Week Ending on UN Day

See you all tomorrow at the UN Day celebration!

We just started a new unit in math with the aim to gain a good understanding of the central idea: Our number system is a language for describing quantities and the relationships between quantities.
Next week we will:
Inquire into operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division and their relationships

We are continuing our literature circles, a collaborative and student-centered reading strategy. This requires students to select a book together. The reading group that I coordinate have been divided into four literature circle groups. The groups read Mud City, Parvana’s Journey both books by Deborah Ellis and Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai. Earlier in the process, the students were introduced to a few jobs in the Literature Circles: Discussion Director, Investigator, Literary Luminary, Vocabulary Enricher, and Summarizer, to name a few.  Student volunteers have been practicing teacher-modeled tasks for each of the roles. The process demonstrates the different roles and allows students to practice the techniques before they are responsible for completing the tasks on their own. After this introduction, students are ready to use the strategy independently, rotating the roles through the lit circle groups as they read the books they have chosen.

With a focus on social skills, fifth graders also discovered a new literacy website, www.literacyplanet.com to help improve their spelling skills and which covers all key literacy skill area. They had an opportunity to consolidate their learning with their grade 1 buddies today.

Looking at the many ways we express ourselves with our year-long unit of inquiry, Identity, grade 5 students reflected on their cultural identity and how they express different aspects of it. Also, they inquired into how our identity connects us with our UNIS community through the lens of the celebration of UN Day. As this unit is also about ways in which we express ideas, it is a perfect time to review the values of the United Nations and our school’s Values, Mission Statement: “Our mission is to encourage students to be independent, lifelong learners who strive for excellence and become responsible stewards of our global society and natural environment, achieved within a supportive community that values diversity and through a programme reflecting the ideals and principles of the United Nations.”

Announcements/Upcoming Events:
Volunteers needed for Blue Dragon Walk-a-Thon on Wednesday, November 8. Please contact Laura and Tuyet, our class parents if you would like to help or for more information.

Teacher Professional Development Days: Monday and Tuesday, November 13 and 14. No school for students.

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