Next week we will be celebrating Kindness Week at ISS. In order to promote kindness, students will be tracking acts of kindness at school and at home on a chart displayed in the classroom. On Monday, they will bring home a copy of the checklist so they can check off any progress they make. Students who complete 15 or more acts of kindness next week will receive a certificate at Friday’s Assembly. Here is a copy of the letter that will come home in the homework folder on Monday.
The fifth graders have come such a long way with fractions! This week they used fraction multiplication to convert unit measures, such as feet to inches, cups to pints, and ounces to pounds. Next week they will use what they know about multiplying fractions to solve problems with scaling. We have also been working hard on problem-solving skills. Students are much more comfortable with mutli-step problems, and have learned many important strategies for solving them, such as working backwards, drawing a diagram, and writing math sentences.
Now that we’ve finished our nonfiction novel Promises to Keep, we’ve been focusing on nonfiction writing. This week, fifth graders brainstormed topics of interest and narrowed down their topics with the help of Ms. Fiona and our wonderful ISS library. Students will be using at least one print source and one online source in order to write an informative essay about their chosen topic. This includes an introduction paragraph, 2-3 supporting body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph, linked together with transition words (in addition, moreover, furthermore, in conclusion). Next week they’ll be researching their topic and organizing their ideas. Ask your fifth grader what they chose to write about!
Enthusiasm is high for the upcoming science fair (March 9)! Students have signed up to work in a collaborative group in order to research and present on one system of the human body. This week, we found interesting facts, researched illnesses and ways to keep healthy, and started our bibliographies using EasyBib. Next week we’ll be preparing an oral explanation of how the system works to share with guests at the science fair, and drawing life-size posters of the body system.
As a part of our culture unit, this week we talked about belief systems. I was really impressed by how mature and respectful the fifth graders during our discussion of the many different types of belief systems in our world. Students chose one belief system to study in more detail, and will be working next week to learn more about their chosen religion and create a Google Slide presentation for their classmates. They’re getting a lot of practice with their research skills this quarter!
Student bloggers: Aiden and Jordi
We had the best week in the world. We played soccer we love it the girls played soccer with the boys. We were really happy because it was valentine's day. We did a lot of valentine’s day activities like a mystery math problem. It has been a great week.