Math and Science


For this month we have been working on fractions! Students used manipulatives to learn about halves, quarters, and more. They learned how to represent them, how to write their own, and how to find equal fractions. 

It has been all about weather this month in Science! Students utilized our various weather systems we have been having to get hands on knowledge of clouds, air, temperature, and everything in between!

May 23rd - May 27th

This week in Math we completed our petting zoo task putting together what we learned about area and perimeter to create our own petting zoo  and enclosures for different animals.

 In Science, we  learned more about high and low pressure systems as well as wind! Next week will continue learning more about weather including different clouds and how they are formed.


May 16th - May 21st

This week in math we learned about area and perimeter and what these words actually mean ! Next week we will continue our investigation and complete a small project to demonstrate our learning! 

In science we learned about heat and temperature and did an experiment to show how different parts of one room can vary in temperature depending on where we are in the room. We also learned about factors than can affect heat/ Temperature in and around the house.

May 9th - May 13th

This week In math we learned about intersecting, parallel and perpendicular lines as well as quadrilaterals. We then completed a “front house” art project incorporating the different lines and shapes we learned about  to sketch the front of our dream house. Next week we will begin area and perimeter!

In Science, we worked on researching a countries climate and extreme weather and then began creating our brochure to entice people to come and visit the country we chose! Next week we will be finishing our brochure and moving on to more weather related topics!

May 2nd - May 6th

This week in math we had finished up our pre-algebra unit where students were asked to be able to identify variables, expressions and equations.  They were given a chance to take written situations to create their own expressions and vice versa.  Next week they will be beginning their shape and space unit in which they will learn about parallel, perpendicular and intersecting lines and what different kinds of polygons and quadrilaterals are!

This week in Science we introduced our students to our Weather Watch unit! We started the unit by talking about some similarities and differences between weather and climate.  We discussed how weather is the day-to-day changes we can see in Calgary (or sometimes how much it changes even within the same day!), and how climate is collecting all the weather data over the last 30-or-more years throughout the world.  We will be going into a research project about extreme weather in the week to come where students will get to look up certain hazardous weather events. 

April 25th - April 29th

This week in math we learned how to solve algebraic equations using the "inverse" opposite rule . Next week we will continue working on  solving more difficult equations following the correct steps and then moving onto writing our own equations. We are looking to wrap up our algebra unit end of next week! 

In science we ended our electricity unit with a unit final and will be starting our LAST unit on weather next week!

April 18th - April 22nd

This week in Math we started our new unit, Algebra ! We learned how to draw algebraic equations using symbols and learned what a variable is. 

In science we continued our learning of electricity by exploring what electromagnetism is and how it works. Next week we will be ending our unit on electricity and will be writing our electricity unit test towards the end of the week. Please check Google classroom for a review guide and more information early next week! 

April 11th - April 15th

This week in math we finished our unit on division by writing a division test. Thank you for all of your hard work during this time, long division is not easy and many students made big improvements! We are so proud of you

 In Science we concluded our electricity rotations today and will be wrapping up our unit on electricity next week by learning about magnetism!

March 28th - April 1st

This week in math we began long division and partial quotients. We have been working on improving our division skills with larger numbers but any extra practice at home is always welcome ! 

In science we began our next electricity rotation. We crated burglar alarms, a toy with a motor, researched energy conservation and experimented with makey makey’s.

March 14th - 18th

This week in Math we reviewed our basic division facts leading up to long division after spring break. We ask that students review their basic division facts over spring break if possible to better prepare them for long division! 

In science we completed our first eelctricity rotation. Students learned about energy conservation, made burglar alarms, built toys or machines that used motors and learned to work with "makey makey's" on the computers. We Hope you have an awesome spring break! 

March 7th - 11th

In math we started our new unit where we wrote our division pre- assessment and started exploring equal groups when dividing. Next week we are looking forward to learning more about long division !

 In Science, we wrote our electricity quiz this week where we had to draw series and parallel circuits, explain what electricity is and what static electricity is. We also got to explore a real cool website and make some circuits on line! Next week we are looking forward to starting our energy conservation project and then we will be rotating through other electricity projects with the weeks to come!

February 28th - March 4th

In math we concluded our unit on multiplication by writing our unit test Friday. We spent the week reviewing and practicing multiplication strategies. We are looking forward to sharing your child’s progress in math with you on Thursday and Friday. 

In science we learned how to draw electrical circuits using specific symbols. We then created series and parallel circuits and looked at advantages of both.

February 15th- February 25th

This week in Math we continued learning new multiplication strategies. We focused specifically on partial products. We spent the week practicing this strategy and wrote our check in this Friday. Next week we will be learning the final method “The traditional” way of multiplying 2 digit by 2 digit numbers.

 In Science we dove more into our electricity unit and started to learn about open and closed circuits, electric currents and started to draw and create our own circuits. This will continue into next week as well!

February 7th - February 11th

This week in math we were introduced 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication using the area model. We practiced different problems using this method and will be writing a math check in next week.

In science we started our new unit on electricity ! We were introduced to electrical safety and did a Google assignment about electrical safety. We also started our lightbulb art and are looking forward to competing it next week!! 

January 31st - February 4th

This week in Math we started our new unit on multiplication! Students were asked to use a blank multiplication chart to show us how many basic facts they knew and areas of growth. We also reviewed different multiplication strategies to help us when solving basic multiplication facts such as repeated addition, groups, arrays and number lines. Next week we will start learning how to solve larger multiplication equations such as 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication.

In Science we have concluded our unit on Chemistry and wrote our test this Friday. Next week we are starting our new unit, Electricity!  As a hook to the unit we will be drawing lightbulbs and learning about electrical safety!

January 24th- January 28th

This week our grade 5’s continued learning about chemistry. We learned about different types of mixtures, reversible and irreversible changes as well as chemical and physical reactions. We also observed what pop and Mentos do when they are mixed together! They create a really cool reaction. Ask your child, was this a chemical or physical reaction and why?  Next week we are looking forward to finishing our unit on Chemistry and starting our new unit in Math.

January 17th- January 21st

This week in Math we finished two of our units Data and Patterns. More specifically  we completed our New Years Data project where we created t-tables, pie charts, single and double bar graphs! We are very impressed with how well these turned out! We also wrote our Patterns Post Assessment. Next week we are looking forward to continuing  our Chemistry unit with some fun experiments focusing on mixtures and solutions as well as Chemical and Physical changes.

January 10th- January 14th

This week in Math we began our New Years Resolutions project. Students created lists, t-tables,bar graphs and double Graphs. They also  learned about first hand and second hand data. We also used our Science time this week to begin our patterns unit. We learned how to extend patterns based on a pattern rule found and learned new math  vocabulary such as term and core.

December 13th- December 17th

This week in Math, we finished off our transformations unit with a summative assignment that what does either virtually through google slides or in class on paper. We are looking to starting some new units focused around patterns and graphing in the new year!!

In Science, all of our classes made crystal ornaments to take home as a small gift to a loved one. We hoped you enjoyed receiving them as much as we enjoyed making them. We also learned some new scientific vocabulary such as solute, solvent and solution.

December 6th- December 10th

In Math, we began our new unit, Transformations. We added to our math vocabulary and learned terms such as congruent, transformations, translation, reflection and rotation. We will conclude our transformations unit next week and have been busy creating our own different transformations as a form of showing our understanding of each type of transformation.

In Science, we began our new unit, Chemistry! We learned about the different states of matter and did our first lab experiment where we got to make Oobleck! Next week will be continuing learning more about solids, liquids and gases as well as the periodic table of elements!

November 29th - December 3rd

In math, all groups have been working on our addition and subtraction unit with decimals. We spent time working in small groups doing various activities around adding and subtracting. Next week we will be continuing to practice our adding and subtracting skills and end with a summative test.

 In Science, we have officially finished our Wetlands unit and have written our Wetlands Final Test. We will be starting our new unit chemistry next week!

November 22nd - 26th

In math, students completed their unit test on fractions, decimals, and rounding this week. We are now starting our adding and subtracting of decimals. Make sure you continue to practice your basic math facts regularly!

In Science, classes completed their animal project by choosing an animal and research their adaptations, life cycles, and more. Some classes have completed their unit test, while others will have it next week. Students will have the opportunity to review in class but are also encouraged to review at home prior to the test. Check in with your student about their test.  

November 15-19th

This week in math we have started wrapping up our fractions and decimals unit. We concluded with ordering numbers on a number line and comparing and ordering decimals. One of the classes wrote their test Friday, while the rest of us will write theirs next week. 

In Science we have been hard at work researching all about our wetland animal and the wetland they belong in. Next week we will start to wrap up our Wetland unit! Chemistry here we come! 

Don’t forget to check your child’s Google classroom regularly !

November 8th-12th

Math:  This week in math we worked on representing decimals in various ways such as relating decimals to fractions and rounding decimals to the nearest tenth, hundredth and thousandth. We continued reinforcing our understanding of decimals by using tenths, hundredths and thousandths grids to draw the value of a particular decimal. 

Science:  In Science we are wrapping our unit on Wetlands by learning about physical and behavioral animal adaptations. Some classes have begun their final wetland project, the rest of us will begin this project early next week.

November 1st-5th

Math: This week in Math we continued our unit on decimals. We practiced representing decimals in words as well as with grids and practiced rounded decimals.

Science: We are finishing up our unit on Wetlands. This week we focused on animal life cycles as well as animal adaptations. We will be starting a final Wetland Project next week.

October 25th-29th

Math: Students completed a short  "Decimals and Fractions" pre-assessment. Students learned how to represent decimals and extended their knowledge of the place value system to decimal numbers.  

 Science: Students created Ecosystem posters with notes provided to them.  They also learned about food chains and food webs found in a wetland and sketched out their understanding. Some classes got to the "Who Eats Who" food web task to check in on their understanding.

October 18th-22nd

This week in Math the grade fives concluded our unit on Place Value finishing off with ordering numbers and rounding numbers. Some classes had their tests this week while others will have theirs early next week. We are looking forward to beginning our next unit in Math which is an introduction to decimals and fractions.

In Science,  we have been continuing our unit on the Wetlands. We had a test on the different Wetland types and have started our explorations on ecosystems. We have explored terms such as  “ecosystems”, “abiotic” and “biotic”. We have also been planting Crocus plants in our community garden. Some homerooms did their planting this week while the rest of us will do theirs next week.

October 11th-15th

In math this week, Grade 5 focused on completing our Millionaire Place Value Posters. These posters focused on representing 7-digit whole numbers in standard form, word form, expanded form, pictorial form and on a place value chart. Students started comparing and ordering whole numbers and rounding whole numbers this week and will continue with it next week. A Place Value Unit test will be scheduled for next week or the week after (depending on specific class and class pacing).

In science this week, Grade 5 focused on our Wetland posters and fact sheets. This activity allowed students to become experts on a specific wetland and create a detailed, labelled drawing identifying plants and animals that live in that wetland along with a fact sheet. Depending on class pacing, students will be having a quiz on the five different types of wetlands next week before we continue on with ecosystems. 

October 4th - October 8th

This week in Math our grade 5’s started working on their summative assessment project for place value called “My Millionaire."  Students were asked to find the net worth of a celebrity that interests them, then represent that number in different ways such as through word form, standard form, expanded form, place value chart and base ten blocks. Some of the classes also had time to complete their Place Value check in to see what they learned during this unit. All grade 5 classes will be completing this Place Value Check in once their Millionaire project is complete.

In Science we started working on our Wetlands Visual Journal/ Poster Projects. Students began doing research on a Wetland, they were then asked to sketch a rough copy of their Wetland including specific plants and animals that live there. We are right in the middle of this project and are working on our good copy sketches and moving towards writing information about our Wetland!

September 27th - October 1st

This week in math we worked on representing a number in the millionths place 4 different ways. We are working on showing the word form, expanded form, standard form and pictorial form of a number. Students are working to build confidence using numbers in the millions place and making real life connections.

 In science we are comparing types of wetlands and representing this through sketches and visual diagrams. Students are building their knowledge of new vocabulary that connects to wetlands. 

September 13th - 24th

In Math, students have been learning about place value up to the millions. Students have completed various activities to learn how to identify each place value, how to represent it, and how to say it. Classes have also engaged in problem solving questions by using logical reasoning.

In Science, classes have been learning about Wetlands! Students have been busy identifying and categorizing different types of wetlands. The type of soil, water, animals, and vegitiation in each are the clues students use to help them decide. Next week, classes will be going to the Ralph Klein Park to receive hands-on learning with Wetlands!

Math Information

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

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