Welcome to the official halfway point of the year. Can you believe your child is half way through completing Grade 5? I am missing them already!
As we are deconstructing our new unit of inquiry, Governance, students investigate the roles and responsibilities of a leader and governance in their own country. Through this research they were asked to make a connection to one of the forms of governance we experienced last week. From here we’ll look more closely at the connections between their respective governments and also to Vietnam. You are the best resource for your son or daughter about your home country and how it works. You can help by continuing these conversations at home.
Fifth graders are expected to know their multiplication and division combinations. This week we paid greater attention to these facts as we saw how they can help us in fractions and in more complicated problems. We are working toward automaticity while still ensuring true understanding of what these facts and figures mean. We continue to look at fractions. The focus now is adding and subtracting with the aim being students should walk away with a clear understanding of dos and don’ts as generated by them.
Digging deeper into what makes an effective discussion, students had a chance to compare arguments around a range of topics. They looked at sample texts and will build up on what was presented as a one sided argument in last week’s assembly. They are beginning to see that the is text type is not merely one sided but considers multiple points of view before stating their own opinion.