Building complete circuits Tuesday in Science.
1- Can you first make the light turn on?
2- Can you make more than one light turn on at the same time?
3- Can you find a way to build your circuit so that each bulbs glows equally brightly?
A new reading record will be going home later this week but during class reading for now students are encouraged to try a different genre of book (like a non-fiction) or to buddy read since they are not responsible to complete an individual reading record.
Monday/Tuesday: Book talks (script and presentations) are due by Friday. This is the second time this year that we have done this project. Checklists and rubrics were handed out early last week. Help at home to practice the presentations and be sure all parts (from the checklist) are included is much appreciated!
Grade 5 - final needles Thursday:
1:00 - Electric car presentation. Lots of fabulous tips and ideas for when we built our electric cars next month will be shared during this presentation brought to us by George Pactirik from Science is... Friday:
Since spring break we have had a number of conversations about start times in our classroom. There are a few students arriving consistently late each day. This impacts everyone in our classroom and has also been causing difficulties for our specialist teachers because I can't accurately take attendance and send students to their first class until everyone trickles in.
Could you have a short discussion at home about this? Ask your child to reflect on if they are making it to class, prepared with all of their supplies, each morning. Are they making it to the next class in an amount of time that is appropriate for this transition?
The doors open to come into the hallway and rooms at 8:30.
Classes start at 8:45 each morning with announcements. Everyone should be in their class by that time at the latest. The classroom door will be closed at that time as well.
Thank you for your support with this at home as well! If you have any questions, please let me know.
There's lots of busy and great things happening in class this week :)
- new spelling lists (#11) have been handed out to study. As well as studying, this week's homework assignment is spelling assignment #3 is due Friday morning.
Tuesday - Math review quiz. This quiz will be the same length and type of questions as on the study quiz sent home the beginning of last week. These skills in adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing are key concepts for continuing to grow in math each year.
- ZAP interactive presentation about electrical safety @1:00
-Novel study questions for chapters 1-6 are due
- Novel study assignments are due. Grade 4: Cause and effect. Grade 5: Characterization
- Reading Records are due. Please sign these if you have had a chance to look at the completeness of your child's answers. How much detail, as well as how specific their answers are, help to show greater understanding of the novels they are choosing to read.
- Spelling test and homework are due
- Flashlight Friday! Our windows have some new coverings to add a little more darkness to our classroom and we're going to try again for another Flashlight Friday. Students are invited to bring either a pillow or blanket to make a cozy reading nest, along with their own flashlight, for a period of sustained reading.
If it hasn't made it back to school yet, please send portfolios back in so that we can continue to fill them with the rest of our learning this year.
Also - for French class students need to collect the clothes from home that they will need to do their fashion shows next Tuesday.
Tomorrow afternoon we will also have a school wide lock down practice. We have talked about this and practiced it together in the classroom this week. If this conversation comes up at home please help to assure your child that, just like fire drills, these practices are just to help us be prepared :) If you have any questions yourself, please let me know.
Finally - I know a lot of you are just as involved in studying as your child at this grade level. Thank you for all of the help and support while your child reviews adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing to be prepared for their review quiz next Tuesday.
Welcome back from what I hope was a restful and fun filled spring break!
Handed out today is a practice quiz for math (review of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing). This is to help with studying at home but should not be the only questions practiced to be ready. A few questions of practice each day would be great studying! The quiz will be next Tuesday. Tuesday -
new reading records will be handed out (due back next Thursday) Wednesday - Electrical safety quiz: this short quiz deals with how to be safe when handling electricity. This needs to be completed by all students before they move forward to using electricity in our labs. We have watched videos and discussed what makes the things happening in a picture unsafe. Preparation for this quiz will be mainly done in the classroom. Questions that could be found on this quiz will be basic things like
Is it safe to use electrical appliances around water?
Should you use electrical tape or masking take to hold wires to a battery?
What could happen if you put something metal into an electrical plug?
Nothing due - but keep reviewing to be ready for the math quiz next week
Have a happy spring break. Safe travels to everyone that plan to get away as well!
Thanks very much to all the parents and students that made it in for our meetings. I hope that you enjoy looking through your child's portfolio with them and exploring the learning and growing that they have been doing! Once you have had a chance to explore everything, please tuck this important binder back into their backpack for safe keeping and return it to school as soon as possible.
I'll see everyone back here Monday, April 9th.
Spring break starts for students this Thursday. Because of our shortened and busy week there will be no weekly homework assignment. Tuesday: Reading Records are due completed. Science fair is taking place in the gym.
Wednesday: Parent-teacher-student interviews from 5:00-8:00. Please respect everyone's time by arriving promptly and being mindful of the next appointment. Taking your child's portfolio home after interviews to spend more time going through it is encouraged :)
Thursday: Last student day this week. Happy spring break. Classes return April 9th.
Parent-teacher-student interviews from 4:00-7:00
Friday: No school for students. Parent-teacher-student interviews from 8:30-12:00
Happy Monday! I hope everyone has been able to get out and enjoy the sunshine the last few days :)
I received an email Friday afternoon that our latest book orders have shipped so those should be arriving the end of this week or early next week. Monday: students have a new reading record (to be completed by next Tuesday) and they are doing spelling list #10
Tuesday: tomorrow is Smoothie day for our class. Our foods students will be treating everyone to a small homemade smoothie. Yum yum!
Friday: Spelling test for list #10, assignment #1 on the list to be handed in at that time.
Social - final tribes research to be completed.
* Coming next week Parent-student-teacher interviews: Wednesday and Thursday evening as well as Friday morning. By now you have already received confirmation of your time. If for some reason you aren't able to make your booked appointment time, please let me know. Thanks! *
Just a quick reminder that we completed our final Chemistry lab today about CO2. All groups had time after that to also complete their study notes to help them study from home. Here are the links again to all four group's study notes. You can see and use any of these to assist with studying at home :) Study Notes (4 copies)
This week in the evenings students should be preparing for and studying for their Chemistry unit test this Friday. This test will include some vocabulary definitions, some multiple choice questions and some long answer questions. Some questions will be basic fact questions, while other will look for students to show their understanding of our science concepts. To use what they know to answer new questions. Ex: don't just know know what surface tension means, but explain how it can be used by something like a water strider to hold itself up.
Wednesday - By Wednesday students should have completed their second aboriginal tribe research. This can be worked on from home using the links on the Social page of the blog to collect information in the questions booklet.
Thursday: Reading Records are due
Friday: Math weekly #10 is due, Chemistry Unit test
* Book orders are also coming home tonight. To ensure that books arrive before spring break I'm asking that they are returned by this Thursday. Also - the online ordering system is even easier for parents now, you don't need to send the form back to me but I still appreciate a note or email to know to look for your order online :) *
As we are learning about traditions of our first nation people we have been exploring some of their wonderful contributions to art. After learning about the legend and idea behind dream catchers today we began building our own. The results are already looking beautiful! Make sure to ask your child how theirs is turning out. Thanks also to Ms. Wilson that joined us to help out with the difficult center webs :)
Just a reminder that there will be a Chemistry Unit test next Friday.
Students worked with groups today to use their notes and get a lot of information into their study notes but they may not be 100% complete yet. Feel free to look at and use any of the group's information to help prepare for their test. If their group is still missing any information they also have edit writes to add information onto their own slides from home as long as they are logged in. Page 8 (the properties of CO2) should not yet be filled in because we will do that lab Tuesday.
Next Friday we will be finishing our Chemistry Unit and completing a final exam. We don't do a lot of true exams at this grade level but studying skills are very important and I want everyone to work at developing them. To that end I always provide either a study guide or a practice test ahead of time but parent help with studying is much appreciated!!
For science it's very important to use the notes and work that we do in class. Unfortunately, Googling science terms usually find information that is written at a much higher reading and understanding level that we are working on in elementary :)
To help - students will also be working in study group to find and put all of their information into one online location. This can be extra useful for you as parents to use for asking questions.
Today in class we were learning about and exploring surface tension of water. Take a look at some more pictures and videos here.
Related to that, tonight's science challenge is to get a paperclip to float unassisted on water. Photographic evidence can be emailed to me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students are encouraged to wear a pink shirt to show support against bullying. If you don't know much about the origin of this important day take a look at this video of an interview with one of the boys from Nova Scotia who got it all started. It's amazing sometimes how a small idea can become something so big and powerful, all because of compassion and kindness!
There will also be toonie pink treats being sold by our We Day group at lunch time tomorrow. Help support the cause - wear PINK Wednesday, Feb. 28th.
LGMS Carnival D'hiver was a huge hit! Perfect temperatures, great snow and a lot of fun. Thanks so much to everyone that donated supplies and came out to volunteer as well!!
Want to see more great action shots from this afternoon? Follow this link to see all of the pictures and videos from today.
Have a great week off and I'll see everyone back Monday, Feb.26th.
Happy Monday everyone! Today is a busy week filled with all kinds of fun - and just a quick reminder that due to Family day, plus teacher's convention, there is no school next week for students.
For the last few weeks in math we have been focusing on our large number multiplication skills. Grade fours do 3 digit by 1 digit and grade fives two by two digit multiplication. This week we will be doing the assessment of those skills. If you haven't yet done so, please spend some time in the evening asking your child to show you their prefered strategies. (if you need more information about these go to the Math section of our blog and take a look at our Muy Importante strategies booklets - these help to explain the steps)
Today: Our final gymnastics class was today. Thank you very much to the wonderful coaches who taught us so much! If you'd like to see the last set of pictures and videos please follow the link. Wednesday: Our Valentine's party will take place in our classroom last period. (please see the letter on the blog, and sent home, last week for the details)
Thursday: Math weekly # 9 is due. This is a day earlier than normal to make sure that all work is complete before our winter carnival Friday.
We will also be making our crystals in Science Thursday. Please send in your glass jars before then. Friday: Students are encouraged to dress in plaid and wear toques and sashes in the Quebecois tradition as we celebrate La Carnival D'hiver at LGMS. At 10:30 we will have a bilingual presentation in the gym that includes music, dance and storytelling by: Francofolie. In the afternoon students will participate in a variety of activities. Most will take place outside so appropriate clothing is very important! Students are also invited to bring a labelled mug for hot chocolate.
Over the weekend if you happen to make some spaghetti, or finish a jar of pickles, please clean out that glass jar to send in with your child. We'll be making crystals the end of next week and these jars will be the perfect home for them to grow in.
Also - I am still very much in need of a parent volunteer to help run our braiding station for Winter Carnival next Friday. It would be be starting at about 12:45 and running until the end of the day. PLEASE send me an email if you know that you can help us out.
Want to see what we were doing today in class? For science the challenge was to find a way to separate two liquids after they had been mixed. Unless they make layers, this is very difficult or impossible!
Following the Quebecois tradition there will be winter events, hot drinks and lots of fun.
How you can help
- if you have any balls of yarn that you can donate to our braiding activity (especially in the Carnaval colours of white, yellow, blues, greens or reds) please send them in to me as soon as possible.
- volunteer - I need at least two volunteers to help at the braiding activity station. You would be helping students to create winter themed posters and helping students to make braids that will turn into Bonhomme Carnaval's sash.
I took lots of pictures during gymnastics today. If you'd like to take a look, please follow the link.
One important change - PJ day has been delayed until Friday because we actually have our class pictures this Wednesday.
Tuesday: as a consolation for moving PJ day, students can wear special slippers tomorrow instead :)
Wednesday: Report cards and class picture day
Thursday: Book orders are due. I'm planning to order these right away so that they will (hopefully) arrive before students have a week off in February. Reading over the break is great for the brain!
Friday: Math weekly #8 is due. PJ day earned for reading to the roof! Also - a final reminder - there are still a half dozen portfolios that haven't made their way back into the classroom. If you still have your child's portfolio at home could you please send it back tomorrow?
Help us to celebrate! Once again our fabulous readers in 4/5D have Read to the Roof!
Our second pile of books has grown up to the rooftop so our class has earned a PJ day next Wednesday, January 31st. What a fun way to end the month of January.
Thanks for all of the reading that you do at home with your kids too. Great reading leads to improved writing and even understanding in all subject areas, not to mention it's a fun way to relax and imagine!
This Friday is Flashlight Friday in our classroom! For LA we are going to have a cozy period of reading by the glow of many flashlights. We'll turn down the lights, snuggle into a blanket or pillow and turn on our flashlights for an extra long DEAR time.
Students are each invited to bring: a healthy snack, a small pillow or blanket, a small stuffy to share their reading with and of course, a flashlight and good book!
Report cards will be ready for you to see, online through parent portal, on Jan.31.
In class we have been working to finish up a last few projects towards our first term report cards. Now that everything is completed and up to date I plan to add everything to Student Portfolios tomorrow.
Expect to see your child's portfolio coming home to you tomorrow (Wednesday). Please take the time to look through this with your child. Ask questions about their learning and celebrate their achievements :) These portfolios contain the "for marks" pages and evidence towards their learning that you will see reflected in report card marks. Consider them a sneak peek, but unlike a report card they also include the assignment and any comments that relate.
Once you have had a chance to go through the portfolio, please return it to the classroom (by Monday at the latest) as we will continue to document our learning and growth in them all year. And don't forget, these binders are always available in the classroom. Stop by or send me a note if you'd like to see it at home at any point this year.
As always - thank you for all that you do to encourage and support your
Please take a look at some more great (and sometimes a little blurry because of the zooming movements) pictures from gymnastics today by following this link to the folder of pictures.
Dates this week:
Wednesday - Friday students will be presenting their Logging Opinion speeches in front of the class. They are invited to also dress the part as they speak as the Environment Minister of Canada. We will sign up for days tomorrow so please check in with your child to find out which day they need to be prepared for.
Grace: I liked the drumming and the part when you listened to the sound of the drumming Beni: the running was really fun! Marlo: it was really fun because my friend and I had a race Matt: It was great weather for the trail running Hayden: I enjoyed how we partnered up and did activities for crossfit Fiona: seeing the pig lungs (to show effects of smoking) was kinds gross Emma and Remi: when we learned about smoking and what's in it it was pretty shocking! Isabelle: it's crazy how much chemicals they put into cigarettes (there are 7000!) Easton: I liked how intense the Crossfit was Addi: I liked how the Crossfit was challenging Manuel: I was surprised that cigarettes have a product from hairspray in it! Emma - I liked how with the drumming we are all working together to make the sound
Monday - first thing we will be heading to our first class of gymnastics. Please make sure that your child comes prepares with appropriate clothing (yoga pants, leggings, sweats or shorts) and then keep an eye out for the great pictures, on Twitter and our Blog, that I'm sure will come!
Tuesday - 4/5 Health day at LGMS. Please see the letter attached below for all of the details. And remember, if you are interested in volunteering for some or all of the day, please send me a note.