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May 29, 2019

Apreciadas familias:

These are the topics that we are covering in our classes:

In Math class, students are covering the unit of statistics and probability. Students are using this unit to connect our Legacy Project with mathematics.  Students have learned  how to create pie graphs and bar graphs  to measure each classroom's percentage of participation donating bottles.

In English class, students continue working  on persuasive writing, many of them will be contextualized in our Legacy Project.  Specifically , students wrote persuasive letter to their peers in grade 3 and grade 4 to motivate them to bring bottles for our legacy project. As matter of fact, those letters were a total success which was demonstrated in the massive bottle donation of bottles given by the students in these grades.

In Science class, students will finish the year studying wetlands ecosystems. We just finished our field trip to Telus Park as an introduction to this subject. In this unit, students will learn to identify how this type of ecosystem impact out life inAlberta, while reviewing some fundamental concepts about the relations between the biotic and the abiotic.

In Social Studies, we will continue watching the CBC historical series about the history of Canada called “The Story of Us”. In each episode, we’ll discuss and analyze the main events, considering its impact in our current historical context.  We are currently discussing the second episode.

In Spanish class, we are working with regular verbs. I am attaching below a website with exercises to practice these verbs.  Please ask your son or daughter to show you the oral exercises that we have been doing in this class to practice this new concepts.

Questions to ask you son or daughter:

Discuss the difference between the words "and" and "or" in the following question: What is the chance of getting 1 and 5 when throwing a dice?

Why the classroom is not an ecosystem for you?

Teach your parents how to use the verb "leer" and "beber"  in the following sentence:   Marcos and I brink tea while you guys read a book.

May 1st, 2019

Apreciadas familias:

Looking forward for tomorrow’s parent teacher interviews.

In English class, students will learn how to write persuasive papers, many of them will be contextualized in our Legacy Project.  In addition to that, we will continue our spoken word assignment. Students just finished the written component of the project, parents will be able to see it tomorrow during the conferences.  Next week, we will start working on the videos to go along with the poems students wrote to promote the geographic region of their choice.

In Science class, students have been studying the difference between chemical reaction and physical change.  During this week, they learnt to identify if vinegar in contact with an egg shell will cause either a physical change or a chemical reaction.

In Social Studies, we will continue watching the CBC historical series about the history of Canada called “The Story of Us”. In each episode, we’ll discuss and analyze the main events, considering its impact in our current historical context.  We are currently discussing the second episode.

In Math class, students will continue working in patterns and equations. In this unit students are learning to transform numerical patterns into written patterns and finally into equations.

In Spanish class, we are working with reflexives verbs. I am attaching below a website with exercises to practice these verbs.  Please ask your son or daughter to show you the oral exercises that we have been doing in this class to practice this new concepts.

Websites to explore with you son or daughter:

The Story of Us:

Math

 solveme.edc.org Use logic to solve visual, interactive mathematical puzzles. Create your own puzzles to share with your friends or the SolveMe Community.

Science

How to take a picture of a black hole | Katie Bouman

 At the heart of the Milky Way, there's a supermassive black hole that feeds off a spinning disk of hot gas, sucking up anything that ventures too close -- even light. We can't see it, but its event horizon casts a shadow, and an image of that shadow could help answer some important questions about the universe. Scientists used to think that ...

Spanish

April 10th, 2019

Apreciadas familias:

The following are the updates in our different classes for the next two weeks:

In Social Studies, we will continue watching the CBC historical series about the history of Canada called “The Story of Us”. In each episode, we’ll discuss and analyze the main events, considering its impact in our current historical context.

In English class, students will learn how to write opinion papers, many of them contextualized in the historical series “The Story of Us”. In addition to that, we are preparing for our poetry workshop with spoken word artist Miranda Krogstad coming up at the end of the month. Please check the website below for more information about this residency.

In Math class, students will continue working in patterns and equations. In this unit students are learning to transform numerical patterns into written patterns and finally into equations. Over the last week, we have been even dabbling into grade 10 math equations. Ask your son or daughter for the class notes on this subject

In Spanish class, we are working with the verb “gustar” and focusing on acquiring vocabulary about the parts of the city. Students begin each new concept focusing first in oral skills and then moving into reading and writing.

In Science, students have been making crystal and learning about the chemical and physical connections that make crystals grow. Ask your son to teach you how to identify a saturated solution.

Websites to explore with you son or daughter:

The Story of Us:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWdOQE459vg

 Worlds Collide | Canada: The Story of Us, Full Episode 1 www.youtube.com Hundreds of Indigenous nations with advanced political systems and traditions live in what today is known as Canada. With the arrival of European newcomers, ...

Math

https://solveme.edc.org/

 SolveMe Puzzles solveme.edc.org Use logic to solve visual, interactive mathematical puzzles. Create your own puzzles to share with your friends or the SolveMe Community.

Science

How to take a picture of a black hole | Katie Bouman

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

 How to take a picture of a black hole | Katie Bouman www.youtube.com At the heart of the Milky Way, there's a supermassive black hole that feeds off a spinning disk of hot gas, sucking up anything that ventures too close -- even light. We can't see it, but its event horizon casts a shadow, and an image of that shadow could help answer some important questions about the universe. Scientists used to think that ...

English

https://www.mirandakrogstad.com/

 Home | Calgary | Miranda Krogstad Poetry www.mirandakrogstad.com Miranda Krogstad is a spoken word poet and a Canada Council for the Arts grant recipient, she has co-founded the spoken word network YYSpeak. Miranda presents workshops on creativity and empowerment at schools and charitable organizations. Book your workshop today!

March 21st, 2019

Estimadas familias:

Who’s ready for spring break? As we prepare to welcome back the sun in its full force, we want to wish all of you a happy family time during this spring break.

In English class, we will continue working on punctuation within the context of opinion writing. In preparation for this unit, we have been exploring subjects that will spark a desire in students to express their own views about a subject, like the reduction of meat consumption, climate change or the Flat Earth Society.

In Math class, students just wrapped their Landmarks project about Chichen Itza. In this project, students covered several concepts from multiplication and division of decimals to measuring length, area and volume. In addition to these concepts, students also explored the Mayan measuring system for length, area and volume.

In Spanish class, we continue focusing our class lessons in oral experiences centered in the Neuro Linguistic Approach. Students are applying these strategies to learn expressions commonly used and to gain vocabulary within context.

In Science, we started the chemistry unit exploring properties of water, like surface tension. As a warm up experiment, students tried to make paper clip float on water. This was the perfect segway to start taking about the electrical bonds between water molecules. In this unit, student will explore other subjects like physical properties, chemical properties and types of reaction.

Questions to ask you son or daughter:

What is fallacy? Ask them to think about the Flat Earth Society documentary.

Using the picture below, ask your sun or daughter to explain how many cubic meters are inside a cubic Zapal? Great opportunity to talk about the Mayan measuring system.

What are the main differences between the 3 sub-regions inside the Arctic Region?

Website to explore

Opinion writing for kids

Multiplication Games

Division Facts

PS: Keanna photobombed all the pictures.

March 6th, 2019

Queridas familias:

It was great pleasure to see all the families during parent teacher interviews. I personally enjoyed to hear all the conversation the students were having with their parents about the concepts that we are exploring in the classroom.

In English class, students are wrapping up the last portion of their trickster theater. For this last portion, students are writing on a realistic fiction paper based on a futuristic picture prompt and, the small story by Isaac Asimov called “The Last Question”. In addition to this, students will continue sharpening their punctuation.

In Math class, students are continue working simultaneously in two units: Decimals and Fractions and, Measuring. In Decimals and Fractions unit, students will be learning how to transform fractions into decimals using long division. At this moment, its extremely important that student MASTER their multiplication tables. To increase a daily practice, several websites with video games for multiplication and division facts have been provided. In addition to this, students will have a daily pop-quiz of multiplication facts. Also, Sr. Valdebenito is running a Math support club every Tuesday at lunch break. Please remind your son or daughter to assist to Sr. Valdebenito's classroom if additional help is needed.

In Spanish class, we will start working on regular verbs. Besides learning how to conjugate this verb correctly, students have been practicing this verb in oral situations contextualized in the Neuro Linguistic Approach.

In Social Studies, we will be finishing our explorations of the Canadian regions, understanding the impact that weather and geography have in the development of regional cultural identities in the Canadian Shield Region and the Artic.

In Science, I want to apologize for providing an erroneous information. We will be staring the Chemistry Unit. The Wetland Unit will start in the middle of April in preparation for the end of May field trip to Telus Convention Centre in April. This week, parent will receive the forms for the March 19th, Earth Science Exhibition, at the Calgary Stampede.

Website to explore

Multiplication Games

Division Facts

The last Question by Isaac Asimov

The importance of humanities in education by the philosopher AC Grayling

Picture prompt for Trickster realistic fiction story

February, 20th 2019

Queridas familias:

Can you believe that we are still “trickstering”? This week, we started the second part of our Trickster Theater residency. In this second portion, we will be focusing on using theater movements to promote creativity when writing fictional stories in English and Spanish. In addition to this, in English class, students have also been working on creating their own Informational Writing texts, which has been of tremendous help to connect English with other areas like Math and Science.

In Math class, students are continue working simultaneously in two units: Decimals and Fractions and, Measuring. In Decimals and Fractions unit, students will be learning how to transform decimals into fractions and vice versa. They will also learn how to use benchmarks, like the number line to organize fractions is ascending and descending orders. In the Measurements unit, we will start our Latin America landmarks project. In this activity, students will learn how to calculate the area of Chichen Itza using not only the Metric and Imperial System but also the Mayan measuring system that includes Zapals, Kabs and Xoots.

In Spanish class, we are working on the verb “Tener” (to have). Besides learning how to conjugate this verb correctly, students have been practicing this verb in oral situations contextualized in a house items scenario.

In Social Studies, we will be finishing our explorations of the Canadian regions, understanding the impact that weather and geography have in the development of regional cultural identities in the Canadian Shield Region and the Artic.

In Science, we will be staring our Wetland Ecosystems unit in preparation for the upcoming field trip to the Telus Convention Centre in April. Also, as a warm up for this unit, we have been watching the scientific series One Strange Rock to promote the importance of the quality of the relationship between living and non-living component within ecosystems.

Looking forward for next week to parent teacher interviews, where students will have the opportunity to share with you many of the concepts they have learned in class.

These are some of the websites that you can explore with your son or daughter

Informational Writing

One Strange Rock

Spanish Verb Tener

Mayan Mathematics

Questions that you can ask your son or daughter to bring the school conversations home:

·       Ask you son or daughter to explain to you how sand storms in the Sahara Desert give nutrients to the trees in the Amazon Jungle?

·       Who is our best friend that lives in the ocean that we have never heard about?

·       Why is easier to tell which fraction is bigger when the denominator (the number in the bottom) is the same? Example: 7/10 than 5/10.

·       How long the starts in the universe will last?

5A trickstering!

Febrero 6 del 2019

Apreciadas familias:

I hope you had enjoyed Trickster Theater. Our students work very hard to offer you a compelling presentation about a very abstract subject like identity. Through this play, our students had the opportunity to explore deep philosophical questions like the impact of language and life experiences in the development of our identities.

In English class, the students will continue working on informational writing. Students just finished their first project and they are about to start the second one. This new project is in conjunction with Math class. In this project, students will create an informational text to explain the measuring system they created from scratch to measure areas and perimeters.

In Math class, students are working simultaneously in two units: Decimals and Fractions and, Measuring. To develop a deeper understanding of these concepts, students are working on creating, as mentioned before, they own measuring system in order to comprehend first-hand the human need for measuring areas, lengths and volume.

In Spanish class, we are working on the verb “querer” (to want). Besides learning how to conjugate this verb correctly, students have been practicing this verb in oral situations contextualized in a restaurant scenario, where they have to practice how to order for beverages, meals and ask for the bill.

In Social Studies, we will continue exploring the Canadian regions, understanding the impact that weather and geography have in the development of regional cultural identities. To better comprehend this influence, students have been exploring the art work of Jason Carter, one of Canada’s most exciting and accomplished contemporary Aboriginal visual artists. Attached below are some students’ renditions of Carter’s work.

In Science, we have very exciting news. Next week we are starting to build electric solar cars with the students. This project is part of the unit on electricity and mechanism. Also, as a part of the Makers Space, student will be contributing a solution to one of the 17 goals that are part of the UN campaign, Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This project will be technical and scientific.  Attached below is a link to this initiative.

These are some of the websites that you can explore with your son or daughter

Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Great tool for reading

Amazing site for estimation

Questions that you can ask your son or daughter to bring the school conversations home:

• If the pyramids of Egypt and Mexico were built before the Metric and Imperial systems, how did Egyptians, Mayans and Aztecs calculate length, area and volume?
• What is the role of language in the formation of your identity?
• When you are measuring areas what kind of objects are you counting?
• When you are measuring perimeter what kind of objects are you counting?
• Ask your son or daughter to show how to ask for a table in a restaurant.

Jan. 23, 2019

Dear Families,

This week has been all about Trickster! You are in for a treat tomorrow at the Trickster assembly. I hope to see you there!

In math, students will continue to explore fractions and decimals and the relationships between them. We will continue to study the following questions: What is a “whole”? and What is a fraction? At this stage, many children are still trying to make sense of what is a whole and what is a fraction; we will continue to engage in lessons where this is the focus of the activity. Rather than start with an algorithm, we will emphasize conceptual understanding of whole numbers and fractions. Although this may be apparent to adults, it is something many kids continue to grapple with well into middle school. A strong foundation now will make this transition go more smoothly. Many of the activities students will engage in over the next couple of weeks are intended to help them develop a deeper and stronger conceptual understanding of fractions and decimals. We are also exploring equivalent fractions. We will create individual sets of fraction strips for use at school and at home. Furthermore, we will continue our study into measurement (area and perimeter) and geometry through the position and motion of objects.

In English Language Arts, students will continue to study features of expository and narrative nonfiction text to further reading comprehension and engagement. We will use certain texts as mentors for students’ own writing later this month and into February.

In Spanish Language Arts, we will be focusing our attention on the theme for the month of February, el mes del amor y la amistad, through stories, videos and spoken activities. Furthermore, we will continue to practice the correct use of verb forms we have been emphasizing thus far. We will focus on responding in complete sentences and on the structure of the Spanish language through theme-based lessons and activities. We will continue to engage students in read alouds, independent and partner reading, and structured conversations where students have the opportunity to use new vocabulary and grammatical forms in context. We will also pay attention to vocabulary for asking questions in Spanish.

In Social Studies we will be studying the experiences of indigenous groups in Canada and connect that to the experiences of similar groups in Latin America. Students will have opportunities to appreciate similarities and differences among groups and experiences, as well as develop a greater understanding of identity - their own and that of others.

In science students will cement their learning thus far about electricity and electromagnetism by reviewing and revising a lab report, particularly their observations and conclusions, based on experiments they have conducted.

This week’s featured websites are: (1) Learning A-Z (Raz-Kids for Spanish reading). Students know how to log in. Please encourage your child to read on Raz-Kids for their nightly Spanish reading.

Some questions to ask your students about their learning are:

• What is a whole number? What is a fraction? How do you know? Give an example.

• What is a topic you know a lot about so that you can teach others what you know? What format might you use to write about it?

• Tell me everything you’ve learned about connecting light bulbs in series and parallel?  What is a question you have about this topic?

• What Curiosity Time question are you working on this week?

Jan. 9, 2019

Dear Families,

Hola y feliz 2019! Welcome back to what promises to be an eventful and fast-paced six months for grade 5. Over the next two weeks, students will be finishing up the electricity unit in science by developing and implementing experiments about connecting resistor and batteries in series and parallel. Students will also write a lab report that will include a question to be researched, a hypotheses, a description of the experiment, and the conclusions reached after students conduct their experiment.

In math, students will be exploring fractions and decimals and the relationships between them. Many of the activities students will engage in over the next couple of weeks are intended to help students develop a conceptual understanding of fractions and decimals.

In English Language Arts, students will be studying nonfiction reading and writing in order to create an original nonfiction piece by the end of the month.

In Spanish Language Arts, we will be focusing our attention on typical foods in Spanish-speaking countries through stories, videos and spoken activities. Furthermore, we will continue to emphasize the correct use of the verbs “ser” y “estar” and reflexive verbs. We will add a focus on the imperfect past tense. We will continue to engage students in read alouds, and independent and partner reading.

In Social Studies we will start to shift our focus from the geographical regions of Canada to Canada’s role in major world events, such as WWI. Moreover, we will continue to address the big umbrella questions for this year: What is identity? What does it mean to be Canadian?

This week’s featured website is https://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/how-the-universe-works/. As a class, we have been discussing informally about astronomy and astrophysics as a way to foster scientific and intellectual curiosity among our students. Subjects like the big bang, black holes, dark matter, dark energy and supernovas always spark serious intellectual questions among them. Please feel free to explore this website with your son or daughter.

Here are some questions to ask your child about what we’ve been learning:

1. Ask your son or daughter to make and equivalent fraction to 5/7?

2. When representing equivalent fractions graphically why each drawing have to be the same size?

3. Is it possible for a 1 cubic centimeter cube to weight more than Mount Everest?

4. Why do we live in 4 dimensions: space (length, width and height) and time?

5. How Jason Carter's painting represent the geographical feature of the cordillera region?

6. Why adjectives should be called "ad-nouns"?

Dec. 12, 2018

Dear Families,

The next couple of weeks are all about wrapping up and winding down before heading into a well-deserved winter break. Students will be completing assignments this week and next week. If your child will not be here through the last day of school, please let me know as soon as possible.

Next week your child will receive his or her first report card of the year. Remember that although this is a summative or final evaluation of your child’s progress thus far, we still have most of the year left for learning opportunities and growth. Therefore, it’s important that you have a conversation with your child about his or her report card. Take the time to read and reflect on the comments and set specific learning goals for the rest of the year. I will be reviewing this with students the first week back to school in January.

This Google Slides presentation will give you a visual understanding of the meaning of a 1, 2, 3 and 4 on the report card. I will review it with students as well. Remember that a 1 means your child has not yet achieved the expectations for the grade 5 Program of Studies in that subject area. A 2, 3, and a 4 indicate the degree to which your child has thus far achieved the learning intentions of the Program of Studies.

Although there is no requirement for homework during the holidays, I want to encourage your children to read and write a lot and to come back refreshed and ready to pick up where we left off.

I wish everyone a joyful and restful holiday. May you replenish your spirit with lots of family time. I look forward to seeing everyone in January!

Here are some questions to ask your child about what we’ve been learning:

1. What do you now understand about electricity that you didn’t before?

2. Can you divided 637 divided by 5 using the Lattice method, the Box Method and the Traditional Algorithm?

3. Which division method do your prefer and why?

4. White a sentence that has 1 noun, 1 verb, 1 adjective and 1 adverb.

5. What book(s) are you planning to read during the winter break?

6. Ask your son or daughter about the south american artists Fernando Botero and Frida Kahlo.

Students have been set up for Raz-Kids since the beginning of the year. At this moment, we are aiming to read at least 2 books each week, 1 in English and 1 Spanish. Each book also comes with the corresponding set of comprehension questions that should be answer. Please talk with your son of daughter about the books that they have read over the last 2 weeks.

Nov. 28, 2018

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe that this is the last week of November! Where did the time go? As we slide into December, I find myself reflecting on the progress your children have made thus far and how much more they will learn before the school year ends in June. As this is a season of celebrations, I want to honor and applaud this growth. I look forward to continuing on this learning journey with your children during the rest of the year.

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) ends this week. Your children have written a wide variety of “novels” during the month and we will be finding small ways to celebrate their accomplishments during December.

In math, we will continue to work on levels of quality around concepts and skills, and success criteria for what constitutes quality work as per the expectations of the Program of Study. We will continue our exploration of strategies for solving division problems and we will explore the ways in which math is about noticing, describing and generalizing patterns and relationships.

In Spanish, we are coming to the end of November as “Poetry Month”. We will continue to read poetry and write our own simple poems. Emphasis continues to be on communicating using complete sentences, correct grammar and sentence structure. We are also examining picture books in Spanish to help us determine the relationship between the illustrations and the text; this will help students make more appropriate choices when selecting books in Spanish for independent and partner reading.

In both science, we have started brief, small group debates on important social issues related to these disciplines. In science, we continue to explore electricity and the issue of climate change and global warming.

Here are some questions to ask your child about what we’ve been studying:

• Tell your parent about Charly Garcia and his song " No voy en tren". What message do you get from that song?
• What is the difference between a magnetized metal and an unmagnetized metal?

• Tell me what you know about climate change? Tell me what is still confusing for you?

• What have you learned about yourself as a writer during NaNoWriMO?

The following are some websites that the students can use to start developing the habit of daily practice of multiplication tables

Great website to practice estimation

Fun video games to learn punctuation

Please enjoy some pictures of your children building electromagnets:

Sr. Carlos Plata

Nov 14th, 2018

Dear Families,

Our Solar Innovations trip was a success. Special thanks to all the volunteers, and all the families, for supporting us in exposing the students to learn outside the classroom through hands on activities.

During the next two weeks in Math, students will be finishing working on understanding new strategies to perform computations and solving problems when working on multiplication. We also will start working on division of 3 digit numbers by 1 digit number. To this end, it’s fundamental for students to continue having a daily practice of multiplication tables. Good memorization is key to develop fluency and confidence when performing divisions.  This practice can be less than 5 minutes and it could be done if a fun way like playing educational video games. Below you will find some links to start developing this daily practice

In Science, we will continue working on the Electricity and Magnetism Unit. In the following lessons students will learn of safety rules about the use of electricity, the measurement process of electricity consumption, and the relationship between magnetism and electricity. In addition to this, students will continue exploring the impact of our current methods of electricity generation in our environment.

In Social Studies, students will continue studying the interior plains region. Students will start to explore the relation between climate and people’s identity. They will learn how weather conditions determine the activities that people prefer to do in each geographical region.

In reading and writing, we will continue working in fictional writing. Students are far ahead in their fictional stories. Their stories displayed tremendous creativity and it’s definitely worth it read it. Please ask your son daughter to share it with you. To promote creativity, scientific curiosity and a case study for the narrative writing model, students have been watching the movie the Martian while working on their stories. By analyzing this movie, students are learning how to write climatic build ups to the main problem of their story, as well as creating a solution. In addition to that, students will start working on punctuation exercises. Below you can find some suggested websites where students can learn punctuation in a fun way by playing educational video games.

In Spanish, we will start to work on the verb “tener”.  In addition to the work on verb conjugations, student will start learning about article noun agreement. In Spanish, nouns don't like to be alone, so articles often accompany them! Spanish articles indicate the gender (masculine or feminine) and number (singular or plural) of a noun. Students are also learning how to use writing models to craft small narrative and fictional stories.

Here are some questions to ask your child about what we’ve been studying:

·       Ask your son or daughter to show you, the almost daily, homework email.

·       Show me short cut to multiply numbers that are multiples of 10?

·       Show me short cut to divide numbers that are multiples of 10?

·       Ask you son or daughter to explain you why golf is on the favorite sport of the Piikani Nation

·       Ask you son or daughter to explain you why the members of the Piikani Nation dressed like cowboys during the Indian Rodeo.

·       What is dark matter?

The following are some websites that the students can use to start developing the habit of daily practice of multiplication tables

Very proud of the kindness and maturity that the grade 5 students displayed, when working with our "buddy class", Sr. Gutierrez's first graders. Good job making very scary monsters. Bien hecho chicos!

# Sr. Carlos Plata

May 29, 2019

Apreciadas familias:

These are the topics that we are covering in our classes:

In Math class, students are covering the unit of statistics and probability. Students are using this unit to connect our Legacy Project with mathematics.  Students have learned  how to create pie graphs and bar graphs  to measure each classroom's percentage of participation donating bottles.

In English class, students continue working  on persuasive writing, many of them will be contextualized in our Legacy Project.  Specifically , students wrote persuasive letter to their peers in grade 3 and grade 4 to motivate them to bring bottles for our legacy project. As matter of fact, those letters were a total success which was demonstrated in the massive bottle donation of bottles given by the students in these grades.

In Science class, students will finish the year studying wetlands ecosystems. We just finished our field trip to Telus Park as an introduction to this subject. In this unit, students will learn to identify how this type of ecosystem impact out life inAlberta, while reviewing some fundamental concepts about the relations between the biotic and the abiotic.

In Social Studies, we will continue watching the CBC historical series about the history of Canada called “The Story of Us”. In each episode, we’ll discuss and analyze the main events, considering its impact in our current historical context.  We are currently discussing the second episode.

In Spanish class, we are working with regular verbs. I am attaching below a website with exercises to practice these verbs.  Please ask your son or daughter to show you the oral exercises that we have been doing in this class to practice this new concepts.

Questions to ask you son or daughter:

Discuss the difference between the words "and" and "or" in the following question: What is the chance of getting 1 and 5 when throwing a dice?

Why the classroom is not an ecosystem for you?

Teach your parents how to use the verb "leer" and "beber"  in the following sentence:   Marcos and I brink tea while you guys read a book.

May 1st, 2019

Apreciadas familias:

Looking forward for tomorrow’s parent teacher interviews.

In English class, students will learn how to write persuasive papers, many of them will be contextualized in our Legacy Project.  In addition to that, we will continue our spoken word assignment. Students just finished the written component of the project, parents will be able to see it tomorrow during the conferences.  Next week, we will start working on the videos to go along with the poems students wrote to promote the geographic region of their choice.

In Science class, students have been studying the difference between chemical reaction and physical change.  During this week, they learnt to identify if vinegar in contact with an egg shell will cause either a physical change or a chemical reaction.

In Social Studies, we will continue watching the CBC historical series about the history of Canada called “The Story of Us”. In each episode, we’ll discuss and analyze the main events, considering its impact in our current historical context.  We are currently discussing the second episode.

In Math class, students will continue working in patterns and equations. In this unit students are learning to transform numerical patterns into written patterns and finally into equations.

In Spanish class, we are working with reflexives verbs. I am attaching below a website with exercises to practice these verbs.  Please ask your son or daughter to show you the oral exercises that we have been doing in this class to practice this new concepts.

Websites to explore with you son or daughter:

The Story of Us:

Math

 solveme.edc.org Use logic to solve visual, interactive mathematical puzzles. Create your own puzzles to share with your friends or the SolveMe Community.

Science

How to take a picture of a black hole | Katie Bouman

 At the heart of the Milky Way, there's a supermassive black hole that feeds off a spinning disk of hot gas, sucking up anything that ventures too close -- even light. We can't see it, but its event horizon casts a shadow, and an image of that shadow could help answer some important questions about the universe. Scientists used to think that ...

Spanish

April 10th, 2019

Apreciadas familias:

The following are the updates in our different classes for the next two weeks:

In Social Studies, we will continue watching the CBC historical series about the history of Canada called “The Story of Us”. In each episode, we’ll discuss and analyze the main events, considering its impact in our current historical context.

In English class, students will learn how to write opinion papers, many of them contextualized in the historical series “The Story of Us”. In addition to that, we are preparing for our poetry workshop with spoken word artist Miranda Krogstad coming up at the end of the month. Please check the website below for more information about this residency.

In Math class, students will continue working in patterns and equations. In this unit students are learning to transform numerical patterns into written patterns and finally into equations. Over the last week, we have been even dabbling into grade 10 math equations. Ask your son or daughter for the class notes on this subject

In Spanish class, we are working with the verb “gustar” and focusing on acquiring vocabulary about the parts of the city. Students begin each new concept focusing first in oral skills and then moving into reading and writing.

In Science, students have been making crystal and learning about the chemical and physical connections that make crystals grow. Ask your son to teach you how to identify a saturated solution.

Websites to explore with you son or daughter:

The Story of Us:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWdOQE459vg

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March 21st, 2019

Estimadas familias:

Who’s ready for spring break? As we prepare to welcome back the sun in its full force, we want to wish all of you a happy family time during this spring break.

In English class, we will continue working on punctuation within the context of opinion writing. In preparation for this unit, we have been exploring subjects that will spark a desire in students to express their own views about a subject, like the reduction of meat consumption, climate change or the Flat Earth Society.

In Math class, students just wrapped their Landmarks project about Chichen Itza. In this project, students covered several concepts from multiplication and division of decimals to measuring length, area and volume. In addition to these concepts, students also explored the Mayan measuring system for length, area and volume.

In Spanish class, we continue focusing our class lessons in oral experiences centered in the Neuro Linguistic Approach. Students are applying these strategies to learn expressions commonly used and to gain vocabulary within context.

In Science, we started the chemistry unit exploring properties of water, like surface tension. As a warm up experiment, students tried to make paper clip float on water. This was the perfect segway to start taking about the electrical bonds between water molecules. In this unit, student will explore other subjects like physical properties, chemical properties and types of reaction.

Questions to ask you son or daughter:

What is fallacy? Ask them to think about the Flat Earth Society documentary.

Using the picture below, ask your sun or daughter to explain how many cubic meters are inside a cubic Zapal? Great opportunity to talk about the Mayan measuring system.

What are the main differences between the 3 sub-regions inside the Arctic Region?

Website to explore

Opinion writing for kids

Multiplication Games

Division Facts

PS: Keanna photobombed all the pictures.

March 6th, 2019

Queridas familias:

It was great pleasure to see all the families during parent teacher interviews. I personally enjoyed to hear all the conversation the students were having with their parents about the concepts that we are exploring in the classroom.

In English class, students are wrapping up the last portion of their trickster theater. For this last portion, students are writing on a realistic fiction paper based on a futuristic picture prompt and, the small story by Isaac Asimov called “The Last Question”. In addition to this, students will continue sharpening their punctuation.

In Math class, students are continue working simultaneously in two units: Decimals and Fractions and, Measuring. In Decimals and Fractions unit, students will be learning how to transform fractions into decimals using long division. At this moment, its extremely important that student MASTER their multiplication tables. To increase a daily practice, several websites with video games for multiplication and division facts have been provided. In addition to this, students will have a daily pop-quiz of multiplication facts. Also, Sr. Valdebenito is running a Math support club every Tuesday at lunch break. Please remind your son or daughter to assist to Sr. Valdebenito's classroom if additional help is needed.

In Spanish class, we will start working on regular verbs. Besides learning how to conjugate this verb correctly, students have been practicing this verb in oral situations contextualized in the Neuro Linguistic Approach.

In Social Studies, we will be finishing our explorations of the Canadian regions, understanding the impact that weather and geography have in the development of regional cultural identities in the Canadian Shield Region and the Artic.

In Science, I want to apologize for providing an erroneous information. We will be staring the Chemistry Unit. The Wetland Unit will start in the middle of April in preparation for the end of May field trip to Telus Convention Centre in April. This week, parent will receive the forms for the March 19th, Earth Science Exhibition, at the Calgary Stampede.

Website to explore

Multiplication Games

Division Facts

The last Question by Isaac Asimov

The importance of humanities in education by the philosopher AC Grayling

Picture prompt for Trickster realistic fiction story

February, 20th 2019

Queridas familias:

Can you believe that we are still “trickstering”? This week, we started the second part of our Trickster Theater residency. In this second portion, we will be focusing on using theater movements to promote creativity when writing fictional stories in English and Spanish. In addition to this, in English class, students have also been working on creating their own Informational Writing texts, which has been of tremendous help to connect English with other areas like Math and Science.

In Math class, students are continue working simultaneously in two units: Decimals and Fractions and, Measuring. In Decimals and Fractions unit, students will be learning how to transform decimals into fractions and vice versa. They will also learn how to use benchmarks, like the number line to organize fractions is ascending and descending orders. In the Measurements unit, we will start our Latin America landmarks project. In this activity, students will learn how to calculate the area of Chichen Itza using not only the Metric and Imperial System but also the Mayan measuring system that includes Zapals, Kabs and Xoots.

In Spanish class, we are working on the verb “Tener” (to have). Besides learning how to conjugate this verb correctly, students have been practicing this verb in oral situations contextualized in a house items scenario.

In Social Studies, we will be finishing our explorations of the Canadian regions, understanding the impact that weather and geography have in the development of regional cultural identities in the Canadian Shield Region and the Artic.

In Science, we will be staring our Wetland Ecosystems unit in preparation for the upcoming field trip to the Telus Convention Centre in April. Also, as a warm up for this unit, we have been watching the scientific series One Strange Rock to promote the importance of the quality of the relationship between living and non-living component within ecosystems.

Looking forward for next week to parent teacher interviews, where students will have the opportunity to share with you many of the concepts they have learned in class.

These are some of the websites that you can explore with your son or daughter

Informational Writing

One Strange Rock

Spanish Verb Tener

Mayan Mathematics

Questions that you can ask your son or daughter to bring the school conversations home:

·       Ask you son or daughter to explain to you how sand storms in the Sahara Desert give nutrients to the trees in the Amazon Jungle?

·       Who is our best friend that lives in the ocean that we have never heard about?

·       Why is easier to tell which fraction is bigger when the denominator (the number in the bottom) is the same? Example: 7/10 than 5/10.

·       How long the starts in the universe will last?

5A trickstering!

Febrero 6 del 2019

Apreciadas familias:

I hope you had enjoyed Trickster Theater. Our students work very hard to offer you a compelling presentation about a very abstract subject like identity. Through this play, our students had the opportunity to explore deep philosophical questions like the impact of language and life experiences in the development of our identities.

In English class, the students will continue working on informational writing. Students just finished their first project and they are about to start the second one. This new project is in conjunction with Math class. In this project, students will create an informational text to explain the measuring system they created from scratch to measure areas and perimeters.

In Math class, students are working simultaneously in two units: Decimals and Fractions and, Measuring. To develop a deeper understanding of these concepts, students are working on creating, as mentioned before, they own measuring system in order to comprehend first-hand the human need for measuring areas, lengths and volume.

In Spanish class, we are working on the verb “querer” (to want). Besides learning how to conjugate this verb correctly, students have been practicing this verb in oral situations contextualized in a restaurant scenario, where they have to practice how to order for beverages, meals and ask for the bill.

In Social Studies, we will continue exploring the Canadian regions, understanding the impact that weather and geography have in the development of regional cultural identities. To better comprehend this influence, students have been exploring the art work of Jason Carter, one of Canada’s most exciting and accomplished contemporary Aboriginal visual artists. Attached below are some students’ renditions of Carter’s work.

In Science, we have very exciting news. Next week we are starting to build electric solar cars with the students. This project is part of the unit on electricity and mechanism. Also, as a part of the Makers Space, student will be contributing a solution to one of the 17 goals that are part of the UN campaign, Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This project will be technical and scientific.  Attached below is a link to this initiative.

These are some of the websites that you can explore with your son or daughter

Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Great tool for reading

Amazing site for estimation

Questions that you can ask your son or daughter to bring the school conversations home:

• If the pyramids of Egypt and Mexico were built before the Metric and Imperial systems, how did Egyptians, Mayans and Aztecs calculate length, area and volume?
• What is the role of language in the formation of your identity?
• When you are measuring areas what kind of objects are you counting?
• When you are measuring perimeter what kind of objects are you counting?
• Ask your son or daughter to show how to ask for a table in a restaurant.

Jan. 23, 2019

Dear Families,

This week has been all about Trickster! You are in for a treat tomorrow at the Trickster assembly. I hope to see you there!

In math, students will continue to explore fractions and decimals and the relationships between them. We will continue to study the following questions: What is a “whole”? and What is a fraction? At this stage, many children are still trying to make sense of what is a whole and what is a fraction; we will continue to engage in lessons where this is the focus of the activity. Rather than start with an algorithm, we will emphasize conceptual understanding of whole numbers and fractions. Although this may be apparent to adults, it is something many kids continue to grapple with well into middle school. A strong foundation now will make this transition go more smoothly. Many of the activities students will engage in over the next couple of weeks are intended to help them develop a deeper and stronger conceptual understanding of fractions and decimals. We are also exploring equivalent fractions. We will create individual sets of fraction strips for use at school and at home. Furthermore, we will continue our study into measurement (area and perimeter) and geometry through the position and motion of objects.

In English Language Arts, students will continue to study features of expository and narrative nonfiction text to further reading comprehension and engagement. We will use certain texts as mentors for students’ own writing later this month and into February.

In Spanish Language Arts, we will be focusing our attention on the theme for the month of February, el mes del amor y la amistad, through stories, videos and spoken activities. Furthermore, we will continue to practice the correct use of verb forms we have been emphasizing thus far. We will focus on responding in complete sentences and on the structure of the Spanish language through theme-based lessons and activities. We will continue to engage students in read alouds, independent and partner reading, and structured conversations where students have the opportunity to use new vocabulary and grammatical forms in context. We will also pay attention to vocabulary for asking questions in Spanish.

In Social Studies we will be studying the experiences of indigenous groups in Canada and connect that to the experiences of similar groups in Latin America. Students will have opportunities to appreciate similarities and differences among groups and experiences, as well as develop a greater understanding of identity - their own and that of others.

In science students will cement their learning thus far about electricity and electromagnetism by reviewing and revising a lab report, particularly their observations and conclusions, based on experiments they have conducted.

This week’s featured websites are: (1) Learning A-Z (Raz-Kids for Spanish reading). Students know how to log in. Please encourage your child to read on Raz-Kids for their nightly Spanish reading.

Some questions to ask your students about their learning are:

• What is a whole number? What is a fraction? How do you know? Give an example.

• What is a topic you know a lot about so that you can teach others what you know? What format might you use to write about it?

• Tell me everything you’ve learned about connecting light bulbs in series and parallel?  What is a question you have about this topic?

• What Curiosity Time question are you working on this week?

Jan. 9, 2019

Dear Families,

Hola y feliz 2019! Welcome back to what promises to be an eventful and fast-paced six months for grade 5. Over the next two weeks, students will be finishing up the electricity unit in science by developing and implementing experiments about connecting resistor and batteries in series and parallel. Students will also write a lab report that will include a question to be researched, a hypotheses, a description of the experiment, and the conclusions reached after students conduct their experiment.

In math, students will be exploring fractions and decimals and the relationships between them. Many of the activities students will engage in over the next couple of weeks are intended to help students develop a conceptual understanding of fractions and decimals.

In English Language Arts, students will be studying nonfiction reading and writing in order to create an original nonfiction piece by the end of the month.

In Spanish Language Arts, we will be focusing our attention on typical foods in Spanish-speaking countries through stories, videos and spoken activities. Furthermore, we will continue to emphasize the correct use of the verbs “ser” y “estar” and reflexive verbs. We will add a focus on the imperfect past tense. We will continue to engage students in read alouds, and independent and partner reading.

In Social Studies we will start to shift our focus from the geographical regions of Canada to Canada’s role in major world events, such as WWI. Moreover, we will continue to address the big umbrella questions for this year: What is identity? What does it mean to be Canadian?

This week’s featured website is https://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/how-the-universe-works/. As a class, we have been discussing informally about astronomy and astrophysics as a way to foster scientific and intellectual curiosity among our students. Subjects like the big bang, black holes, dark matter, dark energy and supernovas always spark serious intellectual questions among them. Please feel free to explore this website with your son or daughter.

Here are some questions to ask your child about what we’ve been learning:

1. Ask your son or daughter to make and equivalent fraction to 5/7?

2. When representing equivalent fractions graphically why each drawing have to be the same size?

3. Is it possible for a 1 cubic centimeter cube to weight more than Mount Everest?

4. Why do we live in 4 dimensions: space (length, width and height) and time?

5. How Jason Carter's painting represent the geographical feature of the cordillera region?

6. Why adjectives should be called "ad-nouns"?

Dec. 12, 2018

Dear Families,

The next couple of weeks are all about wrapping up and winding down before heading into a well-deserved winter break. Students will be completing assignments this week and next week. If your child will not be here through the last day of school, please let me know as soon as possible.

Next week your child will receive his or her first report card of the year. Remember that although this is a summative or final evaluation of your child’s progress thus far, we still have most of the year left for learning opportunities and growth. Therefore, it’s important that you have a conversation with your child about his or her report card. Take the time to read and reflect on the comments and set specific learning goals for the rest of the year. I will be reviewing this with students the first week back to school in January.

This Google Slides presentation will give you a visual understanding of the meaning of a 1, 2, 3 and 4 on the report card. I will review it with students as well. Remember that a 1 means your child has not yet achieved the expectations for the grade 5 Program of Studies in that subject area. A 2, 3, and a 4 indicate the degree to which your child has thus far achieved the learning intentions of the Program of Studies.

Although there is no requirement for homework during the holidays, I want to encourage your children to read and write a lot and to come back refreshed and ready to pick up where we left off.

I wish everyone a joyful and restful holiday. May you replenish your spirit with lots of family time. I look forward to seeing everyone in January!

Here are some questions to ask your child about what we’ve been learning:

1. What do you now understand about electricity that you didn’t before?

2. Can you divided 637 divided by 5 using the Lattice method, the Box Method and the Traditional Algorithm?

3. Which division method do your prefer and why?

4. White a sentence that has 1 noun, 1 verb, 1 adjective and 1 adverb.

5. What book(s) are you planning to read during the winter break?

6. Ask your son or daughter about the south american artists Fernando Botero and Frida Kahlo.

Students have been set up for Raz-Kids since the beginning of the year. At this moment, we are aiming to read at least 2 books each week, 1 in English and 1 Spanish. Each book also comes with the corresponding set of comprehension questions that should be answer. Please talk with your son of daughter about the books that they have read over the last 2 weeks.

Nov. 28, 2018

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe that this is the last week of November! Where did the time go? As we slide into December, I find myself reflecting on the progress your children have made thus far and how much more they will learn before the school year ends in June. As this is a season of celebrations, I want to honor and applaud this growth. I look forward to continuing on this learning journey with your children during the rest of the year.

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) ends this week. Your children have written a wide variety of “novels” during the month and we will be finding small ways to celebrate their accomplishments during December.

In math, we will continue to work on levels of quality around concepts and skills, and success criteria for what constitutes quality work as per the expectations of the Program of Study. We will continue our exploration of strategies for solving division problems and we will explore the ways in which math is about noticing, describing and generalizing patterns and relationships.

In Spanish, we are coming to the end of November as “Poetry Month”. We will continue to read poetry and write our own simple poems. Emphasis continues to be on communicating using complete sentences, correct grammar and sentence structure. We are also examining picture books in Spanish to help us determine the relationship between the illustrations and the text; this will help students make more appropriate choices when selecting books in Spanish for independent and partner reading.

In both science, we have started brief, small group debates on important social issues related to these disciplines. In science, we continue to explore electricity and the issue of climate change and global warming.

Here are some questions to ask your child about what we’ve been studying:

• Tell your parent about Charly Garcia and his song " No voy en tren". What message do you get from that song?
• What is the difference between a magnetized metal and an unmagnetized metal?

• Tell me what you know about climate change? Tell me what is still confusing for you?

• What have you learned about yourself as a writer during NaNoWriMO?

The following are some websites that the students can use to start developing the habit of daily practice of multiplication tables

Great website to practice estimation

Fun video games to learn punctuation

Please enjoy some pictures of your children building electromagnets:

Sr. Carlos Plata

Nov 14th, 2018

Dear Families,

Our Solar Innovations trip was a success. Special thanks to all the volunteers, and all the families, for supporting us in exposing the students to learn outside the classroom through hands on activities.

During the next two weeks in Math, students will be finishing working on understanding new strategies to perform computations and solving problems when working on multiplication. We also will start working on division of 3 digit numbers by 1 digit number. To this end, it’s fundamental for students to continue having a daily practice of multiplication tables. Good memorization is key to develop fluency and confidence when performing divisions.  This practice can be less than 5 minutes and it could be done if a fun way like playing educational video games. Below you will find some links to start developing this daily practice

In Science, we will continue working on the Electricity and Magnetism Unit. In the following lessons students will learn of safety rules about the use of electricity, the measurement process of electricity consumption, and the relationship between magnetism and electricity. In addition to this, students will continue exploring the impact of our current methods of electricity generation in our environment.

In Social Studies, students will continue studying the interior plains region. Students will start to explore the relation between climate and people’s identity. They will learn how weather conditions determine the activities that people prefer to do in each geographical region.

In reading and writing, we will continue working in fictional writing. Students are far ahead in their fictional stories. Their stories displayed tremendous creativity and it’s definitely worth it read it. Please ask your son daughter to share it with you. To promote creativity, scientific curiosity and a case study for the narrative writing model, students have been watching the movie the Martian while working on their stories. By analyzing this movie, students are learning how to write climatic build ups to the main problem of their story, as well as creating a solution. In addition to that, students will start working on punctuation exercises. Below you can find some suggested websites where students can learn punctuation in a fun way by playing educational video games.

In Spanish, we will start to work on the verb “tener”.  In addition to the work on verb conjugations, student will start learning about article noun agreement. In Spanish, nouns don't like to be alone, so articles often accompany them! Spanish articles indicate the gender (masculine or feminine) and number (singular or plural) of a noun. Students are also learning how to use writing models to craft small narrative and fictional stories.

Here are some questions to ask your child about what we’ve been studying:

·       Ask your son or daughter to show you, the almost daily, homework email.

·       Show me short cut to multiply numbers that are multiples of 10?

·       Show me short cut to divide numbers that are multiples of 10?

·       Ask you son or daughter to explain you why golf is on the favorite sport of the Piikani Nation

·       Ask you son or daughter to explain you why the members of the Piikani Nation dressed like cowboys during the Indian Rodeo.

·       What is dark matter?

The following are some websites that the students can use to start developing the habit of daily practice of multiplication tables

Very proud of the kindness and maturity that the grade 5 students displayed, when working with our "buddy class", Sr. Gutierrez's first graders. Good job making very scary monsters. Bien hecho chicos!

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