Welcome to the official halfway point of the school year! Quarter 2, semester 1 ends, tomorrow, Friday, January 19. Can you believe your child is halfway through completing Grade 5?
Who is a leader?
Leadership takes many forms. Parenting is the oldest form of leadership. Say what you think and do what you say! Having integrity is a crucial attitude to have as a leader, especially when leading oneself and building self-agency. I would like to share this quote by Brandon Smith as it resonates with me, and I hope it does with you too: Through my own journey as a parent, I have become convinced that parenting can be one of the best training grounds for leadership. It is a trial like no other. It forces you to determine what you stand for, defend those beliefs, set boundaries, make sacrifices, consistently and clearly communicate your expectations and hold others accountable on a daily basis.
As we are deconstructing our new unit of inquiry, Governance, students investigate the roles and responsibilities of a leader and gave examples of people who lead. Some of the examples given were: Parents, Emperors, Teachers and Coaches, Presidents and Prime Ministers, Religious Leaders, Board of Directors, and Team Captains. Ask your child about the similarities and differences of these forms of leadership.
Fifth graders are expected to know their multiplication and division combinations.They are beginning a new investigation by reviewing factors and multiples and writing multiplication equations representing different compositions of numbers. Also while revisiting this concept, they determined whether they remember their combinations and can identify any combinations they will need to practice.
Digging deeper into what makes an effective discussion, students had a chance to compare letters that were presenting different points of view on an issue. They are developing an understanding of how attitudes change when different perspectives are presented. In connection with our Governance UoI experiencing discussion texts will help students to think clearly and critically about different forms of governance and the responsibility of citizens and the government. Fostering a love of reading, fifth graders are reading self-selected books while applying reading strategies to comprehend and further develop their reading skills.
Parent-Teacher Conferences: February 1, 2018.