Greetings 5C Community,

A heartfelt thank you to everyone, especially our class parents, who organized and provided food for the UN Day lunch! It is always such a treat to taste dishes from other countries. It is a source of pride for students when they can share their favourite foods with their friends. 

This week, students analyzed several example texts and completed drafts for their own discussion essays. Next week, students will peer review, revise and edit their drafts to include complex sentences, modality (opinions) and grammar. 

Students have continued to develop their understanding of multiplication and have been using estimation strategies to solve real-world problems such as how many students attend UNIS and how long would you have to wait in line at a concert

Students created several flowcharts to represent thier understanding of the governing structures at home, in our class and at UNIS. Afterwards, Jane McGee, the UNIS Head of School, spoke with the class to explain how things really work. Students were most surprised to learn that Ms. MCGee has a boss, the Board of Directors, which includes six parents. As one student put it, “She gets bossed around by the parents.” Next week, students will prepare for their end of unit assessment, where they will be creating an effective governance system for an organization of their choice. 

Save the Dates
Monday 11th November – Professional Development Day – No School
Friday 14th December – First day of winter break – No School

Week 9: October 14-18

Greetings 5C Community!

“Life is not perfect, and that’s okay.” This is the message that Anesu articulated after we completed our first read-aloud, Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper, about a 5th Grade girl who can’t walk or talk. Please ask your child about the interesting conclusion and the writer’s technique of beginning and ending the book with the exact same chapter. Next week we will begin our second novel, A Bridge Home, about two young runaways from Chennai, India.

This week, we built upon our understanding of place value and base 10 to solve a word problem, the Donut Warehouse. Students created models to clearly communicated their answers. We then used our understanding of the “power of 10” to build and solve area models for multiplication. We made up an area model game that your children can show you if you have graph paper. Next week, we will use our understanding of area models to solve division problems.

We 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 developed their own topics/issues – should students get paid for doing chores and is plastic good or bad – and developed arguments for and against their issues. They created a “scaffold” for their ideas, which they will develop into an essay 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 made good headway and we had the opportunity to talk about some non-fiction reading skills while we were at it! 

Enjoy the weekend!