In this week’s Parsha we were learning with the students about the power of words and what “Lashon hara” can do. For the parsha activity students were writing good things about their classmates, then they shared how they felt when someone said a good thing about them. We all agreed that “Lashon hara” has the opposite effect.
We should always think before we speak and not to use “lashon hara”, it can hurt somebody’s feelings.
What a great activity to finish the week with:)
Innovation Day will look a little differently this year. Without being able to physically welcome you into our classroom, we would like to virtually invite you in!
Students have been working through the Design Thinking process to learn about renewable energy sources and develop a plan for a community space that is inclusive, safe, and takes into account the various gatherings that would normally take place inside, that no longer can because of COVID-19. The challenge is to DREAM BIG! How can we bring electricity to community spaces through renewable energy sources to deal with the ever-growing desire to gather (socially-distanced) outside? See how we worked through this here.
We can’t wait to share what we’ve come up with!
Please mark your calendars and join us for an afternoon of Innovation!!
March 24, 2021 at 2:00 pm
5A – Join here
5B – Join here
We will be finishing up our Algebra and Patterning unit this week and as always, students are given ample time and preparation to revise and get ready for the end of unit test on Thursday, March 11.
Here are some review videos of all the concepts we have learned for this unit:
* This video has two examples with exponents. You DO NOT need to know exponents. Watch the first two examples until 2:10
Solving Equations (Balancing)
* This video has one example at the end with negative numbers. You DO NOT need to know this. We are only using whole numbers. Watch the first three examples until 4:15
Writing Equations from Word Problems
Students are encouraged to use IXL algebra and patterning recommendations and assigned tasks from Miss Mellenthin and Mrs. Thompson, alongside paper practise. Here are the worksheets to print if you prefer paper copies (5B have copies in their bags):
- Simplifying expressions
- The balancing act
- Find the value (1 step)
- Graphing Inequalities
- Word Problems
To help you study at home, here is a study planner, as well as tips for how to study!
Early next week we will also be sharing a full review package.
As always, there will be check-in sessions in class with the teacher and peer mentoring opportunities. If you need to reach out, please do not hesitate!
Miss Mellenthin and Mrs Thompson
Even before COVID-19, we’ve been living in a world where social media plays a large role in the way we communicate – for our children too! With lockdowns, school closures, and the need to physically distance, many of us have increased the amount of time we spend online, as a family and as individuals. With this has also come concerns around the amount of screen time for our children, and how to best support them as they navigate an increasingly online world. Jesse Mille of Mediated Reality, is a national social media awareness expert, and he will be holding a parent information evening on Monday, March 1st at 7:30 pm to address parental fears and minimize stress around screen time, discuss perceptions around technology addiction, and answer all your questions.
This is a workshop that shouldn’t be missed! Mr. Miller will also be speaking to our students (4-8) during the day on March 1st, so the evening is encouraged for parents only.
Please register here for this incredible event, or click the link in the flyer below.
February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), In Grade 5, we spend lots of time throughout the whole year talking about acceptance and inclusion, not just now. However, a reminder is always a good thing.
While we will be spending time doing activities throughout the month in school, one additional innitiative is the Youth Leadership Award Challenge. Students are encouraged to work on their own, with siblings or with friends to come up with an idea for how to create inclusive programs, spaces, or virtual spaces in our community for people of all abilities. We have begun brainstoming in class, but all students are encouraged to participate in this important event. Please see the poster below for all the details.
Good morning and welcome back to in-person learning! It was so wonderful to see the students today, not just their heads with cool backgrounds, or minion avatars 😉
Today we will be launching our final Science task for our Matter unit, which will be an integrated project with Language Arts. Students will be exploring some real-world examples of changes in matter, and how those changes can have both positive and negative implications for our environment.
This will be a chance for students to demonstrate their understanding of physical and chemical changes, research skills (including writing a bibliography), media literacy knowledge, and oral presentation skills. In addition to doing their own research, both classes will also be watching the documentary, David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet. If you have not yet seen this film (it’s on Netflix) I highly recommend it.
Although this will be an in-class assignment, please talk to your children about their work. Have a look at our slides and what is required of them. Over the next few weeks, here are some things you can discuss at the dinner table:
- What issue have you chosen to explore for your science project?
- What have you learned so far?
- Did you know that…. (and share some of your own knowledge with them)
- If you come across any articles that you think would be interesting to them, or our class, feel free to comment with the link below.