This week in Math we have been working on various strategies to learn our multiplication facts up to 9 by 9. Many students find songs helpful and we have included them below for your reference. Nightly times table practice, using songs and games (multiplication war - practiced in class), is encouraged. Be sure to discuss and break down strategies with your child (ie 4 x 7 is just 2 x 7 doubled). Ask them to show you the finger trick for the 9 times tables. They should be able to tell you why it works!
In Math, we are also working to develop our understanding of fractions with real world examples (i.e. Candy Math) and rich open-ended group learning tasks (i.e. Making Flags and Submarine Sandwiches). We will use our understanding of parts of a whole to create visual representations of our strengths and values in our 30 000 day challenge project for LA. Please ask your child about their heart quilts and to explain the symbols and proportions that they have chosen to represent each of their strengths and values.
In Social Studies, we are learning about Canadian geography and are beginning our study with a self guided mapping project. We will also be starting our “Game of Life” project where students will randomly pick a location in Canada to live, work and raise their future family. Through this project students will learn about how the landforms, bodies of water, natural resources and climate impact how people live on and with the land. They will create either a poster or google slideshow to present their town/region to the class, so that we can all learn more about our vast country and the different ways of living.
In Science, we will be starting our study of Wetlands and will be incorporating food chain and predator/prey games into our PE curriculum to reinforce what we have learned in the classroom.
As always, be sure to ask your child about what they are learning! We are always here to support you and your child and we look forward to meeting with you on Friday for Meet the Teacher conferences.
Polly and Tanis (Grade 5 Team)
September 13, 2021
The first few weeks of grade five have been full of exploration as we have begun unpacking our big idea, “What is strength?” We started this work by looking at character strengths as students have come to recognize and celebrate their own strengths and personal values. This week, we have undertaken an artist’s study looking at the art work of indigenous artist, Frank Big Bear. Students are currently creating their own Frank Big Bear inspired portrait that incorporates their strengths and values through symbolic representation.
Students have engaged in an authentic experiment this week as we have jumped right into working through the scientific process. Building off of our class read aloud novel, “The Science of Breakable Things” by Tae Keller, students have investigated different brands of stain remover to conduct real-world experiments to answer a scientific question. Stay tuned to hear back from your child about what conclusions they draw that may impact your future purchasing choices at the grocery store!
In math, we have been focusing on developing our growth mindset and teamwork skills that will support our mathematical thinking this year. Students have been engaged in solving a variety of challenging math problems in randomly generated teams while working on non-permanent vertical surfaces. Be sure to ask your child about what they have discovered about the role of teamwork, risk-taking and perseverance in problem-solving. We are excited to build upon this work further as each of us comes to see and celebrate ourselves as being a ‘math person’.
Thank you to all of you who have completed and returned the “In a Million Words” and Student Demographic forms. We look forward to meeting all of you and collaborating as a team at our upcoming Meet the Teacher Conferences.
Polly Atkinson and Tanis Sevrens
The Grade Five Team
Some upcoming dates of importance are:
- Terry Fox Run………………………………...Sept. 17
- Bottle Drive…………………………………….Sept. 17
- Meet the Teacher Virtual Conferences…….Sept. 24
- Indigenous Week…………………………….Sept. 27