Mr. McCleary's Class Blog

Our grade 5 year in 5M.

October is looking like a busy but wonderful month!

Oct calendar
It’s hard to believe that September is in the books already and now we’re looking forward to an exciting October. The calendar is looking full even before the month begins but there will be many more terrific activities to add once the month gets rolling. Enjoy team and make the most of every opportunity.

Congratulations to our Sept Award Winners

Sept award winners
September finished with our monthly celebrations at our Bobcat Blast Assembly. It was an honour to present the first monthly awards to three hard working and talented students. Paige received the class Attentive Listening award, while Holden and Jamey were recognized for their strong work in spelling this month. Congratulations!

Ace Spellers

Congratulations to our Ace Spellers who all spelled our “Grade 12″ correctly on last weeks Standardized spelling survey. These Ace Spellers were each rewarded a dollar for going beyond their grade level expectations and totally impressing their teacher. Way to go!
Ace spellers

Gym warmup

Patterning is our first mini-unit in math so we began our gym period with a pattern that needed to be followed. Students tried to solve the patterning maze by jumping to the correct adjacent Lilly Pad, if they were correct they continued but if they were not correct they did a gym warm up activity like Jumping Jacks.
Lilly Pad warmup for gym

Terry Fox Run supporting cancer research

Running and donating for a worthy cause was the focus of our Friday Terry Fox run. All our students joined in on our cancer fighting adventure as ventured around our Terry Fox track. Earlier in the day we watched a video on Terry and discussed the characteristics that make him a Canadian hero.
running with teacher

Making our construction paper cutouts!

Our first Art class consisted of students creating self portraits of themselves doing something they really enjoy. All of our self-portraits will be on display for our Meet the Teacher night on September 23. Here is a sample of some of our preliminary work.

Let the ADVENTURE Begin!

What an incredible class we have this year and we are off to an awesome start!
September will be “get to know you month” as we discover the wonderful talents that exist throughout our room. Our Tribes character trait that we are working on this month is: Attentive Listening

Click here to see our Attentive Listening poster

Our gym days will be day 3 and 5 in the morning and students are encouraged to come dressed to participate.
I really look forward to meeting most of you at Meet the Teacher night on September 23 in the classroom from 6-7pm.
If you have any questions in the meantime please feel free to contact me at the school or send me an email.

Meet your teacher!

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Looking forward to September 2!

As the end of August approaches its only a matter of days until we’ll begin our wonderful adventure of learning in the community of our grade 5 classroom. It promises to be a great year of inquiry and understanding as we tap into the entire world as our learning platform. Each student can look forward to learning and growing in cooperative groups and having access to some of the best technology in the school including: computers, tablets, webcams, a Smartboard, a digital camera and a scanner. We will be communicating with students and experts from around the world through our blogs and Skyping sessions. Though we still will utilize some notebooks, we are making an effort to be a paper-reduced classroom and therefore many assignments will be handed in online through our class Edmodo account or various other web-based programs like Glogster, Spelling City and Google Drive.

I’m really looking forward to working closely with Mr. Davidson and Mrs. Mcgauley’s grade 4/5 class as we will be sharing some periods and learning opportunities with our classes.

Also, along with several virtual field trips we will be planning to travel to several real world sites to receive hands-on experiences of what the world has to offer us.

In Language we will be looking at Blogging and how it will assist us over the course of the year. Be sure to visit our classroom on Meet the teacher night in Mid-September, to see our first blogs on display.

So welcome to the class website of 5M and the exciting world of grade 5 learning.
Let the excitement begin!
Mr. R. McCleary