Wow! May already. May 1st, Labour Day, is a public holiday and there will be no school on that day. Take the day to celebrate and recognize the contributions that workers make to the economy and life of Morocco.
Last week was a fabulous week spent honouring the Earth and understanding how we can all make small changes that will impact our world. The beach clean-up in Dar Bouazza was a fabulous activity. The difference we made was incredible! Please say no to plastics when and where you can to end plastic pollution.
Thank you to those parents who attended the meeting in the library to learn more about ISM’s homework policy. Being informed is so important to us all. Thank you also to those parents who came in on Friday to see their child’s Rube Goldberg machine. Your interest and support is truly appreciated.
This week the new year 5 unit of inquiry begin, while the year 6s engage in the Tuning in and Finding out stages of their PYP Exhibition. The year 5 central idea is: Reproduction of living things contributes to the continuation of the species. This unit will have a science focus and will include inquiries into differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird, the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals and the changes as humans develop to old age.
The next writing prompt is a ‘free-write’ and each student may write either a fiction or nonfiction piece. As always, the author’s work must be his or her own and demonstrate academic honesty. The work will be assessed against the 6 + 1 Traits writing rubric. The due date is May 11.
In math, the “Back to Basics” focus is on subtraction. This entire week each year 5 and 6 mathematician will be working on 3 tasks each day: Mathletics, working on a variety of levelled subtraction questions and conferring with the teacher. Students who don’t get enough work done during maths class will continue the work at home.
Friday is our ISM Sports’ Day. The Years 1-10 athletes will be competing in a variety of competitive and non-competitive activities from 9am -12noon. Your child needs to have a hat and reusable water bottle on Friday. Each student should have decorated a shirt to be worn on the day. If not, then full school uniforms must be worn. Parents are encouraged to come to City Foot and cheer. Please remember to bring your own hat and water bottle J
Have a great week.
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.
I hope you all have had a wonderful Spring Break holiday, and that your time with family and friends was everything you needed it to be. Thank you to those few students who posted pictures of themselves on holiday. It is always so nice to share these special times with each other.
There will be a very important Year 6 PYP Exhibition meeting on Thursday morning at 8:30. All Year 6 Parents are urged to attend in order to understand the PYP Exhibition and the role parents play in this culminating PYP inquiry project.
The maths focus this week is on calculations using the distance, speed and time equation.
An easy way to remember the distance, speed and time equations is to put the letters into a triangle.
There will be a quiz on this on Friday.
The triangles will help your young mathematician remember these 3 rules:
· Distance = Speed x Time
· Time = Distance/Speed
· Speed= Distance/Time
Our unit of inquiry summative assessment is a Rube Goldberg machine. It is due this Friday. Your year 5 or 6 inventor should have brought home the assignment and rubric to begin brainstorming over the holiday. They will be using materials from home to build it. All information and great Rube Goldberg Machine videos are posted for you in weebly on the Units of Inquiry page.
Everyone has a point of view, or a way of looking at things. In fiction, the narrator is the one who tells the story. There are two main types of narrators: first person and third person. The writing focus this week is on fiction written either in the first person or third person. Mini-lessons this week will support these points of view. The writing is due Friday, April 27.
Have a great week!