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

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Oh the Weather Outside is Lovely....!

Hello all!

Just a quick update this week. We are continuing to forge ahead in our learning and things are going well in Room 175. We will be wrapping up our Math and Language Units before the Christmas holidays and enjoy some hopefully relaxing time at the end of our 2017 school year.

IN MATH: We are finishing up our time unit with a test this Thursday as mentioned last week. We are reviewing strategies in dealing with Elapsed Time and finding out which strategy works best for each student. Not all students think the same and I don't expect them to understand all of the strategies, just one that works and makes sense for them. Then we will be moving on to our Patterning and Algebra unit that will continue on after Christmas.

IN LANGUAGE: We are finishing up our writing unit and finishing up any leftover creative Blog Posts that haven't been completed. After Christmas, we will launch into our Reading and Comprehension unit and learning how to decipher the author's message, main idea, summarizing and all of that wonderful stuff.

IN OUR SOCIAL JUSTICE PROJECT: WOW! You should ask your children to show you their new learned skills of crocheting or knitting. There are some tremendous projects being created and some amazing teamwork and collaboration happening as well for a common cause of giving.

On one other note, we are back into the Christmas season and again St. Gabriel is looking to collect items from our community to help support others in need in our community and beyond. In our morning Grade 5 class, we are being asked to bring in a TOONIE and 2 cartons of juice (not refrigerated) by Friday, the 15th! Thanks so much ahead of time for your generosity.

Have a great week!

Mr. M

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Hello all!

Hello everyone!

Time for a quick update. The grade 5s are cruising along and improving each and every day. Whether we are working on improving our collaborative skills, our perseverance or our language and math skills, we are focused and improving our mind-set each day and it is a fantastic thing to see. We are getting closer and closer to the Christmas Break and a well-earned two week vacation from school. Hopefully not everyone forgets everything they have learned and maybe even take advantage of the opportunity to knit or crochet some gifts for some less-fortunate people in our Ottawa community!

In Math - we are continuing our work with telling time and elapsed time. It is a challenge topic but we are making our way through it. I anticipate a small quiz recapping it all early next week, but we will review plenty in class leading up to it. Then we will move into some Patterning!

In Language - we are continuing building our writing skills by writing longer blog posts and incorporating descriptive writing, dialogue, editing and revising skills to a longer (3 paragraph) writing piece. We will be looking to work on some reading comprehension strategies as well and do a standardized assessment in the form of a CASI to see where we should focus our attention specifically after the Holidays.

In Social Justice - we will be spending each Wednesday afternoon (and many recesses) continuing developing our knitting and crocheting skills in order to make different items for CHEO and for those in our community that could use a little home-made knitting love. It is absolutely incredible seeing how each and every student, boy and girl, take this challenge on and make some incredible pieces! Parents, I encourage you to ask your children to show you and perhaps learn from them, they are pretty fantastic already and it is such a great life skill and a great way to unwind from a stressful day. I have been doing it at home myself!

St. Gabriel is back into the St. Gabriel clothing market. If you are interested in buying some St Gabriel apparel look at the attached flier!

St. Gabriel Clothing

I think that's all for this week!

Have a great week.

Mr. M

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

November 6th - 10th

Hello All!

I hope everyone is doing great.

Parents: I am looking forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday night for parent-teacher interviews as well as many others outside of the Interview night. If you would like to contact me concerning your child, please do not hesitate to email me and we can set something up. I am getting to know each and everyone of these little people in our room better and better each day and I am happy to see more and more personalities emerging.

In Math: We are continuing on with our Measurement Strand. We are currently tackling the idea of converting our metric units and using them to learn about perimeter. The students are undertaking this difficult challenge very well and with open arms and it is fantastic to see. I am looking at doing another assessment next week, probably mid-week, to wrap up our measurement unit.

In Language: We are finishing up our GRA Project with the Wild Robot. We are finishing the last few chapters and then discussing our thoughts and looking at the author's thoughts on writing the book and the struggles and difficulty he faced in the years it took to write this wonderful book.

We will be moving on to our first major writing project coming soon. More information to come soon!

Events coming soon!
Our Remembrance Day Ceremony is coming up on Friday, November 10th.

Thanks and have a great week!

Mr. M