Tuesday, October 17, 2017

October 16th- October 20th

Hello all!

I'm back where I belong. After a week away in Cape Breton, I am excited and energized to be back in the classroom with all of these wonderful students. I am glad to report that behaviour as at a respectful high for our students with Mr. Grant and he asked to come back anytime, so this is a great sign that our class acted as they should, for which I am not surprised and very thankful.

IEPs - Those students with IEPs will be receiving theirs today and will be asked to look over them with their parents and return the signed portion back to their homeroom teacher.

Hat Day - Friday will be Hat Day so if students want to wear their special or not-so-special hat all day in school without teachers taking them away, they need to bring a donation for our United Way Campaign.

Math - As stated last week in the Blog and by our supply teacher, Wednesday is our Math Assessment Day. We will be looking to wrap up our first and very important unit of Number Sense. We will then be moving onto Measurement and Perimeter and looking to do some interesting and engaging Robotics with our Measurement strand. As a reminder to all students and parents, if a student is unhappy with their grade in the upcoming test and wishes to have a re-assessment they are more than welcome to. However, they need to fill out the Google Form that is attached on the Blog and tell me what skill they would like have a re-assessment and what work they have done to improve their skill. Again, we are placing that Responsibility on the student to take ownership of their learning.

Language - We are continuing this week with GRA project and loving our book The Wild Robot. We are hoping to connect with another class somewhere in the world this week and discuss the book and what we are learning from it. We are learning a lot about Nature, which is fun and engaging for all of us.

I am also not posting a Blog post this week so that students who are falling behind can use this time to catch up. There will not be class time devoted to it so students are encouraged to spend extra time at home and at school to complete their 5 posts. There are some students who have no posts and some with 5 and everywhere in between. With Progress Reports coming home soon, this will be reflected in Learning Skills and Language Marks.

Have a great week everyone!

Mr. M

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Week of October 10th - 13th

Hello all!

Just wanted to let you know that this week I will not be in class. As many of you may know or may not know, I am a musician as well as a teacher. My wife and I play as a Celtic Duet and have been doing many festivals all over the place in the summer and again, for this week. We will be travelling to Cape Breton for Celtic Colours Music Festival. I am both happy and unhappy at the same time. It is a great festival but I will be thinking of our class the whole time. I will be in regularly contact with my supply teacher, James Grant, as well as my teaching partners, Mme Boyer, Mrs Swan and Mrs Dandurand to hear the goings on. Please feel free to continue to email me with concerns or questions and I will still get back to you as soon as possible.

This week:

We are looking to wrap our important and lengthy Number Sense unit this week. Our students will be doing their adding and subtracting of decimals, looking over ordering of numbers (greater than or less than) as well as plotting numbers on a number line. On Friday, they will start their Review our first UNIT TEST on Wednesday, October 18th. The Students will be reminded to take their notebooks and duotangs home over the weekend to practice or look over anything they believe they need to work on.

We will be continuing on with our Global Read Aloud Project this week. Reading from our great novel, The Wild Robot. We will be connecting with another classroom next week in a fun Mystery Skype Challenge and then continuing to connect with them in different ways to discuss our thoughts on the book. This is a great way to connect to other students of a similar age in a different country to hear their thoughts and share our knowledge and learning.

We will take this week of from our Blogs so that students who have fallen behind in their posts can catch up. Students should now have FIVE blog posts on their Kidblog accounts as well as FIVE pieces of writing in their Language Folders in their Google Drive.

Hope you have a fantastic week and see you next week!

Mr. M

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

September 25th - 29th


Sorry for the slightly late post.

It's been a great first few weeks in our classes. We are quickly settling into our routines and our new learning environment digs and enjoying the flexibility that we are so lucky to have. As well as enjoying the air conditioning inside the school.

Really getting into the nitty gritty with our curriculum. Moving on in math in our number sense unit to tackle decimals and incorporating what we just learned about place value to our decimals places as well as looking at our writing and improving our pieces through careful editing.

Math: Decimals and Place Value and Adding and Subtracting with Decimals
Looking at the Decimal Places and seeing how they fit into our number system. That decimals are parts of wholes and where we can locate them on the number line.

Language: Blogging and working on Grammar
This week we are focusing our efforts on improving our grammar when it comes to quotation marks. We have studied capitalization, punctuation and adjectives and now using all of that as well as using quotation marks to enhance the reading experience of our readers.

Important Dates to Remember this Week:

Sept 28We are looking for a few volunteers to come with our class. Please email me if you are interested! We leave Thursday morning!Terry Fox
Sept 29thPicture Day
Have a great week!

Mr. M

Monday, September 18, 2017

Third Week of School

What a busy week we've had at school. Our blogs are up and running! If you haven't had a chance to visit, please do so. Feel free to share the link with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends. Our students are very talented, and love to share their work. Remember kids, the more you read, the better writer you will become. Take some time to read each other's work, and provide quality comments. 

The kidblog link can be found on the right, here it is if you'd like to copy and share it with family.

Morning Class

Afternoon Class

In Math, we've been working on representing whole and decimal numbers in pictures (base ten blocks), numbers, expanded, and words.   We've also learned strategies to comparing decimal numbers. This week, we will begin rounding decimal numbers as well.
Before you know it, within the next 2 weeks, we will have our first unit test.   You can also prepare for the test by working on the links provided in the Place Value tab at the top of this blog. 

What's Up This Week?

Wednesday, September 20th Pizza Supper / Open House : I am really looking forward to meeting all the parents and families. 

5:00-6:00 Pizza Supper (served in the gym)
6:00-7:00 Classroom Visits - It will be a different setup this year. I will be having two separate information sessions for parents to visit and listen to a small explanation of our expectations in grade 5 and a quick tour of our classroom. There will not be an opportunity to talk independently this year. If you have any concerns please contact me to setup a meeting. 

I'd like to welcome Ethan Dauncey to our class. Ethan is a university student studying Biology and is looking to get into teaching next year and is looking to see how the classroom works on a day-to-day basis. Many of you might know his mother, Mrs Sue Dauncey, the wonderfully talented and greatly missed teacher at St. Gabriel. He will generously donate his time, to visit our class every Wednesday morning. We are truly blessed with great support and lucky to have him as part of our team.

Reminder: Many, many forms went home on Friday.  Please complete them and return them to school as soon as possible.
Activity Fee: $30 (payable online, cash or cheque)
Media Release...to sign
Personal Info....update and sign

Thanks and have a great week!

Mr. M

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Second Week of School!

Welcome to Grade 5. 

I am looking forward to getting to know all you wonderful students and your families this year. This blog is where you will come each week, to find out what we are doing in class, read up on reminders and gather all sorts of information. This first one is a big longer, so sit back and enjoy.

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What does our day look like?

In the morning, there are 27 Grade 5 students and we will be working on Language and Math  as well as doing Religion and Family Life with Mrs. Hanna. At lunch time, our friends will head off to French Immersion, and we will be welcoming some new students to our class for the afternoons. In the afternoon, we have 28 Grade 5 students and we will be repeating this all again. 

Your French Teacher: Mme Boyer will teach Immersion again as my teaching partner. 

I am really excited to get started with our year. We will be sharing our writing with a global audience, sharing our reading journey with the world, embarking on authentic learning, inquiring about topics that you are most interested in, which, by the way, leads me to your homework for the week.

What a great Friday we had together! I can tell this is going to be an exciting year of learning and growing, together. We are working towards posting our first blog entries on KidBlog. Soon, click on Kidblogs to the right and read each other's welcome posts. Share our Kidblog link with friends and family as well. You are amazing writers, so let's share our talents. One way to becoming an even stronger writer, is by reading the work of other authors. We have so many wonderful authors, right here at St. Gabriel's! All the Grade 5s will be connected through Kidblogs so feel free to read the posts from other classes too.

This Week

This week, we will be working on our first prompt for our first 100 WC (Word Challenge). This writing challenge is a global community of young authors, sharing their work each week. Students will receive comments from teachers from around the globe. The creativity that flows from these posts, is truly exciting.

We will also spend some time, learning how to provide constructive feedback to our peers, as we read other blogs.

In Math, we will continue to explore whole and decimal numbers. We will explore patterns in our place value system, and use these patterns to represent whole and decimal numbers in standard form, expanded form, in pictures, and in words.

Homework: In terms of weekly homework in class, I will not be sending any home. As a grade 5 team we are choosing to not send not homework home for many reasons. In grade 5 we are looking for the students to take more responsibility for their learning and if they find they need more practice then I have provided online platforms for them to practice. We will be using Prodigy and Khan Academy as a class to work on our math skills. 

Math: Take some time this week to practice math, using the links provided along the top of the blog. The more you practice, the easier the math will be in class. At any point, if you are struggling with a concept, take your learning into your own hands, and work on the links I've provided. Please see me if, at any time, you need extra help with any of the concepts we are working on. You, your parents, and I are a team in your learning journey. Talk to us, if you need help!

Reminders for the Week

* Don't forget that students need a pair of indoor and outdoor shoes.
* Don't forget to subscribe to this blog by inserting your email in the box on the right. That way, you'll be notified by email, when I post an update.
* Are you following us on Twitter yet? We'll be posting pics and thoughts from our day.
* Did you know...we are an Eco-Gold School? Please send lunches in reusable containers. All garbage will be returned home as we are a Boomerang school. We also don't allow the disposable water bottles, so if you choose to send a water bottle, please ensure it's the reusable type.

Looking forward to a great week ahead!

Mr. M

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Welcome Back to School!

Welcome to the home of Mr. MacKenzie's Grade 5 classes! On this site, we will be sharing our learning through words, pictures, videos, and podcasts. We will be connecting with different classrooms in Canada and around the world. This will also be the place where we post announcements, links to online learning tools, and celebrate our class experiences. Hope you enjoy our online space and welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!
This year, things will be getting off to a different start. I will be away for the first three days of the school year. Mrs. Dandurand will be in for me for the start of school, which is fantastic as she will be job-sharing with Mrs Swan in the other grade 5 class. Another piece of news is that we are going to be located in the "Fish Bowl" at St. Gabriel! The Fish Bowl is a unique classroom setup that is located in the middle of the school right beside our learning commons that has a removable wall that allows us to combine our class with Mrs. Swan's and Mrs. Dandurand's class to work together in innovative ways.
If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to contact me. x