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)

 

March 5

WEEK 25 3rd MARCH – 7th MARCH

INTRODUCTION

We have started a very exciting EXHIBITION 2017, every student in 5S is very keen to get going, we are looking at HOW WE ORGANISE OURSELVES, our theme relates well to goes around us and what impact we can have in our local communities. We look forward to the process of learning new things and learn about ourselves as we go along.

EXHIBITION 2017

On Monday we kicked off with an introduction to exhibition with photos from the previous year – ‘starting with the end in mind’

On Tuesday we looked at the Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Organise Ourselves and what this entails. We also had a visit from the grade 6 students who worked through the exhibition process last year. Our question session with grade 6 students focussed on:

  • HOW you chose what you wanted to inquire into?
  • WHY you chose it?
  • WHAT you did as part of your Exhibition – where you went, what resources you used, who you spoke to etc.

Some further conversation had us reflecting on when we viewed the Grade 10 ‘Personal Project’ Exhibition. Our conversation focussed on

  • What impressed us? What topics or projects most interested us?
  • WHY? What did the student DO to help us to understand their issue?
  • What resources did the student use? Think about people they talked to, places they went, online resources, library resources and others
  • What did we think could have been done better?

As the students were so engrossed listening to the grade 6 students we followed up on this on Wednesday. We talked about what ‘stuck with us’, what we could use to help us in our own inquiries in the coming weeks.

On Thursday we looked at the ‘Sphere of Influence’.  A Circle of Influence encompasses those concerns that we can do something about. They are concerns that we have some control over. As opposed to A Circle of Concern, the wide range of concerns we have, such as our health, our children, problems at work, the amount of government borrowing, or the threat of war.

And finally Friday.  Today we started thinking about the possibilities. Students had the opportunity to collect great ideas by looking at ideas generated through class Padlets 2016.

In relation to making decisions regarding making a decision, we are encouraging the students to ‘keep it in mind, and keep open minded to all possibilities!’ We have all next week to explore before making a final decision.

Phew… what a productive week!

 

 

 

February 27

WEEK 24 20th FEBRUARY – 24th February

INTRODUCTION

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.

MATHEMATICS

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!!!!!

INTEGERS GAMES REVIEW
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.

 

READER’S WORKSHOP

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.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

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

 

UNIT of INQUIRY

EXPRESSING ART

WEEKLY NOTICES

IMPORTANT EVENTS

EXHIBITION 2017

February 19

WEEK 23 13th FEBRUARY – 17th February

INTRODUCTION

This week we were able to do some really interesting things. We completed out ISA tests, we had a visiting artist, we worked on our persuasive essays and we also celebrated choosing Maite as the student of the week and we helped once again with collecting fruit for the Chiku Center. We were busy working on developing ideas to measure distance and capacity. We started our second novel for our Literary Circles unit. We are very excited to complete our persuasive essays and look forward to sharing them with Grade 4 students next week.

MATHEMATICS

We worked with great enthusiasm to understand how to measure distance in practical ways. Students build paper planes and then tested the total distance a paper plane can travel. Students measured the distance for 10 different flights and then converted into larger and smaller units (mm, m, and km).
       

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we focussed on developing our understanding of our first book and we were able to write some creative book reviews. Each student was able to express their ideas with great clarity and accuracy. Great work.

BOOK REVIEW

Reading Strategy:

TITLE:
Main Character – describe
Story: brief outline but in the right order.
Plot – what happens, is it believable or exciting.
Characters – do you like or dislike them?

Do they seem real?

Language – did the words do their job well?
Are the events in the story well described? Explain.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We were incredibly busy working on our persuasive essays. What a wonderful effort, we are so impressed with the quality of ideas, creative topics and wonderful writing. WELL DONE EVERYONE

Are Paintings the Best type of Art for someone to express themselves?

Paintings are one of the best ways that somebody can express themselves. Painters think that painting is the best way to express yourself. Other people think that that is not true and think other types of art are better, for example, they think music and theatre are the best types of art to express yourself. People who believe that paintings are the best type of art to express yourself are those that can share their ideas, moods and feelings through painting. There are many ways you can express yourself through paintings, for example, somebody can express themselves through the organic or geometric abstract. Is it a good idea for someone to express themselves through paintings? The answer is an absolute yes.

First of all, it is easy to express emotions through paintings. Many colours have been known to represent an emotion, for example, blue means sad and bright colours mean happy. You can use colours to express yourself in almost every type of painting. Many famous artists, for example, Van Gogh used and use this strategy. Many of Van Gogh’s self-portraits had blue in the background to express himself which probably means he is sad or is feeling a negative emotion (Nation Gallery of Art). Using colours to represent emotions makes painting a good way for people to express themselves.

Secondly painting something realistically allows someone to express themselves easily, for example, painting a picture of a facial expression to express emotions or painting a picture of a culture to express a culture. Yamato-e is a type of Japanese art which use paintings to express stories. Yamato-e paintings are a realistic type of art(met museum). The strategy of painting stories was also used in ancient Rome and ancient Greece(Ducksters). Painting realistically has been used a long time for people to express themselves. People can paint almost anything realistically to express themselves.

Some people may argue that paintings are not the best way for someone to express themselves is that it can be hard to understand what the artist is expressing if it is not painted realistically. It can also be confusing if the author is not expressing himself through colours and it may take a long time for someone to figure out if the author is expressing himself through colours. If the artist uses a wide variety of colours it may be hard for the audience to understand which emotions the artist is expressing. Music is an easier way for the audience to understand what the musician is expressing because when somebody signs they use language to express themselves and almost everyone understands the language if it is a language they understand.

In conclusion, paintings are the best way for somebody to express themselves. It is absolutely amazing for someone to use colours to express their emotions, feelings, ideas and special memories and someone does not even have to be able to paint realistically to express themselves through paintings. If someone can paint realistically they can paint their culture, traditions, hobbies, beliefs and values to express themselves. It can be hard for an audience to understand what an artist is expressing or if the artist is expressing something however painting still remains the best way for someone to express themselves.

Daan V

UNIT of INQUIRY

WEEKLY NOTICES

  1. Remember to bring your P.E. uniform to your sports lessons next week.
  2. ONE piece of fruit per person makes a wonderful difference each week to our friends from the Chiku Centre. Keep it up!!!
  3. Maite was chosen our STUDENT OF THE WEEK!!! – She is someone who is always willing to help others and tries her very best always. Great Work – Well Done

IMPORTANT EVENTS

We visited The Grand Hotel of Yokohama. Dr D’Amato was very informative and he showed us many of the historical landmarks in Motomachi, we looked at these from the perspective of architecture and beauty. We learned a great deal about local influences and western influences in the buildings of the area. THANK YOU, Dr D’AMATO

February 8

WEEK 22 5th FEBRUARY – 9th February

INTRODUCTION

This has been a very short but immensely productive week, students have finished their final assessments for mathematics, reading and are very busy working with their study in how we express ourselves. We have also started our rice drive for the Chiku Centre.

 

We have been busy constructing a timeline for the major periods in the Japanese history. Each student has been given a period of time and research about the main events and artistic introductions for their particular period.

2. INQUIRING ABOUT THE DIFFERENT HISTORICAL STAGES/PERIODS OF JAPANESE HISTORY

 

Period Yayoi
Approximate dates 300BC – 300AD
Significant Facts
  • Arts

In the Yayoi period, people expressed themselves through arts by making pots out of coiling clay. The surface of the pot would most likely be smooth In the Yayoi period the also made things out of stone, bronze and iron which were mostly weapons. The pots and weapons had a lot of different forms.

  • Beliefs

In the ceremonies, the Yayoi people used bronze items such as mirrors, bells and weapons specially made for the ceremonies. They split the graves between the important people and the public people. The important people got ceremonial goods with them in their graves.

  • Culture

In the Yayoi culture, the people lived in a village where they would live for the rest of their lives. The houses were made out of thatch. It was part of the culture for the women to make the pots. Rice farming was the best way to become wealthy. Rice farming is part of the Yayoi culture.

  • History

The people in the Yayoi period were really good at making metal, iron and bronze. It was a tradition to celebrate the celebrations about their gods with bronze items such as mirrors and bells. The Yayoi period is known best for its pottery and rice farming. They introduced a new type of pottery.

  • Values

The people in the Yayoi period valued their pottery and arts that they made. The people in the Yayoi period also valued their beliefs and ceremonies for their gods a lot because to them their gods are really special. They also valued rice farming because it was one of their biggest sources of food and it was part of their culture.

 

Sources

http://www.ancient.eu/Yayoi_Period/

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/yayo/hd_yayo.htm

https://www.jref.com/articles/yayoi-period.188/