November 15

Greetings 5D Community, 

Our field trip to the Women’s Museum this morning was a major highlight of our unit so far. The grade level learned a great deal about urban migration here in Vietnam. We heard several personal stories from Vietnamese women who have made their way from small villages into Hanoi to work as street vendors. I encourage you to follow up with your children at home this weekend by asking about some of the push and pull factors related to migration. 

In UOI class, we have started recording and discussing our own migration stories. We have read books about the migration experience, and begun a list of push and pull factors related to the stories we are reading. Next week we will continue our inquiries by examining our key concepts (change & perspective) in more detail. Students will also commit to a migrant story that they will retell at the Migration Museum (Wednesday, December 11).

We kicked off math on Tuesday with a lesson on multiplication practice. Students have been given the ‘Multiplication Master’ challenge. Eager students who feel ready, are invited to recite their multiplication tables by skip counting from 1×1 to 12 x 12 in two minutes or less. Are you a multiplication master?

On Wednesday and Thursday, students were tasked with solving division problems with manipulatives. They were taught how to use an area model to solve division problems with remainders. Next week we will consolidate our understanding by practicing the skill, playing a few games, and applying the model to real-world scenarios.

In literacy this week, we have been focused on our narrative text type. Students discovered the elements of plot by sharing their versions of the Little Red Riding Hood story. We also took a look at the narrative planner by dissecting and reordering the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff.

On Tuesday November 19, you are invited to come into 5D for our open classroom lessons at the following times:

  •     8.30am – Math
  •     2.30pm – UOI

You are also welcome to visit the specialist teachers on this day at the following times:

  •     9.25am – World Language
  •     10.35am – Music

On Monday 18th November, we will be practicing a ‘lockdown drill’ inside the school.  This is an essential drill to practice in case there are times when it is safer to lock our students and staff inside the buildings – for examples, when there may be an intruder on campus.  

We have spent time talking with the students about this, and have practiced the procedure in class. Students are aware that this will be a practice, and we reiterate the following messages in our conversations:

  • That we should always listen to an authority figure for safety information
  • Practice means being prepared – knowing what to do keeps us as safe as possible
  • This is a ‘just-in-case’ plan – it’s like wearing a helmet when we ride our bikes. We wear helmets and knee pads when we skateboard. We don’t expect to fall, but if we do, we’ll be protected. Then we don’t have to worry. We can just ride our bikes and boards and not even think about falling, because we have the situation covered.

Save the Date

  • Monday 18th November – School Lock Down Drill
  • Tuesday 19th November – Open Classrooms
  • Wednesday 11th December – Migration Museum
  • Friday 13th December – Last day of school before winter break

Dinner Time Talk

  • How do you become a Multiplication Master in 5D?
  • What did Hamlet learn about his father when he spoke to the ghost?
  • What are some push and pull factors related to migration?


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