We had another busy week in grade 5! Thank-you to everyone who made it out to Student-led Conferences and provided great feedback to your child. We always enjoy seeing students share their learning with their parents.
Looking Ahead to Important Dates
Dec 1: Family Group CANstruction build (please send in items requested by your child’s family group teacher before this day)
Dec 8: PD Day (No School)
Dec 13: 5.3 to Masters Gallery, morning only (EXPO Trip) - Will need parent volunteers (2 ish)
Dec 18-21: Peace Festival
Dec 22: PD Day (No School)
Dec 23-Jan 7: Winter Break
Jan. 10: Glenbow/Fort Calgary (EXPO Trip ) - Will need parent volunteers (Lots!)
Jan. 25: 5.4 to Masters Gallery, morning only (EXPO Trip) - Will need parent volunteers (2 ish)
This week in Humanities we explored the Cordillera region. This region is the most westerly region and the students looked at some of the challenges of living in a mountainous region. The Cordillera region also contains 11 national parks, so we spent some time examining National Parks and the activities you can do with in a National Park and the reasons parks are created. We will wrap up the Cordillera on Monday and begin studying the Arctic. We started our next read aloud, “Rain, Reign.” Along with the reading of this book we will be doing some word study, looking at spelling patterns and learning personal strategies to help with spelling.
This week we continued to practice how to use the array method to multiply - visually (using diagrams) and symbolically (numbers). Students should be proficient at using this strategy and understand how to multiply at least double-digit factors by single-digit numbers. We also looked into what counts as proofs for multiplication expressions; students then selected an expression to show 4 proofs for. This will be due early next week and students will share their proofs with the class. Looking ahead we will explore the lattice method and traditional algorithm for multiplying. There will also be a multiplication check-in mid week.
This week we discussed taking weather measurements using thermometer; what are the different weather phenomena we can measure and what they mean, e.g. humidity, wind speed, wind direction. We spent some time learning about what constitutes a chinook and how we could use our data collected earlier in the week to predict that a chinook was imminent. We organized our daily weather observations in a table and will be graphing some of the data next week. Looking ahead we will be designing and constructing our own weather-measurement devices.