Greetings to all parents and students in Grade 5! This is the spot to learn about most things going on in most subjects in Grade 5. (Math has its own page). If you have any questions for me, send me a quick email and I will contact you the same school day.

Mr. Williams



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Our first novel study of the year is 'The Teacher's Funeral' written by Richard Peck. This novel is always one of the class favourites. The story is set in the early 1900s, and students will have the opportunity to view life in a one room school house more than 100 years ago. Through this novel, students will learn many new skills, like context, identifying similes and metaphors as well as learning many new vocabulary words. This novel will also give the class the opportunity to have a debate, complete a project, make predictions about the plot and many other language skills.

This week, we will be forming groups and beginning preparations for our 'Great Debate' in=class project. The class will learn what debating is, the rules we will follow and the marking rubric will also be discussed. Students will also have a chance to select their end of novel at home project. Students have a choice to the following projects:

  • Writing a children's version book of 'The Teacher's Funeral'

  • Making a diorama of one scene found in the book

  • Making a board game based on our novel


Students will have the same selections after the completion of the second novel study. Each option can be selected only once. This project will not be due until February.

The 1000 page Challenge For the second term (although students may start now), students are challenged to read 1000 pages from a variety of novels of their own selection (approved by Mr. Williams). Students have been told about this project before the break and may have started already. Students have their books and can begin logging their reading progress.





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The Grade 5s have two spelling classes per week. Each lesson will be due and corrected in the Tuesday class. The spelling test for that lesson will be on the Friday of the same week. We will also introduce the next lesson after the test with the new lesson due the following Tuesday. Review lessons will not be done.

Lesson 19 work will be due on Tuesday, January 16th. Test on Friday, January 19th. Lesson 19 Pattern Words focus on Patterns.

Lesson 19 words are: athlete, journey, freckles, attempt, orchard, shoulder, entertain, adjective, aggravate, apostrophe, congratulate, senses, organs, physical, muscles, skeleton, anatomy, circulation, fusion.





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Social Studies - Test on Monday, January 15. We will also continue to work on another short in-class project titled 'Symbols of Me'. Here are the notes and some questions to aid in studying:






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Science - We will have a short test on simple machines and three types of levers on Friday, January 19th. We will also shortly begin another group building project as we have fun with egg protectors.

This project will also have a drama component (used as a mark for language) as groups will write and act out an infomercial of the egg protector they are going to build.






Grade 5 Bible
Grade 5 Bible


Our Bible work book will be the focus of most of the work for the year. We will be working in small groups completing one unit per week. As well, all students will be learning memory work from the Bible that will be due on most Fridays.

Memory work this week is:

Proverbs 15:5

“A foolish person refuses to listen to his father’s advice. But a wise person listens closely when people try to teach him.”



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This week, we complete our badminton unit.



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There will be a ukulele diagram quiz happening this Friday, January 19th.