Division Re-write

I have prepared a re-write exit card. Students who scored below a level 3 or B will write the re-write on Friday. I have been reminding students to work on their multiplication and division facts at home to prepare. We have been working on division and multiplication in class this week. Next week we will be starting new learning.

House Keeping Items

Our DVD player has stopped working. If you or anyone you know is upgrading and wanting to get rid of a used DVD player we would love it.

We are also on our last box of kleenex so if you are able to send in a box – great! If you have already sent in kleenex in the past please disregard.

If you are cleaning out your garage and have extra balls that you would like to part with we would love donations of used soccer, basketball, football and tennis balls for our recess bin.

Expert in the Field – Guest Visit

Dr. Galsworthy came into the classroom today and talked with us about his work as an engineer. He works with a team of engineers who test structures, particularly skyscrapers against the force of wind. He helped us learn more about how forces like tension, compression, shear and torque are at play within bridges and skyscrapers. We learned that engineers design these structures to carefully keep these forces in balance so that the bridge or skyscraper can stay strong and stable. It was exciting to learn about the Jeddah Tower which is under construction in Saudi Arabia and will stand more than 1 kilometre tall. WOW!!!A huge thank you to Dr. Galsworthy for helping us learn more about Pulleys and Gears and Forces Acting on Structures.


Oral Communications Festival

Junior and Intermediate students at Allan A. Greenleaf have a great opportunity to gain experience writing speeches and speaking in front of an audience. Students can participate in an oral communication festival at the end of February (the specific date will be shared soon). Students will need to work on their speech writing at home. We will have students deliver their speeches within our class for evaluation before the whole school competition. Students can practice in from of classmates and the teacher will their are drafting their speech.

The first place winner for each division will move on to compete at their Family of Schools’ Competition.

Rules Summary

Speech Content

The contents should be informative and must be the work of the contestant. There can be some element of research; e.g., 10% must be reflected in the prepared speech; however, it must not be a verbatim copy of some other work. Information sources might be the Internet, books, media or people. Each speech needs to be submitted in a word document. Hand written speeches will not be accepted. The file name for each school needs to include the student’s name, the title of the speech and the name of the school. Junior level speeches should be between 2 and 4 minutes long.


Questioners will ask three questions of the participants. The questions will be written by a committee and read by a questioner.

Audio and visual Aids

● Microphones and lecterns may be used.  Visual aids of any kind are not permitted.

Are you ready to make a speech?

How to pick a topic

It is important that you keep the following points in mind:

● Who is your audience?

● What could be appealing to the audience?

● How much do they know about your subject?

Consider any of the following ideas:

● Use your own personal experience to tell about something

● Choose a topic you find interesting and are wondering about

● Interview a person who is of interest to you.

● Relate a current or historic issue in which you have an interest, using a variety of

informative sources.

● Share a topic you feel passionate, excited and/or concerned about.

● Discuss a topic of social importance to you, your community or the larger global



Gather lots of information. Use resources such as library books, reference books, newspapers, the internet, museum, people and other media. Then choose special ideas that your audience would like to hear about. Remember, your speech should be informative original and show some evidence of research

● Break your speech into three parts: an introduction, the body of the speech and the closing.


● Be aware of your audience. Acknowledge them in your introduction. An audience makes up its mind very quickly. Once the mood is set, it is difficult to change it, which is why introductions are important. Within the first few sentences of your speech, it should be very clear to the audience what the focus/topic is. It is not advisable to say, “Today, I am going to talk to you about…” or “My speech is about…” Try to be creative! Capture your audience’s attention.

Main Body of the Speech

● Decide what you are trying to do; tell a story, convince people that you have a great idea, inspire people with tales of courage or loyalty, give special instructions or share information of interest to people.

● Select your information critically and creatively to best support your topic.

● Organize the contents in a logical, sequential, and meaningful order. Use your own


● Try to engage your audience.


● The ending does not present any new information; however, it should reflect the

overall key ideas of your speech and be memorable.

Special Points

Set the main points down on small index cards, but remember, an audience loses touch with the speaker when he/she is constantly checking his/her notes. It is helpful to memorize the beginning and ending. Know your topic well and just talk to the audience. An audience won’t know about your spelling, but they will know if you mispronounce words or use them incorrectly.

Look at your audience. Remember to smile at your audience (unless your speech is very serious). A little humour can add to the effectiveness of delivery, but it is a speech, not an act

Most speakers have stage fright. There is no cure for this. In fact, it usually helps the speaker.

At the conclusion, smile at the audience, stand back, and wait for the applause and the questions.

Below is a link to previous communications festival speeches. It is great idea to watch these students from our board and pick up successful strategies from them.




Social Studies Inquiry

The children have watched videos of adults and children sharing their perspectives on important issues facing Canadians. The grade 4s are focusing the Environmental Stewardship (using the Earth’s resources responsibly) as it relates to these issues. The grade 5 students are focusing on responsible citizenship – Canadians learning about issues and voicing their opinions about concerns. Ask your son / daughter to share their inquiry topic, questions they have and what they have learned so far  with you.

We are spending a lot of class time using iPads and computers to read and watch news coverage of these issues. Similar to when we did inquiry in science, children are allowed to bring their own iPad or laptop to help with their research but only if you are comfortable with this. It would be a great help if children could have their own earphones in a ziplock bag to use in the classroom and when we go to the computer lab.

So far the children have been generating thoughtful questions and are very interested in their topics. Exciting to see!

Measurement Exit Card Home to Share

Greetings parents. Your son / daughter brought home a measurement exit card this afternoon. We took it up during math class today and students were supposed to correct and add to their work in pen.

Some students are learning to communicate the unit and their steps (equations) clearly. They should also read questions carefully and check any calculations in case they made an error.

Next week students will have a chance to complete another exit card.

Canada Unit Update – Both Grades

The students worked on labelling the provinces, territories, great lakes, oceans, capital cities and St. Lawrence River as part of our Social Studies units for both grades. For a challenge many students completed today’s work without the help of the word bank. I feel very strongly that it is important as Canadians that we learn to identify these places on a map and be able to name and ideally spell them correctly. For homework this week students should review these for a short time each night. Printable blank maps of Canada are free online. There are also fun sights for children where they can take a Canada quiz online. These quizzes are interactive. Kids are asked to identify a place and click on the map and get instant feedback. We have gone on some of these in the computer lab. In the search type Canada quiz online and the first 3 are very good.

Diabetes Presentation


A huge thank you to Mr. Bootland for coming in this morning and teaching us about the causes, symptoms, and medical advancements in  the treatment of diabetes. We really appreciated learning about this disease that effects so many Canadians. We also started learning how to read and understand nutrition  information on food labels.


We continue to work on developing the skill of summarizing. Students handed in their homework assignment on Friday. They are making good progress in clearly and succinctly summarizing a fictional text. They are using the charts in class to get tips on how to summarize. For homework this week, they will be asked to read a non-fiction text at home and summarize this book. We are about to start new units of learning:

grade 4 – Political and Physical Regions of Canada

grade 5 The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship.

Both grades could choose a non-fiction text to support this new learning.

From home, students can access on line Encyclopias and electronic texts. To do this:

  1. go to “my hwdsb”
  2. students log in using their user id which is on a sticker in the front of their agenda
  3. then select “the hub”
  4. click library learning commons or quick links
  5. search in the list and choose virtual library either jk – 3 or 4-8. The Encyclopia Brittannica has pages on each of the provinces etc.

There are amazing electronic texts that they can access from home.

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Halloween and Other News

The students are welcome to come in their costumes on Monday. It is a nutritional exemption day so students are welcome to  bring treats. Vegetables and fruit are welcome and after a little bit of sugar students will be craving healthier treats. We will be going to the dance-athon and later having our own classroom party.

Students learned about their final assignment for science today. Students are going to share their learning by building a model and presenting their learning on a poster board. Two students can share a poster board. I will  cut them in half. They are available at the dollar store for $2. I showed students an example of this in class today. Please see photo below.