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!

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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!

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Miss Mellenthin and Mrs Thompson

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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 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!

November 3

5A Homework

Last week the students were working on comprehension questions for the first section of Wonder. For homework, they need to finish these questions and the vocabulary section at the end. Some have typed their responses, some have written them on paper. Both are acceptable.

Here are the questions, just in case.

 

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October 28

Addition, Subtraction and Problem Solving…Oh My!

It’s never a bad thing to continue practicing your addition and subtraction. This year, we’ve added decimals to the mix, and have been practicing using both operations in multi-step problem solving.

We will be having a math test on these skills on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • estimating sums and differences (whole numbers and decimals)
  • calculating sums and differences (whole numbers and decimals)
  • multi-step problem solving

There are many ways to review for this test. We will be spending time in class reviewing the various components. Additionally, here are some things you can do at home:

* Practice test, which was in your homework package this week.

* IXL Math  – your teacher has assigned some focus skills to practice

* EdPuzzle – your teacher has shared some video tutorials for review

* Practice Worksheets – you will find many different worksheets here to help you review

 

It’s always a good strategy to make a study schedule for yourself. This past week you were given a schedule to help you study for your science quiz. Here is a blank schedule. Can you fill it out for yourself? Think about any extra-curricular activities you have, family commitments, or special events and plan out your study schedule from now until the day of the test.

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Good luck!

 

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October 19

Science Quiz – Thursday October 29

Good afternoon Grade 5!

As you will find in your homework folder this week, we will be having a science quiz next Thursday on the three systems we have learned thus far: Digestive System, Respiratory System, and Circulatory System.

There is a lot of information to review, which is why we wanted to give you as much time to study for this as possible. Fortunately, we have made a sample schedule with suggested review activities to help you organize your time from now until next Thursday.

Here is the digital version of the quiz outline and study guide. Add in the dates that work for your schedule and check them off as you’re done!

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Happy Studying

 

September 29

Homework Update!

Hello, Grade 5 students and families,

Now that we have settled (almost!) into our new normal, homework will commence this week. Students will be coming home today with their first homework assignments in their new homework folders. (If you are learning from home, it will be shared with you digitally.)

At the beginning of each week, we will send home your homework folder. Inside you will find various activities related to concepts we are learning in school, reviewing skills, and providing additional practice. These activities will be personalized, so what you find in one folder may not be the same as someone else’s.

There will be some similarities, though. Each student will receive a  reading log for you to keep track of at home Hebrew, English, and French reading (It is expected that students read for a minimum of 20 minutes total each night in one language or a combination. These 20 minutes are not counted towards homework minutes, according to our homework policy). If you need some help finding ‘Just Right’ books, here’s a list of books we recommend for Grade 5. Additionally, you can use the Library portal to search for books, and place them on hold to be delivered by Brigitte. Here’s a whole post explaining how the library will work this year.

Depending on what we are seeing in students’ writing, we may send home targeted spelling, grammar or punctuation practice, to develop specific skills. We have included a COPS Checklist, as all written work should be edited before being considered complete.

Students will also receive a Problem of the Week. These are meant to be challenging! But, as was mentioned at Back to School Night, they should not be so challenging that they lead to tears and frustration. If this happens, simply put the problem aside, and let your teacher know. We will adjust the level for the following week so that thinking is required, but a solution is achievable.

Finally, there will also be a math skills practice specific to our in-class learning which will help towards our weekly math skills quiz/exit tickets every Friday.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out!

Miss M and Mrs. Thompson

 

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September 21

Oh, Canada! Mapping Quiz October 2

Can you name all the provinces and territories, place them on the map, and identify their capital city?

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For our first unit in Social Studies, we will be learning about the Canadian Government, the various levels of government, their roles and responsibilities, and what role Canadian citizens play in all of this. To begin though, it’s important that we understand WHERE all these things are happening.

We will therefore have our first mapping quiz on Friday, October 2. All the information you will need can be found here, in our study guide. You’ll find study tips, practice sites and all the information you’ll need for the quiz. If you have any questions though, don’t hesitate to ask!

– Mrs. Thompson globe