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!
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
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
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
*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).
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.