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:
* 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)
* 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):
- Simplifying expressions
- The balancing act
- Find the value (1 step)
- Graphing Inequalities
- Word Problems
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!
Miss Mellenthin and Mrs Thompson
This afternoon students in 5B started the new math coding unit using code.org. They were engaged and collaborating with one another, helping each other reach new levels in problem-solving in Minecraft.
Another student took the time to present his completed self-built and coded (using youtube tutorials) moving robot. This was part of our Genius Hour project time.
We mentioned the new Math curriculum when discussing memorizing multiplication facts. Another new section within this unit is that students are now required to learn 3-digit by 2-digit division. In the past, learning 3-digit by 1-digit division was a new skill. Therefore, with this change, there’s a bit of a gap with the progression of learning, and our students need to learn both 3-digit by 1-digit division AND 3-digit by 2-digit division.
In the best of times, long division can be confusing. Therefore, we have made a few choices in terms of how we will be teaching and assessing this skill this term.
- 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.
- For our quiz on Tuesday December 15, 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 we recommend they do 2 – 3 each night. We 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 Tuesday. 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.
3-digit by 1-digit Standard Algorithm
3-digit by 1-digit Repeated Multiplication
Checking Division with Multiplication
3-digit by 2-digit Standard Algorithm
3-digit by 2-digit Repeated Multiplication
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 Tuesday, December 1, 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:
Using a sheet of paper to cover the number in the 10s place of the bottom number (multiplier) has also been helpful in reducing confusion as they multiply the top number (multiplicand).
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.
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)
- 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.
- 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.
- Online multiplication practice. These are a few suggestions but there are TONS to choose from.
- Printed practice sheets. I have heaps of practice sheets that students can take home.
- Find tricks to help you remember your facts.
- Mrs. Cleveland has also created a list on her math blog, to many different useful math practice sites, not only just for multiplication.
If you have any questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you! Happy multiplying!
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.
We will be having our very first math test on October 13 for our Numeration Unit.
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:
- This week’s homework has a full review package. Students should complete this package for homework and come to school on Friday with any questions they may have.
- In this folder you will find a slew of practice worksheets organized by subject. In the main folder there are even more mixed reviews that you can practice with.
- 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)
- Students will be introduced to IXL Math, which is an adaptive online program we will be pivoting to use more regularly, and will be assigned targeted practice for the upcoming test (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 🙂
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!
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