Apples to People

This morning, 5A had our first guidance class since the new year. Mr. Bywater and Mrs. Madonna both came in to do an activity with us.

The activity started off with Mr. Bywater handing out apples to groups. Without making any markings, they were to study their apples to get to know them as well as they could. Students started taking notes about what they noticed about their apples; bruises, cuts, colors, etc… After 3 minutes, Mr. Bywater collected the apples and mixed them up. The teams then were challenged to find the same apple they had before, and justify how they knew it was their apple. All the groups were able to identify their apple from their earlier observations.

Next, Mr. Bywater took the apples and went out of the classroom. He came back with one apple in his hand, that he had cut. He asked the students if they could identify if it was their apple. After some debate, we agreed that we could not identify the apple now.

Next, students were asked to compare how we are similar to apples, which led to the idea that while we are all different on the outside, we have similarities on the inside. For example, some students noted that we all have thoughts and feelings. This lead us to talking about how we can be aware of other’s feelings to help make them feel better. 

Field Trip Reminder

Tomorrow, Thursday, December 8th, the 5th grade students will be heading to Hong Kong to do a PE field trip. Below are some reminders:

  • Please be to the Jingshan sports field by 7:20AM.
  • We will arrive back to school around 5:00PM. We will send a message out when we are about 30 minutes away.
  • No electronics, we will be getting wet.
  • Wear SIS PE shirt
  • Please make sure to pack:
    • passport
    • immigration forms filled out
    • healthy snacks
    • refillable water bottle
    • hiking shoes
    • a change of shoes, socks and clothes
    • towel
    • hat
    • sunscreen
    • bug spray

See you all tomorrow!

Multiplying Decimals With Partial Products

Students have been hard at work deepening their understanding of multiplication and numbers by working on understanding the partial products algorithm and how it is tied to the area model. By being able to things of numbers as a representation of their actual value, students are having a better understanding of what happens when we multiply numbers by different values. For example, if we multiply 0.3 by 0.8, we are able to know that our answer will be in the hundredths. We can quickly then multiply 8×3 = 24, and we know that the product is 24 hundredths, or 0.24. Below are some pictures of the students walking their partners through the steps of how to find the exact product.

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!

Birthday Parties Continue!

Today, we were lucky enough to celebrate Danielle’s birthday with her! We sang to her in English, Soccer, Chinese and even attempted to sing in Hebrew. Thank you Danielle for celebrating with us!