Grade 5 - December 7 / 2018


It has been a busy week in grade 5!

5B would like to welcome and say happy holidays to Sarah Nezon who has been a student teacher, from OISE in our classroom for the last 3 weeks. It is been a fun filled couple of weeks with Sarah and we wish her a happy holidays. She will be back in January to help us start off our next unit of Inquiry, How the World Works

We would also like to shout out to Mr Shaikh for our Hour of Coding! It was awesome. We created codes to move men around boards, we built cars and we worked on our leadership skills by working with the grade 3s. We had so much fun. We are looking for more ways to integrate coding into our classroom. Thank you for inspiring us Mr. Shaikh!

On Wednesday we were even lucky enough to get to the dress rehearsal of the Wizard of OZ put on by the Upper School. We saw lots of family members and were wowed  by the performance. Thank you to the cast and crew and hoping you “break a leg” this weekend.

On our way back to the Junior School we made a quick stop in the Tunnel of Glam! Next week we look forward to more fun and excitement.


In Math, we continued to explore Decimals and their equivalent fractions. For extra practice continue to make change and use IXL to challenge your brain.  Within the next few weeks we will continue with more multi-step word problems and begin looking for new ways to take on some self directed challenges (math challenges by choice!). We love to play with numbers in class.

Unit of Inquiry

Our inquiry into the history of Canada continues with a further exploration of the first European travellers to come to Canada. Did you ever wonder why it was called the Hudson’s Bay or Lake Champlain? Who were Lewis and Clark? Did Simon Fraser meet James Cook in their travels?

Do any of your family members remember stories of Louis Riel?  

Next week we move on to discussing the consequences of the meeting of the First Nations People and the European Explorers before 1800. What did they share? And did they get along? Who really “found” Canada?


We are getting a lot of practice reading and writing and should be about half way through our Historical Fiction books by now. I hope you are enjoying them and having good conversations around the dinner table.


In Music, the rehearsal process continues in preparation for our Harmony Concert on December 21st. Here is a link to audio files and PDFs of pieces for practise at home. Students have also chosen a recorder part and now have either an alto or soprano recorder. We will be performing a piece with G4 students at the Harmony concert and G5s will provide the harmony line, for the piece Ode to Joy. There are also “how to play” recorder videos linked in the concert document to further enhance practise at home. Students need to practise a minimum of five minutes per day in order to be ready to perform on the 21st. They need to bring their recorders to school Mondays and Wednesdays.


This week in Art, the Grade 5s were introduced to the process of self-assessment. From now on, students will be identifying if they feel they are a novice, apprentice, practitioner, or expert when working on their art pieces.


They will choose their category and stick a sticker with the identifying word on the back of their art piece. I will continue to use this vocabulary when assessing student artwork. You will start to see visual art rubrics coming home which look like this:



Last week in PHE, the Grade 5’s had fun exploring Arctic Games. They had the opportunity to try out activities such as one-foot high kick, arm pull, back push, kneel jump, and two-foot high kick. This week we have moved onto Net/Wall games and will continue until the end of December.


Reminder for outdoor recess during the winter weather... Students in Grades 4 and 5 are expected to have and wear the winter gear they feel they need to keep them both warm and dry during outdoor recess play times. Students in Grades 4 and 5 will not be permitted to stay inside for recess if they have forgotten or chosen not to bring their gear to school. They will also not be permitted to go back inside the school to get their gear if they have chosen to leave it inside their cubby.


Please make sure to check The York School’s full school calendar regularly for updates, locations and times.

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