November 1

# Wonder Homework Due Friday, November 5th

Literacy Homework for this week:

Activity 2: Choice Board for Part 1: Second Half of Part 1 August (Chapter 15-31/ Pages 41-80)

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October 18

# October 18th- Wonder Homework

Please answer the following questions on Google Docs or on paper. Make sure to answer in full sentences. Watch out for proper punctuation, spelling and grammar.

Due: Friday, October 22nd

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October 5

# Homework Due Friday, October 8th

Wonder question and answer choice board.

All questions should be answered in full sentences.

Due online or in person on Friday, October 8th.

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:

##### 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 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

##### 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!

M=a+t+h

Miss Mellenthin and Mrs Thompson

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.

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.
4. Printed practice sheets. I have heaps of practice sheets that students can take home.
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.

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!

October 19

# Science Quiz – Thursday October 29

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!