Day 16, Sept. 25, 2012 – Prime & Composite Numbers; Human Body (Gr5) & Biodiversity (Gr6)

PART 1    by Luke and Shane

Today our first two periods we were doing litaracy we visualised. During literacy we would take a sentence from a page and wrote what we pictured in our minds on a sticky note.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: While the Grade 6’s practised this skill, Grade 5 students continued to work on backwards planning: taking a Nelson Literacy article on cells and organs (Human Body science unit) and creating a Word Web that the author could have used to plan the sub-sections. Then the Grade 6 students took another look at last week’s Biodiversity work by creating a list of characteristics for each category of the Animal Kingdom: Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, Birds and Mammals:

Classification of the VERTEBRATE members of the Animal Kingdom (missing characteristics of mammals…to be continued!)

After that Mr.Greenways Grade 6 class joined us for Music and we worked on a song for the assembly.

When we came in after break we had math. We learnd about prime and composite numbers. We made arrays of numbers from 1-25 and wrote down all the ways you could make the number. [EDITOR’S NOTE: In math, an array is an orderly arrangement of a number in rows and columns.]

We worked in pairs with coloured tiles.


We found out all the factors of a number by arranging that number of tiles into as many rectangles as possible (e.g. 24 = 1 x 24 rectangle, but also 2 x 12, 4 x 6 and 3 x 8)

Here is 16 modelled as 16 x 1, 2 x 8 and 4 x 4


Factors of all numbers from 1 to 25

[EDITOR’S NOTE: I purposely colour coded for the students from the beginning of this Anchor Chart – numbers with only two factors are black, numbers with more than two factors are red. Students then had to infer why the numbers were colour coded (Answer: the black numbers have only two factors, the number itself and one; the red numbers have more than two factors). We made note of the fact that not every odd numer is prime, and not every even number is composite]

On the SMARTboard:

Prime numbers between 0 and 25; Composite numbers between 0 and 20


PART 2     by Claire and Victoria

After break we had french and we worked on phrases that we can use on a daily basis. Then we played a fun intelligent game. After we cleaned the room, wrote in our agendas, worked on math and then had DPA outside until the bell rang.

Sept. 21, 2012 International Day of Peace


Here is another Sept. 21st blogpost, specifically dedicated to our how our 5/6 class led the school in a Literacy activity for the International Day of Peace!

First Holly and Victoria made an announcement during morning announcements. We handed out white peace doves to all the primary and junior classes in the school. Teachers had their students complete the thought, “I feel peaceful when…..” on a white dove. Older students wrote longer reflections. Our class had a great time visiting Mrs. Panju, Mrs. Crocker and Mrs. Booysen’s ELP2 (Early Learning Program, what was called a kindergarden before). We will collect, cut out and display the school doves in the hallways next week.

Day 14, Fri., Sept. 21, 2012

by  Jordan and Ken              photography by Steven


First we went to the lab to write reflections on peace (which are at the end of this post). We had a great time. When we came back we talked about about text features like bold and colors for adding thoughts about peace our dove’s. We asked the whole school to create these doves to show that Rousseau is a “Peaceful School”. We will collect them and will display them all next week in the hallways. Ms Fawcett told us to break into groups to deliver the dove’s to each classs room. When we got back we made our own peace dove’s.                                     

 After  break  we had  French.  The  grade 5’s played a matching  game and the grade 6’s went to the carpet and we talked about  the sentence that we made on wednesday. Then we were handed a piece paper. We had to find the opposite.  Then we played “Dix”. Then we all went to the ELP2 classroom (Ms Panju/Mrs. Crocker’s “Early Learning Program”….what was called a kindergarden) to help them with  there peace dove.


Day 12, Sept. 19, 2012

Do you have a QR code reader/app on your phone? There will be some cool content available for you to view at Meet the Teacher tomorrow night!

by Claire and Shaun              photography by Jordan

Today we used the nelson literacy books to find info about Biodiversity (grade 6) and the Human Body (grade 5). In grade 6, we had to match animals to their species. An example would be a lion to a mammal. [EDITOR’S NOTE: In grade 5, we brainstormed what we know about organ systems and used Nelson Literacy to “fill in the blanks”. In both grades, we began creating a classification key to show the information and demonstrate how living things are interrelated.]

Next we had math. We had to compare numbers to see which one is bigger and which one is smaller. Then we had gym with Mr. Greenway and played octopus and Euroupean hand ball it was first red vs green then blue vs yellow then green vs  blue then once again red vs green.

Then the last period we had Miss Rankin for literacy in the computer. While everyone was looking for colours and class room objects online in French we were making the blog for the day. [EDITORS NOTE: 5/6F has Miss Ranking each day – four of those days complete our required minutes for French instruction; the fifth day is for computer use, i.e. integrating technology into our curriculum. Once we have our school board sign in information, we will be learning to blog and sharing our writing and reflections in the computer lab on Day 2’s.]

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Working on our HWDSB Commons class blog!


Demonstrating the “stacking strategy” for lining up expanded form number (in order to create standard form)