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Plants

30 Apr

We finished our Science unit on Plants last week.

During this unit we learned about the various parts of a plant and their functions. Students worked in groups to create labelled paper plant models.

Take a look at what they did!

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I am so proud of all of your hard work! WAY TO GO!!

Parents- Here is a copy of the lesson plan and rubric for this activity.

Miss. Persaud

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Animals and Habitats

30 Apr

In Science we have been working on Understanding Life Systems: Growth and Changes in Animals.
This unit focuses on investigating the distinct characteristics of animals
related to appearance, behaviour, growth, and change. Students will study a variety of animals and identify important similarities and differences among them. As well as making the obvious physical comparisons, students will look at ways in which human activities have an impact on specific animals and their survival, and ways in which the animals’ environment has an impact on their development. They will also examine the importance of animals and the need for humans to protect animals and the places where they live.
By the end of this unit students will be able to:
1. assess ways in which animals have an impact on society and the environment, and ways in which humans have an impact upon animals and the places where they live;
2. investigate similarities and differences in the characteristics of various animals;
3. demonstrate an understanding that animals grow and change and have distinct characteristics.

Parents, you can find out more about what we will be covering during this unit by looking at The Ontario Science Curriculum pages 58-60

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Students- the National Geographic Kids website is a great website for you to learn about different animals, and their needs and characteristics. There are animal profiles for almost any animal you can think of! There are also many games and cool videos for you to play and watch. I’m sure you will all find something interesting on this site! Feel free to share anything you’ve learned with the class 🙂
Please ask your parents before logging on to this website.

Miss. Persaud

Our Trip to the Botanical Gardens

30 Apr

Hello to Parents and Students!

Here are some pictures from our trip to the botanical gardens.

We went on a nature walk through the Botanical Gardens

We got to see Robin eggs in a nest.

We learned about worms and how they create soil. Did you know worms have 5 hearts?!?!

We had the chance to see what worm eggs look like. Some of us even held them!

We got to plant our very own Sugar Snap Peas. We brought them back to our classroom to watch them grow!

We learned about the needs of a plant.

I hope you all enjoyed the trip!!

Miss. Persaud

Fun Math Games

30 Apr

The Internet has so many math games that can allow you to have fun and practice your math skills at the same time!
I actually found a great Math Game Website where students can practice a variety of math skills and concepts including basic operations, mixed operations, decimals, place value, time, money, geometry, measurement, and algebra while doing something we all love- PLAYING GAMES!!

Parents- I also found some wonderful websites that allows access to variety of math worksheets covering various skills and concepts. Feel free to check out the Super Teacher Worksheets Website and Math Playground for worksheets to help your child practice math concepts learned at school!

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Please feel free to share any other math game websites you know of and PLEASE be sure to get parent permission before logging on to any website!!!
Have fun and Enjoy!!

Miss. Persaud

FRACTIONS!!!

30 Apr

Good afternoon boys and girls, Good afternoon parents,
I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful afternoon we are having!

Today in class we began learning about equivalent fractions.

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Here is a document summarizing what we covered in class today in regards to equivalent fractions!
Equivalent Fractions
After reading over this document and reviewing notes from class I encourage students to visit the Math is Fun website and answer the 10 questions at the bottom of the page. This should not take you too long, so do not worry! 🙂

Also, I know many of you have Ipads, Ipods, and Iphones at home. I found an app by McGraw-Hill that offers a quick and easy way to practice fraction concepts and relationships.
Students can play this game at home to practice what they’ve learned in class, best thing about this app is that it is FUN and FREE.

Knowledge of fractions fall under the Number Sense and Numeration strand of the Ontario Math Curriculum for grade 5. Students will meet the following expectations of the curriculum as they master their skills on fractions:
Number Sense and Numeration: representing and ordering numbers to 100 000; representing money amounts to $1000; developing the concept of place value to hundredths; comparing and ordering fractional amounts with like denominators; adding and subtracting decimal amounts to hundredths; multiplying two-digit whole numbers by two-digit whole numbers;
dividing three-digit whole numbers by one-digit whole numbers; relating simple fractions to decimals.

– represent, compare, and order fractional amounts with like denominators, including
proper and improper fractions and mixed numbers, using a variety of tools (e.g., fraction circles, Cuisenaire rods, number lines) and using standard fractional notation;
– demonstrate and explain the concept of equivalent fractions, using concrete materials
(e.g., use fraction strips to show that 3/4 is equal to 9/12.
– determine and explain, through investigation using concrete materials, drawings,
and calculators, the relationship between fractions (i.e.,with denominators of 2, 4, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, and 100) and their equivalent decimal forms (e.g., use a 10 x 10 grid to show that 2/5 = 40/100, which can also be represented as 0.4);

See you all tomorrow!
Miss. Persaud

MULTIPLICATION!!!

26 Apr

In class we practice our multiplication skills through mad minutes, around the world, and word problems.
To help you practice your multiplication skills at home I would encourage you to play some of these Multiplication Games!
Be sure to get permission from your parents before going online!

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By mastering multiplication skills students will be fulfill various elements of The Ontario Math Curriculum. By practicing and mastering multiplication, students will fulfill the following requirements of the Number Sense and Numeration strand:
– count forward by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, and 100’s to 1000 from various starting points, and by 25’s to 1000 starting from multiples of 25, using a variety of tools and strategies (e.g., skip count with and without the aid of a calculator; skip count by 10’s using dimes);
– count backwards by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s from 100 using multiples of 2, 5, and 10 as starting points, and count backwards by 100’s from 1000 and any number less than 1000, using a variety of tools (e.g., number lines, calculators, coins) and strategies.
– relate multiplication of one-digit numbers and division by one-digit divisors to reallife situations, using a variety of tools and strategies (e.g., place objects in equal groups, use arrays,write repeated addition or subtraction sentences) (Sample problem: Give a real-life example of when you
might need to know that 3 groups of 2 is 3 x 2.);
– multiply to 7 x 7 and divide to 49 ÷ 7, using a variety of mental strategies (e.g., doubles, doubles plus another set, skip counting).

Science Experiment Results!

26 Apr

The results are in…

The Experiment

We had 3 white carnations in 3 seperate cups of water.  One carnation was placed in a cup of regular water, one was placed in a cup of water with blue food colouring, and the last was placed in a cup with red food colouring.

Hypotheses

Many students shared their thoughts on what they believed would happen to the carnations.  Here are some of our hypotheses:

“I think the carnations in the regular water will survive, but the ones in the blue and red water will die.”

“I think the carnation in the red water will turn red and the one in the blue water will be blue.”

“I think that nothing will happen.  They will all live and all stay the same.”

What happened?

Here are some pictures from our science expeirment!

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The carnation placed in regular water remained white.  However, the one placed in blue water turned blue and the one placed in red water turned red.

Why did this happen?

Students shared their ideas on why they believe this happened.  Here are some of their thoughts:

“I think that when the stem sucked the coloured water up it went straight to the petals and changed the colour.”

“I think that the stem carried the coloured water throughout the plant and when it came to the white flowers it changed the colour of the flower to the same colour of the water.”

 

Students enjoyed taking part in this science experiment and covered various curriculum expectations such as:

2.1: follow established safety procedures during science and technology investigations(e.g., avoid touching eyes when handling plants; never taste any part of a plant unless instructed to do so by the teacher)
2.6: use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including stem, leaf, root, pistil, stamen, flower, adaptation, and germination, in oral and written communication

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 WELL DONE CLASS!! YOU ARE ALL AMAZING SCIENTISTS!

Miss. Persaud