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::ENGLISH Year 5::

::Year 5 English Resources::

Grammar: Free Grade 3 resources:

We simply sat down in front of the computer with a notebook and completed the work that way. Cheaper than printing the lessons out.

 Typing: ::TypingWeb::
A series of typing lessons which grow progressively harder.

Daily Writing: Writing is a part of everything we do. Last year, keeping a daily journal did not interest my daughter at all. This year we are giving The Q & A a Day” Journal a try. A very creative way to have students compose a paragraph per day. 

Also, my kids have pen pals. That is a good way to keep them writing regularly. It’s also a blessing to those who receive snail mail. A rare thing in this day and age.
Famous Writers: I’ll regularly introduce my kids to new writers. It’s easy to stick with the same genres we love. But it’s good to expand our horizons, I think.


::English Year 5: Caelah::

::Caelah’s Journey in English this Year::


We recently became foster parents to a little girl from Nunavut, so we have a deep interest in the study of this place and its people.

Geography: Where’s Nunavut?
::tvokids: Canada’s Teasure Trek:: {Interactive map of Canada}

Language: Inuktitut
::Inuktitut alphabet:: {An article about new computer fonts for foreign languages. Scroll down}

::Inuksuk:: {Make a mini Inuksuk using pebbles.}

Parent Resources
::Nunatsiaq News:: {News online out of Nunavut}

Kid Resources
::Nunavut: Our Land Videos:: {Inuit Life. 13 Parts}
::The Crafty Classroom:: {Inuit Crafts and Lapbook Activities}
::Sila:: {Older Kids Activities}
::Lapbook Lessons:: {Activities & LB ideas}


Adult Study Books

One of my favourite books of the Bible. Yes, because I am a woman, and the Bible is packed with men. It’s a gentle story. Tender, unlike so many of the bloody tales of the time.

Kids Study Questions
As we study, we complete a series of questions by ::David Padfield:: that force us to dig a bit deeper.


Click below to get to maps and other printable resources that we found helpful in studying the book of Ruth.


::Journal of a Teacher-mama 2012~2013::

This is a big year for me. I took my son home from school. This means that I will be teacher two children, one of whom is a boy. I can’t sell him on ‘pretty’ things the same way.

::Month by Month::

::By Subject::


::Northern Lights::

::Close to Home: Galls::

Galls: Havens built into living plants to protect immature insects.

::How Galls are made::
::How do Bugs make it through the winter?::

. . . in early autumn, few larvae can survive subzero temperatures. However, by winter the bugs develop freeze-tolerance, churning out sugar-like substances called cryoprotectants that act as anti-freeze, so that the youngsters can endure a frosty –20°C~Journal of Exp. Bio

::Galls in our Own Backyard::

We found a very conspicuous bunch of galls when we went walking in the forest the other day. They were perfectly round with holes bored into the sides.

::Gall Study::

::World Hunger::

Take Action!

Caelah and I decided to post a Canned Food Drive flyer at our library, and see if their were any nibbles. We altered the one below so that we would be contacted via e-mail with addresses, and would pick up the food on people’s porches. If we get any cans, we’ll drop the food off at an Ottawa Food Bank Location.
We have also begun to intentionally curb our consumption. I have asked the kids to ask themselves after each bite: Am I hungry anymore? If they aren’t then stop eating.

The other day my oldest son said; “I’m starving.” It made me angry. Partly, because I feel like I spend all day cooking and baking to fill my family’s bellies with good things. But also, because I knew he didn’t know the meaning of the word Starving. Maybe I shouldn’t have done what I did next, but I decided to show him a picture of a severely starved child: bloated belly, skeletal frame. He backed away from the screen and said, “oh.” I hugged him and cried a bit. “That is what starving looks like.”

::Starlings: Springtime visitors::

This morning another bird made a claw-scratching descent into the bowels of our wood stove. Our springtime Santas. Usually, the birds rest for awhile on the platform at the bottom of the pipe before squirming into the belly of the stove, but this one never made an appearance. All day long he stayed well out of reach, and when we got home around dinner time it was ominously quiet in there. “It’s gonna stink,” one of the kids predicted. Yeah. (I’d heard a story of a guy who had dismembered his stove to remove a bird body. I figured Aidan would rather light a match.)

Then scritch. Our friend still had a bit of life in him. But after half an hour of unproductive scritch-scratching, clearly, this bird was no closer to finding the exit sign. I made a bold move, swinging the stove door open wide. Maybe the fresh air would coax him out. It did. Bird-body hit every window in the place before flying into our eating nook where he just pin-ponged back and forth for awhile. I counted on him getting tired. The moment he flopped onto the floor I flung a quilt on top of him and cooped him up. Ha!

My kids took turns shaking his beak good bye. Tiny fingers pinched yellow beak ever so gently and wiggled back and forth. “Bye birdie.” Then Elijah had a turn tossing him skyward. (They’ve got this routine down pat.) I’m sure this won’t be our last launching.

Starlings. Always starlings. Which reminds me of this video I saw a few months ago:

For centuries they have fascinated naturalists, but amateur and professional biologists alike could not explain why the flocks occur, how they move in such seemingly perfect synchrony, wheeling and turning at sharp speed, or how each starling could avoid the hundreds of other birds performing similar aerial acrobatics around it.

Until very recently, the beautiful collective movements of starlings have defied rational explanation. Ideas ranged from flocks having individual leaders that orchestrate each murmuration, to the notion that some birds simply fly too fast, striking out in a new direction before swiftly returning to the following fold. It was even speculated, with some seriousness, that flocks of birds were somehow capable of “thought transference” or “telepathy”, with each bird reading the others’ minds about where a flock would twist and turn next.

Gradually, more specific studies were conducted, some for instance showing that starlings have a reaction time of under 100 milliseconds, illustrating just how quickly they can respond to another’s flight pattern. Then it became generally agreed that each starling must obey three basic rules: move in the same direction as your neighbour, remain close to them, and avoid collisions.

But until 2008, no-one had been able to collect enough empirical evidence of how starlings flock together to test such ideas. That was until a team of researchers in Italy conducted ground-breaking studies on the starlings of Rome. . .

These scientists also found that starling flocks are not homogeneous, as the birds pack more tightly in the flock’s centre than at the edges. Birds also keep altering their place in the flock, taking turns to be at the front, sides and back. Fewer starlings also fly in front and behind one another.Instead most fly alongside each other. That maybe due to the structure of the starling’s eyes, which see best to the side, and have a blindspot when looking to the rear. So starlings tends to fly alongside each other, perhaps because that is where they can best see each other.~BBC