NOVEMBER 19 2010
W E E K L Y U P D A T E
This week we finished off our exploration of problem solving and the various strategies we can use
to understand and solve them effectively. We ended this investigation with a webquest in which
students were required to investigate a problem and solve it accordingly.
We continued looking at DeBono’s Thinking Hats, which is a strategy we can use to organize our
thinking and to categorize our research in our new unit. The students have been very receptive to
this strategy and I encourage you to discuss it with them.
The overview for our new unit is found below, as well as in the appropriate location on the class
blog. In addition, one of two summative assessments have been posted under the tab, How we
Organize Ourselves. Related to this, I have been updating the Literacy section of the blog, where you
can find resources on the new text type in which we are inquiring into: Writing to Persuade. Watch
out, I suspect your children will start to become more argumentative at home as learn to become
This week, author Sherryl Clark visited us from Melbourne (you can read her blog here). She held
two workshops for our students, one, for a selected few, on writing poetry, and they other, for all our
Grade 5s, on the elements of narrative storytelling. She shared with us great ideas to begin,
construct and end interesting and engaging stories. This will be most useful in one of our upcoming
unit, Where We Are in Place and Time, in which students will be engaged in narrative writing.
So far, so very good with regard to the 3-Way Learning Reviews. I attended my own two children’s
reviews yesterday, and, as a parent, I could see very clearly their active involvement in their own
learning and the enthusiasm that results from this. They were particularly keen as we all set their
goals together. It was a rewarding experience for me, as I do very much hope it has been (or will be)
If you have not done so recently, I strongly recommend you visit your child’s blog. They will be
able to tell you their Awesome number, and you can find it on the home page of this class blog.
Students have been very active recently. Please take the time to read and perhaps even make a
constructive comment. It’s great for the children to see they have an audience for their writing
outside of the classroom/school environment.
Reminder - Please refer to the Mathematics, Programme Overview and Literacy tabs on our class
blog for excellent resources that can assist your child in engaging with the Grade 5 curriculum.
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Author Visit, Waste Management Experts and
3-Way Learning Reviews
GRADE 5A @ CDNIS
HOW WE ORGANIZE OURSELVES
DECISIONS MADE ABOUT SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
AFFECT SOCIETIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT.
AN INQUIRY INTO:
Different systems of waste
management and their advantages
The different perspectives about solid
How waste management practices of
our community affect the
-Where is away when we throw
-What is your trash attitude?
-What is Hong Kong’s trash attitude?
speaking, presenting, writing
planning, collecting & recording data
dialectical thought, comprehension, application
The different systems of waste
management, their advantages and
disadvantages and how they affect the
Perspective: Understanding the different
decisions people within our society make
regarding solid waste management
Connection: Making a connection between
themselves and the consequences of the decisions
made about solid waste management
Related Concepts: Opinion & Consequences
An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure
and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on
humankind and the environment.
UNIT OF INQUIRY
WHAT YOU CAN DO AT
HOME WITH YOUR CHILD
GREAT WEBSITES TO EXPLORE TOGETHER
*Check out your class blog for more resources!
Where does our solid waste go
when it leaves the house?
What decisions can we make as a
family to manage solid waste?
1. Standing in the Spotlight (PERSPECTIVE)
Students will be assigned the role of a particular
member or group of society (i.e. business leader,
farmer, politician, environmentalist, etc.). They will
prepare and present a 2-3 minute persuasive speech to
the class on their views and opinions about solid waste
and how it is managed. Students will need to defend
their position by creating drafts of persuasive writing
and in the deliverance of their speech.
2. “Track the Trash” (CONNECTION)
Choose two items that we use here at school and
explain how they can be most effectively managed
once they become waste. Justiﬁcation must clearly
demonstrate the students’ understanding of waste
management, taking into account our local society
and the environment. How do they know what the
best solid waste management technique is for this
TALK ABOUT ATTRIBUTES
Learner proﬁle attributes that
will be promoted through
TALK ABOUT ATTITUDES
In this unit of inquiry students will be encouraged to be:
Appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people.
Being committed to their own learning, persevering and showing self-
discipline and responsibility.
Thinking and acting independently, making their own judgements based
on reasoned argument, and being about to defend their judgments.