Thursday May 3rd

Today we had two special guests visit our classroom to share their “Genius” and passions.  We learned about the importance of empathy and honesty and ‘never losing your cool’ throughout one’s career.  Mr. Dobbie shared how his passion for theatre combined with his willingness to take calculated risks guided him in his career.  We met Coal, the most adorable black lab puppy and Dr. Barry talked to us about her job and how to handle/train puppies.

Students created their own probability games using a variety of supplies.  We reviewed for our science test tomorrow and practiced our reading strategies ( decide what’s important, use what you know, summarize ) as a whole group through a passage called Rivers as Roads.  At the end of the day, we worked on our ‘found poetry’.


  1. science test tomorrow
  2. bring back signed math test
  3. planet protectors signature due next Tuesday for our last mission.

Wednesday May 2nd

Today we worked on the Planet Protectors and found the ‘secret’ code.  We learned how to create tree diagrams to show possible outcomes and practiced probability questions on Mathletics.  Mr. Cremasco was absent so we had a quick book exchange and read Kookum’s Red Shoes.  We created ‘found’ poems.

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  1. Science Test moved to Friday!
  2. Genius Hour tomorrow
  3. Math worksheet – tree diagrams

Tuesday May 1st

Today we discussed our new monthly mantra ” I got this”.  We read the story of the two wolves and talked about how it relates to our growth and fixed mindsets.  We need to keep feeding our growth mindset wolf!

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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” 

 He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

We read about the discovery of an astrolabe and practiced our reading strategies while reading a report on the Search for the North West.  ( Google Classroom activity ).    We reviewed experimental and theoretical probability and discussed how to describe probabilities using percent.  We watched our school play – awesome job!  At the end of the day we read “Kookum’s Red Shoes” in support of our upcoming Social Studies unit and Exploring Canada unit in Literacy in Action.


  1. Check out our Current Assignments page for videos and pictures to help you study for science!
  2. Planet Protectors Mission Four due tomorrow

Check out the video below for some laughs :o)



Monday April 30th

Today we had a visit from Scientist Sheryl who taught us about flight.  Students will have an opportunity to review these concepts this week and will write a written science assessment on Thursday.  In math, we learned about experimental vs. theoretical probability.


  1. Planet protectors mission due Wednesday
  2. Math homework ( textbook ) Page 410/411 #1-#4
  3. Science Study Guide Flight was handed out

Thursday April 26th

Today we finished our Waste Free Lunch posters, finished up our science experiments ( if they were late ), and worked on our Genius Hour projects.  We met with our buddies to create a Multicultural book for the One World Living Together festival held at Riverside Park June 8-10.  Look for it in one of the tents!  At the end of the day we completed a Three Act math question and wrote a probability diagnostic assessment.

Genius Hour … messy, authentic inquiry!


1.Planet Protectors due Wednesday May 2nd

Snack Sized Bag


Wednesday April 25th

Today we worked on Mission #4 for Planet Protectors.  Students are encouraged to bring a WASTE FREE, LITTERLESS lunch tomorrow.  We wrote our math test.  We ‘brought the library to us’ today due to the weather.  Thanks to Jen Lisso, the virtual technician at the Guelph Library.  Ask you child about what they learned today!  All they need is a Guelph Library card to access all the awesome features of the Guelph Library.



  1. Bring a waste free lunch tomorrow!  The CHALLENGE is ON!  The team that has the most waste free lunches gets points!
  2. Science Experimental write-up due tomorrow – some students experienced difficulty conducting the experiment at school so they may need to do so at home.  Click here for assignment guidelines.  ( we completed the group investigation together as a class ).  Any issues – bring a parent note to avoid being marked ‘late’.

Monday April 23rd

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Hooray for SUNSHINE!

Today we reviewed for math, played “Rock, Paper, Scissors Football” and Sabakiball for Phys. Ed, completed Daily 5 activities and worked on our flight experiments.


  1. Math Test on Wednesday
  2. Library Field Trip permission form
  3. Science flight experimental write-up due on Thursday
  4. Planet Protectors Mission Three due Wednesday
  5. PD Day on Friday April 27th ( no school )

Friday April 20th

Today we reviewed the learning goal and success criteria for our flight experiments and students started their research to develop their question for investigation.  We played a new game, ” sabakiball” in Phys. Ed.  We had our “Electronics” class reward time, and Mrs. Gallant met with individual students to review their word work assessments and math check-ins.

sabaki (体捌き) is a term from Japanese martial arts and which relates to ‘whole body movement’, or repositioning. It can be translated as body-management


  1. Math test next Wednesday April 25th
  2. Planet Protectors due Tuesday April 24th
  3. Practice Word Work words

Thursday April 19th

Today we worked on our Genius Hour projects and a few students helped make a beehive for the play.  We conducted our science experiment and students learned how much writing and analysis the scientific method requires.  We wrote a check in for math about ratios and learned about rates.


  1. Math homework
  2. Electronics Day class reward tomorrow for Major Points Dude
  3. Planet Protectors Mission Three

Wednesday April 18th

Today we had a teacher directed lesson on ratios and equivalent ratios.  We made our punch ( see below! ), started our paper airplane experiment, went to the library and read independently while Mrs. Gallant worked with small groups to practice reading fluency.

The (mis)adventures of shopping for “Floating Island Punch”

I was able to find most of the ingredients … at a reasonable cost … except for the elusive orange sherbet!  I went to two different grocery stores and they only carried mango, rainbow and lime so I decided to go with the rainbow one as it had some orange in the picture.

I wasn’t quite sure about the frozen juice from concentrate, was it a better deal to buy three of something for five dollars and save 67 cents when I really only wanted two?  They didn’t sell orange juice in the store brand, only orange punch for 77 cents …

And then, things got ugly …

And the winner is … Mr Pham!

We worked together to make the punch!


  1. Planet protectors Mission Three
  2. Math test study guide handed out ( math test next Wednesday April 25th)
  3. Genius Hour tomorrow – bring supplies