Grade 5/6

June News - May Update

CEO’s in the Making!

Aye yo, did you know that during this crazy month of learning the grade 5/6 students have been transferred from online to in-school learning? During this time the 5/6 students have been doing nonstop work to get their assignments done. It's hard going from in-school to online! 

Each student has been working and creating their very own online small business, based on the Tiktok compilation “Small Business Check”. During this time, they had the choice to market any item of their choice while creating their very own online business website. Students have been receiving and fulfilling orders from their own classmates and other classes through our virtual Nellie Mall. There has been plenty of math and fun, as they have become grade 5/6 CEO’s!            

Meanwhile, during online school, they have been learning about Greek mythology and drew one of the Greek monsters called the Minotaur as well as the task of writing in their fears or worries they had about anything in the Minotaur. Then they drew their favorite god or goddess beside the minotaur and then drew what things they could do to try to defeat the worries and fears on the other side. They also did a part of dragon’s den on online learning called the individual writing task. So the assignment is that you are done with your group and then you are supposed to write three paragraphs with one reason in them to explain why your flying machine is the best compared to the rest of them. Also, they were supposed to explain how it works and how Newton's three laws of motion apply to their machine.

Students have also been honing their business skills as they created their very own pitches in their classrooms on the smartboard where they had a google meet for three days because there was four grade 5/6 classes (but due to the virus there were only allowed to be three classes, including the one hub class from online). Each group said why their machine is the best then the next group would go on. But when a group is presenting the other people not in the same class presenting were listening and acting as the Dragon’s by voting for the pitch that they found most convincing.

A once in a lifetime chance doesn’t happen every day, in this case, the grade 5/6, well mostly grade 6 students have the opportunity to act in their very own class play. All students will have their own parts from acting, to lights, to instrumentals. Each student is excited to be cast in their very own significant parts. They all can’t wait to perform for different students in different classes the week of June 7-10!   

By: Malak B and Jackson J 

May News - April Update

Language Arts

In Language Arts, our main focus has been learning about newspapers and journalism. We’ve been learning about news articles and how to structure a professional newspaper. We have been practicing writing newspaper leads and formatting. This is a new kind of writing for us, as we usually learn about figurative language. 

Math

In math, decimals have been our main focus. We’re learning how to multiply, add and divide decimals through games, worksheets, and our new project, our online stores. We’ll be using pretend money to buy pretend things. As an addition, we’ve been learning about determining the dimensions of objects, like the area, perimeter and volume. Our shops include prices (determined by rolling dice), and the dimensions of the objects we’re selling.

Science

In science we have been learning about flight, aviation and air. Specifically how airplanes work, along with parachutes, gliders, helicopters, and everything in between. We’ve also been learning about the 3 laws of motion and how we know air exists and what it does.

Social Studies

In social studies our main focus is Ancient Athens. Learning about the culture, way of being and politics. Through fun activities, such as building our own Ancient Athens in Minecraft, and our new play we will perform in May. Grade 6 students will act, and grade 5 students will add the musical accompaniment. Grade 5 students have been a huge help with their set design and creativity. They have also been behind lighting and costume design. Ms. Polly’s class will perform the Trojan War, Mrs. M&M’s class will perform the Cyclops Polyphemus, and Ms. Tanis will perform Circe’s Isle.

Conclusion

Life in grade five six is really fun, the teachers make you want to come to school and make creative and fun ways of learning!

By: Clara M. and Ivy R.


April News - March Update

Language Arts

In Language Arts, our main focus has been learning about newspapers and journalism. We’ve been learning about news articles and how to structure a professional newspaper. We have been practicing writing newspaper leads and formatting. This is a new kind of writing for us, as we usually learn about figurative language. 

Math

In math, decimals have been our main focus. We’re learning how to multiply, add and divide decimals through games, worksheets, and our new project, our online stores. We’ll be using pretend money to buy pretend things. As an addition, we’ve been learning about determining the dimensions of objects, like the area, perimeter and volume. Our shops include prices (determined by rolling dice), and the dimensions of the objects we’re selling.

Science

In science we have been learning about flight, aviation and air. Specifically how airplanes work, along with parachutes, gliders, helicopters, and everything in between. We’ve also been learning about the 3 laws of motion and how we know air exists and what it does.

Social Studies

In social studies our main focus is Ancient Athens. Learning about the culture, way of being and politics. Through fun activities, such as building our own Ancient Athens in Minecraft, and our new play we will perform in May. Grade 6 students will act, and grade 5 students will add the musical accompaniment. Grade 5 students have been a huge help with their set design and creativity. They have also been behind lighting and costume design. Ms. Polly’s class will perform the Trojan War, Mrs. M&M’s class will perform the Cyclops Polyphemus, and Ms. Tanis will perform Circe’s Isle.

Conclusion

Life in grade five six is really fun, the teachers make you want to come to school and make creative and fun ways of learning!

By: Clara M. and Ivy R.


Language Arts

Becoming better writers is one of our school’s goals, so our teachers have had us write Gnarly narratives this past few weeks. I'll explain what that is. We had a choice of pictures to choose from and we would write a story about them. We did two versions of the story and we had to pick which one was better. We are excited to see how our writing has improved this year and how it has all come together in our finished stories.

Science

In science, we are learning about air and its properties! We have done miniature air shows, in which we had to “sell” people air by showing what it does and why it's necessary to have it. We also did experiments to help us understand air better and to show our knowledge. In total there are six properties of air. A couple examples are that air takes up space, air has mass and air exerts pressure.

Math

In math, we are currently learning geometry! Some of the things we're doing are… geometric flowers, I'll explain what it is! We made flowers out of a bunch of different shapes and sizes and had to make each petal with instructions! We also made a geometry city, not a real city but a one created with math and love. We also have been working on art involving transformations, including translations, reflections and rotations!

Social Studies

In social, we have been learning about the amazing Famous 5! Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Louise McKenny, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Irene Parlbly, and how they changed the rights of women and worked together so that now women are considered people too according to the laws in Canada. We also just completed a project where we represented the stories of Canadian history through creating an art piece that had a colour, symbol and image to symbolically represent the most important stories from Canada’s past.

By Zoe T., Naomi B., and Hayleigh P.

March News - February Update

What a busy month we’ve had even though it’s been rather short. Each day we tackle new challenges with you and are consistently impressed with your perseverance and resilience.

This month in LA we saw you all grow in your writing skills immensely. Your work in the previous months on Gnarly Narratives developed your writing skills and the short stories you have written are excellent. We are all really impressed with your capacity to “show, don’t tell” with use of dialogue and evoking all five senses. Here’s a little snippet from one of your stories: 

The next day Athena woke up to a good start, she had a scrumptious breakfast, the weather was warm and amazing and lastly her coffee tasted so good today. Better than normal... “That’s strange” she thought her coffee usually tasted crappy. But whatever, she carried on with her morning. Soon she arrived at the hotel, it seemed a little run down but it was decent. The receptionist greeted Athena and took her to her room. She seemed nice and caring. I hope everyone is like that here Athena thought. 

In Math we’ve seen the care you’ve taken at creating your zoos and Geo-cities. Your understanding of polygons, angles, area and perimeter, coordinates, and maps are evident in these projects. We can’t wait to see your work in the coming months as we tackle transformations, patterns, and equations.

Social studies has been filled with stories and adventures as we’ve explored Canada’s history. Our Canadian adventures have come to an end in Ms.M&M, but Ms.Tanis/Mrs.Ince and Ms.Polly are continuing their journey. We’ve accessed many incredible resources, including the video series Canada: The Story of Us. To wrap up this unit of study students are going to be looking at what events or people had the most influence on present day Canada. We’re not done our time travelling yet as we’re tackling Ancient Athens next!

Finally, Science has been filled with hypotheses and experiments during our Classroom Chemistry unit. You all have tested your theories about states of matter, physical changes, chemical reactions, solubility and substances on the pH scale. You’ll have to share your knowledge of sharpie tie-dye, elements and rubber eggs with your family and friends!

We are so proud of you and can’t wait to see what you accomplish in March! 

Ms. M&M, Ms. Polly, Ms. Tanis & Mrs. Ince 

February News - January Update

The Grade 5 and  6 newsletter!  

 “Hey, you there?  Have you heard about the great schoolwork that the Grade 5 and 6 students have been doing at Nellie McClung School?  Well you have to see.  We have made Koch Snowflakes and Adversity Podcasts (coming soon!) and- oh, sorry.  You don’t know what we’re talking about, right?  Okay, let’s start at the beginning.”

 So, the students of grade ⅚ have been exploring the world of chemistry and we are now element zing our own names,

“It’s soo fun, I love to do this project!”

“YA! So fun!”

“Agreed.”

“Yeah, it’s brilliant.  You see, there’s a lovely website that you can go into and all you have to do is type your name and your name will instantly appear as the symbols for the elements in the periodic table.”

Well, really what we have done is use math and our knowledge of angles to create each square for the letters of our name. Then we have used a variety of artistic techniques such as, watercolor and even shaving cream to bring each element to life! Finally, we have chosen a pretty font and written the element symbols, atomic number and the full name of the element.  Other than this, we have been learning what atomic numbers are and what atoms and matter are as well. And we will be continuing this in the future with experiments. 

“KOCH SNOWFLAKES are the BEST, right?”

“Well they did take a long time, let’s talk about it.”

“Oh, yeah.  Remember the time when we coloured the snowflakes?”

“Of course, how could I forget?  Yours just looked sooo pretty!”

Well if you don’t know what a Koch Snowflake is then let me explain, A Koch Snowflake is an equilateral snowflake made entirely from equilateral triangles. (The perimeter can be infinite.) These pretty snowflakes require MATH and a lot of it!

“Hey, remember when we started division?”

“Of course I remember!  How could I forget?”

“AND do you remember the time where you thought division was very hard and the next day you thought that it was getting a bit easier each day?  It was like magic how you suddenly became better at this study because you worked your way up. ” 

The grade ⅚‘s have been doing division and multiplication for a bit now, but right now our focus is on division. We have been playing math games and even doing math menus. (This is where the kids get to pick the right thing for them and work their way up, we have multiple different pieces of work that the kids have been doing. For example, Power Math, Math Games, Mystery Math, a Math Project and even CHALLENGE MATH.)

“Don’t forget about the time travelling!”

“Of course, time travelling, how could I forget?!”

          What was going on back in the 1500s to the 1900s?

Well right now we are working on completing our ‘Notes From the Road’ journals and exploring the history of Canada with friends. We have been texting with King Henry V111 and other royals (We each got a page that looked like a phone and then texted back and had a five message conversation. Very Fun!) And making one pagers (A page that you can put information on and decorate) about the First Nations and different Indigenous groups. We will continue doing this and TIME TRAVELING to different places and times. We have only started this project so we do not have much to say about it. But we are very sure that we will be continuing this in the future and we are sure that you will probably hear about it in the next newsletter.

“And at last, the Adversity project.  SOO FUN, right?”

“Yeah. . . But it was kinda long.  It took me a WHOLE 3 WEEKS to complete the poster.”

“But in the end the posters that the kids have made were worth it, right?”

“Of course! They are all so beautiful in their own way!”

“I suppose so.”

“You suppose so?!?!  It was GREAT!”

“Well, let’s talk about it for a bit.”

“Fine.  So, the ADVERSITY PROJECT was a project that took me about 168 hours to (a bit of hyperbole here!) complete the planning part and-”

After learning more about the brain and it’s response to adversity, we each chose a famous person that did a great deed or CHANGED HISTORY that had encountered adversity!

(“That took me 168 hours to complete.”

“OK, WE KNOW!”)

“Anyways, we did a beautiful and unique poster with all that research on it!”

“Yeah. . .”

“AND, we made PODCASTS!”  We had to pick someone we knew (From our family as well.) and interview them and put what they said into our script!”

“Oh, YEAH!  Now you convinced me to grow on this Adversity Project!”

“And there’s even more!”

“Yeah?”

“We’ll get to record our scripts and if we want, we’ll get to broadcast it to the WHOLE SCHOOL!”

That brings us to a close of our letter.  We hope that you found this entertaining and helpful. 

“That’s the Grade 5/6 newsletter for January.  BYE!!” 

Written by:

Audrey & Maya 

January News - December Update

Brooklynn and Violet

 There have been a lot of new things happening this month! We completed our sky science exam and have moved on to our new unit, weather! We learned that there are 3 main ingredients to weather: Water, Wind and the most important ingredient Temperature. We have learned all about snow, rainfall, lightning and dust devils.

In Mathematics, we have been learning how to convert fractions, decimals and percentages into other fractions, decimals and percentages. We have been splitting up the grades into different rooms, so one grade works with Ms. Tanis and the other works on mathletics or on a math booklet. Since we learned about percentages we were able to figure out what percentage we got on our science exam!

In Language Arts, we have been working on our Gnarly Narratives and our Personal Playlist. Gnarly Narratives is when we write stories based on a picture prompt picked by a student in our class. Our personal playlist is an assignment where we would ask our friends, family, classmates and parents what song they think suits us best and we would put that all together in a Google Slide or a Google Site.

In Music, we have been preparing for our winter concert! Singing songs and learning chimes are our main focus as we work towards our big holiday performance! Each of the grade 5/6 classes are performing different songs on the chimes and hand bells.

In P.E. our wonderful student teachers have put together a mission impossible course, for us to scramble through. We have to dodge lasers and snakes. We have to go through mazes, escape in a getaway car and so much more. It is so much fun!

In Social Studies we have been doing something like the show amazing race but we have to research the regions of Canada and we put all our information into a google slide. We then have to complete a google form as our flight ticket out and make a poster or brochure.

 It's been an amazing month for the grade 5/6 students!!! I can't wait for next month!!!


December News - November Update

This October we did some cool things that were fun as well as educational. The teachers were creative this month and started combining activities such as science with P.E. It made everything we did new and interesting. In P.E the way they did it was space training stations and one station was even a science experiment! Since we’re talking about science, we’ve been studying sky science, which means planets and the solar system. It also means great homework of watching the moon go over its phases over the time period of a month.

Then there’s writing and language arts. We do something every Friday morning called bullet journals as well as on other days something called joyful journaling in the morning. Bullet journals are basically a day planner, but cooler. Joyful journaling is where you have two options of subjects to write about, then you choose one and write about it. Then there’s learning figurative language with highlighting songs and song of the week which is basically the same thing.

Then in math we have been learning and doing a lot about bar graphs and fractions. We have also tracked what Halloween costumes the school was wearing and 2 graphs about sugar levels in some drinks

In music we have created and made our own pieces and compositions of music. Our wonderful music teacher named Mrs. Dennison let us choose our groups of 4 to 6 then we chose our instruments and went to our practice rooms which Mrs. Dennison lets us choose.

Overall, October has been an interesting month full of fun activities. We wonder what the next month will bring and hope it can be as fun as this one.

Grade 6 Hub

By Aneesha G, Grade 6 online learning group.

In the month of October we have finally settled into online learning routines and schedules. At the beginning of September, we all had our doubts about how we were going to learn and who was going to teach us. Now we feel much more comfortable learning remotely, with a class that has a mix from three different schools.

In science, we have been learning about Trees and Forests. Throughout this topic, we have learned many different things, such as the water Cycle and Tree cookies. This week we have been looking at Classifying leaves and Dichotomous keys. What was very interesting was the Dichotomous keys. Dichotomous keys are a way of classifying and organizing organisms. There is first a large group that is first divided into 2 subgroups, each sub group has something that the other does not. Then, the subgroups get divided again. This goes on until you reach a specific species of a plant.

At the start of October, in social studies we were working on a project about different kinds of government. Each student had to choose one form of government (Oligarchy, Democracy, Dictatorship or Monarchy) and make a presentation.

In language arts, we have been learning things like Narrative writing, Parts of speech and figurative language. This week, we have started doing Gnarly Narratives. Every Wednesday, as a class, we will edit a paragraph, then one student will choose a picture prompt that we have to write a snippet about. Each week we will have goals in our writing. EI: Include 2 dialogues and use at least one simile.

In math, we have learned numerous topics within, such as composite and prime numbers, Integers and fractions. This week in math we have been learning about ratios and the Fibbanochi sequence. The Fibonacci sequence otherwise known as the golden ratio, is a spiral that is found all around us. The numbers that form the thesis spiral are 1,1,2,3,5,8 and so on. We get these numbers by adding the previous number with the number that you are at. What an interesting concept!

Our experience with online learning has been great so far, we are finding new ways to learn online. But what about Halloween? For Halloween we will wear our costumes on a meeting and play some spooky games. Although it can be tough to find ways to learn and celebrate, we still are having fun.


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