September 15 – 19

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



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!


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.


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 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.


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 @

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:

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


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:

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.


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: