Week 19 – January 13th to 17th

Greetings 5B Community,

Welcome to Teddy’s Thoughts
Students in 5B have been looking at body language. We have been using our class Teddy to interpret how people might be feeling or what they might be thinking.

“The AQI is high, so I can’t go outside.”

UOI
This week in UOI, we’ve been busy inquiring into circuits. It’s been a very hands-on week with students building and experimenting with energy.  In the Maker Space, students have been playing video games on their very own handbuilt controllers utilising the Makey Makey kits, and some very innovative ideas. In class, they have been building a range of gadgets that use different sources of energy (solar, battery, kinetic etc). The idea is to give students as many opportunities to investigate how energy is transformed and transferred, as well a giving them a deeper understanding of circuitry. 

Next week we will make our own generators that will power something (lights, lifts, speakers etc).

Literacy
We kicked started our new text type with an explanation pre-assessment requiring students to describe how and why something works. We inquired further into spelling rules, with students identifying ‘replace the <e>’ and ‘double the consonant’. In reading, we began an inquiry into non-fiction text types, with students identifying the key differences between fiction and non-fiction texts via reading examples of reports, explanations, debates, processes and novels. Students also began to research energy topics of interest to develop their citation and referencing skills.

Math 
We began a new unit investigating fractions and reviewing decimals. We’ve spent time this week saying “four-tenths and seven hundredths.” instead of using the term “point” to ensure students understand the value of the decimal place value. Our main focus has been fractions. Students learning objectives this week were:

  • Defining fractions
  • Representing and Visualising fractions
  • Benchmarking
  • Understanding the power of one
  • Finding equivalent fractions
  • and finding common denominators.

It was a huge week, but all students have a solid understanding of these objectives. 5B worked extremely hard to grasp and practice these concepts. We will continue to practice these next week.

Sadly we say farewell to Abigail who leaves us today. She will be going to Concordia after TET and we want to wish her all the best in her new school.

Buddies
G5 supported 2B this week by listening to and giving feedback on their creative presentations. For most G2 students this was the first time they created a slide show. It was really a fantastic opportunity for me to witness G5 students in a leadership/teaching role. Go 5B!

G4 Market Day
Congratulations to G4 for hosting a fantastic Market day. G5 had a wonderful time being challenged by the games G4 students created and eating the range of delicious delights.

Save the Date:

  • Wednesday, 22nd January: Student/Parent/Teacher conferences
  • Thursday, 23rd January: Tet Assembly – Please let your child wear their áo dài to school on Thursday.
  • Friday, January 24: First day of Tet holiday break
  • Monday, February 3: First day back at school after Tet holiday break
  • Wednesday, February 5th: SCO movie night
  • Friday, February 28th: Blue Dragon Walk-a-thon and PYPx parent information morning.

 

 

 

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