Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Reading Buddies

Grade 5A displays caring and cooperative skills with their Grade 2A by reading to each other every Day 7.

5A  Mathematics - Shapes and Space Unit 

Objective:   Analyse, classify, and visualise 2D and 3D shapes using geometric vocabulary.

Activity:  Students construct the 2D and 3D shapes by their properties using clay and toothpicks.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

SIS Elementary Picture Book Contest 2016

We would like to congratulate all the girls who submitted manuscripts (story writing and pictures) for this contest and announce the winners.

 Grade 5 joint winners

Book Title: The Three Honey Wars

The bees came, prepared for attack… The butterflies came, prepared for war. 

As soon as the books are published a copy will be available for checkout from the ES Media Centre.

Semester 2 Learning Outcomes

As a whole Elementary School goal we are aiming to provide parents with more insight into the teaching and learning across different subject areas.  As well as keeping you informed on recent events and classroom learning engagements through regular updates on grade-level blogs, we would like parents to access the curriculum learning outcomes for all areas.  You can download these learning outcomes for Grade Five by clicking on the link below.  Alternatively, you can download the learning outcomes from all grade levels from our website here.

Demonstrating and setting up fitness stations in PE as they inquiry about Health Related Fitness

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Exploring Shape and Space

Students have been exploring Shape and Space during a math investigation.  Particularly, students have been classifying and analysing 2D shapes using geometric vocabulary.

Here, students are sorting the following shapes into a rather complex Venn diagram according to the following attributes:
  • Is it a pentagon?
  • Is it concave?
  • Does it have parallel lines?
  • Does it have mirror symmetry?
  • Are all sides equal?

Here are a few photos of students at work.
In these photos, students are working to sort  the shapes into the 5-circle Venn diagram.

As a next step, students created their own 5 circle Venn diagram puzzles.
Do you think you can solve it? Give it a try and leave an answer in the comment section.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Getting Started on a New Unit of Inquiry

How do people create effective advertisements?  Should we believe everything we read in the media? Who are different messages targeted at?

These are some of the questions the Grade 5 students will be inquiring into over the next five weeks as they explore their new central idea - People can create or manipulate messages to target specific audiences. This unit is a great opportunity to show how PYP units of inquiry can be truly transdisciplinary.  Students will explore the concepts in their Language lessons when they work on persuasive texts and visual literacy.  In their Art lessons they will inquire into how the principles of design are used effectively in advertising.  Music lessons will give the students the opportunity to respond to and create compositions for their own advertisements.  In their homerooms they will be finding out about how audiences are targeted for different reasons and will critically evaluate messages presented in the media. Click on the image below to enlarge the SOLO Taxonomy, which shows the evidence of learning we will look out for throughout the unit.

The unit started with a Logo Quiz.  Students were placed into teams and they had to recognise a variety of logos and characters.  There were shouts of 'easy!' for some logos and some confused responses of, 'huh?' for others.  I wonder why some of the logos were more recognisable to students than others? This led to a discussion on target audiences - would our Grans recognise the Hello Kitty logo as quickly as we did? Would more adults recognise the Mr. Clean logo than children?  Would people in other countries recognise some of the Japanese companies?

Take a look at the quiz and see  how many logos you recognise.  Will you recognise the same logos as your daughter?

After the quiz, students were given the opportunity to respond to different printed advertisements using a Chalk Talk.  They were looking out for any techniques they thought were being used and trying to identify the target audience of each ad. You can see the student responses to the advertisements in the slideshow, below. Pre-assessment tasks such as this are important as they allow students to revisit their initial ideas later in the unit and reflect on how their thinking has changed.  They also help to get students thinking about the central idea and start to formulate their own questions.

What are some of your favourite advertisements?  What techniques or tricks do you think advertisers use to target an audience?  Leave a comment to let us know your thoughts!

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Books that punch above their weight

 Some books surprise us. Some books make us feel more emotions than others. We have been reflecting on what makes some books become our favourites  
Students created a book list of a few of the great books they want to recommend. Some they have read, some have been read by teachers.