Tuesday December 18th

Only 3 more days to go!  We can make it.

Today the students had an assessment in math on elapsed time. In language we wrote a biography of Tommy Douglas using research we had gathered as a class.

If anyone would like to send in snack for a holiday party, please do so on Friday.  We will use the last block of the day to celebrate the holiday.

Trivia: Today we learned that school is 6 hours and 20 minutes long.  We leave at 3:40 pm each day.  How much time elapses before we come back the next morning at 9:20 am?

Monday December 17th

My little girl is 3 years old today!  Time sure flies!

Parents are invited to the Holiday Concert on Thursday.  The show starts at noon and we go on first!  Keep practicing at home!

Trivia:  What Federal Political Party was Tommy Douglas the first leader of?  5 points.


Friday December 14th

The Friday Flash went home today with the Home Binders.

We worked on our final blog for the novel “Vote”.  If students did not finish in class then the blog needs to be completed for homework.  Use the following images to help you:

Trivia: For 10 points (A great start to the week) tell me who the top three Greatest Canadians are, as chosen by the CBC in 2004. Hint – We have been talking about one of them a lot lately!

Wednesday December 12th

Our practice for Run Run Rudolph is coming along nicely.  Today we learned some actions to go along with the lyrics.

Our morning went really well. Students were quiet as church mice completing writing tasks!

Tonight’s point grab: 10 points if you tell me something about Tommy Douglas that I do not already know!

Tuesday December 11th

Today we continued to practice our song for the Holiday concert next week.  We are performing on Thursday December 20th at approx. 12pm. Parents are invited.  Please practice the song at home as often as possible.

In math we had a decimal assessment.  The students were asked to put decimals in order from least to greatest and to decide which decimal in pair was the greatest.

In language we continued our work on biographies.  Students learned how to put their information into chronological order using a timeline.

Monday December 10th

WASH YOUR HANDS!! There was something going around the class today as several students went home sick and others barely made it through the day.  Get lots of rest tonight.  Drink plenty of fluids!

Today we had an amazing experience making our Friendship Boxes to send up north to students in Sioux Lookout.

Thank you, families, for donating so many wonderful items.  We had so many donations.  As a pod we filled 30 boxes!

In math we worked on comparing and ordering decimals.  Students looked at Long Jump results and ordered the competitors based on the length of their jumps.

10 points if you can name the First Nation whose traditional land we are standing on at Franklin.  https://native-land.ca/

Friday December 7th

Thank you to everyone who came out to Family Night last night.  It was great to see so many Collins Crew members and their families.

For our Christmas Concert this year we are going to be singing Run Run Rudolph by Chuck Berry.

Students can start learning the song now.  We will be practicing at the end of each day all next week.

The Friday Flash came home today.  Please remember to sign the Home Binder.

Monday is the last day for the Friendship Box donations.  Thank you for your generosity so far.


Wednesday December 5th

Tomorrow is Family Day.  The food trucks will be opening at 530.  The event begins at 6pm.  Goes until 730pm.  Come to Room 10 to play Boggle.

In Math today we rounded decimal numbers to the closest tenth.

In Social Studies we continued to work on our government slideshows.

Points!  5 points to the first student to tell me what level of government is responsible for Health Care.

Bonus Point if you can name the former Saskatchewan Premier who introduced Universal Health Care to Canada. (Hint: He is my favourite Canadian)

Monday December 3rd

Today we learned about decimals in math.

We discussed the Monthly Precept “Fortune Favours the Bold”.

We did a cool project in art.

Folded Paper Art

Congratulations to the Yellow Group for getting the points on Friday’s riddle.  The answer was: A bed.

Today’s 5 point trivia question: Who is this famous Canadian featured on the new ten dollar bill?

Story image for canadian ten dollar bill from Globalnews.ca

Extra point if you can tell me what level of government creates bills like this.

Friday November 30th

Today was Comic Con and it was a HUGE success. Thank you to parents for coming to visit us.  Thank you to students for working so hard on your comics!

Wednesday next week will be picture retake day.  If you missed your picture or would like a new one, then this is your chance.

5 points to the first student who comes to school with the answer to this riddle:  What has one head, one foot and four legs?

Thursday November 29th

Today was Rock Star Day.  It was great to see students dressed up as their favourite rock stars.  Look for pictures in their emails soon.

Tomorrow is Comic Con – parents are invited to visit the school between 1pm and 2pm. Remember to send your child with their costume!

Family Day is next Thursday after school.  There will be food trucks in the parking lot starting at 530pm so you will have a chance to eat.  There are many great prizes as well.

Wednesday November 28th

Tomorrow is Rock Star Day – dress like your favourite rock star.

Students are encouraged to bring in their Comic Con costumes so that we can work on them tomorrow.

Any comics that are unfinished should have come home tonight for students to work on.

Parents are invited to Comic Con on Friday.  We will be in the gym between 1pm and 2pm.

Tuesday November 27th

Today we visited the Library for a Book Fair preview.  The students filled in a wish list of what they wanted at the book fair, so expect them to beg for money tonight.  Item at the book fair can be purchased Wed – Fri.

In math we continued to work on Probability.

In Social Studies we learned a little bit about the responsibilities of government.

Tomorrow we have Learning Buddies.

How are those Comic Con costumes coming along?

Monday November 26th

COMIC CON is on Friday.  All parents are invited.  The students are working very hard to complete their comic books.  Remember that costumes can be worked on at home.  We have capes and masks at the school.  Anything else your child needs is up to you!

Today we watched the latest Mars Rover, Insight, land on the surface of our red neighbour.  It was a very exciting moment and the students were pumped to see it.  Thank you to the Carr family for sending in the link.

In math we did an experiment related to probability and spinners.

Thank you to parents for getting the recorder orders in.

Thank you to all families who donated winter hats.  They were donated to the Salvation Army via the Kitchener Rangers radio crew of Mike Farwell and Chris Pope.  Check out their Twitter feed for more.


Friday November 23rd

We collected 39 toques this week. Thank you Room 10 and Franklin Staff.

Today in Math we continued to experiment with probability.  We used number cubes and rolled them 30 times each.  Here are the whole class results:

We are only getting 5 or 6 Home Reading duotangs returned each day.  Please make an effort this weekend to read with your child and return the duotang to school on Monday with the Home Binder.


Tuesday November 20th

Room 10 is collecting toques this week to donate to the Salvation Army. There is a story behind this. As some of you know, I am a Kitchener Rangers fan.  At the game on Friday a player scored a hat-trick. And no one threw a hat on the ice.  Needless to say people were appalled. The players mother tweeted a request to fans to make up for it by donating a warm hat to people in need this winter. If you are able and would like to participate, I will be collecting until Friday.  

Today we had a great discussion around the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  Students had lots of questions and interesting insights.  I suggest bringing the subject up tonight to continue the discussion at home.

Check out this video we watched on the subject: https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/const/page-15.html

Monday November 19th

Today we really worked a lot on our Comic Books.  Students used Language time to get their stories started.  During art time they worked on the cardboard cutouts of their characters. Comic Con is a week from Friday.  Are you getting your costumes ready?

During math we worked on probability again.  This time students completed a problem involving spinners.

The classroom cleanup went really well at the end of the day.

Family Night is coming on December 6th.  This will be a great chance to come into the school in the evening and participate in activities as a family.

Thursday November 15th

Tomorrow is a PD Day.  Students do not come to school.

It is never too late to book a parent teacher interview.  Use the Contact tab to access my phone extension and email.

Today in math we talked about the language of probability.  Words such as: likely, unlikely, possible, impossible and outcome.  Students completed a subtraction activity and listed the possible outcomes from their calculations.

Drive safe tonight.  It looks like we are going to have some bad weather.


Wednesday November 14th

Tomorrow is Break a Rule Day.  Please see Tuesday’s post for the list of rules that can be broken.  Proceeds go to our literacy fund.

Today we began a new math unit on Probability. Check out this website: https://www.random.org/dice/?num=1 and ask your child to show you the experiment we performed today.


Tuesday November 13th

Tomorrow we have our bus evacuation drill.

Please remember to send indoor and outdoor footwear with your child.

Library Day is tomorrow.  Please return books that are due.

Thursday is Break a Rule Day.  $1 per rule.  The following rules can be broken:

Wearing a hat

Wearing PJs

Bringing a stuffy

Chewing gum – students must bring their own gum

Free time – 30 minutes

Monday November 12th

Progress Reports went home today.  Please return the envelope to the school tomorrow.

I still have lots of space available for interviews on Thursday and Friday.

Today in math we compared Decimals and Fractions.  Take a look at some of our work:

Friday November 9th

As Winter is upon us, students will need to have indoor and outdoor footwear.  This is mandatory.  No boots can be worn in the gym or the classroom.  It would also be a good idea to send extra socks for wet days like today.

Today we learned how to draw superheroes. Check out this video for more:

Wednesday November 7th

Tomorrow is our Field Trip to the Waterloo Region Museum.  Please dress for the weather.  We are going to be leaving at 940 and returning at 1205.  Eat a big breakfast.  We will not be eating lunch at the regular time.

Thank you to the parent volunteers who will be helping out tomorrow.  We appreciate your support!

Today in math we were working on counting forwards and backwards by 0.01.  Ask your child about their experiences.

Tuesday November 6th

We are running out of time for returning field trip permission forms.  The trip to the Museum is on Thursday.  Please have the forms in tomorrow!

If you are interested in a Parent – Teacher Interview to discuss Progress Reports or anything else to do with your child’s schooling, there is a form that went home today to help with booking. I made ANOTHER calendar error and wrote Wednesday instead of Thursday for one of the dates.  It is Thursday!

Tomorrow is our weekly Library day.  Remember your books.


Monday November 5th

Today we discussed the November Precept: “Have no friends not equal to yourself.”  Ask your child to discuss what this precept means.

We continue to work on the idea of decimals to the hundredths column during math time.

In Social Studies we created definitions for different types of government.

Sorry for no posts on Thursday and Friday.  I was sick.

Wednesday October 31st

Photo Re-shoot Day will be December 5th.  If you are not happy with your pictures, you can reorder them then.

Today in math we used manipulative to represent decimals.  Take a look at some of our photos below.

Thank you, parents for sending in so many delicious treats for us to eat today!

Monday October 29th


Halloween Costumes – costumes are encouraged for Wednesday.  Please remember – no masks, weapons or fake blood.  If you are sending in treats – no nuts.  If you made the treats yourself please include a list of ingredients.  We have 26 students in the class this year.

Comic Con – Students are encouraged to do some comic book character research for Comic Con.  They can use the websites on the Superhero Origin slideshow in Google Drive.  They can also head to site like https://www.marvel.com/

We are learning about decimals in math right now. If you see any real life examples of decimals, please point them out to your child.

Thursday October 25th

Tomorrow is a PD Day – students do not come to school.  But teachers do.  So if you need to contact me, I will be at the school.

Check out more of our Human Body System Models.

Wednesday October 24th

Homework alert!  Any students that did not finish their blog today need to do so for homework tonight.  For today’s blog students are asking the question “Are Kevin’s friends good listeners?”  They are using examples from the text as well as our lesson on Paying Attention to answer the question.  Please see the photos below for more information.\

Tuesday October 23rd

Only 4 students did their Home Reading last night. 4!  Home Reading is an expectation for every night of the week.  I encourage everyone to set aside time to read as a family for those 20 minutes.

Today the Collins Crew began to work on Comic Con!  The 2nd Annual Frankin Comic Con is coming in late November.  Today students analyzed the text features of comic books and also used a web program to create their own superheroes.   It was a lot of fun.

In math we are looking at putting mixed and improper fractions in numerical order.



Monday October 22nd 

Happy Election Day – Please consider taking your child with you while you vote tonight.  It will be great for them to see how a polling station works.  If you have already voted today, please describe the process to your child.

Friday is a PD Day this week.

Our Human Body models are coming along nicely.  Check out some of the work that is already completed:

Friday October 19th

Home Binders went home today with the Friday Flash.  Please read them and sign the binder before returning it to school on Monday.

Next Friday is a PD Day.  I forgot to add that to the Friday Flash.

Today students worked on their Human Body System Models.  They are coming along nicely.  Any typing that is not yet finished needs to be completed this weekend.  I can print things off on Monday.


Wednesday October 17th

Can you believe we are halfway through the month of October already?

Today we spent time discussing equivalent fractions.  Ask your child to explain how we used pattern blocks to represent equal fractions.

If your child has not yet finished typing their science research, it needs to be done before Friday. Science projects are coming along nicely!

Tomorrow is the student vote!


Monday October 15th – Happy Birthday Mom!

We are holding a mock election on Thursday as part of the Student Vote program.  Today we began researching the candidates for Mayor of Kitchener.  Students can use this link to investigate further. I have instructed the students to ask their parents about who they plan to vote for and why.

Some students have some Human Body research to finish up.  They should use the Pebble Go app on the library website to help them.  They can also use the links that I shared with them on Google Drive.

Friday will be a spirit day at Franklin. Wear your school colours – black, red and gold.

Friday October 12th

Today we began our final projects for our science unit studying the Human Body.  Check out the following links to see the success criteria and examples of projects.

Human Body Model Examples

ABLE IEP Grade 5 Human Body Final Project

Grade 5 Human Body Final Project

We also did a lot of work today on Fractions.  Students used pattern block to make examples of Mixed Fractions and Improper Fractions.  Ask you child to explain to you what each of these pictures represents.



Thursday October 11th

Today was picture day.  Thank you to all who got dressed up.  If you brought in an order form today, or ordered online, your pictures should arrive in a few weeks time.  If you did not order today you will receive a sample in a few weeks time and can decided on ordering then.

Tomorrow we get the gym back!  How exciting.  Thank you to the hardworking construction crews.  The Library is also back in service.  We will attend next week.

Wednesday October 10th

We went to the KPL today!  Thank you so much to our parent volunteers.  We could not do it without you!

Books that were taken out today are due back on October 31st.  I can bring them back to the library for you if they are in my hands by the 29th of October.

The class did not show great listening skills on the trip today.  I would appreciate it if you could speak with your child about how to be a good listener on field trips.

Tuesday October 9th

Tomorrow is our field trip to the KPL.  Please dress for the weather. Bring a snack as lunch will not be until we get back at 1pm.  Bring a bag to hold your books in.

Thursday is picture day. Our picture time is 2:40pm.

Friday October 5th

You should find your child’s home binder in their bag today.

The students did the Terry Fox run it was FUN!

Monday is a holiday. Ya have fun because it is Thanksgiving!


Thursday October 4th

Tomorrow is the Terry Fox Run.  Please dress appropriately. 

Today we learned about the digestive system.  Ask your child to tell you the names of the organs and their functions.

Wednesday October 3rd

Today we learned MORE about Fractions

In Language the students posted their blogs about our Read Aloud Novel “Vote”

Today in art the students started doing  One Point Perspective Art

We still need parent volunteers for our trip to the KPL next week.  It is a free trip!

Tuesday October 2nd 

Today we learned more about Fractions and what makes them equal.

In Language we wrote our first blog entry after reading the first chapter of Vote.

In Science we did a review of the parts of the respiratory system.

Monday October 1st 

Terry Fox Run has been moved to Friday October 5th due to weather.

I made a mistake on the permission forms for the field trip.  The date is Wed. October 10th.

Pizza Day is tomorrow.

Home Reading begins tonight. Everyone has a green duotang in their backpacks.  Ask your child to show it to you.  The expectation is that reading is done for at least 20 minutes each night.  Parents initial the duotang to show that the reading was done.  Return the duotang to school each day.

Friday September 28th

HOMEWORK ALERT!!  For Homework this weekend, students need to explain to you how their model of the lungs works.  I have sent a parent evaluation sheet along with the models for you to use.  Students spent the end of the day practicing their explanations.

This picture will help students to practice:

Home Binders went home today, along with Field Trip Permission Forms for our trip to the Public Library.  There is no cost for this trip!

Thursday September 27th

Today we did a fun science experiment.  We created a model of a human lung.  The students really enjoyed making them breathe.  Look for the models to come home tomorrow.

Also – students worked hard to complete good copies of summaries that they wrote about stories we read in class.  Check out their work by asking them to log into their Google Drive accounts.

Check out this video for how the lung models were made.


Wednesday September 26th

The Wifi is working again!

Sorry for no update yesterday, but the wifi was out.  We are back on track now.

Today was an amazing day!!  The students really enjoyed the hands on math activitiy.  They created nets of 3D shapes using construction tiles and then turned the nets into the 3D shapes.  Check out these great images:




Monday September 24th

The Terry Fox Run scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed due to the expected rainfall.  It has been rescheduled for Oct 2nd.  Keep collecting those Toonies for Terry.

Tomorrow is crazy hair day.

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Today students learned how to sign out books from the virtual library.  They can head over to the library website and use the OVERDRIVE link.  They will need to know their student number to sign in.

Thursday September 20th

Tomorrow is a PD Day.  Students do not come to school.

There is a little bit of homework tonight.  Students have a math sheet in their Home Binders that deals with nets.  They are to indicate whether each net would create a prism or a pyramid. (Hint: Pyramids and Triangles go together in most cases)  On the backside of the sheet there are four clues.  Each clue matches one of the nets.  Students are to create their own clues for the remaining nets. (4)


Wednesday September 19th 

Today the students learned about the various parts and functions of the heart.

HTBW heart solutions GIF

Ask your child to tell you how many chambers are in the heart.

Tuesday September 18th

In Math today we sorted 3D figures based on their attributes.  Ask your child to explain what the terms Face, Edge and Vertices mean.

Tomorrow we are having our first Fire Drill of the year.

Friday is a PD Day.  Students do not come to school.

Monday September 17th

Today we began our first Health unit, analyzing the short and long term effects of alcohol use.

There are some students who need to complete some science work for homework tonight that was not completed during class time.

Friday September 14th 

Home Binders went home today.  Please read the Friday Flash, sign the signature page, and return the binder to school on Monday.

In the Binder you will find an application for a library card from the Kitchener Public Library.  We are going to be heading to the Central Location of the KPL on October 8th.  Please return applications as soon as possible.  I need to take them in at least a week before the trip.


Thursday September 13th

For homework tonight I want you to show your parents the library website: library.wrdsb.ca 

Explore the links on the page, specifically check out Over Drive, Capstone and Pebble Go.

Wednesday September 12th

Today we began our first Science Unit studying Human Organ Systems.  We began by talking about everything we know about the human body.  After we made a list of questions that we have about how our bodies work.

In Math today we talked about the concept of doubling.  More specifcially, how many times the number of school days will double.  Tomorrow will be our 8th day of school, and our third double day.  Students made predictions about how many times the number of school days would double in a school year.  Then, students figured our how many days old they were and how many times they had doubled in days over the course of their lives.  They made predictions about how many times their days would double over the course of their lives.

2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 4096, 8192, 16 384, 32 768, 65, 536 – These are the doubling numbers we came up with.


Tuesday September 11th

Please return the Data Verification forms that were sent home on the first day of school if you have not done so already.  Thank you.


*UPDATE* The answer was 10 201.  We used the formula (Case # + 1) squared.

The picture at the top shows a growing pattern. Today in math students visualised how the pattern might have grown. The image beneath is a T-Chart that shows patterns in how the pattern grows (There are patterns everywhere!) using numbers.  The question to think about for tomorrow is what would the 100th entry (case #) in the pattern be?  Today students speculated that it was 10 000 or 100 000.  The exciting answer tomorrow!

Monday September 10th

There will be NO Pizza Day tomorrow.  I will keep you updated about when that program will begin.

 This is Pascal’s Triangle.  For Homework tonight, please explain to your parents some of the patterns that we found in this triangle today during math time.

Friday September 7th

Today students will be bringing home their Home Binder.  Please click the Friday Flash tab at the top of the page to learn more about the binder.

Ask your child to show you some of the patterns that we discovered in this visual representation of the numbers 1 – 35. What would 36 look like?  What is special about 1, 7, 11, 13, 17 and 19?

Ask your child to show the pattern trick when adding and multiplying numbers in a square using this hundreds chart.  For example 1 + 12 and 2 + 11, 1 x 12 and 2 x 11.

 We all see 7 dots, but how do you count them?  In this image we see 2 + 3 + 2. What other ways can you total the dots?


Wednesday September 5th

Today the students in the Collins Crew did a Math activity called Four 4s.  The idea was to use the number 4 four times in an equation.  The equation needed to equal the numbers from 1 – 20.  Check out of results above.  We did not find some of the possible answers.  Students are encouraged to look for more answers tonight. They can use the number 4 four times and any math operation, like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Students can also be creative and use fractions or square roots.

  Welcome to the Home of the Collins Crew.  

The Collins Crew are an elite group of grade 5 students at Franklin Public School in Kitchener, Ontario.  They work hard, they have fun and they are successful.

Students in this classroom have a Growth Mindset and always strive to do their best.

We are going to have a very successful year!

Check out the following presentation to learn more about the expectations for the classroom.

 Welcome to Room 10

Students in the Collins Crew have a Growth Mindset.  Check out the following video to learn more about Growth Mindsets.

TED Talk Growth Mindset

The Power of Yet – This video, and the ones that follow, go along with our work on Growth Mindsets:

The Nations of the World is a song we are learning to show perseverance and a Growth Mindset.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytKIX45JP7s – This version of Nations of the World has extra verses that update the song to the year 2016.

This is a video of the Canadian National Anthem in French.  The lyrics are included to help you learn.  It is an expectation that students in this classroom can sing the National Anthem in English and in French.