Happy Earth Week!
This week has been designated as Earth Week at ISM. April 22nd, Sunday, was International Mother Earth Day. Mother Earth is a common expression for the planet earth in a number of countries and regions, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit. (http://www.un.org/en/events/motherearthday/). The focus this Earth Day is to end plastic pollution.
A variety of events will be happening in each classroom and around the school this Earth Week, starting with a pledge to end plastic pollution (https://www.earthday.org/) on Monday and ending with an assembly on Friday.
Tuesday our entire school body will be cleaning a beach in Dar Bouazza. A detailed letter has gone home with your child and in an email. Parents are very welcome to join us in this important environmental action. Each child may bring a used /old t-shirt to be repurposed on Thursday - from shirt to bag! This activity is optional.
The maths focus for the next month is “Back to Basics”. This week the focus is on adding. This will be self-paced and personalized so that each child gets the support he or she needs. Each day each mathematician must do “Maths by Myself” (Mathletics, interactive maths), “Maths with Someone” (a variety of maths problems) and “Maths with the Teacher” (mini-lesson, coaching and support). There will be homework if your child does not manage time well in class. I will post to Seesaw each day to keep everyone informed.
The writing prompt assigned last week is due this Friday. Each author is tasked with writing a fiction piece from either the first-person or third-person perspective. The 6 + 1 Traits writing rubric will be used to assess the writing.
The unit of inquiry will end this week with the presentation of each inventor’s Rube Goldberg machine. Our class will be presenting the machines after the assembly on Friday morning. You are invited to attend the assembly and stay to give the machines a try. Many of the students have much work to do to be ready. Please ask your child about his or her Rube Goldberg machine.
The Year 6 Exhibition officially begins this week. Both exhibition groups will meet with their mentors and develop the central idea and lines of inquiry of their project. They will be working hard on their exhibition for the next 6 weeks. During this time, the year 5 students will be delving into a different unit of inquiry. This class is moving and shaking! Thank you for your support.
Each child needs to bring a white t-shirt to school by Wednesday. It will be decorated and worn for Sports Day on May 4th.