From 08/09 School year

-Who were the loyalists and the Patriots? Who had to leave their land, and why?
-Who fought in the war of 1812, and who won? (a trick question according to a phrase the text said!)
-What is the probability continuum? What are the words used to describe events in-between impossible, and certain?
-ask your child why we were taking apart tape decks, cd players, computers, mice, phones, disk drives etc. in science, and what they were supposed to be keeping tallies for.
-Student work in ATRT (typing program) ranges from finishing 8 levels at an average of 35 words per minute, to the lowest at only 2 levels complete at an average of about 7 words per minute. Ask your child where he or she fits in there. Consider getting a typing program or using a free online program daily for the summer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/
-Do you know where all of your materials are coming from for your Simple Machine Project (due second week in June)
-What kind of canoe did you make today?
-What project is coming up soon in Science?
-What is a pedometer, and what did some students use them for today?
-What company did they choose to work for? (NWC or HBC) and WHY?
-Name 5-10 words that are on your grammar word splash page, and tell what they mean)
-Is division getting easier? Have them show you...
-How did their fur trade presentations go in SS today? (with the gr.4's)
-What unit did we start in Science today?
-How can you make paper look old? What does that have to do with Social?
-Are they happy with their 2 last month's book report grades? ( reading and writing marks)
-Where is our new student from?
-What kind of an advertisment are we working on in class?
-Ask if your child needed a second reminder to do their math homework. (MLSTJR are the first letters of names that DID!)
-Ask your child to show you how to do a two digit by one digit division question ( 78 divided by 3) If they can do that, ask them to show you a 3 by one digit division question (469 divided by 6)
-Can your child define these words: portage, pemmican, factor, monopoly, privateer...
-What does symmetry mean? What are lines of symmetry?
-What was the name of the novel that I read at the end of the day today?
-Do you need to practise your division? (short or long? 3 digits divided by one digit is a gr.5 level)
-What type of questions did you work on in your problem solving math today?
-What novel did you read for your April Book Report due tomorrow?
-What did you find out about your word for research in Social Studies today? (in the computer lab)
-Name a couple of vocabulary words that you wrote down while watching Bill Nye Phases of Matter.
-What are translations, reflections and rotations in math? (show using a piece of paper)
-What did Mr.N. bring into class this morning, and which unit was he introducing?
-Name 5-10 items that may have been traded during the Fur Trade in Canada.
-What is a raw material? Name some.
-Which "how to" videos have you seen and which raw materials were used?
-What is the difference between an adverb and an adjective?
-What were you learning about when you did the diorama with Mr. B?
-What is our Language Arts Word splash for? Do you know most of the words?
-What is the difference between physical and chemical changes?
-Which posters did Mr.B. put up most recently?
-what is the dot called in our most recent 3-D word Art activity?
-Are you bringing 4-food group lunches to school???
-What is all matter made of?
-Name a couple of water experiments that you have done in science lately.
-Have you completed and printed out your newspaper yet? What is it about?
-When is the social test, and what is on it?
-What are the 8 shapes on the poster that Mr.B. made with the class?
-Are there any art assignments of yours that are missing on the walls?
-What is the name of the novel that your G.R. group is reading?
-What are prefixes and suffixes and what do they often do to root words?
-Can you name some sensational verbs?
-A few portraits are missing from the wall...is it yours?
-How do you spell silhouette...and what is it?
-What is the difference between the formulas for area and volume in math?
-Mr. Barkman is back- ask your child what he is teaching in science
-What did our class do for our Assembly presentation, and what was your child's responsibility?
-What is the difference between perimeter and area in math?
-What was the name of the teacher that has been working with you on "The Six Traits of Writing"?
-What guided reading group are you in, and which novel will you be reading soon?
-What spelling unit did we just begin?
-What did we just finish covering in math?
-Can you name some of the writing traits (things that make quality writing)
-How many writing Traits are there that we will be learning about?
-Do you know which jobs are coming up for you for TUSC? (check the online schedule)
-Which explorer is your child studying? (ask them a couple of questions about the explorer)
-What has happened so far in Island Book 3?
-How did Island Book 2 end?
-Have you been writing every spelling word into your spelling dictionary?
-Can you change a fraction like 3/10 to a decimal?
-How can you make an equivalent fraction?
-What is a numerator and a denominator?
-Have you dropped in to look at their desk and notebooks?? (or looked at then at home?)
-Check what is happening in the novel Island Book 2 that Mr.N is reading to the class.
-Ask what Marty is like in the novel Shiloh.
-What are we studying in weather right now?
-How did the presentations go for their First Peoples group?
-Does he or she know the difference between mean, median and mode?
-Did You Know that on tests I often ask students to predict what their mark will be, and say how long they studied at home for the test? (an eye opener!)
-Ask to see if they know what the five finger rule for choosing an appropriate leveled novel is. (see LA notebook)
-Check to see if their LA notebook is up to date for recording books read, and that the book report pink sheet is up do date as well.
-Does your child know what reading level they are at? (grade 5 levels are s,t,u)
-Check to see if they know the name of our student teacher (Mr. Barkman)
-Ask to see their Social Notebook and quiz them on the Ice Age.
-Division has been more difficult for many students in class (long and short) practise in this area would be helpful
-Most students made excellent progress with multiplication-Ask your child to show you two different methods to multiply...one may be new to you!
-Have you seen your child's desk or notebooks lately?
-Find out what body systems we have covered in Science. So far, we have studied Nutrition, and 3 body systems- skeletal, muscular, and digestive.
-Do you know how your child used Microsoft Publisher lately? Did you know you can get free programs like Publisher and Powerpoint from the Free downloads link on the left?
-Has your child told you about their "Wiki" website?
-Multiplication will be coming up soon. Quiz your child ahead of time to see if they know all of their times tables.
-Skeletal system quiz is coming up...ask if they can show you what will be on it!
-Your child will be giving a little speech using a speech cheat sheet on Monday...do they have it ready?
-Ask them to tell you about Microsoft Powerpoint in the computer lab.
-What body system are they just beginning to learn about in science?
-What are the 4 food groups? Ask your child if they are eating enough from every food group.
-Check their agenda a couple of times a week at least. (something should be written down every day)
-After Monday, ask your child what mark they got on their science notebook.
-Ask your child to show you where they are supposed to record the name of every novel they read.
-What is the name of the novel that your child is reading for this month's book report?
-your child should know place values up to millions (or at least hundred thousands)
-What is the difference between a Biography and an Autobiography? (ask about either project of these 2 that they have begun)
-What unit are we studying in Science?
-ask your child what they did on the first day of school

From 07/08 (end of school year)

-Did your child tell you that they got to see beaver pelts and taste toffee in their study of the Fur Trade??
-Find out what their birchbark message was and ask about that.
-what mark did they get on their geometry test?
-Are parallel and perpendicular familiar terms?
-Does he/she know what vertices, edges and faces are?
-Can he/she name their 3-d Shapes?
- Ask your child to name several of the 6 Sentence Recipes they work with in Grammar.
- Get your child to demonstrate how to find the "Same Language" (Common Denominator) to compare and add fractions with different denominators
- Ask if your child belongs to the Homework Club. This means that your child is staying in at recess to finish assignments that are not being completed at home.
- Find out what your child has been learning about India.
- Ask if you can read some of your child's poetry. The students have written some incredible 5 Senses Poems
- Get your child to show you what a Fraction Fight is, and how to figure out who wins.
- Find out which people group your child is in for the Social Studies Newspaper (French, First Peoples or British)
- Ask your child who his/her allies and enemies are (Social Studies)
- Find out about the explorer that your child has researched.
- Ask where your child fits onto the Poetry clothesline (a continuum from "I love Poetry" to "I hate Poetry"). Every day, your child has an opportunity to move his/her clothespin to show how she/he feels about poetry.
- Ask if your child knows what show/tell math is all about (a fractions activity that Ms.K. is doing with them)
-Find out what your child knows about Toondoos and Toonbooks. They should be able to tell you what type of poem we began with the program as well. (toondoo.com - check it out-it's on our navigation bar menu to the left. We began with "Countdown Poems")
- Ask what topic we are currently studying in math. (measurement)
- What are the 4 jobs that we have in our current Guided Reading groups?
- Name the 3 steps in the Guided Reading unit we are currently working on. (1-read,2-work,3-share)
- quiz your child: "What are the 4 jobs you need to do in the guided reading unit you're starting?" (Discussion Director, Illustrator, Summarizer, and Connector)
- ask your child if he or she knows the steps and the symbols used to peer edit. (compliments, suggestions, corrections)
- find out if your child knows some examples of units of measurment in math,(cm, m etc.) and how to calculate perimeter and area. (ie- A=L x W)
- check to see if any spelling mistakes they make in daily work are being transfered to their spelling journal.
- ask if they have been remembering to do each monthly book report. (many have)
- come and find out how neat they keep their desk, or whether they transfer 'completed/ marked work to their 'hanging folder'