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.

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.

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 🙂

November 11

Grade 5B – Neurographic Art

Morah Shira continues to work so hard behind the scenes, creating and sharing wonderfully diverse, Art lessons for teachers to deliver. In Grade 5, we have been experimenting with Neurographic Art (Please check out the Art blog to find out more or ask your child!) Here 5B are enjoying the mindful drawing. Their creations are simply beautiful! Next step, we added colour… Watch this space!



 

 

September 23

5B – A little peek into our learning so far…

Hello Grade 5B families,

Here is a little peek into our learning this week. From math problem solving to Wonder reading and comprehension, Genuis hour planning, and inquiry experiments into the Human Body, we have been busy!

Keep checking in both here and on your child’s personal blog as new posts continue to be shared!

Stay well,

MissM

September 23

5B – Back school night

Hello Grade 5B families,

Please see below the Grade 5B General studies video. This is the detailed, extended version of my recording which gives a little more information. The shorter version I will share tonight in our Back to School virtual meeting.

Please see the below slides document from Morah Ofra detailing the 5B Hebrew curriculum and protocols

Thank you and hopefully ‘see’ you tonight!

Miss Mellenthin and Morah Ofra

 

April 29

Coronavirus Virtual Time Capsule – Documenting History

There has been a lot of talk about how we are living through history these days. The things we document about our experiences learning and working from home will be read and analyzed by students and historians hundreds of years from now. Just as we learn about events and lives of people in the past, their journals, pictures and accounts help us better understand what life was like.

Many students have already taken the opportunity to write journals of their own, but last week we talked about the things we thought would be important to document and how.

Here’s a quick video of the collaborative brainstorm we did on Jamboards:

And our final image of all the suggestions:

Fortunately, we launched our student blogs this year, with this exact (well, almost exact) purpose in mind. We wanted to give students a platform where they could keep track of their thoughts, learning and experiences at this point in time. It will always live there, as a resource for them, and others, to look back at and learn from.

Taking all the suggestions from the students, and also being inspired by this post by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano, I created the following image for students to use as inspiration for documenting their experiences. I hope this will bring some fun and smiles into what we know is a less than ideal time.

 

April 22

Book Club – Home Edition!

peacefully readingAs you may or may not know, Ottawa is the 4th Canadian city I have lived in. And in each city, one of the first things I do is join a book club! In my opinion, there is little that is more enjoyable than sitting with friends, discussing a book. Knowing that I will be meeting with others to share my thoughts and opinions helps me focus in on different details and take notes on things I think are worth sharing.

Way back in January, we launched the first round of Book Clubs in our class. The feedback from students was just as I hoped it would be…THEY LOVED IT! As soon as we finished, many asked if we would be doing another round in term 3.

Well here we are, in term 3. However, things have changed a bit. Since we’re not in school and don’t have multiple copies of the same book to share, we are going to change things slightly and do an Any Book Book Club. For this term, students will get to choose any book they’d like to read. It could be a book they have at home that they’ve always wanted to read; it can be a book you order online that can be delivered in time (we will be having our first meeting on May 7, so there’s still some time to order); it can be an ebook that you download to your computer or tablet (the Ottawa Public Library has tons of ebooks and audiobooks that you can download for free! You can even get a temporary library card if you don’t already have one.)

The only rules are that it needs to be

  1. a book you’ve never read before, and
  2. a book that is both age and reading-level appropriate.

I have prepared individualized book lists with suggestions for each students’ reading levels that I will be sharing with them individually today. They do not need to choose a book from this list, but it’s a great resource in case you are looking for some suggestions. If students choose a book from home, I ask that they share the title with me to ensure it’s a good choice. Everyone needs to let me know what their book choice is by Monday, April 27th.

Each student will also get a copy of the slideshow below. They will be able to edit the slides directly to keep track of their work, and have the opportunity to collaborate with their peers in fun ways (I hope 😜)

Happy reading!

March 18

Reading Strategy – Connecting

According to Adrienne Gear, a proficient reader doesn’t just decode the words on the page, but they engage and interact with the text by:

  • making connections;
  • visualizing;
  • asking questions;
  • making inferences;
  • determining importance;
  • analyzing and synthesizing;
  • monitoring their comprehension;

Each week of our distance learning (and when we get back to school), we will be focusing on a new reading strategy. During DEAR time, you have an activity to complete once you’ve finished your minimum of 20 minutes of reading.

 

This week we are focusing on CONNECTING.

When we connect with a story, we’re able to make sense of what we’re reading because it brings up memories for us. We may think about people, places and feelings that we associate with those memories.

Comment below with a connection you made after watching this video.

March 6

Reminders for Next Week

Don’t forget that Book Club folders are due on Tuesday. 

Our Math test will be on Wednesday on addition and subtraction of whole numbers and decimals. More practice sheets will be coming home today – due on Monday

Students must complete their Innovation Day reflection post on their blog – due next Friday. Here is a checklist of everything that needs to be included. Check here for even more detailed instructions. 

The most exciting reminder for next week is that it is Ruach(Spirit) Week! Each day, students are invited to come to school in different costumes!

Monday: Crazy Hat/Hair Day (they should still wear their uniform, but wear a crazy hat or do their hair in a crazy way)

Tuesday: PURIM! Come dressed in your favourite costume

Wednesday: Class Theme Day (our class has chosen “Through the Decades” as our theme. Students should come dressed in any clothing from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s or 2000s)

Thursday: Favourite Book/TV/Movie character

Friday: Wear a pair-Bring a pair Pyjama Day (in addition to wearing our pyjamas to school, we are asking students to bring in NEW childrens’ pyjamas that will be donated to charity.

March 3

Homework – March 3 to March 9

  1. Innovation Day is on Thursday 🙂 You’re all welcome to join in our class from 8:45 – 9:25
  2. Book Club notebooks – all worksheets (only your job sheets and the extra class activities for each week) are due next Tuesday.
  3. Math Test on Wednesday March 11 on Addition and Subtraction of whole numbers and decimals. Students will be getting one review sheet (with a few questions) each night this week (starting tomorrow) to ensure they are ready for Wednesday.