May 31st- June 4th
Some classes have completed their unit on area, perimeter, and volume. Check in with your student to see their understanding. Our next unit is probability. It is certain that kids will have the opportunity to learn about the likelihood of an event occurring in fun and interactive ways.
Chemistry has been a blast so far! Classes have engaged in numerous labs to explore and develop their understanding of classroom. Students have looked at mixtures, ways to separate various substances in a mixture, and chemical and physical reactions.
Classes continued learning and practicing area and perimeter. Students have completed activities, games, and worksheets both in class and online. Students have been working on solving for perimeter and area of given shapes as well as drawing a 2D shape when given specific parameters.
Classes have completed or will be completing our science Electricity and Magnetism unit this week/next week. Check in with your student to see about their specific class.
Classes continued working on converting various measurements in the metric system. Other classes have also begun learning about area and perimeter.
In Science, classes finished presenting their conservation energy projects. Well done to all the students who presented with their groups. Next week, classes will begin exploring magnetism.
Converting between measurements is an important life skill that students are learning in math. Using the metric system, students are asked to convert centimeters to meters, kilograms to grams, millilitres to decilitres, and more! With the help of the powers of 10, or the staircase method, students have been practicing moving the decimal a specific number of places and either to the left or to the right. Continued practice in this is important.
Classes finished their research of their energy resource and worked on presenting their information in a variety of forms. Some classes had their presentations this week while others will continue on next week.
Classes are beginning to wrap up our Expressions with variables unit. Some classes completed a test this week and some will be completing it next week. The next unit is shape and space with initial focus on measurement, area, perimeter and volume.
Energy conservation is an important tool in ensuring a healthy planet and a longer sustainable life for resources. Students were given a type of energy and have to identify where can this source be found in Canada, how it is used to create electricity, how does getting it effect the environment, and why it is important to conserve this energy source. The types of energy are: Wind, Fossil energy, Solar, Hydro, Geothermal, Bio Mass, and Nuclear Power.
Expressions with variable is our new unit in math. Students will learn what a variable and expression are, how to solve an expression, how to write an expression, and how to use expressions and variables effectively in word problems.
In Science, classes review what concepts they have covered thus far in our Electricity unit. Reviewing notes frequently will help in remembering and understanding. A few classes also participated in an Electricity Switch Lab! Students used various conductors and insulators to create a working switch. Students had to describe how they knew if their switch was working properly.
Our multiplication and division unit was wrapped up this week with a unit assessment. Students are encouraged to continue practice all of their basic facts as the year continues.
Circuits, circuits, circuits! Students had the opportunity to learn about circuits through hands-on learning by creating their own circuits using a variety of materials. Students used switches, lightbulbs, and motors to create simple circuits, series, and parallel.
March 8th-10th (12th)
Classes continued practicing long division this week. Please check google classrooms for links, websites, games, and resources to continue this practice. There will be a check-in for some classes next week to see students level of understanding.
Students continued exploring Electricity concepts this week, such as static electricity, with demonstrations and videos. Students also learned about conductors and insulators. What items do you have at home that may be a conductor or insulator?
Students learned about long division to solve large division questions. Students can use the following Family method to help remember the steps: Dad divides, Mom multiplies, Sister subtracts, Brother brings down, and Rover repeats or has remainders. Repeated practice will definitely help with this concept! You can also look up the "Math Antics- Long Division" video for review.
Have you ever heard of a Van de Graaf Generator? Well student's sure did when it shocked them! The Van de Graaf Generator creates static electricity and it was used as a lead in to our new unit. Students also learned important vocabulary terms such as electricity, atoms, protons, neutrons, electrons, and circuit.
In math, students learned two or more different methods for completing multiplication questions, including box method and traditional method. Introducing students to a variety of methods allowed them to choose one that made sense and works for them, with the goal of being able to master one strategy. Classes have begun division by practicing their basic division facts through games and activities. Understanding the link between multiplication and division is important and will allow students to easier complete division questions.
In Science, classes engaged in a spirited debate about adding Fluoride to our city's drinking water. Students used specific pieces of evidence from their research to state the reason's for their position and provide rebuttals to the opposition. Classes also completed their pre-assessment for Electricity and began this new topic.
For math, students are working towards mastering one preferred multiplication method. Students are encouraged to continue working on their multiplication basic facts.
In Science, students engaged in research and discussion about the city's upcoming vote to have fluoride water in our drinking supply. Students were tasked with looking at multiple articles and news sources to find the pro's and con's for fluoride in the water. Then, came up with a logical judgement of the most important reasons why the city should or should not have fluoride in our water.
In Math, students continued learning about multiplication through different strategies, including box method and traditional/standard. Students will be exposed to different strategies with the goal of choosing one that they find easiest. Practicing these strategies will continue next week.
The Weather unit was wrapped up this week with the unit test. Results will be posted and handed back next week.
January 25th- 28th
This week classes focused on multiplication basic facts. Students are encouraged to know their times tables up to 9x9 quickly and accurately. Students practiced their basic facts through a variety of games, direct instruction, and song! Practicing these facts regularly is important for this unit.
In Science, classes worked on a science project about weather, learned about the water cycle and learned about 6 types of clouds. Students will be using next week to review the concepts covered in the weather unit and complete a unit test late in the week.
Students completed a final assessment on the Transformation unit. Ask your student or check powerschool for their results. Classes were introduced to their next unit: Multiplication! A pre-assessment was completed to see what knowledge students already had on the subject.
In Science, some classes made weather instruments to measure wind speed and direction. Other classes completed experiments/demo's to prove that hot air rises.
Slide, Rotate, Flip! Those are a key key words to describe a type of transformation a shape may make. Students have been learning about Transformations this week by being able to identify, describe, and draw specific types.
Another amazing presentation was given to the Grade 5's by David Spence. Students learned about different types of Alberta weather, how meteorologists gather data and make forecasts, and how to stay safe!
December 14th- December 18th
All classes are officially done the Patterns unit. Check out Powerschool for grades and comments.
We had a very cool presentation this week with The Weather Networks Kyle Brittain! Kyle discussed extreme weather, his personal experiences, and more! Classes also looked at temperature and factors that can influence warm and cool areas inside and outside.
December 7th- December 11th
Some students had a Patterns unit test this week and the others will wrap up their unit early next week. Check out google classroom's to find practice pages to work on! Most classes also looked at double bar graphs in relation to collecting and analyzing first hand data.
This week, some students looked at weather vanes to show wind direction, completed temperature labs to show the movement of warm versus cold air, or discussed extreme weather.
November 30th- December 4th
Students have looked at and practiced pattern attributes and number patterns with a rule. Students should be able to identify the core and terms in pictorial patterns and describe the rule of a number pattern.
Continuing on with our weather unit, students learned about double bar graphs in relation to the weather in November. Some students have also been participating in demonstrations/labs to show air and weather. Ask your student what they have learned so far!
All classes have finished the Decimal unit. Please check powerschool or ask your student about it. Our next unit is: Patterns! Students have completed a pre-assessment to see what they already know about Patterns and will also see what they will need to know by the end of the unit.
Classes finished their Climate vs. Weather trading cards. Ask them about the Power Moves and Weakness's of their character! Students also received their Weather Journals. This will be an on-going assignment as students learn to track the weather through out the month.
Students learned and reviewed comparing, ordering and rounding decimals. Some classes completed their Decimal unit tests, while a few classes will complete it next week.
Classes were introduced to our new unit: Weather. Students began learning about climate and weather and should be able to describe the differences between the two terms.
Students completed their "Price of Life" booklets this week. Some classes also began comparing, ordering, and rounding decimals, which will be continued next week.
Some classes were introduced to the new topic: Weather! Students were asked to brainstorm everything they know about Weather already, by using words, pictures, or sentences. Students were encouraged to be aware of the weather as we will begin a weather tracking activity.
Students are continuing to practice showing and using decimals in a variety of ways. This week, students practiced adding and subtracting whole numbers with decimal points. "The Price of Life" booklet was also introduced, which asks students to use their knowledge of adding and subtracting decimals for real life situations such as buying a house, transportation, and more.
The Wetlands unit wrapped up this week with students completing a Wetland unit test. Please check if your student needs the test signed and returned to their homeroom teacher. Next unit....Weather!
October 12 - 23
Students have been introduced to decimals over the past few days and learning how they connect to our number system.
Student took a closer look at animal adaptations and are using this information to add animals to their Imagination Island project.
October 5 - October 9
Students continue working on place values to one million. A variety of tasks have been created to allow children to practice working with larger whole numbers such as ordering, rounding and writing/reading numbers to one million.
Students continue learning about Wetlands, Food Webs, Life Cycles and Adaptations of animals that live there.
September 28 - October 2
Students have been working on place values to one million. A variety of tasks have been created to allow children to practice working with larger whole numbers such as ordering, rounding and writing/reading numbers to one million.
Students continue learning about Wetland ecosystems. Students have been on an ecosystem scavenger hunt and learned about Food Chains and Food webs.
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.