Math Student Handbook Help Online

Every student in Room 231 has access to the Math Student Handbook online.  This fantastic resource can help you to understand strategies, concepts, and tasks learned in class and it can help you if you get stuck while doing your math homework.

Are you stuck?   Need some help?  Go to the Math Investigations Website
and log in.

math investigation online

Once you’ve logged in you’ll have access to the Student Handbook and LogoPaths & Shapes!

access handbook

Once you’ve clicked on Investigations OSE G5 – you’ll see a pop-up screen like this:

security warning

Just click on Continue.  The following screen will appear.

task sheets

Click on the unit – (we’re working on Number Puzzles & Multiple Towers now – that comes under Number & Operations).  Scroll down to find the page numbers that are at the top of your homework sheet.  Click on that file and a PDF will download for you. (You may be prompted to save the PDF before it will download, or your computer settings may allow you to automatically download PDF files).  You will need a PDF viewer to be able to open these files.  You can download Adobe Acrobat Reader for FREE here.

Student Math Handbook

These files are full of examples and explanations to help you understand whatever we covered in class.  Hopefully you won’t be stuck anymore!  If you are though, PLEASE ask Ms H for help in the morning.

Enjoy the Math Investigations Online resource!

7 Random Facts About Ms H

1.  I LOVE venti latte from Starbucks.

2. I’m a real computer geek.

3.  Bagpipes, violin, guitar and bass guitar are some of the instruments I can play.

4.  If I could read all day, every day, I would.

5.  I have 3 children.

6.  In my collection of seahorses, I have wall hangings, pictures, plates, bowls, glasses, keychains, pens, ruler, plastic chopsticks  and my favourite is my seahorse coffee mug.

7.  Taking photos is a hobby of mine.

Being Safe Online

As we begin to blog in Room 231, there’s a lot of things that we’re going to be learning more about.  Keeping ourselves safe online is a pretty important topic so here’s a fun way for us to start!

Thanks to Mr Crosby and his class of awesome bloggers – we’re going to do the 7 Random Facts Post (Task Two) while looking at being safe online.

Task One

Watch the video below (Thanks Mr Mayo for posting this one) and click on comments to write down the not-safe things that Jennifer does.

Check out the Smart-Rules too.

First Days

It’s hard to believe that we have already completed 7 days back at school already!

Everyone has settled in very well and our classroom has a lovely warm, welcoming feel to it.  We’ve just shifted all the furniture around again, with our mat area increasing in size so that we can focus on our Reading/Writing mini-lessons better.

Ms H is reading Sahara Special at the moment – it’s awful when she stops – ‘cos she always finds an interesting place to stop!  And then we have to wait until Read Aloud the next day!!

Everyone is getting used to the homework routines.  Don’t forget to be reading at LEAST 30 minutes a night – more if you can! The more you read, the better you get!

Math Investigations – our new Math program is well and truely underway.  Room 231 has been solving number puzzles (which we all thought were really easy until we tried to do them – there’s a lot of concentration going on in the afternoons!!).  We’ve discovered that it’s really important to know all multiple combinations up to 12 x 12, so over the next few days, we will be identifying all the combinations that we don’t know fluently.  We’re expected to practise those ones for homework until we don’t need to calculate the answer (or use a “trick” to solve it).

A whole lot of forms have need to be filled out & Ms H wants to say a HUGE thank you to all of you who have returned completed forms.  There’s a few still outstanding and Ms H will let those students know what they need to bring back in the next day or so.

Thank you to all the parents who have emailed Ms H too – she  will be sending out regular emails to all parents, especially when there’s great stuff to look at on the blog.

Coming Up:
Tomorrow is Early Dismissal Day – students will be dismissed from the ES Cafeteria.
Thursday is ES Out-of-Uniform day.

Back to School Night (BTSN) is coming up August 27th.  Ms H is looking forward meeting you all or meeting you again on that night.  Keep an eye out for the School Newsletter with more information about times and places.

Take care now!

Window into Our Learning

Welcome to the wonderful world of Digital Literacy.

This blog will be your window into our learning in Room 231.  We hope you visit often.  We hope you leave us comments.  We hope you enjoy reading our classroom happenings!

Below is a simple and very clever guide to commenting on Blogs that we will be following when we visit other class blogs.  This will help us with our literacy goal for this year to read and comment on more blogs during the week.

Here is a short and simple guide for elementary age school students.


  • Acknowledge the author of the blog post.
  • Let the author know if you agree with him/her and why.
  • It is also ok to disagree with something, just let the author know why you feel that way.
  • One word comments are not very useful. Writing just “cool” or “nice” are not very helpful and don’t let the author of the blog post really know what you are thinking.
  • Always make sure you follow “netiquette”. Think if it is appropriate BEFORE you hit the submit button.
  • Always be polite . It does not matter if you agree or disagree with what you are reading in a blog. Don’t write anything you would be ashamed of saying to someone’s face. Don’t hurt somebody’s feelings.
Thanks to Ms Tolisano (Langwitches) for sharing this with us all so that we can comment on blogs better.