Monday, February 1, 2016

Adding and Subtraction Fractions

Due to illness, many students need review on adding and subtracting fractions with uncommon denominators. The trick is we can only add fractions with like denominators. How do you do that? Make equivalent fractions so that both denominators are the same. Here is a website to help explain how to find a common denominator and below are some videos to help too.


Once you know how to find like denominators, practice with these games!


 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Ancient Civilization Videos

This past week we learned the components that make up a civilization. Here are videos to go along with our learning from last week. Watch the first video first about what makes a civilization and then watch any of the following about ancient Egypt.


(Interesting- Paulis, this is for you!)







 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Religion Morning with Parents

Last Friday we welcomed in our parents and shared with them our projects on our researched religions. Students had to learn about their religion and come up with a project to teach about it. They wrote lesson plans, practiced their teaching and showed their knowledge. It was wonderful to see them so enthusiastic and excited. As I was walking around participating, it was amazing to hear all of the parents share that they learned so much. Thank you students and families for such a successful event!














Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Quarter 3 Book Choices

Next week we will be choosing our new books for literature circles. I would like you to examine the following information from goodreads.com on the book choices to help you make a more informed decision about the book you prefer to read. You will get your first or second choice, so choose wisely.

Island of the Blue Dolphins 

In the Pacific there is an island that looks like a big fish sunning itself in the sea. Around it, blue dolphins swim, otters play, and sea elephants and sea birds abound. Once, Indians also lived on the island. And when they left and sailed to the east, one young girl was left behind. — This is the story of Karana, the Indian girl who lived alone for years on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. Year after year, she watched one season pass into another and waited for a ship to take her away. But while she waited, she kept herself alive by building shelter, making weapons, finding food, and fighting her enemies, the wild dogs. It is not only an unusual adventure of survival, but also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn’t just want to run from somewhere, she wants to run to somewhere — to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and, preferably, elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing her younger brother Jamie has money and thus can help her with a serious cash-flow problem, she invites him along.

Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at auction for a bargain price of $225. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Is it? Or isn’t it?
Claudia is determined to find out. Her quest leads her to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue, and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself.


The Egypt Game 

The first time Melanie Ross meets April Hall, she's not sure they'll have anything in common. But she soon discovers that they both love anything to do with ancient Egypt. When they stumble upon a deserted storage yard behind the A-Z Antiques and Curio Shop, Melanie and April decide it's the perfect sport for the Egypt Game.

Before long there are six Egyptians instead of two. After school and on weekends they all meet to wear costumes, hold ceremonies, and work on their secret code.
Everyone thinks it's just a game, until strange things begin happening to the players. Has the Egypt Game gone too far?


Wringer 

by 



Framed  

by Frank Cottrell Boyce



Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Math: Stem and Leaf Plot Resources

Hi Students! Stem and Leaf plots are helpful and new for us in grade 5. It is one way to show data in a graphical format. It helps show distribution of the data and helps to visually show any outliers. We have already created circle graphs, bar graphs, and analyzed data to find the minimum, maximum, mean, mode, median and range. This new way to organize data will help you to visually see the data you have organized in a different way.

Assignment for Thursday January 14:

  1. Watch video 1 as a class. Pause during the second example and work with a partner to create a Stem and Leaf Plot in your math notebook for the data he gives you. Compare as a class. Now you can complete steps 2-4 on your own using your computer. 
  2. Write down the steps to create a Stem and Leaf Plot in your notebook.
  3. Watch the second video if you still need more clarity.
  4. Go to the link at the bottom and read it. Take any notes you think you need in your math notebook. Complete the questions at the bottom of the page in your math notebook.
Video 1


Stem and Leaf plots steps from the video:



  1. Order your data from least to greatest
  2. Make your cross for your Stem and Leaf Plot
  3. Top left, write Stem. Top right, write Leaf.
  4. Write in your values for your 10s in the Stem side
  5. The leaf represents the 1s place, so put the 1s digits in the leaf column in order
  6. Put your key on your graph
Video 2



Assignment Web Link


 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Geology Video Morning


Image result for geology clipart


Geology Movie Morning on Friday December 11th
Grade 5 Classroom at 8:45 am


Parents, teachers and students,you are invited... We will be watching the student geology films that were written, filmed, edited and produced entirely by the students. We had no idea how much work the films would be an we want to celebrate with you by kicking back and viewing our films.

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

An Exploration into Religion: Judaism

Our new PYP unit central idea is that "Religions help people express their beliefs and values." We will examine

  • similarities and differences of world religions
  • how symbols, artifacts and architecture are used to help people with their expression
  • why traditions and rituals exist in religions
We will start with Judaism since it is the first monotheistic religion. Students are going to continue working on their research skills with a focus on organization of content and thorough notes taken in shorthand. Some of the resources we will use during this focus are going to include these videos:

BBC: My Life, My Religion: Judaism

Judaism Core Beliefs and Values

The Story of Judaism



Monday, November 30, 2015

Movember in 5R

Grade 5 is an important year. Students transition from PYP to MYP and take part in the culminating project, exhibition. Throughout the year I try to show important events occurring around the world and help them understand global issues that they might find interesting. I also try to emphasize the importance of taking action and making a difference in the lives of others.

One way to take action is through awareness. Movember is a great chance to teach the students about a movement to raise awareness about men's health issues. We discussed the reason for Movember and why it is important to teach people about cancer of all types.

Students get to share in the fun too by putting on mustaches. Take a look!







 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Grade 1 Buddies are continuing to go well. This time, the Grade 5 student council representatives talked to the class about children who do not have families, and about children in need, who don't have the love, warmth and cheer that most of us do during the holiday season. The school is involved in an Angel Tree project, collecting gifts for those special children, and today the students decorated the angels for the Angel Tree.







Thursday, November 12, 2015

Student Tesselations

This week in Geometry, the students learned about shapes and patterns that fit together to form tesselations. What a great way to keep them engaged and excited about math! The photos below show some of the steps and samples of the students' work. Fun!