Week 15: Nov 25-29

Greetings 5C Community,

In UOI this week, we’ve been busy constructing migration monologues based on the narrative story planner. During Monday’s Toolbox session, we were treated to four migration stories from members of our teaching community here at UNIS. Ms Barbara from the Middle School talked to us about the history of migration in Cyprus; Mr Ole told us the story of his great grandmother who lived as Jew in Denmark during the Second World War; Ms Nguyen told us about her experience moving from the Vietnamese countryside to Hanoi, and how this example of urban migration changed her life entirely; and Ms Linh shared her experience of moving from Hanoi to Russia as a young child and how she was forced to move around the country following her father’s postings. Next week we will put the finishing touches on the monologues, before rehearsing and preparing for the Migration Museum on December 11.

In literacy this week, students met in their book club groups to discuss character development and identify examples of emotive language. Based on the modeling of professional writers, students attempted to include emotive “show, don’t tell” language into their own narratives and monologues.

In math, we reflecting on the division skills we’ve acquired over the past couple of weeks. Students put together a ‘how to’ video detailing the steps involved when completing a division problem with an area model. 

As part of our social/emotional learning, students worked with the counselor to discuss the issue of “consent.”

Save the Dates
Wednesday 11th December – Migration Museum
Thursday December 12 – Winter Service Fair (5 – 7pm)
Friday 13th December – Last day of school before Winter Break

Dinner Time Talk
What are you reading for Book Club?
Introduce us to your migration character
Can you show me how to solve division problems using an open area model?

Week 12: November 4-8

Greetings 5C Community,

To introduce our unit on migration, the G5 teachers turned the students into refugees when an imaginary disaster forced everyone to share resources in one small classroom (refugee camp). Eventually, students emigrated to various other classrooms ruled by teacher dictators. Students faced visa issues, corruption and prejudice, which will give them empathy as they spend the next week gathering migration stories from around the world. Over the weekend, students are encouraged to learn about their own family migration stories.

In conjunction with migration, during literacy students have been grouped into book clubs, where they are reading and reacting to migration novels. By Tuesday, students are expected to have read and post four “find-its,” including an analysis of a character. Students also wrote their own narrative stories that we will revise over the next two weeks.

Reading migration stories

In math, students are learning to solve division problems with remainders using various models. They also played a couple of math games to improve their ability to identify factors and multiples. Ask your child to play “buzz/fizz” with you!

Making connections between models and algorithms

Save the Dates

Monday 11th November – Professional Development Day – No School
Tuesday 19th November – Open Classrooms
Friday 14th December – First day of winter break – No School

Open Classrooms (Nov 19)
A reminder that Open Classrooms are designed as a structure that allows us to promote understanding of our program and to strengthen relationships with our parent community. Parents are invited to see what learning looks like in 5C.

Specialist classes:

    • 9:25 am World Language
    • 1:10 am Art

Homeroom:

    • 8:30 am Math (division and/or factors)
    • 2:20 pm Literacy (book clubs)