Week 19: January 8-12

Greetings 5A Community,

Monarchy, anarchy, dictatorship or democracy, which do you prefer? 

King Xavier poses with his loyal subjects.

It has been an interesting start back after a well deserved break. We spent the week delving into forms of governance showcasing one type each day. This provocation had students stunned into silence, bowing for royalty, revolting, organising elections and debating the merits of each. Our goal is to start with a unit that will have students thinking, asking questions and wanting to know more. I would say that these four days have definitely done that for your children and their teachers too. I look forward to seeing where the unit will lead us. On Friday, the students will blog their thoughts on the different forms of governance. Take a look!

In literacy, the students were exposed to a new text type, “discussion” (similar to a persuasive essay). They were asked to use their knowledge on energy sources or on family structures and discuss their preferences. We will use this initial exposure to develop teaching points for the next few weeks in writing.

In math, we spent the week learning to solve division problems using models and  partial-quotient method/algorithm. See the example below. Your child should be able to explain how it works.

Hoping you all had a wonderful break. We are happy to be right back into it…despite the cold!
Nathan

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