A 3-panel display board from a previous year


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Wednesday 31 March 2010

As we work through division, our class has found this website useful:


Scroll down to find “Division Practice Sheets”. Those are organized by the number of digits in the operation. Start at the single digit questions, with remainder. You will notice the answer sheets are right there too.

By the way, just so you know, students are allowed to us a times tables grid, such as the one found in the back of the student planner. We do, however, strongly encourage all students to make Grade 5 the year they learn their times tables completely. Students who need the support of a times tables grid will find division much slower than those students who have learned their times tables.

To this end, I have asked students to pick one “times table” to learn this week, which means studying it nightly this week. You can do it aloud with your child while cooking dinner or even during dinner. Or your child can use “flashcards” (store bought, or homemade) which have the question on the front (eg: 7 x 6) and the answer (42) on the back. There is also an excellent iPhone/iTouch app for that. I’d like students to learn the last two or three most difficult (for them) times tables by the end of June. That means tackling the 6 or 7 or 8 or 9 times tables (as needed) with the intention of learning them thoroughly at least one per month.

Social Studies:
I spoke to the class at length today about the requirements for the Immigration project, and showed them an example of a 3-panel display (widely available… Michael’s, Staples, etc). If you scroll down to the March 26 entry, you will find the PDF of the criteria for the immigration project. On that PDF’s second page are the various due dates. The next most important due date is Friday 9 April (that is a week this Friday), when I’ll be expecting students to have at school all their “rough copy” notes of their written research. That means students must have this work underway already, and your support in guiding them throughout the process of a 3-week long project will be a very important learning opportunity.

Notices coming home:
Please look for two notices to come home today: One is a yellow notice (for the Babysitting course offered to 11 year olds, and for the Home Alone /First Aid course for 10 year olds, both offered by Kidproof Canada through the North Shore Winter Club). The other is a white “School Supply Order Form” for Grade 6. That may seem a long way off, but in order to have students receive next year’s supplies by the end of this year, your order form needs to be back in to the office by Thursday 8 April 2010

Tuesday 30 March 2010


No homework tonight.


So that means tonight would be a great night to spend 20 minutes on times tables!

Or perhaps tonight is a good night to chip away at our Immigration project.

Or perhaps tonight is a good night to do nothing!

March 29, 2010 Homework

In support of our work on division, students are asked to select one "times tables" (eg: the 6 times tables) and practice it a lot at home this week.

Social Studies
A reminder to look for an overview sheet that tells parents and students about the Immigration project. Details are found on this blog, but you'll have to scroll down back in time to come across it. Students and their families should have picked a country the student will research by now. It is best if one of your ancestral lines comes from that country, because it is personal for the student, but also easier to find information from relatives. It could be, however, that a student would prefer to pick a country that they would like to learn about, even if they have no family connection.

Two notices were sent home today; one a permission slip ("Informed consent") for our field trip to the Music Festival at Centennial Theatre next week (a blue form), and the other (on bright yellow paper) a joint North Van Rec/School District initiative for pre-teens held once a week after school on Wednesdays from mid-April to June, with online registration.

Friday 26 March 2010

There are two PDFs for you to view today. One is a Social Studies project which is due April 19, 2010, and the other is a notice of a field trip we are going on in a week and a half (Wed. April 7) to the Music Festival at Centennial Theatre. I forgot to hand out the field trip “Informed Consent” notices, so you can either print this one off, or wait till Monday when your child will (hopefully!) come home with same.

As for the Social Studies Immigration project, the 2-page long PDF (you will have to scroll down within the PDF window to see both pages) gives the outline and the important due dates. I will be giving the children further instruction as we go along. Some class time will be allocated for research, or organization, but most of this project will be done at home.

It would be best if students chose a country which your family has a connection to, but they are free to choose a country that they simply like or want to learn about. They will be working alone on this project (ie: not in student partners). I would like all students to have chosen the country they will be researching by Monday 29 March 2010.

Finally, this weekend, specifically Saturday 27 March at 8:30 pm local time, is “Earth Hour”. You’ll find lots of information here: http://www.earthhour.org/  but essentially we all are encouraged to reduce our electrical “footprint” for an hour to take a stand against climate change. The Grade 6s have made a presentation to our class, and so your child may be asking you to participate this Saturday night.

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Intermediate Music Festival.pdf
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