May 24

WEEK 34 – 22nd MAY – 26th MAY

INTRODUCTION

This week is only a four-day working week. we have been working on a number of interesting ideas and inquiries. We are starting new units of study and we are also completing units. We have had a wonderful workshop with a visiting artist from Wajima on the East coast of Japan. She introduced the art of lacquer paintings and other artistic works. Susanne was very interesting and the students were very engaged with her explanations and descriptions.

We are concluding our work mathematics (angles) and reading (author’s study). We are in full swing with our Memoirs and the students have selected important events of their lives. We look forward to our final pieces.

MATHEMATICS

We have used a number of different pieces of work to develop our ideas about angles, its properties, and sizes and measurement. Each student has been working on their individual projects.

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We have designed a different format to assess this unit and each student had a personal project to focus on. We looked at the perfect day and how it should be like. The students had to design a 360° circle. They had to use protractors and compasses. They carried out a number of interesting inquiries on how to find out percentages, make conversions and drawing conclusions.

READER’S WORKSHOP

The IMPORTANCE OF USING OUR LIBRARY

  • Free borrowing of book stock covering an extensive range of subjects, genres, and experiences
  • Free access to reference resources, including online subscription services
  • The resources to help people educate themselves
  • Free access to computers and the internet for everyone
  • Support for research using online resources as well as print resources that are not available on the internet
  • The opportunity to participate in book groups as a leisure activity, or an activity to support mental health and wellbeing, or rehabilitation
  • Homework classes for children who need extra support outside school hours and study spaces for children who don’t have a home environment they can work in
  • Children’s reading challenges and events, which encourage children to continue to read and develop their literacy skills

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

UNIT of INQUIRY

WEEKLY EVENTS

NOTICES

Last week we celebrated Rachel’s birthday, we all had yummy cookies. We congratulated her on her special day.

May 18

WEEK 33 – 15th MAY – 19th MAY

INTRODUCTION

This week we have been covering a number of interesting concepts and new ideas. Our mathematical work has been geared up to learn about angles, its properties, and types. We have used a number of practical ways to learn about angles. Our Author’s study is evolving nicely and we continue to focus on reading strategies to gain a better understanding of the text. We have started to work on our Memoir genre and we are developing great ideas to use to write a meaningful piece of work. This week we have had our first class discussion about Puberty changes, a great opportunity for us all to clarify our own ideas and thinking about changes during this important period in our lives.

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

Jimmy Dean

MATHEMATICS

This week we have focussed on learning about:

a. measuring angles and using the correct tools to find out it

b. estimating angles

c. identifying angles and describe its properties

MEASURING ANGLES PRESENTATION – DAAN

MEASUREMENT – ANGLES

 

Angle introduction What do I know?

  • Each angle has a vertex
  • Each angle has at least three points
  • If you call the vertex of the angle A and the other points B and C than you would call the angle either CAB or BAC (The vertexes name always has to be in the middle)
  • There are three types of angles, the largest being a straight angle, the  second largest being an Obtuse angle, The second smallest one being a right angle and then the smallest is acute angle
  • An angle is measured with degrees
  • There is an angle in every 2D shape except for a circle and an oval.
  • Angles can be measured with protractors
  • Angles can be found almost everywhere
What is an angle and how do we label, measure and construct them?
  • An angle is a number of degrees between two connected lines known as arms or rays.
  • Labeling Fractions is shown in the picture below
  • We measure angles finding the amount of degrees between the vertex and the two arms.
  • We construct them by creating two lines (arms) that are connected to each other.
Measuring and drawing angles
  • We measure angles finding the amount of degrees between the vertex and the two arms. We can use a protractor to measure this.
Learn how to measure angles using a protractor. You put the vertex of the angle in the middle of the protractor and then see at which number the arm is pointing and that number is the amount of degrees it is.

 

Measuring Angles Review
  • Angles are measured in degrees and you measure an angle with a protractor
  • Angles have a vertex and they have arms.
  • There are four angles, a straight angle, a obtuse angle, a right angle and acute angle.
Constructing angles
  • Put the vertex of the angle at the middle of the protractor.
  • Check at what numbers the arms look at.
Inquiry Level Strategies Used Reflection
Determining Angle Visually 10 We used estimating I thought this was easy because I am already an expert on angels and I do not find it hard to estimate angels.
Determining Angles with Protractors 10 Using online protractors I thought that this was hard because it was challenging to see the exact amount of degrees of the angle.
Estimating Angles 10 Drawing angles and estimating angles I thought that this was challenging because I am not that good at drawing angles.
Finding Missing Angles 10 Adding and subtracting I thought that this was challenging because I have never done this before and I just learned about this.
Angles less than 90 J/I Estimating and measuring angles. I thought that this was hard because I am not that good at measuring angles.
Angles between 5 and 175 I/J Estimating and measuring angles I thought that this was hard because I am not that good at measuring angles.
Individual Task Creating and measuring angles. I learned how to name angles in different ways and how to make angles.
FINDING MISSING ANGLES 1 Creating angles. Adding and subtracting. I learned how to find missing angles and how to create angles.
EXTRA ACTIVITIES

READER’S WORKSHOP

We have continued to work with our reading strategies so we can gain a better understanding of the message. Each student has worked on their own novels and some of their chosen works have been in different languages.

Readers Grow Ideas about their Characters (Emphasizing, Inferring and Synthesizing – Tracking Ideas

SYNTHESIZING our thinking about characters EMPATHIZING our thinking about characters INFERRING our thinking about characters
At first I thought the character…. I can empathize with my character by predicting what he/she will do/say and then read to confirm my predictions…. OBSERVE

What do I actually see?

Then my thinking changed…. I can grow a unique idea about my character by developing clear ideas …… WONDER

What I do not know but I want to know?

My thinking changed AGAIN….. INFER

I think…..

Maybe….

My new thinking is…..

 

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

This week we have started our MEMOIR UNIT, we have developed some on demand pieces and now we are looking at characteristics for its structure and language features.

MEMOIR WRITING

I have more freedom when I write fiction, but my memoirs have had a much stronger impact on my readers. Somehow the ‘message,’ even if I am not even aware that there is one, is conveyed better in this form.

Isabel Allende

Write the name of the memoir under each box and be ready to discuss it with a partner

NAME MEMOIR – MONDAY MEMOIR – TUESDAY MEMOIR – WEDNESDAY MEMOIR – THURSDAY
TRUITT A Favorite Memory Alaska Beyond Tears
FELIX Alaska All Dogs Go To Heaven Beyond the grey sky
CHAHEL A favorite memory All About My Life Abuleo(Grandpa)
WILLIAM A Day To Remember All Dogs Go To Heaven Death’s Lesson
KENTA Another Soccer Weekend Death’s lesson All dogs go to heaven
DAAN Another Soccer Weekend The Greatest Dog Ever Beyond Tears
NIELS A favourite memory Deaths lesson Blinded by the Light
EMIL Beyond Tears Death’s lesson A favorite memory
NAOTO A Favorite Memory Another Soccer Weekend All About My Life
KOHKI A Cosmopolitan and a Nap Another Soccer Weekend Death’s lesson
ZHANSAYA A Day To Remember All dogs go to heaven The Greatest Dog Ever
RACHEL A Cosmopolitan and a Nap Death’s lesson Blinded by the Light
ANNETTE A Favorite Memory Blinded by the Light Death’s Lesson
RIKA A Favorite Memory Death’s lesson All dogs go to heaven
CHAE YOON All About My Life Death’s Lesson All Dogs Go To Heaven
JUNGEUN Time for Change The bee
MAITÉ All Dogs Go To Heaven Alaska Death’s Lesson
MINORI A favorite memory Another Soccer All about my life
KANO A Favorite Memory All Dogs Go To Heaven Deaths lesson
KAE All about my life Death’s Lesson


UNIT of INQUIRY

We had a great week inquiring about some of the basic understandings about “puberty”. the students designed the inquiry and look at issues they were concerned and wanted to learn more about it.

 

May 12

WEEK 32 – 8th MAY – 12th MAY

INTRODUCTION

We have had a wonderful week where each student has been able to work very independently on a number of personal inquiries (i.e. identity, author’s study, personal opinion writing, and measurement – angles). The quantity and quality of the work have been very effective and each student in 5S should be very proud of their achievements this week.

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.

Khalil Gibran

MATHEMATICS

This week we have been focussing on two mathematical strands: numeracy and measurement/angles. The students have selected their level for learning and we have had some great discussions about using different strategies to find solutions to the given problems.

Here is an example of one of our students work NUMBER SENSE DOCUMENT. Each student has been able to reflect and has identified areas for future improvement.

We have started a new unit on angles (measurement, classification, and drawing). Our work has been based on how we can draw angles and the use of a protractor to construct angles. Please check one of our students work to visualize how angles can be measured, constructed classified and drawn.

MEASUREMENT – ANGLES

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we have been working on our AUTHOR’S STUDY. We have looked at a number of reading strategies, Most of the students have moved to their second book.

here is a sample of what each student is working on. Enjoy the reading. AUTHOR’S STUDY.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We have worked on our opinion personal writing pieces of work.

  1. OPINION WRITING

Beagles are the best pets!

Have you ever wanted a great pet that is very fun to have or to play with? Well, I believe that Beagles are the greatest pet that you can get. Beagles are incredibly cute because they are small dogs that have long floppy ears. Beagles are super loyal to their owners because they can detect human emotions. They are funny, playful, energetic and friendly dogs and therefore they are great family pets. They are small dogs that never seem to grow. If you are sad a Beagle will always cheer you up. They might not listen very well but that makes it extra fun to train them. Not only are Beagles the best dogs but they are the 5th most popular dog breed and they are the 3rd most bought to breed. Beagles are the best pets!

 

The first reason that Beagles are the best pets is that they are Incredibly cute. They have long floppy ears, black brown and white fluffy fur, and they always stay small dogs and that combination seems to make them incredibly cute. They seem to make funny actions for example just run around the house for absolutely no reason and them also sometimes just follow small insects around for a very long time. When a Beagles is sniffing something their nose is very cute. Beagles are incredibly cute!

 

The second reason that Beagles are the best pet is that they are very loyal to their owners. They are always very happy to see you when you come back home, and they always seem to be wanting to play with you. If you lie down on the couch a Beagle will always lie down with you. If you are sad a Beagle will try to cheer you up. They can do this because they can detect your emotions. They will cheer you up by trying to play with you or just simply be staying around you and that always helps. Beagle’s might get carried away easily but they remain a super loyal pet!

 

The third and final reason is that Beagles are great family pets. They are friendly dogs even though they have hunting instincts. they love anyone that they meet. They are super playful and energetic dogs. They do not bite easily which means that most kids will not be scared of them. They are small dogs and they always stay small so they will not be taller than a toddler. They are super cute and therefore every kid loves them. Beagles are a great family pet!

 

In conclusion, Beagles are the best possible pet you can have or that you can get. They are super cute small dogs that have long floppy ears and that are energetic. They are incredibly loyal to their owners and they can detect a human’s emotions. Beagle’s are super great family pets because they are friendly, playful, energetic, cute and funny dogs that are small so it is not larger than most toddlers. If you are getting a pet get a Beagle. Beagle’s are the best pet that anyone can have!

 

Daan Storm Verschoof

UNIT of INQUIRY

This week we have been focussing on our Finding Out stage of the inquiry. Each student has been able to share their own ideas about their identity and has shown this in a very creative way.

Stage of the Inquiry: FINDING OUT – 1

 

Audio Essays Response to the recording – Personal Thinking Main Ideas How does this recording HELPS you to figure out IDENTITY?

 

Stage of the Inquiry: FINDING OUT – 2

 

Draw a graphic organizer. Put  your name in the middle. Around the outside of your name, list as many “Identity identifiers” about you as you can.

What did you come up with?

– How is your visual organizer information different than your neighbours sitting next to you?

– Do you share any similarities or differences?

 

Stage of the Inquiry: FINDING OUT – 3

 

What influences people’s identity (causation)?

Find images that best represent who you are, think about your hopes, goals, hobbies, likes, dislikes, wants, fears, thinking, etc

 

Stage of the Inquiry: FINDING OUT – 4

 

Tip of the Iceberg – Use this organiser to represent your ideas about identity. Think about what is visible and what are the hidden elements of “identity”.

 

Stage of the Inquiry: FINDING OUT – 5

 

POETRY – Create a poem that talks about your identity – we need 3 stanzas and you need to record your poem but you can not use your face.

 

May 8

WEEK 31 – 1st MAY – 5th MAY

INTRODUCTION

Sports Day 2017

Happy Golden Week! We have had a very short but fruitful week. We used a lot of our time to reflect on our Exhibition and then we looked at different ways to implement our actions as a result of our exhibition work. Now we are focussing on a number of different activities. For language, we are looking at opinion writing and focussing on an author. For mathematics, we are looking at number strategies and we have started our new unit of inquiry and looking people’s identities.

MATHEMATICS

For the next few weeks, we will be looking at different numeracy skills and strategies. our focus is to look at more difficult problems for:

  • rounding to 100,000 and 1,000,000
  • comparing large numbers
  • writing numbers in expanded form
  • negative numbers and
  • order of operations

Each student has been given a level they want to work at and develop their own ideas where they think they should b eat. They reflect on what they have learned and describe the process they have used to find the correct answers.

NUMBER SENSE –

 

READER’S WORKSHOP

We continue to work with our Author’s study. Each student has selected a particular author and has chosen a number of books that relate to them and we continue to work with a number of reading strategies aimed at developing strong reading skills.



DAAN AUTHOR’S STUDY

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

OPINION WRITING

Convince your reader: Provide examples and reasons to make your opinion clearer.

 

Sentence Starters Transitions to use in each paragraph Transitions to use in your conclusion
  • In my opinion
  • I think
  • I strongly believe
  • I feel
  • My favourite
  • For example/instance
  • Another reason
  • In addition/additionally
  • First, second, thirdly and finally
  • In conclusion
  • For all the reasons given
  • To summarise
  • To sum it up
  • As you can see
  1. Topic to be shared
People should not have a diary

 

2. Title for your opinion writing
Your Secrets Stay With You

 

3. Start your opinion clearly in a single complete sentence
In my opinion, people should not have a diary to write in.

 

4. Convince your reader: Provide examples and reasons to make your opinion clearer.

 

  1. REASON

People can be able to unlock a diary, even with a key. This will release your secrets which is the opposite point of a diary.

  1. EXAMPLE
  2. These videos are how to pick a diary lock with household materials.

LINK
LINK  

              

LINK   

 

b. REASON
The best way for people to express themselves is to speak, not to write.
b. EXAMPLE
LINK(STUDY)  A study has shown that 67% out of 100% speak to express their feeling and emotions.

 

c. REASON
Even if a diary is a password or voice protected, people can still get into your diary. People can record your voice, hack into it, and even unscrew the screws to get into your diary.
c. EXAMPLE
LINK(VIDEO) This is the video of a person getting into a voice protected diary. The person just uses a screwdriver, that’s it.

 

5. Conclusion


UNIT of INQUIRY

We have started our new inquiry and we are looking at people’s identities and what makes us who we are.

An Inquiry into  beliefs and values; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures.

 

Central idea: A person’s identity is shaped by a range of factors.

 

key concepts (form, function, causation, change, connection, perspective, responsibility, reflection) to be emphasized within this inquiry? 

·              causation

Students to be able to analyze and explain the factors that shape a person’s identity.

Key questions: What affects your identity? Why do those things affect your identity?

·              connection

Students to be able to identify the different ways they and others behave based on their identity.

Key questions: What are the differences and similarities in your identity behaviors and others? What have you done to accept and/or respect others?

·              responsibility

Students to be aware that everyone comes from a different place and be able to accept and respect similarities and differences.

 

Related Concepts:  identity, spirituality, diversity, perception, tolerance,

Oral language: listening, speaking, visual –

observable forms of communication

 

What lines of inquiry will define the scope of the inquiry into the central idea?

·                    What influences people’s identity (causation)

·                    How identity influences the way people behave (connection)

·                    How people use their awareness of differences to interact with others (responsibility)

 

Teacher Questions

  • What affects your identity?  causation
  • Why do those things affect your identity?  causation
  • What are the differences and similarities in your identity behaviors and others? connection
  • What have you done to accept and/or respect others? connection
  • With an understanding of people’s difference, how do you interact with others? responsibility
  • What is your responsibility interacting with others who are similar or different to you?  responsibility

FINAL CHECKLIST

WEEKLY NOTICES

This week we celebrated Felix’s birthday- thank you for the yummy cakes

April 26

WEEK 30 – 24th APRIL – 28th APRIL

EXHIBITION WEEK


What a great week!!!! Each student in 5S should be very proud of their achievement. They have worked extremely hard to acquire new learning, make new connections and to think and take concrete action on their chosen inquiries. Our focus now is to record and discuss our next steps and how we will be reaching out to our local community and share our passion. Some students have already started this process and they have held a number of class talks, speak to different organisations about their concerns and possible ideas.

EXHIBITION MOVIE 2017 – YIS 5S

Our opening night was a great success, students were able to share with their parents and they were able to describe their learning with great confidence and with a strong sense of knowledge and accuracy.

GRADE 5S REFLECTIONS

Name 3 Things I have learned about myself during the Exhibition
Rachel
  • I learned that, if I put my mind to something and I am really passionate about something, I can achieve my goal.
  • I learned that if I am prepared and I know my topic well, I do not have to worry and be stressed about my exhibition because I will be ready for it.
  • I learned that I should not get off track and I should keep track of time and not get distracted.
Truitt
  • I learned that when I really understand and are interested in your topic, I can achieve anything and have fun!
  • I learned that hard work can pay off even when the journey seems like the worst, the experience can be the best. I think that this is important because it happens to everybody in the world.
  • I learned that kids age 3-5 and adults can still understand my topic and be interested in my topic in terms of the way that I explain to my audience. Emil was here Emil was here Emil was here Emil was here Emil was here Emil was here
Kano
  • I learned that I can explain things to little kids, like people in elc or in kindergarten so that they can understand.
  • I learned that I need to be more creative when I am presenting things…
  • I learned that if you take a very small action, it can lead to a very big action.
Kenta
  • I learned that if I concentrate and do my best I can do a good exhibition and people will like it
  • I learned that my action have a big impact to the animals and my action means a lot and is important for the environment
  • I learned that I really love the nature so I care so I think I did a good job spreading the word and my work and my exhibition means a lot to me
Naoto
  • I learned that I can explain small kids and adult in a good talk because I talk to adult and kids in a different way, but the same thing.
  • I learned that when I work hard it makes a big different to my work because some people didn’t work as I did and that did make a difference to me and others.
  • I learned that I am brave and strong talker so other people can hear me when other students are talking. I also learned that I can talk clearly to other and not talk in low volume.
Minori
  • I learned if I was passionate about somethings, I will try my best to figure things out and tell that to people.
  • I learned that people can make a mistake because I had a lot of misunderstanding or have a mistake, but we tried to solve the problems so at last I (we) ended having an awesome time and understand many things.
  • I learned that I actually understood my topic well because when I was presenting my exhibition I explained my topic well and I think that I thought somethings that audience didn’t know about.
Rika
  • I learned that if you really understand your topic well, you can speak to the audience confidently and share your learning I have done. I also learned that before I take an action I have to interview an expert and I need to understand my topic well.
  • The challenging part was to find images that match to my facts I have on my board, then if little kids can not understand the facts, I can show them the images and show them how it looks like.
  • I enjoyed my learning because I was able to learn something I never knew. I also enjoyed my learning because I was able to talk confidently and it seemed like my audience understand that gender equality is an important issue.
Chahel
  • I learned that when you are talking speak loudly and clearly so that the audience understand what are you trying to say.
  • I learned that to be more organized in my work when I am doing an exhibition.
  • I learned that if you know your topic very well you would be confident also when you are speaking you would not be worried to speak but if you have not put the effort you would be worried to speak.
Maité
  • I learned that if I prepared you don’t need to be stressed or scared just have to enjoy talking/teaching others
  • I learned that I can explain a hard topic into different words so every age can understand
  • I learned that if you understand your topic good you can do almost everything
William
  • I learned that I can learn my topic well because when I talked to my audience I knew what I was saying and I was also very interested in my topic and I spoke to the audience confidently.
  • I learned that sometimes when I talked to someone about my topic I forgot some things like the quiz or the graphs because I had a lot of other things to talk about like my action or the importance of my topic.
  • I was not only interested in my topic but I also was interested in other people’s topics so I went to see other people’s exhibitions and it was interesting to me.
Niels
  • I learned that I am very organised in my dealings and interviews, in the way that I can manage my time and use my time wisely when interviewing someone.
  • I also learned that I am not afraid to talk in front of people and that I am always very keen to present something that I have worked very hard on and really want to present to someone.
  • I learned that I am very moody in the sense that I change the mood a lot. I learned that because when I am presenting to someone I am very enthusiastic and very dull.
Felix
  • I learn always be brave to be able to talk to other people
  • I learn that every time if you work very hard to work on your work, you will be brave to show other people your work at the very end.
  • Be loud when you are talking to other people, then other people can know what you are trying to tell them easily.
Kohki
  • I learned that you have to always be confident and brave so we can talk and teach people that come to listen to me speak. Also, you have to be brave and confident when you are interviewing somebody to learn more.
  • I learned that action is a very important thing and that you have to help our communities. I learned this when D’arcy came and talked to us about what he is doing.  
  • I learned to be more organized because I had to organize my work in the exhibition and it was first hard for me to organize myself but at the end, I could organize myself.
Annette
  • I learned that taking action or service does not mean to serve yourself or to serve others for a price, but to serve others for a good reason.
  • I learned that if I want to do something right, I need to relax/calm down, if I do not, my nerves would be so worked up that I might forget what I was supposed to be doing.
  • I also learned that I need to be confident and I need to do what I think is right, I will not always have somebody to look to when I need something, and that’s part of growing up. We need to learn to make our own decisions.
Daan
  • I learned that I have to be confident to explain my ideas clearly to the audience. I learned this because I had to present all my learning in the exhibition to the audience and when I was nervous I made more mistakes and that made it less clear to the audience.
  • I learned that I have to ask more questions to the audience while presenting my ideas. I learned this because there were younger audiences and they got bored when I talked to long.
  • I learned that I should add more pictures in my presentation because I only showed pictures at the very end and that caused some people not to listen to my presentation.  
Chaeyoon
  • I learned that I have to be confident about what I am talking about to other people so that I can have more interaction with people who come and learn about my topic
  • I learned that it was important for me to speak clearly and interact more with other people and add extra pieces of information just in case people might not understand what I am trying to tell them
  • I learned that I should be more informative to people who ask questions so that I can give them the correct pieces of information and be helpful to them
Zhansaya
  • I have learned that it is not always easy to speak to people and be confident and loud but if i tried my best people heard the message clearly. I wanted to look into the audience’s eyes just to make sure that they understood the topic clearly and I tried to be as fun as possible when presenting especially with the younger children.
  • I have also learned that the process seems so short but when you think about it is about seven to eight weeks and that is a long time. When I was doing my work and research it was a little bit stressful so the weeks went by so fast
  • Finally, I learned that this is important to be serious but it is important to have fun when you are presenting and doing the work because if it is all too serious then it will be boring for the audience and for yourself when you are working.
Kae
  • I learned that to interact with peop a e is really important thing.
  • I learned that I need to say something to convince people to come to my booth.
  • I learned that you need to really know your topic well just incase  especially with what they ask you.
Jungeun
  • I had learnt that I need to have confidence to speak out loud and clear my mind to organize the information only that I need.
  • I should be brave to ask first and make people come to my booth to make interests on my Topic.
  • I must know that I’m an expert at my topic; so I could be talking about my topic more specific and also add some information that I already more.
Emil
  • I learned about myself that I work best when I get to choice of what to learn like in the exhibition we got I choice of what we want to research about
  • I learned about myself that I can show my learning best with visual models
  • I learned about myself that I like to show my learning to different people
April 20

WEEK 29 – 17th APRIL – 21st APRIL

EXHIBITION ……Almost there……..

We are very excited as we are about to complete a very exhausting and demanding process but rewarding experience. Our displays are looking extremely creative and informative. Each student has been focussing on a particular inquiry and they have been looking at global issues with a very local perspective.

FROM THIS                       TO                                 THIS

Student Led Conferences

We were very proud of each student sharing their learning with their families. It was wonderful to see how students immersed themselves with reflections, analysis, and inferring into their learning.

April 12

WEEK 29 – 10th APRIL – 14th APRIL

Action

Guest Speaker – d’Arcy Lunn

YOU’RE NOT STUCK IN TRAFFIC – YOU ARE THE TRAFFIC

On Monday morning this week, we had guest speaker d’Arcy Lunn present about Teaspoons of Change and taking action (connected to their issues for the PYP Exhibition).

Some students were fortunate enough to speak with him in small groups to connect to their inquiries and to gain insight and ideas about purposeful and achievable action.

Some of the questions he presented included:

What is a global citizen? – Someone that makes a difference, someone who is responsible for their actions

Are you a global citizen? – Who I am – what I feel see think and do! The way I think. The actions I take

Can everyone be a global citizen? What can I do as a global citizen?

  • Create action for our community
  • Take small actions to achieve big goals
  1. Listen and learn
  2. Good people with good ideas doing good things
  3. Be a bridge – share with other and connect them to it

What are the things we can do to be a good global citizen? 

  • Use what you like (connected to) to take action
  • Create ideas for other people
  • Start with yourself and your family
  • Make an impact on the local community
  • Don’t only think up idea but put them into action to achieve change

What else can we do? The many little things we do allow are teaspoons or change that are easy to do more often such as turning off lights, not just recycling but reducing and reusing, creating a sharing economy e.g. toy libraries, book swaps, carrying your own chopsticks and plastic bags. Simple and easy but effective!

How we are connected to other things? If we are doing good things for the environment we impact in people

Further considerations…

 

How do we create big change?

Are you (and your action) help heavy and harm light?

 

 

Grade 5 Central Idea for Exhibition

WHOLE GRADE CENTRAL IDEA

Earlier in the unit, we developed central ideas related to our inquiry choices in small groups.

This week Ms. Catasti came to help us to co-create a central idea for the whole grade.

 

The process we used:

Step 1 – Individual classes developed ideas for a central idea

Step 2 – As we read them aloud we listening for key words –

  • 5H  – impact, action, community – local/global
  • 5W – change, difference, the world
  • 5S  – future, sustainable, together

Step 3 – Do these words stand out on their own and make sense?  How and why is each word important to our message? Some of the keywords might not fit anymore!

Step 4 – Can we remove any of the keywords? This was interesting as some kids were passionate about certain words.  They started to consider the understanding of the audience.

Step 5 – If we all our ideas together, what would the CI look like.

Step 6 – Students make suggestions for CI based on keywords.

A central idea is a message that’s really important to human beings – everyone should be able to access it regardless of culture, gender, age etc

It’s not about getting as many words in as possible…

It is about how these words are important and why we need to tell them to people!

 

Suggestions…

  • Together we can make a sustainable impact on our community, locally and globally.
  • Responsible action makes a change to our community
  • Individually we can make a small difference, but together we can make a big difference and impact people’s lives
  • People work together to build a sustainable future for our community
  • Together our responsible actions have a big impact on the local and global community
  • Community’s action can change the future together responsibly
  • Making an impact on the local and global community can change people’s lives and make a sustainable future
  • Together as a community we can take action and change our ways in order to create a sustainable future

AND THE FINAL OUTCOME… well, you might just have to wait for the night!

April 7

WEEK 28 – 3rd APRIL – 7th APRIL

INTRODUCTION

We have just concluded another very productive week, there has been lots of new learning taking place in our class and we are all very excited about our Exhibition. Each student is very committed to their work and their inquiries. We are currently working on our questions and answering these according to our research and the different experts helping us.

EXHIBITION JOURNAL – SAMPLE

SERVICE LEARNING and ACTION

We have completed another great service learning and action session, students love helping in our local community and the fruits of our hard work is showing clearly in how lovely the cemetery is looking. WELL DONE EVERYONE.

We celebrated Maite’s birthday and we all enjoyed the wonderful cake she shared with us all.

 

March 31

WEEK 27 27th MARCH – 31st MARCH

INTRODUCTION

This week we have been working on a number of learning activities aimed at developing closer understandings for “fractions”, “reading strategies”, “Service Learning” and our “exhibition inquiries”. Each student in 5S has been very busy working on learning a number of new things.

MATHEMATICS

We have completed our pre-assessment and we now are developing understandings on:

  • what is a fraction
  • how fractions are used every day
  • part of a fraction
  • simplifying fractions
  • making fractions equal

READER’S WORKSHOP

We continue to develop ideas about making connections to the text and the author’s message. We are working on a number of reading strategies that will continue to enable our students to understand the text better and more effectively.

READING STRATEGY

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

As part of our Exhibition, the students have been working on their research skills and they worked with Ms. Katie on how we can be effective researchers.

 

EXHIBITION

We are well underway, each student has selected their Central Idea, Inquiries Into and their key concept questions. Is is a very satisfying process and we look forward to the next stage of the inquiry – the research.

Economic decisions can have a negative or positive affect on the community.

 

Inquiries into:

  • How natural resources can be used differently to design more effective homes
  • How wasting food is a global problem that must be changed
  • Understanding the importance of clean water for our health
  • The effect that economic decisions can have in people’s’ lives

 

Key Concept Questions:

  • Why do we need to use more environmentally friendly resources in our homes?(RESPONSIBILITY)
  • How can we plan our homes more effectively and thinking about “space”?(CHANGE)
  • Why do we waste so much food and what can I do to change this? (CAUSATION, RESPONSIBILITY)
  •   What effective ways can I use to use food more responsibly?

       (RESPONSIBILITY)

  • Why is water important for our daily diet? (CAUSATION)
  • How communities can work together to provide clean water for everyone? (FUNCTION)
  • Can strong and stable economies have a positive effect in a community? (CAUSATION)
  • Is the Japanese economy having an effect in the lives of poor people? (CONNECTION)

 

TRUITT – DAAN – CHAEYOON – NIELS

 

Human’s choices have an impact on people’s lives and habitats.

 

Inquiries into:

  • How animal shelters help to restore pets to a healthy life
  • People care about animals and their welfare
  • Animal extinction is not a threat – it is real
  • How Japan benefits from the Ivory trade
  • Understanding the importance of keeping pets healthy
  • Long term effects of animal cruelty
  • Understanding how natural disasters can impact our lives
  • How communities react and overcome natural disasters

 

Key Concept Questions:

  • Why do we have animal shelters in Yokohama? (FORM)
  • What can we do to protect animals from cruelty?( FUNCTION)
  • How is ivory used and for what purposes? (CAUSATION)
  • Why we must take action to stop the killing of African elephants now? (CHANGE)
  • What happens to animals that have been mistreated? (CHANGE)
  • Why do we need to take good care of domestic pets? (RESPONSIBILITY)
  • What is the most effective way to be prepared for when a natural disaster strike?(FORM)
  • How can I teach others about the importance of being prepared for when a natural disaster takes place? (PERSPECTIVE)

 

MINORI – KENTA – JUNGEUN – MAITE

 

Our actions can have a positive impact on Climate change .

 

Inquiries into:

  • How plastic is destroying our oceans
  • How does rubbish affect the oceans
  • The effect of climate change to our environment
  • How can I make a difference to the community
  • Understanding the purpose of recycling and the effects in our environment
  • Positive and negative outcomes of recycling

 

Key Concept Questions:

  • How do our oceans suffer because of trash? (FUNCTION)
  • Is there a better way to get rid of our trash? (RESPONSIBILITY)
  • Can I do anything about climate change – what, why and how? (RESPONSIBILITY)
  • What is climate change? (FUNCTION/FORM)
  • How does recycling work? (FUNCTION)
  • What can I do to tell others about the importance of recycling (CONNECTION)

 

KAE – CHAHEL – FELIX

 

The future and the growth of children is the result of healthy communities.

 

Inquiries into:

  • The importance of exercising every day to maintain a healthy body and mind
  • The negative effects that lack of exercise can do to someone’s life
  • The importance of sleep in our health
  • Steps a person must take to develop a healthy lifestyle
  • How a healthy diet can have a positive effect on us
  • Why is it important to promote healthy products?
  • Digital tools can have negative effect in our health
  • Computers are part of our lifestyle

 

Key Concept Questions:

  • What exercises can I do to stay healthy? (FUNCTION)
  • What negative effects the lack of exercise can have in my life? (CAUSATION)
  • What is the effect of the overuse of digital tools have on our health? (Form)
  • What steps can I take to promote responsibility when using digital tools at home and school? (Responsibility)

 

KANO –  WILLIAM – ZHANSAYA – NAOTO

 

We Can Make The World A Better Place by Providing Every Child with a Strong Education and Skills

 

Inquiries into:

  • The importance of education in people’s lives
  • Education can change people’s lives for the better
  • The importance of learning new languages
  • The most effective way to learn a new language
  • Girls have the same rights as boys
  • How gender inequality happens in some communities

 

Key Concept Questions:

  • How can education improve someone’s life?
  • Can we be successful without education?
  • Why is it important to learn a new language?
  • What is the most efficient way to learn a new language?
  • What is gender inequality?
  • How can we promote gender equality in my community effectively?

 

ANNETTE – RACHEL – RIKA

 

Using renewable sources of energy will provide communities a more sustainable future   

 

Inquiries into:

  • Solar energy is the most effective form of energy to use in long term
  • The importance of using renewable sources of energy
  • Effects in our communities of using nonrenewable and renewable sources of energy

 

Key Concept Questions:

  • What is better – using non renewable or renewable sources of energy and how do we know? ( PERSPECTIVE)
  • What can we do to be more responsible when using energy? (RESPONSIBLE)
  • What are the different forms of renewable energy? (Form)
  • What positive steps I need to take to be more efficient when using energy? (CHANGE)

 

EMIL – KOHKI


 

March 26

WEEK 26 6th MARCH – 10th MARCH

INTRODUCTION

We have been very busy developing ideas and looking for ways to explore issues that are relevant to us and important to our local community. Our approach is very much geared up to THINK GLOBAL – ACT LOCAL. We are very pleased to see that each student has been able to develop a line of inquiry and has tackled a local issue that is important to them.

 

Sustainable Cities and Communities

TRUITT

Climate Action

FELIX

Zero Hunger

DAAN

 

Inquiries into

 

  • How natural resources can be used differently to design more effective homes
  • People can use environmentally friendly resources to decorate their homes
  • Understanding the purpose of recycling and the effects in our environment
  • Positive and negative outcomes of recycling
  • How wasting food is a global problem that must be changed.
  • The long term effect of food wasting.
  1. Why do we need to use more environmentally friendly resources in our homes?(RESPONSIBILITY)
  1. How can we plan our homes more effectively and thinking about “space”?(CHANGE)
  1. How does recycling work? (function)
  1. What can I do to tell others about the importance of recycling (Connection)
  1. Why do we waste so much food and what can I do to change this (CAUSATION, RESPONSIBILITY)?
  1.   What effective ways can I use to use food more responsibly?

(RESPONSIBILITY)

 

Good Health and Well Being

KANO

Life on Land

KENTA

Climate Action

KAE

 

Inquiries into

 

  • The importance of exercising every day to maintain a healthy body and mind
  • The negative effects that lack of exercise can do to someone’s life
  • Animal extinction is not a threat – it is real
  • How Japan benefits from the Ivory trade
  • How plastic is destroying our oceans
  • How does rubbish affect the oceans.
  1. What exercises can I do to stay healthy?
  1. What negative effects the lack of exercise can have in my life?
  1. How is ivory used and for what purposes? (causation)
  1. Why we must take action to stop the killing of African elephants now? (Change)
  1. How do our oceans suffer because of trash? ( FUNCTION )
  1. Is there a better way to get rid of our trash? ( RESPONSIBILITY )

 

Life on Land

JUNGEUN

Life on Land

MAITE

Climate Action

CHAHEL

 

Inquiries into

 

  • Understanding the importance of keeping pets healthy
  • Long term effects of animal cruelty
  • Understanding how natural disasters can impact our lives
  • How communities react and overcome natural disasters
  • The effect of climate change to our environment
  • How can I make a difference
  1. What happens to animals that have been mistreated?
  1. Why do we need to take good care of domestic pets?
  1. What is the most effective way to be prepared for when a natural disaster strike?
  1. How can I teach others about the importance of being prepared for when a natural disaster takes place?
  1. Can I do anything about climate change – what, why and how?
  1. What is climate change?

 

Life on Land

MINORI

Good Health and Well Being

WILLIAM

Good Health and Well Being

NAOTO

 

Inquiries into

 

  • How animal shelters help to restore pets to a healthy life
  • People care about animals and their welfare
  • The importance of sleep in our health
  • Steps a person must take to develop a healthy lifestyle
  • Digital tools can have negative effect in our health
  • Computers are part of our lifestyle
  1. Why do we have animal shelters in Yokohama?
  1. What can we do to protect animals from cruelty?
  1. Do computers have a negative effect in our health? (Perspective)
  1. What are the steps to a positive and healthy lifestyle? (Form)
  1. What is the effect of the overuse of digital tools have on our health? (Form)
  1. What steps can I take to promote responsibility when using digital tools at home and school? (Responsibility)

 

Good Health and Well Being

ZHANSAYA

Affordable and Clean Energy

KOKHI

Affordable and Clean Energy

EMIL

 

Inquiries into

 

  • How a healthy diet can have a positive effect on us
  • The importance of choosing healthy products in our lives
  • The importance of using renewable sources of energy
  • Effects in our communities of using nonrenewable and renewable sources of energy
  • Solar energy is the most effective form of energy to use in the long term
  1. Why is important to promote healthy products?
  1. What are the long term effects of eating “junk” food?
  1. What is better – using non renewable or renewable sources of energy and how do we know? ( PERSPECTIVE)
  1. What can we do to be more responsible when using energy? (RESPONSIBLE)
  1. How do solar panels work? (FUNCTION)
  1. What positive steps I need to take to be more efficient when (CHANGE)

 

Clean Water and Sanitation

CHAEYOON

Quality Education

ANNETTE

Decent work and economic Growth

NIELS

 

Inquiries into

 

  • Understanding the importance of clean water for our health
  • How communities are affected when they have no access to clean water
  • The importance of learning new languages
  • Understanding what makes strong and stable economies
  • The effect that economic decisions can have in people’s’ lives
  1. Why is water important for our daily diet?
  1. How communities can work together to provide clean water for everyone?
  1. Why is it important to learn a new language?
  1. What is the most effective way to learn a new language?
  1. Can strong and stable economies have a positive effect in a community?
  1. Is the Japanese economy having an effect in the lives of poor people?

 

Quality Education

RACHEL

Gender Equality

RIKA

 

Inquiries into

 

  • The importance of education in people’s lives
  • Education can change people’s lives for the better
  • Girls have the same rights as boys
  • How gender inequality happens in some communities
  1. How can education improve someone’s life? (Change, Causation)
  1. Can we be successful without education? (Causation)
  1. What is gender inequality? (Form)

    

  1. How can we promote gender equality in my community effectively? (Connection)