March 1-No School
March 11- Term 2 Report Cards
March 12- Snowshoeing/hiking Field Trip
March 14&15- Student Led Conferences
March 22 No School
March 25 -April 7- Spring Break
Spirit Week- Next Week
Feb. 25 - PJ/Bedhead Day
Feb. 26 - Match Day
Feb. 27 - Pink Shirt Day
Feb. 28 - Character Day
Humanities- Students completed their first Amazing Race Roadblock activity. They learned about the Appalachian/Atlantic region of Canada through readings, videos and discussions. Next week they will begin working on their Pitstop activity. Students will be provided with 6 assignment choices for each pitstop. Over the course of the unit they will complete all six assignments. Please check Seesaw next week to view the choices, and check in with your child to see what task they chose.
Math- This week we reviewed our box method check-ins and corrected any mistakes. Those are available for viewing on SeeSaw. Students also took a problem they completed last week and provided a verbal explanation of how they solved it. That is available to view on SeeSaw as well. I have not yet provided comments on that problem. Students also began to investigate how to build a double bar graph using the Numbers App. Some of these have been submitted to SeeSaw.
Science: This was a math intensive week in grade 5. Students have a few tasks to complete and submit to SeeSaw (including a cloud chart and extreme weather summary). Students will be beginning their Science Detour for the Amazing Race Canada today and continue working on it next week.
We hope you enjoy the long weekend. The week was short, and 2 unexpected days without technology make for a short update.
Humanities- Students started their amazing race log book this week and identified aspects regions have in common and elements that affect life in a region. They also became familiar with the 6 regions and which provinces are in each region.
Project Beautiful- This week we began talking about the beauty that can be found in people. Our focus is on the character traits we can infer through people's actions. We watched, “Wonder,” to practice making these inferences about characters. Students are engaging in some brief research about a person in the past or present whose actions show positive character traits and creating a bookmark to share their understanding with others.
Math - On Monday students did a quick check-in on the box method for division. We will look at these together next week, keep an eye on SeeSaw for those. We also began to learn the Big 7 method for division.
Science - We began to look at factors that contribute to extreme weather events. This will help us when we start looking regionally at the types of extreme weather events that happen across Canada and how this affects the people who live there.
Please enjoy this brief look at classroom events from last week. The upcoming week is short, as all teachers participate in 2 days of professional development at a staff retreat on Thursday and Friday.
We don’t have any formal or official plans for Wednesday to celebrate Valentine’s Day. If students wish to exchange cards or small treats they should bring enough to include everyone.
Pink shirt month is happening for the month of February. A school wide initiative kicked off last Monday, and students are encouraged to show extra kindness and empathy. Students are challenged during morning announcements to complete the daily kindness challenge. Teachers are on the lookout to acknowledge these special and extraordinary efforts with caught ya certificates. Please ask your child if they have some ideas about how they can get caught being kind.
Feb. 14th & 15th- No School- Staff Retreat
Feb 18th- No School -Family Day
Humanities- This week students examined art pieces from WWI, and looked at the role art plays in remembering historical events. They finished their book proposals. The book trailers and letters can be viewed on Seesaw. The completed trailers have also been posted to the Seesaw class blogs, so parents and students are able to view the trailers that were created by everyone. The blog privacy is set so that only those with the links can view the work. This allows work to reach a larger audience, but not a completely public audience. 5.4 Book Trailers 5.3 Book Trailers Next week will begin our interdisciplinary Amazing Race and will start our in depth study of the regions of Canada. Students will also complete another Project Beautiful inquiry task, as we examine the beauty that is found within people. If you wish to see some of the work students have created for this inquiry you can view it on the Project Beautiful blog.
Math: This week we looked at the Box Method (Or Area Method) for long division. This method is a mental math approach that enhances number sense understanding. While it does encourage students to have strong recall of their multiplication tables, it is also forgiving in the sense that students can work primarily with ‘friendly’ numbers (numbers ending in zero and five) to find the quotient. Check out this video tutorial if you would like to learn more about this method. Up next we will look at the Big 7 method (similar to the Box Method), short division and then finally the traditional algorithm for long division. The latter two strategies rely more on procedural memorization rather than conceptual understanding so many students will end up using one of the first two strategies until they have a solid understanding of what it means to divide.
Science: This week we began to learn about extreme weather. We will continue to explore this interesting topic as we begin an interdisciplinary Amazing Race project with Mrs. Stevenson where we will closely inquire into Canada’s geographic regions including looking at why some regions experience more extreme weather events than others.
Feb. 6th- Swim to Survive @ Southland Leisure for PE forms. Please email the PE teachers if you can volunteer.
Feb. 14th & 15th- No School- Staff Retreat
Feb 18th- No School -Family Day
Humanities- This week students had the opportunity to think like Historians. Students examined artifacts from WWI and inferred information about people and events that occurred in the past. Our focus was on the stories that artefacts can tell. Students also found out that, “Hello Lighthouse” won the Caldecott medal. It wasn’t their top pick, but it is a beautifully illustrated book and the award is well deserved. Students are working on a proposal that requests a Mock Caldecott book be purchased for the school. The proposal includes a book trailer and a piece of opinion writing. Look for the book trailers that will be posted to Seesaw next week.
Science: This week in science we continued to investigate how we can prove whether or not there is moisture in the air. We spent time working on our scientific procedure as we went through a demonstration together. Additionally, we brainstormed examples of where we see proof of this in the world around us (steam on the bathroom mirror, dew on the grass, frost on the inside of car windows etc). This led into an exploration of clouds using the chinook arch yesterday as a jumping off point. We will continue to learn about how clouds help us forecast weather.
Math: This week we continued to look at division and how it relates to multiplication. Using the bar model we represented remainders as fractions (which is something new for grade 5s). Have your child show you how we would do this by giving them a simple division sentence such as 11/3. Students did a quick check-in yesterday on this concept and are well on their way. Next week we will look at strategies for dividing larger numbers. Continue to practice those times tables at home.