Ms. Dick and Ms. Wheelhouse

Friday June 18, 2021

We wrote our last our last Home & School journal entry for the year.  The students can keep them at home.  Next week we will be writing a letter to next year’s teacher.

In social we finished our propaganda posters.  The students worked on creating a caption and a picture to represent propaganda during WW1.


We continued to work on Area and Perimeter in math class and started to learn about how to calculate the Volume of a 3D rectangle. 

This week in Science the students started to make flashlights.  We will finish them up next week.

While outside for gym class the students played the game 4 squares.

We completed the Human Sexuality unit in Health this week.  The students will be bringing their Health notes home today.

 Important Dates:

 June 2021

·       June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day

·       June 21 - 25 - Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary

·       June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool

·       June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes

·       June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment

Friday June 11, 2021

In LA this week we finished our informational paragraph. The students used the success criteria and the rubric, as well as a check list to complete their work.  They will be getting their marked work back on Monday.       

We started the Human Sexuality unit in Health this week and did a Kahoot quiz to Review their knowledge of Puberty.  We will be having five more lessons over the next two weeks.

Our focus this week in math continued to involve measurement. The students measured a 100m dash running course which we used in gym class.  We continued to work on Area and Perimeter.  Some students measured the playground and estimated the area.  Then we went outside to the playground to get the actual measurement. 




For the remainder of the year we are going to play a variety of outdoor games and activities in gym class.  This week we had some relays did some target practice and played a game of Bocce Ball.

In Social, the students are in the planning stage of creating a propaganda poster.  Stay tuned for some pictures of the posters next week.

The students learned to make a switch within a circuit in Science this week.  Next week we will be making a Flashlight. Most of the materials needed are at the school. Each student will need to bring a 1 Litre plastic bottle to use as the body of the flashlight. 

Important Dates:

 June 2021

·       June 14 - All library books due back

·       June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day

·       June 21 - 25 - Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary

·       June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool

·       June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes

·       June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment


Friday June 4, 2021

The grade 5’s completed the Amazing Race challenge presented by CBE.  They finished in the top ten of their group.  The students participated in many physical activities as they completed each challenge.  The final challenge was to create a presentation using the phrase “We Are Better Together”.  The students decided to included their skipping skills to complete this part of the Amazing Race challenge. 

On Thursday we sent a letter home with the students to inform parents of the Human Sexuality unit in Health class that will begin on Wednesday June 9.  If you do not want your child to participate in these lessons, please sign the form and send it back to school with your child prior to June 9.

 In LA this week we continued to do research and writing to complete the informational paragraph that the students have been working on.    

Room 9 and 10 discussed the news story that was released over the last several days regard the residential school in Kamloops BC. Both classes watch a video of a song performed by the students at Sk’elep school. Some students wrote about how the song lyrics made them feel.

In math this week, the students worked through a decimal and fractions review and then completed a test to show their knowledge of these concepts.  We also have been reviewing perimeter and area of 2D shapes and will work on the calculations for volume of 3D objects next week.  Through math warms the students continue to build on their ability to solve for an unknown variable in a given equation.  Once they were able to solve the variable, the students shared their thinking and the different strategies they used.

In Science we have been learning about open and closed circuits.  The students used this knowledge to build circuits using wires, a battery and light bulb.

We finished up our skipping unit in gym this week and also were able to get outside to play some games in the shade.  Next week we will be moving on to some outdoor games including running and relay activities.  

Important Dates:

 June 2021

·       June 14 - All library books due back

·       June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day

·       June 21 - 25 - Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary

·       June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool

·       June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes

·       June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment


Friday May 28, 2021

In LA this week we annotated a paragraph to identify the topic, supporting and concluding sentences as well as linking words.  Later in the week the students visited the wonderopolis website and are in the process of choosing their topic in order to write an informational paragraph.

We continued to work on measurement this week in math.  We started learning how to convert mm, cm, dm and m when we were learning online.  This week we were able to use a more hands on approach to measuring where the students measured the width of the classroom, made a prediction of how tall the school is in m and went outside and used meter sticks to see how close their estimation was.  They had to do some creative thinking to get the measurement of 7.46m tall.  Counting bricks turned out to be the best strategy.

In Science this week the students were experimenting with how to make a light bulb light up using a battery, bulb and plastic covered copper wire.  After looking at a picture the students made a prediction if the bulb would light up.  They connected the parts as seen in a picture to determine if the bulb would light up, and recorded whether or not their prediction was correct.

We started gym off this week with a dodgeball game.  Then for the rest of the week the students worked on their skipping skills.  They had their first voluntary skip off where a couple of students made it past the one-minute mark.  Next week we will work on partner skipping and skipping with a long rope.

Next week the students will continue to learn more about WWI and how it industrialized Canada in Social class.

 Important Dates:

 June 2021

·       June 2 - Wheel to School Day

·       June 14 - All library books due back



As announced by the provincial government on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 all students in Kindergarten to grade 12 across the province will shift to online learning beginning Friday May 7.  This means that classes will be online starting this Friday, with a potential return to in school learning on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. 

Ethel M Johnson School will be offering online programming for students in kindergarten to grade six, as well as the Learning and Literacy program. Teachers are currently putting together plans to shift learning to an online environment.  This will include a mix of whole class lessons, small group lessons, individual support, as well as independent work. 

We will be working hard to provide the best opportunity for your child to access learning opportunities as consistently as possible.  We have been asked to continue to update attendance records during online learning, so if your child needs to be away at any time please let your child’s teacher know. 

If you have any questions about your child’s individual learning, please contact the appropriate teacher directly.

Please note that blogs will be temporarily suspended during online learning.

Friday April 30, 2021

In LA this week we did some more work within our reading groups.  The focus was on reading together and looking for new words or unfamiliar words.  Then the students wrote down the definitions and wrote a sentence that included this word.  With writing, the students are learning about topic sentences and supporting sentences.  They had the opportunity to unscramble a paragraph, and identify which sentence was the topic sentence.  We will be doing more work on this skill next week.

In math we continued to work on 3D shapes.  We are learning about faces, edges and vertices.  We also looked at the “nets” of 3D shapes and all the different 2D shapes they are made of.  Throughout the week we have reviewed skills through math warm ups.  These skills included fractions, long division and multiplication.

We are learning about Electricity safety in Science.  After watch some Electricity safety videos, the students created a list of safety rules and created a title page to put into their Science binders.

We started some kickball skills practise in gym class this week.  The students were working on their ability to kick, catch and pitch with a kickball to prepare for some games next week.

Hats On! for Mental Health Day

On the first Wednesday in May, Albertans are invited to wear a hat to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health. Our School will relax our hat rules and encourage students and teachers to build understanding by wearing hats to school. Students might also be participating in a coordinated lesson on understanding mental health and the importance of removing the stigma associated with mental illnesses.  

Next week in Social we will be learning about Sir John A. McDonald and the railroad running from East to West.

Important Dates:

May 2021

May 5  -  Hats On for Mental Health Day

May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome

May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

May 24 - Victoria Day - No Classes

Friday April 23, 2021

In LA this week we started reading groups where the students got the chance to look at a book together.  They talked about what the book would be about and looked at the different headings, table of contents and glossaries to make some predictions before they will start to read the book.

 

On Thursday we had  a discussion about Earth Day.  We watched a video to help understand the history of Earth Day.  Then the students completed a mini poster to show all the ways they could do their part to make the Earth healthier.

In math we continued to work on long division, and have been looking at 3D shapes.  We are learning how to sort different 3D shapes according to the characteristics: vertices, faces and edges.




In gym we finished up our unit on Soccer.  The students were able to play some games outside and we also played an indoor game where they rotated quickly with their partner to score as many goals as they could before they got scored on. Next week we will be outside playing kickball and 4 square - hopefully the weather will cooperate.


The students completed a Science Quiz to finish our work on Classroom Chemistry.

Next week the students will be learning about paragraph writing in LA and will be starting a unit about Electricity in Science.

Important Dates:

April 2021

April 26 - No School for Students - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome

May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning



Friday April 16, 2021

We worked on figurative language this week where we learned about simile, metaphor, alliteration, hyperbole and onomatopoeia.  As a class, we identified this type of language in books and texts, discussed it, underlined examples and then wrote our own and shared them with each other.  Next week, we will  finish with a  figurative language mini poster which illustrates and records some of our examples.

French was fun! We have completed our ‘Where’s Waldo’ french books about school supplies. The students enjoyed writing about a school supply that they hid in various rooms of the school and they wrote it all in French!

Soccer skills in Gym continued this week.  The students were able to practice kicking long, high goal kicks in our outdoor space, as well as played some mini soccer games in small groups where they had increased contact with the ball to practice their dribbling, passing and long kicks.



In Science this week we wrapped up our Classroom Chemistry Unit by doing litmus tests and learning about the PH scale.  We will be having a test next week to let the students show their understanding of what they have learned. 


Next week in Health we will be learning about decision making.

Important Dates:

 April 26 - No School for Students - Teacher Professional Learning



Friday March 19, 2021

In Literacy this week, the students completed their pieces of procedural writing.  They printed their good copies, evaluated their work and gave themselves a mark on a 4-point scale.  Next week they will have to opportunity to share their hard work with their classmates. 


In Math, we are continuing to learn the steps involved for long division.  The students made a visual representation of the steps to help them remember.  It is built like a cheeseburger that opens ups for each step (Divide, Multiply, Subtract, Check, Bring Down).  Look at the pictures below to see how it works.

The students also worked on a multiplication problem where they had to share Lolly pops with different amounts of people.  They had to determine how many Lolly pops were in a bag to begin with when shared equally to a certain group of people.  They also had to consider that there were left overs.   

In Science this week we were learning about the surface tension of water and how strong it is.  The students could see the tension on the surface of the water as they dropped as many drops of water on a penny as it would hold.  Many of the students thought it looked like a water dome.

This week in gym class we continued to work on our hockey skills and also played a dodgeball tag game.

Important Dates:

March 2021

  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

April 2021

  • April. 5 - Easter - No School
  • April 6 - Classes Resume


Friday March 5, 2021

In Literacy, we are continuing to work on procedural writing.  The students compared their work to a success criteria checklist where they self-assessed according to a 4 point scale.  Also, the students focused on creating a step-by-step Scientific diagram and labeled the parts neatly and accurately. 



In Math, we are working on understanding what division is and discuss real-life connections to division.  The students played several games such as Don’t Duck Division and Memory Division in order to practice their skills.


Also, we had a lot of fun trying to figure out a decimal warm up and then shared our strategies with our classmate

Health consisted of talking about our emotions and what we can do to manage them better.  We watched a ‘Smiling Minds’ meditation that compared our emotions to the weather.  Later, we discussed how emotions can vary and change like the weather does from sunny to stormy.


In Science this week we made a saturated salt and water solution and are going to watch how the crystals form as the water evaporates. 


Next week we will be making crystals using a Borax and water solution.  We will be writing up the procedure we used and our observations using the Scientific Method.

Both grade 5 classrooms are working on different goals throughout the month. Room 10 is working towards earning PJ/Stuffy day for Thursday March 11th.  Room 9 is working towards earning being able to relocate their desk within the classroom, also on Thursday March 11th.

Important Dates:

 March 2021

  • Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences
  • Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences
  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes
  • April 5 - Easter - No School
  • April  6 - Classes Resume




Friday February 26, 2021

 This week in Social we drew a sketch about the Indigenous’ perspective of the fur trade.  We discussed the meaning of words such, as Nomadic, Matriarchal and Metis.   

 


In gym this week we have been practicing our badminton skills and also played some dodgeball.

 


We have been looking at how liquids mix together in Science, and are learning about liquid density.  The students also learned about how to change a variable in an experiment.  Can you make a tic tac dissolve faster by changing the procedure you use?  They made a testable question by changing a variable to see if their hypothesis was correct.


 

In LA the students are continuing to work on procedural writing. We watched a funny video about making a peanut butter sandwich with unclear instructions.  With a partner we worked on creating clear instructions using strong verbs. 

 

 

 Important Dates:

 March 2021

  • Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences
  • Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences
  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes
  • Mar. 5 - Easter - No School
  • Mar. 6 - Classes Resume

Friday February 19, 2021

 In L. A., we have been working on procedural writing.  The students have been exploring procedural books such as cookbooks, Science experiments and craft books.  We have been looking for text features and looking forward, we are focusing on strong verbs and adverbs that occur frequently in procedural texts.

In Math, we are learning more about fractions.  We continue to find strategies like multiplication and division to identify equivalent fractions.  Also, we are learning how to place fractions with like and unlike denominators on a number line with more accuracy.  This week, we also worked on several perimeter triangle warm ups and a fruit factor problem with subtraction. 


Badminton is the new unit in Gym.  We are learning how to serve properly.  The students were given the choice of using a big racket and foam ball or a birdie and badminton racket.  Looking forward, we will be working on forehand and backhand skills with the rackets.


               

In Social we have moved on from New France to learning about the Indigenous perspective of the fur trade.  The students watched a video which included multiple Indigenous points of view of the fur trade and the way it changed their way of life.  Next week, we will work on sketching what we learned in our visual journal.

The grade 5 students in room 9 worked hard on their learning goal this week and will be celebrating by having ‘Hat Day’ on Monday February 22nd.

Important Dates:

February 2021

  • Feb. 24 - Pink Shirt Day - Wear pink to show your support for anti-bullying

 March 2021

  • Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences
  • Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences
  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes



Friday February 5, 2021

Literacy learning was fun this week! We played a ‘Would you Rather’ game where we compared two ideas and formulated an opinion, reason and example.  We shared our ideas with our partner and tried to persuade other classmates to believe in our opinion.  This game helped us to come up with our OREO (opinion, reason, example, opinion) ideas for our own persuasive paragraph this week.  Many of us wrote two reasons and provided two examples.

We played several warm up games that helped us practice our mental math and patterning.  There were 3 patterns that we tried to figure out and then shared our strategies.


Later, we used multiple operations to work on a ‘splat’ game as a warm up.  We are continuing to work on identifying fractions, equivalent fractions and representing equal objects in a set.

Heath included a quiz on hygiene. Students wrote their answers on whiteboards and held up their answers.  We discussed each question and justified our answers.

February 3rd was ‘Read Aloud Day’.  We watched the superintendent, Mr. Usih read a picture book about kindness.  After a discussion about kindness, the students answered several response questions or chose to write an OREO opinion paragraph about kindness.

In Gym, we played tag with scarves.  We had a round robin tournament where the students had to dodge others and still try to get someone else’s scarf.  It was fun and a great work out! After we talked about sportsmanship and losing gracefully and what that looks and sounds like.


In Science this week we experimented with different ways to sort objects of different sizes.  The students recorded their different attempts and then discussed which method was the most efficient.

 

Important Dates:

February 2021

·       Feb. 4 - Report Cards Available Online through PowerSchool

·       Feb. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!

·       Feb. 11 and 12 - No School - Calgary Teachers’ Convention

·       Feb. 15 - No School - Family Day

·       Feb. 21 - Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying

Friday January 29, 2021

We started Classroom Chemistry this week in Science!  After creating a title page and discussing what chemistry is, we observed an experiment with food colouring, milk and dish soap.  We worked together to use the Scientific Method to record information and observations.  

Math was all about fractions.  We discussed equivalent fractions and defined new math vocabulary such as numerator and denominator.  Also, we had a data talk about endangered species and identified the x and y axis, as well as the title and labels.  We discussed ways to interpret the graph.

We are completing our learning about the fur trade, the voyageurs and Coureur des Bois.  Looking forward, we will be examining New France and the role of the habitants in Canada.  Looking at a map of New France helped to visualize where this new colony was in Canada and we watched a video that gave information about Quebec and its importance in New France.

  In Gym we started a new unit.  For the next several weeks we will be practicing cup stacking.  We lined up our cups in various formations and played against a partner to improve our speed.  Later in the week, we used the boom whackers from the Music room and worked cooperatively with a partner to move a ping pong ball down the tube together.  These tasks helped to improve eye and hand coordination.

This week in Music, the students started to learn how to play the glockenspiel.

Literacy learning included the completion of our OREO paragraph that we did together based on the Dav Pilkey book we read last week.  Looking forward, we will continue to work on an opinion paragraph based on something personal in which we have a strong belief or opinion.  Then we will try to use this writing to persuade others to believe about our topic.


If students want to give Valentine's Cards to their classmates, they will need to bring them to the school no later than Friday February 5th.  We will send home a list of first names of classmates for students that wish to give out Valentines on Monday. 

Important Dates:

January 2021

January 29 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

February 2021

·       Feb. 3 - Winter Walk Day!

·       Feb. 4 - Report Cards Available Online through PowerSchool

·       Feb. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!

·       Feb. 11 and 12 - No School - Calgary Teachers’ Convention

·       Feb. 15 - No School - Family Day

·       Feb. 21 - Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying




Friday January 22, 2021

In Literacy this week, we have been using Dav Pilkey’s book, ‘The Paperboy.’ The students worked on creating predictions, inferring with visual clues and creating deep-thinking questions that made us think deeper about the story.  We are learning new words and perfecting our spelling with games like Boggle.


Gym included more football skill-building and practice.  This week, we focused on long throws with our criss-cross relay and we worked on good sportsmanship and speed with our ‘Flag Tag’ game.  Our grand finale in gym this week was a raucous game of our Rock/Paper/Scissors hula hoop relay! 


In Social we learned that the Voyageurs, the Coueur des Bois and the First Nations people were all a part of the fur trade.  Looking forward, we will start to examine the different point of view of each of those groups.

Transformations such as flips, slides and turns were part of our learning in math this week.  We identified those transformations and then tried to draw them.  One of the strategies we used was a mira, in order to flip an image to help us draw it on dot paper.

Science included completion of our weather projects.  Looking ahead, we will be starting a new unit about Classroom Chemistry. 

 Important Dates:

January 2021

January 29 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

February 2021

            February 11 & 12  - No School for Students – Teachers’ Convention

            February 15 – No School – Family Day


Friday January 15, 2021 

In LA this week we started working on learning new strategies to increase comprehension and be able to pull out the important points within a piece of writing.  The students underlined the important parts within the text.  They also circled words that they did not know, and put question marks in the margin beside sentences they did not understand.

In math this week we looked over the math package that the students completed last week.  We worked through some of the problems together and made corrections.  The cocoa and cookie problem was a good one to solve together.  We continued our work with decimals and put decimal numbers in the correct order, including thousandths, on a number line made of yarn.   We also learned a new multiplication game called “Bump” where to students put their skills to the test in a competitive dice game.


In Gym, we started some football activities where the students were learning how to throw and catch a football.  We also played a couple of Dodgeball games so the students could get some good exercise.


For Art this week, we worked on a step by step drawing of the student’s choice.  We will be making them colourful and putting them up in the classroom.

Next week we will be focusing on completing our Science and our Social projects.

Important Dates:

January 2021

·       January 29 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning


Friday December 11, 2020

Next week will be the last week of school before Winter Break.  The students can wear a Winter/Christmas themed hat every day, and they can wear their PJ’s on Friday.  Please send your child with an extra snack on Friday so they can enjoy it while we watch some Fractured Fairytales, that go along with our literacy goals.

 This week, we have been working on retelling a fairy tale by changing a character’s point of view or changing the beginning, middle or end of the story.  Some students are starting to write their story.  We are using a checklist to make sure we are meeting the criteria for the best writing we can do in Grade Five right now!

Math was all about working with decimals this week!  We learned how to change fractions to decimals and worked with decimals in the tenths and hundredths places.


In Gym, as a warm up, we started the 15 days of Fitness.  Then, we continued to work on our volleyball skills.  We practiced our serving, bumping and volleying.  Also, we played a mock volleyball game where we practiced 3 hits before getting the ball to the other team.  

For Art this week, we have focused on construction and measurement skills.  We created a tree in both classrooms and are beginning to decorate using measurement in math and creating 3 – D shapes for presents.

 


Next week we will be focusing on completing our stories and our Social project.

 Important Dates:

December 2020

  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

 January 2021

·       January 4 – 8 On-Line Classes (Google Classroom)

·       January 11 – In school classes resume


Friday December 4, 2020

The students have continued to work on their Social projects this week.  They are gathering information to start their project about a Canadian province, region or attraction.  In Science the students have started creating their Diorama of a wetland.  The pictures below show some of their progress so far.

In math this week we starting working with decimal numbers.  We learned about how to write decimals with a place value of tenths and hundredths.  To keep our addition and subtraction skills strong we played a game called Strike It Out. 



In gym class we have started playing volleyball.  The students have been practising the skills of a forearm pass and serving.  We have started to use these skills to play a game with an invisible net.  On Thursday we took advantage of the record-breaking high temperature of 16 degrees and went for a winter walk around the block.  We didn’t even need to wear our jackets.   

In health class we talked about on-line safety and the importance of talking to an adult when you feel uncomfortable about something you see, or if someone you don’t know sends you a message while on the internet. 

Next week in LA we will be starting to plan for writing a fairy tale from a different character's point of view.

Important Dates:

December 2020

  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

 

January 2021

·       January 4 – 8 On-Line Classes (Google Classroom)

·       January 11 – In school classes resume


Friday November 27, 2020

 We would like to send out a big hank you to parent council for giving us the opportunity to purchase new books for our classroom.  The students really enjoy the new reading material.

In math this week we continued to work on multiplication.  The students were shown three different ways to multiply a 2 digit number by a 2 digit number.  They are to keep practising until they have decided which method they want to become an expert in.  We have learned the regular algorithm and the grid method.  This week we looked at the lattice method which is pictured below.

We played a couple of different games in gym class this week that involved using hula hoops.  One of the games was a relay race with a rock, paper or scissors playoff.  The other game was castle dodgeball, where the students built a castle using hula hoops and it becomes the new target in the game.  Lots of action and fun were had during these games.

In LA this week we have been looking at different characters points of view within familiar stories, such as “The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs!” where the Wolf states that he was framed.  Next week the students will be working on being able to retell a familiar story including the details of the beginning, middle and end.


French was fun this week! We reviewed the numbers to 31 and colours.  We played a memory game with a partner where we practiced French pronunciation and matched the English and French word together.

Next week we are going to start planning to make a diorama of a Wetland Ecosystem within a shoebox.  An example is pictured below.  To get started everyone is going to need a shoebox that has a lid.  Please send in a shoe box as soon as you can.  If you have extras that you do not need we would greatly appreciate it if you send those in too.

Important Dates:

November 2020

·       November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

December 2020

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

 January 2021

·       January 4 – 8 On-Line Classes (Google Classroom)

·       January 11 – In school classes resume

Book Fair Information:  ( November 23 – December 4)

Ethel M Johnson’s Book Fair Shopping Link:

Ethel M Johnson's Virtual Book Fair Shopping Link

If the above link does not work, please copy and paste the following URL into your browser’s search bar:

https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5149077


Friday November 20, 2020

Thank you to all the parents that took time to talk with us during conferences this week.  It is always a nice conversation to have about your child’s success and progress at school.  It was great getting a chance to connect with you.

Last week, we were focusing on reading a text and highlighting 'the gist' or the main idea. This week, the students worked on re-reading that same text and writing questions as well as making plausible predictions.  We talked about questions that they could answer from the text and other questions where they had to find hints from the story and think about what the author might mean.



Also, we read the book "Voices in the Park" and talked about point of view.  In this book there are four voices which the author uses to show various points of view.

Physical Education included some movement and cooperation games such as infection tag, dodgeball and we used hoola hoops when working with a partner.

It was bullying awareness week, so the students worked on identifying characteristics of a good friend.

We finished reading the novel “The Grand Escape”.  The students then put finishing touches on the mind map there were creating to show the characters, setting and events of the story. 


Next week in math we will continue working on 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication.  The students will learn 3 different ways to complete this calculation (algorithm, grid and lattice). They will decide which method works best for them.


Book Fair Information:  ( November 23 – December 4)

 Ethel M Johnson’s Book Fair Shopping Link:

Ethel M Johnson's Virtual Book Fair Shopping Link

 If the above link does not work, please copy and paste the following URL into your browser’s search bar:

https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5149077

Important Dates:

November 2020

·       November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

December 2020

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break


Friday November 13, 2020

Just a reminder that Parent Conferences are next week so there is an early dismissal on Thursday the 19th (12:15pm) and no school for students on Friday the 20th.  You will receive a message regarding when the booking line is open.  When you book your interview please book with your child’s grade 5 homeroom teacher:

                        Room 9 – Mrs. Wheelhouse

                        Room 10 – Ms Dick

 

In math this week was have continued to work on multiplication.  We are learning the regular algorithm and the grid method.  The grid method is pictured below.  With the grid method we are also able to include learning about area. 


We also practised using shape and space words by participating in Quick Draw.  This is where the students look at a picture for a few seconds and then draw it.  They get a couple more looks than share their drawings and discuss what shapes they see.

One of the math warm ups we used this week was the mobile balance where the students had to find the missing values.  Some students were able to make some mobile balance questions for their classmates.

In LA we worked on some spelling this week.  We looked at some of the most commonly misspelled words and are working on some fun ways to practise spelling them.  Many of the students logged into Spelling city through Google Classroom to practise more of the words we are using in all subject areas.  This is a good website to practise on at home.

This week in gym we continued to work on our fitness by working through many different stations to perform different actions and exercises.  We also had some fun on Friday with scarf juggling to improve our hand eye coordination.


Next week we will be learning about animal adaption in science and we will be working on our Social research projects on a province, city, region or attraction in Canada.

 Important Dates:

November 2020

·       November 16 - 20 National Metis Week

·       November 19- Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

·       November 19 & 20 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)

·       November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

Book Fair Information:  ( November 23 – December 4)

 Ethel M Johnson’s Book Fair Shopping Link:

Ethel M Johnson's Virtual Book Fair Shopping Link

 If the above link does not work, please copy and paste the following URL into your browser’s search bar:

https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5149077


Friday November 6, 2020

 In Health this week the students watched a thought-provoking video about their responsibilities at school and discussed differences between speaking up and tattling.  The students were able to come up with some great ideas on their personal whiteboards and raised them up so their classmates could see what they were thinking.

In Social, the students are choosing either a province, city, region or attraction to work on research.  They are using books and digital texts on Epic, as well as videos to find their information.  This week, they were learning how to use a table of contents to find facts that they needed.

This week in gym we wrapped up our basketball unit by playing mini games and a full court game of sideline basketball.  The students really improved in their skills.  The games were exciting to watch.

In math we are working on multiplication.  The students made arrays using blocks and then recorded the different arrays in their grid book. We also used the blocks to build vertical patterns with the challenge of using all 30 blocks. 


One of our math warm ups this week was to find the missing numbers in a variety of math equations.

Important Dates:

November 2020

·       November 11- No School - Remembrance Day

·       November 16 - 20 National Metis Week

·       November 19- Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

·       November 19 & 20 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)

·       November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair


Friday October 30, 2020

This week, we worked on a patterning problem and shared our ideas on the class whiteboard.  We presented our ideas in a math talk and other classmates asked us questions about our strategies.

In math class we also made a line graph to show the ever-changing Calgary weather.  Within a two-week period, Calgary’s temperature ranged from 14 degrees Celsius to -10 degrees Celsius.


In teams, we decorated our classroom for Halloween.  We earned our class target to be independent and take initiative in our class learning this week.

We are using technology to work on our misspelled words in our writing.  The program is called Spelling City and we can play games and take a computer-generated quiz on the words we are learning to spell correctly. The students can log in to Spelling City through our Google Classroom.


Next week we will be learning more about Wetland animals and the food chain.

Important Dates:

November 2020

·       November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 

·       November 3 - Picture Retakes

·       November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting

·       November 11- No School - Remembrance Day

·       November 16 - 20 National Metis Week

·       November 19- Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

·       November 19 & 20 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)

·       November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

Friday October 23, 2020

 Next week the grade 5’s will be allowed to wear their Halloween costumes on Thursday October 29th.  There is no school on Friday so we will be acknowledging Halloween a little early. We will not be allowed to share any treats or food with each other.  Each student can bring a special treat for themselves to enjoy in the afternoon.

 The students have working on moving together as a group as a classroom goal.  This week the students did so well with this that they were able to have a special “Hat Day” on Friday.  Next week they will be working on becoming more independent during transition times. 

In Math, we have started working on multiplication.  We have been sharing different ways to show our understanding of what multiplication is. 

We started basketball in gym class this week.  We are learning how to control the ball when dribbling and we have just started some basketball shooting techniques.


In Science we have been learning more about the wetland animals and drew a wetland landscape during art class.

Important dates:

October 2020

  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

  • November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 
  • November 3 - Picture Retakes
  • November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
  • November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair


Friday October 16, 2020

In Math, we continue to work on math routines, where students need to practice addition, subtraction and multiplication mentally.  This week we worked on a game called '16 Boxes' and shared our strategies to get the greatest sum.


Gym was both outdoors and indoors, depending on the weather! Outside, we had a great game of kickball, after learning the fundamentals and rules of play.  Inside, we worked on our fitness by learning about pacing ourselves when we run so we can improve and run for longer periods of time. We also played a game of 'Infection Tag' by kicking a ball and using passing techniques.


This week we saw some snow and the students used this as an opportunity to work together to make walls of snow to create a fort like structure.  Many recesses of fun where had by all.

We started learning some French this week.  The students were learning to greet each other “Bonjour” and count in French up to 20.

In LA we are continuing to work on writing our personal narrative.  Next week we will be learning how to put the details of our writing into paragraphs including words like first, secondly and finally.

Important dates:

October 2020

        October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

 November 2020

·       November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 

·       November 3 - Picture Retakes

·       November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting

·       November 11 No School - Remembrance Day


Friday October 9, 2020

 This week in Science the students were learning about the Scientific Method.  They filled out a Scientific Method report about how pollution can affect plants.  We placed water in a container and added food colouring to represent pollution. Then the students watched what happened to the flowers that were placed inside the container.  We will record the results next week.

In math, we created a double line graph by using the data we collected about Calgary’s weather for the week of September 28 – October 2.  We also learned a new game to help increase addition and subtraction skills.  The game is called Strike Out where each student takes a turn adding or subtracting numbers and striking them out on a number line.  When a player cannot make an equation, the other player wins.


     


We have started a program called “Kudos Club” which helps identify areas that we want the students to improve on.  This week the grade 5’s had a target to: Move together as a group.  They were working on improving their ability to quickly get ready and move as a group when coming in and going out of the school.  They were successful in showing improvement with this target and were given the opportunity to bring a stuffie to school on Thursday to celebrate.  We will add more targets each week for the students to work on.  We worked in our Visual Journals outside where students drew or wrote about their stuffie’s day at school.



We used the chrome books this week to work in Google Classroom.  The students logged onto Epic reading to read, and also look at the selection of books.  If the students want the book to be read to them, they need to have headphones or earbuds.  Please send a pair to school that they can leave in their desk.  Then they played a game where they had to correctly place the provinces and territories on a map of Canada. 

In gym, this week we played some Kickball.  We took time to practice the different skills involved.  This included kicking the ball, catching the ball and throwing the ball.  The students showed improvement in their ability to kick the ball quite high and far.  This will make our games next week much more exciting to play.


Next week we will be working on representing and comparing 6 digit numbers.

Important dates:

 October 2020

  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

·       November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 

·       November 3 - Picture Retakes 

·       November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting

·       November 11- No School - Remembrance Day


Friday October 2, 2020

 On September 30, we learned about the meaning and significance of Orange Shirt Day. Reading the book “I Am Not a Number” helped the students to understanding life at a Residential School.  The student’s represented their learning though writing and art. 

                  


We would like to start writing about student’s special experiences from a photo/picture next week.  Only 1/3 of the students have brought in their pictures. Please help them remember to bring them in for Monday.  Pictures could be of a pet, place, something they collect or a favourite stuffie.

In gym, we warmed up with fitness sprints and played a noodle tag game, both inside the gym and outdoors.


We worked on our visual journals by writing and sketching in a quiet space in our outdoor classroom

Math was fun, as we learned how to draw shapes and build math vocabulary using 'Quick Draw'. We saw a shape on the smartboard in three intervals and tried to draw it after studying the picture.  We discussed what the shape looked like by using math vocabulary and referring to words such as horizontal, vertical, parallel, symmetry, hexagon, quarter, half and more.

                                                                                                             

Next week in math we will be creating a double line graph to show the weather data that we recorded throughout the week. 

Important dates:

 October 2020

  • October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 
  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

Friday September 25, 2020

Thank you to everyone that took time out of their day/evening to have a phone call with one of us about your child and school. 

We are working on a picture or photo wall for our classroom.  We would like the students to bring in a photo or picture of an important experience or memory that they have so that they can write about the experience at school. Some examples of photos/pictures that they could bring in might be of their pets, a place they have visited, a treasure or something they collect, a favourite stuffie that has meaning, a photo of their family etc

We continue to work on our math skills through solving math puzzles as a warm up to begin math lessons. 

 How many squares are there altogether?



In gym class, we played some more mini soccer games to increase our skills of passing with our classmates.


The grade 5’s participated in the Terry Fox Run this week.  We set up a running course where the students ran from the trees to a pylon and back.  This distance was 100 metres.  Each time they ran 100 metres they received a plastic block that they put into their bucket. They ran in their Wetland animal groups where there had to be at least 1 person running from their group at all times.  We ran for 25 minutes.  Our target was to run at least 40 kilometres, which is about the same distance Terry Fox would run each day.  Did we make our goal?  This turned into a great math question to be solved.  See the results in the pictures below. 



This week in Social, the students have been learning about Canadian landforms, vegetation, climate and natural resources. 


The students have been practicing logging in and using Google Classroom at school.  They can also use Google Classroom at home if they want extra practice on the lessons taught in class, or if they were absent from school and want to catch up on assignments they may have missed.  They can also do some typing practice on the websites in the resource link section.  The students also have access to the Epic reading library.  They can use this resource at home for a total at 2 hours each week. 

Next week in math we will be looking at the different ways to represent numbers.  In LA we will start planning our writing about the picture that the students brought to school that holds a special experience for them.

Important dates:

September 2020

  • September 30 - Orange Shirt Day

October 2020

  • October 9     No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • October 12   No School - Thanksgiving 
  • October 30   No School - Teacher Professional Learning


Friday September 18, 2020

Ethel M. Johnson School is proud to take part in this year’s 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Please help show your support by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJ....

 We will be doing a modified Terry Fox Run during our gym class on Wednesday September 23.

 We are having parent/teacher conferences by phone on Thursday September 24 and Friday September 25.  Please make sure to book a time through the school parent/teacher conference link that was sent to you through School Messenger.

This week we worked hard and learned a lot of new things! In Math, we worked on collecting data from each other about an Alberta city that we have visited. We created a graph of our results in our grid book.

              
       

Then, we added a double bar graph to compare the data in Room 9 and 10.

We continued to learn about strategies that support our emotional regulation in class. This week, we practiced a mindful minute daily where we concentrated on our breathing and calming ourselves to be open and read to learn.

This week we worked on our writing skills.  All the students of EMJ wrote about what they have as a treasure.  We worked together as a class to brain storm ideas before writing.  Then each student made a plan to help them record details and ideas before they started writing. 

In gym class, we have continued to work on our fitness with running warm ups. We have also been playing some modified soccer games that include social distancing and no hands on the ball.  The students have done a great job adapting to this new way to play soccer.

In Science this week we created a Wetlands title page to continue our learning about the wetlands in Canada. 

              

Next week we will continue to work on math patterns and graphing. In social the students will learn about the natural resources and land forms of the provinces and territories in Canada. 


Friday September 11, 2020

Welcome to the Grade 5 blog.  We are so glad to have everybody back in the school and classroom.  Here are our classrooms before the students enter each day.

Room 9


Room 10

In Social the students are learning about the provinces and territories in Canada.

To help the students with emotional regulation, they are learning about how their brain works when reacting to different situations. Relating the parts of the brain to a football team makes it easier to understand each of the parts role.  We call this “Mind Up” work.

In math, we are learning about number patterns.  We look at a pattern to determine the pattern rule, then calculate the next numbers that will appear in the pattern. Some patterns can be hard to figure out.  We talked about how struggling to complete a problem can be a good thing.  That is when we learn the most.  Here is a link to a video that describes how struggling to solve problems really helps us learn.  

https://www.youcubed.org/resou...

Our grade 5 Google Classroom is now open for when and if we need it in the future.  Students can log into the classroom from home if they want to use some of the resources for homework practice.

In gym class this week the students participated in some running races, fitness relays and core strength training where they tossed a bean bag from their feet over their head while laying on their back.  They competed to see who could toss the bean bag the longest distance.

                        

Next week we will be learning about the importance of Wetlands in Science.  

We will also be looking at strategies to improve writing ability that will make pieces of writing more interesting to read.

Important dates:

September 2020

  • September 17 School Photos
  • September 24 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • September 24 & 25 Parent-Teacher Conferences (not face-to-face, information to come)
  • September 30 Orange Shirt Day

 October 2020

  • October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 
  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning


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