Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May Update!

Hello all!

There are many things coming up in the next month that I'd like to mention in one big post so that hopefully everyone knows what is happening and what the expectations are for these fantastic activities.

First, in class. We are working our Procedural Writing task which is incorporating our math unit. The students will be making Stop Motion Videos which will instruct others on how to either do long division or long multiplication. These will hopefully be showcased at our Open House, the morning of May 11th, during Catholic Education Week. A tentative due date at this point in time is this Friday, May 4th.

Book Fair. This week we will be visiting the Learning Commons to look at what is up for grabs this year at our Book Fair. Next week, we will be visiting again for purchasing. Remember that proceeds from the sale of these books goes back to the school to fund our own innovative Learning Commons, so please support.

Drama Production. We will be attending this year's Drama Production, The Granny Awards, as a class on Wednesday, May 2nd. It will be open to the public after school, in the evening, starting at 6:30 PM on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Many of our students have been working so hard and coming so early for so long to practice. It has been so great to see their growth. There will also be raffle tickets available for purchase to support Mme Roy, Mme Boyer, Mrs Beyer and Mrs Cinnani and their efforts to support Christie Lakes, a fantastic organization who funds underprivileged youngsters going to summer camp.

Mass. Our Catholic Education Week Mass is next week on Tuesday, May 8th at 11 AM at St. Isidore Church. The grade 5s will be running the mass so we will be spending some time during this week to prepare our hymns and picking some readers. Parents are welcome to join us in our mass.

Class Trips. We have booked to end of year trips for our Grade 5s this year and both are to Carleton University, but for different purposes. Our first trip will be on the 16th of May to partake in a STEM Challenge Fair. We have been doing many STEM Challenges, critical thinking and collaboration challenges that promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. On the 30th of May, we will be going back to Carleton University for our Sports Day. We will be participating in a series of sports activities, eating in the Cafeteria and swimming in their enormous pool. We will be arriving back at school after the end of the traditional school day so parents will be expected to collect their children or make arrangements.

With concern with our field trips, we are using a 3 strike policy in regards to school behaviour. If any student earns 3 strikes for inappropriate behaviour prior to the day of the trip, they will not be invited on our trip. Also, we are keeping a track of finished and unfinished assignments in class. If students are behind in their work and there is work owed to any teacher, then that student will be asked to stay behind at school and complete their assignments. We are begging students not to force our hands with this consequence.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Mr. M

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Mid April Update!

Hello All!

The year is ticking away. We are moving into new units in Math and in Language so exciting times have started.

In Math:
We have begun our new combined unit. We are smashing Multiplication/Division and Area (measurement) together. We are looking to learn and master our multiplication tables (so learning our Division tables) and learning how to do 2 digit by 2 digit long multiplication in two different ways. We take these new found skills and apply them to multiplication and division problems as well as complex area problems. It is so fun to smash these things together.

In Language:
We have wrapped up our Narrative Writing Unit and I am in the middle of compiling a class book with all of our stories. We will now be moving on to a quick unit focusing on Procedural Writing while at the same time reading a class novel together, The Wild Robot Escapes. We will be closely be looking at different strategies to decode unfamiliar words and ideas as well as looking at different techniques the author uses to grab our attention and portray the different facets of narrative and creative writing. On top of this we will look at reading comprehension strategies to pull meaning from the text.

Hope all is well!

Mr. M

Thursday, March 22, 2018


Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone is well. We are moving along to Easter and things are going very well in class.

In Math: We are finishing up our designs of our Sphero Golf Courses on paper showcasing our ruler and protractor skills. This will be our final assessment (combined with some other assignments) for our geometry unit and next week we will be move on to building our courses. I will be bringing in wood and materials to build 2 mini putt courses for each Math class for Sphero Golf. We are hoping to finish building next week. Stay tuned for some pictures and some hopefully exciting stories of applied math skills along with carpentry skills. We will then move right into our multiplication and division and fraction unit (so make to brush up on your multiplication facts - there will be many, many, many quizzes!)

In Language: We are coming up to the end of our Narrative Unit and some of these stories are fantastically written. We will be finishing these up next Thursday (the due date). Some students are finished their stories and have moved on to an exciting little assignment where they will create their own movie with hand-drawn characters in front of a green screen to re-enact their story on the "small screen." Then we will move on to some more reading comprehension work while reading the sequel to our earlier novel study, The Wild Robot Escapes.

Remember that tomorrow is our Big Crunch Day and everyone should come in with a vegetable and fruit that they can crunch into! We will be connecting to the students in the gym via Google Video Hangout from our classroom with all of the other grade 5s. Stay tuned for some pictures !

Have a great end to the week and weekend!

Mr. M

Friday, February 23, 2018

Closing Ceremonies and Canada Day

Due to bus cancellations today our closing ceremonies and the idea of wearing Canada gear will be pushed to Monday.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

February 20-23

Hello all!

Happy Tuesday to you all! Today we had a fantastic Opening Ceremonies today which the Grade 5 team helped organize and run. We will continue our Olympic week on Thursday with our Sports Day! Make sure to wear athletic apparel (don't worry about team colours) and we will spend the morning playing Olympic sports... elementary school style. Then on Friday, we will have our closing ceremonies where all students will be asked to come to school dressed in our Canada gear!

In Math: We are continuing measuring and building angles and shapes to specific criteria. Without having using protractors before this unit, our grade 5s are picking up the skill quite quickly and we will soon be moving on to some interesting robotic challenges that require some great problem solving skills and knowledge of angles and shapes.

In Language: We are working on applying the Narrative Storyline to classic stories. We have been looking at the 3 Little Pigs from the Pigs perspective and from the Wolf's perspective and have been trying to identify: setting, characters, the problem, the rising action, climax, falling action, solution and conclusion. We will look at some more stories this week and then we will begin our own stories to fit the Narrative storyline.

Thank you all for the support and work you do at home to support my teaching. It is so greatly appreciated!

Mr. M

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Mid February Update

Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone is doing well. I apologize for the lack of updates on our Blog. I will strive to do a better job of keeping in touch on here to keep you all in the loop! Next week is Olympic week and so tomorrow (Friday), we are asking all of the students to wear their Canada gear to show their National pride for these Olympics. Next week, we are planning for Thursday to have a great big outdoor fun day (morning) with simulated Olympic activities. Stay tuned for more details!

In Math!
We have wrapped up our Patterning unit with a test this week and so far they are looking great. We have started our unit on Geometry. We are starting to look at different shapes and learning to use protractors and our logic to determine the different angles that make up different shapes and how to use our protractors to build shapes. This unit we will be looking to use more robotics to fully engage our students and test our real-world knowledge of geometry.

In Language!
We have completed our PodCasts with looking at Summary and Opinion Writing! Ask your child to view their amazing WeVideo creations. We are moving on to our Narrative Writing Unit. We will be looking at different stories that we are familiar with to break down the narrative plot line and learning the different parts of a story. We will be looking at looking at: problem, setting, theme, rising and falling action, climax and solution among other narrative traits to create our own stories. We will be making Pourquoi Tales to explain our version of events to explain natural and animal characteristics.

If you have any questions please let me know!

Mr. M

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year EVeryone!

Sorry for tardiness of this post. It has been wonderfully chaotic these past few days back and am excited to see everyone back in the groove of things in class and eager to learn.

Where are we going next?

In Math: We are beginning our Patterning Unit where we will be looking at patterns all around us in the our natural world and in our mathematical world, and looking at where the meet. We will be looking at developing our Algebra skills to understand patterns and develop equations that will help us look ahead in patterns and determine where they meet go without having to continue the patterns 90 individual times to see what the 90th term would be. We will also be looking at finding patterns and learning to plot these in line-graphs, a big step forward for our students.

In Language: We are now beginning our "Opinion Writing" piece. In this unit we will be looking at Non-Fiction news articles concerning current events and learning to develop an opinion. In order to this, we will be looking to develop our literary detective skills and find the Main Idea of a non-fiction writing piece as well as writing Summaries that link to that Main Idea. From there we will be creating our very own Grade 5 PodCasts that will tell the listener our Opinion on current events.

In other news, we are welcoming Mrs Beyer into our class for our Religion and Family Life Class!

Have a good week!

Mr. M