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February 9, 2016
by Julian Weekes
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Writing an essay to report on the history of Japan

Students in 5W read a wonderful illustrated book together in class, “An Illustrated History of Japan” – By Shigeo Nishimura, that describes Japan’s history with significant facts from the Ice Ages to modern day. We modeled how to take notes and each 5W student was allocated 3~5 pages. S/he was responsible for taking notes from those pages and sharing them. Then, mostly in groups, the students wrote up a section of Japan’s history and finally copied and pasted their group’s essay together. Please see the task template HERE

Below in the comments section you will be able to find your child’s final shared report. I am sure you will learn something about Japan that you did not know already. I did.

5W students – let’s add our reports (Bitly link please) to the comment box below on Monday 15th. Please share with your parents. Thank you.

February 3, 2016
by Julian Weekes
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What are your passions, interests, skills and talents?

How did your conversation with a student from another class go yesterday? Who did you talk to at home last night? What extra did you learn or did you remember from your conversations?

On Thursday afternoon 4th February you will have time to put ALL of your thoughts into your Exhibition book. Perhaps you could add 1 or 2 of each in the comment box below? I’ll start!

February 1, 2016
by Julian Weekes
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Aesthetic expression can be influenced by a culture’s history and values – How we express ourselves

We started the week having a conversation about the following questions. We stood on 5B’s shoulders by looking at some of their ideas and thoughts as we talked. We brainstormed lots of ideas on A3 paper and then all students wrote their own ideas in the comments section below.

What is beauty?
Is beauty the same for everyone?
What does aesthetically pleasing mean?
What do you find beautiful in nature?
What do you find beautiful in the world that is not related to nature?
When something is ‘pleasing’ to the eye’, what words can you use to describe it?
When something is NOT ‘beautiful’ to the eye, what are some words you can use to describe it?

5W students – please copy the sentence starters from Mr. Weekes comment below and complete with your OWN idea and thoughts.

Thank you

January 29, 2016
by Julian Weekes
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Our writing to persuade / give our opinion for you to read and comment on

Dear 5W parents and students,

5w have spent this week learning how to write about an issue that requires the student’s own opinion plus an understanding of other possible points of view. We started the week building up a handwritten essay about if we could bring dinosaurs back to life, should we? Today we have brainstormed other ideas to write about. Some of the students chose ideas suggested by Mr. Weekes and other students have chosen their own ideas – after sharing and discussion in class. You can see these ideas HERE.

To see 5W students essays, written in 45 minutes including planning time (and after a long discussion), please see the Bitly link in their comment below.

Have a great weekend everyone
Mr. Weekes

January 28, 2016
by Julian Weekes
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Our visit to the Cup Noodle Museum

This is us at the Cup Noodle Museum on the 27th of January. The students now have a task of reporting on their trip with details of the number of their steps, the class median and mean too and how many calories they might have ‘burned’ in a day – assuming a rough average of 20 steps per calorie. Please look at the example template HERE

January 22, 2016
by Julian Weekes
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Creative story writing – please share your planning

5W students

Please put a bitly link to YOUR story in the comment box below (please log in first). Please add your title and a brief description of the story before you post it!

Dear parents,

5W students have spent 4 days this week working on writing a story from an image. Their planning will be shared with you on their comment below this. Your son or daughter will bring home his or her handwritten story this weekend to share with you.

Students worked from a planning template

We watched an episode of Shaun the Sheep and deconstructed the story. We read The Gruffalo and watched some clips of it on YouTube. We discussed how the author had made the characters and settings interesting. Then your child had 2 writing sessions to write his or her own story. This story may or may not be finished. Your comments to your child would I’m sure be most appreciated.

January 22, 2016
by Julian Weekes
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Probability questions for you

5W students. You have a pack (deck) of playing cards face down in front of you. 52 cards. No jokers. What is the probability of:

1. choosing a diamond from the pack?
2. choosing 2 diamonds (before you pick out the first card)?
3. choosing a picture card?

Please tell me (and the world) HOW you got your answer. Would your parent(s) be able to understand your thinking from your answer?

Please answer these questions in the comment section below.

January 18, 2016
by Julian Weekes
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School Closed Monday 18th January – Snow Day

Dear 5W students and parents,
You will have heard that school is closed today due to the snow, travel delays and slippery roads.
Here are some things that you might consider looking at doing:

1. Please look for 2~5 recyclable items to bring to school tomorrow as discussed in class and as emailed to your parents (for the next unit of inquiry – wearable art)
2. Mathletics and Khan Academy tasks are set.
3. Please enjoy a good book and update your reading record.
4. Other 5W home learning possibilities can be found HERE

Please stay safe and warm today. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Mr. Weekes

January 13, 2016
by Julian Weekes
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Please bring ‘gomi’ items (‘rubbish’ from home such as from the list below)

Grade 5 – Unit 4 – How we express ourselves – Central idea: Aesthetic expression can be influenced by a culture’s history and values.

Please read your email regarding this.

Could each student PLEASE BRING 2 to 5 ITEMS TO 5W classroom BY WED. JAN. 20 please (We will look after them here in class)

NOTE: please do NOT bring newspaper, plastic bags, small bits of string / cloth / plastic or paper, etc.

The artists and Mr. Reed would like students to know that she or he will NOT be using the items she or he brings in – all items will be collected and redistributed amongst all of the Grade 5 students, by the artists, to make the project more interesting.

Shoichi & Colleen Sakurai’s suggestions for gomi/rubbish:
umbrella, tire tube, broken toys, bicycle tire, soroban (abacus), kaiko ami (silk worm net), geta, uchiwa (Japanese fan), keyboard,
yutanpo (hot water bottle), old book, vinyl bag/purse, chicken wire, camera, game cards, bubble wrap, grater, inner components of computer or any electronic device, pot scrubbers, owan (Japanese urushi soup cup) wooden shamoji (rice spoon), vintage folding yardstick, hasunomi (dried lotus pod), calculator, internet router, old wooden thread bobbins, broken printer, game controller, t-shirts, hat, muffler, board game pieces, slinky, boots, jeans, kimono – any broken appliance in your home that you would like to get rid of in fact.

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