November 26

We are so excited to begin our next unit of inquiry, “How We Express Ourselves,” with the central idea: “Being aware of our historical perspectives and biases may lead us to take responsible action.” The key concepts we will focus on are causation, responsibility, & PERSPECTIVE.

With this in mind, there are a few dates coming up that connect with student learning:

Important Upcoming Dates:


  • Wednesday & Thursday, November 28 & 29: “A Kid’s Life” – Drama club’s musical (5:00pm in the SPAH); Tickets are 10 RMB each.
  • Tuesday, December 4: Discovery in the Dark field trip – Please read the permission slip very carefully when it comes home.
  • Friday, December 7: Grade 5 Showcase at The Level 5 (5A will lead 8:15 – 9:30, 5B will lead 10:30 – 11:45, and 5C will lead 1:45 – 3:00; but parents can come at any of these times.)
  • Wednesday, December 12: Ice skating field trip with lunch at McDonald’s–more info to come
  • Thursday, December 13: “Books N’ Cocoa” Spirit Day – Students should come in their pajamas with a mug / cup.
  • Friday, December 14: Early dismissal at 11:30 a.m. (last day of school before the Winter Break)
  • Monday, January 7: First day back from Winter Break

What have we been learning?

Tomorrow the students have a test in reading. They need to know how to summarize a nonfiction text; how to find relationships between people, ideas, or events in a text; how to compare and contrast two texts based on the topic and text structure; and how to determine the meaning of an unknown word by using context clues.

In math, we are continuing with our division unit. Soon we will be solving word problems and deciding what to do with the remainder. This is a challenging skill, so if you would like to help your child practice, ask them problems like, “If there are 92 students going on a field trip and the vans can only hold 8 students, how many cars will they need?” or “If a company had 430 carrots and they were putting them in boxes of 15, how many full boxes will they have?” Then ask them to decide what to do with the remainders–round up, ignore it, or make a decimal/fraction.

In writing, we just printed our investigator informational books. We will be taking the on demand on Friday where students will pick a topic of their choice, decide which 2 questions they want to research, and write a 4-paragraph essay on it complete with nonfiction text features.

Our poetry reading and writing unit will be next.


Thanks again to everyone who volunteered to present to the class during International Week. It was so much fun!!


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