent, neighbour, coach, etc.) to see how the idea of beauty might change with age and experience. All interviews will need to be completed by Monday, Dec. 10th.
Math: This week we further investigated using the array model to multiply 2 digit by 2 digit numbers (and beyond!). Students found great success with this strategy and even completed a check-in this week. Look for those check-ins to be posted to SeeSaw early next week. If you would like to learn more about the array model, check out this video.
Science: This week in Science we explored the reasons for the seasons. Through a combination of demonstrations, videos, group quizzes and a Kahoot we constructed our understanding of why we have seasons on earth. This TED Ed animation is a great summary of the reasons we have seasons and some common misconceptions. As we lead up to the winter solstice, now is a great time to have some conversations with your child about things they observe happening in the world around them. The changes in seasons is a fascinating topic to explore as it lives all around us, every day!
Humanities: This week students shared their countries through a gallery walk. Please look for their work next week on Seesaw. We also spent time learning about absolute location. We practiced using latitude and longitude coordinates to find locations of countries. We are making progress with our reading of, “Endling.” Coming up we will work on writing dialogue and begin examining books that have won the Caldecott medal.
Central Library trip: We will be visiting the new Central Library on Dec. 10, 2018. More information will be given along with informed consent and letter outlining the details and curricular outcomes of this trip. However, we encourage you to register your child for a free library membership if they aren't already members. https://reg.calgarylibrary.ca. They will have the opportunity to sign out a book from there. If you're interested in joining us for the trip, we are looking for 4 parent volunteers per homeroom. In order to volunteer with us, please have your current volunteer form and security clearance at the office.
Project Beautiful: We continued this week to investigate the definition of “beautiful”. Students all reflected on their own individual definition of the word and wrote about it in their journals. They will be coming home this weekend with a bit of homework. We would like them to interview YOU about your thoughts on beauty. They have 2 questions to ask you and would like to either voice record or video record your responses (you choose!). We would also like them to find someone older than you to interview (could be a grandparent, neighbour, coach, etc.) to see how the idea of beauty might change with age and experience. Next week (Dec. 6) we will be taking our questions on the road and interviewing members of the public at Mount Royal University. This will help us broaden our own definitions and expand our thinking of what is beautiful.
Building Community: This week we focused on supporting and enhancing community by coming up with strategies to accomplish both class’s goal of “valuing people in our community by listening to them and not talking over them”. Students collectively generated a list of specific ways we can work on this goal and we will be helping to hold each other accountable for this goal.
Math: We are continuing to work on our understanding of multiplication. Please check SeeSaw for feedback on your child’s Number Pieces Arrays. Next week we will continue to work on the array method for multiplying by replacing the pictures with numbers. Thank-you for your support with our work habits goal and encouraging your child to find time for their homework this week.
Science: We tackled one of our “thick” questions from our trip to the wetland, “what happens in the winter to the animals who live here?”. We created a list of animals we think use that wetland as habitat and students then did some research to determine how that animal survives the winter (ie: migration, hibernation, change of coat colour, food caches etc.). Each pair then shared one adaptation they learned about their animal with the rest of the class. This ties into another one of our questions which is “why do the seasons change?”. We generated some ideas around this question and will continue to explore it next week.
Humanities: Students had an opportunity to create their own county this week. Many of the elements we learn about in geography and our study of Canada were introduced through this short term project. The project was due today and the students completed a self evaluation. If there are parts of the project they felt didn’t meet expectations they have until Monday to add to the project. Peer feedback will be provided on Monday. After peer feedback, and an opportunity for improvement, the projects will be assessed by the teacher. I am hopeful that each round of feedback results in improvements. Improving work and acting on feedback, are work habits we will be developing in term 2. Parents are welcome to provide feedback over the weekend. A copy of the rubric is available for viewing on Seesaw. The assignment can be found on google slides.
Hi Parents! It was wonderful to cross paths with so many of you over the last two days at Student-led Conferences.
Dec. 7 -No School
Dec. 21- No School
Building Community: This is an important focus as we move into term 2. This week, both classes participated in a knowledge building circle. The question “What do we value as a learning community?” was posed, and students created an exhaustive list of things they value about our place. From this list of values, each class created 3 community goals we can work on during term 2.
Science: This week we continued to compile our wonders/questions from the wetland visit last week. We will take these big questions and help formulate the direction we will take for our weather inquiry.
Math: We continue to work on constructing our understanding of multiplication using arrays. We built some out of unit cubes as well as using digital manipulatives on a Number Pieces App. You can check these out on SeeSaw. Next week we will work at constructing proofs for multiplication. Continue to work on those math facts at home. Students also revisited the Deca Tree problem as some had not yet completed it or submitted it to SeeSaw. If students were finished that, they had the opportunity to work on some challenging riddles.
Humanities: We started a new read aloud this week, “Endling, the Last.” We are exploring a different genre, as this book sits in the fantasy realm and provides a lot of opportunities to examine how an author builds worlds and characters that sit outside of the known and everyday. We also wrapped up our work on Canadian identity and wrote in the opinion journals. Coming up we will begin a new social studies focus about history and geography, that is embedded in our larger inquiry into what is beautiful.
For a short week, it was a full one. We enjoyed an in school experience coding micro:bits and went out of the school for a wetland visit!
Monday, Nov. 19: Report Cards go home, sign up for student led conference time. Thursday, Nov. 22 (4pm-8pm) & Friday, Nov. 23 (8am-1pm): Student Led Conferences (no School on Friday)Conference registration will open Monday. Watch for an email from the office for specifics. Home conferencing is also possible if that works better for your circumstances.
Thursday Nov.22: Scholastic book orders due. 5.4 can order online through Gail’s account, 5.3 can order online through Erin’s account. If you are ordering Christmas gifts, let us know and we can hold on to them when they arrive to keep it a surprise!
Science (and more!): This week we launched a long-term interdisciplinary (humanities and math/science) study focusing on the question: “What is Beautiful?”. This essential question will be explored through the year. We will examine the beauty that can be found in the grade 5 curricular topics. Students will build their critical thinking skills as we build a multifaceted definition of the concept of beautiful. We will then look for beauty in geography/landscapes, historical stories, weather/climate, and mathematics (think patterns, Fibonacci, symmetry). Our first experience was to look for beauty at the constructed wetland in North Glenmore Park, as we will be using this a test site for a citizen science project in the spring (check out: Call of the Wetland). Students used a new app, called “Clips” on their iPads to document beautiful things they saw in the wetland and will share these with you at student-led conferences. We also generated ‘thick’ questions that will guide us into our weather inquiry as we observed interesting things about the changing of the seasons during our visit. Thanks to Sam C. and Layla’s moms, as well as our dear former superintendent Ms. Chomistek for joining us on our walk. Stay tuned for more volunteer opportunities!
Math: This week in math we wrapped up the rectangle problem from last week. Next week we will begin to explore strategies for multiplying beginning by analyzing a unique representation of a multiplication table as we build our understanding of what it means to multiply. Students can continue to build fluency in their multiplication facts up to 9 by practicing at home. Parent Math Corner: Check out this great resource: 6 Ways to Support your Child’s Mathematical Development
Humanities: This week we wrapped up our novel study. Students completed an activity that assessed their understanding of the book’s mood, theme and events. Most students found the end of the book quite sad and we had a good discussion about why books like, “Refugee,” are important. We agreed that we developed increased empathy for those that are forced to flee their homes because of war. Most of the students enjoyed the genre of historical fiction. Coming up we will begin a new social studies focus that is embedded in our larger inquiry.
We’ve had another busy week in grade 5.
Here’s a look ahead:
Monday, Nov. 12: No School
Thursday, Nov. 15: Walk to North Glenmore Park Wetland - Parent volunteers needed 10:30-1:00pm (see more details under “Science”)
Monday, Nov. 19: Report Cards go home
Thursday, Nov. 22 (evening) & Friday, Nov. 23 (morning): Student Led Conferences (no School on Friday)
Science: We are in between science topics right now. On Thursday, students completed a ‘blank paper test. In groups, they created a visual (small poster) that depicted everything they knew about wetlands. This task gives me an idea of their existing knowledge. Next week we will begin to link wetlands with our next inquiry into weather. Part of this will be a walk to the constructed wetland in North Glenmore Park (near the Canoe Club) on Thursday morning. Please let us know if you can join us for our adventure. We will be leaving at 10:35am and walking to the school back by 1:00pm. The plan will be to have our lunch there, as long as the weather cooperates.
Math: This week in math we began to explore patterns in multiples and ways of approaching our times tables to help with our fluency. In addition, we started a “Week of Inspirational Math.” We are using rich problems to spark our curiosity and engagement in all of the ways that math is beautiful and interesting. You can try out our first problem at home (students got a start on it, but we ran out of time to explore all of the possibilities...the lowest number that a student came up with was 6!). Using grid paper, draw a rectangle that is 13x11 units. Within that rectangle, try and draw the fewest number of squares that will take up the entire rectangle (note: you can’t split any units in half and the entire rectangle must be made up of squares when you are finished).
Humanities: This week we presented our TED talks that show our understanding of Canadian identity. They were recorded and can be viewed on Seesaw. When we weren’t watching TED talks, we were reading,“Refugee.” We anticipate wrapping the novel up next week. Students will complete one final project that will show their overall understanding. These will be shared at Student Led Conferences. Term 2, which begins on Nov. 19, will usher in a new unit in Social Studies and a focus on writing in Language Arts. Students will continue to read a choice book daily, we just won’t be studying a novel as a class.
Have a wonderful long weekend! As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Important Dates and Reminders
Friday, Nov. 9 No School
Monday, Nov. 12 No School
Monday, Nov. 19 Report Cards go home
Thursday, Nov. 22 & Friday, Nov.23 Student Led Conferences
Math In math we worked on 2 estimation strategies, front end estimation and rounding. Estimation is a skill that helps with mental math and evaluating if answers are reasonable. Looking ahead: multiplication! Your child should be well versed in their multiplication facts before heading into more complex calculations and problem-solving questions. You can support them at home by talking about numbers and playing math card games such as multiplication war with them (rules to cards games can be found in the Oct 5th post on our grade 5 blog).
Science Students reviewed wetlands and completed a check-in on the concepts we have been working on so far this year. We will discuss the results of this check-in next week. Next week we will be investigating how humans have affected wetlands in both positive and negative ways.
Humanities We completed part 2 of our read aloud novel and students completed an “AEIOU” as a quick assessment of understanding. This can be viewed on Seesaw. Students started the research for their Canadian Identity TED talk. They are collecting information on a google doc. Feel free to ask them to see it and talk to them about their topic. We will wrap up the research phase on Tuesday, Oct 30th. Students will use their research to write a script. We will begin presenting TED talks in class on Nov. 6th.
Important Dates and Reminders
Thursday, Oct. 25 Book orders due (5.3 will bring them home Monday, online orders are placed with Mrs. Stevenson until Mrs. Piper is back)
Friday, Oct. 26 No School
Friday, Nov.2 Mrs. Piper is back full time
Friday, Nov. 9 No School
Monday, Nov. 12 No School
Monday, Nov. 19 Report Cards
Humanities: This week we started our Global Read Aloud novel study. We introduced ourselves to our partner classes using flipgrid (5.4) or padlet (5.3). We completed the week 1 readings. Students are sketching and writing headlines as we follow the stories of 3 different refugees, in 3 different time periods. In Social Studies we learned about the Famous 5 and were introduced to some of the requirements of the first independent guided inquiry. Coming up, students will choose an event, person or group and begin their inquiry and we will continue reading, “Refugee."
Science: This week in science we explored how energy is transferred in the ecosystem through food chains and food webs. We also looked at what niche an organism has in its food chain. Students have been working on making a food chain for their adaptations research organism. This assignment will be due on Monday afternoon. Students will have a couple more periods to complete this work however your child may have taken their iPad home this weekend to do a little extra work on this. Looking ahead to next week there will be a Wetlands check-in on Thursday. We will be working together in class to prepare for this.
Math: This week we looked at regrouping. Students have been challenged to write a number in more that one way using regrouping. This challenge has been posted in Seesaw and is due on Monday. They will have class time on Monday to work on it. Our next topic of study will be estimation and rounding.