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Month: November 2019

A Lucky Week for All of Us: Week 13

A Lucky Week for All of Us: Week 13

This week was a busy learning adventure for all!

We begun the week by completing our Grade 5 Collaborative Inquiry Challenges, which involved group presentations and reflections.  Student groups shared with each other their migration stories, some personal, inspiring and also unfortunate.  We all learned the reasons for migration and about different peoples’ perspectives on their adventures or misadventures.  It was a great opportunity to complete our unit of inquiry, Where We Are in Place and Time.

On Friday all Grade 5 students presented their Visual Art Installations.  The students enjoyed working with each other and sharing their ‘spaces’ with visiting grade 3 and 4 students, and parents.

A Grade 5 Cross-Collaborative Inquiry: Week 12

A Grade 5 Cross-Collaborative Inquiry: Week 12

It was another busy week in 5GA!

This week the main focus was on the students working with each other towards completing their cross-collaborative inquiry within the unit Where We Are In Place and Time.  The students had to choose their group of three other students and think about a migration story they would like to inquire into.  This migration story could be personal, recent or a past event.  The students had to focus on the push, pull and twist factors associated with this migration.

A key element of the students’ work was for them to think about how they could tell a great story and immerse their audience within their inquiry.  Each group was conferenced throughout the week during their learning process and encouraged to think about a technological tool that would enhance their story telling.

In the new school week, the students will present their migration stories to each other through a rotating showcase. This will be an opportunity for the students to provide each other with critical feedback and learn from each others’ experiences.

What a short-long Week 11!

What a short-long Week 11!

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 Book Worm within Me! Week 10

The Book Worm within Me! Week 10

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?

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