What did you think of our wonderful narrative stories? 5W students respond …

Julia suggested that we print the narrative stories that we wrote from a picture prompt a few weeks ago so that everyone in the classroom could have a chance to read them.

Then we asked each student to choose a favourite one and comment on it. Please see the comments below. 5W students were asked to politely comment on:

What was the story about?
What did you like about the story?
What would you have added or changed if you were the editor?

Thank you. 5W students, please write your comments in the comment boxes below

Our reflection on the Marshmallow Challenge – edited using Grammarly

This week 5W students have enjoyed taking tackling the Marshmallow Challenge. We reflected on the big learnings that we took from it.

We have also been introduced to Grammarly and have used Grammarly to edit our reflection write up.

So – you should notice significantly fewer spelling and grammar errors in the reflection writing in the comment boxes below.

5W students, please ‘bitly’ link your Google doc – make sure that you share the link as ‘anyone with the link can view’.

Thank you.

A short biography about a Nobel Peace Prize winner

Last week we celebrated World Peace Day. As part of our unit of inquiry into conflict, we have spread our wings to look at people who have helped the world become a better place.

5W students have looked at the Nobel Peace Prize winners and have chosen one to write a short biography on. We used:


to research facts and interesting details about the person we chose. We focussed on seeing if we could answer these questions:

What makes this person special or interesting?
What kind of effect did he or she have on the world? other people?
What are the adjectives you would most use to describe the person?
What examples from their life illustrate those qualities?
What events shaped or changed this person’s life?
Did he or she overcome obstacles? Take risks? Get lucky?
Would the world be better or worse if this person hadn’t lived? HOW and WHY?

5W students edited biographies will be available in the comment boxes below from today.

Brain Frames and Student Council election speeches

All YIS students are learning how to use ‘Brain Frames’ to help them with their planning. Today we made a ‘telling frame’ together to generate ideas for what a YIS Elementary School Student Council could help organise in a school year. Next week we will ALL write a speech and those students who are committed to being an enthusiastic member will try to get elected to the YIS Elementary Student Council.


Using a telling frame

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.

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

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

5W are writing a non-fiction article about an important discovery or invention

After choosing an invention or discovery last week, we researched information to write our own article using different resources (article/books/internet video/Britannica on-line/websites etc).

The students are in the process of writing the article now. They have made their article viewable to you and have put their ‘Bitly’ link into the comment box below.

If you would like to help your child improve or edit their article as s/he writes it, please do. The RUBRIC that we are using is HERE.

These articles should be finished by December 1st. Please check back again after that date. Thank you.