Jun 262021
 

Hello!

We are almost done! Just 2 days left next week (weird calendar). This week was pretty chill.

We finished off our kid books and comics. They are pretty good.

This week was more fun activities, such as rockets, Frisbee golf, music bingo, and our class auction.

Our field trip to Carlow park went well, lots of fun.

All our school stuff went home today.

Next Monday is our grade 5 grad at 1pm. There will be an opportunity for pictures from 2-3pm after. Tuesday is our last day of school, we will have a water fight in the afternoon, and report cards will be sent home.

Have a good weekend, stay cool, and see you Monday.

 

Jun 192021
 

Hello!

This week sure went by fast, tends to happen when we’re all having fun.

We learned about probability in math this week, with odds of ‘certain, impossible, unlikely, and likely’ for events. On Friday I taught them a fun dice game, a mix between bones and farkle; they seemed to like it.

A couple of students have finished their kids book/comic, though most are still working on it. It is our goal for next week to finish.

We finished off our country projects on friday, they are pretty interesting. They will be presented early next week.

We skipped science this week and I taught the class how to play Frisbee golf instead. It was pretty fun, and they are getting much better at throwing discs. We will have a tournament next week.

Speaking of golf, our mini golf and bowling field trip was a huge success. We had a great time, and some learned a new game. Thanks again for our parent volunteers. Our top mini golf players were Ryker, Claire, and Kaydn. Our top bowlers were Alisha and Kaleigha.

We also wore our new tie dye socks! They turned out pretty well for a 50/50 cotton blend.

We also got our artwork back from the PAC fundraiser. Our pointillism pieces.

I sent home a notice today about our class field trip to Carlow park next Wednesday. Should be a fun trip.

Have a safe and fun weekend, and see you next week.

Jun 122021
 

Hello!

We have been working through both our country project and kids/comic books this week. Each day we work on either one or the other. The country projects are looking pretty interesting.

We finished our shapes unit in math: quadrilaterals and 3D shapes. Most seemed to get the properties of each type of shape. We tried making 3D shapes out of large paper sticks, though didn’t work too well.

We finished our rock cycle and moon phase unit. Though I may add another another inquiry project next week (if we run out of things to do).

On Friday we created some tie dye socks! I felt our classes funky sock game needed to be stepped up a bit, so we made a bunch of different types. They will be ready just in time for our bowling trip and rainbow day next Thursday.

Have a good weekend and see you Monday.

Jun 052021
 

Hello!

We have had a pretty good week, though you can tell with the heat that students are ready for summer. We had to reinforce and go over the rules a couple of times this week.

In math we started looking at 3D objects. We discussed prisms vs pyramids, and looked at the different attributes of each shape: so how many faces, edges, and vertices they have. My trick is to find the 2D shape first, count the sides and add 1 for the bottom and 1 for the top (if there is one) to find the faces, multiply the sides of the 2D shape by 3 (or 2 for a pyramid) for edges, and multiply the sides of the 2D shape by 2 (or just count the side and add 1 for pyramid) for the vertices. Example: Cube uses a square 2D shape, 4 sides to a square plus 1 front and 1 back makes 6 faces, 4 sides multiply by 3 is 12 edges, and 4 corners multiply by 2 is 8 vertices. We also spent a lot of time building paper 3D shapes.

For language arts we worked on a rough copy of our story. Some of these stories are pretty entraining. A couple of students have started creating their storyboard to help organise their book. Each rough draft is on their Google classroom.

In science we learned about the moon! There were a lot of questions about the moon, Earth, and space in general. We learned about the phases of the moon, and how it affects the tides. We even created a flexogram to help us remember.

We spent all week working on a group project in social studies. Each group had to work together to discuss and create a unique country. They needed to decide the landscape, climate, natural resources, history, culture, government, economy, and any basic information. It was a good test at how well students work in groups.

We also worked on some team building exercises and games, such as the tallest straw tower (1.78m), relay bean bag island hopping race, and the tallest newspaper tower (mine 3m, students 1.6m). We will be continuing the team building activities for the rest of the month.

In art we worked on 1st point perspective drawings. It was tricky at first, but they got it near the end.

Ruth King also took part in Bike to School week, which went pretty well. Though biking all 5 days was really tiring for me…

Next week our bowling permission forms need to be handed in. Our class is also looking for a parent volunteer to walk with us from 930 to Eagle Ridge, and help supervise until 12 when the other class joins us. If you are interested send me an email.

Have a good weekend, and see you Monday.

 

 

May 282021
 

Hello!

Hope everyone had a nice long weekend. We finished off a couple of projects, and started some new ones.

In math we learned about different types of quadrilaterals and the rules for each: parallelogram, trapezoid, rectangle, rhombus, and square. We also learned about different types of lines: parallel, perpendicular, and intersecting. With our knowledge we started practicing 1 point perspective landscapes. It is a challenging art lesson, which hopefully next week we will get down.

We learned more about the rock cycle in science this week by making the three types of rocks (sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous) out of starbursts. Igneous was the most challenging to make, because we don’t have a hot enough source. So they took overnight to melt and reform.

In social studies we finished off and presented our country PowerPoints to the class. They were all well done and informative, and everyone presented their project very well.

We finished our novel study booklets!

We also started building ideas for our own picture/comic book. Next week we will start writing out the general storyline.

Have a good weekend, stay safe, and see you Monday .

May 222021
 

Hello!

We finished off our string art this week, they turned out pretty good.

Art cards also went home this week. We did pointillism portraits for the project. The PAC’s fundraiser ends soon, so of you want your orders, get them quick.

We finished off fractions and decimals this week with a unit test. They did very well with it. We will start geometry and shapes next week.

We started looking at the rock cycle on Wednesday, learning about igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. We discussed some of their properties, and how each rock is formed.

Most students are finishing up their country projects, we will be presenting them on Wednesday and Friday.

In language arts we investigated comic books and graphic novels, looking at unique traits and aspects about how comics work. Next week students will start story mapping their ideas, to make either a kids picture book or a comic book.

Have a good long weekend, and see you Tuesday.

May 172021
 

Hello!

A little late with this one, hope everyone had a nice weekend.

In math we worked on subtracting decimals. Most did very well with it, finally getting that ‘borrowing’ strategy down. This week we will be reviewing fractions and decimals for a final test on Friday.

We finished off our final book of our novel study, and had a pretty good lit circle discussion about the series on Thursday with our groups. We will be writing a synopsis about it on Monday.

We started our picture book/comic unit. Students will eventually be creating their own picture book/comic. We looked at a bunch of picture books last week, and this week we will look at comic book features.

In science we finished off and presented out power points to the class about our inquiry project. They were all very interesting and well done. They worked in partners, so if you would like to see your child’s presentation, let me know and I will make a copy for you.

We spent most of this week working on our nail/string art. We designed and nailed a board last week. This week we will string it. Some of the designs look pretty cool!

Hopefully this week we will finish off our country projects.

May 082021
 

Hello!

We went hard on science this week, in preparation for our test on Friday. We created paper cut out bodies for each organ system, then reviewed all of our notes to create a human body job list, then practices spelling really difficult human body organ names, and finally played human body jeopardy. Here are the cutouts.

We have also almost completed our human body inquiry PowerPoint projects. They are looking pretty good.

In math we worked on adding decimals, and did very well on our quiz on Thursday. Most seem to have their addition strategies down, as well as knowing when to add 0s to fill in place values.

In social studies we have started our project on comparing another country with Canada. Students researched a specific country, finding what their government is like, aspects about their currency, their culture, their physical geography, ect. Using their information they have started making another power point presentation to show off their country.

Next week we are creating nail/string art pieces, so if you are able to bring a hammer in, it would be appreciated. We will be finishing our novel study reading and having a discussion about the series in groups. In math we are practicing subtraction using decimals. We are also going to start looking at children’s books and comics in preparation of creating our own.

Have a good weekend, stay safe, and see you Monday.

May 022021
 

Hello!

We have started our coding work this week using the computers. They have their log in info in their Google Drive, if they want to work on it while at home.

We worked on decimal place values this week, and most Derek to have a good grasps of the tenths, hundredths, and thousandths place. Ordering numbers can still be a little tricky, so next week when we learn to add decimals, they will be practicing proper place value and lining up the numbers.

We finished book 2 of our novel study, and on Friday had small group discussions about the reading. We will hopefully start book 3 next week.

We looked at the nervous system in science on Wednesday, and on Thursday students started working on an inquiry project about the human body. They are researching a question they have about the human body, and will be making a PowerPoint presentation on it.

Their PowerPoints this week went well. Some students were pretty timid presenting in front of the class, but we got through everyone, and it was a great first step. We will be making a new PowerPoint about a country in social studies in the next couple of weeks.

I will be posting updates next week each day about what we covered in class, as I feel attendance might be an issue.

Stay safe and have a good weekend.

Apr 242021
 

Hello!

Another short week down. It was nice to see so many funky hats and hair styles on Thursday.

We are over half way through book 2 of our novel study this week. Each book is getting more exciting.

We learned how to turn fractions into decimals this week in math. First we had to make sure the fraction’s denominator is /10 or /100, then it was easy to put them into decimals. Most students did very well we the their quiz. Only a couple students still had trouble with the equivalent fractions conversation.

We finish off our personal PowerPoint presentations this week. We will be presenting them in front of the class next week.

In science we learned about the skeletal system, muscular system, and urinary system. It was a lot to take in. We made some robot hands to demonstrate how our hands work!

We also started coding this week, though some students were not a fan of our warm up activity. Students had to write me a code for making a jam sandwich, though it needed to be very detailed. I believe most students tried about 10-15 times, and the furthest we got was a bit bagel and an open jam jar.

Next week we will be doing actual coding using a computer. We are also learning more about decimal place values, finishing book 2, and learning about the nervous system.

Have a safe weekend, and see you Monday!