Learning Update

In reading workshop this week, readers will take a long look at the characters in their books and compare and contrast the similarities and differences in their personalities. Students will gather text evidence to have a discussion about their characters. 

Writers will be wrapping up their learning around persuasive writing.  We will go through the revising, editing and publishing process to prepare our speeches to share with others.  Next week we will launch new learning around Literary Non-fiction!

Mathematicians will begin by comparing unit fractions. Using real-life examples and area models, students understand that, when comparing fractions, the whole must be the same size. Finally, students learn that redefining the whole can change the unit fraction that describes the shaded part.

Students are digging deeper into the “why” animals are endangered and how living things affect the environment. They will gather information and put it together to share out with their peers.

Book Character Day is coming up:

Learning Update

  • 12th Feb 8:15am MAP Parent workshop @ Level 5
  • 13th Feb Parent PL: Positive Parenting @ Level 5
  • 15th Feb 3B/4C Assembly + ESLR Global Citizen
  • 15th Feb PSA Popcorn Friday

Students will be inquiring into environmental changes and how they affect plants and animals. We will look at different ecosystems and discuss causes and effects on change. Our central idea continues to be “organisms adapt to their environment.”

Mathematicians will extend their knowledge of equal shares to understanding fractions as equal partitions of a whole. Their knowledge becomes more formal as they work with area models and the number line. Throughout this unit, students will work with fractional units of halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, and eighths. To build flexible thinking about fractions, students are exposed to additional fractional units such as fifths, ninths, and tenths.

We will begin with actively partitioning different models of wholes into equal parts. At home you can help by encouraging your child to practice partitioning household items (pieces of paper, portions of food, a pack of crayons, etc.) into equal parts.

As writers, we are continuing to draft persuasive speeches, letters and editorials on topics that we are passionate about.  We will grow in our understanding of how to say more within our examples.  We will also work with peers to provide feedback and revise when needed.

Readers are focusing on noticing the important “life lessons” that the author wanted the reader to understand after finishing the story. Readers will review the “Story Elements” of the story they have been reading, which include:

The Main Characters  (Their traits, motivations/wants)

The Setting (How the time/place adds to the story)

The Problem (…or obstacle, or challenge) and the characters response

The Resolution (the way things have ended up)

Enjoy our Learning in Action Album:

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Monday: Field Trip with Chinese Teachers

Wednesday: No school for students! 3 Way Conferences. Please bring your child with you to the conference.

Thursday: Dress in Chinese traditional clothing, Assembly, Lion Dance on sports field

Friday: No School

Students will share out their learning this week. They have each inquired into different animals and learned about traits, behavior, life cycle and food chains. They will have a chance to present their learning to the class. 

Mathematicians will show what they know about area on our end of module assessment.  The remainder of the week will be dedicated to reteach and enrichment. 

We will continue forming strong opinions about topics that we are passionate about.  Writers are growing in their awareness of how to effectively persuade their audience by using examples to support their stance on an issue.  Talk with your child about the topic they have chosen to write about and who their intended audience is.   

As readers this week, we will look at illustrations to discover how they also play a role in the story. Readers combine the illustrations as well as the text to get a full understanding of the story. We will also continue to look deeper at our character as they trek up and down the story mountain, reaching the pinnacle of the mountain- or the boiling point of the character’s problem. We will notice how our character’s internal traits and personality  often changes when they endure the process of resolving a problem. 

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Students will work on learning more about life cycles, inherited traits, behavioral traits and how animals survive. They are choosing their own animal to research and they will create a poster to present their learning to the class. 

Mathematicians will apply their knowledge of area with an emphasis on real-world applications by solving word problems. The word problems provide a stepping-stone for the real-world, project-based application of area. 

Writers will continue to move through the writing process, working on their persuasive speeches.   Students will draw attention to editing strategies such as “edit as they go!”  This involves growing in their awareness around using capitalization, punctuation, spelling and grammar choices.  

In reading we will be focusing on how primary and secondary characters interact and feel their character feel on the inside vs. how they feel on the outside. We are also focusing on predictions, summarizing and asking questions.

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Greetings Parents,

We are looking forward to this weeks field trip on Wednesday

On the day of the trip, all children will need a:

• SIS Uniform
• Backpack they can carry independently
• Snack and a packed lunch (one that does not need to be heated) • Water bottle / enough water for the full day

Be on the lookout for seesaw posts & please ask your child to share what they are learning in math.  Most days they bring home some kind of practice in their math folder.

Mathematicians will continue their work with area by moving on to working with arithmetic properties. Students will apply knowledge of the distributive property from Modules 1 and 3 to find area.

In readers workshop this week, readers will continue to look deeper into the development of character. First, they will notice patterns in the characters’ behavior, analyzing the strong traits of the character. Using what they know about their character, they will discuss WHY the character behaves the way they do. Towards the end of the week, readers will make predictions about character using evidence they have gathered about their character.

Writers will be busy drafting persuasive arguments within a topic that they feel passionate about.  We are continuing to generate ideas and plan our reasons in order to justify our thesis statement. Students will use a checklist to help them work with independence.  They will also learn more about when to start a new paragraph and how to talk with an audience.

This week students will work on a mini research project. They will choose an animal and look into the animals habitat. Students will research these three questions:

  1. What are 3 ways the animal uses surroundings for survival?
  2. What is the food chain for this animal to survive?
  3. How do humans interact with the habitat?
Take a look at our learning in action gallery to get view of what’s happening in class: