Reminder: Wednesday, 18 October from 2:10-2:50 p.m., parents are invited to the 5th grade classes to take part in the science lesson for Learning Comes Alive. At the end of the lesson, we are asking for feedback. We’ll have these questions posted and we’ll give you sticky notes for you to write one or two responses. Responses can be in whatever language you are most comfortable with.
Last week was a crazy full week! We had a great time at the Shenzhen Museum. Chaperones, please send any pictures you took to me so I can put them on the blog.
We also had a fantastic kick-off to our unit on investigators. All of 5th grade went up to Level 5 to take part in 4 rotations where they learned and practiced different skills that investigators use. One focused on using observation skills to observe and question. Another focused on learning the difference between qualitative vs. quantitative observations. A third one looked at different ways to measure and the importance of making predictions. The fourth one kind of combined all of those skills into one.
In reading and writing, we’re now in our nonfiction unit. We’ll be investigators in writing as we learn how writers use research to find answers to questions. We’ll also be investigators in reading as we read with the purpose of figuring out what the author was trying to say and what techniques they used to convey that information. This past week we starting building up our research skills by paraphrasing and determining main idea.
In math, we are investigating how the different models for multiplication relate to the algorithm. Last week we focused on comparing expressions without evaluating them. The kids should be able to tell you that (33 x 28) x 7 is 7 times greater than 33 x 28 without having to solve the expressions. We then started using Number Pieces to build base-10 models for multiplication. The kids’s homework tonight is to explain how to use that app and how the model relates to the partial products algorithm.
I apologize for not sending home the goal sheets last week. They were sent home tonight. Please sign them and return them tomorrow.
Last week was also our 5B assembly! The kids did so well! They wrote the whole thing based on all the research they had done in the civilizations unit. Mrs. Sheppard recorded it for me. I will see if I can share it somehow.