March 15

Innovation Day 2021!

Innovation Day will look a little differently this year. Without being able to physically welcome you into our classroom, we would like to virtually invite you in!

Students have been working through the Design Thinking process to learn about renewable energy sources and develop a plan for a community space that is inclusive, safe, and takes into account the various gatherings that would normally take place inside, that no longer can because of COVID-19. The challenge is to DREAM BIG! How can we bring electricity to community spaces through renewable energy sources to deal with the ever-growing desire to gather (socially-distanced) outside? See how we worked through this here.

We can’t wait to share what we’ve come up with!

Please mark your calendars and join us for an afternoon of Innovation!!

March 24, 2021 at 2:00 pm

5A – Join here

5B – Join here


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February 1

What’s the ‘Matter’ in our World?

Good morning and welcome back to in-person learning! It was so wonderful to see the students today, not just their heads with cool backgrounds, or minion avatars 馃槈

Today we will be launching our final Science task for our Matter unit, which will be an integrated project with Language Arts. Students will be exploring some real-world examples of changes in matter, and how those changes can have both positive and negative implications for our environment.

This will be a chance for students to demonstrate their understanding of physical and chemical changes, research skills (including writing a bibliography), media literacy knowledge, and oral presentation skills. In addition to doing their own research, both classes will also be watching the documentary, David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet.聽If you have not yet seen this film (it’s on Netflix) I聽highly recommend it.

Although this will be an in-class assignment, please talk to your children about their work. Have a look at our slides and what is required of them. Over the next few weeks, here are some things you can discuss at the dinner table:

  • What issue have you chosen to explore for your science project?
  • What have you learned so far?
  • Did you know that…. (and share some of your own knowledge with them)
  • If you come across any articles that you think would be interesting to them, or our class, feel free to comment with the link below.

January 6

An afternoon of coding with 5B

This afternoon students in 5B started the new math coding unit using 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.


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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!

Happy Studying


September 23

5B – A little peek into our learning so far…

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!

Stay well,


September 23

5B – Back school night

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


March 6

Reminders for Next Week

Don’t forget that Book Club folders are due on Tuesday.聽

Our Math test will be on Wednesday on addition and subtraction of whole numbers and decimals. More practice sheets will be coming home today – due on Monday

Students must complete their Innovation Day reflection post on their blog – due next Friday. Here is a checklist of everything that needs to be included. Check here for even more detailed instructions.聽

The most exciting reminder for next week is that it is Ruach(Spirit) Week! Each day, students are invited to come to school in different costumes!

Monday: Crazy Hat/Hair Day (they should still wear their uniform, but wear a crazy hat or do their hair in a crazy way)

Tuesday: PURIM! Come dressed in your favourite costume

Wednesday: Class Theme Day (our class has chosen “Through the Decades” as our theme. Students should come dressed in any clothing from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s or 2000s)

Thursday: Favourite Book/TV/Movie character

Friday: Wear a pair-Bring a pair Pyjama Day (in addition to wearing our pyjamas to school, we are asking students to bring in NEW childrens’ pyjamas that will be donated to charity.

March 5

Experiments, Research, and Innovation Galore!

What a morning! We had such an amazing time showcasing our projects during Innovation Day today. If the walls around the school could talk, they would tell you that all the adults in the building were buzzing about how impressed they were with the grade 5 students. The projects were creative, thoughtful, well researched, and the students themselves were so well prepared to talk about what they had done and learned.

Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, aunts and friends who were able to be there to support us today, and for your feedback through our QR coded surveys. Your comments will be vital as we continue to learn and reflect on our work.

If you weren’t able to make it, here are some great pictures capturing our day.

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March 3

Homework – March 3 to March 9

  1. Innovation Day is on Thursday 馃檪 You’re all welcome to join in our class from 8:45 – 9:25
  2. Book Club notebooks – all worksheets (only your job sheets and the extra class activities for each week) are due next Tuesday.
  3. Math Test on Wednesday March 11 on Addition and Subtraction of whole numbers and decimals. Students will be getting one review sheet (with a few questions) each night this week (starting tomorrow) to ensure they are ready for Wednesday.


February 24

Reminder – Innovation Day is March 5th

As I mentioned in my post about Innovation Day, students have been hard at work on their various projects. Some have chosen to work as a group, others individually, but no matter the pairing, the projects are all amazing. Don’t believe me? Come see for yourself!

On Thursday March 5th, from 8:45 – 9:30聽you are invited to come into our class and see the amazing projects the students have been working on. They have all been following the Scientific Method in some manner, specifically by conducting research before beginning their work. Whether they are learning about a topic of interest, developing a new innovative product, or testing a hypothesis, they will all have something interesting to share.

As scientists, our work is never fully complete, and we are always asking questions and taking our learning through a cycle of processes. You may see projects in different phases of learning, and we would love to get your thoughts and feedback to help guide future studies!

We will be sure to document our learning, take lots of pictures, and blog about it both on our class blog and on individual student blogs. Therefore, if you are not able to join us on Thursday, don’t worry! We will still have plenty to virtually share with you.