Movers and Shakers Summit

Today was the big day that all the grade 5 students came together to share about their journeys to take action to make the world a better place. Listening to the speeches is always an inspiring event, as it really shows how our mindsets can change to take even the littlest actions to help our world. Great job grade 5 to finding problems, taking action and sharing your stories with us!

Below are some pictures of our students giving their speeches. Parents, your child will also be coming home with a video of their speech on their iPad to share with you.

Practicing our Presentations

Students have been hard at work researching and creating their presentations that will take place Thursday and Friday. Today was the day where we began to practice, practice, practice! Students practiced in front of a variety of different partners, giving and receiving compliments and feedback to help continue to improve their presentation skills. We are all very excited to share our presentations!

Movers and Shakers Summit

Six week ago, students started learning about monumental movers and shakers who shaped the world. This kicked off their journey of finding someone who inspired them, and taking action to fix a problem. To share their journey, they gave speeches today to share about their path to become movers and shakers. Thank you all for your motivating speeches! If you were not able to make your child’s speech, they will be coming home with the video on their ipad to share with you.

Civilizations Presentations

Over the past month, 5a students have been hard at work becoming experts on ancient civilizations so that they could help a group of nomads set up their very own settlement. By using the cultural universals (the necessities for successful civilization) students gathered facts, and began to pull out their ideas to share with the nomads about how to set up their civilization. One of the reasons this project forces students to use complex thinking skills is because students cannot just regurgitate information, but instead have to analyze and evaluate the information they learned.

Your child will be coming home today or Friday with a checklist to help them evaluate their presentation skills. Please feel free to help them by letting them practice in front of you, and by giving them feedback. Below are pictures of the students practicing for their presentations, which will take place on Monday and Tuesday.


Lantau Reflection

After an exciting two days on Lantau island, students came together on Friday to reflect with their peers about their exciting trip. Since we model the ESLRs daily at school, students were tasked with coming up with examples for how they exhibited the ESLRs during the trip. This reflection is a great way for the students to realize that even when they weren’t learning about our impact on the environment, they were learning about being model citizens. Especially since we stay at a camp, students are expected to complete chores that they may not normally face at home, such as making beds, cleaning trays, deciding who sleeps where, etc.

Below are are of the students working on their posters, and a video from our trip. Be sure to talk with your child about the trip, to see how they think they exhibited the ESLRs.

Movers and Shakers Virtual Summit

As you know, your child has been hard at work gathering information, writing a script and creating a movie to share at the Movers and Shakers Virtual Summit, which will take place for 2 weeks in the Parkside Indoor PE Space. A great time to visit might be before or after Learning Comes Alive, next Thursday (March 19th). Please see the invitation below for specific details about dates and location.

Please be sure to bring a device that has a QR scanner app, and headphones. If you do not have a QR scanner app yet, here are a few suggestions:
iPhone/iPad: Qrafter
Android: Barcode Scanner
Windows Phone: QR Code Scanner

We will be using QR codes to make accessing the students’ videos easier. The QR code will link to their blog post, which will have their Mover and Shaker video. This allows for parents, students and teachers to leave positive comments directly on each student’s blog post after they watch the video.

If you have any questions, there will be fliers in the Indoor PE Space with instructions to scan QR codes, as well as the password for the SIS-Guest network. Let me know if you have any questions, and if you have questions when you are here, please feel free to ask for help at the Genius Bar (located next to the Gecko Theater). Movers and Shakers Invitation

Movers and Shakers Script

Students worked hard researching to become experts about the Mover and Shaker that they will be making a video as. Students researched from a variety of medias, using books, websites and videos to improve their understanding.

Students then began to take their knowledge and understanding about their Mover and Shaker, and plan an interview to pull out the important information. Students studied different ways to ask questions, so that they are powerful and meaningful. They then used their compelling questions to guide the conversations in their scripts.

Please be sure to have your child share their script with you, as they did a phenomenal job synthesizing the information from their research, and creating interesting, accurate and verbose scripts.

Below are some pictures of our activity.


Note Taking

5C students chose a Mover and Shaker that they wanted to become an expert about. They will use their knowledge to create an interview to show how and why their person is/was a Mover and Shaker.

In order to become an expert, students must research to gather information. Ms. Blase helped generate strategies to take notes and paraphrase information, so that they best understand what they read, and are not plagiarizing. Students worked together on paragraphs about Harriet Tubman to practice the strategies. Below are pictures of them in action.


Movers and Shakers

One of the essential questions for our Movers and Shakers unit is, “How might political and social environments impact individuals, groups or institutions?” To help dive into this, students spent a few days focusing on the different kinds of governments and the negative and positive aspects of each, with the end goal being to understand how governments effect people. Students split into four groups, with each group receiving a type of government that they had to research. Groups had to explain their government, find examples of the type of government around the world and synthesize how the types of governments effect people. After they had researched and created their poster, each group shared with the class. Below are some pictures of the groups researching and preparing for their presentation.

Cause and Effect

In order to get ready for our civilizations presentations that will be next week, Ms. Blase prepared a cause and effect mini lesson. Students reviewed what cause and effect is and then had to use connecting words to correctly create a cause and effect sentence.