March 31

WEEK 27 27th MARCH – 31st MARCH


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.


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


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.



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.



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?


  • 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)




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)




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)




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)




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?




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)




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