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November 13

Happy World Kindness Day!

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday – Friday, November 19 – 23: International Week (festivities throughout the week related to Singapore, China, Great Britain, Canada, United States of America, & South Korea)
  • Friday, November 23: International Parade (wear your national dress; 8:15am – 9:00am)
  • Friday, November 23: Half Day for Students (early dismissal at 11:30am)
  • Saturday, November 24: International Winter Bazaar (11:30am – 3:30pm… don’t forget to bring your Box of Hope)
  • Wednesday and Thursday, November 28 – 29: “Kids’ Life” the Musical (5:00pm in the SPAH; buy your tickets from STUCO for 10RMB each in advance)

    What have we been studying?

    Our central idea for our “How the World Works” transdisciplinary theme has been “Investigations allow for a deeper understanding of our world.” Throughout all of our subjects, we have been delving deeper into the following investigations:

    We just finished our math unit on multiplication. We have just started investigating what division means. Fifth grade is the final year to really solidify the CONCEPT of division, especially as we start to divide decimals. Our goal is to understand WHAT division is and be able to record it in a way that makes sense based on CONCRETE examples. After ensuring firm understanding of the concept, we will solidify and practice our usage of the standard algorithm along with other methods to check / prove our work.

    Please read the Unit 3 Newsletter for ways to help your child develop the concept of division.

    In reading, we have been investigating the text structures of nonfiction. We are now comparing and contrasting two different texts based on their topics and text structures. Next week, we will be working on finding the main idea and details of a text in order to write a summary. As your child reads at home, please ask them what the main idea is. This should be stated in a sentence form. (“How dogs eat” is a title, not a main idea. “Dogs are messy eaters.” is a main idea.)

    In writing, we have drafted the three body paragraphs for our investigator research booklets. Each student picked an investigator and found out what was investigated, why they investigated, and what the consequences of the investigation were. Next week, we will finish drafting the booklet and start revising.

    In science, we just finished a week long investigation into the Case of the Missing Millionaire. As part of our PYP Unit of Inquiry on “How the World Works” centered around the related concept of investigation, students got the opportunity to pretend to be forensic scientists and use evidence to determine the answer to what could be a murder mystery!

    We began by examining the crime scene up at Level 5. Students then collected the evidence and carefully recorded information about each piece they found. We began setting up a clue board and then went back to the evidence to conduct some crime labs or forensic tests to give us more information.

    Last week, students conducted the following 10 different crime labs:

    1. Brown Stain test = Students did a simple chromatography test to determine if the stain on a paper towel was from a felt pen or food coloring.

    2. Cola test = Students used pH (or litmus) paper to determine if anything had been added to the victim, Felix’s, cola.

    3. Fingerprint test = Students examined fingerprints on Alfredo’s and Felix’s cups.

    4. Smell test = Students smelled the colognes/perfumes of four of the suspects to determine which was the one they found on the torn towel at the crime scene.

    5. Thread test = Students burned both cotton and wool threads and examined how they burned in order to identify mystery threads found at the crime scene.

    6. DNA testing = Student examined the DNA of all the suspects and the victim to determine whose hair was in the comb at the crime scene.

    7. Ice cube test = Students used the pH paper again to determine if anything had been added to the melted ice cubes found at the crime scene.

    8. Secret Note = Students had to piece together a torn up note and then identify the writer based on handwriting samples.

    9. Powder study = Students added drops of iodine to 5 different powders to identify the powder found on the shoes of two of the suspects.

    10. Tape lift test = Students did a tape lift on all of the suspects’ clothes to find evidence such as grass, human hair, dog hair, wool, and cotton thread. Does the evidence match with what they said they had been doing?

    We’re now getting back into investigating the properties of matter, discovering whether heating or cooling an object changes its mass or properties, and whether mixing two substances together creates a new substance. Students then had to look at all of the evidence and decide what happened to Felix. Who did it? Ask your child to find out.

  • November 4

    Dear Parents,

    It is time for our annual Box of Hope event! Each year we participate in this wonderful activity that allows our children to share the joy of the holiday season with children in need. It is very easy to participate.

    I hope you or your child got a free shoebox (or more!) this past Friday. Wrap the box with decorative paper. Fill it with NEW gifts and toiletries. Bring to the Winter Bazaar November 24 (or to school November 26-27)

    For more information, please watch this short video:

    Important Dates:

  • Thursday, November 8th: 5B class & individual pictures at 13:30 – 14:05
  • Saturday, November 10th: Math Olympiad event at AISG for eligible students
  • Tuesday, November 13th: Kindness STUCO sponsored spirit day
  • October 19

    Important Dates

  • October 19: Annual Bayside Halloween Haunted House from 6:00pm to 8:30pm – at SIS Bayside Campus; 20RMB for students, 10RMB for accompanying adults
  • October 20: 2018-2019 PSA Family Movie Night starting at 5:30pm for food stalls and 6:30pm for movie – at SIS Jinshan Sports Field
  • October 23: Grade 5 Field Trip to the Shenzhen Museum of History; we will leave school at approximately 10:00 and we’re expected to return around 2:00pm (all students can get home as normal). If you are a parent chaperone, please arrive at room 5B for a quick meeting starting promptly at 9:30am.
  • October 26: No school for students; Professional Learning day for staff

    Check out the feedback #5Bcommunity of published authors received this week at our grade level publishing party.

    Made with Padlet

    This celebration was strictly for students to read and provide feedback. This was intended so students would feel more comfortable sharing their personal writing. We will have a showcase of all student learning later in the semester before winter break which will include these writings. All parents will be invited to attend this occasion.

  • October 12

    Hello parents,

    As next week quickly approaches, I just wanted to remind you of three great events that will also be taking place.

  • “SIS Stories” Podcast Global Event on October 17th all day – from the convenience of your own home or workplace; just click HERE on that date
  • Annual Bayside Halloween Haunted House on October 19th from 6:00pm to 8:30pm – at SIS Bayside Campus; 20RMB for students, 10RMB for accompanying adults
  • 2018-2019 PSA Family Movie Night on October 20th starting at 5:30pm for food stalls and 6:30pm for movie – at SIS Jinshan Sports Field

    As we complete our “Who We Are” unit of inquiry, we are also wrapping up our reading interpretative book clubs and narrative writings (sharing out of our rough draft is above on the Flipgrid… check them out). We are now crossing over to our second unit of inquiry, “How the World Works” where we will be delving deeper into nonfiction text and research essay writing. Please keep a look out for our big wrap up at the end of the next unit where students will showcase their mastery learning from each topic / unit.

    Looking for a way to study key vocabulary words in preparation for our science unit on matter, mixtures, and solutions? Here are two great quizlets shared by Mrs. Gibson to help your student in their endeavors:

  • Quizlet Flashcards 1
  • Quizlet Flashcards 2

    In mathematics, we have begun investigating the order of operations and numerical expressions. If you would like to review some of these concepts so far instructed, here are a few resources to assist:

  • Study Jams: Order of Operations
  • Khan Academy: Constructing Numerical Expressions
  • October 8

    Welcome back! I hope you all had a marvelous break.

    This week, we are completing our unit of inquiry with the central idea, “Systems may evolve from changing human experiences.” We will be beginning our next unit shortly focused on “How the World Works.”

    In math we are starting to learn about multiplying decimal numbers. Please read over the newsletter below for tips on what you can do to help at home.

    In reading we are working on discovering how one part of a narrative can contribute to the overall plot. Also, we will be delving deeper into finding the THEME of a book. The theme should be a statement that shows what lesson or message the author wants us to learn. Some examples of themes are: “Don’t judge people on their outward appearances,” “Stay loyal to your friends,” & “Hard times can make you strong.” Students will be asked to state the theme, and then give EVIDENCE from the book from MULTIPLE places. As your child reads at home, please ask them what they think the theme is and HOW THEY KNOW. Make them quote from the book.

    In writing we are finishing up our narratives. We will work on adding advanced transitions, dialogue with proper punctuation, & clear endings.

    This week we will also be starting our unit in science. We will be inquiring into what it means to be investigators. We’ll be investigating matter to begin with.

    September 26

    Important Dates

  • October 1-5: Golden Week / National Day Holiday – NO SCHOOL

    This Friday, September 28th, are the civilization keynote presentations at Level 5. Students have been working diligently over the past few weeks to prepare as consultants for a fictional civilization and communicating advice from research completed on past historical civilizations. Class 5B hopes to see you there. Please check your email for further information including the actual time slots your child will be presenting. If you are able to come, please plan to stay for the entire time so as to not disturb the presenters. Also, please plan for traffic delays due to the on-going tree clean-up around town. Here’s the information on this summative assessment:

    Civilizations GRASP-1ub0wgx


  • September 18

    Important Upcoming Dates

  • 18th September: Book Sale Wish List class visits
  • 19th September: No School for Students – Parent / Student / Teacher Conferences
  • 21st September: No School for students – Professional Learning Day for Teachers
  • 24th September: No School – Mid Autumn Festival
  • 26th September: Parent Workshop 8:15am Social Emotional Learning

    Welcome back to school!

    I hope everyone had a safe weekend during Typhoon Mangkhut. It sure was a strong storm. Thank you for reading your We Chat group messages, respecting parents by only responding to me directly instead of on the group chat, and for informing students to check Microsoft Teams for assignments. I will continue using Microsoft Teams and Class Notebook to establish communication with students throughout the school year, especially during inclement weather.

    Tomorrow, September 19th, will be our first Parent / Student / Teacher conference of the academic year. As such, this is not a regular school day and students will not be coming to school for the entire day. Students should come with you to the conference. This is an opportunity to check in with your child about his/her progress this year and work together to set goals to help him/her continue to be a successful learner.

    Focus of Parent/Teacher Conferences

  • Share how students are settling in
  • Explain recent assessments and set goals for students
  • Clarify the role parents can play in supporting these goals
  • Ensure you have access to the Blog, Seesaw portfolios, we chat class group, etc.
  • Meet with EAL teachers, Chinese Language teachers, and other specialist teachers (if desired)

    Your child will sit with their iPads at the carpet in the classroom during the first 10 minutes to work on their summative project while we discuss data. Then, students will attend the last 10 minutes of the conference, explaining his/her academic and social goals for the first trimester. Please have them bring their iPads.

    Please make sure to be on time for your scheduled conference. We only have 20 minutes to confer. Any additional time outside the scheduled conference will have to be established at a later date / time. Thank you for understanding.

    Looking forward to seeing parents and students tomorrow at conferences!

  • September 11

    Important Upcoming Dates

    Week of Sept. 10 – Trimester 1 After School Activities (ASAs) begin
    Wednesday, Sept. 19 – Parent Teacher Conferences – No school for students
    Wednesday, Sept. 19 – PSA Book Sale
    Friday, Sept. 21 – PL day for teachers – No school for students
    Monday, Sept. 24 – Mid Autumn Festival – No school for students

    This week…

    In reading, we are starting book clubs! Students will be mixed with other students from all three classes. They will be applying the mini lessons from the week to their book club books. This week’s mini lessons focus on how one part of the story is related to the whole story. They will be identifying story elements (introduction of characters, introduction of setting, problem, character change, theme development, solution) and explaining how it fits with the rest of the story as a whole.

    In writing, students are continuing with their narratives. We are working on constructing exciting leads, using descriptive phrases and vocabulary, and using dialogue correctly.

    In social studies, we will be researching how the Incan civilization in modern day Peru developed systems based on their human experiences. Then, students will choose another civilization of their choice to research.

    In math we are continuing our decimal numbers unit. We will use number lines to compare and round decimals. We will also be modeling how to add and subtract decimals. So far, we have worked on converting between all three number forms (standard form, word form, and expanded form) yesterday. Make sure to go to Seesaw and check out your student’s new post on these decimal conversions.

    September 3

    Hello parents,

    We have a few updates concerning the recent testing calendar and 5B’s schedule.

    Our next regularly scheduled MAP test will be this Friday, September 7th. Due to the red signal for rain last Thursday, there was no school. Unfortunately, that was one of our MAP testing days. We will be making this test up next Tuesday, September 11th; this will be the last testing day for the beginning of the year.

    DRA reading assessments are also being conducted and will continue for the remainder of this week. Expected date of completion is Tuesday, September 11th, or earlier.

    Lastly, I have discussed specials schedule with Mrs. Sheppard, sorted out times with Mr. Bywater for lessons with the counselor, and finalized times for reading with our book buddies. Therefore, below is the most updated version of 5B’s daily schedule:

    August 24

    Below is the Parent Info Night Presentation shared at Curriculum Night. Please use as a reference or if you were unable to attend. Thank you!

    18-19 Grade 5 Parent Night Information-1coc7nn

    P.S. We had a great first full week of school. Parents, make sure to read all about it in their interactive journals on Seesaw… and like / reply to it as well if you get the opportunity.

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