Week 12 – November 6 – 10

Blue Dragon Walk-A-Thon
Thanks to our class parent and especially to our Blue Dragon Ambassadors for making the Walk-A-Thon memorable and reflective of our school’s values; Learning, Community, and Responsibility. From what we learned about children supported by Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, fifth graders partook in an activity, putting themselves in the shoes of a homeless child. Their task was to find a safe and secure place on the school grounds to hide from ‘authority’ as being homeless is illegal in Vietnam. The aim was to further develop empathy, an ability to understand and share how these children might be feeling in order to help break the cycle of poverty.

We began a new unit; How the World Works with a focus on electricity.  This began on UN Day as we acknowledge how lucky we are to have access to energy and looked at country usage of electricity per capita. Have a look at our display outside 5A and 5B.This week we sparked student interest with a hands-on activity to introduce our unit on electricity. Students were introduced to the idea of circuits (power, inputs and outputs) and are learning to play like scientists, using the scientific method to ask questions, form hypotheses, experiment and draw conclusions.

We carried over our brainstorm from last week and looked carefully at an artifact important to us. We then wrote a piece from the perspective of that artifact. Some chose stories, letters and riddles. The focus was being very selective about vocabulary.

We also looked back over our collection of writing and have chosen a piece to revise and edit more thoroughly to publish.

In Math we continue to uncover decimal fractions. We are much better at correctly naming decimals and fractions, understanding their connection and reporting out findings. As a class we completed a 3 Act Task where we were asked to pose questions and share what we noticed. From there we looked for missing pieces of information and solved.  Ask your son or daughter how much it costs for 9.52 gallons of gas/petrol. In number talks we are solidifying our understanding and use of strategies like making 10, 100, 1000 and landmark numbers.

Thank you again for your support on UN Day and for the Walk a Thon.

Teacher Professional Development Days: Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th of November. No school for students.
Collecting ‘Blue Dragon Walk-a-thon’ Money collection deadline is 22nd November. Please ensure your child gives their money to their teacher along with their forms.

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