Friday, September 28, 2018

Homework for the week of Oct 1- 5

Dear Parents,

I really need your help! Well, actually your children need your help. Today I gave a subtraction test to my students, the results were very poor. I had noticed a few weeks back that the students in both grade levels did not know how to subtract when borrowing was required. So, I decided to show them how to expand the numbers so that they would see exactly what they were doing. We went over it many, many times on paper, white boards, homework and they still don't have the concept. This is a grade 2 expectation and all I can think to get them through this is practice, practice practice!

When I was a child going through school we did what was called, "Drill and Kill" which meant we practiced functions over and over. There was a benefit in doing this because at least we got the function down. It's the reason why Kumon and Spirit of Math has so much business. Drill and Kill works.

So, homework next week will be practice, practice practice. Don't hesitate to give your little darling more practice questions but I am sending home a math practice sheet every day.

Monday- Thursday inclusive (both grades)
1. math practice sheet and showing proof
2. reading to a pet for fifteen minutes (pictures of pets and children reading are welcome so that we can share with our friends in our presentation)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Homework for the week of September 25 to 28

Sorry for the late blog post, folks.

  I live in Barrhaven and lost electricity for the whole weekend.

For homework tonight the students will be using their math notebooks to write their subtraction questions. The expectation is to first expand the number and then to subtract.  This way makes subtraction clearer for the students because they see the importance of place value when subtracting.

Grade 4
1. 456 
  - 299 

2. 890 
  - 279 

3. 681 
  - 399

4. 1234 
    - 976 

5. 100 
    - 67 

Cursive Writing!!

Grade 5

1. 1900 
    - 888 

2. 400 
  - 281 

3. 8000 
  - 2999 

4. 6900 
  - 2000 

5. 10000 
   - 9876 

Cursive Writing!! homework...sort of.
We will be doing a subtraction test for both grades. Subtracting using borrowing is really important, however, it is a skill that is taught in Grade 2 and should have been mastered by now. Some of my students have not yet mastered this skill and this means home practice is required. So, homework will be you ensuring that your skills of borrowing is solid. It's time I started teaching grade 4 and 5 curriculum!!

For both grades: please have the students read outloud to their pet in a room. My suggestion is to go into a room (bedroom works well) and close the door with your pet. Take out a book and read to your pet for 15 minutes out loud. IF you do not have a pet then read to a stuffed animal. The idea is to be calm and free of judgment so that they can read and gain confidence. Studies have shown that the animals will get used to being read to and over a few days, will calm down and expect to be read to. Studies have also shown that children who are read to become better readers. Reading out loud to the pet will benefit the reader.  All children can benefit from this exercise.
Students if you read to your pet, please send me an email and tell me how it went!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Homework for the week of September 17 to 21

Above is the weekly schedule for my morning (Grade 5) and afternoon (Grade 4) students. These are only the subject that I teach as well as Mr. Douglas when he is teaching Writing which is indicated by "Write"

Grade 4
Math: rounding practice to the nearest tens and hundreds (we are rounding up to nearest thousands next week)
please use this link to practice rounding (grade 4)

Cursive Writing each night

Grade 5
Math: rounding sheet to the nearest tens, hundreds and thousands ( we are rounding to the nearest ten thousands next week)

Grade 4 and 5
Find a household product, something small. Take a picture of it or draw it. How would you sell this product? Who would be the target audience? What is the purpose of the product? What message would you send? Would you capitalize on the benefits of the product or that your product is better than the competitors? We will discuss your findings in class this week.

Cursive Writing each night. If your child has handed in their cursive book and I am just writing up the next pages, please have them practice cursive on a whiteboard or on scrap paper.

Grade 4
Reading:Why does the Ocean have Waves reading comprehension with questions

Cursive Writing each night

Grade 5
Reading: Hummingbird reading comprehension with questions

Grade 4
Math No homework because these kids Rocked at doing homework for two weeks!!

Grade 5
Math Grade 5's have earned no homework for tonight!
However, Please discuss traditions and rituals with the family and why these traditions are so important for your family. The students will be exploring traditions of your family next week and in the weeks to come.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Homework for the week of September 10-14 inclusive

Grade 4
math sheet (addition)

Grade 5
math sheet (addition)

Grade 4
media literacy 
Find a commercial on the internet or on the tv and write about iton the paper I gave you.

You need to 1. write down what commercial it is (example Wendy's commercial); 2. write the Target audience; 3. Write the purpose of the commercial (example to sell Wendy's hamburgers, "Where's the beef!); 4. Message- write about the message (example that Wendy's burgers have more beef than Mcdonald's and Burger King)

Grade 5
N.B Dear parents of Grade 5 students. Your child needs to be reading and writing cursive. Please write notes to them in cursive. In addition, I will be sending home a practice book tomorrow and your child needs to practice each day. If they were in my homeroom last year I taught them how to write in cursive but most are not using it. I WILL be writing in cursive to them this year, in my lessons and as feedback.
Find an advertisement in a magazine or in the newspaper for a product 
write down:
1. Target audience
2. Purpose of commercial
3. Message


Grade 4 Reading homework :
Students are to first read the poem The Greatest
Next students are to explain why they think this child is writing this poem like this...
Next the students are to write a poem about themself as though they are The Greatest. What things would they say they are the greatest at....singing, dancing, soccer, hockey, reading, talking to their cat, brushing their dog!!
Grade 5 Reading homework :
Students are to read the poem We Are Plooters
Next,  the students are to answer the questions in full sentences which have been circled with the orange highlighter at the bottom of the page. The students are to NEATLY set up their page with the numbers for each question on the outside pink margin.
Please encourage that the students take their time and produce neat work with proper spelling. We are using dictionaries in class to encourage proper spelling and researching of how to properly spell.

Thursday don't forget the Richmond fair is tomorrow. Pack lunches, hat, sunscreen and a water bottle. Also, no money can be spent at the fair unless it is for water! 
Grade 4
Math homework: adding cards
Using a deck of cards, students are to add cards and then continue to add them until they get to the end of the deck. Please encourage no fingers just patience and getting used to the number patterns such as when the ones column is 7 and 3 it will always equal ten, the  same as 8 and 2, 9 and 1, 6 and 4

Cursive writing to be completed if it was not passed in today

Grade 5
Math homework: adding cards
Using a deck of cards, students are to add cards and then continue to add them until they get to the end of the deck. Please encourage no fingers just patience and getting used to the number patterns such as when the ones column is 7 and 3 it will always equal ten, the  same as 8 and 2, 9 and 1, 6 and 4

Cursive writing to be completed if it was not passed in today

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Friday Reward!!

Dear Parents of both Grade 4 and 5 Students,

Each week I try to award my students with "Free time". Any free time they have earned is paid on Friday of that week. If their behaviour warrants it, they can earn as much as 30 minutes. At this time, they are permitted to play games, and/or use technology on E level games, ( games that are of proper rating for a child of this age). If a game is rated 13+ or parent supervision required, they can not play it in the class. If YOU permit your child to bring in their technology, they can. If YOU say you would rather that your child not bring in their technology that is perfectly fine. This provision is only for Fridays for now. I have tons of games that your child can play in class with their friends.

Thanks and have a great evening!,

Patricia MacKinnon

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Notes for the day! Sept 4

Dear Parents,
Please note. There is homework tonight. The students (both grade 4 and grade 5) are to add cards tonight in an effort to build their capacity for mental math. No fingers allowed. Time and patience preferred.
Image result for playing cards template

Next, Students must have clean shoes which are not used outdoors. Slippers are allowed if they are not slippery. In addition please provide a water bottle, a box of ziplock baggies OR a box of Kleenex, four duo tangs, and a package of whiteboard markers for the class.

Monday, September 3, 2018


Dear Parents and Students of Grade 4 and 5,

This year I have the great honour of teaching Grade 5 in the morning and Grade 4 in the afternoon. The subjects which I will be teaching for both grade levels is Math, Language Arts and Religion.

Please check this blog daily. For the most part, my homework posts will be done on Sunday and will apply to the week. However, often, I will add something for my student’s when I see that additional practice is reqired after noting that a concept was difficult for some of my students. Homework is practice of skills taught. If a student does not understand a concept and then we as a class, continue to the next step, they will be even further behind. Homework IS the difference between mastering a concept or at very least seeing there is a blindspot, and not knowing there is an issue until a final test is failed. Please encourage daily practice of skills even if no homework has been assigned. I can only give the final mark earned by my students.

There will be a heavy emphasis on math homework for the entire year. The Language Arts components which I will be grading is reading, media literacy and oral communication.

Mr. Douglas will be teaching writing in the Language Arts curriculum.

I look forward to closely working with all of my students and with you, their parent’s.

Yours in education,
Patricia MacKinnon

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