Greetings 5D Community
Thank you to everyone who provided food, and came along to join us for lunch on Monday at UN Day. The cultural dress, and international lunch are two of my favourite things about UN day, and this year was no exception. Thank you also to those parents who also stuck around at the end, to ensure our classrooms were tidied and put back into order.
In literacy this week, 5D have been busy reading, planning and writing discussion texts. Our focus for the week has been on writing informative macro sentences and detailed hedging statements. Students have also spent time backing up their arguments with strong evidence. Be sure to test their arguments by seeking evidence for any arguments they may have at home this week. We are also making good progress through The Bridge Home, our current read aloud text (which is also a part of the Global Read Aloud for 2019).
To kick off the week in math, students played a place value game involving eleven digit numbers. They were then tasked with finding the difference between two scores on a number line. The task generated some interesting discussions around efficiency and understanding. On Thursday, students made connections between the base ten system and an area model by solving multi-digit multiplication problems with manipulatives. Next week, we will aim to take this knowledge a step further by solving multi-digit division problems with an area model.
In UOI this week, we have continued our inquiries into governance systems by drawing flowcharts to show our understanding of the leadership structure at UNIS. This morning, Mrs Jane spoke with the grade level about her role as Head of School. She outlined the leadership structure for us, and answered many questions from the insatiable students.
Our classroom government also experienced a bit of a shakeup this week. Questions arose around the term limits of cabinet members, and some students expressed their dissatisfaction with the cabinet ministers. Our education minister made the decision to step down, and a new round of elections took place to find a replacement. The issue of term limits has not yet been addressed, but the class does seem satisfied with their newly appointed cabinet minister.
Save the Date
Monday 11th November: Professional Development Day – No School
Friday 14th December: Last day of school before winter break
Dinner time talk
- What is a hedging statement?
- Can you solve the multiplication problem 19 x 22?
- Tell me about The Bridge Home
The Week that was