Our unit test in whole numbers is set for Monday. This will be a summative test covering the big ideas over the past several weeks (place value, greater/less than, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Typical of what happens each year, the material gets tougher the further in we go. Areas where students will most likely encounter difficulty will be in multiplication and division. Students will be allowed to use a multiplication chart for the test but review of “how-tos” is encouraged. These videos are a good place to start. I’ve also put practice sheets on the four operations, including a review sheet yesterday, on the blog under the Homework posts for students wanting extended practice. The concepts are no different than what they learned in grades three and four; the work is just a little more involved. Additional practise can be found in the students’ textbook and the answers are posted below the Homework post for today.
We spent some time this week reviewing the results of Monday’s election. With voter turnout being so low year after year, I asked the students to blog about how that could be improved. You can read your child’s suggestion here. With municipal politics out of the way, we can now veer off in new directions to close out the unit. Students have been tasked with a research assignment: the grade fours have chosen a province/territory to research, while the fives are looking at Canada’s Prime Ministers. The instruction sheet should be in the Projects section of the Reminder Binder if you’d like more details. While class time will be provided, students are free to research their topic on their own time as well. There is no due date so far.
Starting next week, or the week after, we’ll finally get into science. Science is a little trickier to juggle between the two grades but here’s what I have in store for this first unit. It will begin with student-led research into the big ideas for the respective grades: pulleys and gears (G4); and forces acting on structures (G5). The goal will be to create a graphic poster explaining how these things work. We will then marry the two topics by having the fours and fives work together to build a structure that requires the use of a pulley and/or gear system. Students will also be given a “science pack” with information to support their learning.
I’m a big advocate of giving back and knowing where you came from. Student Council has decided to put together holiday gifts for those less fortunate in other parts of the world as a part of Operation Christmas Child. Details about the what and how can be found by clicking the link, but the students already know what is to be done. Many have already signed up for items to bring and we have until November 13th to get it all together. We’ve agreed as a class to try to put together three boxes to be sent. I will foot the bill for the shipping ($7 per box) if the students can make small contributions. The link will let you know what is acceptable and what is not. Your support in seeing this through is greatly appreciated.
In the days leading up to Remembrance Day, I’ll be sharing my knowledge of the Great War with the students in 4/5M. After all, it was this monumental event that sparked Remembrance Day in the first place. Knowing what sacrifice means and honouring those who gave their lives for freedom is something near and dear to me. Before that moment of silence on 11/11, I’m hopeful your child will have a better understanding of what remembrance truly is.
We capped a sugar filled day with letters from our pen pals in Winnipeg. You may want to ask your child about who his/her pen pal is and what he/she knows about him/her.
Enjoy the evening of tricks and treats, and stay safe!