Grade 5

NEWSLETTER

March 30th to April 8th, 2020

Dear Families,

We hope this update finds you in good health, enjoying your family time.

We wish you a safe and restful Spring Break.

We can’t wait to learn what our “new normal” will look like and reconnect after Spring Break.

*If we were to have classes at school, our first two weeks of April would look like:

Ghost Messages- ELA We will continue to read our book “Ghost Messages”, by Jacqueline Guest. The story is set in 1865, and has fantastic connections with Social Studies (Canadian migration) and science (electricity and magnetism). The children will have a chance to enhance their reading comprehension skill by experiencing guided reading circles where they will speculate, relate content to familiar events, wonder, and find implicit information about this exciting story. ELA Program of Studies Overview:Experience various texts.Experience oral, print and other media texts from a variety of cultural traditions and genres. Explain your own point of view about oral, print and other media texts. Make connections between your own life and characters and ideas in oral, print and other media texts. Discuss common topics or themes in a variety of oral, print and other media texts. Ghost Messages https://www.jacquelineguest.co...

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Electricity and Magnetism- Science Our students will continue to explore concepts about electricity and magnetism.Program of Studies Overview:Students learn about electricity by building and testing circuits. Using batteries, bulbs and wires, students construct simple circuits and test the effects of various modifications. Through such tests, they discover that a circuit requires a closed pathway for electricity and that some materials conduct electricity and others do not. They learn that an electric current can affect a nearby magnet and that this property of electricity is used in making electromagnets and motors. Potential dangers are examined, as students learn about the safe use of electricity

Resources:

BBC- Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity -- Jim Al-Khalili BBC Horizon Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada- Social Studies

Students will start exploring the stories of Canada and their ways of life over time, and appreciate the diversity of Canada’s heritage. Stories: Stories provide a vital opportunity to bring history to life. Through stories, people share information, values and attitudes about history, culture and heritage. Stories are communicated through legends, myths, creation stories, narratives, oral traditions, songs, music, dance, literature, visual and dramatic arts, traditions and celebrations. They can include or be supported by biographies, autobiographies, archives, news items, novels or short stories. In social studies, stories provide students with opportunities to understand the dynamics of peoples, cultures, places, issues and events that are integral to Canada’s history and contemporary society.

Resources:

Heritage minutes

https://www.historicacanada.ca...

John A: Birth Of A Country

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El Pasado- SLA

Students will begin the exploration of the past tense in Spanish. Understanding how in Spanish we use two past tenses. Preterite (Yesterday I went...) and the Imperfect (Many years ago I used to go...).

Program of Studies Overview:

Speaking.- Produce a prepared or spontaneous oral presentation on a familiar topic in a structured situation.

Writing.- Produce, spontaneously and with guidance, a series of interrelated ideas on a familiar topic in structured and unstructured situations.

Measurement, Decimals, Estimation, Area, Perimeter and Volume- Math

We will continue to work on our landmark project of Mayan temples, expanding our understanding of measurement, the relationships between metric units and estimation. While developing our blueprints, we continue exploring perimeter, area, and volume.

We will begin our work on decimals, fractions and percentages!

Program of Studies Overview: Demonstrate an understanding of measuring length (mm) by: • selecting and justifying referents for the unit mm • modelling and describing the relationship between mm and cm units, and between mm and m units. Demonstrate an understanding of addition and subtraction by estimating sums and differences. Demonstrate an understanding of volume. Describe and represent decimals (tenths, hundredths, thousandths).

Resources:

Khan Academy math lessons and practice

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Open-ended math problems

https://nrich.maths.org/

Seesaw.- sharing our learning

All Grade 5 students will be using Seesaw to showcase their learning and promote authentic audiences and meaningful conversations at school and at home. You have received a QR code to access Seesaw, which will allow you to see your child’s work only. Your child’s privacy is important to us, please keep the QR code safe and never share it on Social Media or other public platforms.

Homework expectations|daily|20 minutes|independent work

Guidelines:

-The goal of homework is to help facilitate conversations at home about your student’s learning.

-Homework is practice at home of concepts that students have already explored and practiced at school.

-Although homework is not part of our summative assessment, it informs our instructional decisions.

-Although deadlines are flexible, meeting them is an important skill your child should practice.

-Homework is not prescriptive, and it will be class dependent. Each grade 5 class will be designing activities according to students’ needs.

-Homework is assigned and explained to students at the beginning of the week and is due at the beginning of the following week.

-There will be homework on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday is a reading day: 10mins in Spanish, 10 mins. In English.


Grade 5

NEWSLETTER

March 5th to March 19th, 2020

Dates to Remember:

  • March 13, Storytelling Residence Final Show

  • Mondays 12:50 to 1:20 pm, handbell rehearsal

  • March 16, Earth Science Fair Field trip

  • March 18, Choral Fest

  • March 19, Paul Issac Show 10:00 to 11:00 am

  • Coding Club every Wednesday 12:45 to 1:20 pm 

 

Ghost Messages- ELA

We have started reading our book “Ghost Messages”, by Jacqueline Guest. The story is set in 1865, and has fantastic connections with Social Studies (Canadian migration) and science (electricity and magnetism). The children will have a chance to enhance their reading comprehension skill by experiencing guided reading circles where they will speculate, relate content to familiar events, wonder, and find implicit information about this exciting story.

ELA Program of Studies Overview: Experience various texts. Experience oral, print and other media texts from a variety of cultural traditions and genres. Explain your own point of view about oral, print and other media texts. Make connections between own life and characters and ideas in oral, print and other media texts. Discuss common topics or themes in a variety of oral, print and other media texts. 

Ghost Messages

https://www.jacquelineguest.com/project/ghost-messages/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCu5hRSSYAI

 

Electricity and Magnetism- Science

Our students will begin to explore concepts about electricity and magnetism.

Program of Studies Overview: Students learn about electricity by building and testing circuits. Using batteries, bulbs and wires, students construct simple circuits and test the effects of various modifications. Through such tests, they discover that a circuit requires a closed pathway for electricity and that some materials conduct electricity and others do not. They learn that an electric current can affect a nearby magnet and that this property of electricity is used in making electromagnets and motors. Potential dangers are examined, as students learn about the safe use of electricity.

Resources:

BBC- Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity -- Jim Al-Khalili BBC Horizon

 

Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada- Social Studies

Students will start exploring the stories of Canada and their ways of life over time, and appreciate the diversity of Canada’s heritage. Stories: Stories provide a vital opportunity to bring history to life. Through stories, people share information, values and attitudes about history, culture and heritage. Stories are communicated through legends, myths, creation stories, narratives, oral traditions, songs, music, dance, literature, visual and dramatic arts, traditions and celebrations. They can include or be supported by biographies, autobiographies, archives, news items, novels or short stories. In social studies, stories provide students with opportunities to understand the dynamics of peoples, cultures, places, issues and events that are integral to Canada’s history and contemporary society.

Resources:

Heritage minutes

https://www.historicacanada.ca/thecanadians

 

 

Storytelling- SLA

As we finalize our experience learning the art of storytelling with Sr. Jeff Stockton, we will continue experimenting with the language to support our students producing spontaneous conversations in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Program of Studies Overview:

Speaking.- Produce a prepared or spontaneous oral presentation on a familiar topic in a structured situation.

Writing.- Produce, spontaneously and with guidance, a series of interrelated ideas on a familiar topic in structured and unstructured situations.

 

 

Measurement, Decimals, Estimation, Area, Perimeter and Volume- Math

Through our landmark project of Mayan temples, we continue expanding our understanding of measurement, the relationships between metric units and estimation. While developing our blueprints, we continue exploring perimeter, area, and volume. Following the landmark project, students will start working on decimals, fractions and percent

Program of Studies Overview: Demonstrate an understanding of measuring length (mm) by: • selecting and justifying referents for the unit mm • modelling and describing the relationship between mm and cm units, and between mm and m units. Demonstrate an understanding of addition and subtraction by estimating sums and differences. Demonstrate an understanding of volume. Describe and represent decimals (tenths, hundredths, thousandths).

 

Resources:

Khan Academy math lessons and practice

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Open-ended math problems

https://nrich.maths.org/

  

Seesaw.- sharing our learning 

All Grade 5 students will be using Seesaw to showcase their learning and promote authentic audiences and meaningful conversations at school and at home. You have received a QR code to access Seesaw, which will allow you to see your child’s work only. Your child’s privacy is important to us, please keep the QR code safe and never share it on Social Media or other public platforms.

 

Homework expectations|daily|20 minutes|independent work

Guidelines:

-The goal of homework is to help facilitate conversations at home about your student’s learning.

-Homework is practice at home of concepts that students have already explored and practiced at school.

-Although homework is not part of our summative assessment, it informs our instructional decisions.

-Although deadlines are flexible, meeting them is an important skill your child should practice.

 -Homework is not prescriptive, and it will be class dependent. Each grade 5 class will be designing activities according to students’ needs.

-Homework is assigned and explained to students at the beginning of the week and is due at the beginning of the following week.

-Students have access to the assigned homework and required material on their Google Drive and/or Gmail. Please let me know if you require a printed copy of the assignments.



Grade 5

NEWSLETTER

February 19th to March 5th, 2020

Dates to Remember:

  • Science Fair, February 20th. From 11:05 am to 12:30 pm for WOM students. From 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm for WOM parents. 
  • Science Club: every Thursday 12:45 to 1:20 pm

·       Coding Club: every Wednesday 12:45 to 1:20 pm

  • Calgary Opera The Bremen Town Musicians, February 25thfrom 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

 

Storytelling- SLA

We will continue our Storytelling Residence with Sr. Jeff Stockton. The students will continue exploring strategies to value the power of imagination and the power of telling a story orally.

We will continue practicing our writing skills in our daily routines, introducing new sentence structures to organize our ideas when expressing an opinion. This work will support our persuasive writing in the upcoming weeks.

Program of Studies Overview: 

Speaking.- Produce a prepared or spontaneous oral presentation on a familiar topic in a structured situation. 

Writing.- Produce, spontaneously and with guidance, a series of interrelated ideas on a familiar topic in structured and unstructured situations.

Resources

Jeff Stockton’s Website

http://www.jeffstockton.ca 

 

Measurement, Decimals, Estimation, Area, Perimeter and Volume- Math

Through our landmark project of Mayan temples, we continue expanding our understanding of measurement, the relationships between metric units and estimation. While developing our blueprints, we continue exploring perimeter, area, and volume. Following the land mark project, students will start working on decimals, fractions and percent

Program of Studies Overview: Demonstrate an understanding of measuring length (mm) by: • selecting and justifying referents for the unit mm • modelling and describing the relationship between mm and cm units, and between mm and m units. Demonstrate an understanding of addition and subtraction by estimating sums and differences. Demonstrate an understanding of volume. Describe and represent decimals (tenths, hundredths, thousandths).

Resources:

Khan Academy math lessons and practice

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Open-ended math problems

https://nrich.maths.org/

 

Classroom Chemistry- Science

We wrap-up our classroom chemistry unit by conducting different experiments to observe chemical reactions, identify acids and bases and produce carbon dioxide gas. 

Beginning in March, students will start working on the Electricity and Magnetism Unit.

Program of Studies Overview:Recognize and describe evidence of a chemical reaction. Explain how the products of a reaction differ from the original substances. Use an indicator to identify a solution as being acidic or basic. Produce carbon dioxide gas through the interaction of solids and liquids, and demonstrate that it is different from air. Distinguish reversible from irreversible changes of materials, and give examples of each.

 

Resources:

Classroom Chemistry

http://gradefive.mrpolsky.com/...

Physical Changes and Chemical Reactions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIJ2qnUOOwQ

 

The Regions of Canada- Social Studies, ELA

We continue exploring the regions of Canada, their history, geography, economy and identity. Students continue their research about the stories that these regions present and how the land has shaped the identity of its inhabitants. We start exploring different ways of sharing our ideas and opinions, such as games, debates and persuasive writing.

We start examining and researching the cultural and scientific connections of our upcoming novel study, Ghost Messagesby Jaqueline Guest.

In addition to the Canada Regions, students will learn this moth about Black History Month and its impact on current Canadian and world history.

Social Studies Program of Studies Overview:• How is the geographical region they live in different from other regions of Canada? 

Resources:

Heritage minutes

https://www.historicacanada.ca...

Canada Over the Edge

https://www.knowledge.ca/program/canada-over-edge

 

ELA Program of Studies Overview:Experience various texts.Experience oral, print and other media texts from a variety of cultural traditions and genres. Explain own point of view about oral, print and other media texts. Make connections between own life and characters and ideas in oral, print and other media texts. Discuss common topics or themes in a variety of oral, print and other media texts.

Resources:

Persuasive Writing guiding video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD9arWXIddM&list=PLTCzXKdxBpDD2Pap27TZUudIHGE5rgwSi

Ghost Messages

https://www.jacquelineguest.com/project/ghost-messages/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCu5hRSSYAI

 

 

Seesaw|sharing our learning

All Grade 5 students will be using Seesaw to showcase their learning and promote authentic audiences and meaningful conversations at school and at home. You have received a QR code to access Seesaw, which will allow you to see your child’s work only. Your child’s privacy is important to us, please keep the QR code safe and never share it on Social Media or other public platforms.

 

Homework expectations|daily|20 minutes|independent work

Guidelines:

-The goal of homework is to help facilitate conversations at home about your student’s learning.

-Homework is practice at home of concepts that students have already explored and practiced at school.

-Although homework is not part of our summative assessment, it informs our instructional decisions.

-Although deadlines are flexible, meeting them is an important skill your child should practice.

 -Homework is not prescriptive, and it will be class dependent. Each grade 5 class will be designing activities according to students’ needs.

-Homework is assigned and explained to students at the beginning of the week and is due at the beginning of the following week.

-Students have access to the assigned homework and required material on their Google Drive and/or Gmail. Please let me know if you require a printed copy of the assignments.


Grade 5

NEWSLETTER

 February 5th to February 19th, 2020

Dates to Remember:

  • Science Club: every Thursday 12:45 to 1:20 pm

  • Coding Club: every Wednesday 12:45 to 1:20 pm

  • Senator Patrick Burns School Open House, February 6th 6:30 pm

  • Teacher’s Convention (No school), February 13th and 14th.

  • Family Day (No school), February 17th.

  • Fun Lunch, Tuesday February 18th.

  • Science Fair, February 20th. From 11:05 am to 12:30 pm for WOM students. From 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm for WOM parents. Please contact Mrs. Coveyduck if you are able to volunteer as a judge (training will be provided).

 

Storytelling- SLA

We will continue our Storytelling Residence with Sr. Jeff Stockton. The students will continue exploring strategies to value the power of imagination and the power of telling a story orally. Just before Teacher’s Convection we will have already chosen a Latinamerican legend and develop a storyboard that will help us retell our story in our very own unique way.

We will continue practicing our writing skills in our daily routines, introducing new sentence structures to organize our ideas when expressing an opinion. This work will support our persuasive writing in the upcoming weeks.

Program of Studies Overview: Speaking.- Produce a prepared or spontaneous oral presentation on a familiar topic in a structured situation. Writing.- Produce, spontaneously and with guidance, a series of interrelated ideas on a familiar topic in structured and unstructured situations.

Resources

Jeff Stockton’s Website

http://www.jeffstockton.ca 

 

Measurement, Decimals, Estimation, Area, Perimeter and Volume- Math

Through our landmark project of Mayan temples, we continue expanding our understanding of measurement, the relationships between metric units and estimation. While developing our blueprints, we continue exploring perimeter, area, and volume.

Program of Studies Overview: Demonstrate an understanding of measuring length (mm) by: • selecting and justifying referents for the unit mm • modelling and describing the relationship between mm and cm units, and between mm and m units. Demonstrate an understanding of addition and subtraction by estimating sums and differences. Demonstrate an understanding of volume. Describe and represent decimals (tenths, hundredths, thousandths).

Resources:

Khan Academy math lessons and practice

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Open-ended math problems

https://nrich.maths.org/

 

Classroom Chemistry- Science

We wrap-up our classroom chemistry unit by conducting different experiments to observe chemical reactions, identify acids and bases and produce carbon dioxide gas. 

Program of Studies Overview: Recognize and describe evidence of a chemical reaction. Explain how the products of a reaction differ from the original substances. Use an indicator to identify a solution as being acidic or basic. Produce carbon dioxide gas through the interaction of solids and liquids, and demonstrate that it is different from air. Distinguish reversible from irreversible changes of materials, and give examples of each.

 

Resources:

Classroom Chemistry

http://gradefive.mrpolsky.com/...

Physical Changes and Chemical Reactions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIJ2qnUOOwQ

 

The Regions of Canada- Social Studies, ELA

We continue exploring the regions of Canada, their history, geography, economy and identity. Students continue their research about the stories that these regions present and how the land has shaped the identity of its inhabitants. We start exploring different ways of sharing our ideas and opinions, such as games, debates and persuasive writing.

We start examining and researching the cultural and scientific connections of our upcoming novel study, Ghost Messages by Jaqueline Guest.

Social Studies Program of Studies Overview: • How is the geographical region they live in different from other regions of Canada? 

Resources:

Heritage minutes

https://www.historicacanada.ca...

Canada Over the Edge

https://www.knowledge.ca/program/canada-over-edge

 

ELA Program of Studies Overview: Experience various texts. Experience oral, print and other media texts from a variety of cultural traditions and genres. Explain own point of view about oral, print and other media texts. Make connections between own life and characters and ideas in oral, print and other media texts. Discuss common topics or themes in a variety of oral, print and other media texts.

Resources:

Persuasive Writing guiding video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD9arWXIddM&list=PLTCzXKdxBpDD2Pap27TZUudIHGE5rgwSi

Ghost Messages

https://www.jacquelineguest.com/project/ghost-messages/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCu5hRSSYAI

 

 

Seesaw|sharing our learning

All Grade 5 students will be using Seesaw to showcase their learning and promote authentic audiences and meaningful conversations at school and at home. You have received a QR code to access Seesaw, which will allow you to see your child’s work only. Your child’s privacy is important to us, please keep the QR code safe and never share it on Social Media or other public platforms.

 

Homework expectations|daily|20 minutes|independent work

Guidelines:

-The goal of homework is to help facilitate conversations at home about your student’s learning.

-Homework is practice at home of concepts that students have already explored and practiced at school.

-Although homework is not part of our summative assessment, it informs our instructional decisions.

-Although deadlines are flexible, meeting them is an important skill your child should practice.

 -Homework is not prescriptive, and it will be class dependent. Each grade 5 class will be designing activities according to students’ needs.

-Homework is assigned and explained to students at the beginning of the week and is due at the beginning of the following week.

-Students have access to the assigned homework and required material on their Google Drive and/or Gmail. Please let me know if you require a printed copy of the assignments.


Grade 5

NEWSLETTER

January 23th to February 6th, 2020

Dates to Remember:

  • Science Club: every Thursday 12:45 to 1:20 pm

  • NEW! Coding Club: every Wednesday 12:45 to 1:20 pm

  • School Council Meeting, January 27th, at 7:00 pm. The Grade 5 Team will present “Pop culture and Spanish”.

  • Student Led Conferences, January 30th and 31st.

  • Science Fair, February 6th. From 11:05 am to 12:30 pm for WOM students. From 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm for WOM parents. Please contact Mrs. Coveyduck if you are able to volunteer as a judge (training will be provided).

  • Storytelling Residence has began! Grade 5’s have sessions every Tuesday and Thursday in the afternoon.

 

Storytelling- SLA

We will continue our Storytelling Residence with Sr. Jeff Stockton. The students will continue exploring strategies to value the power of imagination and the power of telling a story orally. Just before Teacher’s Convection we will have already chosen a Latinamerican legend and develop a storyboard that will help us retell our story in our very own unique way.

We will continue practicing our writing skills in our daily routines, introducing new sentence structures to organize our ideas when expressing an opinion.

Program of Studies Overview: Speaking.- Produce a prepared or spontaneous oral presentation on a familiar topic in a structured situation. Writing.- Produce, spontaneously and with guidance, a series of interrelated ideas on a familiar topic in structured and unstructured situations.

Resources

Jeff Stockton’s Website

http://www.jeffstockton.ca 

 

Measurement, Area, Perimeter, and volume- Math

We continue expanding our understanding of measurement and the relationships between metric units.

We will continue exploring perimeter and area in 2D shapes, and we will start exploring the concept of volume and 3D shapes to follow up with our landmark research project about Mayan temples.

Program of Studies Overview: Demonstrate an understanding of measuring length (mm) by: • selecting and justifying referents for the unit mm • modelling and describing the relationship between mm and cm units, and between mm and m units. Demonstrate an understanding of volume.

Resources:

Khan Academy math lessons and practice

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Open-ended math problems

https://nrich.maths.org/

 

Classroom Chemistry- Science

We continue to explore our classroom chemistry unit by conducting different experiments to observe chemical reactions such as crystallization.

Program of Studies Overview: Students learn about the properties and interactions of some safe to handle household liquids and solids. They test a variety of materials to see what happens when things are mixed together: what dissolves, what reacts and what remains unaffected. They discover that when a solid material dissolves, it can be recovered as a crystal by evaporating the liquid. They also learn that when two materials react to form a new material, the original materials cannot be recovered. As an example of a chemical reaction, students learn to produce carbon dioxide gas and show that this gas differs from ordinary air.

Resources:

Classroom Chemistry

http://gradefive.mrpolsky.com/...

Physical Changes and Chemical Reactions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIJ2qnUOOwQ

What are crystals?

https://www.ducksters.com/scie...

 

The Regions of Canada- Social Studies, 

In social studies, we continue exploring the regions of Canada, their history and geography. Students will be conducting research about the stories that these regions present and how the land has shaped the identity of its inhabitants. 

Program of Studies Overview: • How is the geographical region they live in different from other regions of Canada? 

Resources:

Heritage minutes

https://www.historicacanada.ca...

Canada Over the Edge

https://www.knowledge.ca/progr...

 

Informational Writing- ELA

In ELA, we will continue working on informational writing as we explore how to write reviews for movies and books.

Program of Studies Overview: Experience various texts. Experience oral, print and other media texts from a variety of cultural traditions and genres. Explain own point of view about oral, print and other media texts. Make connections between own life and characters and ideas in oral, print and other media texts.Discuss common topics or themes in a variety of oral, print and other media texts.

Resources:

Informational Writing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DN4d76QP_MA&list=PLTCzXKdxBpDDcTXBNyvPmR1r+_nOg-26sX

How to write a good book review

http://www.kids-bookreview.com/2012/03/review-wonder.html

 

Seesaw|sharing our learning

All Grade 5 students will be using Seesaw to showcase their learning and promote authentic audiences and meaningful conversations at school and at home. You have received a QR code to access Seesaw, which will allow you to see your child’s work only. Your child’s privacy is important to us, please keep the QR code safe and never share it on Social Media or other public platforms.

 

Homework expectations|daily|20 minutes|independent work

Guidelines:

-The goal of homework is to help facilitate conversations at home about your student’s learning.

-Homework is practice at home of concepts that students have already explored and practiced at school.

-Although homework is not part of our summative assessment, it informs our instructional decisions.

-Although deadlines are flexible, meeting them is an important skill your child should practice.

 -Homework is not prescriptive, and it will be class dependent. Each grade 5 class will be designing activities according to students’ needs.

-Homework is assigned and explained to students at the beginning of the week and is due at the beginning of the following week.

-Students have access to the assigned homework and required material on their Google Drive and/or Gmail. Please let me know if you require a printed copy of the assignments.


Grade 5

NEWSLETTER

January 8th to January 22nd, 2020

Dates to Remember:

● Science Club: every Thursday 12:45 to 1:20 pm

● NEW! Coding Club: every Wednesday 12:45 to 1:20 pm

● Storytelling Residence begins January 15th!

 

The Regions of Canada- Social Studies, ELA

In social studies, we continue exploring the regions of Canada, their history and geography. Students will be conducting research about the stories that these regions present and how the land has shaped the identity of its inhabitants. 

In ELA, we will continue working on informational writing as we explore how to write reviews for movies and books.

Resources:

Heritage minutes

https://www.historicacanada.ca...

Canada Over the Edge

https://www.knowledge.ca/progr...

Informational Writing

_nOg-26sX

 

Classroom Chemistry- Science

We continue to explore our classroom chemistry unit, we will be conducting different experiments to observe chemical reactions such as crystallization.

Resources:

Classroom Chemistry

http://gradefive.mrpolsky.com/...

Physical Changes and Chemical Reactions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIJ2qnUOOwQ

What are crystals?

https://www.ducksters.com/scie...

Storytelling- SLA

We will begin our Storytelling Residence with Jeff Stockton next Wednesday. We look forward to learning different techniques to share stories and captivate the audience.

The students will also be working on creating short skits using iMovie in the iPads and then presenting them in front of the class. We have been inspired by the telenovela ‘Buena Gente” and now is our turn to make our own.

Resources

Jeff Stockton’s Website

http://www.jeffstockton.ca 

Buena Gente (Episode 01)

Measurement, Area and Perimeter- Math

We will revisit our unit of Shape and Space as we expand on the concepts of measurement and understanding the metric system.

We will begin our exploration of Area and Perimeter in 2D shapes as we begin to lay the groundwork for a landmark project where students will research latinamerican architecture.

Resources:

Khan Academy math lessons and practice

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Open-ended math problems

https://nrich.maths.org/

Seesaw|sharing our learning

All Grade 5 students will be using Seesaw to showcase their learning and promote authentic audiences and meaningful conversations at school and at home. You have received a QR code to access Seesaw, which will allow you to see your child’s work only. Your child’s privacy is important to us, please keep the QR code safe and never share it on Social Media or other public platforms.

 

Homework expectations|daily|20 minutes|independent work

Guidelines:

-The goal of homework is to help facilitate conversations at home about your student’s learning.

-Homework is practice at home of concepts that students have already explored and practiced at school.

-Although homework is not part of our summative assessment, it informs our instructional decisions.

-Although deadlines are flexible, meeting them is an important skill your child should practice. -Homework is not prescriptive, and it will be class dependent. Each grade 5 class will be designing activities according to students’ needs.

-Homework is assigned and explained to students at the beginning of the week and is due at the beginning of the following week.

-Students have access to the assigned homework and required material on their Google Drive. Please let me know if you require a printed copy of the assignment.

Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada- Social Studies

In social studies, we continue exploring our geographical regions. This geographical exploration includes an understanding of the people and the stories of Canada and their ways of life over time, and appreciate the diversity of Canada’s heritage”. 

This unit is an invitation to bring history to life through legends, myths, creation stories, narratives, oral traditions, songs, etc. We will support this exploration with biographies, autobiographies, archives, short stories and news items. We will provide students with opportunities to understand the dynamics of peoples, cultures, places, issues, and events that are integral to Canada’s history and contemporary society.

Resources: 

Elder in the Making

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYglFfTG0TE&list=PLuj3rWl-eKLFfhFDy7rQS-g_xLOIR1IMO

Heritage minutes

https://www.historicacanada.ca/thecanadians

Canada Over the Edge

https://www.knowledge.ca/program/canada-over-edge 

Classroom Chemistry – Science

During the next two students will star the Chemistry Unit with a presentation by Ashley Scott Causton, a professor of chemistry at University of Calgary. In this presentation, students will get introduce to concepts that we will further develop during this unit such as physical change and chemical reactions. 

Resources: 

Classroom Chemistry

http://gradefive.mrpolsky.com/science.html

Physical Changes and Chemical Reactions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIJ2qnUOOwQ

 

Fictional Narrative and informational Writing ELA|SLA

Fictional Narrative

We will continue on working fictional narratives and Informational Writing inspired by Canadian Historical figures and Spanish culture.

To promote our Spanish listening and speaking skills, we are studying the telenovela ‘Buena Gente.’ This telenovela (soap opera) opens up possibilities for students to replicate the Spanish, as well as create their own telenovelas! More details to come...

Resources

Informational Writing 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DN4d76QP_MA&list=PLTCzXKdxBpDDcTXBNyvPmR1r_nOg-26sX

Buena Gente (Episode 01)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtCorVH5ukU 

Fictional Writing for Kids

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ3RwPeerOg&list=PLTCzXKdxBpDB0Prk1FCwDMu136HHQZUZV

Multiplication and Division Strategies and more!-Matemáticas

We continue developing our mathematical thinking by observing patterns, representing and describing numbers up to 1,000,000 and practicing different multiplication and division strategies.

We will continue building an understanding of the metric system by finding patterns on mm, cm, M.

We will continue learning the basic patterns to identify equivalent fractions.

As we study transformations, we continue to develop our spatial sense by performing translations of 2D objects and drawing the image.

Resources: 

Transformations

https://www.mathsisfun.com/geo...

Translations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW602kH52Ec 

Khan Academy math lessons and practice

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Open-ended math problems

https://nrich.maths.org/


Grade 5

NEWSLETTER

November  14th to November 21st, 2019

Dates to remember: 

Explorando el Español Field Trip- YMCA-Rocky Ridge, Nov. 15th, 11:00 am-2:45 pm

Family GLOW Dance, Nov. 15th, 6:00 pm

Photo Retakes, Nov. 20th

Ski trip, COP, Nov 25th

Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada- Social Studies

As we continue our exploration of Canada’s Physical Geography, we will also start introducing topics of the following General Outcome from the Alberta Program of Studies:

“Students will demonstrate an understanding of the people and the stories of Canada and their ways of life over time, and appreciate the diversity of Canada’s heritage”. 

This unit is an invitation to bring history to life through legends, myths, creation stories, narratives, oral traditions, songs, etc. We will support this exploration with biographies, autobiographies, archives,  short stories and news items,. We will provide students with opportunities to understand the dynamics of peoples, cultures, places, issues, and events that are integral to Canada’s history and contemporary society.

Resources: 

Heritage minutes

https://www.historicacanada.ca/thecanadians

Canada Over the Edge

https://www.knowledge.ca/program/canada-over-edge 

Weather Watch/Statistics-  Math and Science

We will close our weather unit by making observations and comparisons of weather patterns in different cities. This data will allow us to apply some of the statistics concepts learned in class regarding first and second-hand data, as well as construct and interpret double bar graphs to draw conclusions.

Resources: 

This video will prompt conversations about data

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

Creating picture and bar graphs

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-third-grade-math/represent-and-interpret-data/imp-bar-graphs/v/creating-picture-and-bar-graphs-2-exercise-examples

Curious mind.- D-Day: How meteorologists helped win the war

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/how-meteorologists-helped-on-d-day-normandy-landings-eisenhower-juno-beach-meteorology

Personal narratives ELA|SLA

Fictional Narrative

We will continue transitioning our work from personal narratives into fictional narratives inspired by Canadian Historical figures and Spanish culture.

To promote our Spanish listening and speaking skills, we are studying the telenovela ‘Buena Gente.’ This telenovela (soap opera) opens up possibilities for students to replicate the Spanish, as well as create their own telenovelas! More details to come...

Resources

Buena Gente (Episode 01)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtCorVH5ukU 

Fictional Writing for Kids

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ3RwPeerOg&list=PLTCzXKdxBpDB0Prk1FCwDMu136HHQZUZV

Multiplication and Division Strategies and more!-Matemáticas

We continue developing our mathematical thinking by observing patterns, representing and describing numbers up to 1,000,000 and practicing different multiplication and division strategies.

We will continue building an understanding of the metric system by finding patterns on mm, cm, M.

We will continue learning the basic patterns to identify equivalent fractions.

As we study transformations, we continue to develop our spatial sense by performing translations of 2D objects and drawing the image.

Resources: 

Transformations

https://www.mathsisfun.com/geo...

Translations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW602kH52Ec 

Khan Academy math lessons and practice

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Open-ended math problems

https://nrich.maths.org/

Remember Homework expectations|daily|20 minutes|independent work

Guidelines:

-The goal of homework is to help facilitate conversations at home about your student’s learning.

-Homework is practice at home of concepts that students have already explored and practiced at school.

-Although homework is not part of our summative assessment, it informs our daily instructional decisions.

-Although deadlines are flexible, meeting them is an important skill your child should practice.

-Homework is not prescriptive, and it will be class dependent. Each grade 5 class will be designing activities according to students’ needs.

Sr. Carlos Plata


Grade 5

NEWSLETTER

March 30th to April 8th, 2020

Dear Families,

We hope this update finds you in good health, enjoying your family time.

We wish you a safe and restful Spring Break.

We can’t wait to learn what our “new normal” will look like and reconnect after Spring Break.

*If we were to have classes at school, our first two weeks of April would look like:

Ghost Messages- ELA We will continue to read our book “Ghost Messages”, by Jacqueline Guest. The story is set in 1865, and has fantastic connections with Social Studies (Canadian migration) and science (electricity and magnetism). The children will have a chance to enhance their reading comprehension skill by experiencing guided reading circles where they will speculate, relate content to familiar events, wonder, and find implicit information about this exciting story. ELA Program of Studies Overview:Experience various texts.Experience oral, print and other media texts from a variety of cultural traditions and genres. Explain your own point of view about oral, print and other media texts. Make connections between your own life and characters and ideas in oral, print and other media texts. Discuss common topics or themes in a variety of oral, print and other media texts. Ghost Messages https://www.jacquelineguest.co...

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Electricity and Magnetism- Science Our students will continue to explore concepts about electricity and magnetism.Program of Studies Overview:Students learn about electricity by building and testing circuits. Using batteries, bulbs and wires, students construct simple circuits and test the effects of various modifications. Through such tests, they discover that a circuit requires a closed pathway for electricity and that some materials conduct electricity and others do not. They learn that an electric current can affect a nearby magnet and that this property of electricity is used in making electromagnets and motors. Potential dangers are examined, as students learn about the safe use of electricity

Resources:

BBC- Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity -- Jim Al-Khalili BBC Horizon Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada- Social Studies

Students will start exploring the stories of Canada and their ways of life over time, and appreciate the diversity of Canada’s heritage. Stories: Stories provide a vital opportunity to bring history to life. Through stories, people share information, values and attitudes about history, culture and heritage. Stories are communicated through legends, myths, creation stories, narratives, oral traditions, songs, music, dance, literature, visual and dramatic arts, traditions and celebrations. They can include or be supported by biographies, autobiographies, archives, news items, novels or short stories. In social studies, stories provide students with opportunities to understand the dynamics of peoples, cultures, places, issues and events that are integral to Canada’s history and contemporary society.

Resources:

Heritage minutes

https://www.historicacanada.ca...

John A: Birth Of A Country

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El Pasado- SLA

Students will begin the exploration of the past tense in Spanish. Understanding how in Spanish we use two past tenses. Preterite (Yesterday I went...) and the Imperfect (Many years ago I used to go...).

Program of Studies Overview:

Speaking.- Produce a prepared or spontaneous oral presentation on a familiar topic in a structured situation.

Writing.- Produce, spontaneously and with guidance, a series of interrelated ideas on a familiar topic in structured and unstructured situations.

Measurement, Decimals, Estimation, Area, Perimeter and Volume- Math

We will continue to work on our landmark project of Mayan temples, expanding our understanding of measurement, the relationships between metric units and estimation. While developing our blueprints, we continue exploring perimeter, area, and volume.

We will begin our work on decimals, fractions and percentages!

Program of Studies Overview: Demonstrate an understanding of measuring length (mm) by: • selecting and justifying referents for the unit mm • modelling and describing the relationship between mm and cm units, and between mm and m units. Demonstrate an understanding of addition and subtraction by estimating sums and differences. Demonstrate an understanding of volume. Describe and represent decimals (tenths, hundredths, thousandths).

Resources:

Khan Academy math lessons and practice

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Open-ended math problems

https://nrich.maths.org/

Seesaw.- sharing our learning

All Grade 5 students will be using Seesaw to showcase their learning and promote authentic audiences and meaningful conversations at school and at home. You have received a QR code to access Seesaw, which will allow you to see your child’s work only. Your child’s privacy is important to us, please keep the QR code safe and never share it on Social Media or other public platforms.

Homework expectations|daily|20 minutes|independent work

Guidelines:

-The goal of homework is to help facilitate conversations at home about your student’s learning.

-Homework is practice at home of concepts that students have already explored and practiced at school.

-Although homework is not part of our summative assessment, it informs our instructional decisions.

-Although deadlines are flexible, meeting them is an important skill your child should practice.

-Homework is not prescriptive, and it will be class dependent. Each grade 5 class will be designing activities according to students’ needs.

-Homework is assigned and explained to students at the beginning of the week and is due at the beginning of the following week.

-There will be homework on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday is a reading day: 10mins in Spanish, 10 mins. In English.


Grade 5

NEWSLETTER

March 5th to March 19th, 2020

Dates to Remember:

  • March 13, Storytelling Residence Final Show

  • Mondays 12:50 to 1:20 pm, handbell rehearsal

  • March 16, Earth Science Fair Field trip

  • March 18, Choral Fest

  • March 19, Paul Issac Show 10:00 to 11:00 am

  • Coding Club every Wednesday 12:45 to 1:20 pm 

 

Ghost Messages- ELA

We have started reading our book “Ghost Messages”, by Jacqueline Guest. The story is set in 1865, and has fantastic connections with Social Studies (Canadian migration) and science (electricity and magnetism). The children will have a chance to enhance their reading comprehension skill by experiencing guided reading circles where they will speculate, relate content to familiar events, wonder, and find implicit information about this exciting story.

ELA Program of Studies Overview: Experience various texts. Experience oral, print and other media texts from a variety of cultural traditions and genres. Explain your own point of view about oral, print and other media texts. Make connections between own life and characters and ideas in oral, print and other media texts. Discuss common topics or themes in a variety of oral, print and other media texts. 

Ghost Messages

https://www.jacquelineguest.com/project/ghost-messages/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCu5hRSSYAI

 

Electricity and Magnetism- Science

Our students will begin to explore concepts about electricity and magnetism.

Program of Studies Overview: Students learn about electricity by building and testing circuits. Using batteries, bulbs and wires, students construct simple circuits and test the effects of various modifications. Through such tests, they discover that a circuit requires a closed pathway for electricity and that some materials conduct electricity and others do not. They learn that an electric current can affect a nearby magnet and that this property of electricity is used in making electromagnets and motors. Potential dangers are examined, as students learn about the safe use of electricity.

Resources:

BBC- Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity -- Jim Al-Khalili BBC Horizon

 

Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada- Social Studies

Students will start exploring the stories of Canada and their ways of life over time, and appreciate the diversity of Canada’s heritage. Stories: Stories provide a vital opportunity to bring history to life. Through stories, people share information, values and attitudes about history, culture and heritage. Stories are communicated through legends, myths, creation stories, narratives, oral traditions, songs, music, dance, literature, visual and dramatic arts, traditions and celebrations. They can include or be supported by biographies, autobiographies, archives, news items, novels or short stories. In social studies, stories provide students with opportunities to understand the dynamics of peoples, cultures, places, issues and events that are integral to Canada’s history and contemporary society.

Resources:

Heritage minutes

https://www.historicacanada.ca/thecanadians

 

 

Storytelling- SLA

As we finalize our experience learning the art of storytelling with Sr. Jeff Stockton, we will continue experimenting with the language to support our students producing spontaneous conversations in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Program of Studies Overview:

Speaking.- Produce a prepared or spontaneous oral presentation on a familiar topic in a structured situation.

Writing.- Produce, spontaneously and with guidance, a series of interrelated ideas on a familiar topic in structured and unstructured situations.

 

 

Measurement, Decimals, Estimation, Area, Perimeter and Volume- Math

Through our landmark project of Mayan temples, we continue expanding our understanding of measurement, the relationships between metric units and estimation. While developing our blueprints, we continue exploring perimeter, area, and volume. Following the landmark project, students will start working on decimals, fractions and percent

Program of Studies Overview: Demonstrate an understanding of measuring length (mm) by: • selecting and justifying referents for the unit mm • modelling and describing the relationship between mm and cm units, and between mm and m units. Demonstrate an understanding of addition and subtraction by estimating sums and differences. Demonstrate an understanding of volume. Describe and represent decimals (tenths, hundredths, thousandths).

 

Resources:

Khan Academy math lessons and practice

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Open-ended math problems

https://nrich.maths.org/

  

Seesaw.- sharing our learning 

All Grade 5 students will be using Seesaw to showcase their learning and promote authentic audiences and meaningful conversations at school and at home. You have received a QR code to access Seesaw, which will allow you to see your child’s work only. Your child’s privacy is important to us, please keep the QR code safe and never share it on Social Media or other public platforms.

 

Homework expectations|daily|20 minutes|independent work

Guidelines:

-The goal of homework is to help facilitate conversations at home about your student’s learning.

-Homework is practice at home of concepts that students have already explored and practiced at school.

-Although homework is not part of our summative assessment, it informs our instructional decisions.

-Although deadlines are flexible, meeting them is an important skill your child should practice.

 -Homework is not prescriptive, and it will be class dependent. Each grade 5 class will be designing activities according to students’ needs.

-Homework is assigned and explained to students at the beginning of the week and is due at the beginning of the following week.

-Students have access to the assigned homework and required material on their Google Drive and/or Gmail. Please let me know if you require a printed copy of the assignments.



Grade 5

NEWSLETTER

February 19th to March 5th, 2020

Dates to Remember:

  • Science Fair, February 20th. From 11:05 am to 12:30 pm for WOM students. From 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm for WOM parents. 
  • Science Club: every Thursday 12:45 to 1:20 pm

·       Coding Club: every Wednesday 12:45 to 1:20 pm

  • Calgary Opera The Bremen Town Musicians, February 25thfrom 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

 

Storytelling- SLA

We will continue our Storytelling Residence with Sr. Jeff Stockton. The students will continue exploring strategies to value the power of imagination and the power of telling a story orally.

We will continue practicing our writing skills in our daily routines, introducing new sentence structures to organize our ideas when expressing an opinion. This work will support our persuasive writing in the upcoming weeks.

Program of Studies Overview: 

Speaking.- Produce a prepared or spontaneous oral presentation on a familiar topic in a structured situation. 

Writing.- Produce, spontaneously and with guidance, a series of interrelated ideas on a familiar topic in structured and unstructured situations.

Resources

Jeff Stockton’s Website

http://www.jeffstockton.ca 

 

Measurement, Decimals, Estimation, Area, Perimeter and Volume- Math

Through our landmark project of Mayan temples, we continue expanding our understanding of measurement, the relationships between metric units and estimation. While developing our blueprints, we continue exploring perimeter, area, and volume. Following the land mark project, students will start working on decimals, fractions and percent

Program of Studies Overview: Demonstrate an understanding of measuring length (mm) by: • selecting and justifying referents for the unit mm • modelling and describing the relationship between mm and cm units, and between mm and m units. Demonstrate an understanding of addition and subtraction by estimating sums and differences. Demonstrate an understanding of volume. Describe and represent decimals (tenths, hundredths, thousandths).

Resources:

Khan Academy math lessons and practice

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Open-ended math problems

https://nrich.maths.org/

 

Classroom Chemistry- Science

We wrap-up our classroom chemistry unit by conducting different experiments to observe chemical reactions, identify acids and bases and produce carbon dioxide gas. 

Beginning in March, students will start working on the Electricity and Magnetism Unit.

Program of Studies Overview:Recognize and describe evidence of a chemical reaction. Explain how the products of a reaction differ from the original substances. Use an indicator to identify a solution as being acidic or basic. Produce carbon dioxide gas through the interaction of solids and liquids, and demonstrate that it is different from air. Distinguish reversible from irreversible changes of materials, and give examples of each.

 

Resources:

Classroom Chemistry

http://gradefive.mrpolsky.com/...

Physical Changes and Chemical Reactions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIJ2qnUOOwQ

 

The Regions of Canada- Social Studies, ELA

We continue exploring the regions of Canada, their history, geography, economy and identity. Students continue their research about the stories that these regions present and how the land has shaped the identity of its inhabitants. We start exploring different ways of sharing our ideas and opinions, such as games, debates and persuasive writing.

We start examining and researching the cultural and scientific connections of our upcoming novel study, Ghost Messagesby Jaqueline Guest.

In addition to the Canada Regions, students will learn this moth about Black History Month and its impact on current Canadian and world history.

Social Studies Program of Studies Overview:• How is the geographical region they live in different from other regions of Canada? 

Resources:

Heritage minutes

https://www.historicacanada.ca...

Canada Over the Edge

https://www.knowledge.ca/program/canada-over-edge

 

ELA Program of Studies Overview:Experience various texts.Experience oral, print and other media texts from a variety of cultural traditions and genres. Explain own point of view about oral, print and other media texts. Make connections between own life and characters and ideas in oral, print and other media texts. Discuss common topics or themes in a variety of oral, print and other media texts.

Resources:

Persuasive Writing guiding video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD9arWXIddM&list=PLTCzXKdxBpDD2Pap27TZUudIHGE5rgwSi

Ghost Messages

https://www.jacquelineguest.com/project/ghost-messages/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCu5hRSSYAI

 

 

Seesaw|sharing our learning

All Grade 5 students will be using Seesaw to showcase their learning and promote authentic audiences and meaningful conversations at school and at home. You have received a QR code to access Seesaw, which will allow you to see your child’s work only. Your child’s privacy is important to us, please keep the QR code safe and never share it on Social Media or other public platforms.

 

Homework expectations|daily|20 minutes|independent work

Guidelines:

-The goal of homework is to help facilitate conversations at home about your student’s learning.

-Homework is practice at home of concepts that students have already explored and practiced at school.

-Although homework is not part of our summative assessment, it informs our instructional decisions.

-Although deadlines are flexible, meeting them is an important skill your child should practice.

 -Homework is not prescriptive, and it will be class dependent. Each grade 5 class will be designing activities according to students’ needs.

-Homework is assigned and explained to students at the beginning of the week and is due at the beginning of the following week.

-Students have access to the assigned homework and required material on their Google Drive and/or Gmail. Please let me know if you require a printed copy of the assignments.


Grade 5

NEWSLETTER

 February 5th to February 19th, 2020

Dates to Remember:

  • Science Club: every Thursday 12:45 to 1:20 pm

  • Coding Club: every Wednesday 12:45 to 1:20 pm

  • Senator Patrick Burns School Open House, February 6th 6:30 pm

  • Teacher’s Convention (No school), February 13th and 14th.

  • Family Day (No school), February 17th.

  • Fun Lunch, Tuesday February 18th.

  • Science Fair, February 20th. From 11:05 am to 12:30 pm for WOM students. From 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm for WOM parents. Please contact Mrs. Coveyduck if you are able to volunteer as a judge (training will be provided).

 

Storytelling- SLA

We will continue our Storytelling Residence with Sr. Jeff Stockton. The students will continue exploring strategies to value the power of imagination and the power of telling a story orally. Just before Teacher’s Convection we will have already chosen a Latinamerican legend and develop a storyboard that will help us retell our story in our very own unique way.

We will continue practicing our writing skills in our daily routines, introducing new sentence structures to organize our ideas when expressing an opinion. This work will support our persuasive writing in the upcoming weeks.

Program of Studies Overview: Speaking.- Produce a prepared or spontaneous oral presentation on a familiar topic in a structured situation. Writing.- Produce, spontaneously and with guidance, a series of interrelated ideas on a familiar topic in structured and unstructured situations.

Resources

Jeff Stockton’s Website

http://www.jeffstockton.ca 

 

Measurement, Decimals, Estimation, Area, Perimeter and Volume- Math

Through our landmark project of Mayan temples, we continue expanding our understanding of measurement, the relationships between metric units and estimation. While developing our blueprints, we continue exploring perimeter, area, and volume.

Program of Studies Overview: Demonstrate an understanding of measuring length (mm) by: • selecting and justifying referents for the unit mm • modelling and describing the relationship between mm and cm units, and between mm and m units. Demonstrate an understanding of addition and subtraction by estimating sums and differences. Demonstrate an understanding of volume. Describe and represent decimals (tenths, hundredths, thousandths).

Resources:

Khan Academy math lessons and practice

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Open-ended math problems

https://nrich.maths.org/

 

Classroom Chemistry- Science

We wrap-up our classroom chemistry unit by conducting different experiments to observe chemical reactions, identify acids and bases and produce carbon dioxide gas. 

Program of Studies Overview: Recognize and describe evidence of a chemical reaction. Explain how the products of a reaction differ from the original substances. Use an indicator to identify a solution as being acidic or basic. Produce carbon dioxide gas through the interaction of solids and liquids, and demonstrate that it is different from air. Distinguish reversible from irreversible changes of materials, and give examples of each.

 

Resources:

Classroom Chemistry

http://gradefive.mrpolsky.com/...

Physical Changes and Chemical Reactions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIJ2qnUOOwQ

 

The Regions of Canada- Social Studies, ELA

We continue exploring the regions of Canada, their history, geography, economy and identity. Students continue their research about the stories that these regions present and how the land has shaped the identity of its inhabitants. We start exploring different ways of sharing our ideas and opinions, such as games, debates and persuasive writing.

We start examining and researching the cultural and scientific connections of our upcoming novel study, Ghost Messages by Jaqueline Guest.

Social Studies Program of Studies Overview: • How is the geographical region they live in different from other regions of Canada? 

Resources:

Heritage minutes

https://www.historicacanada.ca...

Canada Over the Edge

https://www.knowledge.ca/program/canada-over-edge

 

ELA Program of Studies Overview: Experience various texts. Experience oral, print and other media texts from a variety of cultural traditions and genres. Explain own point of view about oral, print and other media texts. Make connections between own life and characters and ideas in oral, print and other media texts. Discuss common topics or themes in a variety of oral, print and other media texts.

Resources:

Persuasive Writing guiding video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD9arWXIddM&list=PLTCzXKdxBpDD2Pap27TZUudIHGE5rgwSi

Ghost Messages

https://www.jacquelineguest.com/project/ghost-messages/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCu5hRSSYAI

 

 

Seesaw|sharing our learning

All Grade 5 students will be using Seesaw to showcase their learning and promote authentic audiences and meaningful conversations at school and at home. You have received a QR code to access Seesaw, which will allow you to see your child’s work only. Your child’s privacy is important to us, please keep the QR code safe and never share it on Social Media or other public platforms.

 

Homework expectations|daily|20 minutes|independent work

Guidelines:

-The goal of homework is to help facilitate conversations at home about your student’s learning.

-Homework is practice at home of concepts that students have already explored and practiced at school.

-Although homework is not part of our summative assessment, it informs our instructional decisions.

-Although deadlines are flexible, meeting them is an important skill your child should practice.

 -Homework is not prescriptive, and it will be class dependent. Each grade 5 class will be designing activities according to students’ needs.

-Homework is assigned and explained to students at the beginning of the week and is due at the beginning of the following week.

-Students have access to the assigned homework and required material on their Google Drive and/or Gmail. Please let me know if you require a printed copy of the assignments.


Grade 5

NEWSLETTER

January 23th to February 6th, 2020

Dates to Remember:

  • Science Club: every Thursday 12:45 to 1:20 pm

  • NEW! Coding Club: every Wednesday 12:45 to 1:20 pm

  • School Council Meeting, January 27th, at 7:00 pm. The Grade 5 Team will present “Pop culture and Spanish”.

  • Student Led Conferences, January 30th and 31st.

  • Science Fair, February 6th. From 11:05 am to 12:30 pm for WOM students. From 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm for WOM parents. Please contact Mrs. Coveyduck if you are able to volunteer as a judge (training will be provided).

  • Storytelling Residence has began! Grade 5’s have sessions every Tuesday and Thursday in the afternoon.

 

Storytelling- SLA

We will continue our Storytelling Residence with Sr. Jeff Stockton. The students will continue exploring strategies to value the power of imagination and the power of telling a story orally. Just before Teacher’s Convection we will have already chosen a Latinamerican legend and develop a storyboard that will help us retell our story in our very own unique way.

We will continue practicing our writing skills in our daily routines, introducing new sentence structures to organize our ideas when expressing an opinion.

Program of Studies Overview: Speaking.- Produce a prepared or spontaneous oral presentation on a familiar topic in a structured situation. Writing.- Produce, spontaneously and with guidance, a series of interrelated ideas on a familiar topic in structured and unstructured situations.

Resources

Jeff Stockton’s Website

http://www.jeffstockton.ca 

 

Measurement, Area, Perimeter, and volume- Math

We continue expanding our understanding of measurement and the relationships between metric units.

We will continue exploring perimeter and area in 2D shapes, and we will start exploring the concept of volume and 3D shapes to follow up with our landmark research project about Mayan temples.

Program of Studies Overview: Demonstrate an understanding of measuring length (mm) by: • selecting and justifying referents for the unit mm • modelling and describing the relationship between mm and cm units, and between mm and m units. Demonstrate an understanding of volume.

Resources:

Khan Academy math lessons and practice

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Open-ended math problems

https://nrich.maths.org/

 

Classroom Chemistry- Science

We continue to explore our classroom chemistry unit by conducting different experiments to observe chemical reactions such as crystallization.

Program of Studies Overview: Students learn about the properties and interactions of some safe to handle household liquids and solids. They test a variety of materials to see what happens when things are mixed together: what dissolves, what reacts and what remains unaffected. They discover that when a solid material dissolves, it can be recovered as a crystal by evaporating the liquid. They also learn that when two materials react to form a new material, the original materials cannot be recovered. As an example of a chemical reaction, students learn to produce carbon dioxide gas and show that this gas differs from ordinary air.

Resources:

Classroom Chemistry

http://gradefive.mrpolsky.com/...

Physical Changes and Chemical Reactions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIJ2qnUOOwQ

What are crystals?

https://www.ducksters.com/scie...

 

The Regions of Canada- Social Studies, 

In social studies, we continue exploring the regions of Canada, their history and geography. Students will be conducting research about the stories that these regions present and how the land has shaped the identity of its inhabitants. 

Program of Studies Overview: • How is the geographical region they live in different from other regions of Canada? 

Resources:

Heritage minutes

https://www.historicacanada.ca...

Canada Over the Edge

https://www.knowledge.ca/progr...

 

Informational Writing- ELA

In ELA, we will continue working on informational writing as we explore how to write reviews for movies and books.

Program of Studies Overview: Experience various texts. Experience oral, print and other media texts from a variety of cultural traditions and genres. Explain own point of view about oral, print and other media texts. Make connections between own life and characters and ideas in oral, print and other media texts.Discuss common topics or themes in a variety of oral, print and other media texts.

Resources:

Informational Writing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DN4d76QP_MA&list=PLTCzXKdxBpDDcTXBNyvPmR1r+_nOg-26sX

How to write a good book review

http://www.kids-bookreview.com/2012/03/review-wonder.html

 

Seesaw|sharing our learning

All Grade 5 students will be using Seesaw to showcase their learning and promote authentic audiences and meaningful conversations at school and at home. You have received a QR code to access Seesaw, which will allow you to see your child’s work only. Your child’s privacy is important to us, please keep the QR code safe and never share it on Social Media or other public platforms.

 

Homework expectations|daily|20 minutes|independent work

Guidelines:

-The goal of homework is to help facilitate conversations at home about your student’s learning.

-Homework is practice at home of concepts that students have already explored and practiced at school.

-Although homework is not part of our summative assessment, it informs our instructional decisions.

-Although deadlines are flexible, meeting them is an important skill your child should practice.

 -Homework is not prescriptive, and it will be class dependent. Each grade 5 class will be designing activities according to students’ needs.

-Homework is assigned and explained to students at the beginning of the week and is due at the beginning of the following week.

-Students have access to the assigned homework and required material on their Google Drive and/or Gmail. Please let me know if you require a printed copy of the assignments.


Grade 5

NEWSLETTER

January 8th to January 22nd, 2020

Dates to Remember:

● Science Club: every Thursday 12:45 to 1:20 pm

● NEW! Coding Club: every Wednesday 12:45 to 1:20 pm

● Storytelling Residence begins January 15th!

 

The Regions of Canada- Social Studies, ELA

In social studies, we continue exploring the regions of Canada, their history and geography. Students will be conducting research about the stories that these regions present and how the land has shaped the identity of its inhabitants. 

In ELA, we will continue working on informational writing as we explore how to write reviews for movies and books.

Resources:

Heritage minutes

https://www.historicacanada.ca...

Canada Over the Edge

https://www.knowledge.ca/progr...

Informational Writing

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Classroom Chemistry- Science

We continue to explore our classroom chemistry unit, we will be conducting different experiments to observe chemical reactions such as crystallization.

Resources:

Classroom Chemistry

http://gradefive.mrpolsky.com/...

Physical Changes and Chemical Reactions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIJ2qnUOOwQ

What are crystals?

https://www.ducksters.com/scie...

Storytelling- SLA

We will begin our Storytelling Residence with Jeff Stockton next Wednesday. We look forward to learning different techniques to share stories and captivate the audience.

The students will also be working on creating short skits using iMovie in the iPads and then presenting them in front of the class. We have been inspired by the telenovela ‘Buena Gente” and now is our turn to make our own.

Resources

Jeff Stockton’s Website

http://www.jeffstockton.ca 

Buena Gente (Episode 01)

Measurement, Area and Perimeter- Math

We will revisit our unit of Shape and Space as we expand on the concepts of measurement and understanding the metric system.

We will begin our exploration of Area and Perimeter in 2D shapes as we begin to lay the groundwork for a landmark project where students will research latinamerican architecture.

Resources:

Khan Academy math lessons and practice

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Open-ended math problems

https://nrich.maths.org/

Seesaw|sharing our learning

All Grade 5 students will be using Seesaw to showcase their learning and promote authentic audiences and meaningful conversations at school and at home. You have received a QR code to access Seesaw, which will allow you to see your child’s work only. Your child’s privacy is important to us, please keep the QR code safe and never share it on Social Media or other public platforms.

 

Homework expectations|daily|20 minutes|independent work

Guidelines:

-The goal of homework is to help facilitate conversations at home about your student’s learning.

-Homework is practice at home of concepts that students have already explored and practiced at school.

-Although homework is not part of our summative assessment, it informs our instructional decisions.

-Although deadlines are flexible, meeting them is an important skill your child should practice. -Homework is not prescriptive, and it will be class dependent. Each grade 5 class will be designing activities according to students’ needs.

-Homework is assigned and explained to students at the beginning of the week and is due at the beginning of the following week.

-Students have access to the assigned homework and required material on their Google Drive. Please let me know if you require a printed copy of the assignment.

Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada- Social Studies

In social studies, we continue exploring our geographical regions. This geographical exploration includes an understanding of the people and the stories of Canada and their ways of life over time, and appreciate the diversity of Canada’s heritage”. 

This unit is an invitation to bring history to life through legends, myths, creation stories, narratives, oral traditions, songs, etc. We will support this exploration with biographies, autobiographies, archives, short stories and news items. We will provide students with opportunities to understand the dynamics of peoples, cultures, places, issues, and events that are integral to Canada’s history and contemporary society.

Resources: 

Elder in the Making

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYglFfTG0TE&list=PLuj3rWl-eKLFfhFDy7rQS-g_xLOIR1IMO

Heritage minutes

https://www.historicacanada.ca/thecanadians

Canada Over the Edge

https://www.knowledge.ca/program/canada-over-edge 

Classroom Chemistry – Science

During the next two students will star the Chemistry Unit with a presentation by Ashley Scott Causton, a professor of chemistry at University of Calgary. In this presentation, students will get introduce to concepts that we will further develop during this unit such as physical change and chemical reactions. 

Resources: 

Classroom Chemistry

http://gradefive.mrpolsky.com/science.html

Physical Changes and Chemical Reactions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIJ2qnUOOwQ

 

Fictional Narrative and informational Writing ELA|SLA

Fictional Narrative

We will continue on working fictional narratives and Informational Writing inspired by Canadian Historical figures and Spanish culture.

To promote our Spanish listening and speaking skills, we are studying the telenovela ‘Buena Gente.’ This telenovela (soap opera) opens up possibilities for students to replicate the Spanish, as well as create their own telenovelas! More details to come...

Resources

Informational Writing 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DN4d76QP_MA&list=PLTCzXKdxBpDDcTXBNyvPmR1r_nOg-26sX

Buena Gente (Episode 01)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtCorVH5ukU 

Fictional Writing for Kids

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ3RwPeerOg&list=PLTCzXKdxBpDB0Prk1FCwDMu136HHQZUZV

Multiplication and Division Strategies and more!-Matemáticas

We continue developing our mathematical thinking by observing patterns, representing and describing numbers up to 1,000,000 and practicing different multiplication and division strategies.

We will continue building an understanding of the metric system by finding patterns on mm, cm, M.

We will continue learning the basic patterns to identify equivalent fractions.

As we study transformations, we continue to develop our spatial sense by performing translations of 2D objects and drawing the image.

Resources: 

Transformations

https://www.mathsisfun.com/geo...

Translations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW602kH52Ec 

Khan Academy math lessons and practice

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Open-ended math problems

https://nrich.maths.org/


Grade 5

NEWSLETTER

November  14th to November 21st, 2019

Dates to remember: 

Explorando el Español Field Trip- YMCA-Rocky Ridge, Nov. 15th, 11:00 am-2:45 pm

Family GLOW Dance, Nov. 15th, 6:00 pm

Photo Retakes, Nov. 20th

Ski trip, COP, Nov 25th

Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada- Social Studies

As we continue our exploration of Canada’s Physical Geography, we will also start introducing topics of the following General Outcome from the Alberta Program of Studies:

“Students will demonstrate an understanding of the people and the stories of Canada and their ways of life over time, and appreciate the diversity of Canada’s heritage”. 

This unit is an invitation to bring history to life through legends, myths, creation stories, narratives, oral traditions, songs, etc. We will support this exploration with biographies, autobiographies, archives,  short stories and news items,. We will provide students with opportunities to understand the dynamics of peoples, cultures, places, issues, and events that are integral to Canada’s history and contemporary society.

Resources: 

Heritage minutes

https://www.historicacanada.ca/thecanadians

Canada Over the Edge

https://www.knowledge.ca/program/canada-over-edge 

Weather Watch/Statistics-  Math and Science

We will close our weather unit by making observations and comparisons of weather patterns in different cities. This data will allow us to apply some of the statistics concepts learned in class regarding first and second-hand data, as well as construct and interpret double bar graphs to draw conclusions.

Resources: 

This video will prompt conversations about data

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

Creating picture and bar graphs

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-third-grade-math/represent-and-interpret-data/imp-bar-graphs/v/creating-picture-and-bar-graphs-2-exercise-examples

Curious mind.- D-Day: How meteorologists helped win the war

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/how-meteorologists-helped-on-d-day-normandy-landings-eisenhower-juno-beach-meteorology

Personal narratives ELA|SLA

Fictional Narrative

We will continue transitioning our work from personal narratives into fictional narratives inspired by Canadian Historical figures and Spanish culture.

To promote our Spanish listening and speaking skills, we are studying the telenovela ‘Buena Gente.’ This telenovela (soap opera) opens up possibilities for students to replicate the Spanish, as well as create their own telenovelas! More details to come...

Resources

Buena Gente (Episode 01)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtCorVH5ukU 

Fictional Writing for Kids

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ3RwPeerOg&list=PLTCzXKdxBpDB0Prk1FCwDMu136HHQZUZV

Multiplication and Division Strategies and more!-Matemáticas

We continue developing our mathematical thinking by observing patterns, representing and describing numbers up to 1,000,000 and practicing different multiplication and division strategies.

We will continue building an understanding of the metric system by finding patterns on mm, cm, M.

We will continue learning the basic patterns to identify equivalent fractions.

As we study transformations, we continue to develop our spatial sense by performing translations of 2D objects and drawing the image.

Resources: 

Transformations

https://www.mathsisfun.com/geo...

Translations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW602kH52Ec 

Khan Academy math lessons and practice

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Open-ended math problems

https://nrich.maths.org/

Remember Homework expectations|daily|20 minutes|independent work

Guidelines:

-The goal of homework is to help facilitate conversations at home about your student’s learning.

-Homework is practice at home of concepts that students have already explored and practiced at school.

-Although homework is not part of our summative assessment, it informs our daily instructional decisions.

-Although deadlines are flexible, meeting them is an important skill your child should practice.

-Homework is not prescriptive, and it will be class dependent. Each grade 5 class will be designing activities according to students’ needs.

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