Thank you to Spencer, Brody, Munkhu, Faith, Logan, and Bobbi for bringing in snacks and goodies for our Hallowe’en celebration! We had an awesome day and enjoyed the little thrills and chills that Belinda’s ghost stories of Lethbridge gave us!
This is just a brief update on what’s happening in the next couple of weeks.
While this week is 5 days long, next week students are only in school Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Monday is Remembrance Day and teachers are involved in district-wide professional learning on Tuesday.
Students will continue studying the Frequently Misspelled Words lists this week and will focus on column 2a. It is important for students to take a few minutes each night to master these words (there are only 12 to study!) So far, not only have I been impressed with the effort students are putting forth, I’ve also noticed growth in their sentence-writing skills, yay! Once again, our test will be on Thursday. Good luck! (Because next week is such a short week, we will not be focusing on a list of FMW.)
We will be taking some time to search for tasty bits of writing in our reading, do some Remembrance Day reflection and writing, as well as launch into our writing unit with exploring ideas for personal narratives! Next week will see us continuing with generating story ideas by thinking of places that matter to us and episodes that occurred in those places.
Students will have another chance to play ‘le cercle magique’ this week before we get into our unit focused on the school!
Qu’est-ce qu’il y a dans mon sac a dos?
This week we will review classroom items and do a 1-minute presentation on Thursday to demonstrate our knowledge. We will then look to expand our vocabulary of school items, eventually including subjects and places in the school!
We took a trip to Newfoundland last week to see where the Vikings first landed! This week we will learn how to go on a scavenger hunt through the Atlantic region and will also be addressing our envelopes to send Breezy the Beaver off! (If you haven’t already sent in a Canadian address for Breezy, please do so before Wednesday. If you have more than one that you could send, we would love that, as we have a few students without friends and family in other parts of our country!)
Those multiplication facts are really coming along! Keep up the terrific nightly practice, efforts are paying off for those who are studying! 14 out of 20 students achieved their personal best last week!
This week we will learn how to use front-end rounding, compatible numbers and compensation to estimate sums. Grade five students usually struggle with these concepts, so here’s a sneak peek:
Front-end rounding :
5 203 + 2 173 is about 5 000 + 2 000= 7 000.
3 821 + 1 973: (make it easy, round one or both numbers so that they are easy to work with and you can add them easily)
3 821 is close to 3 800, and 1 973 is close to 2 000, so 3 800 + 2 000 = 5 800.
Compensation: involves rounding one number up and the next number down:
i.e: 2 367 + 4 398
We would round the first number to 2 000 and the second to 5 000 for a sum of 7 000.
(Students: to prove you read the blog, write a note to Ms. B. naming the 3 ways to estimate sums, and give it to her before O Canada on Monday morning!)
Once we have a firm understanding of estimation skills when adding, we will turn our attention to estimating differences (subtraction) next week!
Our class has discussed the importance of giving our bodies and brains proper fuels for learning. How challenging it is to do this the week after Halloween! Students are being reminded of the difference between snacks (healthy fuels) and treats (often filled with sugar and have little to no nutritional value). I am certain I have the support of families when I strongly encourage students to ‘eat the healthy stuff first’.