Sunday, December 20, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Well, it is finally Christmas holidays... I know that I have been waiting impatiently for this to get here.

I hope all of the students at MRES have a wonderful holiday! I made you a special Christmas video from your teachers. Enjoy!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Grade 4s: Fraction Experts!

Hello Grade Fours!

I have been having an awesome time with you, learning about fractions! Since this is the last time I will be teaching you, I thought we could have some fun with math!

Do you remember this question? Use your knowledge of fractions to solve this problem.

Colin and Sarah like to play Guitar Hero. Sarah has completed five out of eight songs on her list. Colin has completed two out of four songs on his list.
1) Who is closer to completing their list?
2) Who has completed a greater fraction of their songs?

Add a comment with your answer! Don't forget to explain how you know, and make sure your initials are on the comment!

When you are finished, check out Miss Freel's Mathematicious Links and play some fun math games!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

To My Gorgeous Grade Four Class....

Hi guys!
Today I would like you to show off... your knowledge of fractions.

Please answer the following question in a comment below. Don't forget to write your initials or first name!

What two things would you like to tell people about comparing and ordering fractions? What is important to know so that you can do it correctly? Do you have any hints or tips?

Thanks! Have a great day!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Snowed in on a Saturday night...

As I snuggle up on my coach on this super cold weekend, I was thinking that maybe some of my students might be as bored as I am!
If so... here are some fun sites to get you into the Christmas spirit. Have fun!

Build Your Own Snowman

Reindeer Orchestra

Snowflake Designer

Put Rudolph Back Together

Build a Gingerbread Cookie

Santa's Sledding Game

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Grade Three: Winter has arrived!


Good morning Grade Three students! I hope you are having a fantastic (though very wintry) day.

Today we read the poem "I Wish I Knew." The author of this poem uses personification to share her feelings about winter.

How do you feel about winter? How could you show those feelings using personification?

Here is your assignment for today:

Use personification to describe your feelings about winter in at least three different sentences or in a 3-line poem.

Don't forget! You need to sign your work with your initials or first name.

Thanks! I am excited to read your published work!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

New Month, New Unit!

Dear Grade Fives,

So we have just finished our unit on addition and subtraction of decimals. You guys did great! You should be really proud of all of your accomplishments and hard work in this unit.
The next unit we will be starting is all about probability. Probability is all about chance, like the "probability that it will rain tomorrow."

By the end of this unit, you will be able to:
1. use probability language to describe how likely it is that an event will happen
2. design and carry out probability experiments
3. compare the probability of two outcomes

So here is your first question for this unit:

Do you think you could better predict the outcome of the roll of a 6-sided die or the flip of coin?
Explain why you think so. Don't forget to sign your comment!

After you have done this, try out these probability games below:

Have fun!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Grade 5s - Thurs. Nov. 19, 2009

Hi kids!
I hope you guys are having a good day. I am at doctor appointments today (ugh!) so Mrs. Brown and Miss Janzen are going to be teaching you today.

I would like you to answer the questions below in a comment - don't forget to write your initials or first name so I know who posted!

When you finish answering the questions, you can play any of the math games on Miss Freel's Grade 5 Links - do not move off these games please.

Here are your questions for today:

1. Estimate to place the decimal point in each difference below.

a) 10.5 - 6.77 = 373

b) 45.67 - 28.77 = 1690

2. Why is it useful to know more than one way to subtract decimal numbers? Use the example 6.0 - 1.75 to explain.

3. Write your own subtraction word problem using decimal numbers. Write the answer to your problem as well.

That's it!
Have a great long weekend!

Hi there Grade Three!

Hello my lovely Grade Three class. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Today, I would like you to think about the following question:

Who is your favourite character in The Magician's Elephant? Explain your choice in at least three sentences.

When you are done your comment, you can watch the video of Kate DiCamillo discussing her new book by clicking on the link below. Make sure you wear your headphones when you watch the video!

After watching the video, you can play any of Miss Freel's Grade Three links.

I hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hello Grade Fours!!!

I bet you thought Miss Freel was going to post the questions for today...guess again! It's Miss Janzen! I will be posting questions to the blog for your Math class too!

Do you remember how we have been working on subtracting numbers up to 10000? Here are some questions for you to practice your skills. (post a comment with your answers, and don't forget to sign your initials!)

Question #1:
Kelsey took a trip to the Calgary Zoo with her Grade 4 Math class. She saw grizzly bears, tigers, penguins and a hippopotamus with her calf.
The zookeeper said that the hippopotamus weighed 519 pounds. The hippopotamus's calf is only 3 months old, but already weighs 98 pounds!

How much more does the mother hippopotamus weigh than her calf? Explain how you got your answer.

Question #2:
During summer vacation, Jimmy and Laura each took a trip with their families. Jimmy's family drove in their car from Calgary to Winnipeg. They travelled a total of 1324 km. Laura's family also travelled from Calgary and flew on a plane to Cancun, Mexico. They travelled a total of 4078 km.

How many more kilometers did Laura travel than Jimmy? How did you figure it out?

When you are done you can check out the Base 10 Blocks Website:

Complete 2 questions, recording your answers on a sheet of paper. When you have completed 2, show me your sheet and you can explore Miss Freel's Mathematicious Links!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Hello Grade Threes!

I. Love. Kate DiCamillo.

Grade Threes, you know this is true. She is easily one of my favourite authors, and her newest novel, The Magician's Elephant, does not disappoint.

One thing I particularly love about this author is how she uses deals with "big ideas" in her books - themes like trust, true love, forgiveness and the grey area between good and evil.

Your question for today is:

What similarities do you see between Kate DiCamillo's The Magician's Elephant and The Tale of Despereaux?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Adding Decimal Numbers

Good morning Grade Five!

We have been working on adding decimal numbers in the past few math classes. Please answer the questions below in a comment. Read the questions carefully so you know what you need to do.

1. Estimate to place the decimal point in the sum below. Explain how you know.
0.49 + 5.55 = 604

2. Create a word problem that can be solved by adding two numbers with three decimal places. Solve your problem and write the answer below.

Remember to sign your name on your comment!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Happy October!

Hi Fives!

Alright, so we have just started learning all about decimal numbers. It is looking like people are enjoying it so far... It is pretty exciting to learn something brand new like this.

So I started wondering last night, what makes it so interesting to you guys? What is so important about decimal numbers? I came up with some of my own ideas, but I would like to hear yours as well.

Here are your two "thinker" questions for this week. Post a comment below, and make sure to sign it with your initials.

1. What is one important thing you have learned about decimal numbers this week?

2. Why do you think understanding decimal numbers is important in real life? Where do you see them in your daily life, outside of math class?

After you are finished, you can build some decimal numbers with Virtual_Manipulatives.

Thanks! I hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Woohoo! Quiz over and a long weekend beginning!

Hey G5 kids!

So, the quiz is over - we are moving on to a new unit in Math on Monday: decimal numbers.

Please write me a comment (don't forget to sign your initials at the bottom of your post!) and tell me one thing you know about decimal numbers, and one thing that you are wondering about decimal numbers.

After that relax, and check out Miss Freel's Grade 5 Links.

Hope you have a great long weekend!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Grade Fives - Friday's class

Hello Fives!

I hope you are having a good time during Math class today!

I would like you to answer the following questions in a comment.

When is it a good idea to round a large number? Give an example.

When is it a bad idea to round a large number? Give an example.

Comment below, and then...

Here are some games you can play. Please only play the games below - you shouldn't be surfing around to find other stuff.

Remember to wear your headphones!!!

These games are going to help you practice your rounding skills.





Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Hey There Fabulous Fours!

Hi Grade Fours! I hope that quiz wasn't too hard on you!

I would like you to show me what you know about numbers - you can do this by answering the question below. All you have to do to answer is press "comments." Type your answer in the box, then sign it with your initials.

Here's the big question...

Write the following number in standard form:

6000 + 300 + 3

Click on the links below to play some games that will review your knowledge of numbers to ten thousand.

Virtual Base Ten Blocks

Internet Junk Its

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Grade 5: Your mission, if you choose to accept it:

Hi Grade 5s!
Since we have been working on expanded form in math this week, you have a tiny assignment. This will help you to show off just how much you know about numbers to one million.

Please answer the two questions below by "commenting" on this post. You can let me know who posted what by writing your initials.

Question 1: Write the following number in expanded form: 823 019

Question 2: Explain how two numbers can have the same digits but different values. Use an example.

Oh, technology...

So, I have been on a learning curve with this blog... but I think I am now getting the hang of it! There were some glitches with people posting comments, but I think I have figured this out. If you would like to post a comment about one of your classes, or just send me a note, that would be great.

Grade Three students, don't forget that you will be going to the Extendicare on Monday to read with residents.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Relax, and prepare for the week ahead.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Homework update, etc., etc.

Another week has started - I had forgotten how fast the days go by at school. Today the Grade 2, 4, and 5 math classes took their Homework Folders home. These will be due on Thursday. If you have any questions about an assignment, you can comment on this post.
The Grade 2 and 3 classes will have spelling tests on Friday. If you would like to practice at home, don't forget to check out

And don't forget... picture day on Thursday. Look your best (as you always do).

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Attention! Attention! Grade 5s!

Hi there you fabulous fives!
Welcome to our blog. We will be using this blog to communicate about math throughout the year. Today, I would like you to comment on this post (just click "comment" below my posting) and tell me what area of math you would like to learn more about, and what area you feel confident in. You can sign the post using your initials.
Also, check out the link below. These are some fun games that are all about representing numbers to one million.
Have fun!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Welcome back!

Well, it's finally here. Milk River Elementary is up and running! Another 40ish weeks of new friendships, quizzes, assemblies, and recesses (which I have heard is the favourite "subject" of many students).
I am so excited - and from the students I have seen biking around Milk River in the last week or so, or those buying their fresh new school supplies at Staples, I think many of the kids are too!
We are so lucky at MRE to have such a great group of people to work with - staff and students alike.

So, Grade 2, 4, and 5 students are coming home with a Homework Folder today. Many of you have used this with me before, but for those new to the idea, see the info below:
- folders are sent home on Mondays and due on Thursdays
- if you have any questions about an assignment, you can contact me on this blog, send me an agenda message, or call me at the school.

Grade 2s and 3s also have a reading log in their agendas. When students read at home, they can record it on their log. Once a reading log is filled, that student gets a prize, and will bump up their Reading Counts points.

And Grade 2s are going to start the year off with a bang, having their first spelling test on Friday. We will be working on our "wall words" on Tuesdays during class time. To practice at home, students will have a list of their words in their Homework Folders.
You can also see the word list at my spelling website:
This site has some fun games to play that will helps students practice their words.

I think that's it for now...
I hope you guys have a great first day. I know I sure will!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

It's coming soon!

Well, the teachers are back at school today, working like crazy to get ready for the next school year. It's going to be exciting - new students and new teachers are joining us.
We are all looking forward to seeing the kids on Monday! Enjoy your last weekend of freedom ; )

Monday, August 17, 2009

Testing... testing... testing...

Hi there!
To correspond to our new AISI project, which will incorporate technology into writing, I have decided to start a blog for my classes.
Parents and students are welcome to join, read, and make comments throughout the year. Hopefully this will help us all to build a strong home-to-school relationship.
See you in a couple of weeks!