Spelling word for test on May 24, 2017

 

Blue Green Purple
her scratch bookcase
perch spring snowman
clerk stretch lighthouse
hear spray headache
spear strive downstairs
dear scrap bookmark
deer strong downpour
steer scream headstrong
cheer struck lightweight
heard screen snowplow
earth sprint countdown
learn stress sunlight
there stray scrapbook
here strip flashlight
spread downtown
scrape snowflake
Everybody
organization
volunteer

New math unit

Dear Families,

Over the next two weeks, your child will be learning how to create and solve division problems that involve either equal sharing or equal grouping. Your child will use various strategies, such as multiplication, repeated subtraction, and a number line, to solve division problems.

To reinforce the concepts your child is learning at school, you and your child can work on some at-home activities such as these:

  • Use any type of food such as baked goods or pizza to have your child figure out how to equally share pieces among a certain number of people.
  • Have your child determine how many pieces to create from a pan of brownies or cake to feed the family the same serving size, such as 2 or 3 pieces.
  • With your child, practise using common objects or situations at home to show both equal sharing and equal grouping. For example, “How can we share 12 comic books among 4 people?” (equal sharing) or “If each person receives 3 comic books and there are 12 books, how many people are there?”

You may want to visit the Nelson website at www.nelson.com/mathfocus for more suggestions to help your child learn mathematics and develop a positive attitude toward learning mathematics. As well, you can check the Nelson website for links to other websites that provide online tutorials, math problems, brainteasers, and challenges.

Genius Hour

Dear Families,

Our class has been working on Genius Hour projects for the last few weeks and most students are in the beginning stages of putting together their presentations. For those of you not familiar with Genius Hour I’ve included some basic information. I strongly encourage you to talk with your child about their project. Talking with others will help them discover areas they might need to research more and give them more ideas on how they might present their information.

What is Genius Hour?

Genius Hour is time set aside in class for students to study a new idea or skill that they choose and are passionate about once a week for a set amount of time.

Why is Genius Hour important?

Students take ownership of their own learning. They learn about something they want to learn about. Genius Hour sparks curiosity, and students have an opportunity to become their own Genius. Genius Hour encourages lifelong learning, imagination, perseverance, self-awareness, adaptability, as well as other life-lessons.

How will Genius Hour work in my classroom?

Students will participate in Genius Hour once a week, each Wednesday, for approximately 1 hr. Students will choose a topic to study with teacher approval.  Students will be given time in class to work on the project with the teacher serving as a facilitator.  They  will be provided research materials (ie., books, computer, iPads, etc.) to explore.  One of the grade nine classes have partnered with us to guide our class in the beginning stages of research. As an end project, students must present their topic to an audience.

How does this fit with the curriculum?

The great thing about Genius Hour is, not only do students get to pick something they are passionate about to work on, the work they do on the project and the presentation of their work also naturally ties in with a selection of curriculum objectives and expectations!

The presentations are being made and our class is in need of the following:

  • large pieces of cardboard for Genius Hour projects (appliance boxes would be great)
  • Tri-Fold Display Boards (they can be used, we will recover them!)

Thank you for your support at home!

Jump Rope for Heart

Hi there!

We are currently raising money for the Heart and Stroke foundation through an event called Jump Rope for Heart.  We would like to acknowledge all the people who have donated money to your cause!  We are asking that students collect the names of the people from whom they have collected donations.  They will be writing these names on paper hearts and we will be posting them on our Jump Rope bulletin board. If possible, please send the names associated with each donation to your child’s teacher so that we may display them with gratitude!
Muir Lake Leadership

Grade 4 to 6 Track Meet

On Tuesday, May 16 Muir Lake School will be holding our grade 4 to 6 Track Meet. It will start around 8:30 and end at 12:30. Rain-out day has been set for Wednesday May 17th.

We are trying something a little new. We will be having an outdoor concession for the WHOLE school. Parents have volunteered to do this and we would like the whole school to enjoy this treat. Junior high students will have access to the concession at lunch recess. Concession items include the following:

  • hot dog $2
  • drinks $1
  • chips $1
  • popcorn $2
  • candy bag $1

Thank you to our parent volunteers for running the concession and a special thank you to the grade 4 to 6 staff for making this a fun day for our students.

Spelling words for test on May 17, 2017

Blue Green Purple
part wreath play
harm known stay
sharp gnome spray
care knife fry
stare ring cry
square knight try
fare wrist
pare kneel add “s” to each word
hair gnarled  add “ed” to each word
stair wrinkle add “ing” to each word
fair knuckle
pair knot
where gnat
heart write
shark rap
bare wrap
Everybody
division
quotient

New math unit!

Dear Families,

Over the next two weeks, your child will be learning about multiplication facts to 5 x 5. Your child will connect multiplication with repeated addition, equal groups, and skip counting. Your child will then present visual models of multiplication through words, pictures, and arrays.

To reinforce the concepts your child is learning at school, you and your child can work on some at-home activities such as these:

  • Your child can practise skip counting using coins. Use nickels or groups of pennies to practise skip counting by 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s.
  • Place a carton of a dozen eggs on the table. Discuss the various ways to make equal groups with the eggs. Your child may want to draw a model for each grouping on paper.
  • Create a set of cards with a repeated addition sentence on one side and the equivalent multiplication sentence on the other side. Use products up to 5 x 5. Make sure to include both orders of factors; for example, 2 x 3 and 3 x 2. Hold up the side with the repeated addition to your child so that your child can state the full multiplication  sentence for each card. Repeat this exercise when time allows.

You may want to visit the Nelson website at www.nelson.com/mathfocus for more suggestions to help your child learn mathematics and develop a positive attitude toward learning mathematics. As well, you can check the Nelson website for links to other websites that provide online tutorials, math problems, brainteasers, and challenges.