What is conflict?

  • problem
  • fight
  • argument
  • people being mean to each other
  • something going wrong that someone caused
  • it can make someone upset or emotional
  • terrorism
  • a disagreement
  • protest
  • war
  • misunderstanding could lead to conflict

What can you do to avoid conflict?

  • walk away from conflict 
  • get help from a teacher or trusted adult
  • find new people to be with where there is less conflict
  • use humour
  • find a compromise
  • taking turns
  • listen to what other people have to say

How do you resolve conflict?

  1. Communicate (Both sides should use “I messages”.) What is the conflict?
  2. Brainstorm ideas. (Come up with different solutions)
  3. Compromise (Pick one solution that satisfies both of you)
  4. Follow through. (What happens if your first choices doesn’t work?)
  5. Mediate. (Who could you go to for mediation?)

Students used these steps to solve conflicts through role play.n




The Nickel Problem

We have decided to accept the Canada 150 Math Challenge.

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Problem for Monday, June 5th:

How many nickels would it take to make The Big Nickel in Sudbury?

  • There are approximately 64 607 747 nickels in the big nickel. This information can be found on the internet. (Theo and Noah)
  • I know that the big nickel is 13 000 kg and a normal nickel is 3.95 g. I converted the kg to grams and then divide that by 3.95 to find out how many nickels it would take. (Alena and Samantha)
  • It would cost approximately $1 430 000 to make the big nickel. We converted everything to grams. It costs 11 cents to make a little nickel so 13 000 000 grams x 11 equals 143 ooo ooo cents divided by 100 gave us our answer. (John Wei and Aaron)
  • The big nickel is a 12 sided polygon called at dodecagon. (Chloe and Abbey)
  • We divided the dodecagon into 12 triangles and found the area of each triangle and then added them together. (Kennedy and Trinity F)
  • We discovered that the American nickel and Canadian nickel have different masses.

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We are looking forward to tomorrow’s problem!

Treasure Island – Radio Play

In preparation for our trip to see Treasure Island at the Stratford Festival Theatre later this month, we are working on a radio script of the play. After each section of the script, we are going to summarize what happened below. We are hoping to create a recording of the whole play to share on our blog. Stay tuned!

Section 1:

The story begins at the  Admiral Benbow Inn that is owned by Jim’s mother in the year 1783. Bones comes to the inn to live and does not pay a penny.  Bones loves to drink rum and water, sing songs, and tell scary stories about things like walking the plank. Bones asks everyone to call him “Captain”. Bones (the Captain) brought a sea chest with him that no one ever saw him open.  He spends a lot of time around the cove and the cliffs.

Section 2:

The captain had been living with Jim and his mother for a year and had not paid any rent. Black Dog shows up at the Inn looking for Bill. We discover that the Captain (or Bones) is the Bill that he is looking for. When Black Dog and “Bill” see each other, they get in a fight! Black Dog runs off and Bones needs to be seen by the doctor. Dr. Livesey tells Bones that he had a stroke and needs to rest for a week. Bones is worried about that. He says that he was the first mate and that he knows where”it” is buried and is worried that he will have the “black spot.”

Section 3:

A week later a blind man named Pew arrived at the inn. Pew wants to see Bill and he is not nice about it. When Pew sees Bill, he gives him some papers and leaves. Pew goes back to see the rest of his crew. Bill (Bones/Captain) dies. The mother and Jim start looking for money because the Captain owed them a year’s worth of rent. They look for the key to his chest. They find the key, open the chest, and find money. They hear the crew coming back with Pew  (Johnny and Dirk). After Jim and the mother get away from the inn and the mother faints. The crew break down the door and tear the house apart looking for the key and the map. There are gunshots and Pew’s crew leave him and they trample him with their horses.

Section 4:

Pew is dead. Jim and his mother meet the Sergeant. The Sergeant asks if the crew took the money from the inn. Jim says that he has what they want in his pocket. The Sergeant and Dogger take Jim to Dr. Livesey’s house.  Squire and Livesey meet with Jim and the Sergeant. They discover that Jim has a map that leads to treasure. This is what everyone is after.  They decide that they are going to get a ship and follow the map to the treasure.

Section 5:

Squire writes a letter to Livesey about how he gets a boat and a crew. Squire thought he was just getting a cook but the cook came with a crew. The cook’s name is Long John Silver and he has a parrot that talks and his Cap’n Flint (named after the real Captain Flint). The Squire goes to the kitchen to tell the cook that they are about to leave. The grumpy, whiny captain named Smollett says that he hates his crew, the ship, and everything. The crew goes out to sea.

Section 6:

While they are on the ship looking for the island, Jim gets in the apple barrel. While he is in there, Jim hears the crew say that they are going to let Jim and his friends find the treasure with the map they have and then either maroon them or kill them and take the treasure for themselves. Jim tells the Squire, Smollett and the Doctor what he heard. They decide to find out who is still loyal to them.

Section 8: 

Jim and Ben Gunn were talking about who would want to be on their side. Ben Gunn keeps begging for cheese.  Smollett told his crew to stay inside when he heard shooting outside. They were aiming for the stockade. Long John Silver came with the flag of truce so that he could talk to Smollett. Long John Silver tells Jim and his crew that if they give him the map they won’t kill them. Smollett tells Silver that they are not giving them the map. The fight continues and several people die. Jim takes the chart (map) with him and delivers cheese to Gunn. Jim comes up with a plan to set the boat adrift.




Properties of Air

We conducted a few experiments and discovered the following:

Air expands when heated.

Air takes up space.

Air has weight.

Air has pressure.

We know that air expands when heated because when we heated the air in a bottle, it expanded and filled the balloon that was attached to the top of the bottle. When the air cooled down, the air contracted and the balloon deflated.

We know that air takes up space because the air stopped the paper from getting wet. The air took up the space so the water could not go in.

We know that air has weight because a balloon filled with air was heavier than a balloon without air in it.

We know that air has pressure because the air put pressure on the paper which made it difficult to push up on it with a ruler. The large piece of paper meant that there was a lot of pressure.



100 Word Challenge

We are working on this week’s challenge on the 100 Word Challenge Website. We are writing using only 100 words about the following prompt:

…the slime dripped through …

We decided that this piece of writing needed to be a short narrative which means that it needs to include:

  • character (s)
  • setting
  • problem
  • resolution

This is difficult with only 100 words to use. Check out the student blogs to see how they did!


Yesterday we spent some time talking about bullying and role playing the different characters in the poem “The Bully Asleep” by John Walsh.

We realized that bullying is unwanted, aggressive behaviour towards someone. This behaviour is repeated or has the potential to be repeated. Bullying can come in these forms:

  • cyber bullying (online, social media, and texting)
  • physical bullying (pushing, hitting, punching, shoving etc)
  • verbal (name calling, teasing, threats)
  • social bullying (spreading rumours, excluding, telling people not to be friends with someone)

When bullying happens there are three different roles:

Bully: someone who is intentionally hurting someone else

Victim: the person who is being bullied

Bystander: the person who is watching the bullying take place

What should you do if you are being bullied?

  • standing up for yourself
  • walk away
  • tell an adult
  • stay in a group
  • block unwanted cyber contact
  • report any unwanted cyber bullying
  • screen shot any examples of cyber bullying so that you have proof
  • call the Kid’s Help Phone 1-800-668-6868

What should you do if you see someone being bullied?

  • tell someone
  • get help
  • tell the bully to stop
  • report it


Choose one of the following situations and write a response in the comments. Make sure you are specific in your answer so that we know which situation you picked.

A) A student from your class is harassing you online. She is putting negative posts about you on her Facebook page that everyone can see. You asked her to stop, but she says that it is her Facebook page and she has the right to free speech and her own opinion. What should you do?

B) A friend of yours has told you that he is being threatened by another boy in your class. These threats are happening during recess and after school when the adults aren’t around so they don’t know. Your friend has made you promise not to tell anyone because he is afraid of what will happen to him if the bully finds out. He says he won’t be your friend if you tell. What should you do?



Finding the Surface Area

Students were given the following problem today:

How many square centimeters of wrapping paper do you need to cover a box?
There can be no overlap.
Show your thinking.

What we needed to know:

  • rectangular prisms have six sides
  • the sides are all rectangles
  • measure sides lengths for dimensions of the rectangles
  • A = l x w (formula to find the area of a rectangle)
  • add the area of each shape together to get the total surface area

Strategies that we used:

  • made a net (10 students)
  • traced each side (11 students)
  • used the area formula (11 students)
  • used grid paper (5 students)

What we learned:

Always double check your calculations to make sure they are right. (Aaron and John Wei)

You don’t need to find the area of all six sides because there are two of each side. (Emily and Chloe)

Record your steps as you go. (Alena and Cadence)

Keep it as simple as possible. (Jared and Miles)

Ethical Shopping at Foodland

After reading the book Iqbal, our class did some investigating into child labour. We wondered if it was still happening in the world, and where it was happening. Wee shocked with what we found. Check out the student blogs to see some of the student findings.

During our investigations, we found an app called “Sweat and Toil“. This app identifies goods and countries where child labour is used to harvest or produce the goods. We decided that we wanted to go shopping and try using this app.


Items that did not use child labour:

  • Windsor salt from Spain  (Aaron and Theo)
  • pineapples from Costa Rica  (Samantha and Mason)
  • coconuts from the Dominican Republic (Andrea and Mahdy)
  • wax beans from Canada (Theo and Aaron)
  • tomatoes from USA (Miles and Trinity M)
  • onions from Canada, USA, Peru (John Wei and Jared)
  • bananas from Guatemala (Garrett and Ayden)
  • citrus fruit from USA (Emily and Carmondy)
  • edamame from China (Aaron and Theo)
  • grapes from Chile (Noah and Austyn)
  • corn from Canada (Alena and Cadence)
  • tea from USA (Aaron and Theo)
  • blueberries from Chile (Trinity F and Kennedy)

Items that may have used child labour:

  • cucumbers from Mexico  (Chloe and Abbey)
  • coffee from Columbia (Jayson, Abbey, Chloe, Ben)
  • tomatoes from Mexico (Alena and Cadence)
  • green beans from Mexico (Mason and Samantha)
  • honeydew melons from Honduras (Jayson and Ben)
  • bananas from Ecuador (Abbey and Chloe)
  • rice from Brazil (Emily and Carmondy)

The majority of items we looked at did not seem to come from a country that uses child labour.

We noticed that a lot of the fresh produce was from Canada or the United States. The produce did not need to travel as far and also did not use child labour. Eating local produce, means we are supporting the local economy and ensuring that child labour was not used.

We were very concerned about the coffee industry. The Sweat and Toil app says that there are 16 countries that use child labour to harvest their coffee. The coffee at the store did not say where it was from. How can we ensure that the coffee we drink did not use child labour?

We have decide that we need to do some more investigating into the coffee industry since so many people we know drink it!




Rock Song Simile Contest


She runs like a gazelle.

A simile is a comparison using “like” or “as”.  

He is as hungry as a horse.

Similes are an example of figurative language. We have been looking for figurative language in what we are reading, especially poetry.

Songs that we listen to everyday are poetry set to music. Students, your challenge is to find examples of similes in the songs you are listening to. Record the simile and the name of the song in the comments. The student with the most similes, will win. (We will also take examples of metaphors and personification, but make sure that you identify which type of figurative language you are sharing.)

Happy hunting!