Subject Areas

Through the study of various subject areas, students receive a wealth of knowledge and learn a variety of intellectual and cognitive skills. 

These pages are dedicated to our curricula. Here, you'll find summaries of the general topics/outcomes to be covered during the school year along with some specific activities the students will be involved in. Mathematics also includes links to teacher-prepared lesson/review presentation videos.

 Click on the desired subject pane. 


2019-2020 - LEARNING OUTCOMES (Grades 5 and 6)

Student’s Guide to the Writing Process.pdf

Proofreading Symbols Chart


Kids and their family members (“Anyone, really!") can listen to a story by telephone any time of day for FREE by calling the TPL’s Dial-a-Story service at 416-395-5400. There are stories for younger children (7 and under) and for older children (up to 12). Dial-a-Story is available in 16 languages: English, French, Cantonese, Gujarati, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Tagalog, and Urdu.

I Read Canadian Day

 (February 19, 2020
is a national day of celebration of Canadian books for young people.

Every young Canadian should have access to Canadian books

Help make this a priority! The I Read Canadian Fund supports getting Canadian Books into the hands of young people across the country. 

Tous les jeunes Canadiens 
devraient avoir accès aux livres canadiens
Aidez-nous à en faire une priorité! Le Fonds Je lis des auteurs canadiens soutient l’accès des jeunes de tout le pays à la littérature canadienne.

- April 6, 2020


2019-2020 - LEARNING OUTCOMES (Grades 5 and 6)


Use the following links to take advantage of teacher-prepared lesson and/or review presentations.
Each video (.m4v) presentation is based on the Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8, Mathematics and is designed to clearly present and review most of the Mathematics concepts and skills discussed and practised in class. 
These video presentations can be used both for learning and/or reviewing concepts

• Grade 5

1. Patterns and Equations (Gr. 5)
2. Whole Numbers (Gr. 5)
3. Multiplying and Dividing Whole Numbers (Gr. 5)
4. Measurement (Gr. 5)
5. Fractions and Decimals (Gr. 5)
Geometry (Gr. 5)
Statistics and Probability (Gr. 5)
Transformations (Gr. 5)

• Grade 6

1. Number Patterns (Gr 6)
2. Whole Numbers (Gr 6)
3. Geometry (Gr 6)
4. Decimals (Gr 6)
5. Data Management (Gr 6)
6. Measurement (Gr 6)
7. Transformational Geometry (Gr 6)
8. Fractions, Percents, Ratios, Rates (Gr 6)
9. Perimeter, Area, Volume (Gr 6)
10. Patterns in Numbers and Geometry (Gr 6)
11. Probability (Gr 6)

The Metric System (Metric Conversions)

The Metric Staircase Handout

MATH TEST - Measurement - Grade 6 [November 2017]

Study Jams!

A series of interactive science and mathematics videos and explanations. The site introduces and re-inforces more than 200 math and science topics, with video, slideshows, step-by-step tutorials, and other activities. 

Problem of the Week 
- Speedy of Not, You May Be Caught!
- Who Was Pythagoras?
- Whats Your Game?

NOTE 1: Depending on when the concepts are covered, discussed or introduced, not all links are active at all times! 
NOTE 2: The links will direct you to the respective .m4v file in YouTube.

*Order and coverage subject to change, always depending on student need.

- April 6, 2020


2019-2020 - LEARNING OUTCOMES (Grades 5 and 6)

SciShow Kids explores all those curious topics that make us all ask “WHY?”.
Follow Jessi and her robot rat (Yes, a rat!) as they explain fun, complex science concepts.


"It’s freezing outside, so all that talk about global warming is just a bunch of hoooey…right?” 
- Katharine Hayhoe

If you, like Donald Trump, the current president of the USA, are tempted to say, “It’s cold outside, so much for global warming!”, here's an episode of PBS’ Global Weirding just for you: 
Climate vs. Weather. 

Study Jams!

A series of interactive science and mathematics videos and explanations. The site introduces and re-inforces more than 200 math and science topics, with video, slideshows, step-by-step tutorials, and other activities.

Women Who Inspire the Future

- June 15, 2020

Social Studies

2019-2020 - LEARNING OUTCOMES (Grades 5 and 6)


Kayak in the (Home) Classroom

Across the country, provinces are closing schools due to the spread of COVID-19. This means that parents, guardians, families, and friends are transitioning to having children at home and wondering about continuing their education. The following links may help you make this adjustment a little smoother:

• Check out the digital issues of Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids and their complementary educational resources. These lesson plans are designed for students in grades 2-7.

• Don’t forget about the Kayak Kids’ Illustrated History Challenge! Students between 7 and 14 years of age are invited to create their own illustrated story based on a moment in Canada’s history.

• Discover a collection of over 1000 Young Citizens videos! Much like an evening news report or short documentary. [While voting is now closed, you can still watch the videos!]


Over 80 New Student Videos Explore Key Moments in Canadian History

The discovery of insulin. The inspiring journey of Robert Bondar. The first female doctors in Canada. The evolution of the postage stamp. Immigration over time. The importance of Truth and Reconciliation. The legacy left by artist Emily Carr.

These are just a few of the topic explored by students like you participating in the 2019 Citizens Program – a national contest that see young Canadians create engaging and inspiring history videos, while vying for a trip to Ottawa to attend the Canada’s History Forum.

Visit and vote for your favourite videos from those submitted for the contest.


Canada’s Great Women
In a perfect world, these thirty women would be household names in Canada. But for too long history textbooks have focused on great men, to the exclusion of all others.  
Learn about these women




Black people have lived in what is now called Canada since the 1600s. From that time until the early 1800s, hundreds were forced to come here as enslaved people.

After slavery was abolished in Canada in 1834, thousands of people of Africa descent from the United States, the Caribbean, Africa, and other parts of the world chose to come to Canada at different times for different reasons.

For 400 years, Black men and women have contributed to all areas of Canadian society. They have fought for Black people to be treated with fairness and equality, a fight that has benefited all Canadians regardless of their ethnicity.

This edition of Kayak (Canada’s History Magazine for Kidsshares some amazing stories and examples of the ways Black Canadians helped build and shape our country

Every February, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present.

The 2020 theme for Black History Month is: "Canadians of African Descent: Going forward, guided by the past.” Visit: 



National Flag of Canada Day (Jour du drapeau national do Canada), commonly known as Flag Day, is observed every year on February 15 to commemorate the inauguration of the Flag of Canada on that date in 1965. 



Words matter. Canadians speak more that 200 different languages. And if you have a group of 100 of us, about 20 would speak at least one language besides French or English. Get to know some of the stories of language that go back as far as anyone remembers. Get to know Canada’s polyglot history. (Kayak, Dec. 2019)



Sports are not just for serious athletes. Many sports have been inspired by the skills and activities required to survive (hunting, tog-of-war, running) or have been adapted due to injuries (wheelchair basketball).

Some originated with First Peoples, while others were introduced by British or French troops stationed in North America in the 1700s and 1800s, and spread to the rest of the population.

In Kayak (Canada’s History Magazine for Kids)’s SPORTS STORIES issue (December 2017), you will find stories about Canada’s favourite sports and the people who played them. There are lots of ways you can stay active and have fun - like swimming and biking in summer, cross-country skiing and skating in winter. Hopefully this issue will inspire you to get moving.



Rights and Responsibilities 
Canadian citizenship comes with a variety of privileges. Using this article from the “About Canada” issue of Kayak, students can explore what it means to be a Canadian citizen and some of the rights and responsibilities that come along with it.

As soon as children can say, “That’s not fair!” they are ready to talk about their rights and freedoms. Developed by the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust, this website is filled with videos, lessons, and games that get students to think critically about what it means to in a democracy.

Ontario-Cycling Skills Guide

April 6, 2020

Français | French

2019-2020 - LEARNING OUTCOMES (Grades 5 and 6)

The Ontario Curriculum, French as a Second Language: Core (Grades 4-8)

Arts (Visual and Dramatic)

2019-2020 - LEARNING OUTCOMES (Grades 5 and 6)

See if Artificial Intelligence (AI) can guess what you are trying to draw?

How to Draw Your Own Selfie (- Using Personal Data). —>  Written Instructions (.pdf) and TED Cast

- April 6, 2020

Health and Physical Education

September - June

• Safe practices when participating in personal and/or group physical activity(ies)
• Gross and fine motor skill improvement activities
• Some units will include: fitness, soccer, badminton, floor hockey, and flag football.
• Students will be marked on participation, skill level, and safety while participating
• Healthy relationships and effects of Marijuana (Cannabis) and illegal drugs

2019-2020 - LEARNING OUTCOMES (Grades 5 and 6)

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Sex Education Should Start at Age 10, Researchers Say
Toronto Star, August 11, 2014

Note to parents: Kids won’t learn what they need to know at home
Toronto Star, May 5, 2015

Ontario-Cycling Skills Guide

- April 6, 2020

“Mindfulness” in the Classroom

A big focus in our class/school is Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a technique used to help students control their emotions, interact more positively to stressful situations, concentrate better and ease overall stress.

Here are some informational videos that explain Mindfulness in more detail along with some practices of Mindfulness that you can do at home. 


Mindfulness Meditation in Education

 Smiling Mind on Today Tonight


 Mindfulness and how the brain works

 Mindfulness vs. Mindlessness

*Smiling Mind
Smiling Mind is modern meditation for young people. It is a unique web and computer app-based program, designed to help bring balance to young lives of all ages and abilities.

- April 6, 2020

Library at Anson Park

Great things are happening with Ms. Vasiliou!

Library Club 

Did you know that your child can get help from their school library at home? 

Keep the Learnmark (the TDSB Virtual Library Bookmark) where you and your child can easily find it. Your child can link through AW (Academic Workspace) with his/her student number and generic password. Your child can access the Virtual Library through this link .

Your child can search multiple age/grade/curriculum resources, read fiction/non-fiction/newspapers, journals etc. They can watch videos, documentaries, print, save or email resources.  They can access content in many languages using the translation features.

We strongly encourage that your child and family use this incredible resource!


The library hosted a Scholastic Book Fair the week of
Monday, September 16, 2019 - Thursday, September 19, 2019 in the Library 8:00-16:00. Also during Curriculum Night on Wednesday, September 12, 2019 at 17:30-19:00.
Thanks for everyone’s support!   

Library Helpers
If you think your child might want to help in the Library, please encourage them to see Ms. Vasiliou. This is for students in grades 4 - 8.

Trips!!!  Ms. Vasiliou plans to have all classes visit Cliffcrest Public Library this year.


If you’re one of the million Torontonians with a library card and the coronavirus requires you and yours to self-isolate, it’s time to re-discover ways to pass the time. You might even learn something. 

Toronto Public Library branches may be closed, but our digital library is open for business 24-7 while city of Toronto people are self-isolating. All they need is their library card and then they will be able to access a very rich selection of digital resources,” said Michele Melady, manager of collection development. 

Kids and their family members (“Anyone, really!") can listen to a story by telephone any time of day for FREE by calling the TPL’s Dial-a-Story service at 416-395-5400. There are stories for younger children (7 and under) and for older children (up to 12). Dial-a-Story is available in 16 languages: English, French, Cantonese, Gujarati, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Tagalog, Urdu

- March 18, 2020

Character Education

Power, Systems, Interactions 
We all need to co-operate and work together to create the community
we wish to be a part of.

- “True respect cannot be demanded. It is earned.
(Author Unknown)
- “Respect yourself and others will respect you.” (Gracian)

- “I am responsible for the work I need to do today.” 
(Helen Keller)
- “Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects you.” (Henry W. Beecher)

- “Be nice and smile at everyone you meet You don’t know what they are going through, and they may need
that smile, and treasure it.” (Christine M. Huppert)
- “Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world.” (Margaret Mead)

Kindness and Caring
- “Don’t wait for people to be kind, show them how.” 
(Author Unknown)
- “One kind word can warm three winter months. (Japanese Proverb)

- “Team means Together Everyone Achieves More.
 (Author Unknown)
- “Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. (Kenyan Proverb)

Our actions can have a positive or negative impact on society and our environment.
We need to make positive choices.

- “Hear both side before judging.” 
(H. Jackson Brown)
- “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” (Mahatma Ghandi)

  - “Strength of mind is only courage to see and speak the truth.” 
(William Hazlitt)
  - “Honesty is the best policy.” (Mark Twain)

- “Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds.” 
(Alexander Graham Bell)
- “We must live together as brothers or parish together as fools.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

- “The time is always right to do what is right.” 
(Martin Luther King, Jr.)
- “There is no pillow as soft as a clear conscience.” (French Proverb)

- “I will not quit as a learner no matter how hard it gets.
- “Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.” (Samuel Johnson)

-J. Fraser

Dates | Ideas to Remember

These dates/ideas to remember are not a complete set of days of significance/importance. We'll endeavour to reflect dates/ideas that are culturally responsive and relevant to the students in the class/school.

September - January
Labour Day; Rosh Hashanah; Yom Kippur; International Day of Literacy; International Day  of Democracy; Thanksgiving; Diwali; Aboriginal Educational Day; Hanukkah; Christmas; Kwanza; Human Rights Day; New Year; Martin Luther King Day

February - June
African Heritage Month; World Social Justice Day; Family Day; Earth Hour; Easter; Earth Day; International Day of Pink; Education Week; Victoria Day; Asian Heritage Month; Jewish Heritage Month; National Aboriginal Day; Solstice


Grades 5 + 6 LEARNING OUTCOMES - TERM 1, 2019-2020 (Print)

Grades 5 + 6 LEARNING OUTCOMES - TERM 2, 2019-2020 (Print)

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