For the month of March in grade five we have been….
In Language Arts we have been working on our group Novel Study. Groups have been reading through their novel and practicing our reading power skills each week. We have had a lot of practicing reading with our pencil by asking deep questions, making meaningful predictions, and understanding our characters with insightful connections. To help improve our writing, we have been practicing our editing skills. We have looked at sentence stoppers, apostrophes, commas, and asking does our sentence make sense.
This month we have wrapped up our study of long division, where we looked at solving equations using multiple strategies such as traditional long division and the box method. We have since revisited our decimal numbers to learn how to add and subtract these numbers. We learned that it is nearly the same as whole numbers as long as you remember to line up the place value, including the decimal point! We have also been practicing our skills of rounding and estimating with decimal numbers.
We have been studying four Indigenous Groups that live in Canada’s North, South, East and West. They are the Inuit, Blackfoot, Mi’kmaq and Haida, respectively. By investigating the question, how did the land impact these four groups, we were able to discover what natural resources and landforms were most important to these Inidgenous Peoples. We showcased our knowledge through the style of different Candian Artists, using various mediums. Some of the artists we have studied include: Emily Carr, Ted Harrison, Georges Seurat, and members of the Group of Seven.
This month we have started our unit in Electricity! We started off by looking at safety with electricity and what that means and what that looks like. Student’s wrote and presented their own jingles that informed their peers about how to stay safe in different situations. We are now starting our science centers which give students the opportunity to make circuits using wires, batteries, light bulbs, motors and buzzers. We are learning the proper terminology for all the parts that make up a complete circuit and how to create an open or closed circuit.