Destiny Quest

Students in 5W have a ‘Destiny Quest’ account. This is a place where students can search for books we have in our YIS library, a place to receive recommendations and to recommend books to others and a place to post reviews on books read. 5W students wrote 2 book reviews in February following lessons with Ms. Kar, our Elementary librarian and modelling in class with Mr. Weekes using THIS template.

In class, we ‘piggy backed’ Jack’s initial book review of The Gruffalo (read to the class) as an example. Ms. Kar then talked to us about how much of this might be effective for readers reading our reviews.

Please ask your child to share Destiny Quest with you – especially the book shelf with books s/he wants to read.

Below in the comment section is a ‘bitly’ link to the students’ second book review. Please check it out and discuss with your child.

What have you read over the holidays? And why do you say that?

5W students thought about and wrote their answers this afternoon. Please see your child’s thoughts in the comment box below

What was the best book you read over the Christmas holidays?
What was good about it? Or, why in your opinion, was it great?
What did you enjoy about it most? Which part of the book do you think was best?
Which character was awesome and why?
If this book has other stories in a series, would you like to continue reading them?
How do you rate it overall out of 10?
What could have made the book even better in your opinion?
Who would you recommend this book to (and why?)
E.g. boys/girls or boys and girls, advanced readers/medium readers/all readers, people who like …….

5W students – please write your answers in the comment section below

Lots of ideas for books to read this summer for your child

Thank you to Mrs. Blum for sharing this list with us.

Summer Reading List

You can also go to our YIS Elementary Library guide for ideas.

Please try to keep your child reading – in English and in your home’s mother tongue(s) if you have one. Mrs. Kar (our Head Librarian) is offering a free Sakura Medal book to any child who completes 6 good fiction books this summer and has their form signed off by their parents.

Your child can also borrow up to 12 books (or items) from the YIS library IF s/he has made sure that there are no outstanding books on the child’s account. So please make sure all borrowed books are first returned or renewed at the library for the summer holiday.

Thank you everyone

Julian Weekes

These are our new Literacy Circle books – for November 2013

Please note: Groups may be changed in December or at the beginning of 2014

November 2013 Literacy Circle Books

  • all students have changed ‘roles’ – but will keep their new role throughout this book
  • this is Home Learning – students need to read one quarter of the book each week, to the group agreed upon page – and be ready to discuss/show their work to their group and myself on Mondays. 
  • Summarizer / Wordsmith / Illustrator and Discussion Director feedback templates are available on Google Docs. Please make a COPY each time you need a new document and put your own name on it.
  • 4 weeks to read these books and 4 feedback discussions. Deadline Monday November 25th.
This forms an important part of Home Learning along with DIY projects in Grade 5

Can you read this?

Take a look at this paragraph. Can you read what it says? All the letters have been jumbled (mixed). Only the first and last letter of ecah word is in the right place:

“I cnduo’t bvleiee taht I culod aulaclty uesdtannrd waht I was rdnaieg. Unisg the icndeblire pweor of the hmuan mnid, aocdcrnig to rseecrah at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mttaer in waht oderr the lterets in a wrod are, the olny irpoamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rhgit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whoutit a pboerlm. Tihs is bucseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey ltteer by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Aaznmig, huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghhuot slleinpg was ipmorantt! See if yuor fdreins can raed tihs too.”


And if so, what (if any) implications does this have for spelling?