Sunday, 25 June 2017

Monday, June 25th- Wednesday June 27th

It has been a pleasure teaching your child this year. I will miss them, but so happy they will be returning in September for their last year at Chapel Hill! I hope all of you have a wonderful summer. Take the time to spend time with each other before another busy school year begins.  I will be visiting my family in Nova Scotia in July and returning in August. 

Math - We will be spending the remainder of this week with the Ozobots. I am sure students told you how much fun we had on Friday learning how to code using the Ozobots. 

Language - We finished our read aloud on Kensuke's Kingdom. It was a wonderful story that students really enjoyed. We will spend the next few days writing, looking at poetry, and listening to the remaining Genius Hour presentations. 

Our End of the Year Assembly is happening in the gym tomorrow at 9:15. This will include a slide show and various presentations. Report Cards will go home on Tuesday. If your child will not be at school to pick up their report card on Tuesday, you can drop by the school next Thursday or Friday, or send in a self- addressed and stamped envelope and we will send out your child's report card to you

HAPPY SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

June 19th - June 23rd

Happy Father's Day to all you wonderful dads out there!! I hope everyone had a great weekend. It is hard to believe we have only two more weeks of school left. The year has gone by so quickly, however, I feel students have learned so much this year. Thursday, June 22nd, at 1 pm, Grade 5 students are participating in our end of year mass in our school gym.

Math - We will be finishing up our Algebra unit this week. Students have been watching Hands on Equation Videos and working on questions that go with these videos. The videos teach strategies to help with algebraic equations. We are also lucky to have recently acquired (Thanks to Mrs. Powell) 20 Ozobots. Ozobot is a little toy robot that blends the physical and digital worlds- and teaches kids programming. You simply train the robots to follow patterns on the surfaces that they roll over. Ozobot can identify lines, colours, and codes on both digital surfaces, such as an iPad, and physical surfaces, such as paper.

Language - We will finish up our sequencing read aloud "Kensuke's Kingdom" this week. We will spend some time in the next couple of weeks on poetry and story writing. I would like to see students showcase their creativity with these two forms of writing.

Monday, 12 June 2017

June 12th - 16th

It was great seeing parents and students at our annual Family BBQ on Thursday

Math - We continue with our daily Math Warm - Ups and number talks. Students will be looking at Algebraic equations this week. Students are already familiar with these types of questions. Throughout the year, we have worked on Algebra problems as part of our math warm - ups. 

Language - Students completed a CASI reading test for me last week. They had to read a short article and answer a few questions related to the article. We are almost finished our read aloud Kensuke's Kingdom. Students have been asked to summarize each chapter with a focus on the main idea of each chapter. Students are also learning about the importance of Sequencing and timelines.

Grade 5 students will be participating in our end of the year Mass being held in the gym on Thursday, June 22nd. More information will be going home with students about this next week. Looking forward to our Grade 5 Field Trip this Thursday to the Ottawa Athletic Club!

Saturday, 3 June 2017

June 5th - June 9th

Welcome to the first week of June! A little colder than you would expect! Hopefully, the weather will start warming up very soon. 

Math - Students have been learning about elapsed time. They will be making their own timeline this week. They will focus on important events in their life and since it is Canada's 150th Birthday, they will also be choosing a few important Canadian Events. Students will also be looking at how to find the volume of a rectangular prism. I have attached a short youtube video.

Language - Students have completed their book review and really enjoyed using the Chatter Pix App to read their summary. We are continuing to read Kensuke's Kingdom. Students are recording important, sequential events in their Google Slide Presentation that parents can find in their child's Hapara Workspace. Ask your child to show you.

Do not forget about the Family Picnic/BBQ on Thursday, June 8th!

Saturday, 27 May 2017

May 29th - June 2nd

It is hard to believe we are heading into June! The next month will be pretty busy for students! 

Math -  We started a short measurement unit on Friday. Students used a stopwatch to time a few activities with a partner. It was so much fun. Students performed jumping jacks, jump roped, made paper airplanes, made a tower out of cups, flipped a coin, and played with dice. The focus will be on time, elapsed time, and units of time (minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades, centuries).   Grade 5 must be able to measure time to the nearest second on an analog clock the nearest second and must be familiar with elapsed time.

Language - Students are finishing up their book reviews on Google Slides and working on their Chatter Pix app to present their book reviews. We have just started our read aloud Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo as part of our sequencing unit.  Each day, they note events that have happened in sequence in the day's reading.

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Monday, 22 May 2017

May 23rd - May 26th

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend! I just wish that we could have had a little warmer weather! 

Math - Students will be finishing up our Geometry unit with a short quiz on Wednesday. Practice worksheets will be sent home on Tuesday with your child. We have been looking at and building 3D nets. Students have also been learning about Translations. They completed a Translation Shape Art activity on Thursday. Our next math unit will be Measurement. We will look at elapsed time and volume before we move onto our last math unit which will be Algebra. Students will be enjoying activities related to elapsed time this week. 

Language -As a culminating activity to end our book clubs, students will be writing a book review about the read aloud that we just finished called "Defiance." I have gone over with them the criteria, and all what needs to be included in their book review.  We have also looked at many examples of book reviews written by kids.Students will be presenting this as a Google Slide Presentation. They will also be using an app called Chatter Pix as part of their presentation. This will be fun! We will be starting a new read aloud called "Kensuke's Kingdom.

Washed up on an island in the Pacific, Michael struggles to survive on his own. With no food and no water, he curls up to die. When he wakes, there is a plate beside him of fish, of fruit, and a bowl of fresh water.  He is not alone…
Michael Morpurgo's classic children's book Kensuke's Kingdom is a thrilling adventure story for ages 9+, and winner of The Children's Book Award (2000).

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                                  WRITE A REVIEW

Not sure what to say? Keep these tips in mind:
Be honest: Give your review personality and remember that kids want to know what you REALLY think.
Be detailed: Tell us exactly what you liked or didn't. Was it a story you couldn't put down? Were the characters just like people you know? What made it special?
Be accurate: Be sure to get the title, author, and character names right, plus double-check your spelling and grammar. We aren't able to post reviews that don't make sense or have the wrong information.
DON'T spoil it: Please don't give away the ending! Tell readers enough about the plot to hook.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

May 15-May 19th

I hope all the Moms enjoyed a wonderful Mother's Day! A reminder that Friday, May 19th  is a PD day for students, and there is no school on Monday, May 22nd because of the long weekend. I have been reminding students to check my Blog on a regular basis. My Blog is updated weekly, and I tweet out what we are doing in class and interesting educational information.  

Math - Students completed a short Probability Quiz on Friday. We will be continuing with our Geometry unit this week, looking at transformational geometry and coordinate grids. This will be fun and interactive for students. Students have also been working on a math playground using 3D nets. This is a great opportunity for students to collaborate with each other and share ideas and designs. 

Language - Book Clubs are finished. There will be a culminating activity to complete the unit. Students are working on completing their last Genius Hour projects. They will then present to the class. We are almost finished our read aloud called "Defiance." Students are enjoying this book and we have had lots of great conversations during the reading.