Coming Up in October…

Hello Parents,
 
As next week quickly approaches, I just wanted to remind you of some 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
     
    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
     
    As we complete our “Who We Are” unit of inquiry, we are also wrapping up our reading interpretative book clubs and narrative writings. 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.
     
  • Weekly Wrap Up

    A bus obstructed by a tree near Fraser Place.

    It has been a crazy week! Due to Typhoon Mangkhut, parent teacher conferences, and a teacher PL day tomorrow, students only had two days of school this week.

    Thank you for attending conferences and helping your children create strong goals for this semester! Also, thank you for your generous donations to our classroom library!

    In Writing, students took a break from drafting their realistic fiction stories to brainstorm their goals for this first semester. They began by listing their strengths and areas for growth before choosing one academic and one social goal to focus on.  Afterwards, students were asked to create an action plan to help them achieve each one. Today, students went back, reflected on their conferences, and wrote about their goals in more detail on Seesaw. Please visit and comment on their work!

    In Reading, we continued with Book Clubs. Most of the groups have finished their first book and are analyzing the characters, setting, problems, and themes that they find. We have been paying especially close attention to exploring common themes and finding evidence in our books through quotes and page numbers.

    In Math, we continued our exploration of decimal place value by rounding decimals to various place values using number lines and adding and subtracting decimals using a place value disc chart as well as the standard algorithm. Students will have the Unit 1 assessment on Tuesday. Please find PDF links to the lessons for this unit on the Math page of this blog.

    In Social Studies, students finished their notes on the ancient Sumerian and Incan civilizations and chose a third ancient civilization to study. Mr. Sheppard came by to give a presentation to students on the importance of design principles when creating an effective Keynote. Students are gathering information and then making an evaluation of which six influences they think are most important for creating a successful civilization.

    Due to the short week, there is no Seesaw Interactive Journal for this Friday but we hope that you visit Seesaw to see more of the work that your child has been doing in school!

    Weekly Wrap (9/10-9/14)

    We have completed our fourth full week of school!

    Congratulations to our 5C STUCO representatives (Shian and Jonathan) as well as our Global Citizen ESLR award winners (Geeta, Daniel, and Jonathan)!

    In Writing, students have been planning their realistic fiction stories. We have been working on developing our characters’ internal and external traits and brainstorming realistic problems for our characters to overcome. We are beginning our drafting.

    In Word Work, we have been learning about prepositions and reviewing our knowledge of conjunctions.

    In Reading, we have begun our Book Clubs. This means that we are in mixed class groups and our task is to read and discuss a realistic fiction and historical fiction book over the next four weeks. We are discussing the characters, setting, problems, and themes that we find, as well as any connections, reactions, predictions, opinions, or questions we might have.

    In Math, we have been exploring decimal place value by learning about exponents, converting metric units, reading and writing decimals in different forms, and ordering and comparing decimals. We are also plotting decimals on number lines and learning how to round to specified place values.

    In Social Studies, we are diving deep into our exploration of civilizations by researching both the Sumerian and Incan civilizations and then choosing another ancient civilization to study. Students are gathering information and then making an evaluation of which six influences they think are most important for creating a successful civilization.

    Again, please take the time to read and comment on your child’s weekly letter to you on Seesaw. The Seesaw Interactive Digital notebook that we ask your child to complete for homework each Friday will be a time for your child to reflect upon his/her learning for the week and for you to learn more about what your child has been doing in school!

    Second Full Week

    We have completed our second full week of school and a lot has happened so far!

    Students have been busy with MAP testing and a variety of pre-assessments to see what they already know.

    We have begun our first PYP Unit on Ancient Civilizations. In this unit, students are exploring the central idea of how systems evolve from changing human experiences. They are also inquiring into the variety of influences that help to develop a civilization, how decisions are made in different civilizations, and the different types of human-made systems.

    In reading, students have been reviewing skills using the acronym CROPVS (connections, reactions, predictions, visualizing, and summarizing). Our first writing unit will be Realistic Fiction, reviewing story elements, and building upon what students have already learned from fourth grade. In math, our first unit will focus on place value, especially on decimals to the thousandths place.

    Please take the time to read and comment on your child’s weekly letter to you on Seesaw. The Seesaw Interactive Digital notebook that we ask your child to complete for homework each Friday will be a time for your child to reflect upon his/her learning for the week and for you to learn more about what your child has been doing in school!

    Curriculum Night

    Thank you very much to those who were able to attend our Curriculum Night today. It means a lot to me as a teacher to see the evidence of our partnership both at school and at home in the education of your child. For those who were unable to attend, please do not worry. I understand that other commitments can get in the way (I myself was unable to attend the curriculum presentations in my daughters’ classrooms).

    For your convenience, I am attaching the presentation as a PDF file.

    as a PDF.

     

    Welcome Back!

    Welcome back everyone! I hope that you are as excited as I am to start our learning journey this year!

    Moving up from Grade 4 to Grade 5 means that I know many of your children already, so the first few days took on the joyful feeling of a reunion.

    Grade 5 is a pivotal year: students prepare for the big jump to middle school as well as the PYP Exhibition at the end of the year. We also have all kinds of amazing learning experiences planned both in and out of the classroom.

    We started off our year by engaging in some team building exercises with the G4 students as well as allocating jobs, creating our Classroom Agreements, and beginning our organization of the class library.

    And there’s lots more to come. I can’t wait to get started!

    Weekly Update (5/7-5/11)

    Important Events this Week:

    • Teacher Appreciation = STUCO and the PSA will be selling flowers in front of the Parkside and Mountainside buildings on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 8th and 9th. Flowers are 10RMB each (they are currently sold out of cards!)
    • Student Led Conferences = Students are preparing Keynotes that highlight the goals they have achieved and what they have learned throughout the year. They will present their Keynotes to their parents in a 20 minute session this Thursday, May 10th. There will be no school on this day. Students will come with their parents during their assigned time slots. They should bring their iPads.

    Next Week:

    • MAP Testing = Students will have MAP testing next Monday (Math 11-12), Tuesday (Reading 1:15-2:15), and Wednesday (Language Usage 8:00-9:00) from May 14th-16th.

    Reading – Students are reading a mixture of both news articles and Just Right books. End of Year DRA testing is also beginning this week.

    Writing – Students are using what they have learned about writing news articles in our Journalism unit to write their own articles about an event that has happened this year in 4B. We will use these articles to create a 4B Newspaper. Students learned how to write a headline, lead, and utilize the 5Ws and 1 H (who, what, when, where, why, and how) to structure their news articles. We also focused on using journalistic vocabulary, 3rd person narration, and including quotes in our pieces.

    Math – Students have been learning about Fractions, including how to decompose fractions in various ways and justify equivalent fractions using words, pictures, and numbers. In preparation for the MAP test, we are also doing a review of the other units we have learned in fourth grade.

    Social Studies/PYP – We are wrapping up our PYP unit on “Economy”. In this unit, students investigated the Central Idea (Economies rely on resources and choices to sustain societies) along three Lines of Inquiry (1. The availability of resources influences the economy. 2. Economies connect people and societies. 3. People regulate economies.) Students studied the Great Depression to investigate why it became necessary for the government to become involved and begin to regulate the US economy at this time. We will end the unit by discussing important features of our modern economy, including money and banks.

     

    Weekly Preview (4/23-4/27)

    Important Events this Week (It’s a busy one!):

    • Earth Week = Students will be watching videos and doing activities to learn more about how they can help protect the Earth! 
    • Author Visit = Helaine Becker will visit and speak to students on Monday, April 23rd.
    • Literacy Lounge = Student work from the year has been hung up on Level 5. We will be visiting on Monday, April 23rd to read the writing of the students of SIS! 
    • Talent Show = This will take place in the afternoon on Friday, April 27th
    • Swimming begins this week! Students will have swimming this Monday and Thursday! 
    • Chloe’s Last Week = Chloe will be leaving for the US on Tuesday, May 1st. We will miss her and wish her the best of luck! 

    Next Week:

    • No school on Monday, April 30th and Tuesday, May 1st = Students will return to school on Wednesday, May 2nd

    Reading – Students have begun a unit on Journalism to tie into our new PYP unit on “Economy”. We have been talking about the importance of staying informed of current events as Global Citizens and are using apps and websites like Newsela and Time for Kids to read news articles about what is happening in the world.

    Writing – We have completed our Literary Essay unit and begun a unit on Journalism. Students are learning how to write a headline, lead, and utilize the 5Ws and 1 H (who, what, when, where, why, and how) to structure their news articles.

    Math – We have completed our Geometry unit and are beginning Module 5 on Fractions. This is an important unit in fourth grade. Students began the unit with an investigation into what fractions are and ways in which we can decompose fractions using pictures and numbers. Fraction vocabulary is also a focus.

    Social Studies/PYP – We have begun our first PYP unit for the year called “Economy”. In this unit, students will investigate the Central Idea (Economies rely on resources and choices to sustain societies) along three Lines of Inquiry (1. The availability of resources influences the economy. 2. Economies connect people and societies. 3. People regulate economies.) Students began this unit with a trading resources activity that helped them understand how trade began and its general benefits. We also studied how the Silk Road helped to connect different civilizations and brought unknown goods to different parts of Europe and Asia. We will begin a study of the Gold Rush and how it affected our understanding of economy this week.

    Word Study  – Students will be reviewing run-on sentences and sentence fragments. Depending on time during this busy week, we will talk about countable/uncountable nouns and how to properly use adjectives such as “much” and “many”.

     

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