February 27

WEEK 24 20th FEBRUARY – 24th February


We had a fantastic week, we were involved in a number of great activities, we have learnt many new things and we had a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our learning for a number of subjects. It has been very pleasant to see how far we have come with our Persuasive Essays, the published pieces are just “fantastic”, well crafted and full of wonderful ideas. We have completed our first novel for our Literary Circles work. We are now working on our second novel and looking forward to using our READING STRATEGIES to strengthening our skills. We have had lots of time to reflect on our HOW WE EXPRESS OURSELVES unit and students have been very effective at describing their new learning, their new thinking and have looked at ways how to take action.


We have completed our study on learning about Capacity and how liquids can fit in a container. We have used a number of tools to measure in practical ways how to measure liquids and use different measurement systems to record these.

We have started our new unit based on Numbers (Integers and Order of Operations). Some of the new concepts have been difficult to acquire but we have been working with different online tools to develop our ideas. By the end of the week, students were able feeling more positive about working with negative numbers when using the four basic operations. A GREAT ACHIEVEMENT!!!!!

Adding and Subtracting Integers I think that this game was very helpful for me to develop a couple more integers strategies that work when adding and subtracting them. This integers game gave me some ways to develop a new understanding of integers.
Adding Integers This integers game has really helped me to add integers under pressure. It has probably pushed my memory further as well to remember all of these equations. And it has probably made me faster as well.



Students have worked on reviewing some important aspects of their novels. They have focussed on a number of Reading Strategies. Great reading thinking. Well done.


As we move on to our second persuasive essay we were able to change the format of our work and this time around we have focussed on developing a theme by using a common topic and working in groups of five students. Each student was allocated to a specific part of the essay (i.e. introduction or argument 2). The collaborating process was fantastic and students were able to develop ideas together. GREAT WORK 5S

Why the United States of America should look for a different election system

The United states of America uses a presidential election system called the electoral college. This system gives each state an amount of points called  “electors”. The amount of “electors” each state gets depends on how many people of the congress are in the state. The candidate that gets two hundred seventy  “electors” first will become the new president. That president can choose his new vice president. One person may only be president for eight years maximum however if a president wants to be president for eight years he has to be elected as president twice. There are many disadvantages and reasons why the electoral college system is a bad way for a country (United States of America) to choose their president. Further in this piece of writing it will say the three most important reasons why the electoral college system should go away from the United States of America.  The writer strongly believes that the United States of America should change the electoral college system to another fairer presidential election system.

It is unfair because a president can have more votes than the other that president and can still lose the election, making the election system unfair. The writer strongly believes that this system should change so that whoever has the most votes wins the election. Electoral votes should not be used anymore in the United States of America elections. Electoral votes are unfair because as it says in the Washington post one elector in California represents 712,000 people and in Wyoming one elector represents 195,000 people. The writer did a survey on 33 people in the Grade 5 of YIS, 5 of them were not sure if it was fair or not, 25 people thought that the US election system was unfair and out of 33 people, only 3 thought the US election system was fair.

Another reason why the United States should change their election system, is because of the age of the voting is from about 18 years old in all states… The government should let younger kids vote. This is because more than 80 million people in the US don’t vote on election day (vox.com). Maybe the kids can notice something about the president, that the adults did not. I think that it is very unfair that only adults can vote because they think that kids don’t understand… People should also let kids vote because then kids can learn more about the government, and they can also learn to make better life decisions. They can also learn how to express themselves, and to be independent.

Lastly, Another reason the Electoral College system is unfair is that some states have a bigger impact on the electoral college because for example Arizona has the most powerful voters even though it does not have the most voters (Wallethub.com) but all the states choose their representatives in the electoral college and they technically choose the candidate to be the future president which means that the popular votes don’t have that much impact on the electoral college system.(Vox.com). The writer strongly believes that the electoral college should not be used and the candidate with the most popular votes should be picked as the president.

To conclude this piece, the writers have given lots of opinions and evidence. Starting off with the introduction, the first writer stated about what the rest of the essay was going to about saying that everyone will be writing against the US electoral college. In the first argument, the second writer states about how the candidate who gets more votes doesn’t automatically win the election. There is evidence supporting these details which make their facts and evidence truly. Overall, this group thinks that the US electoral college is unfair and should be changed. There are simple solutions to each one of these problems. The first argument, is simply that the US election system is completely unfair. The second argument, kids(above 12) should be able to vote, is a good and fair solution. This is good because kids can learn about the US government system. Also, it will help kids learn how to be independent and make choices that will help them to learn how to become a grownup. The third argument, different states get a different amount of points, is wrong. People may say that since the population is bigger, it will be fair because more people live in that state. But we say that it would be better if all states got the same amount because it would make the US electoral college voting system easier for the president and the election systems. This would make the USA more relaxed and be better for elections that are to come.


Niels, Daan, Kano, Truitt and Zhansaya







Posted February 27, 2017 by saezm in category Uncategorized

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