Tag Archives: grade 5

The First Week of School: Math

I have been thinking a lot about all of the different ways in which we can make math engaging, starting from day one! Math ought to be playful, engaging, fun, challenging(!), creative, real-world, purposeful, thought provoking, etc.

& so, if you were a fly on my classroom wall you would see that this is the way in which I plan to start the year … with centres & picture books of course!

The First Week of School: Math:
– rotating through 3 centres a day (+ one which is always “the initial assessment”).

Monday – Day #1
a) Introduce Math books, procedures, page set up, daily/weekly structure, etc.
b) Introduce Centres
c) Begin Assessment (number sense, etc.) – assessment includes pencil to paper, discussion, survey/questionnaire.

Day #2
1. Assessment (a little bit every day for 4 days)
2. Challenge: Find a One-Hundred Dollar Word (http://bit.ly/12PPvSo); How much is my name worth? (http://bit.ly/18pnAd1)
3. Graphing Skittles / Gummy Bears (http://bit.ly/18taqPG ; http://bit.ly/15Rr8lJ)

Day #3
1. Assessment (every day)
2. Marshmallows & Toothpicks Place Value (working with large(!) numbers) (http://bit.ly/1axSBML)
3. iPad Games

Day #4
1. Assessment (every day)
2. Where do we see numbers / math in our world? (Learning Log entries)
3. Shopping with Flyers (http://bit.ly/XonNHq)

Day #5
1. Assessment (every day)
2. Calendar Math (http://bit.ly/15t6bhg)
3. Multiplication War (http://bit.ly/Ezj5N)

P.S. We will have “longer than usual Math classes” week #1 .. just for the fun of it! 😉

Grade 5 Books Recommendations for Boys by Boys

Books That My Grade 5 Boys LOVE(!) Right Now!

Reading is a gift … and doing one’s best to instill a love of reading is a huge responsibility, a privilege and often times quite challenging!
In thinking about this (and so as to better meet the needs of my students) this year I have decided to keep a record (a running record of sorts) of the novels that my students are reading “in the moment” and ENJOY!
To date, my Grade 5 boys have recommended the following books.
(Note: They also love all graphic novels & all Guinness World Records books. What fun!)
Grade Five 1st Term Book Recommendations:

The Magic Thief
by Sarah Prineas

Travels of Thelonious (The Fog Mound Series #1)
by Susan Schade

by Megan McDonald

Arctic Adventure (a graphic novel)
by Glen Donney

Freedom Train (a graphic novel)
by Robert Cutting

by Michael Buckley

The Lightening Thief
by Rick Riorda

The Iron Man: A children’s Story in Five Nights
by Ted Hughes

Dear Canada: A Ribbon of Shining Steel: The Railway Diary of Kate Cameron
by Julie Lawson

Diary of  Wimpy Kid
by by Jeff Kinney

The Bone Series
by Jeff Smith

by Louis Sachar

By Jerry Spinelli

Stormbreaker (a graphic novel)
by Anthony Horowitz

Graphic Novels 
e.g. The Cartoon History of the Universe II (Gonick, 1994) 

The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse: A Chat Geko Mystery
by Bruce Hale

Farewell My lunch bag: A Chet Geko
by Bruce Hale

The 39 Clues Book One: The Maze of the Bones
by Rick Riordan