Week 19: January 13-17

Greetings 5C Community,

This week students played video games! Even cooler, they made their own controllers! It was all part of our exploration into energy, where some students recognized that we can make electricity by spinning a copper wire around a magnet. But how and why does it work? Ask Jesse. She looked it up.

In literacy, students learned to “skim, synthesis and scan” explanation text, to find specific information without having to read the entire article. After using this method to read an article about turning urine into electricity using a microbial fuel cell (MFC), students were challenged to draw a diagram based on the description. Below are a few examples.

In math, students are learning to explain decimals as fractions. Instead of saying “point forty-seven” like most adults, we say “forty-seven hundredths.” We also learned to place decimals on a number line. Still, half the class thought that four tenths (.4) was less than eight hundredths (.08). We also explored area and perimeter by solving the Unicorn Problem, where students had to find the largest area possible using 30 meters of fence. See the pictures below.

In addition to all our formal learning, students developed their social and communication skills through activities with the counselor and their G1 buddies. The counselor taught students when and how to report inappropriate behavior to an adult. During buddies, students shared their love of learning and play.

Save the Date:

Wednesday, 22nd January: Student/Parent/Teacher conferences
ES will be hosting Parent, Student and Teacher Conferences from 8am-4pm. We will talk about your child’s report card and review the goals that your child made earlier in the school year. Please note that conferences will only be held with your child. Siblings will be asked to wait outside our classroom. Also, it is optional to see specialist teachers for this conference. 

Thursday, 23rd January: Tet Assembly
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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