Science: Changes in Matter 

Just a few pics of our Science class this morning: learning about chemical and physical changes and whether they are reversible or not. 

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May 1 – 4

Hi Everyone,

A friendly reminder there is no school on Friday, May 5th as it is our annual Area Association Day.

Homework this week is as follows:
– Read each night at least 20 minutes
– Math “Forget-Me-Not Quiz” #2 due Thursday
– Math Quiz signed and returned by Thursday

I am sending home a “cheat sheet” to refer to for the various strategies and tips when working on the Math foundational outcomes. There are a few math videos you can search on my blog for multiplication and division as well and I will post a few more links in the near future.

A school supply form for Stratford Elementary and the 2017-2018 school year is going home (blue sheet). All information can be found on this sheet.

Looking ahead, we will be attending a Water presentation at the Stratford Town Hall on May 17th. I will send out a reminder next week, but I just wanted to mention not to order a hot lunch for your child on this day. Brown bag lunch only as there are no microwaves to be used by students in the facility.

Have a great week!

Math “cheat sheet”

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Music Monday Mass Choir participants – rehearsal Wednesday 4:15

Permission forms going home Monday for members of the choir! 

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PR1 & PR2 website

Here are a few links your child might like to use when practicing for the upcoming test or for review over the next few months:

https://ca.ixl.com/math/grade-5/complete-an-increasing-number-sequence

https://ca.ixl.com/math/grade-5/number-sequences-mixed-review

https://ca.ixl.com/math/grade-5/complete-a-table-for-a-two-variable-relationship

There are a few more links including word problems and sequencing with larger numbers if your child would like a challenge:

https://ca.ixl.com/standards/new-brunswick/math/grade-5

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April 18 – 28

Hi Everyone,
I hope you all had a nice Easter weekend. Just a reminder, there is no school Friday, April 28th

The Grade 5 team is planning a carousel activity as an Easter Seals fundraising activity for next Friday, April 21 from 10:45-11:25.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities within the grade 5 hallway. Any denomination is gratefully accepted between now and next Friday and will be forwarded to the ambassador, Gordon Cameron, when he visits our school, next Wednesday.
We are finishing up our latest Math outcomes: PR1 – Determining the pattern rule to make predictions about subsequent elements and PR2 – Solving problems involving single-variable, one step equations. We will have a test on Thursday before moving on to Space and Shape – Area & Perimeter. Homework is going home this evening, due Friday, but would be a good review for the upcoming test.
In Writer’s Workshop, we have been reading aloud Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House by Island Author, Patti Larsen along with other short mystery stories as part of our Mystery Unit. The students will be creating their own mystery story including mystery elements such as: a crime, detectives, suspects, clues, evidence, distractions and of course a solution. Homework for this week focuses on quotation marks as dialogue should be a part of your child’s mystery story.
In Science, we continue to learn about solids, liquids, and gases, noticing their changes and whether they are reversible or not.
There will be no Word Work homework this week.
Have a great week!
Meredith
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March 27 – April 15

Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone was able to enjoy at least some of your children’s March break! They all seem rested and ready to go! 🙂

Just a reminder, I will be away next week and part of the next. Ms. Rebecca Hughes will be in from Monday to Thursday, and Ms. Cindy Reid for the following days. Please contact the office should you need to pass on a message to your child.

Also, next Friday, April 10th is a PD so there is no school.

For homework this week:
– math sheet on PR2 – Solving Equations, due Friday
– comma homework, due Friday
– read at least 20 mins., each night

Book order forms went home today. Orders are due on April 7th.

In Math, we will be working on PR1 which focuses on number patterns. The students seem to be grasping these outcomes nicely and I will be looking for their ability to create word problems using their knowledge of PR2 and PR1.

In Reader’s Workshop, we will begin a new Mystery Unit focusing on narratives. Students will have a Mystery read aloud and be involved in a Mystery Book Club. We will use these texts to help us write our own Mystery stories in Writer’s Workshop over the next few weeks. If you have any mystery novels you liked as a child, feel free to share with your child!

We will begin a new unit in Science: Changes in Matter. Students will learn about solids, liquids, and gases. I will post a few links to some demos you might be interested in doing at home! 😉

Word Work will start back up, next week. Please look for new words to be sorted each evening before each activity. Correct word sorts will be glued in the April 4-10 section of their agenda.

Have a great week!
Meredith

 

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March 13-17

Hi Everyone,

With only a week before March Break and following a successful set of student-led conferences, we don’t have much to talk about, but I’ll update you on the things we are working on for the next few days.

We will be looking forward to presenting our First Nations & Inuit projects as well as our Descriptive Reports for Social Studies and Writer’s Workshop. When we return we will be getting into Science: Changes in Matter and beginning a new writing strategy, Mystery Narrative.

In Math, we have begun a new foundational outcome: PR2 – Solving Equations. Homework just went home today and is due Thursday.

Also, I will be absent from the classroom from Monday, April 3 to April 10 as I will be out of the country. I will remind you again closer to the dates but if you should need to contact your child, the best way to do that would be through Judy in the office.

Lastly, thank you so much for your continued support this term. I was so proud of the way the students led our conferences. I really see a big improvement in your children’s learning and I hope third term will bring out even more confidence and pride in each student.

Meredith

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