We’ve had another busy week in grade 5.
Here’s a look ahead:
Monday, Nov. 12: No School
Thursday, Nov. 15: Walk to North Glenmore Park Wetland - Parent volunteers needed 10:30-1:00pm (see more details under “Science”)
Monday, Nov. 19: Report Cards go home
Thursday, Nov. 22 (evening) & Friday, Nov. 23 (morning): Student Led Conferences (no School on Friday)
Science: We are in between science topics right now. On Thursday, students completed a ‘blank paper test. In groups, they created a visual (small poster) that depicted everything they knew about wetlands. This task gives me an idea of their existing knowledge. Next week we will begin to link wetlands with our next inquiry into weather. Part of this will be a walk to the constructed wetland in North Glenmore Park (near the Canoe Club) on Thursday morning. Please let us know if you can join us for our adventure. We will be leaving at 10:35am and walking to the school back by 1:00pm. The plan will be to have our lunch there, as long as the weather cooperates.
Math: This week in math we began to explore patterns in multiples and ways of approaching our times tables to help with our fluency. In addition, we started a “Week of Inspirational Math.” We are using rich problems to spark our curiosity and engagement in all of the ways that math is beautiful and interesting. You can try out our first problem at home (students got a start on it, but we ran out of time to explore all of the possibilities...the lowest number that a student came up with was 6!). Using grid paper, draw a rectangle that is 13x11 units. Within that rectangle, try and draw the fewest number of squares that will take up the entire rectangle (note: you can’t split any units in half and the entire rectangle must be made up of squares when you are finished).
Humanities: This week we presented our TED talks that show our understanding of Canadian identity. They were recorded and can be viewed on Seesaw. When we weren’t watching TED talks, we were reading,“Refugee.” We anticipate wrapping the novel up next week. Students will complete one final project that will show their overall understanding. These will be shared at Student Led Conferences. Term 2, which begins on Nov. 19, will usher in a new unit in Social Studies and a focus on writing in Language Arts. Students will continue to read a choice book daily, we just won’t be studying a novel as a class.
Have a wonderful long weekend! As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.