This week we spent our first three days together completing our teaching and learning challenges from last week. The students had to complete their explorations of triangles, reflect on their experiences of the Jewish Settlers’ Museum and complete finding out more about their parents’ or grandparents’ migration stories. The students also planned for the week ahead.
In the new school week, the students will work collaboratively with the other homeroom classes to complete their final inquiry into WWAIPT: The Grade 5 Collaborative Inquiry.
During this week, we also visited our friends in the Grade 3 classes. They have been inquiring into systems. The grade 3 students proudly talked to us about what is a system and how they help us achieve our goals more efficiently. It was great to hear these students talk and demonstrate to us how their chosen systems worked.
5GA were very proud of their new grade 3 friends and their learning achievements.
The 5GA Reading Program
In class this week I have been reading ‘Run, Pip, Run,’ to the students. This is an interesting storyline, which presents to the students a different perspective on life. The students are enjoying listening to this novel read to them during our Shared Reading sessions. These sessions take place after lunch on three days of our week. Shared Reading is a great opportunity for them to practise their Mindfulness, whilst enjoying being read to.
Guided Reading groups resumed this week for many of the students. We have five Guided Reading groups in our class. Each group is reading a different novel, which is pitched at their ‘challenge’ level. Some of the novels the children are sharing to each other are classics, and others are new stories that have recently been published. The students are enjoying their novels and helping each other with their reading process and comprehension.
Reading is an important process in helping us learn. Reading is also a pleasurable activity to do also. We should all make reading a part of our lives. What a great excuse to escape and enjoy the lives of other characters. We have had a great week of reading.
I wonder what you are reading?