Today in class we had a wonderful discussion and introduction to Rube Goldberg. Please ask your child what they learned today. Here is a fun video we watched to help us connect simple machines to our curriculum. See if you can spot the 6 simple machines!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
We are off to a great start with our unit on simple machines! Today I introduced our exciting simple machines design project that will take place next week! The objectives are as follows and can also be found in the file below.
So what can we do to prepare for this IN CLASS lab?
Students have been put into groups. Each group brainstormed ideas in class today and were given some research time to explore project ideas.
Students have been asked to bring in recycled materials from home. Here are some ideas from the handout of what they can bring in:
All recycled items must be brought in by TUESDAY October 24th. Each student is only allowed to bring in 1 bag of recycled items. However... the one bag can be any size;)
This project based learning experience is a design based lab. The outcome is for students to think critically, problem solve and work as a team. For these reasons please do not do the projects at home with your child! However healthy discussion and brainstorming is of course allowed.
Have a wonderful long weekend! I am looking forward to an exciting week of design, problem solving and exploration.
Students are working hard each day on the multiplication unit. This week we are going to go over a wonderful article by Mammoth Math that will look at how to help students with multiplication.
In the article it will discuss some general principles in helping students with their multiplication tables:
1. Why study the tables?
2. Learning tables in a structured manner
3. Example: memorizing the table of 3 in five steps
4. Are timed drills necessary?
5. Multiplication games
7. What about mnemonic helps?
8. Math Mammoth Multiplication 1 book
This is a great resource to discuss with your child and to use at home! We will be going over it tomorrow in class and I will show students how to use the site:)
The Caribou Mathematics Competition is a world wide online contest that is held six times throughout the school year. Each of these days, five contests are offered, one for each of the grade levels 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12.
The Caribou Cup is the series of all Caribou Contests in one school year. Each student's ranking in the Caribou Cup is determined by their performance in their best 5 of 6 contests through the school year.
While this test is completely optional, we encourage our students to participate and challenge themselves.
The goals of this project are to:
The next test will be taking place on Wednesday, October 18th at lunch with Mrs. Fisher's in room 301 (old wing). Students will bring their lunches.
To practice, click here to access previous tests.
Grade 5 students have started off the year in Health and Physical Education classes with fitness and cooperative games. Students have been introduced to a variety of fitness activities in the form of circuits focusing on lower body, upper body and core strength, as well as cardiovascular fitness. They have demonstrated a strong work ethic and support network in accomplishing these fitness challenges. Grade 5 students learned how to play “The Wall”, a fast-paced, high-intensity game that involves speed, agility and team work. They also participated in various tarp challenges, where they learned how to communicate effectively, and the different roles involved in cooperating successfully. Grade 5 students have moved on to their soccer unit, with the initial focus being on solidifying their fundamental skills such as dribbling, kicking, passing, trapping and ball control. During game play, students are encouraged to work together, persevere, and communicate with their teammates for a fun and successful experience. We are proud of all of the Grade 5 students who participated during our annual Terry Fox Run!
This year we’ve been using an exciting educational game called Prodigy. While we will be using the program during school hours from time to time, students can play with the same character at home to supplement their practice! p your child by registering a free parent account now.
Your child will be bringing home their login information today! Please place it in a safe place as it will have the login and password information.
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