January 20th- January 24th

REMINDER: The field trip to Open Minds Science School for students in classes 5-6 and 5-3 will be here before you know it! We are looking for 5 volunteers to attend each day with us. This program is an amazing opportunity and more information will be coming shortly. 5-6 is attending February 18-24, and 5-3 is attending February 24-28, please email Mrs. Dinich stsonder@cbe.ab.ca or Mrs. Campbell sarleech@cbe.ab.ca if you can join us; you do not have to be a parent of a student in the class! 

Thank you, and we look forward to Science School with your help!


Math:

This week we returned back to learning about multi-digit multiplication. Prior to the winter break, we were examining the Area Model strategy to build a deeper understanding of multiplication. This week we dove into the Partial Products strategy! Students practiced this strategy using mystery picture puzzles, “Four in a Row” and other math games, Math Marathons, and check-ins with teacher feedback. 

For more practice on this strategy, check out this video: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=db3cC78AP2c

Next week, we will dive into our final multi-digit multiplication strategy, the Standard Method. To get a head start, check out the following links: 

http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me5l/html/Math5.html (Click on “Lessons”, then click on “Multiplication of Whole Numbers”)

http://www.softschools.com/math/multiplication/2_digit_multiplication/2_digit_by_2_digit_multiplication/

https://www.mathplayground.com/multiplication05.html

https://cemc2.math.uwaterloo.ca/mathfrog/english/kidz/mult5.shtml

Science:

This week in science, students continued to learn about electrical safety. Students worked on an assignment, either in worksheet form or on Google Docs, to examine unsafe situations involving electricity. Students described using detail and scientific vocabulary why the situation was unsafe and explained a safety rule. 

Students then were introduced to the basics of electricity and static electricity. They explored static electricity using balloons and documented their observations. Additionally, some classes had the opportunity to Observe, Wonder, and Infer about the Van de Graaff Generator! We will continue to explore this generator next week, as well as dive into the basics of circuits. Next week, we also look forward to watching a presentation about electricity on Wednesday! 


January 13th- January 17th


Math:

We have spent the week working on our posters for our New Years Resolutions.  We have worked on creating our bar graphs, pie graphs, charts, top 10 lists and organizing them all into a poster to show off our information.  Student’s have practiced the skills taught the week prior and should be able to explain to others what the important parts of a graph are, and have a few reasons as to why we even use graphs in the first place instead of just writing out the information!  

Science:

This week we have finished our light bulb art using only pencil and paper to create an electrical current to flow through the picture.  Even though many said it couldn’t be done, we successfully lit the light bulbs after applying a 9-volt battery to the picture! Students began to learn about and consider electrical safety and how to protect themselves and electrical appliances (and their cords) around the house as well.

January 7th- January 10th


Math:

This week to start off 2020 we created some New Year’s Resolutions! We studied some data in order to create bar and pie graphs to show what kind of resolutions people make and generally how successful people tend to be in achieving their goals. We have learned about labelling our X and Y axes and making the graphs easy for people to read, and will be having the students create their own posters with these graphs given the information they have been learning.

Feel free to practice making some graphs for fun on your own at https://www.mathsisfun.com/data/data-graph.php

Science:

This week we began our new unit of Electricity and Magnetism with an art project!  We have been practicing drawing and sketching light bulbs with an interesting design placed in the middle.  What is unique about this project is that we are hoping to use the graphite from inside the pencil to create a real simple circuit that will allow electricity to flow through the picture to light up a tiny bulb.

REMINDER: The field trip to Open Minds Science School for students in classes 5-6 and 5-3 will be here before you know it! We are looking for 5 volunteers to attend each day with us. This program is an amazing opportunity and more information will be coming shortly. 5-6 is attending February 18-24, and 5-3 is attending February 24-28, please email Mrs. Dinich stsonder@cbe.ab.ca or Mrs. Campbell sarleech@cbe.ab.ca if you can join us; you do not have to be a parent of a student in the class! 

Thank you, and we look forward to Science School with your help!



December 16th- December 19th


Math:

This week students explored Probability through looking at the likelihood of various outcomes occurring. Students developed the vocabulary “impossible”, “less likely”, “equally likely”, “more likely”, and “certain” through engaging in various coin, dice, and spinner activities. We hope that students have a wonderful winter break and have the opportunity to play some board games with dice, cards, and numbers! We look forward to learning about Statistics through studying data on New Year’s Resolutions in January! 

Science:

This week in science students wrapped up learning about Chemistry. Students used the study guide to review all concepts learned within the unit. As PowerSchool will be down over the winter break, expect to see marks for this test posted after students return on Tuesday, January 7th. In January, we look forward to beginning our unit of Electricity!


December 9th- December 13th


Math:

In math this week we finished up our look at ‘Shape and Space’. Students experimented with snap cubes to help their understanding of volume, as well as identified the difference between volume and capacity. We ended the week with our ‘Area, Perimeter, and Volume Check In’. Next week we will look at some methods and terminology included in statistics and probability before the winter break!

Here are some resources to practice Volume if students are having trouble:

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/basic-geo/basic-geo-volume-sa/volume-rect-prism/v/volume-of-a-rectangular-prism-or-box-examples

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/basic-geo/basic-geo-volume-sa/volume-rect-prism/e/volume_1

https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-5/volume-of-cubes-and-rectangular-prisms

Science:

This week in science we explored the concepts of irreversible changes vs. reversible changes, as well as physical changes vs. chemical changes. We headed outside onto our soccer field to discover which type of pop would have the biggest reaction to mentos, ask your child what we found out! We also found out that a very unlikely substance will create an even bigger reaction with pop, some of the students want to try it out at home! Ask your child what this unlikely substance was. We ended the week off by mixing some borax with hot water and putting our pipe cleaner ornaments into the mixture. Students are excited to see what they will look like when they return to school on Monday.

Next week our Chemistry Unit test will take place on Wednesday December 18. Students can get a head start studying by using the following website: http://gradefive.mrpolsky.com/science-chemistrylinks.html 

REMINDER: The field trip to Open Minds Science School for students in classes 5-6 and 5-3 will be here before you know it! We are looking for 5 volunteers to attend each day with us. This program is an amazing opportunity and more information will be coming shortly. 5-6 is attending February 18-24, and 5-3 is attending February 24-28, please email Mrs. Dinich stsonder@cbe.ab.ca or Mrs. Campbell sarleech@cbe.ab.ca if you can join us; you do not have to be a parent of a student in the class! 

Thank you, and we look forward to Science School with your help!


December 2nd- December 6th


Math:

In math, students explored calculating area and perimeter in a variety of hands on ways as well as through making real-world connections. Next week, students will continue to practice multiplication through calculating the volume of various objects. Later in the week, students will have a quiz on area, perimeter, volume, and capacity. Here are some resources to study at home: 

https://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me5l/html/math5.html → Use Lessons “Area and Perimeter” and “Volume”

http://www.nelson.com/mathfocus/grade5/quizzes/ch08/mf5_ch.8_lesson_3try.htm

http://www.nelson.com/mathfocus/grade5/quizzes/ch08/mf5_ch.8_lesson_4try.htm

http://www.nelson.com/mathfocus/grade5/quizzes/ch08/mf5_ch.8_lesson_5try.htm

http://www.nelson.com/mathfocus/grade5/quizzes/ch08/mf5_ch.8_lesson_6try.htm

http://www.nelson.com/mathfocus/grade5/quizzes/ch08/mf5_ch.8_lesson_7try.htm

http://www.nelson.com/mathfocus/grade5/quizzes/ch08/mf5_ch.8_lesson_8try.htm

http://www.nelson.com/mathfocus/grade5/quizzes/ch08/mf5_ch.8_lesson_9try.htm

http://www.nelson.com/mathfocus/grade5/quizzes/ch08/mf5_ch.8_lesson_10try.htm

Science:

In science, students worked on an assignment all week that involved exploring a scientific event/issue in society and our environment. These issues specifically connected to chemistry, our current unit of study. Students were presented with two articles, one about using fluoride in water and the other about using salt on roads. Students chose the one that interested them most. They read the article, highlighted important information, and some made annotations on the article. Students then answered the following questions on a separate piece of lined paper to explore the article: 

  1. Explain the issue that you read about. 

  2. How does this issue relate to Chemistry? 

  3. Can you find/hypothesize a possible solution to this problem? 

  4. What are your thoughts and/or concerns about this issue? 

Responses to these four questions are due Monday, December 9. Students have been provided with a hard copy of their article of choice. Both articles have also been shared through Google Drive. 

Criteria for the responses: 

  • Responses must be in paragraph form (minimum 5 complete sentences per response).  

  • Responses must include specific evidence/proof/reference from the articles. 

  • Responses must be detailed and clear.

November 25th- November 29th


Math:

This week, students explored the area model to develop a deeper understanding of multi-digit multiplication. Students explored representing multi-digit multiplication as an area model through videos as well as practice on large graph paper and whiteboards. Students then practiced the area model on a worksheet and received immediate feedback to improve their skills. On Friday, students completed a “check-in” to prove their understanding. Please check your child’s PowerSchool account early next week for an update on your child’s progress. 

Here is a link to further practice this skill at home: https://learnzillion.com/lesson_plans/6075-use-an-area-model-for-multiplication-of-two-digit-numbers-by-two-digit-numbers/

Science:

In Science, students explored mixtures of solids and liquids. They mixed solutions and examined which solutes dissolved in certain solvents. Ask your child what these words mean! Next, we took a look at mixtures of liquids. We explored various liquids that mix and layer. Students learned about how the density of a liquid affects how it layers with other liquids. Ask your child what all of these vocabulary words mean (mixture, solution, solute, solvent, dissolve, density). 


November 18th- November 21st

Math: 

This week, students had the opportunity to work on a “Room Renovation Project”! Within this project, students had $10 000 to use to either renovate a room or create an add on to their house. They had to use their multiplication skills to calculate the cost of various flooring. They had to apply their addition and subtraction of decimal skills to calculate the cost of furniture, electronics, hobby items, and extra items and ensure that they stay within budget! Once students used a catalogue to decide on their purchases and calculate the costs, they had to write cheques to various companies for the total costs within each category. 

This assignment will be due Monday, November 25, 2019. Students should have brought this project home in their RED folders, but if not it has been shared with them in their Google Drive. 

Here are some links to practice single digit multiplication at home! Next week we will be diving into multi-digit multiplication! 

https://www.homeschoolmath.net/teaching/md/multiplication-number-line.php

https://www.commoncoresheets.com/Math/Multiplication/Creating%20Equations%20from%20Arrays/English/1.pdf

https://www.commoncoresheets.com/Math/Multiplication/Understanding%20Multiplying%20By%2010s,%20100s,%201000s/English/1.pdf

Problem of the Week: Saburo is going to the beach. He is looking for a towel, a T-shirt, and something to play with. He finds three T-shirts: red, green, and blue. He finds three towels: striped, plaid, and dotted. He finds three things he can play with at the beach: a frisbee, a kite, and a ball. He picks out one towel, one T-shirt, and one thing to play with. What are all the different combinations of things he could choose? (Hint: Make an Organized List)

Science: 

In Chemistry, students continued to explore homogeneous and heterogeneous mixtures. Furthermore, they explored ways to separate mixtures of solid substances through using a sieve, magnet, air, or water. Some classes also learned about ways to separate mixtures of solids and liquids through using filtration, evaporation, distillation, and chromatography. 

Some classes reviewed the states of matter and executed the scientific method to make Oobleck. Students learned that Oobleck, a mixture of cornstarch and water, is a Non-Newtonian Fluid. This means that it behaves as both a solid and liquid! 


November 12th- November 15th


Math:

This week students reviewed basic multiplication strategies. Specifically, students represented single digit multiplication problems through equal groupings, arrays, number lines, and repeated addition. Students engaged in a variety of games and problem solving opportunities to refresh their memory of the basic multiplication strategies learned in Grade 4. Students also examined the times table and made observations about the patterns within the table. Please remember to have your child practice his/her basic facts frequently: https://www.webmathminute.com/

For further practice at home, use this website: https://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me3us/flash/. Click on “Multiplication” and complete all of the multiplication topics. We will soon be learning about multiplication of multi-digit numbers. If your child would like to work ahead, here is a great website: https://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me5l/html/math5.html. Click on “Lessons” in the bottom left corner, and select the topic “Multiplication of Whole Numbers”. 

Science: 

In chemistry, students reviewed the three states of matter and the properties of each. Students then learned about pure substances vs. mixtures, and specifically examined the difference between homogeneous and heterogeneous mixtures. Students then explored how to separate mixtures of solid substances through using sieves, magnets, air, water, and many other ideas! At our Telus Spark field trip, students learned about acids and bases and used cabbage juice to discover the pH of various clear liquids! Students then dissolved mystery solids using each of the clear liquids, observed the results, and drew conclusions based on their findings

November 4th- November 8th


This week we finished our unit on addition and subtraction of decimals and will begin to move on to our multiplication unit.  Over the next few weeks students will practice up on their single digit multiplication facts, learn double digit multiplication as well as a variety of important vocabulary that will help them in understanding the concepts taught.  

Feel free to get a head start by visiting! https://www.multiplication.com/quiz/multiplication-self-correcting-quizzes

Students in 5-1 and 5-4 can work on the Penny Problem at home. This is due Wednesday. Here is the problem: 

Would you rather:

A: Be given $10 000 every day for a 30 day month?

Or

B: Be given 0.01 (one cent) on the first day, but then every day after your product doubles for a 30 day month?

Show us your reasoning why you chose your answer. 

(Hint: a table or two might be helpful)

Science: 

This week we prepared for the final assessment in our Weather Unit using technology to help research and complete slides that helped with home study.  The students completed their informative slides on GoogleDrive and were able to access the same information from a home computer. We also began to introduce Chemistry and the states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. 

We are looking forward to our Telus Spark field trip next week about Chemistry!


October 28th- October 31st

Math:

This week, students had the opportunity to target their personal areas of growth within our unit of Addition and Subtraction. Students worked with the teacher in small groups, played games, completed worksheets, used manipulatives, and explored websites to practice addition and subtraction of whole numbers and decimals. 

Students in 5-1 and 5-4 completed a “Check-In” today to gauge their mastery of addition and subtraction of big numbers as well as addition and subtraction of decimals with like and unlike place value positions. Students were provided with feedback and a checklist indicating the skills that they need to practice. Please check for this in your child’s Red Folder. 

Students have a document shared with them in Google Drive titled “Math Rotations Technology.” Using this document, students can click on the links to practice the specific skills that they need to improve on. This can be done at home and will also continue to be an option for one half hour block next week. Additionally, there are a variety of worksheets available targeting each of these skills within the classroom. If you would like to further work on these skills at home with your child, please direct your child to bring any of these worksheets home as well at any point throughout next week! 

At DMCS our Math Learning Leader, Mrs. Potts, has been working with us to focus deeply on mathematical concepts. There will be many opportunities for students to work with Mrs. Potts as well as the other Grade 5 Math teachers throughout the year. 

Students will complete a summative assessment early in the week after next on addition and subtraction of big numbers as well as addition and subtraction of decimals numbers with like and unlike place value positions. 

Science: 

This week, students learned about the different types of weather that clouds can bring. They completed a question sheet and used an information booklet to answer the questions. For 5-1 and 5-4, this is due Monday if it was not completed in class. If your child has misplaced it or did not bring this home, it has been shared with them on their Google Drive account. 

Students then explored the Reasons for the Seasons. Again, this is due Monday for 5-1 and 5-4 if it was not completed in class. 

Finally, students completed a Weather Instruments Scavenger Hunt. Students learned about the Thermometer, Barometer, Anemometer, Hygrometer, Rain Gauge, and Wind Vane. Please discuss with your child at home what each of these instruments measure. 

Classrooms will be reviewing the concepts of weather learned this year on Monday and we will have our Weather Unit Test next week. Here is a list of concepts that will be covered on this unit test and links to review these concepts for studying at home: 

After our Weather Unit Test, we will be moving onto Classroom Chemistry! Thank you to all of you who have returned your field trip forms for our Telus Spark field trip about Classroom Chemistry.  We know that many of you have tried to pay online and it is now showing up in PowerSchool. As we mentioned at our “meet the teacher night” we are unable to accept cash for field trips, etc.  Forms and payment are due Nov. 5th. 


October 21st- October 25th


Math:

This week in Math students have taken a break from addition and subtraction of decimals to focus on patterns, comparing numbers, and ordering numbers. Students had the chance to place decimal numbers, fractions, and picture representations into the tenths and hundredths on a number line, identifying why a decimal such as 0.46 would be placed as smaller than 0.5. 

We will be having a Check In on Monday about the concepts stated above. Please follow the link below for additional practice.

Select the “Lessons” button at the bottom of the flash video, then select “Patterns” from the list.

 https://www.learnalberta.ca/co...

Science:

This week in Science students had the opportunity to explore the different kinds of clouds, focusing mainly on cirrus, stratus, fog, nimbostratus, cumulus, and cumulonimbus clouds. We then went outside during the week to sketch, identify, and label the clouds that we were able to observe from our field.  

On Tuesday meteorologist Jordan Witzel from Global News came to discuss all things weather with our students, allowing them to see what the daily life of a weatherman entails. Ask your child what their favourite part of Jordan’s presentation was!

Our weather unit is beginning to draw to an end, as we are going to learn about seasons, weather measuring instruments and then finish up with a final weather test on November 4

Expect students to come home soon with a permission form for our upcoming field trip to the Telus Spark Science Centre happening between the dates of November 12th to the 14th where our homeroom classes will be able to get some real hands-on experiences.  As a reminder, all payments for field trips are to be done through PowerSchool, as students are not to be bringing money designated for field trips to the school.


October 14th- October 18th


Math:

This week students brushed up on their addition and subtraction skills. We have been practicing adding up to 5 digit numbers, with and without regrouping. We then practiced subtracting numbers with up to 5 digits, with and without regrouping. We will use this skill in the coming weeks when we introduce addition and subtraction of numbers containing decimals. As it is still a bit tricky, we encourage students to practice at home adding and subtracting numbers with regrouping, here is a video tutorial. Please click the “Practice: Add within 100” afterwards.

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/arith-review-add-subtract/arith-review-add-within-100a/v/addition-with-regrouping

Here is a video tutorial for subtraction with regrouping. The videos afterwards address other scenarios when subtracting. Please click the “Practice: Subtract within 1000” afterwards.

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/arith-review-add-subtract/arith-review-regrouping-3-dig/v/basic-regrouping-or-borrowing-when-subtracting-three-digit-numbers

Science:

In science this week classes we able to watch the stop-motion clips that others created last week. 

We have begun to discuss clouds such as Cumulus, Stratus and Cirrus, and will continue to go into more detailed and deeper learning about the study of clouds in the week to come. 


October 7th- October 10th


Math: 

This week, students learned about place value to the left of the decimal, up to and including the thousandths place. They worked towards representing this both pictorially and symbolically. Students also completed another “All The Facts” assessment on basic addition facts. Students are encouraged to practice their basic facts at home regularly. Here’s a great website!: https://www.mathschase.com/all-games/

Students also completed an addition and subtraction, with and without regrouping, of both whole numbers and decimals pre-assessment. Next week, students will begin reviewing and developing skills and strategies for addition and subtraction, specifically targeting their areas of growth. 

Some students started an activity shading areas of a  whole, tenths, hundredths, and thousandths grids. Students then had to identify each colour they used and the amount they shaded expressed as a decimal. A similar 5 minute activity can be found below if your child is having trouble with decimals this week and next week:

https://www.explorelearning.com/index.cfm?method=cResource.dspView&ResourceID=1007

Classes 5-6 and 5-3 should turn this in on Tuesday Oct. 15.

No other math homework this week. 

Science: 

This week in science, students used an iPad app called iMotion as well as filming crates to create an animation that outlined the stages of the water cycle. Students were expected to include, draw, and describe evaporation, condensation, precipitation, run-off, and collection in as much detail as possible. 

Once the weather is warmer (fingers crossed) we hope to do a “water cycle in a bag” experiment, where students can see first hand the stages of the water cycle. 

Next week, students will learn the scientific names of the different kinds of clouds. 

No science homework this week. 

September 30th- October 4th


Math

This week, students continued to develop their understanding of large numbers through representing numbers in standard form, word form, and expanded form. Students also worked on ordering and comparing numbers up to the millions. Rounding skills were also reviewed in order for future application to operations. 

Students wrote a Place Value unit test this week. They will receive this assessment back next week and the grade will also be posted on PowerSchool. 

Next week, we will dive deeper into decimal numbers in order to gear up for addition and subtraction for decimals. 

For homework this week, please check your child’s Red Folder for any incomplete work. No new homework in math this week. 

Science: 

This week in science, students explored reading a thermometer, and learned about significant temperatures such as freezing point and melting point. Students then engaged in a lab where they predicted and measured the temperature of various locations within the school, specifically examining temperatures near the floor and ceiling. Students discovered through this experiment that hot air rises, and convection current was discussed. Ask your child about convection current at home! 

Next week, students will learn about the water cycle and create an iMotion video! 

No homework in science this week. Please make sure that the Day in the Life assignment and Climate vs. Weather assignment are completed and handed in.


September 23rd-27th


Math: 

Students continued to dive into their exploration of large numbers up to and beyond one million. Students learned how to represent numbers in a variety of ways up to the millions. We have been practicing how to use standard form, written form, expanded form, and place value charts to express large numbers.

Standard Form: 4 789 432

Written Form: Four million, seven hundred eighty-nine thousand, four hundred thirty-two

Expanded form: 4 000 000 + 700 000 + 80 000 + 9 000 + 400 + 30 + 2

Next week, students will continue to learn about expanded form as well as be introduced to rounding and the number system to the right of a decimal point. 

Please check here every week for homework. Please note that this homework is not something that will be handed into the teacher, but is an opportunity for your child to further practice the skills learned in class at home.  This week, use the following links as a helpful tool for deepening these understandings. Note that once one of the links are clicked on many different videos along with practice activities can then be accessed  on the left-hand side of the screen.

Science: 

This week in science, students examined weather reports and the elements within these reports. Classes looked at upcoming weather forecasts in Calgary as well as cases of extreme weather in Canada and other parts of the world. We are all curious to see how much snow Calgary will get over the weekend, as many classes found differing forecasts depending on the new station reporting. 

Some classes also began to use line plots to graph the daily temperature, and all classes will begin this by next week. This activity will continue throughout the remainder of our weather unit. It will be interesting to interpret the graph to draw conclusions regarding the changes in the weather over the course of the next couple of months. 

Students worked on creating a “Weather vs. Climate” advertisement, acting as a boxing match promoter. They took 3 scientific facts about both weather and climate and turned them into boxing stats. For example, if the fact is “Weather changes from day-to-day” then some students created a stat like “Weather’s moves change so quickly you don’t know what’s coming for you!” Students then created an outline and a good copy of their poster. The good copy of this assignment will be due Tuesday, October 1, 2019, and the outline with the 6 criteria can be found in your child’s RED Work In Progress folder. Please see the document in the “Resources” section of this page for further details. 


September 16th-19th


Math: 

Students began learning about our first unit, Place Value. This week, students focused on numbers up to the millions place. Students had a variety of opportunities, including whole-group instruction, desk work, and dice/card games to practice identifying the value of digits, reading numbers correctly, and writing numbers in word form. Next week, students will work towards representing numbers up to one million using expanded form. 

Playing many board games, card games, and dice games at home are an excellent way to develop your child’s sense of large numbers! If you’re looking for a new game idea to play at home this weekend, check out one of our favourites, Place Value Yahtzee! (https://games4gains.com/blogs/teaching-ideas/place-value-game-of-yahtzee)

Also, next time you are writing a cheque, have your child help you write the amount out in word form! 

Additionally, students continued to work on their estimation skills through our daily estimation challenge. Our group of students are really starting to hone in on their observation skills in order to make increasingly accurate estimations! 

Please check here every week for homework. Please note that this homework is not something that will be handed into the teacher, but is an opportunity for your child to further practice the skills learned in class at home.  Follow the steps to access this week’s homework: 

  1. Go to the website: http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me5l/html/Math5.html

  2. Click on “Lessons” in the bottom left corner

  3. Click on “Place Value” 

  4. You may: watch the video, complete the “Activity Sheet” in the bottom left corner, or complete the “Assessment” in the top right corner. 

Science: 

This week in science, students looked closely at the difference between the terms “Weather” and “Climate”. Ask your child to explain the difference to you! Students watched videos, made sketchnotes, and did a vocabulary sort in order to distinguish the differences between these two terms. 

Our first project in science, The Battle of Climate vs. Weather, will be introduced next week. Stay tuned for details and the due date of this assignment! 

Classes have also been following current extreme weather in our world. Specifically, student-friendly news articles have been shared with the students regarding Hurricane Dorian and Hurricane Humberto! Students are very interested to learn about how these forms of extreme weather affect parts of our world. 

There is no homework in science this week. 

5-1 and 5-4, please check PowerSchool to verify that homework last week, “A Day In The Life”, was handed in. 


September 9th-13th


Math: 

This week, students became familiar with our daily Math Warm Up (MWU) routine. An open ended problem is posted at the beginning of class, and students are to come in and begin working on it. This problem typically reviews concepts previously learned. This week, it included some puzzle problems as well as basic fact review. 

Students also began to refresh their estimation skills through estimating the height of people as well as how many hot dogs were eaten in a 10 minute hot dog eating contest! Feel free to check the video out here and review the discussion questions again at home: https://gfletchy.com/wheres-the-beef/

Grade 5s began to work towards building a positive, growth mindset when learning about mathematics. We discussed three myths about what it means to be “good” at math. 

Students then solved equations to figure out facts about their teacher (i.e. the teacher’s age, birth day, shoe size, etc.) Some classes had students make their own “Figure Me Out” poster, and some classes will start this task next week. 

Students also wrote the MIPI (Mathematical Intervention/Programming Instrument) test this week. It covered the Grade 4 curriculum. This test will be used to provide information to the teachers about areas of strength and growth for each student at the beginning of this school year. 

Please check here every week for weekly homework. Please note that this homework is not something that will be handed into the teacher, but is an opportunity for your child to further practice the skills learned in class at home.  Follow the steps to access this week’s homework: 

  1. Go to the website: http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me5l/html/Math5.html

  2. Click on “Lessons” in the bottom left corner

  3. Click on “Estimating” 

  4. You may: watch the video, complete the “Activity Sheet” in the bottom left corner, or complete the “Assessment” in the top right corner. 

Science: 

This week, students brainstormed branches of science as well as what scientists do. They then worked towards documenting their thinking, observations, etc. through using SKETCHNOTING or VISUAL NOTE-TAKING. For more information, please refer to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY9KdRfNN9w

Students then worked on creating a “Day In The Life” poster using SKETCHNOTING. They were also provided with a checklist to guide the level of detail included in their sketchnotes. Please find this checklist under the “Resources” section of this page. The “Day In The Life” posters are due Monday

From there, students worked towards honing in on their observation skills and documenting their observations through an “OWI” chart (Observe, Wonder, Infer). Please ask your child the meaning of these three words! 

Next week, we will begin to apply these skills to making scientific observations, specifically through the lens of our first science unit - WEATHER WATCH! 

SIDE NOTE FOR STUDENTS IN 5-1 AND 5-4: PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR ROCK TO MRS. OSMOND! THANK YOU! 


September 3rd-6th

The first week of Grade 5 is in the books! This week was jammed packed with a lot of important and fun activities in all classes. All students received their lockers, met their teachers, and explored the school. Within the classrooms, students participated in getting to know you activities such as writing a "I wish my teacher knew" letter, a cup challenge, time capsules, stem challenge, imagine a school book creation, and more! As a grade 5 community, students brainstormed "the big 3" which are ideals/expectations that we wish to hold ourselves to for the year. In the end, we came up with: Be positive. Persevere. Be Respectful. We will continue to reference these points throughout the year.

Next week students will be getting their gym lockers and will begin CTF! Students need to come prepared with proper running shoes and a change of clothing. 


Welcome to Grade 5!


This web page will be a great place to check for Math and Science updates, resources, and assignments. While it may be a little empty now, this will be a happening place over the next few weeks. Please check back weekly for updates. 

About Math/ Science

The students will engage in a variety of learning activities in our mathematics classes, including large group math lessons, small group hands-on activities, independent written work, and activity sheets in order to provide students with a balanced math program and inquiry activities to deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts. Emphasis will be placed on developing a conceptual understanding of essential mathematical strands, including Number Sense, Patterns and Relations, Statistics and Probability, and Shape and Space. Application of their understanding will also be applied to develop problem solving strategies. This year, students will focus on developing their basic fact fluency. We aim for students to fluently, flexibly, and efficiently solve basic addition facts to 20 and the corresponding subtraction facts as well as multiplication facts to 9x9. Students will be provided with a variety of opportunities to develop all of the above skills. Further ways for you to support at home will be provided as we progress through the units on our Grade 5 website


Math and Science

January 20th- January 24th

REMINDER: The field trip to Open Minds Science School for students in classes 5-6 and 5-3 will be here before you know it! We are looking for 5 volunteers to attend each day with us. This program is an amazing opportunity and more information will be coming shortly. 5-6 is attending February 18-24, and 5-3 is attending February 24-28, please email Mrs. Dinich stsonder@cbe.ab.ca or Mrs. Campbell sarleech@cbe.ab.ca if you can join us; you do not have to be a parent of a student in the class! 

Thank you, and we look forward to Science School with your help!


Math:

This week we returned back to learning about multi-digit multiplication. Prior to the winter break, we were examining the Area Model strategy to build a deeper understanding of multiplication. This week we dove into the Partial Products strategy! Students practiced this strategy using mystery picture puzzles, “Four in a Row” and other math games, Math Marathons, and check-ins with teacher feedback. 

For more practice on this strategy, check out this video: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=db3cC78AP2c

Next week, we will dive into our final multi-digit multiplication strategy, the Standard Method. To get a head start, check out the following links: 

http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me5l/html/Math5.html (Click on “Lessons”, then click on “Multiplication of Whole Numbers”)

http://www.softschools.com/math/multiplication/2_digit_multiplication/2_digit_by_2_digit_multiplication/

https://www.mathplayground.com/multiplication05.html

https://cemc2.math.uwaterloo.ca/mathfrog/english/kidz/mult5.shtml

Science:

This week in science, students continued to learn about electrical safety. Students worked on an assignment, either in worksheet form or on Google Docs, to examine unsafe situations involving electricity. Students described using detail and scientific vocabulary why the situation was unsafe and explained a safety rule. 

Students then were introduced to the basics of electricity and static electricity. They explored static electricity using balloons and documented their observations. Additionally, some classes had the opportunity to Observe, Wonder, and Infer about the Van de Graaff Generator! We will continue to explore this generator next week, as well as dive into the basics of circuits. Next week, we also look forward to watching a presentation about electricity on Wednesday! 


January 13th- January 17th


Math:

We have spent the week working on our posters for our New Years Resolutions.  We have worked on creating our bar graphs, pie graphs, charts, top 10 lists and organizing them all into a poster to show off our information.  Student’s have practiced the skills taught the week prior and should be able to explain to others what the important parts of a graph are, and have a few reasons as to why we even use graphs in the first place instead of just writing out the information!  

Science:

This week we have finished our light bulb art using only pencil and paper to create an electrical current to flow through the picture.  Even though many said it couldn’t be done, we successfully lit the light bulbs after applying a 9-volt battery to the picture! Students began to learn about and consider electrical safety and how to protect themselves and electrical appliances (and their cords) around the house as well.

January 7th- January 10th


Math:

This week to start off 2020 we created some New Year’s Resolutions! We studied some data in order to create bar and pie graphs to show what kind of resolutions people make and generally how successful people tend to be in achieving their goals. We have learned about labelling our X and Y axes and making the graphs easy for people to read, and will be having the students create their own posters with these graphs given the information they have been learning.

Feel free to practice making some graphs for fun on your own at https://www.mathsisfun.com/data/data-graph.php

Science:

This week we began our new unit of Electricity and Magnetism with an art project!  We have been practicing drawing and sketching light bulbs with an interesting design placed in the middle.  What is unique about this project is that we are hoping to use the graphite from inside the pencil to create a real simple circuit that will allow electricity to flow through the picture to light up a tiny bulb.

REMINDER: The field trip to Open Minds Science School for students in classes 5-6 and 5-3 will be here before you know it! We are looking for 5 volunteers to attend each day with us. This program is an amazing opportunity and more information will be coming shortly. 5-6 is attending February 18-24, and 5-3 is attending February 24-28, please email Mrs. Dinich stsonder@cbe.ab.ca or Mrs. Campbell sarleech@cbe.ab.ca if you can join us; you do not have to be a parent of a student in the class! 

Thank you, and we look forward to Science School with your help!



December 16th- December 19th


Math:

This week students explored Probability through looking at the likelihood of various outcomes occurring. Students developed the vocabulary “impossible”, “less likely”, “equally likely”, “more likely”, and “certain” through engaging in various coin, dice, and spinner activities. We hope that students have a wonderful winter break and have the opportunity to play some board games with dice, cards, and numbers! We look forward to learning about Statistics through studying data on New Year’s Resolutions in January! 

Science:

This week in science students wrapped up learning about Chemistry. Students used the study guide to review all concepts learned within the unit. As PowerSchool will be down over the winter break, expect to see marks for this test posted after students return on Tuesday, January 7th. In January, we look forward to beginning our unit of Electricity!


December 9th- December 13th


Math:

In math this week we finished up our look at ‘Shape and Space’. Students experimented with snap cubes to help their understanding of volume, as well as identified the difference between volume and capacity. We ended the week with our ‘Area, Perimeter, and Volume Check In’. Next week we will look at some methods and terminology included in statistics and probability before the winter break!

Here are some resources to practice Volume if students are having trouble:

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/basic-geo/basic-geo-volume-sa/volume-rect-prism/v/volume-of-a-rectangular-prism-or-box-examples

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/basic-geo/basic-geo-volume-sa/volume-rect-prism/e/volume_1

https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-5/volume-of-cubes-and-rectangular-prisms

Science:

This week in science we explored the concepts of irreversible changes vs. reversible changes, as well as physical changes vs. chemical changes. We headed outside onto our soccer field to discover which type of pop would have the biggest reaction to mentos, ask your child what we found out! We also found out that a very unlikely substance will create an even bigger reaction with pop, some of the students want to try it out at home! Ask your child what this unlikely substance was. We ended the week off by mixing some borax with hot water and putting our pipe cleaner ornaments into the mixture. Students are excited to see what they will look like when they return to school on Monday.

Next week our Chemistry Unit test will take place on Wednesday December 18. Students can get a head start studying by using the following website: http://gradefive.mrpolsky.com/science-chemistrylinks.html 

REMINDER: The field trip to Open Minds Science School for students in classes 5-6 and 5-3 will be here before you know it! We are looking for 5 volunteers to attend each day with us. This program is an amazing opportunity and more information will be coming shortly. 5-6 is attending February 18-24, and 5-3 is attending February 24-28, please email Mrs. Dinich stsonder@cbe.ab.ca or Mrs. Campbell sarleech@cbe.ab.ca if you can join us; you do not have to be a parent of a student in the class! 

Thank you, and we look forward to Science School with your help!


December 2nd- December 6th


Math:

In math, students explored calculating area and perimeter in a variety of hands on ways as well as through making real-world connections. Next week, students will continue to practice multiplication through calculating the volume of various objects. Later in the week, students will have a quiz on area, perimeter, volume, and capacity. Here are some resources to study at home: 

https://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me5l/html/math5.html → Use Lessons “Area and Perimeter” and “Volume”

http://www.nelson.com/mathfocus/grade5/quizzes/ch08/mf5_ch.8_lesson_3try.htm

http://www.nelson.com/mathfocus/grade5/quizzes/ch08/mf5_ch.8_lesson_4try.htm

http://www.nelson.com/mathfocus/grade5/quizzes/ch08/mf5_ch.8_lesson_5try.htm

http://www.nelson.com/mathfocus/grade5/quizzes/ch08/mf5_ch.8_lesson_6try.htm

http://www.nelson.com/mathfocus/grade5/quizzes/ch08/mf5_ch.8_lesson_7try.htm

http://www.nelson.com/mathfocus/grade5/quizzes/ch08/mf5_ch.8_lesson_8try.htm

http://www.nelson.com/mathfocus/grade5/quizzes/ch08/mf5_ch.8_lesson_9try.htm

http://www.nelson.com/mathfocus/grade5/quizzes/ch08/mf5_ch.8_lesson_10try.htm

Science:

In science, students worked on an assignment all week that involved exploring a scientific event/issue in society and our environment. These issues specifically connected to chemistry, our current unit of study. Students were presented with two articles, one about using fluoride in water and the other about using salt on roads. Students chose the one that interested them most. They read the article, highlighted important information, and some made annotations on the article. Students then answered the following questions on a separate piece of lined paper to explore the article: 

  1. Explain the issue that you read about. 

  2. How does this issue relate to Chemistry? 

  3. Can you find/hypothesize a possible solution to this problem? 

  4. What are your thoughts and/or concerns about this issue? 

Responses to these four questions are due Monday, December 9. Students have been provided with a hard copy of their article of choice. Both articles have also been shared through Google Drive. 

Criteria for the responses: 

  • Responses must be in paragraph form (minimum 5 complete sentences per response).  

  • Responses must include specific evidence/proof/reference from the articles. 

  • Responses must be detailed and clear.

November 25th- November 29th


Math:

This week, students explored the area model to develop a deeper understanding of multi-digit multiplication. Students explored representing multi-digit multiplication as an area model through videos as well as practice on large graph paper and whiteboards. Students then practiced the area model on a worksheet and received immediate feedback to improve their skills. On Friday, students completed a “check-in” to prove their understanding. Please check your child’s PowerSchool account early next week for an update on your child’s progress. 

Here is a link to further practice this skill at home: https://learnzillion.com/lesson_plans/6075-use-an-area-model-for-multiplication-of-two-digit-numbers-by-two-digit-numbers/

Science:

In Science, students explored mixtures of solids and liquids. They mixed solutions and examined which solutes dissolved in certain solvents. Ask your child what these words mean! Next, we took a look at mixtures of liquids. We explored various liquids that mix and layer. Students learned about how the density of a liquid affects how it layers with other liquids. Ask your child what all of these vocabulary words mean (mixture, solution, solute, solvent, dissolve, density). 


November 18th- November 21st

Math: 

This week, students had the opportunity to work on a “Room Renovation Project”! Within this project, students had $10 000 to use to either renovate a room or create an add on to their house. They had to use their multiplication skills to calculate the cost of various flooring. They had to apply their addition and subtraction of decimal skills to calculate the cost of furniture, electronics, hobby items, and extra items and ensure that they stay within budget! Once students used a catalogue to decide on their purchases and calculate the costs, they had to write cheques to various companies for the total costs within each category. 

This assignment will be due Monday, November 25, 2019. Students should have brought this project home in their RED folders, but if not it has been shared with them in their Google Drive. 

Here are some links to practice single digit multiplication at home! Next week we will be diving into multi-digit multiplication! 

https://www.homeschoolmath.net/teaching/md/multiplication-number-line.php

https://www.commoncoresheets.com/Math/Multiplication/Creating%20Equations%20from%20Arrays/English/1.pdf

https://www.commoncoresheets.com/Math/Multiplication/Understanding%20Multiplying%20By%2010s,%20100s,%201000s/English/1.pdf

Problem of the Week: Saburo is going to the beach. He is looking for a towel, a T-shirt, and something to play with. He finds three T-shirts: red, green, and blue. He finds three towels: striped, plaid, and dotted. He finds three things he can play with at the beach: a frisbee, a kite, and a ball. He picks out one towel, one T-shirt, and one thing to play with. What are all the different combinations of things he could choose? (Hint: Make an Organized List)

Science: 

In Chemistry, students continued to explore homogeneous and heterogeneous mixtures. Furthermore, they explored ways to separate mixtures of solid substances through using a sieve, magnet, air, or water. Some classes also learned about ways to separate mixtures of solids and liquids through using filtration, evaporation, distillation, and chromatography. 

Some classes reviewed the states of matter and executed the scientific method to make Oobleck. Students learned that Oobleck, a mixture of cornstarch and water, is a Non-Newtonian Fluid. This means that it behaves as both a solid and liquid! 


November 12th- November 15th


Math:

This week students reviewed basic multiplication strategies. Specifically, students represented single digit multiplication problems through equal groupings, arrays, number lines, and repeated addition. Students engaged in a variety of games and problem solving opportunities to refresh their memory of the basic multiplication strategies learned in Grade 4. Students also examined the times table and made observations about the patterns within the table. Please remember to have your child practice his/her basic facts frequently: https://www.webmathminute.com/

For further practice at home, use this website: https://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me3us/flash/. Click on “Multiplication” and complete all of the multiplication topics. We will soon be learning about multiplication of multi-digit numbers. If your child would like to work ahead, here is a great website: https://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me5l/html/math5.html. Click on “Lessons” in the bottom left corner, and select the topic “Multiplication of Whole Numbers”. 

Science: 

In chemistry, students reviewed the three states of matter and the properties of each. Students then learned about pure substances vs. mixtures, and specifically examined the difference between homogeneous and heterogeneous mixtures. Students then explored how to separate mixtures of solid substances through using sieves, magnets, air, water, and many other ideas! At our Telus Spark field trip, students learned about acids and bases and used cabbage juice to discover the pH of various clear liquids! Students then dissolved mystery solids using each of the clear liquids, observed the results, and drew conclusions based on their findings

November 4th- November 8th


This week we finished our unit on addition and subtraction of decimals and will begin to move on to our multiplication unit.  Over the next few weeks students will practice up on their single digit multiplication facts, learn double digit multiplication as well as a variety of important vocabulary that will help them in understanding the concepts taught.  

Feel free to get a head start by visiting! https://www.multiplication.com/quiz/multiplication-self-correcting-quizzes

Students in 5-1 and 5-4 can work on the Penny Problem at home. This is due Wednesday. Here is the problem: 

Would you rather:

A: Be given $10 000 every day for a 30 day month?

Or

B: Be given 0.01 (one cent) on the first day, but then every day after your product doubles for a 30 day month?

Show us your reasoning why you chose your answer. 

(Hint: a table or two might be helpful)

Science: 

This week we prepared for the final assessment in our Weather Unit using technology to help research and complete slides that helped with home study.  The students completed their informative slides on GoogleDrive and were able to access the same information from a home computer. We also began to introduce Chemistry and the states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. 

We are looking forward to our Telus Spark field trip next week about Chemistry!


October 28th- October 31st

Math:

This week, students had the opportunity to target their personal areas of growth within our unit of Addition and Subtraction. Students worked with the teacher in small groups, played games, completed worksheets, used manipulatives, and explored websites to practice addition and subtraction of whole numbers and decimals. 

Students in 5-1 and 5-4 completed a “Check-In” today to gauge their mastery of addition and subtraction of big numbers as well as addition and subtraction of decimals with like and unlike place value positions. Students were provided with feedback and a checklist indicating the skills that they need to practice. Please check for this in your child’s Red Folder. 

Students have a document shared with them in Google Drive titled “Math Rotations Technology.” Using this document, students can click on the links to practice the specific skills that they need to improve on. This can be done at home and will also continue to be an option for one half hour block next week. Additionally, there are a variety of worksheets available targeting each of these skills within the classroom. If you would like to further work on these skills at home with your child, please direct your child to bring any of these worksheets home as well at any point throughout next week! 

At DMCS our Math Learning Leader, Mrs. Potts, has been working with us to focus deeply on mathematical concepts. There will be many opportunities for students to work with Mrs. Potts as well as the other Grade 5 Math teachers throughout the year. 

Students will complete a summative assessment early in the week after next on addition and subtraction of big numbers as well as addition and subtraction of decimals numbers with like and unlike place value positions. 

Science: 

This week, students learned about the different types of weather that clouds can bring. They completed a question sheet and used an information booklet to answer the questions. For 5-1 and 5-4, this is due Monday if it was not completed in class. If your child has misplaced it or did not bring this home, it has been shared with them on their Google Drive account. 

Students then explored the Reasons for the Seasons. Again, this is due Monday for 5-1 and 5-4 if it was not completed in class. 

Finally, students completed a Weather Instruments Scavenger Hunt. Students learned about the Thermometer, Barometer, Anemometer, Hygrometer, Rain Gauge, and Wind Vane. Please discuss with your child at home what each of these instruments measure. 

Classrooms will be reviewing the concepts of weather learned this year on Monday and we will have our Weather Unit Test next week. Here is a list of concepts that will be covered on this unit test and links to review these concepts for studying at home: 

After our Weather Unit Test, we will be moving onto Classroom Chemistry! Thank you to all of you who have returned your field trip forms for our Telus Spark field trip about Classroom Chemistry.  We know that many of you have tried to pay online and it is now showing up in PowerSchool. As we mentioned at our “meet the teacher night” we are unable to accept cash for field trips, etc.  Forms and payment are due Nov. 5th. 


October 21st- October 25th


Math:

This week in Math students have taken a break from addition and subtraction of decimals to focus on patterns, comparing numbers, and ordering numbers. Students had the chance to place decimal numbers, fractions, and picture representations into the tenths and hundredths on a number line, identifying why a decimal such as 0.46 would be placed as smaller than 0.5. 

We will be having a Check In on Monday about the concepts stated above. Please follow the link below for additional practice.

Select the “Lessons” button at the bottom of the flash video, then select “Patterns” from the list.

 https://www.learnalberta.ca/co...

Science:

This week in Science students had the opportunity to explore the different kinds of clouds, focusing mainly on cirrus, stratus, fog, nimbostratus, cumulus, and cumulonimbus clouds. We then went outside during the week to sketch, identify, and label the clouds that we were able to observe from our field.  

On Tuesday meteorologist Jordan Witzel from Global News came to discuss all things weather with our students, allowing them to see what the daily life of a weatherman entails. Ask your child what their favourite part of Jordan’s presentation was!

Our weather unit is beginning to draw to an end, as we are going to learn about seasons, weather measuring instruments and then finish up with a final weather test on November 4

Expect students to come home soon with a permission form for our upcoming field trip to the Telus Spark Science Centre happening between the dates of November 12th to the 14th where our homeroom classes will be able to get some real hands-on experiences.  As a reminder, all payments for field trips are to be done through PowerSchool, as students are not to be bringing money designated for field trips to the school.


October 14th- October 18th


Math:

This week students brushed up on their addition and subtraction skills. We have been practicing adding up to 5 digit numbers, with and without regrouping. We then practiced subtracting numbers with up to 5 digits, with and without regrouping. We will use this skill in the coming weeks when we introduce addition and subtraction of numbers containing decimals. As it is still a bit tricky, we encourage students to practice at home adding and subtracting numbers with regrouping, here is a video tutorial. Please click the “Practice: Add within 100” afterwards.

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/arith-review-add-subtract/arith-review-add-within-100a/v/addition-with-regrouping

Here is a video tutorial for subtraction with regrouping. The videos afterwards address other scenarios when subtracting. Please click the “Practice: Subtract within 1000” afterwards.

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/arith-review-add-subtract/arith-review-regrouping-3-dig/v/basic-regrouping-or-borrowing-when-subtracting-three-digit-numbers

Science:

In science this week classes we able to watch the stop-motion clips that others created last week. 

We have begun to discuss clouds such as Cumulus, Stratus and Cirrus, and will continue to go into more detailed and deeper learning about the study of clouds in the week to come. 


October 7th- October 10th


Math: 

This week, students learned about place value to the left of the decimal, up to and including the thousandths place. They worked towards representing this both pictorially and symbolically. Students also completed another “All The Facts” assessment on basic addition facts. Students are encouraged to practice their basic facts at home regularly. Here’s a great website!: https://www.mathschase.com/all-games/

Students also completed an addition and subtraction, with and without regrouping, of both whole numbers and decimals pre-assessment. Next week, students will begin reviewing and developing skills and strategies for addition and subtraction, specifically targeting their areas of growth. 

Some students started an activity shading areas of a  whole, tenths, hundredths, and thousandths grids. Students then had to identify each colour they used and the amount they shaded expressed as a decimal. A similar 5 minute activity can be found below if your child is having trouble with decimals this week and next week:

https://www.explorelearning.com/index.cfm?method=cResource.dspView&ResourceID=1007

Classes 5-6 and 5-3 should turn this in on Tuesday Oct. 15.

No other math homework this week. 

Science: 

This week in science, students used an iPad app called iMotion as well as filming crates to create an animation that outlined the stages of the water cycle. Students were expected to include, draw, and describe evaporation, condensation, precipitation, run-off, and collection in as much detail as possible. 

Once the weather is warmer (fingers crossed) we hope to do a “water cycle in a bag” experiment, where students can see first hand the stages of the water cycle. 

Next week, students will learn the scientific names of the different kinds of clouds. 

No science homework this week. 

September 30th- October 4th


Math

This week, students continued to develop their understanding of large numbers through representing numbers in standard form, word form, and expanded form. Students also worked on ordering and comparing numbers up to the millions. Rounding skills were also reviewed in order for future application to operations. 

Students wrote a Place Value unit test this week. They will receive this assessment back next week and the grade will also be posted on PowerSchool. 

Next week, we will dive deeper into decimal numbers in order to gear up for addition and subtraction for decimals. 

For homework this week, please check your child’s Red Folder for any incomplete work. No new homework in math this week. 

Science: 

This week in science, students explored reading a thermometer, and learned about significant temperatures such as freezing point and melting point. Students then engaged in a lab where they predicted and measured the temperature of various locations within the school, specifically examining temperatures near the floor and ceiling. Students discovered through this experiment that hot air rises, and convection current was discussed. Ask your child about convection current at home! 

Next week, students will learn about the water cycle and create an iMotion video! 

No homework in science this week. Please make sure that the Day in the Life assignment and Climate vs. Weather assignment are completed and handed in.


September 23rd-27th


Math: 

Students continued to dive into their exploration of large numbers up to and beyond one million. Students learned how to represent numbers in a variety of ways up to the millions. We have been practicing how to use standard form, written form, expanded form, and place value charts to express large numbers.

Standard Form: 4 789 432

Written Form: Four million, seven hundred eighty-nine thousand, four hundred thirty-two

Expanded form: 4 000 000 + 700 000 + 80 000 + 9 000 + 400 + 30 + 2

Next week, students will continue to learn about expanded form as well as be introduced to rounding and the number system to the right of a decimal point. 

Please check here every week for homework. Please note that this homework is not something that will be handed into the teacher, but is an opportunity for your child to further practice the skills learned in class at home.  This week, use the following links as a helpful tool for deepening these understandings. Note that once one of the links are clicked on many different videos along with practice activities can then be accessed  on the left-hand side of the screen.

Science: 

This week in science, students examined weather reports and the elements within these reports. Classes looked at upcoming weather forecasts in Calgary as well as cases of extreme weather in Canada and other parts of the world. We are all curious to see how much snow Calgary will get over the weekend, as many classes found differing forecasts depending on the new station reporting. 

Some classes also began to use line plots to graph the daily temperature, and all classes will begin this by next week. This activity will continue throughout the remainder of our weather unit. It will be interesting to interpret the graph to draw conclusions regarding the changes in the weather over the course of the next couple of months. 

Students worked on creating a “Weather vs. Climate” advertisement, acting as a boxing match promoter. They took 3 scientific facts about both weather and climate and turned them into boxing stats. For example, if the fact is “Weather changes from day-to-day” then some students created a stat like “Weather’s moves change so quickly you don’t know what’s coming for you!” Students then created an outline and a good copy of their poster. The good copy of this assignment will be due Tuesday, October 1, 2019, and the outline with the 6 criteria can be found in your child’s RED Work In Progress folder. Please see the document in the “Resources” section of this page for further details. 


September 16th-19th


Math: 

Students began learning about our first unit, Place Value. This week, students focused on numbers up to the millions place. Students had a variety of opportunities, including whole-group instruction, desk work, and dice/card games to practice identifying the value of digits, reading numbers correctly, and writing numbers in word form. Next week, students will work towards representing numbers up to one million using expanded form. 

Playing many board games, card games, and dice games at home are an excellent way to develop your child’s sense of large numbers! If you’re looking for a new game idea to play at home this weekend, check out one of our favourites, Place Value Yahtzee! (https://games4gains.com/blogs/teaching-ideas/place-value-game-of-yahtzee)

Also, next time you are writing a cheque, have your child help you write the amount out in word form! 

Additionally, students continued to work on their estimation skills through our daily estimation challenge. Our group of students are really starting to hone in on their observation skills in order to make increasingly accurate estimations! 

Please check here every week for homework. Please note that this homework is not something that will be handed into the teacher, but is an opportunity for your child to further practice the skills learned in class at home.  Follow the steps to access this week’s homework: 

  1. Go to the website: http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me5l/html/Math5.html

  2. Click on “Lessons” in the bottom left corner

  3. Click on “Place Value” 

  4. You may: watch the video, complete the “Activity Sheet” in the bottom left corner, or complete the “Assessment” in the top right corner. 

Science: 

This week in science, students looked closely at the difference between the terms “Weather” and “Climate”. Ask your child to explain the difference to you! Students watched videos, made sketchnotes, and did a vocabulary sort in order to distinguish the differences between these two terms. 

Our first project in science, The Battle of Climate vs. Weather, will be introduced next week. Stay tuned for details and the due date of this assignment! 

Classes have also been following current extreme weather in our world. Specifically, student-friendly news articles have been shared with the students regarding Hurricane Dorian and Hurricane Humberto! Students are very interested to learn about how these forms of extreme weather affect parts of our world. 

There is no homework in science this week. 

5-1 and 5-4, please check PowerSchool to verify that homework last week, “A Day In The Life”, was handed in. 


September 9th-13th


Math: 

This week, students became familiar with our daily Math Warm Up (MWU) routine. An open ended problem is posted at the beginning of class, and students are to come in and begin working on it. This problem typically reviews concepts previously learned. This week, it included some puzzle problems as well as basic fact review. 

Students also began to refresh their estimation skills through estimating the height of people as well as how many hot dogs were eaten in a 10 minute hot dog eating contest! Feel free to check the video out here and review the discussion questions again at home: https://gfletchy.com/wheres-the-beef/

Grade 5s began to work towards building a positive, growth mindset when learning about mathematics. We discussed three myths about what it means to be “good” at math. 

Students then solved equations to figure out facts about their teacher (i.e. the teacher’s age, birth day, shoe size, etc.) Some classes had students make their own “Figure Me Out” poster, and some classes will start this task next week. 

Students also wrote the MIPI (Mathematical Intervention/Programming Instrument) test this week. It covered the Grade 4 curriculum. This test will be used to provide information to the teachers about areas of strength and growth for each student at the beginning of this school year. 

Please check here every week for weekly homework. Please note that this homework is not something that will be handed into the teacher, but is an opportunity for your child to further practice the skills learned in class at home.  Follow the steps to access this week’s homework: 

  1. Go to the website: http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me5l/html/Math5.html

  2. Click on “Lessons” in the bottom left corner

  3. Click on “Estimating” 

  4. You may: watch the video, complete the “Activity Sheet” in the bottom left corner, or complete the “Assessment” in the top right corner. 

Science: 

This week, students brainstormed branches of science as well as what scientists do. They then worked towards documenting their thinking, observations, etc. through using SKETCHNOTING or VISUAL NOTE-TAKING. For more information, please refer to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY9KdRfNN9w

Students then worked on creating a “Day In The Life” poster using SKETCHNOTING. They were also provided with a checklist to guide the level of detail included in their sketchnotes. Please find this checklist under the “Resources” section of this page. The “Day In The Life” posters are due Monday

From there, students worked towards honing in on their observation skills and documenting their observations through an “OWI” chart (Observe, Wonder, Infer). Please ask your child the meaning of these three words! 

Next week, we will begin to apply these skills to making scientific observations, specifically through the lens of our first science unit - WEATHER WATCH! 

SIDE NOTE FOR STUDENTS IN 5-1 AND 5-4: PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR ROCK TO MRS. OSMOND! THANK YOU! 


September 3rd-6th

The first week of Grade 5 is in the books! This week was jammed packed with a lot of important and fun activities in all classes. All students received their lockers, met their teachers, and explored the school. Within the classrooms, students participated in getting to know you activities such as writing a "I wish my teacher knew" letter, a cup challenge, time capsules, stem challenge, imagine a school book creation, and more! As a grade 5 community, students brainstormed "the big 3" which are ideals/expectations that we wish to hold ourselves to for the year. In the end, we came up with: Be positive. Persevere. Be Respectful. We will continue to reference these points throughout the year.

Next week students will be getting their gym lockers and will begin CTF! Students need to come prepared with proper running shoes and a change of clothing. 


Welcome to Grade 5!


This web page will be a great place to check for Math and Science updates, resources, and assignments. While it may be a little empty now, this will be a happening place over the next few weeks. Please check back weekly for updates. 

About Math/ Science

The students will engage in a variety of learning activities in our mathematics classes, including large group math lessons, small group hands-on activities, independent written work, and activity sheets in order to provide students with a balanced math program and inquiry activities to deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts. Emphasis will be placed on developing a conceptual understanding of essential mathematical strands, including Number Sense, Patterns and Relations, Statistics and Probability, and Shape and Space. Application of their understanding will also be applied to develop problem solving strategies. This year, students will focus on developing their basic fact fluency. We aim for students to fluently, flexibly, and efficiently solve basic addition facts to 20 and the corresponding subtraction facts as well as multiplication facts to 9x9. Students will be provided with a variety of opportunities to develop all of the above skills. Further ways for you to support at home will be provided as we progress through the units on our Grade 5 website


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