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  1. 1. SEPTEMBER 27 2010 W E E K LY U P D A T E GRADE 5A @ CDNIS Art Critics, Data Handlers and Mentors Dear Parents, We packed a lot into four days. We started the week off on Monday with a very interesting talk by Stacy Baird, a Grade 5 father and key initiator into the development of a communication tool called Intersect. The students benefitted greatly from seeing a new communication tool unfold before their very own eyes. On that note, presentations of their own self-created communication tools using the tool Prezi were nothing short of amazing. I was very impressed by the quality of their presentations and the amount of creative effort they put into their work. I very much hope that by next week the blogs will be up and running so you can have a first hand look. I had to spend some time clarifying some data handing concepts this week and I have introduced the students to Mathletics, a very interesting Math site through which students can compete with each other across the globe. Number and Operations will start on Monday and our Measurement objectives will be integrated into our Unit of Inquiry. Students published their poetry this week, they shared them with their buddies, they’ve recited their favorite pieces to each other and now we’ve started the reflective process. Again, once their blogs are up and running I aim to have the students publish them to a global audience and (hopefully) receive some feedback that way. The Grade 5 team has initiated an art unit that will culminate in a field trip to Art Jam. More on that later, but for this week we inquired into the language used to describe and talk about art. In groups we considered how we can have a constructive converstation about Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” and now students are working individually on describing their own self-selected portrait by an artist of their choice (submitted Tuesday). Our new unit overview, “How the world works,” has been posted under that tab (under Programme Overview). The Grade 5 team is continuing to work on and finalize the summative task so that has not yet been posted. Watch this space! Students proved themselves to be excellent mentors/leaders to their Prep reading buddies today as they shared their Prezis and poetry. We’ve also finally completed our novel “Holes” (and here) and we’ll watch the movie before we break in October. Photos of this week’s events have been posted under “Photographs”. Please note: It is very important that you read the weekly updates to receive information that directly impacts your child’s school life. Virtually all correspondence is being conducted via class blogs. Please note: Grade 5A will have class photos on October 13 at 8.20 Kind Regards DJ MacPherson donaldmacpherson@cdnis.edu.hk http://sites.cdnis.edu.hk/teachers/donaldmacpherson//
  2. 2. SEPT. 29TH - NOV. 5TH 2010 e g p rn a in t GR. 5 UNIT OF INQUIRY u a d e L How The World Works Key Elements ernational Canadian int Ong KOng s Hi ghlight Skills of H Communication Presenting, non-verbal school communication and writing to instruct Thinking M AT T E R & M A T E R I AwL S !k or Acquisition of Knowledge: g how things specific facts, ideas, laws and investigatin scientific vocabulary. Research CENTRAL IDEA Finding data, planning, Changes in matter pose challenges and recording data, presenting research findings. provide benefits Social Cooperation and group - U n i t O v e rv i ew - decision making. An Inquiry into: Knowledge - what causes changes in matter to occur (concept: causation) Learning correct terminology - how we use the scientific and being able to identify principles of chemistry changes that occur in matter. (concept: function) Students will be able to identify and explain the properties/ - the challenges and benefits that can result when we change characteristics of materials matter to create materials used in the world. (concept: causation) Concepts Teacher Questions Function - discovering how 1 . A re m at te r an d mater ials th e humans utilize the changes in same? matter and materials. 2 . W h at are scien tific pr in ciples? Causation - an investigation 3 . W h at ch al len ges or ben efits into the consequences, as well t o s o ci et y a nd ou r en viron men t as the cause and effect, which re s u l t f rom h ow we use matter can result when matter and a n d mat er i al s? materials undergo changes.
  3. 3. What you can do with your child at home... Talk about Attributes Discuss Scientific Inquiry Learner profile attributes that We will be conducting mini- will be promoted through experiments and practicing learning engagements: Ask your child what procedural writing. Your child will gain experience in they know about developing scientific inquiries - Inquirer and knowing how to formulate Matter and design an experiment. - Knowledgeable Find out what your child knows - Thinker Let them teach you about the materials we use on a daily basis. Ask your child about the Where do they come from? changes that matter can Talk about Attitudes How are they made? undergo in the production of materials. In this unit of inquiry students will be encouraged to be: How does matter change in Ask challenging questions order to create different materials used in products we When we model good - Curious consume? questioning skills, we can help - Cooperative guide students to also ask more deep and relevant questions. UN IT AS SESSME NT A ss es sm en ts w ill be based on: Learning Engag ements • Demonstration of the V O CABU L ARY enduring understandings • Experiments - Matter - Liquid • Communication involv • Procedural writing ing correct terminology - Chemical - Gas and clear • Practicing the Scientifi awareness of the ch c Method Change osen - Plasma concepts • Independent research - Physical • Ability to articulate an - Properties swers to • Online games and pro Change teacher questions gra ms - State • WebQuests! - Permanent • Application and deve - Phase lopment of thinking skills acqu • Measurement investig - Temporary ired ati on - Particle - Solid - Atom Images Used: http://www.callowayhouse.com/prodimg/states_matterB.jpg http://www.materialconnexion.com/Portals/0/images/MaterialsMatter.jpg http://sciencegames.4you4free.com/science_labwork_general.gif http://skepticscalpel.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/E1_ScientificMethod.gif

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