Week of December 15 – 19

Good evening folks!

 

Happy holidays, everyone!  We have quite a jam-packed week planned in grade five with many special events taking place.  Here is a brief schedule of the events:

 

Monday

  • Carols begin in the gym at 8:30. With their partners, students will begin work on their Chris VanAllsburg final project today.  They have an hour on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday complete all work so they are ready to go on Thursday morning at for our grade five gallery walk.

 

Tuesday

  • All choir and handbell students are away at 9:40 to perform at Extendicare.  The bus leaves the school at 9:40 for a 10:15 performance.  (Choir Dress Code:  Red, green or white tops, dark pants or skirts or Christmas fancy.   No Santa hats.)
  • Carols at 12:30 where our Handbell Choir will be performing. 
  • Don’t forget our evening ‘Magic of Christmas Performance’ for all choirs, including handbell choirs, on Tuesday, December 16th at 6:30 p.m.  Family and friends are welcome to come and enjoy!  (Choir Dress Code:  Christmas Fancy)

 

Wednesday

  • Carols in the gym at 8:30.
  • Final preparations for gallery walk.

 

Thursday

  • Chris Van Allsburg Gallery Walk from 8:50 to 9:40.
  • Jumanji/Polar Express films from 10:30 to 11:30.
  • Swimming at Max Bell pool in the afternoon.  We leave the school at 12:40 and will be picked up at 2:40.  We should be back at the school just prior to the bell.
  • HUGE thank you to the families of Lexie , Natalie, Brookie, Brooke, and Brennan who have graciously volunteered to drive for this grand adventure!  Much appreciated at this busy time of year!

 

Needed in a bag for swimming

Bathing suit

Towel

Brush (optional)

Goggles (optional)

Toque to put on head so head does not become gigantic icicle

 

Friday

  • ‘Dress Like Christmas’ Assembly, including choir performance and carols at 8:30!
  • Jumanji/Polar Express films from 10:30 to 11:30.

 

Christmas Snacks for movie

Muffins – Kylie

Muffins- Natalie

Fruit-  Rhyse & Brooke

Juice-  Lexie

Thanks so much to these families for supplying snacks for this event!

 

And finally…  It has been a stellar start to grade five and I have loved getting to know the children in this room. They are a super group!  I am feeling pretty blessed to be their teacher this year.  If I don’t get the opportunity to see you, have a warm and wonderful holiday season.  See you back at school on January 5th!

 

 

 

Week of November 17 – 21

Housekeeping Items and Reminders:

Report cards went home at the end of last week.  Students spent some time engaged in reflection on their own learning and ‘writing their own report card’ before taking a sneak peek at their actual report card on Friday morning. Students will then be asked to explore and compare the marks they were given and identify areas of which they are proud and areas they wish to focus on as they set goals for next term.

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences:

Conference Manager is open for booking until Thursday, November 20th.  If you haven’t already signed up for a conference time, please follow this link to do so:

https://mikemountain.schoolsoft.ca

I look forward to meeting with parents and students to celebrate learning and set goals for the rest of our year together!

Hot lunch will be taking place this Wednesday!

There will be no school on Thursday afternoon or Friday morning

La fete de Sainte Catherine:
A special guest, our district’s French language liaison, Madame Hawkins, will be joining us on Tuesday, November 25th to explain the festivities surrounding la fete de Sainte Catherine and we are looking forward to all the gooey fun! If you have a passion for making candy (or not:) and are available that afternoon, please let me know, we can use your help and we’d love to have you! Your scholar may also be volunteering to bring in an ingredient or some of the equipment needed; we ask that all items be at school on or before that day and that they be labeled so that we can get them all back to their owners (and in the case of the food items, if we don’t use it, we’ll send it back!) Merci beaucoup!

Sneak Peek at the Week:

Language Arts:

Students have begun the pre-writing stage of their autobiographies and may have some questions for you as they go through the process of collecting information about their past and present.  They may be asking about their time of birth and their birth weight and length.  They have also been encouraged to ask about funny baby stories.  After their pre-writing has been completed they will be composing three paragraphs.  One paragraph for each their past, present and future.  We will focus heavily on self-editing, peer-editing, and student-teacher editing to refine and polish our written work.  Beginning in early December, students will have the oppotunity to present their three paragraphs (or more if they chose) in a presentation.  They have been encouraged to start brainstorming.  Need ideas?  Check out the 100 Ways to Present sheet that will be sent home early this week!  Also, there may be some cools links and ideas under the L.A. tab at the top of the blog.

Math:

Last week we focused on estimation skills using front-end rounding and compatible numbers to estimate differences.

For example, using front end rounding:

5 203 – 2 873 is about 5 000 – 3 000= 2 000.

To estimate 3 821 – 1 773 using compatible numbers:

3 821 is close to 3 773, so 3 773 – 1 773 = 2 000. (Or 1 773 is close to 1 821, so 3 821 – 1 821 = 2 000.

Check out the estimation lesson at
Math 5 Live

Students will be using these strategies to find sums and differences in order to check the reasonableness of their answers. (For example, Fred says he will only have 5 000 potatoes left if he starts with 9 000 and gives away 400. Is his answer reasonable? How do you know?)

 

Social Studies:

Last week we completed our very first ‘scavenger hunt!’ Not only are we learning very interesting information about the Atlantic Region of Canada, our scavenger hunts are teaching us great skills in skimming for information and looking for clues to find answers. Students are understanding the importance of using titles, headings and extra features in the margins of the book (i.e. Words Matter) to help guide their search as well as reading captions and interpreting graphs, charts and maps! This week students will set out in pairs to complete a scavenger hunt through the region!

It is official! Breezy the Beaver will be hitting the road this week!  We can’t wait to see where he travels to from the postcards he sends back!

Week of October 6 – 10

Housekeeping Items:

It is hard to believe that the first week of October is upon us!  This has been a busy, fun-filled first month.  These grade 5 scholars are proving to be kind, caring, and hard working!

The countdown is on to our Corn Maze field trip!  Thank-you to those parents who are able to drive students and lend a hand as our students get lost!  Students are enouraged to dress appropriately!  It may be chilly!

Reminders:

Wednesday, October 8th – Parent council meeting at 6:30 PM in the staff room – All are welcome!

Friday, October 10th – Corn Maze

Monday, October 13th – No school (Thanksgiving)

Tuesday, October 14th – No school (District learning day)

Peek at the Week

Language Arts

 In our review of strong reading strategies, we’ve already practised predicting (both before we read and while reading), visualizing what is happening as we read (creating pictures in our minds), and questioning.

It is clear we have some great ‘word explorers’ in our classroom, as many students conquered the ‘Top 100 words’ and then the ‘Top 16 Trouble Words’ test last week! Scholars will receive their tests back in class on Tuesday and individual students will be quizzed on the last few tricky words that are stumping them.

This week we will officially begin our autobiography unit in which students will have a variety of opportunities to express themselves.  We are starting off by capturing who we are right now and creating time capsules!  We are going to include lots of information about ourselves and then lock them up tight until next year.  We will then explore ways to express and describe ourselves over the next few weeks through two poetry writing activities – an acrostic poem and an autobiographical poem.  Also, expect your scholar to come home this weekend with a family tree homework assignment due next Wednesday when we return to school.

Math

We are looking forward to introducing probability through a variety of experiments this week. Students will be using words such as impossible, possible,and certain, to describe the likelihood of a single outcome and words such as less likely, equally likely, and more likely to compare the likelihood of two possible outcomes occurring.

Feel free to explore probability from home using the following links:

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-3/certain-probable-unlikely-and-impossible

http://www.kidsmathgamesonline.com/numbers/probability.html

http://www.mathplayground.com/probability.html

http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/chances/

How are the math facts study going at home?  I am encouraging students to focus specifically on multiplication with regular practises in the hopes of increasing a) accuracy and b) speed. Students are beginning to understand that accuracy is more important than speed and that with greater accuracy, speed will follow.  Students will be given a check-in quiz on Tuesday for their 0-6 times tables.  Then, we will be moving on to the eight times tables with a focus on halving and doubling.  For example:  8 x 6  I know that half of 8 is 4 and 4 x 6 = 24 so 8 x 6 is double 24 which is 48.

Social Studies

It is very clear that these little scholars have been familiarizing themselves with the location of Canada’s provinces and territories. This week we will focus on identifying the capital city of each province. Please encourage your scholar to prepare at home for a quiz on Thursday to make sure that they can do the following:

- Match the name of each province or territory with its capital city.  No word bank will be given, so you have to know the names from memory.

-  Know where each province and territory of Canada is located and be able to label them on a map of our country.

- Correctly spell the names of all of Canada’s provinces, territories, and capital cities.  Be sure to use capitalization where appropriate!

Week of September 22 – 26

Housekeeping Items

A Leadership Opportunity

As the oldest students in our school, the Grade fives have a number of opportunities to volunteer and lead.  This past week we began being student helpers in the classrooms of grade one and two students during the eating portion of the lunch break (our class does it on Tuesdays). Almost every student in grade five has stepped up for this opportunity, so we were forced to draw names to establish the first round of ‘helpers’.  A new round will take place after Christmas to give as many students the opportunity to participate. Student partners will go out for their regular lunch recess and then eat their lunches with their assigned grade one or grade two classes and be available to help in whatever way they can (opening packages, helping tidy etc.). Our classroom is full of wonderful leaders and the Grade one and two classes have expressed their appreciation!  What a great opportunity to help out the younger people in our school!

Grades 4 and 5 Hot Lunch – Wednesday, September 24th

* Just a reminder that hot lunch for Grades 1 – 3 students is the day before (September 23rd)

Terry Fox Walk – Friday, September 26th

We will be gathering together with Dr. Probe and Nicholas Sheran Schools on Friday, September 27th to walk in honour of a great Canadian, Terry Fox.  33 year ago, Terry Fox set out on his Marathon of Hope to run across Canada in an effort to raise $1 for every Canadian to put towards cancer research and awareness.  In keeping with the special spirit of Terry Fox and of our school, our goal is to collect $2 per student.  That is, a Toonie for Terry!  Terry Fox worked tirelessly running a marathon every day to earn money for cancer research and we are encouraging students to do a job or task to earn the money or to donate their own money if they choose.  Everyone is welcome to take part in our walk. Wear your school colors—blue and gold that day!  Details and pledge forms were sent home last week.

Crossings Branch Library Tour – Morning of Tuesday, September 30th

We will be walking from MMH to the Crossings Branch Library (located in the same building as Chinook High School).  Students will receive a tour of the facility, have the chance to explore the space, receive information about programs available for their age level, as well as have the chance to sign up for a library card.  Students who do not already have public library cards were given an application to fill out.  If your child is interested in getting a library card, please complete the application that was sent home and send it back to school with your child.  If you would like to join us on this library adventure, please let me know!

Corn Maze – Friday, October 10th

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How exciting!  We are going to tell our students to “get lost” when we take them to the Lethbridge Corn Maze!  Information will be sent out on Friday and students MUST return their signed permission slip in order to take part in this field trip.  This adventure wouldn’t be possible without parent volunteers.  If you are able to join us that morning, please let me know or send back the form included in the information sent home.  We look forward to having you along!

For more information, please visit www.lethbridgecornmaze.com

 

** Please note that district policy states that students may not ride in the front seat of a vehicle on a school field trip.  This includes vehicles in which the front air bag can be switched off.

Peek at the Week

Math

We continue to discuss first and second-hand data as we learn to interpret and create double bar graphs.  This week students will practice constructing double bar graphs and will prepare to demontrate their understanding of collecting and displaying data.  Your scholar should be able to:

  • Determine the attributes (title, axes, intervals, and legend) of a double bar graph
  • Represent a given set of data by creating a double bar graph, label the title and axes, and create a legend
  • Draw conclusions from a given double bar graph to answer questions
  • Solve a given problem by constructing and interpreting a double bar graph

Students have been learning card games to make practicing their basic facts at home.  If you have a deck of cards on hand at home you can declare addition or multiplication War on your scholar.  They will teach you how to play!  If enough family member are home, then you can play Salute!  On Friday we will complete our final baseline math fact assessment in the area of division.  By now, scholars should have a regular routine for practice at home.  Students will be challenged to improve their speed and accuracy over the coming months.

 

Language Arts

Students tackled the Top 100 Words Spelling Test this week and were very successful.  The Top 16 Trouble Words have been compiled and were sent home with scholars who are asked to prepare for another assessment on Tuesday.

In our Reader’s Workshop this week, students were challenged to complete a Book Treasure Hunt

We continue to focus on reading comprehension as we work our way through Number the Stars.  Encourage your young reader to practice these strategies during their at home reading routine.

Predicting

Before reading – I preview the front and back cover. I study the illustrations and headings. I make predictions using clues from the text.

During reading – I stop and use clues from the reading to make more predictions or to change my predictions.

After reading – I check my predictions to see if they came about in the text.

Visualizing

In my mind I see…

This setting looks like…

The characters look like…

I can describe the pictures I create in my head using words and pictures…

Social Studies

Before we take off on our trip across Canada, there are a few questions we will be exploring and reviewing this week:
What does Canada look like?
How many provinces and territories does it have? What are they? Where are they located?
Which bodies of water should we be familiar with before we take off?
Mapping Canada will be our focus this week and next, students will want to check out these neat links to get in some extra practice before the provinces and territories and their capitals quiz in the upcoming weeks.

CG Kids: Map it Canada

Your Child Learns:  Canada Map Puzzle
Take this quiz when you think you are ready:  Canada Quiz

September 15 – 19

What an incredible start to the school year!  It is hard to believe that we entering our third week!

Housekeeping

Items:

Just over a week ago, an envelope containing information about immunizations was sent home. Thank-you for getting these back to us so quickly!  If your child’s consent form has not been received, our school’s health nurse, Sheena Watson, will be in touch soon.  Please contact the Health Unit should you have any questions.
 Upcoming Dates:
Blue and Gold Assembly – September 22nd at 8:30
Grade 4 & 5 Hot Lunch – September 24th
Terry Fox Walk – September 26th

Sneak Peek at

the Week:

Language Arts

 As an introduction to our autobiography unit, we will be studying the life of Terry Fox.  There are a variety of links that can be found under the heading, Language Arts Links, for you to check out and learn more about one of the greatest Canadians!

This week students will receive their Top 100 Words spelling list with a test on Thursday! The trick to success? Understanding what homophones are! Homophones are words that sound the same as one or more other words but are different in meaning and sometimes spelling. Our 100 most commonly used words includes many homophones. Students will receive a helpful hints sheet demystifying their, there, and they’re; two, to, and too; your and you’re; and its and it’s. Our aim is mastery of even these most trickiest of words!

We will be reviewing the following reading comprehension strategies as we work our way through Number the Stars.  You can encourage your child to use these strategies when they are reading at home!

Predicting

Before reading – I preview the front and back cover. I study the illustrations and headings. I make predictions using clues from the text.

During reading – I stop and use clues from the reading to make more predictions or to change my predictions.

After reading – I check my predictions to see if they came about in the text.

Visualizing

In my mind I see…

This setting looks like…

The characters look like…

I can describe the pictures I create in my head using words and pictures…

Questioning

Questioning is linked to predicting. If the prediction is, “The group will accept Mary as a new friend,” the related question would be, “Will the group accept Mary as a friend?” Like predicting, questioning makes you more aware of the details that follow.

What if…

I wonder…

What does ______ mean?

This week we will be focusing on connecting:

Making connections between what I am reading and…

…something in my own life experience.

…another story or text I have seen before.

…something that has happened or is happening in the world.

 We will also be continuing to work on reviewing cursive writing.

Math:

Last week we learned all about first and second-hand data. This week students will learn to  interepret and construct double bar graphs and will prepare to demontrate their understanding of collecting and displaying data. Your scholar should be able to:

  • Determine the attributes (title, axes, intervals, and legend) of a double bar graph
  • Represent a given set of data by creating a double bar graph, label the title and axes, and create a legend
  • Draw conclusions from a given double bar graph to answer questions
  • Solve a given problem by constructing and interpreting a double bar graph

We have started tackling some strategies for quick recall of addition and subtraction basic facts. By now, scholars should have a regular routine for practice at home. Students will be challenged to improve their speed and accuracy through this first reporting period.

Over the next few weeks we are going to be taking a closer look at multiplication facts.  You can help out your scholar by encouraging nightly practice at home, and may wish to check out the math sites available on this blog (click on Math tab above) in preparation. As was discussed in class last week, if these facts are quick, we knock down obstacles (or hurdles) to learning new math concepts all year long!

Social Studies:

Students did an excellent job of presenting their ‘Special Place in Canada’.   It is clear that these scholars know the importance of taking time to prepare!
Before we take off on our trip across Canada, there are a few questions we will be exploring and reviewing this week:
What does Canada look like?
How many provinces and territories does it have? What are they? Where are they located?
Which bodies of water should we be familiar with before we take off?
Mapping Canada will be our focus this week, students will want to check out these neat links to get in some extra practice before the provinces and territories and their capitals quiz this Thursday:

CG Kids: Map it Canada

Your Child Learns:  Canada Map Puzzle
Take this quiz when you think you are ready:  Canada Quiz

This promises to be a fun and busy week!  If you have any questions at all, please email me @ megan.peeke-vout@lethsd.ab.ca

Week of September 8th – 12th

What an amazing kick off to Grade 5!  It has been a pleasure getting to know this year’s Grade 5 crew!  Our classroom family is proving to be a kind and caring group of individuals who are all ready and eager to try their best and have fun learning!

 

Parent Council Meeting – Wednesday, September 10 beginning at 6:30

Our school council has asked for a parent representative from each classroom. We have yet to name that person, so if you are interested in committing one evening per month to attend the meetings with the option of further involvement in their activities, please let me know as soon as possible. We are incredibly grateful to anyone who is willing and able to take the time to get involved!

Meet the Teacher Night – Thursday, September 11th from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

I look forward to meeting the families of my students!

School Newsletter:

Our office staff have sent out the MMH school newsletter via email. If you have not received it yet, please contact our office personnel: 403-381-2211. It is also available on our website: http://mmh.lethsd.ab.ca/Pages/Newsletter.aspx

Classroom Newsletter:

September newsletter

Technology in the Classroom:

Students will have the opportunity to use technology in the classroom!  The district has laid out a specific set of guidelines that students must follow in order to have the privilege of using this technology – please click the link below to review the guidelines!

MMH Laptop Student Page

AB Health Consent Forms:

Immunization consent forms were sent home last week and are due back Friday.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me and I will put you in touch with our school’s health nurse, Sheena Watson.

Important Upcoming Dates:
Tuesday, September 23rd: Blue and Gold Spirit Assembly – wear those school colours!
Friday September 27th: Annual Terry Fox Walk

PEEK AT THE WEEK

Language Arts:

What do good readers do? Students will focus on this question and begin sharpening effective reading comprehension strategies this week as we dive into our first novel: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Number the Stars Book Trailer

Word Study:
*Top 100 words: We will begin our year with mastering the spelling of the most commonly used words. The Reading Teachers Book of Lists claims that the first 25 words of this list make up about one-third of all printed material in English, and that these 100 make up about one-half of all written material. It is essential that students know how to spell these words; therefore a test will be given weekly in September (and October?) in an attempt to get as many students to master the words as soon as possible. Once a student scores 100%, he/she will not be required to retake the test and will have free time while others continue working toward mastering the words. Our first attempt will be the week of September 15th – 19th (yes, ALL 100!).
I’ve added the list (in two parts) to Spelling City. Check out the link below to start practicing:

Handwriting:
I would like to applaud students for giving their best efforts to handwrite their work, keep it up! We plan to begin a more structured practise of our handwriting program this week.  There are a number of reasons we teach cursive writing to our students.  Handwriting helps students develop their fine motor skills, it is efficient, and it allows students to begin to find their style of writing.

Math:

We will jump into our first math unit: Statistics and Probability this week. By the end of the week your scholar should be able to:

  • explain the difference between first-hand and second-hand data
  • formulate a question that can best be answered using first-hand data, and explain why
  • formulate a question that can best be answered using second-hand data, and explain why
  • identify examples of second-hand data in print and electronic media
  • determine the attributes (title, axes, intervals and legend) of double bar graphs and draw conclusions from a given double bar graph to answer questions

We will end every week with a focus on mental math strategies and math facts.   These will be known as Fact Fridays!

This Friday students will complete basic math fact assessments in addition and subtraction.  This is meant to have students evaluate where they are at in memorizing their facts so they can begin setting up an effective math fact practice routine.  Next Friday there will be a multiplication and division fact assessment.

Students are encouraged to practice their basic facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) at home as regularly as possible.  They may wish to check out the math sites available on this blog (click on Math Links tab to the right) in preparation (of course any other way of practicing, i.e. flashcards, competition with parents and siblings, games etc are also great).

Social Studies:

We welcome intern teacher, Mrs. Nicole Garlock, into our Grade 5 family to teach social studies from September until December.
We will open our study of Canada by finding out what students already know about our great country…and the world! Students will also be preparing for and giving a 1-minute presentation of ‘My Special Place in Canada’. Though we will review expectations for the presentation in class, I’ve included the guidelines here in order to help students get set for success.
Guidelines for informal oral presentation:

1) Pick any location in Canada. It may be a spot you’ve visited, somewhere a relative or special friend lives or a place to which you would like to travel someday.

2) Be prepared to:
a) name the place,
b) locate it on the big map of Canada and
c) explain why it is special to you!

3) You may choose to enhance your one minute presentation with a picture or other souvenir/significant object.
 

Welcome to Grade 5

Communication regarding classroom activities, events, and subject matter will take place primarily through this blog which will be updated weekly.  Students are encouraged to explore the links found on our classroom blog to help extend and enhance their learning.  You may want to make checking the blog a part of your Sunday evening or Monday morning routine to get an idea of what is coming up for the week.
This is shaping up to be an amazing year with students who are already proving to be eager, hard-working, kind, and fun!  I am looking forward to working with you and your children to have a successful school year!
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at:  megan.peeke-vout@lethsd.ab.ca