January 18

Book Club Launch

Today marks the launch of Book Clubs (or literature circles) in Grade 5. Last week, we book-talked 4 different books to the students:

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Holes by Louis Sachar

I am David by Anne Holm

After hearing a short description of each book, students fileld out a form and ranked the books they wanted to read. Based on their choices, we have divided them into 4 groups, all of them getting either their first or second choice of book to read.

Here’s how it will work:

Students will have 4 weeks to read their book. With their groups, they’ll decided on weekly reading goals. Each week, in addition to reading, they will also have a “job” to prepare for their group discussion. These will be based on the section they read that week. This is all to be done AT HOME as homework. Other than meeting discussions, students will not have class time to work on this.

As an example, their schedule may look something like the one below. As you can see from this picture, the top schedule outlines what everyone in the group is doing and when. The bottom chart is each student’s INDIVIDUAL schedule that says what they need to read, and what job they need to complete. They only need to complete the sheet in their folder that matches the job they are doing that week. So in week 1, as the Figurative Language Finder, I would only need to fill out the sheet titled – Week 1 – Figurative Language Finder. If they are unsure how to complete their job, students can refer back to the first pages of the package where the requirements are explained in detail. The other Week 1 sheets will be completed in class when we meet in groups for discussion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a digital copy of the package they already received when you picked up their science kits.

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Book Club will take place every Monday, so it is important that students bring their books and duotangs, with all their work completed, for Monday’s class for the next 4 weeks.

Happy Reading 🙂

December 9

Long Division – Math Quiz

We mentioned the new Math curriculum when discussing memorizing multiplication facts. Another new section within this unit is that students are now required to learn 3-digit by 2-digit division. In the past, learning 3-digit by 1-digit division was a new skill. Therefore, with this change, there’s a bit of a gap with the progression of learning, and our students need to learn both 3-digit by 1-digit division AND 3-digit by 2-digit division.

In the best of times, long division can be confusing. Therefore, we have made a few choices in terms of how we will be teaching and assessing this skill this term.

  1. Students have learned 2 different long division strategies — standard algorithm and division with repeated multiplication (see videos below). They have the choice to use whichever strategy they are most comfortable with.
  2. For our quiz on Tuesday December 15, students will also have the choice of which skill they demonstrate their understanding of. The truth is, that if you know how to do long division for 3-digit by 1-digit numbers, you likely will be able to do 3-digit by 2-digit as well. But we understand that it can feel overwhelming and tricky, and that’s the last thing we want to induce! Therefore, there will be 2 quizzes for students to choose from. Quiz A will focus on 3-digit by 1-digit division. Quiz B will focus on 3-digit by 2-digit division. Throughout the term, students who choose to do quiz A will have other opportunities to practice and demonstrate their mastery of 3-digit by 2-digit division.

To help review for this quiz, students already chose a practice worksheet to bring home as part of their homework this week. There are 9 questions in all, and we recommend they do 2 – 3 each night. We have also been checking in one-on-one with each student throughout the week to help them make the best choice as to which quiz they will be completing next Tuesday. This is a great step in independence and owning their own learning.

If you would like to see some of the strategies we have been learning, please watch the following videos. Students can also access extra practice worksheets here, and use IXL as a study tool.

3-digit by 1-digit Standard Algorithm

3-digit by 1-digit Repeated Multiplication

Checking Division with Multiplication

3-digit by 2-digit Standard Algorithm

3-digit by 2-digit Repeated Multiplication

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December 1

Scholastic Book Fair – Get Your Read On!

Even COVID can’t stop our love for reading and the Scholastic Book Fair! The only thing it will stop is us having the fair in person…and perhaps a few less cat posters and ice cream erasers purchases 😜

This year, our Scholastic Book Fair will be held completely virtually. To access the sale, please click here. You will find hundreds of books to choose from, and we are always happy to help make recommendations for your child.

Enjoy!

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November 30

Blogging Bingo Challenge

Every year, students participate in a Blogging Bingo challenge to inspire them to write on their blogfolios more often. Right now, all students posts things to their blogfolios that their teachers ask them to; some students independently write posts of their choosing; and some students want to write more but don’t know what to write.

In an effort to inspire and spark creativity while also building new tech and media literacy skills, we have created this Blogging Bingo Challenge.

Students can work on this challenge throughout the whole year. There are some rules, though….obviously!

  1. All posts must follow our guidelines of what makes a quality post in order to be counted towards the challenge
  2. All comments must follow the guidelines of what make a quality comment
  3. Writing and drawings cannot be rushed just to complete the task

And for added incentive, here are the prizes!

5 posts – free Gotcha!

10 posts – Homework Pass or Teacher for the Period

Whole board – Chapters Gift Card]

Happy Blogging!

November 24

Math Quiz – 2-digit by 2-digit Multiplication

Over the last few weeks the students have been working hard on mastering the Standard Algorithm for multiplication. We will be having a short quiz on Tuesday, December 1, as a check-in before moving on to long division.

Here are some of the strategies we’ve been practicing so far that students have found helpful:

 

Using a sheet of paper to cover the number in the 10s place of the bottom number (multiplier) has also been helpful in reducing confusion as they multiply the top number (multiplicand).

Every student received a review package in their homework this week. They can also access MANY review worksheets here.  IXL continues to be a great place for review, and tasks specifically related to multiplication have been assigned.

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November 9

The Facts About Multiplication Facts

As some of you may know, Ontario released a new math curriculum in 2020. There are a few new strands, such as financial literacy and coding, but one major philosophical change is the requirement for students to memorize their multiplication facts. In grade 5, students are required to learn their facts up to 12 x 12.

I have written about memorizing facts before, and have participated in workshops on online webinars to learn other strategies for helping students learn their facts. I personally believe that there is a balance between memorizing and learning the “why” of multiplication. I don’t believe it’s an all or nothing, you just know them or you don’t, kind of thing. There may be some facts that come more easily, and others that are more difficult. Using strategies to make those more difficult ones make sense seems so much more beneficial than simply just memorizing it.

With all that being said, the one common strategy, whether you are learning or memorizing, is practice! Talk about multiplication, think about multiplication, practice multiplication, make it a part of your daily routine, and it will get easier! Therefore, over the next number of weeks, in addition to reading daily, students will be required to practice their multiplication facts until they are mastered. Some may already be there, some may need until the end of the year. Either way is perfect! Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery whenever they are ready, fact by fact.

Think About Multiplication

I highly recommend watching this webinar (it’s about an hour long) for some ideas about how you can talk about the facts to help your child learn those trickier ones.

Read About Multiplication

Here are some strategies from a book I got at the Scholastic Book Fair two years ago, Math Hacks by Vanessa Vakharia (if you follow the link, there are some suggestions for online sites and games for practice)

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Practice Multiplication

  1. Make Flashcards. This is much better than buying them premade! Writing the facts down is in itself a form of practice. Students can cut the cards, write the multiplication sentence on one side, and the answer on the back.
  2. Math rap songs. For our auditory learners, listening to songs about multiplication and adding a beat to it can be helpful. Students can learn all the newest pop songs by heart…why not their multiplication facts? YouTube has tons of options. You just need to find the one that appeals to you. Here’s a site with 30 fun ideas that play on your musical, artistic, or kinesthetic learning style.
  3. Online multiplication practice. These are a few suggestions but there are TONS to choose from.
    1. https://www.multiplication.com/quiz/multiplication-self-correcting-quizzes
    2. https://www.multiplication.com/games/play/quick-flash-ii
    3. https://www.timestables.com/
    4. https://www.coolmath4kids.com/quizzes/multiplication
    5. https://webmathminute.com/online
  4. Printed practice sheets. I have heaps of practice sheets that students can take home.
  5. Find tricks to help you remember your facts.
  6. Mrs. Cleveland has also created a list on her math blog, to many different useful math practice sites, not only just for multiplication.
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If you have any questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you! Happy multiplying!