Room 34 ~ Grade 5December 4, 2023
Welcome to Room 34!
November has flown by! I can’t believe it is already December. With December comes colder weather and snow. I hope everyone is keeping warm. Here are some highlights from our month in Room 34. In Reader's Workshop and Writer’s Workshop at the beginning of the month we learned about and observed Remembrance Day in class. We read about why we wear poppies and wrote about ways we can add peace to out world. Along with the grade 2/3s in Room 8, we wrote and illustrated our own version of “The Peace Book” by Todd Parr. Students wrote about what peace looks like, feels like, tastes like, sounds like and smells like. After reading their book, I now appreciate that a big slice of chocolate cake does smell like peace. I hope you got a chance to read it, as students should have brought home their own copy. We have continued our reading groups during Reader’s Workshop and this month we focused on story arcs and the parts of a story.
In Math we are continuing to work on multiplication and division strategies and have been working on applying our skills to solving word problems during thinking classrooms. Along with reviewing multiplication and division facts, we worked on creating and solving equations with missing numbers. An example of a problem like that might be 12 + x = 23, what is x? In December we will continue to review our skills around subtraction and ways we can share our thinking.
In Science/Social Studies/Roots and Shoots we focused on reviewing mapping skills, with a week of learning about Canada and it’s capital cities. We reviewed cardinal directions and shared our knowledge about places in Canada. We used these map reading skills when talking about our community map for Roots and Shoots.
We also completed Body System Research projects. Students chose a system they were most interested in (Respiratory, Circulatory, Nervous, Digestive, Skeletal) and used online sources to learn about the function of the systems and the organs they contain. They then used their research to create posters all about their chosen system.