April is Math Month

Welcome April!

What an exciting month! Spring is almost here- in Alberta though it is still more like winter- with frequent snow falls still occuring!

Math Month is one of my favorite mathematical seasons.  My students are enjoying April by experimenting with Motion Geometry (Transformations).

This is always one of their favourite units.  They love the hands on aspect of translations, reflections, and rotations!

Using tools like the mira and computer really inspire my students to success!

Motion Geometry:  Translations, Reflections, Rotations:

Some of my favourite websites to use in this unit, to help supplement my classroom, are:

BBC Bitsize: Transformations

Black Gold Engaging Students -Division II- Math 5  http://engagingstudents.blackgold.ca/index.php/division-ii/math-d2/math-5/shape-and-space5/

Bob’s Place: Grade 5Patterns & Motion in Geometry (Chapter 14)

Canada’s Wonderland  found at http://www.canadaswonderland.com/images/uploads/file/Math%20Grade%205%20&%206.doc

Eduplace: RoboPacker (choose a higher level)

Harcourt School: Icy Slides Flips and Turns

Kids Love 2Learn.ca: Transformations

MathOnline: Transformation Golf

Mister Teacher: Alphabet Transformation

Wrapping Paper Patterns

Happy Turning, Flipping, and Sliding!

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World Maths Day

Enjoy the friendly competition from around the world at


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Fractions in February

My students were involved in many exploratory stations to help them learn all about fractions this month.  The activity stations I set up were based on the Grade 5 Fractions Planning Guide: Number :Specific Outcome 7 from LearnAlberta.ca.

Fraction Lesson Overview:

Fraction lesson overview

Station 1:  Geoboards & Bonus Question 1

Geoboard Activity 1    Geoboard 2 Activity 2   Bonus 1

Station 2:  Fraction Circles & Bonus Question 2

Fraction Circles 1     Fraction Circles 2   Bonus 2

Station 3:  Pattern Blocks & Bonus Question 3

Pattern Blocks Activity 1   Pattern Blocks 2  Bonus 3

Station 4:  Fraction Strips & Bonus Question 4

Fraction Strips   Fraction Strips 2   Bonus 4

HOTS Activity:  World Record’s Largest Banana Split

Banana Split final activity

Students were very active and enjoyed working on exploring fractions using a variety of manipulatives.

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Welcome 2013- Welcome Back NHL

Welcome 2013!  We have started off an exciting new year in the classroom.  Students are extremely motivated and task oriented.

Upon completing their decimal concepts, students were given a HOTS Activity to explore.

Living in Alberta, just outside of Edmonton in a small hockey spirited community, with the NHL back up and running after a long lock-out, my class members were excited to work on an activity I call “The Battle of Alberta”.

Following is a description of the inquiry based / creative thinking learning model I used to implement H.O.T.S. (Higher Order Thinking Skills) activities with some of my students.   Using our classroom set of netbooks I set out the following task.

Number Concepts Activity (including decimals)

The Battle of Alberta


Your parents give you $150.00 for your 17th birthday.  You and a friend want to go to the Edmonton Oilers game Saturday, January 26th, at 8:00 p.m.  They are playing off for the Battle of Alberta against the Calgary Flames.  You check ticketmaster for ticket prices and find ticket cost fluctuates from lower prices in the “nose bleed” section to pricier seats. Parking costs $12.00 if you decide to drive. The concession prices are posted with most items averaging around $5.00.  Don’t forget they have the Oilers store that you may want to visit.

With your budget, make a plan for your evening out.

Will you go dutch with your friend or will you be treating your friend?  How will you get to and from the game?  Where will you be sitting?  What (if anything) will you have to eat?  Will you be purchasing any souvenirs or memorabilia?

You are quite thrifty and want to make sure that you are getting the “most for your money”. 

Be prepared to share, discuss, and post your Oilers vs Flames evening plan.

Some of the sites that my students chose to search and visit via their netbooks included:

  Rexall Place in Edmonton, AB  (Home of the Edmonton Oilers)

Rexall Place Seating Chart

Ticketmaster-Logo.jpg picture by oldschoolisbackStudents visited Ticketmaster or The Official Website of the Edmonton Oilers to actually price seats for the game

Rexall Place Concessions- Students found a site that actually had a picture of the concession prices and referred to these items and prices when doing this project.

Oiler’s Store at Rexall Place- students could visit the virtual on-line version of the Edmonton Oiler’s Store to view merchandise and decide if they were going to purchase any memorbalia.

Students worked within their given dollar amount (for this event $150), and devised individual budgets for their night out.  They were adding, subtracting, multiplying numbers and the math talk was very rich with students explaining to peers what they were doing and why.  When presenting they were justifying why they chose to buy an item, or why they decided not to buy a particular item.  Students explained their thinking strategies aloud to a very captive audience. This activity allowed for success for all my students by scaffolding the assignment.   In my classroom my students found this learning activity to be very rewarding and even fun.  In repeating Dr. Chapman’s words…”Math is fun when you understand it!”

Please Note:

I am attaching a PDF copy of the activity I used in my classroom in case anyone else in interested.

The Battle of Alberta

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Exploring Decimals in November

November is passing fast!  My students have been super busy studying patterning and numeration.  We are now onto decimal activities.  Some of my students have a great grasp of this concept already, while others are finding it more challenging.
With the use of our class set of netbooks we have been reinforcing and solidifying our learning.

One of our most used resources is our Black Gold Engaging Students Grade 5 Number links:


Other Decimal Game sites we have discovered include:







Borrowed from Kingston Elementary site:

This poem helps students remember the steps for multiplying decimals.

Multiplying decimals is easy to do

Multiply first and when you’re through

Count the decimal places up on top

Match it in the answer, then you can stop.

This poem helps students remember the steps for dividing a decimal by a whole number.

No decimal in the divisor

What will you do?

Pop it in the quotient

Divide and you are through

This poem helps students remember the steps for dividing a decimal by a decimal.

Move the decimal to the end   (in the divisor)

Move the decimal _____ again (once, twice- in the dividend)

Pop the decimal up on top

Now divide, no need to stop

Classroom Magic

Borrowed from Mrs. Smith…this is a helpful poem to help students read decimals. If they follow the instructions in the poem they will learn to say it and write it correctly every time!

(oops she missed the “d” in thousandths-but you get the idea 🙂 )

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Happy Halloween!

Wow, this year is really flying!  Can’t believe that tomorrow is already Halloween!  I have been very neglectful of my blog…but am hoping to make up for it with some of the interesting Halloween activities I have come across.

There is a ton of really good material on the Super Teacher site at http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/.   Unfortunately not all worksheets are free at this site.  It is a site that many of my colleagues use regularly…so you might want to consider getting a subscription for it.

Some freebies…

Smartboard resource:  Halloween Math Gr 4/5//6 level found at http://exchange.smarttech.com/search.html?q=%20halloween

Halloween Math Sheets:   free sheets in many strands can be found at these sites:



Ed Helper:  http://freebies.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=freebies&cdn=hobbies&tm=290&f=00&su=p284.13.342.ip_&tt=3&bt=0&bts=0&zu=http%3A//www.edhelper.com/Halloween_Math.htm

Kidzone  http://www.kidzone.ws/math/halloween/index.htm#WORKSHEETS5

Halloween Math Challenges:


Math Stories:

The Story of The Not So Great Pumpkin


Borrowed from:  http://mathstory.com/index.html#.UJA_92fZ1JA – check out the site!

mr r.'s world of math and science

Place Value Halloween

Here’s the Trick or Treat map to be used with this poem!
Ones (that’s us!)
100 10 1 100 10 1 100 10 1

I was dressed as a ghost,
A goblin-ghoul,
I’d just returned home,
From a long day at school…
I grabbed up my pumpkin,
It was plastic of course,
I called down my sister,
Dressed as a horse,
horse costume
Out to get tricked,
Out to be treated,
When candy time came,
We wouldn’t be cheated!
Let me first say,
My name is Ten,
And sister’s name is Hundred…
And baby brother’s,
Name is One,
He’s really a silly, but fun-kid…
We went next door,
To the house of the Thousand’s,
They had,
10 dogs,
10 ducks,
duckie rubberduckie rubberduckie rubberduckie rubberduckie rubberduckie rubberduckie rubberduckie rubberduckie rubberduckie rubber
10 cows…
cow cowcowcowcowcowcowcowcowcow
And they had 3 kids,
One,Ten, Hundred,
That made me think,
As I stood and wondered,
How’d they have,
The same names as us?
Why weren’t they named,
Brenda or Russ?
But that’s okay,
I won’t make a fuss…
They tossed us 3 candies,
snickers barsnickers barsnickers bar
Then we ran like a race,
The thousands were big,
Scared us back to our place…
The next house,
To the left,
On our spooky, dark street…
I wasn’t surprised,
Knew that we’d meet,
The Million’s family,
For they lived next door,
To the thousands’ house…
And we did like before…
We walked up their driveway,
And knocked on their door,
They had three kids,
One,Ten, Hundred,
And that made me think,
As I stood and wondered,
How’d they have,
The same names as us?
Why weren’t they named,
Susanna or Gus?
But that’s okay,
I won’t make any fuss…
If they have 3 kids,
Named just like us,
We’ll get 3 treats,
snickers barsnickers barsnickers bar
And that’s a big plus!!!
But when the door opened,
I let out a scream,
The Millions were giant,
Like 2 tons of ice cream!!!
I grabbed,
Sister, Hundred,
I grabbed,
Baby, One,
I closed my ghost eyes,
And we started to run…
We ran from the Millions,
We ran past the Thousands,
We ran past the dogs,
And the ducks,
And the cows…
And we finally got back,
To Mom and Dad’s place,
And I felt like we’d finished,
A 10-mile race…
We got,
In our spots,
Time to go ‘sleepy,’
And dreamed of the Millions,
So big, and so creepy…


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Welcome Back!

Welcome back to another school year!

July and August flew by, and we are now well into September!

I am beginning my Grade Five math studies this year with Patterning.  We have started looking at modelling and describing patterns, extending increasing and decreasing patterns, and solving problems using patterns.  Within a week or so we will be moving onto using expressions and equations when approaching our problems.

My students are excited to have access to Netbooks within our classroom allowing them much more access to internet activities.

Below are some of my most used resources including our district Black Gold Regional Schools Engaging Students page found at the link below:


Nelson’s Math Focus 5:




This year I came across an Evans Newton Inc PAL Packet (Parent Resource):


Learn Alberta- Math Live


Happy patterning!

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