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.