Math and Science

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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