April 24

# Algebra Quiz: Monday, May 1st

We will be having our algebra quiz on Monday, May 1st.

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, alongside paper practice. Here are the worksheets to print if you prefer paper copies:

To help you study at home, here is a study planner, as well as tips for how to study!

Students also received a study package to take home today. Students also have access to 6 lessons with examples and videos to review concepts. Students will receive an answer key to the study package on Thursday to make corrections.

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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January 30

# Long Division Quiz- Monday, February 6th

In the best of times, long division can be confusing. Therefore, there are a few choices in terms of how I 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 Monday, February 6th, 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 I recommend they do 2 – 3 each night. I 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 Monday. 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.

January 16

# Multiplication Quiz- Monday, January 23rd

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 Monday, January 23rd, 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:

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.

January 13

# Multiplication Facts

With a multiplication quiz on the horizon (more information shared on Monday), here are some thoughts and resources about multiplication.

Here are some strategies from the book 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!

December 6

# 2 Hours of Code!

We were so lucky to participate in 2 ‘Hour of Code’ workshops over the last two weeks. We worked with the kind folks from Accenture to go through some basic algorithms using block code.

Our second workshop, was led by Bryan L. Miller, Sr. Director of Global Strategic Outreach. He guided students through a mini-lesson on computer science, shared how the Blockly platform works with their Virtual Dash robot and did a mini activity.

November 25

# What’s Next?

Here is a glimpse into what the grade 5’s will be working on in Term 2 in General Studies!

Language Arts

-Finish Wonder

-Book Club (student choice in books, in class and homework)

-Story Elements (theme, setting, figurative language, dialogue)

-Short Stories (paragraphs, punctuating dialogue, plot, point of view)

-Reflecting on Writing

Math

Multiplication

– Facts 12 x 12 and 144/12

– 2-digit x 2-digit

– Divide 3-digit by 2-digit

– Variables as a term

– Multiply and divide decimals by powers of 10 (and decimals)

Financial Literacy

– (Identify) and describe money transfer between individuals, organizations and businesses

– Total cost with tax

– Design sample budgets to manage finances for various earning and spending scenarios

– Explain credit and debt and describe how financial decisions may be impacted by each

– Calculate unit rates for various goods and services to determine best value

– Describe different types of taxes collected by different levels of government, and explain how tox revenue is used to provide services in the community

Science

Matter and Energy

-Relating Science and Technology to Our Changing World

-Properties of and Changes in Matter

Relating Science and Technology in our Changing World

-Forces Acting on Structures

November 14

# Addition, Subtraction and Problem Solving

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 quiz on these skills on Monday, November 21st

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 quiz. We will be spending time in class reviewing the various components. Additionally, here are some things you can do at home:

Practice test, we will complete this practice in class on Wednesday, you can also do it at home!

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

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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October 24

# 5A and 5B Math Quiz- Monday, October 31st

We will be having our very first math quiz on October 31st for our Numeration Unit.

Before the quiz: Practice quiz tomorrow (Tuesday, October 25th- will be corrected and returned for review)

Below you will find the full outline and suggestions on how to study.

As you can see, there are various ways to study for this test:

• In this folder you will find a slew of practice worksheets organized by subject.
• EdPuzzle is a site we have been using in class that has video explanations and practice questions. This is another great resource for extra review and practice (login with your Google account)
•  IXL Math  has recommendations for the students and they are targeted to practice for the upcoming quiz (login with your Google account)

We recommend spending time practicing every night, even if you feel you completely confident. The more you practice, the better prepared you’ll be! We will be continuing to review in class as well, so don’t feel you need to hold your questions till Friday.

Happy studying 🙂

September 16

# Novel Study, Current Units and Upcoming Events

Next week we’ll be diving into our first novel study. We will be starting the year with a beautiful story of kindness and how it isn’t easy to step outside of our comfort zones. Wonder by R.J. Palacio is rich with themes such as anti-bullying and having compassion, acceptance, and empathy for others.

Students will use this book for both in class and homework activities over the next month. Our novel study will include discussions on chapter summaries and open ended questions, short quizzes, vocabulary, video journals and a variety of other activities. We will end the unit with a final creative project in which the students create their own interpretation of the novel. This will be a student directed project, giving the students ownership over their culminating task for this novel.

Other Information

Current Working Units:

Math: Number Sense

Science: Life Systems

Social Studies: Heritage and Identity: Interactions of Indigenous Peoples and Europeans prior to 1713, in what would eventually become Canada

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 21st 7:00 pm- Back to School Night (in person)