Writing Focus: Narrative Stories

Students have begun working on their narrative writing unit. Throughout this unit students will be exploring all the different characteristics of narrative writing, and learning how to integrate these characteristics into their personal writing. Our areas of focus will be on the elements of narrative (characters, setting, plot, problem, climax, solution), as well as how to properly use paragraphs and dialogue/quotation marks in a narrative story.

How to Help at Home

Have your child write a short narrative story at home. Read over their story with them and help them add extra descriptions of their characters and setting. Ensure they have a problem, climax, and solution in their story. Help them add quotation marks where needed.

Ask your child to bring their narrative story home so that they can share with you what they have written so far. Discuss their story with them and help them find some areas where their story would benefit from adding extra details or more descriptive language.

This entry was posted on January 10, 2018.

First Nations Peoples and European Explorers Test (Grade 5’s only)

Grade 5 students will be writing their First Nations Peoples and European Explorers Test on Thursday, January 18. All grade 5 students went home with a review sheet in their agenda today. Students should bring home their duotang and use their review sheet to help them study.

This entry was posted on January 10, 2018.

Bus Cancellation and Holiday Gift Exchange

Due to the bus cancellation today, our holiday class gift exchange will take place after the 2 week break.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday break!


This entry was posted on December 22, 2017.

Forms to bring back to school

Students have the following items/forms to bring back to school:

  • pizza orders (due Wednesday, December 13)
  • ‘Wonder’ movie field trip form (due Wednesday, December 13)
  • Tim Hortons Camp field trip form (due Friday, December 15)
  • Assessment Folders signed (due Friday, December 15)


This entry was posted on December 11, 2017.

Patterning Test and Homework

Students went home with a patterning homework sheet today (Monday, Dec 11). This homework is due on Thursday, December 14. Students will be writing their patterning test on Friday, December 15.

If you would like to help your child study at home you can:

-go over their patterning homework with them

-help them play the patterning games I linked in a previous post

-ask your child to bring home their math duotang so that you can see the types of patterns they have been working on

This entry was posted on December 11, 2017.

Math Unit: Patterning

Students have been working on a patterning unit in math for a couple of weeks. Throughout this unit we have been working on and will continue to work on:

•Creating growing and shrinking number patterns. Creating geometric patterns.
•Creating patterns when given the pattern rule.
•Creating a pattern rule when given the pattern.
•Making a table of values if given a pattern rule.

If you would like to help your child practise at home, the following are some websites you can visit.





a. Chapter 1- Lessons 1, 2, 4

Practise worksheets can be printed from the website


Click on ‘Patterning’ (down left hand sidebar)
Click on Number Patterning Worksheets heading

This entry was posted on December 1, 2017.

Multiplication Facts

Many students are still struggling with their multiplication facts. This is something that students can be doing some extra practise on at home, by either using flash cards, worksheets, or playing multiplication games online.

Website to Print Multiplication Worksheets


Online Multiplication Games






This entry was posted on November 22, 2017.