Week 17: Dec 9-13

Dear 5C Community,

The week before break was full of excitement for the holidays and exhaustion from all of the end-of-semester assessments.

Of course, the highlight of the week was the migration museum. Students displayed their communication skills, as they impersonated migrants with clear voices, facial expressions and body language. They demonstrated their research and thinking skills through reflections.

In math, students demonstrated their ability to solve authentic problems using estimation, multiplication and division. The also showed their ability to communicate using the claim, evidence and reasoning approach. Below is an exemplary example of their work. When we return in the new year we will begin to focus on fractions and geometry. 

In literacy, students completed their book club novels and wrote their own narratives, which will be teacher assessed. Book club groups were given new books to complete over the break. When we return, students will discuss the possible social messages in their books.

Despite all the work, students still found time to celebrate their learning. First, the G5 took action to perform holiday carols on their instruments for the entire elementary school. They read for pleasure, played chess and organized a variety of group games during our indoor recess.

Happy holidays!
Nathan

Save the Date
Monday, January 6: First day back at school after Winter Break
Friday, January 24: First day of TET holiday break
Monday February 3: First day back at school after TET holiday break

Week 16: December 2-6

Greetings 5C Community,

Here students are practicing “being on our knees in despair.”

This week in UOI, we’ve been super busy learning to orally present our migration stories. With help from Mr. Brewster and the 5D students, we have placed a lot of emphasis on gestures, facial expressions and emotions, with the aim of making our presentations rich and engaging for audiences. In the pictures below, you can see us practicing. We look forward to showcasing our work at the Migration Museum on Wednesday.

In math this week, students worked in pairs to solve the “fidget spinner problem” and creating exemplary posters that clearly showed their claim, evidence and reasoning for a problem involving division (2160 / 8). Next week, students will complete a summative assessment task involving multiplication and division, before we move into fractions when we return from winter break.

In literacy this week, students completed their narrative drafts for the migration stories. Most book club groups also completed the novels they were reading and discussed the social messages in the book. We also discovered why some letters, such as the “p” in shop, are doubled when we add certain suffixes, like -ing to make shopping. 

Migration Museum

Dinner Time Talk

  • How can I help you prepare for your migration museum?
  • What is CER (claim, evidence and reasoning)?
  • What is the social message in your book club book?

Save the Date
Wednesday, December 11: Migration Museum, 1-2pm
Friday, December 13: Last day of school before Winter Break
Monday, January 6: First day back at school after Winter Break
Friday, January 24: First day of TET holiday break
Monday February 3: First day back at school after TET holiday break