Monday, November 5, 2018

Our new unit, Human Choices Affect Natural Systems which comes under the transdisciplinary theme, Sharing the Planet, began last week. We started off with a provocation whereby students had to explore the playground and the surrounding areas in order to find and draw things from the natural world. Many of the students were quite excited about some of the things that they found when they used their magnifying glasses to examine everyday object in nature that they were used to seeing  (plants, flowers, spiders, etc).  After this, students reflected on the task.

In this unit we will be inquiring into:

  • Natural systems (function)
  • Factors affecting natural systems (causation)
  • Choices people make (change)

Last Friday we celebrated Halloween as a community. We started with a school-wide costume parade in the early morning, and then spent the rest of the day visiting the Halloween games event that the fifth graders did an excellent job of putting on. In the afternoon, there was a bake sale to raise money for breast cancer awareness, and one of our very own second graders – Mildy – made soap at home and set up her own booth to sell the soap in order to help raise money.

In writing during this UOI, we will begin to learn how to organize our reasons and support them in order to write persuasively. This is a huge step for the students as they will need to spend quite a bit of time preparing before they actually write, and then thinking more deeply about their opinions in order to support them.

In math, we will be focusing on data handling. This includes creating surveys and recording the results using pictographs, bar graphs, etc.

In reading, we will continue to focus on both fiction and non-fiction readings, and the students will begin to use skills to break down questions in order to use the key words to find the answers in the reading passages. We will also be reading quite a bit about nature, especially animals, and this would be a great chance for parents to share any interests they may have in the natural world with their child.


Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Tuning in –  Natural Systems – What are habitats and who lives in them?

Language Arts – Persuasive writing/speaking, guided reading

Math – Data handling, surveys, pictographs


Upcoming dates

Tuesday, November 6 – Field Trip to Metro Forest

Wednesday, November 7 – So You Think You Can Dance competition

Wednesday, December 5 – In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol’s
Birthday (school closed)

Monday, December 10 – Constitution Day/ Professional
Development Day (school closed)

Friday, December 14 – End of Term 1/ PS Holiday Concert

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