June 2

How do structures withstand natural forces?

Grade 5 have been learning about natural forces and structures. In this week’s final experiment, students designed and built a structure and then simulated a ‘natural’ force… in their home! It was an afternoon of trial and error, tearing down and rebuilding and many, many video calls in the bathroom – who knew that tsunamis and flash flooding could erupt from a bathtub and shower cubicle! All in all, it was a hilarious afternoon that put a smile on all of our faces!

(My personal favourite was the simulation hail storm…using golf balls!)

Go check out the Lab reports on the students’ blogs showing each individual experiment.

 

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May 31

Grade 4 & 5 Family Night In

You are invited to Family Night In taking place on June 15th, from 6:30 – 8:30pm. 
The evening will feature guest speaker, Ari Rubenstein, who will share his experiences being deployed to various countries around the world for catastrophes (hurricanes, COVID-19, etc.).
We will also have a talent show, where students, on their own or with their families, can share their amazing hidden talents!  You may see talents from OJCS staff as well, tune in to see! Bonus…anyone who participates in the talent show gets an extra entry into the raffle!
SIGN UP HERE for the Talent Show.
This year, we will be raising money for ‘Kids in Camp’. Please consider making a donation here.
Please RSVP to m.dobbin@theojcs.ca by June 7th.  
 
Looking forward to seeing you there!
May 3

Math Upcoming Fractions Test

Hello, Grade 5 Families,
As we complete our section on fractions, we are looking to have a test on the material on Tuesday, May 11. Given that we are learning online right now, we will be completing a different style of a test than usual… an escape room! The escape room will be available on Google Forms and administered during class while Miss M., Ms. Michelle, and Mr. Kom will be available to answer questions. Students will be asked to answer the questions to solve the room. There will be class time given this week for review and answering questions. The review worksheets for practice will be provided for students to practice the necessary skills, which are located here.
The learning skills being tested are:
1. Adding fractions with like denominators
2. Subtracting fractions with like denominators
3. Multiplying fractions by whole numbers
4. Divide whole numbers by unit fractions
5. Reducing fractions to their simplest form using equivalent fractions
6. Convert between a mixed number and an improper fraction
Students are encouraged to practice problems on IXL, completing recommendations by Miss Mellenthin and Ms. Michelle.
We look forward to escaping the fraction factory with you!
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March 15

Innovation Day 2021!

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

 

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March 1

Math Test – Algebra – Thursday, March 11th

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:

Vocabulary Review

Evaluating Expressions

* 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)

Reading Inequalities

Solving Inequalities

* 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

Graphing Inequalities

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):

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!

M=a+t+h

Miss Mellenthin and Mrs Thompson

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February 22

Parent Evening Event – Safely Navigating the Online World

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 9

Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month

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.

 

February 1

What’s the ‘Matter’ in our World?

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.