Grade 5 - Sept. 19 / 2019


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Unit of Inquiry

The Grade 5s have been exploring different types of decision-making models and their strengths and limitations. Connections from the models are being made to the different systems of government. 

Levels of government have been introduced. Dinner discussions and observations around the house and community are ways to help at home. Have a look at the recycling calendar, drivers license, health card, TTC buses and streetcars... which level of government is funding and responsible for these?


We are working on place value and adding three and four-digit numbers. Practice at home with fast facts is strongly encouraged. Mental Math is a sure way to be quick at math and it just takes practice. Use a deck of cards to help. Turn over 2 cards and add them quickly. A different version of flash cards. You can use them to play war using the 2 cards and even add a third in there for an extension.


The Grade 5’s have completed their cooperative games unit and we will be transitioning into our invasion unit next week. Invasion games are any games where the goal is to attack an opponent's territory and score a goal or point. Examples of these games include soccer, lacrosse, basketball, and hockey. Skills include maintaining possession, attacking and/or defending a goal, winning the ball, scoring and defending. These games are typically fast-paced and focus a lot on teamwork. 


Looking forward to seeing many of you at Curriculum Night! To learn more about our PSE units of inquiry, please look for my posts on the class Seesaw app or contact me directly at


Our routine at the beginning of each class is to listen to a piece of music. This full-body listening helps students to focus as a full group by the end of the piece.  They are then ready to sing, play instruments or compose. This performer combines superb piano playing with an engaging visual so students can choose to either close their eyes to listen or watch how the shapes match the sound. This versatile pianist plays everything from Beethoven to Charlie Puth. Students are encouraged to listen at home. 


This week in French the grade 5s are working on a project to introduce themselves, their family, friends and interests. This week they have been working on completing a digital poster for this project and next week they will present their poster “C’est Moi!” to the class. 


The Grade 5s will be exploring drawing concepts this coming week in art class. We will be working on gesture, blind contour and contour drawing to enhance their understanding of how line can be used to create the illusion of movement and form in a drawing. 


Reporting an Absence?

If your child(ren) are going to be absent from school for any reason, please send an email to as well as to their homeroom teacher. If your child is returning to school during the day, please have him/her sign in with reception.


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