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October 23
Flex Math Update

​In my flex math group this week we are focusing on the reciprocal relationship between addition/subtraction.

For example: If I know that 25 + 75 = 100 I also know...

  • 75 + 25 = 100
  • 100 - 25 = 75
  • 100 - 75 = 25

We will be using this knowledge to find the missing term in an equation, especially when dealing with subtractions. Because addition tends to come more naturally, we can simplify the process by thinking of a reciprocal addition for a subtraction. 

For example:  If I'm trying to solve 357 - 178 = x I can also think...

  • 178 + x = 357
To find the answer to the equation, we will be using a Number Line. Students simply place the first term they know (178) at the beginning of the number line and the sum they want to get to (357) at the end. Then, they can add in comfortable chunks until they get to the target number.

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October 23
This week in 1A

Bonjour les familles,

Here’s what’s up in 1A this week…

Wednesday:  Wear purple in support of the Purple Pinkies for Polio campaign.  Thank you for your contributions of a toonie to help eradicate polio! 

Wednesday:  Take me outside to learn day – please make sure your child is dressed warmly as we will be going outside for the first hour of the morning, merci!

Thursday:  Picture retakes for those who requested them.

Friday:  we made it! Lol

Math:  we are beginning to finish up our unit on patterns – creating, expanding, naming and exploring all sorts of patterns. Students are doing really well with this!!  Keep reviewing numbers to 20 – forwards and backwards!

Français – we have finished our last color list for now. Students will be tested on ALL lists next Thursday and Friday. So, please review each list at least once each night J

Halloween party – we will have a small celebration in our classroom next Wednesday from 11-12pm.  Students are allowed to wear costumes with a few exceptions:  no masks, no make-up and try to keep it simple.  I have sent out a letter asking certain parents to send snacks.  Thank you in advance!

Have a great week, 

Bryanna

October 22
Grade 5 Benson

This week in Grade 5 Benson :

  • Reading 15 minutes using a book from home or the site Razkids: https://www.readinga-z.com/
  • Math: Practicing basic math facts with Xtra-math or flashcards.  
  • French: We are finishing up the unit of “Ma famille” and students will be completing the good copy of their “Ma famille” books. If you have Halloween pictures at home, students are encouraged to send/bring them in to present to the class.
  • Music: We have been learning the song “On Ecrit sur les Murs” by Kids United, they are a French group and have a lot of great music on Youtube.
  • Our school will be beginning to use Fresh Grade as a consistent approach to communicating information and learning with parents. Keep an eye out for an invitation later this week.
  • Wednesday is Take Me Outside Day. We will be headed outside with Kinderworld to plant trees, please remember to dress for being outside!
  • Wednesday is also World Polio Day. Please wear purple to show your support to help end polio.
  • Picture re-takes will be happening Thursday.

Upcoming dates:

  • Oct 29th - Nov 8th: We Scare Hunger food bank drive
  • Oct 31st: Pumpkin Walk
  • Nov 9th: No school for students due to professional learning​
October 22
Homework and Key Dates, October 22-26th, 2018

Dear Families, 

Here are the notes for this week:

Homework:
1) Reading-Please have your child read the home reading books in French to you each evening Monday-Thursday for 10-15 minutes. 

2) Math-Please practice skip counting by 2's and 10's to 50.

3) Math Collection-please bring in a collection of items from home in a ziploc bag that range from 50-80 small items. (ie. Lego bricks, buttons, stickers, etc) so we can practice estimation skills. 

Summary:

French: We are focusing on the voyelles in French (a, e, i , o, u and y) and this week specifically o. You can practice sight words with your child at home or have them sing the song to you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moYuDL1cxRg

Math: Our focus this week is on ordering numbers from 1-20 on a number line and saying them in French. Students are continuing estimation skills and showing patterns. 

Music: We have been focused on following the beat and rhythm in Music class. Students used their self-made instruments to follow the beat to 2 different songs this week! 

Key Dates:

World Polio Day Wed, Oct 24th Wear a Purple t-shirt/sweater/accessories please! 

Take Me Outside Day-Oct 24 please dress warmly for activities outside. 

Pumpkin Walk is October 31st-please bring in a decorated pumpkin to the stage if you would like to participate. 

Healthy Halloween Costume Party Oct 31st. Please send in a costume and a healthy snack to share with the students (letter sent last week) Parents have volunteered to bring cheese, crackers, fruit, vegetables, orange juice, punch, cupcakes and rice krispie squares and mini-pizzas. If you have something you DO NOT want your child to eat, please discuss with them and let me know. 

**Please make sure all foods are peanut free/tree nut free as we have a student who is allergic! Thank you.   ​

Any questions or comments, please send me a note! Thank you! 

Mme Amy Conn

amy.conn@nbed.nb.ca

October 21
Felx Math Groups

Currently in our grade 5 flex math groups we are reviewing representing and describing whole numbers up to 1 000 000 (N1). In class we have been using the below site as a warm up.  Please feel free to have your child practice at home.  Level CE2 is a great starting point.  We challenged ourselves in class with the CM + College level and it was great fun! Students listen to a number read aloud then type in the standard form (forme symbolique) of the number (E.g. 89 251).  

Students need to have a solid understanding of place value – this site offers a great place to practice and to make progress!  https://www.logicieleducatif.fr/math/numeration/nombreschiffres.php​

October 21
Weekly update

​Hello families,

I hope you have all had a restful weekend.  I am ready for a great week ahead!  Hope you and yours are too :)

  • Reading 15 minutes per night in French. Please check-in with your child to see if they are bringing home X2 books from class to read each night and return - if not - please have them read X2 books on the following site: https://www.readinga-z.com/
  • Practicing basic math facts with Xtra-math or flashcards.  
  • Our school will be beginning to use Fresh Grade as a consistent approach to communicating information and learning with parents. Keep an eye out for an invitation later this week.
  • Wednesday is Take Me Outside Day. We will be discussing the importance of spending time outdoors and taking some time to learn outdoors.
  • Wednesday is also World Polio Day. Please wear purple to show your support to help end polio.
  • A reminder that Tuesday is our library day.
  • Picture re-takes will be happening Thursday.
  • ​In literacy students will be beginning to work on their leader projects. We have been researching interesting facts and important details about their leader the past few days. A few students may need to complete their research at home if they are not finished. 

Upcoming dates:
  • Oct 29th - Nov 8th: We Scare Hunger food bank drive
  • Oct 31st: We will be having a small Halloween celebration from 11-12. Please feel free to send in a healthy-type snack
  • Oct 31st: Pumpkin Walk
  • Nov 9th: No school for students due to professional learning
Have a great week!
October 21
Weekly Update & Reminders

Hello families,

I hope that everyone had a great weekend!  Here is the weekly update and reminders for this coming week:
·      Nightly reading in French.  Encourage your child to read aloud to you and to do a quick retell in their own words. 
·      In literacy/social studies, we will continue to read about a variety of explorers past and present.  Students will read some primary sources such as explorers’ journals. We will think about the information learned from reading their journals during shared reading and students will also develop questions they might have for an explorer after reading their journal entries.  Students will finish up their postcards about a place that they have explored.
·      In math, students in my group will continue to represent numbers to 10 000 in a variety of ways (words, symbolically and using base ten blocks).  We will also be comparing and ordering numbers using Venn diagrams and Carroll diagrams.  During warm-ups we are reviewing addition facts and mental math strategies.
 
Reminders:
·       Please remember to return library books on Tuesday.
·       October 24th: Take Me Outside Day
·       October 25th: Picture re-takes
·       Oct 31st: Pumpkin Walk
·       Oct 31st: We will be having a small Halloween celebration.  Please feel free to send a healthy treat with your child.
·       Nov 9th : No school for students due to professional learning for teachers
 
Have a wonderful week!
October 21
Weekly Update

​Hello families,

Below are the homework items and reminders for this week:

  • Reading 15 minutes per night in French
  • Practicing basic math facts with Xtra-math or flashcards.
  • Our school will be beginning to use Fresh Grade as a consistent approach to communicating information and learning with parents. Keep an eye out for an invitation later this week.
  • A reminder that you can check your child's progress in learning habits using ClassDojo. We are working towards a goal of achieving 14 500 points by the end of Oct 30th.
  • Wednesday is Take Me Outside Day. We will be discussing the importance of spending time outdoors and taking some time to learn outdoors.
  • Wednesday is also World Polio Day. Please wear purple to show your support to help end polio.
  • Our class will be visiting the library Thursday this week as there is a scheduling conflict during our normal time on Tuesdays.
  • Picture re-takes will be happening Thursday.
  • ​In literacy students will be beginning to work on their leader projects. We have been researching interesting facts and important details about their leader the past few days. A few students may need to complete their research at home if they are not finished. 

Upcoming dates:
  • Oct 29th - Nov 8th: We Scare Hunger food bank drive
  • Oct 31st: We will be having a small Halloween celebration from 11-12
  • Oct 31st: Pumpkin Walk
  • Nov 9th: No school for students due to professional learning
Have a great week!

October 18
French Songs to Practice

Dear Families,

Here are a few songs we have done in class latelly. Can you please play them for your child at home and have them sing to you for practice? 

Merci!

Mme Amy Conn

1) L'automne est arrivé

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dJ4E222lEE

2) La Belle Pieuvre

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-ncJyauH1E

3) Tutti-Fruitti (about good hygiene practices and names different fruit)

http://www.dominiqueetcompagnie.com/catalogue/chansons/978-2-89512-723-9.html

October 17
Article on Phonological Awareness

​Hello families!

I came across this great article explaining phonological awareness and how it is developed in the early years. Because your children are only in their third year of learning the French language, many of them are still working on building and strengthening their phonological awareness. If you're curious/interested in learning a bit more, feel free to check out the link below!

What is Phonological Awareness?​

As a side note, this website (understood.org) is a wonderful resource in general. There are many articles that provide information and support strategies for a variety of attention and learning challenges. As I continue to explore the site myself, I will continue to share articles I feel may be pertinent to our classroom community.

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