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February 11

  1. 1. FEBRUARY 11 , 2011 W E E K LY U P D A T E GRADE 5A @ CDNIS Welcome to the Year of the RabbitDear Parents,Gong Hei Fat Choi! I hope you had an excellent holiday with your family as youcelebrated the Year of the Rabbit. This has been a short week but filled with learning I can assure you. Studentsreturned to class and immediately started consolidating their understandings offractional numbers. They were given an imaginary HKD 10,000 and went shoppingonline! Next week they will make some real world connections with this informationas they recalculate their numbers with discounts (Apple store and a 7.5% discount!)and taxes (only 4.5%!). We’ve continued our exploration into our central idea through the read aloud novelIqbal and our literature circles with The Breadwinner. We’ve revisited our conceptsof causation and responsibility and I was pleasantly surprised to see the excellentconnections that the students are making. If you link to the “Sharing the Planet” tab (here), you will find a variety of PublicService Announcements. The students deconstructed these announcements to comeup with some common features that they can consider when creating their own.These features are also listed and are totally derived from student discussions. Next Friday, February 18, progress reports and portfolios will be sent home. Istrongly encourage you to sit with your child and discuss the portfolio. Allow yourchild some time to explain his/her learning and discuss how he/she is coming alongwith regard to the goals we established at the Three-Way Learning Review.Please note: Swimming for Grade 5 will begin on Monday, February 28 and willfollow the same timetable as last semester. 5A will have their swimming time onThursday. Please refer to important information with regard to Spring into Reading on thisblog post.Kind Regards,DJ MacPhersondonaldmacpherson@cdnis.edu.hk & http://sites.cdnis.edu.hk/teachers/donaldmacpherson//

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