Grade 5 Graduation / Celebration Speech

This week we have been planning and writing our end of year speech celebrating all of the experiences that the students have enjoyed in their Elementary school years, either at YIS or elsewhere. We really learned something about ‘Who We Are’ from our reflections as we built up our speeches.

All students have practised their speeches independently and with a partner. The speeches and the actual writing have been uploaded to Seesaw for you to see and read on that platform.

Planning was based on THIS document.

From 5W – 10 students decided that they would like to challenge themselves and make their speech in front of the class. All students voted on each speech based on the following rubric.

The result was extremely close – but we will be represented by Hal Mikasa who topped the number of votes. Congratulations to Hal and thank you to all students who challenged for the honour of representing our wonderful 5W class this year.

5W’s essays about the belief they have chosen for this year’s ‘This I Believe’

As you know, we have been planning this week to write our own essay of about 350~500 words so that we can make our own ‘podcast’ next week and publish it on our 5W class blog via Podbean.

5W students – please tell us WHAT belief your essay/podcast will be about and WHY you chose this one.

Please do this in the comment box below and include a BITLY link to your Google Doc (make sure your Gdoc is set to ‘anyone with the link can view’.)

Thank you.

Asking your parents/family – what does your family value the most?

Dear all,

Next week in 5W our class will be listening to a variety of podcasts about what is most important to various people. We will be using a great website called “This I Believe”. For example, we may start with Howard White’s essay/podcast on “The Power of Saying Hello.” Next week, we shall write our own essays and make our own podcasts.

Essay writing suggestions

For now, 5W students would like to interview YOU – parents and family of 5W students. We would like to know … well, what would we like to know?! Why not check the comment boxes below to see what your child wants to ask you? Thank you so much for your help.

So what makes us tick?

We hope you read our wonderful ‘colour’ poems on Seesaw recently? We will ‘perform’ them on put those videos on Seesaw too.

Now we are looking at ourselves. What makes us unique, different, who are we, what makes us tick?

To start with – lesson 1 – we have today worked on a ‘tell frame’ (brainstorm) of all the categories that might apply to anyone of us. Tomorrow (lesson 2) we shall add individual examples for each of these categories.

Today’s categories that 5W students came up with today, individually, in groups and as a whole class included:

personality, hobbies, tech, school subjects, emotions, personal interests, family, talents, friends, food, humour, fashion, animals, travel, special moments in our life, social, music, movies/tv, home life, books, roles in school, role models, art, hopes and dreams, nationality, religion, colours – and there’s probably plenty more we could add tomorrow.

Where will this take us? I smell another poem on the wind!

5W students end of year celebration speech

5W students have been asked to write a short speech that represents his or her feelings at the end of Grade 5. All students were invited to take part in a class ‘speech contest’ to choose one 5W student who will read their speech at the Graduation / Celebration ceremony on the 15th of June.

We worked from a planning template HERE. We looked at past winning speeches, reviewed the criteria and planned using a categorising or relationship or sequencing brainframe, which you should be able to find in your child’s portfolio along with a paper copy of his or her essay.

All speeches can be read in the comments box below. Thank you very much to Mai, Jack, Leylia, Ryuta, Anish, Lisa, Hemal and Ellenah for being risk takers and entering the 5W speech competition to see who would represent 5W at the Grade 5 Celebration / Graduation Day on June 15th. All students and myself voted on the following form, using the criteria mentioned.

Speech voting form

Congratulations to Lisa Harmer for winning – by 1 point from Ellenah with Jack a very close 3rd. See the scores HERE.

Podcasts for 5W version of “This I Believe”

For our last Unit of Inquiry into Who We Are, 5W students have been thinking about our central idea that “a person’s identity is shaped by a range of factors,” and about what it is we really believe in. 5W students have used the website This I Believe for inspiration and hopefully you have had the chance to listen along and talk with your child about a few of them, as you have shared your child’s learning.

Thank you all for discussing and sharing with your child the beliefs that you grew up with as a child yourself and for discussing the beliefs that your family holds as important now.

Having looked at the essays on the website This I believe, 5W students have thought about all the beliefs that they hold to be important. From the many that they could think of, each student chose 2 or 3 to really consider and eventually 1 that she or he decided to write about and make a podcast of. We looked at how the essays were written (style) and worked from a modelled example with Mr. Weekes Modelled example

Links to all students’ essays can be found in the comment box below and hopefully you will be able to listen to your child’s and other students’ podcasts directly from the link on the right column of our class blog. Please enjoy.

Beliefs + Values + Attitudes – Unit 6. Who we are.

Our last unit of inquiry in Grade 5 is centred around “Who We Are.” Our central idea is “A person’s identity is shaped by a range of factors.”

We have started by trying to identify what the difference is between a ‘belief’, ‘value’ and ‘attitude’. We are then going to write to our parents and ask you if you wouldn’t mind talking about the beliefs/values/attitudes you grew up with and the ones that you might most want your child to develop.

Please look at the comment box below to see what your child currently understands is the difference between a belief, value and attitude. And look out for an email from your son or daughter too! I hope it leads to another great family conversation.

Mr. Weekes

Our podcasts for ‘This I Believe’ are available to listen to on our blog now

Please check the side bar on the right for the link to the audio file.

If you would like to read your child’s essay too, please ask your child to share it with you from his or her Google Docs account.

Or you can read it by following the link from your child’s comment in the previous post on this blog.

I’m sure the 5W students would appreciate any comment you have to make 🙂

Thank you from all of us here in 5W for your continued support.

This I Believe – Podcast essay can be read here

Dear all,

This week 5W students have been planning and writing and editing a 350 ~ 500 word essay on a subject in which she or he believes deeply. This is inspired by the website This I Believe.

If you open the ‘comments’ box above, you will be able to find your child’s podcast essay and read it. Please talk to your child about the planning process that led to his or her essay.

The audio podcast will be recorded in the next few days and uploaded to our class blog by the end of April. Please check back here to listen to your child’s podcast later. Thank you.