Grade 5 Showcase – Friday, December 7th!

Join us at the Level 5 for an interactive tour of what your child has been working on throughout the first three units of inquiry in grade 5. Student leaders will share how they and others have displayed a growth mindset during this first semester along with a showcase of works we are most proud of. All students will have their work on display during the entire event. Parents / staff / students are able to come to any of the times below regardless of the homeroom class but these will be the times grade 5 student leaders will be facilitating the event.

5A will lead 8:15am – 9:30am

5B will lead 10:30am – 11:45am

5C will lead 1:45pm – 3:00pm

Please respond to the invitation HERE as soon as you can. Thanks!

Important G5 Dates

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 28th & 29th: “A Kid’s Life” – Drama club’s musical (5:00pm in the SPAH); tickets are 10RMB each
  • Tuesday, December 5th: Discovery in the Dark field trip – please read the permission slip very carefully when it comes home
  • Friday, December 7th: 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 12th: Social bonding ice skating field trip
  • Thursday, December 13th: “Books N’ Cocoa” Spirit Day – students should come in their pajamas with a mug / cup
  • Friday, December 14th: Early dismissal at 11:30am; last day of school before the Winter break
  • Monday, January 7th: First day back from Winter break
  • The Case of the Missing Millionaire

    As part of our PYP Unit of Inquiry on 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 on 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.

    Yesterday, students conducted 5 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 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.

    Today, students conducted the 5 remaining crime labs:

    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?

    Tomorrow students will be taking part in a mock trial of one of the suspects. We have determined that the most evidence can be found against Kendra. Students will be taking on the role of the judge, suspects, prosecuting attorneys, defending attorneys, and jury. Is Kendra innocent or is she guilty?

    Stay tuned…

     

    Box of Hope

    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.

    Simply take a free shoebox (or more!) this Friday, November 2 when you pick up your child. We will be distributing boxes at Mountainside, Parkside, and Bayside.

    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: https://youtu.be/BR1VnwTRfHE

    Shenzhen Museum Fieldtrip

    As a final tie-in to our previous Unit of Inquiry, grade 5 students visited the Shenzhen Museum to find evidence of different human-made systems in Shenzhen and how they have changed over time. Students were asked to find photographic evidence of such systems as money and trade, art and architecture, agriculture, religion, and communication. Then students had to work in their groups to evaluate and select the most meaningful photos for each system. Besides being educational, it was just a really fun experience for all!

     

    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.
     
  • 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.