5B January 27 – February 1

Hi Everyone,

I will be out this coming Monday and Tuesday for department meetings. Ms. Fitzpatrick will be in for me. If you should need to contact your child, please do so through the office.

Starting Monday, we are beginning a new outcome in Math: N5 Multiplying 2-digits by 2-digits. I am posting two links to the first two strategies we will be focusing on in the first few days of next week. We had an assessment on N2: Estimation and I will send that home once they have all been corrected. Homework this week is on estimation and basic multiplication, due Thursday.

In Reader’s Workshop, we are continuing to enjoy Kensuke’s Kingdom. The students are really engaged and eager to find out what happens, next. I am beginning individual assessments this week and continue to encourage your children to continue reading each evening. Practicing reading aloud to you and being asked questions about their understanding will greatly support their success in the classroom.

In Health, we will be discussing Personal Health: hygiene and body image.

In Writer’s Workshop, we continue to prepare for our Persuasive Unit. The grade five teachers will be coming together Wednesday to look at our student’s writing and plan our mini-lessons. I’m looking forward to diving into this unit and sharing our work with you in the near future!

Have a great week!


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5B Persuasive Writing Unit

To kick off our Persuasive Writing unit, we read Malala’s Magic Pencil, this afternoon.

As you hopefully read in yesterday’s blog post, I am hoping you can have a conversation with your child this evening about some things they feel strongly about.

Students will be asked to write for 45 minutes tomorrow, arguing or sharing their opinion, persuading the reader for change of some sort. The audience could be you, me, the principal, community leaders, politicians etc. We are trying to get away from the letters home asking for a new puppy 🐶😜

Your support is really appreciated!

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5B January 20 – 24

Hi Families,

Homework: As there was no school on Friday, math homework will be going home today, due Thursday. The homework is on Estimation: front-end rounding and compatible numbers, a concept that should be a review at this point. I posted a video on the blog early last week, which reviews rounding, as well.
Also, I have asked the children to practice their basic multiplication facts in the evenings. Practicing their quick recall of one-digit by one-digit facts will help our work in the classroom, especially when we move on to our next outcome next week, N5: Mutliplying two-digits by two-digits.

In Writer’s Workshop, your child has just finished an entry in their best writing scribbler and we are moving on to a new unit, Persuasive Writing.
On Tuesday, I am going to share a read-aloud book that demonstrates how one child changed the world with words. The book is called “Malala’s Magic Pencil”. Following the read aloud, I am going to ask the children to think about a topic that he/she knows and cares about, an issue around which he/she has strong feelings. I want them to go home on Tuesday night and really think about what they feel strongly about. Please support your child by having a small discussion with them about possible topics. In class on Wednesday, students will have 45 minutes to write an opinion or argument text in which they will write their opinion/claim and tell reasons why they feel that way.  I will be using this writing piece as a baseline for my future mini-lessons for this persuasive writing unit. I will send a note home on Tuesday as a reminder for everyone as I have not yet introduced the unit and will do so with the read loud. 

In Reader’s Workshop, we continue to work on Sequencing (putting things in order). We have also been focusing on using text features during our guided reading. Again, I have to stress the importance of reading, each night, especially when guided reading assignments come home. I really notice a difference in the classroom when students are reading consistently. After this week I will be moving on to individual assessments in reading. We appreciate your support. 🙂

In Health, we continue to work on Wellness Choices. We have linked our Grow Garden to ways we can promote healthy activities in the community. Our seeds are starting to sprout and we will be looking to install our LED light in the next week or so!

Tomorrow, a representative from Kids Code Jeunesse will be with us to teach 5B how to code using microbits. This will give us a good introduction/review for future projects, including our Grow Garden!


Have a great week! 🙂


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5B Math – N2 Estimation (Rounding videos)

Hi Families,
As you are aware, we have begun the outcome N2: Estimation, in math. One strategy in grade five is called Compatible Numbers. Essentially, this strategy requires students to round to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000. Rounding is not a new concept to students, however, the link below illustrates the concept of rounding by applying it to a number line. The students watched this video today and it would be a good refresher to watch again if needed.

If you click on the link below, a series of links will appear on the left-hand side of the screen, taking you to subsequent videos of rounding to hundreds and thousands. Our homework next week will include this strategy as we will have worked on it for a number of days.

The homework that went home today is on N7 and N9 Fractions and Decimals. This work is not new to the students, however, I did notice we needed a few reminders as to how to solve the problems during our math warm-up, today. Please note, students need to make any fraction that does not have a denominator of 10, 100, or 1000 equivalent to one that does, in order to convert it into a decimal. For example 1/4 = 25/100 therefore 1/4 = 0.25
Please see their “review” page of their homework, if needed.

Thanks and have a great weekend!


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5B Snow Day Challenge – January 9

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5B Snow Day Challenge!

Hi Families,

If your child is stuck home today with nothing to do, here’s a little challenge they might be interested in!

Just have the students tally up their points at the end of the day and comment below this post on Class Dojo with their total! I’ll give them that many ballots to win a small prize!

Good luck!

Ms. Cameron MacIsaac

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January 6 – 10th 5B Stratford Elementary

Hi Families,

Important note for students on Bus 74. Those students will be held back briefly, this afternoon. Please message me if you have not received notification from me about this. 

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and that you were able to get some rest and relaxation amongst all the hustle and bustle. We shared some of our exciting adventures this morning as a class and in Writer’s Workshop, this afternoon!

We have started a number of new units today. In math, we have begun N2 – Estimation. We will be using strategies such as front-end rounding, compensation, and compatible numbers. We continue to explore mental math and multiplication in our warm-ups. Please continue to ask your child basic multiplication questions, each evening. I will send homework home on Friday.

In Reader’s Workshop, we have begun a new strategy, Sequencing (putting things in order) and I am reading a new read-aloud called Kensuke’s Kingdom! It’s a wonderful novel that I’m sure your children will love. Please encourage your child to continue their nightly reading. If you still have your “levels of reading” question sheet you received during student-led conferences, this would be a great time to break that out every once in awhile as we head into the new year! Please ask your child if they have guided reading this week to ensure they are completing their assigned reading and responses.

In Writer’s Workshop, we are working on adding to our “seeds” or “ideas” notebook for some fresh ideas to write about in the coming weeks. The grade five team is planning a persuasive unit to begin in February. In the meantime, we will continue to review the proper use of conventions.

We have begun a new Health unit surrounding Wellness Choices. In this unit, we read about and discuss Personal Health such as physical activity, hygiene, body image, healthy eating and the impact of caffeine, alcohol, and drugs on personal health/wellness. We will also be exploring Safety & Responsibility where students identify personal boundaries and promote safety practices in the school and community.

Have a wonderful week!


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