Welcome 5A Community
This week’s shout out
This morning during our Library session, Sooa approached me with a suggestion for a great future class read aloud. The book she suggested is The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and she said that she is loving reading it. She also made a connection to SDG#16, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. I was really impressed with how Sooa used her initiative and self-advocacy to make this suggestion and look forward to us getting into the book later in the year.
This week, we continued to work on our understanding of place value and base 10 within the context of a word problem, the Donut Warehouse. Students worked together on the problem in pairs and were tasked with producing a poster that clearly communicated their answers as well as the methods that they had used, difficulties they had encountered and observations they had made.
The group worked with focus and energy and produced some excellent evidence of clear mathematical communication. The feedback that they gave and received was excellent and bodes well for future mathematical investigations.
We have continued to learn more about what makes a good Discussion Essay by looking at the structure of this genre and considering its different elements. Students did a number of sorting activities to discover how a discussion can be built and then looked at an example text in its entirety. We also discussed specific details such as what is a hedging statement and how do you strengthen your argument by including supporting evidence. Next week, we will be deconstructing our example text and focussing on language features that we notice.
We started working on our Guided Reading Groups this week, setting up our reflective slide show and preparing for some great reads. On Tuesday of next week, all the students will start reading their new books and reflecting on them regularly. Please keep your eyes on SeeSaw posts to see how your child is developing their reading skills.
It has been so great to see so many of our 5A students posting pictures of their Reading Logs in a prominent position in their homes. The hope is that these will help them maintain a healthy reading habit throughout the year. If you haven’t managed to get yours up yet or posted onto SeeSaw, try and get this done sometime next week.
As part of our preparations for next week’s UN day on Monday, we celebrated SDG week. Students were given an SDG to study in a small group and will be using what they discover to put towards a 5th Grade publication about the SDGs and good news stories associated with them. This is likely to be a year long project, but the students make some good headway and we had the opportunity to talk about some non-fiction reading skills while we were at it!
UN Day Celebrations
We are looking forward to seeing all the students in their traditional dress and sharing lunch with you on Monday 21st, starting at 11:00. By now you should have received an email from our class parents to explain what is needed. A reminder that students are released early that day.
Monday 21st October – UN Day
Monday 11th November – Professional Development Day – No School
Friday 14th December – First day of winter break – No School
Dinner time chat
- What is a hedging statement?
- How could you easily solve the multiplication problem 70 x 99?
- Which SDG do you think is the most important and why?