Exploring Opinions

In this new unit, students will explore a variety of opinion pieces like editorials, book reviews, and letters to the editor.  Students will be writing their own opinions on different topics. Each student’s goal in this unit is to:

  • Recognize the difference between fact and opinion
  • Present facts and opinions in a way that everyone understands
  • Listen and respond appropriately to the opinions of other students
  • Activate prior knowledge on a topic through brainstorming and developing mind maps
  • Accurately interpret point of views in a variety of texts
  • Communicate my message with complex sentences and strong verbs
  • Support my ideas using reliable information and research
  • Use an editing checklist to edit and proofread my writing to produce a published copy

Facts vs Opinions

What are facts?

Facts can be proven to be true or false

ex. Today is Monday.

Facts can apply to all people and places

 ex. All people must eat to live.

Facts can be duplicated over and over with the same result

ex. Yellow and blue make green.

Facts can be observed or historical

ex. The Civil War occurred from 1861-1865.

What are opinions?

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Newsletter – Week 25


Character Trait of the Month:  Collaboration

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

Curricular Learning

Language Arts 

We will be finishing off legends this week. We will also present our final copies of our legends to the class. Final copies must be typed and submitted by Monday, Feb 27.


We will learn different strategies for multiplying and dividing two-digit by two-digit equations. Please make sure that the multiplication chart is memorized.

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  1. What are the 6 properties of air?
  • Air has weight
  • Air takes up space
  • Air can be compressed
  • Air can insulate
  • Air can contract when cooled
  • Air can expand and create pressure when heated
  • Air is tasteless and odourless

2. What is atmosphere?

Atmosphere is the layer of air that surrounds the earth.

3. What is Bernoulli’s principle? Explain it.

Bernoulli’s principle states that as air moves around an object, it creates different pressures on that object. The less pressure, the faster the air. The higher pressure, the slower the air.

4. What are the four principles of flight?

Lift, weight, drag, and thrust.

5. What is lift?

When the air pressure below a wing is greater than the air pressure above the wing, the net upward force is called the lift.

6. What is weight?

The force with which a body is attracted to Earth, equal to the product of the object’s mass and the acceleration of gravity.

7. What is thrust?

Thrust is what moves the aircraft forward and also creates air speed

8. What is drag?

Drag is a force that acts against thrust and slows the airplane down. When the thrust is greater than the drag, the plane moves forward. When weight is greater than lift, the plane descends.