- There are no ASAs this week.
- There IS Drama Club and FLL this week.
- November 22 and 23–Pirates! 2 the musical 5:00 p.m. in the SPAH–Tickets go on sale this week.
- November 24 is an early release day for students. Students go home at 11:30 a.m.
- November 24–Trimester 1 reports will be available to view online.
Week in Review
In reading, we worked on finding relationships between people, events, and ideas in nonfiction text. We also used inference skills and context clues to figure out the meanings of unfamiliar words.
In writing, we worked on typing and revising our informational texts to make sure all the detail sentences matched their topic sentences.
In math, we deepened our understanding of division by using base-10 blocks, base-10 drawings, area models, and partial quotients algorithms.
In science, after we reviewed chemical and physical reactions with the classic Coke/Mentos experiment, we made videos to explain that matter is made of particles too small to be seen. Those who finished quickly were also able to make videos to explain how the mixing of substances sometimes makes a new substance and the mass of substances does not change when you mix it or heat it or cool it.
The kids will be taking the science test on Tuesday. They will be reviewing on Monday and will be able to use any notes during the test. Some key vocabulary to review: matter, mass, volume, states of matter (solid, liquid, gas), property(ies), conservation of mass, mixture, solution, solute, solvent, physical reaction, chemical reaction
Yesterday was the Math Olympiad in Guangzhou for 5th and 6th graders. We got to take 4 teams of 4, so 16 5th graders. These 16 kids have given up their morning recesses for the past two weeks in order to prepare for this event. They all represented SIS so well! They communicated, collaborated, and used critical thinking skills all day. It was fun to see them really enjoying math. In the end, one of our teams received 2nd place, and one of our teams received 1st place! Well done to everyone!