Ms. Dick and Ms. Wheelhouse

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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