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.

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January 13

Multiplication Facts

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

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 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.
    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!

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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.

 

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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 🙂

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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) 

Friday, September 23rd- Terry Fox Run (more information to follow) 

Friday, September 30th- Orange Shirt Day

June 3

Fraction Quiz- June 13th

Hello Grade 5 Families,
As we complete our section on fractions, we are looking to have a quiz on the material on Monday, June 13th.
Below are the lessons associated with the learning skills being tested. Students can also find the review worksheets for practice, which are located here.

Students can also do an escape room to practice! It can be found here.
The learning skills being tested are:
1. Adding fractions with like denominators
2. Subtracting fractions with like denominators
3. Multiplying fractions by whole numbers
4. Divide whole numbers by unit fractions
5. Reducing fractions to their simplest form using equivalent fractions
6. Convert between a mixed number and an improper fraction
Students are encouraged to practice problems on IXL, completing recommendations.
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April 25

Algebra Quiz: Monday, May 2nd

We will be having our end of unit algebra quiz on Monday, May 2nd. 

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, 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.

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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