We have certainly had lots of snow this week, and it does not seem like it is ever going to end! I guess it is great for those of us who enjoy skiing!
Math - We are finally finishing up our Tiny House Project. I told students that I have been observing how they have put together their house over the last couple of weeks, and if they are able to figure out how to find perimeter and area of their house and the objects they have placed in their house. I also told students that part of their design/creation will go towards a Media mark for next term. I gave students a short review of perimeter and area and units of measure on Friday. Students enjoyed using Pear Deck to complete this review. On Monday we will be looking at how we did and I will assign a short quiz for students on Wednesday. I will be going over with students what they need to know. We will also be looking at Capacity next week. This will involve an interactive task using food colouring and water! We will have then completed all 5 of the math strands and will be back at Number Sense and Numeration. We will then be working on multiplication, division, and fractions in the upcoming weeks. Grade 5 should know their multiplication tables up to 12 x 12. They will also need to be able to multiply two digits by two digits. I will be showing them some videos to help with learning their multiplication tables.
Language - We have just started a new read aloud. The reading focus will be on Inferring. Inferring means figuring out something that the author doesn't actually say. You can use clues that are in the text, and things from your own mind. Sometimes it's called "reading between the lines," and it adds a lot more meaning to the story. The read aloud is called "Hiding Edith" by Kathy Kacer.
This is one of my favourite read alouds. It is a book written for students and describes the story of Edith Schwalb, a young Jewish girl hiding from the Nazis in France during World War II. It is a book that details the amazing courage and struggles of a young girl, and the inspiring spirit of the people she meets. Our next writing focus will encourage students to spend time on their own passions and creativity. Please watch the following video on Genius Hour.