Welcome to grade 5. We are excited to be working with your children this year. We will email a weekly update at the end of every week to keep you informed about our progress. This first email is a long one, please anticipate shorter emails in the future! We enjoyed meeting many of you at the “Meet the Teacher” night last night. If you were unable to attend, the information we shared last night is attached to this email. The grade 5 website also has the information we shared. grade5connects.weebly.com Please complete the parent survey if you haven’t done so already.
Students are also bringing home a permission form for Camp Chief Hector. Please return this on Monday. Also, if you haven’t created your powerschool account please do so. The process requires that you create a username and password to make the account, and then enter the parent access ID and password that the school sent out on the yellow page. Thanks to those that returned the blue demographic form. If you haven’t done that yet please find the time this weekend and send it in on Monday.
Camp Volunteers Sept. 9-11
We have only had 5 parents offer to volunteer to join us at Camp. If you can spare a few days and would be able to help out please send us an email. We could use some more parents from 5.4.
Sept 4th PM- Dragon Boating
Sept. 9th-11th - Camp Chief Hector
Sept 13th- No School
Sept. 23 - Fort Calgary
Please use any one of the following links to either subscribe to our class agenda or follow it on a web browser. Students will be using Google Slides to write in their own personal agendas. All the links below are for the same calendar.
Math/ScienceMr. Sonico and Ms. Drader will be co-teaching both math and science subjects in August. Ms. Drader will then teach full time from September to mid-November while Mr. Sonico is at MRU, and will return mid-November. Units of study in August/September are place value and multiplication (math) and wetlands (science).
Math: We started our studies in math with an inventory of students’ perceptions of mistakes and the types of mistakes there are. We wanted to impart upon them that the mistakes that they will make in learning math are not “high stakes mistakes” all in an effort to reduce math anxiety and instil a growth mindset in the discipline. This blog post is our resource: http://blog.mindsetworks.com/entry/mistakes-are-not-all-created-equal We also looked at multiple ways to represent a number, e.g. standard form, expanded form, base ten form, etc.
Science: We started our unit on Wetland ecosystems. We began our discussion with what makes up an ecosystem and the importance of the interactions that occur within an ecosystem. We now have a general understanding of what a wetland ecosystem is, the importance of wetlands, and some of the issues that wetlands are facing. We will continue to dive deeper into this topic in the following weeks.
Humanities: This week in humanities we spent time establishing routines and getting to know one another. Students will be engaging in daily independent reading activities and we spent time reading and sharing. Students completed a reading survey. We began our exploration of Canada by thinking about our baseline knowledge. Students filled in a blank map to show what they know now. We also started our first Novel study, and are reading, “Wishtree.” Next week we will look at personal identity and how our names contribute to our sense of self. Students will write a letter to their future selves and we will continue to build our understanding of Canada.
Enjoy the weekend
We hope your child had an amazing first day of school. We were excited to meet everyone and look forward to an amazing year of learning. We will send an email out weekly that provides updates.
Survey and Forms
To facilitate us getting to know your child, please complete this survey. It helps us get to know the students faster and makes us aware of their strengths and areas for growth. In addition, look for information coming home about logging into Powerschool (this sheet was yellow and has a passcode that is individual for each student). We will be using Powerschool for field trip forms and additional student information management. The blue demographic form needs to be signed and returned to the school.
Meet the Teacher Night
Please join us Thursday, August 22 for the meet the teacher night. We will be offering 2 sessions; one at 4:00PM and one at 5:30PM. Both sessions will cover the same content, and you need only attend one. Information shared at the sessions will also be sent home digitally. There will also be Fall Camp sessions held at 4:00PM, 5:30PM and 7:00PM that will provide information about Camp Chief Hector. Grade 5s go to camp Sept.9-11. If you are able to volunteers please email Mr. Sonico or Mrs. Stevenson.
Gail Stevenson, Ranee Drader, and Kevin Sonico