Thursday, 18 January 2018

Science Test Next Thursday

On Thursday, January 25th our afternoon class will have a test for Electricity (Grade 6) and Properties of Matter (Grade 5). Here are some study notes for the tests. These cover everything students need to know for the test. I will send these home as a hardcopy for students on Friday as well.

Electricity Study Notes

Properties of Matter Study Notes

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Leaving Ceremony - June 26th at 1PM

This year the Leaving Ceremony for the Grade 6 class will take place on Tuesday, June 26th at 1PM at St. Patrick's Church in Fallowfield. There will be a service in the church, followed by cake, coffee and juice in the Parish Hall. More details will come as we get closer to the date. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me at any time.

Reminder: Holy Trinity Parent Night is next week!

Monday, 8 January 2018

Welcome Back!

Happy New Year to everyone. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed time with friends and family.

This month, we are starting to learn about measurement in math. Today we began by reviewing what we have learned in the past about standard and non-standard units, and why it is important to have standard units of measurement. Then we reviewed about how to convert metric measurements, and I taught the class an easy way to do this. See this video for the method I taught them. It is really easy and can be used for all metric units. Over the course of this unit we will be covering:

  • area of rectangles, parallelograms and triangles
  • surface area  of rectangular and triangular prisms
  • volume of rectangular and triangular prisms
  • relating area and perimeter
  • converting units of mass and capacity
  • relating units of capacity to volume (eg. 1 ML = 1 cubic CM)
  • converting units of volume (eg. 1 cubic meter = 1,000,000 cubic cm)
  • solving problems in which units are not all the same. (Eg. The area of a triangle is 1.5 square metres. The base is 500 cm. What is the height?) 
This can be a challenging unit for many students so we will be taking quite a long time to get through all of the concepts. In the meantime, here are some Blendspace units that cover much of the material, with many parts that are review. 

In Language, we are going to be focusing on the Oral communication skill of effective listening, which we call active listening in class. We will be practising out listening skills by talking to our peers and retelling the messages they tell us, and we will also practice by watching a variety of short videos and answering questions about them to demonstrate our understanding. We will also be focusing on identifying the features of some media texts and using our understanding to develop a media presentation of our own. 

In Science, we have been learning about electricity for the Grade 6's and States of  Matter for the Grade 5's. We will continue to learn about these topics throughout the month of January. 

Again, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. As always, thank you for your continued support and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me any time. 

Monday, 18 December 2017

Christmas Concert Friday

The junior Christmas Concert will take place on Friday at 10:50 AM. According to the schedule right now, it looks as though our class may be going first, although that may change.

For our concert, we will be doing a few songs using Boomwhackers. The students have been practising quite a lot and are quite good at the songs!

For the concert, I have asked children to simply wear Christmas colours (green red or white). If they wish to wear a santa hat, that is fine, but not necessary. Thank you!

I would like to wish everyone in our community a wonderful Christmas, with all the joys that the season brings. I hope you all have a great holiday.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me any time.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Data Management Test Next Week!

Next week on Thursday we will have our Data Management test. We have flown through this unit, as it is generally pretty easy. The one area that students struggle with is finding a missing value in a set of data when given the mean. I teach the students to "work backwards" in order to find the solution. We did this today, and students did very well! We will practice some more on Monday.

Here is a Hapara Workspace that I have put together to assist students in learning and studying this material. If students are comfortable with all of the material here, they will be fine. Be sure to check out the link to the Blendspace, which has videos, games and more to help practice.

Our first lesson was on interpreting graphs, which is fairly easy for most students to understand. Here is a short presentation that can be used to remind students of our learning:

Interpreting Graphs Grade 6

We also have learned about finding the Mean, the Median and the Mode, which are all forms of averages. The hardest part of this for students is not calculating these, but instead we are sometimes given the mean, and then asked to find a missing value. Students must work backwards to find the mean in this case. Please see the presentation below for how to do this. 

Monday, 11 December 2017

Christmas Activities

Next week, we will be doing a number of activities for Christmas in our class.

First of all, on Wednesday, we will be watching the "Polar Express" and having a morning of hot chocolate.

On Thursday, we will be making gingerbread houses in the morning class, and determining the area, and surface area of the houses before building. For these, if possible, please send in a few peanut free candies that we can use for decorations. I will be supplying icing and graham crackers, and a few candies, but I am sure we will need more. Thank you!

On Friday, we will have our Christmas concert in the gym. It will begin at 10:50. Our class will be near the end because they generally go in order by grade.

Also on Friday, the afternoon class will be making gingerbread houses with our Kinder buddies. Nothing is required, as we have asked the kinder parents to donate some candy as we will let the little ones take home the gingerbread houses.

Thank you, and I hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas Season!