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!
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
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.
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:
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.
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!