What changes will be happening in year 5 and 6 this week? Scientific ones – physical and chemical.!The students’ homework this weekend was to look for a recipe for SLIME, and bring it to school. We will take a look at the ingredients needed and then put together a materials list … to make slime on Halloween! If you are a kitchen scientist, and would like to share a potion or two, please let me know when you can come in to our class. We would love to have you.
This unit of inquiry lends itself naturally to the scientific method and procedural writing. Each of our learners will be writing a procedure for one of the projects we have done – baked bread, made butter and soon we will be creating Halloween slime. The writing will be due next week.
In maths this week we will be investigating quadrilaterals, and parallel and perpendicular lines. This focus will also include measuring angles and continue into drawing, measuring and classifying triangles. Remember that Mathletics is a great way to practice skills we are using in class.
**Unfortunately, we will NOT be going on our field trip to Maroc Bureau this Wednesday. They had to postpone our visit one week. So, we will be rescheduling to go on Wednesday, November 8th. Please have all permission slips and money in by then. We also need at least two parents to accompany us on the bus and for the duration of our visit to Maroc Bureau. This is a valuable learning opportunity for our learners to explore how materials change.
We are very proud to announce that our classroom representative on this year’s Students’ Council is Aliki. She was elected by the year 5/6 students. Congratulations, Aliki!
This Tuesday is Halloween. All students are encouraged to come to school dressed in a costume to celebrate. Whatever disguise is worn should be comfortable enough to wear all day (work and play). There will be a Monster Mash/School Dance at the end of the day. If you would like to donate a small treat to share, please send it to school with your child. A note about this went home last week with the oldest child in your family.
Have a great holiday! There is no school on THURSDAY, FRIDAY or MONDAY. Be safe and have FUN!
WOW! What a fabulous celebration of diversity at ISM. We have 13 people in our class, who represent 14 nationalities. How amazing is that? Thank you to all of the parents who helped to make our Heritage Week and WorldFest such memorable events. A special thank you to Raneem’s mom, to Elias’ grandmother, and to Luma’s mom for sharing their heritage with our students. These activities really bring us closer as a community, and are appreciated very much. Thanks also to families who baked and cooked for the shared meal at WorldFest!
On Friday, we had the elections for this year’s Students’ Council. I am very proud of the year 5 and 6 boys and girls who let their names stand for positions of President and Treasurer. Running for Students’ Council demonstrates a Commitment to community, as well as Courage Confidence and Enthusiasm. I would like to congratulate Asma for being voted into the role of Vice-President and to Elias for being voted into the role of Treasurer. These students will surely represent us well. Tomorrow (Monday) we will have class elections for anyone who would like to be our class representative on Students’ Council.
With so much happening last week, we did not kick off our new unit of inquiry … but we will this week. “Changes that materials undergo can possess both challenges and benefits for society and the environment” is our central idea. If you have any talents, knowledge or skills that we could learn from, please let me know. In the coming weeks we will be looking into natural products (for health, for cleaning, etc.). If this is a passion of yours, I would love to hear from you.
In Maths, the students will be starting their exploration of multiplication and division, performing mental maths as well as demonstrating their understanding of formal written methods.
Daily 5 and CAFÉ continue with mini-lessons in writing and reading. This week the students will focus on the Trait of Sentence Fluency and the Comprehension strategy of Recognize and explain cause and effect. All students have a piece of writing due this Friday.
Thank you for the support and encouragement of your learner. Your attitudes about education can inspire your child’s educational journey.
Please don't forget the Parent Information session on Friday. I hope to see you there.
Congratulations to our classmates for demonstrating such great attitudes last week: committed to their learning, persevering and showing self-discipline and responsibility in the MAP testing and end-of-unit project, creative and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas in the ICT bridge-building project, and enthusiastic for learning in the classroom. The future of the world is in our classroom! Demonstrating the IB-PYP attitudes is undeniably important. This week we will be implementing a reward-system for students who demonstrate positive attitudes. Ask your child about it.