Greetings 5A Community,
Do you prefer communism or capitalism? This question has been driving our 5A discussions this week, as the students form their own system of governance.
It all started in math, when I told the class that I would give each student one minute of extra recess for every cube they were able to hold in one hand. As the graph shows, one student picked up 24 cubes while some students only picked up 9 cubes. Was this fair? Some students didn’t think so. So it was suggested that we divide the total number of minutes (299) by the total number of students (21). That way, everyone would get about 14 minutes.
Next, we took the debate to our newly formed government, based on the Vietnamese one party system. The National Assembly voted to divide up the minutes equally. I explained to the class that their decision followed a communist belief.
Now, we are in the process of discussing the virtues of communism and capitalism. Starting next week, we will outline the different points-of-view into a structured persuasive essay. After that, students will be able to select a topic of choice to write their own persuasive essay.
Of course, I kept my promise and students enjoyed 14 extra minutes of recess. We also spent time with our 1st grade buddies. We visited the MS art show and were impressed by the thoughtful representations of current issues that affect our world.
Until next week,