It’s hard to believe that it is already the first week of December! Here is the weekly update:
Looking Ahead to Important Dates
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)
Humanities: We finished up with the Cordillera region and moved onto the East Coast. Students completed a brief exploration of The Great Lakes region and began learning about the Appalachian region. We continued to read, “Rain, Reign,” and as we read this novel we will be doing some word study, looking at spelling patterns and learning personal strategies to help with spelling. This week we reviewed the parts of speech, and learned about homonyms, idioms and palindromes. Students also started a new creative writing piece, called “Mission Impossible.” Next week we will study 2 more Canadian regions, read our novel and build personal spelling strategies.
Math: We had a jam packed week in math. We continued to work on our multiplication skills by finishing up our proofs as well as doing some practice problem solving. We also learned about the lattice method for multiplication. Check out the below links if you are curious! (you could also have your child teach you!). Many students found this to be a more efficient strategy to use, while others still prefer the visual layout of the array method. We also talked about the importance of estimating your product before you solve to ensure that your final product is ‘reasonable’. Please continue to encourage your child to practice their multiplication facts.
Lattice Video (Instructional)
Lattice Video (Explanation)
Science: We finished up our weather observations this week and learned about a few different tools for measuring weather. Over the next few weeks students will design, build and test an instrument that will measure one element of weather.
This year Connect is, once again, filling backpacks for the “Stephen’s Backpack” initiative. The even homerooms (5.2 or 5.4) fill for a boy in grade 5. The odd homerooms (5.1 or 5.3) fill for a girl in grade 5. Each homeroom will fill one backpack. Please see the links below for additional information and to see a list of required items