Saturday, September 29, 2012


S.M.A.R.T. TARGETS - Use this sheet  to be thinking about your goal setting this week. The Student/Parent questionnaire needs to be completed by Friday 5th October.
+2 point to Dylan for being the first person to complete the form

Click here to see the Week at a Glance sheet

Enjoy some of your imovie videos below: Click the play  button on the right next to the clock to see the other videos.

Student of the Week: Micheline

Friday Message
The difference between achieving or not achieving your goals is simply 'attitude'

Friday, September 28, 2012

Book Reports

Coming Soon

Thursday, September 27, 2012


In tomorrow's session,  you will be recording your Imovie. Use tonight to put the finishing touches to the different sections you will put into your movie. This will be your first Reading  Skill application grade. Make sure you have hit all of the key targets ( see a post from earlier in the week)

This is a light H/W night. Take advantage of making sure you are ready to finish your Imovie. You will only have ONE session (40minutes) to create your finished product!

Congratulations to Karly's table - I heard that you guys worked the hardest this afternoon from the sub. +1

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Math - Make sure you are comfortable with the topics listed at the back of  your study links. Assessment is tomorrow!

Imovie - Reading Reflection
You should be working on your characters problems for your IMovie project this evening.  If you have laready finished this, then continue working on your evaluating (opinion) paragraph. Make sure you have at least two good categories and evidence to support your opinions.

Almost 40 days into 5th grade... What does your glass look like?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Math  Study Link 2.9 or 2.10 - (Whichever you didn't do last night)

Remember to be working on the IXL  from last night

Be thinking about what you want to put into your iMovie  Book Reflection project.  The WILF for this project MUST include the following:
  • Advanced Retell using the 5PS
  • Problems your character faces using 5Cs
  • Visualized Scene for the story using the VIS-U-A-LI-Zing strategy
  • Your opinion - 2 categories supported by evidence
  • Mention of main themes of the story
  • Integration of some advanced vocabulary

You will be working on these sections in class this week. However, you should be taking sticky notes that collects EVIDENCE to put into your iMovie as you read!

Monday, September 24, 2012


VISUALIZATION - PARAGRAPH (Due: Tue) Can you describe a scene from your story that makes the reader feel like  they are watching the scene happen 'live'?
You will need this for your book report tomorrow.

Study link 2.10
 IXL G1, G2, and G4 need to be finished for Wed.

Make sure you know which book you want to sue for your Reading Reflection for tomorrow. Make sure you have the book with you!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Reading Reflection

Click to see Week at a Glance

A key focus for next week will be creating your iMovie digital book reflection that will be your assessment on the reading skills we have introduced so far this year. Make sure you have chosen the book that you would like to use for your iMovie by Tuesday.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Multiplication Algorithms/ Voicethread

H/W - You have 4 days  to do this work. There isn't H/W on holidays, but this is not a holiday.
1) Make a table of persuasive ideas for noticing, sketching, questioning
2) Create another math multiplication algorithm video and teach your parents the difference between the  two methods we have learned.  Use decimals and at least 4 digits in the video. Upload the video to your blog.
3) Finish your science photopeach and upload onto blog

Listen as I show you how to do multiplication doing the partial products method and lattice method

   Ouch - Congratulations Ashlin for reminding the teacher that I needed to do estimation first! +1

Go to the students blogs to see their own example of math multiplication videos

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Successful students are those that solve the problems they are daily faced with. Today, we spoke about the importance of having a 'plan B' - just in case. Anticipate problems before they emerge - no printer ink, running out of paper, etc. What will your 'Plan B' be for future projects/assignments?

We we learned some big words today:

  • Subordinating Conjunction
  • Independent Clause
  • Dependent Clause

Win a +1 if you sing the "AAAWWUBBIS + Even though" song to a parent and explain what they are    
use for.

H/W - You must bring a printed final draft for your narrative:

  • Correct presentation (Heading, comic sans, font 12, paragraphs)
  • Strong lead and close 
  • Effective title
  • Strong word choice
  • Emotions and a setting clearly described

This is your first official writing grade.  Make it strong!


Complex sentence worksheets

Monday, September 17, 2012


Finish your narrative endings using the google doc. Bring a printed copy to class tomorrow for final editing.

How can you create writing that ends with the type of emotion displayed at the end of these classic movies?

Remember E.T.C.C.
Describe a lasting EMOTION
Write a TRIBUTE to somebody
Talk about CHANGE
Go full CIRCLE with your story
Math - Study Link 2.7 and IXL F.8

Today's Core Value focus should be an important reminder to all of us of how important it is to make sure we are treating each other with RESPECT, DIGNITY, CIVILITY, and COMPASSION.

"Be the change you want to see in the world" - Ghandi.

Feel free to add your thoughts on today's session to the voicethread below or as a comment to this post

Watch these videos again for reminders of the message from today's session

Friday, September 14, 2012


Follow these instructions on how to use

Now use mailvu to send an email to your parents. Give a fair and honest 'evaluation' of your progress. - What categories will  you use to evaluate your performance?

 Student of the Week: Aiden - For the effort you have demonstrated on your writing pieces this week

Print out next week's Week at a Glance here: Week 6 Qtr 1

Thursday, September 13, 2012


Who found the most capitalization errors in their Reader's and Writer's notebooks?

Watch this video for a quick recap


  • Complete Capitalization w/sheet 
  • Study Link 2.6

BRING A PRINTED COPY OF YOUR NARRATIVE DRAFT TO SCHOOL FOR AN EDITING SESSION tomorrow! - Do not FORGET THIS - If everybody has a printed copy you will get a step on  the 'ladder to laughter'  - if you only have a copy on your class computer then you will just have to print it in school in the morning -

  •  What did you think to the end of the Mummy Mystery story?
  • What categories did you use to evaluate? 
  • Did the teacher read the story with P.E.X.S. today?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fluency Reading with Vocaroo

Record audio or upload mp3 >> H/W Finish your 'lead' paragraph in the google doc. Make sure that you are clearly using one of the techniques we spoke about today. Math Study Link 2.5 Optional: Experiment with vocaroo with your independent reading book

Tuesday, September 11, 2012



  • Finish your Rules - blog post (20 mins)
  • Spend 30 minutes on your setting writing if you need to
  • Math 2.2 and 2.4

What did you learn today about 'evaluating and context clues? - Try to apply these two skills all the time when you are reading and talking about reading in the future.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Photopeach & Counting Up

Optional: Create a photopeach tonight and share the url with the class through comments

Winner and Class Student Council Representative is Ashlin  Runner-Up Kayzad
Thank you for all those who took part

Make your setting description the best possible.   This is a quick link to the goole doc. Is the emotion you feel about the place 'crystal clear' - Share the names of the people that you think are writing strong pieces.Tomorrow, you will start putting your narrative 

Study link 2.3
IXL E.1 (compulsory to 70points)

Recap of Counting Up Method

Friday, September 7, 2012

Fail, Fail, Fail Better!

Click here for next week's Week at a Glance

Your Math Test Error Analysis is compulsory work over the weekend. WHY?

Name things that you have improved despite first 'failing'... at

"If you are getting all the questions right; you are not working on hard enough problems." 2004 Nobel Prize Winner

Student of the Week: Reid For your excellent, insightful contributions to class Grand Conversations

"I believe that children are the future. Teach them well and let them lead the way" W. Houston Remember this when you are preparing for your Student Council presentations for Monday

Free Time over w/end?

  • IXL
  • Handwriting
  • Math Fact
NEXT WEEK will be when we get really into tech integration and using your blogs
1) Bring in your cameras on Monday
2) You will learn Vocaroo and Photopeach

The Friday Message: What is interesting is looking at the authors of these quotes

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Character Descriptions


Make sure you 'lift a line' from your writing and expand it into a paragraph for tomorrow.


  • Study Link 2.1
  • What were the two key points we need to remember when making estimates?

Light H/W tonight. Perhaps you can catch up on:

  • Typing Practice
  • Handwriting Practice
  • Math Fact Practice

Tell me something you learned in school this week so far: +1 for thoughtful contributions: Just type you answer and click.

What have you learned in school so far this week?... at

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


A very interesting Grand Conversation today. There are obviously some issues that are beneath the surface that we need to address. What are your thoughts (feel free to comment) on today's conversation based on these two areas:

  • Showing Mutual Respect
  • Being an organized 5th grader?
What is the message in this clip?

Tomorrow is your first grammar test. Almost all of my grammar tests are OPEN NOTES - This means that you can bring in any study materials that you have created yourself and use them in the test to help you!!! - However, if you don't understand the concepts - the notes won't help!

Expand your ideas as much as possible on your 'turning points'  graphic organizer - You should have at least 3 good paragraphs for tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012



1. Appositives and Parts of Speech worksheets.
2. Online appositive practice

Play this game yourself or against a family member

Parts of Speech Game

Bring any questions you have about these grammar topics to me tomorrow. Test is Thursday.
3. Read

Monday, September 3, 2012

Compound Sentences

Student Council Representatives?
Do you want to represent our class this year on the 5th grade student council?
See me tomorrow morning if you are interested!


Sentence Fluency booklet  p.5 & 6
Finish your 'turning points' brainstorm of ideas - share your ideas with a parent. Do they agree?

Do you still remember  the 4 characteristics of compound sentences?
Enjoy this video again!

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