A great topic and a great thing about Grade 5!
There has been a lot of excitement around here as we continue to study Weather in Science. Yesterday, we had a real life reason to explore wind speed as we watched our neighbour's flag rip off their house and fly down the street! We looked at the Beaufort Scale for wind and discussed what level we thought we were at. We reintroduced the debate today, and talked about people we knew who had suffered damage from the storm. Weather is part of our everyday existence.
Your child may have mentioned our exploration into the blogoshpere. If not, here is a summary... We are introducing 3 entry points to writing: story-telling, blogging, and journalling. Starting in November, students will be responsible for "handing in" one entry per week. They will have time during literacy centres, and on Fridays to complete each entry. Many students are quite excited about the idea of creating a blog, and will likely start off there.
In preparation for this work, students have been exploring this communication form in order to understand what it takes to have a successful blog. We are beginning with a paper blog where students will create their opening entry and classmates will use sticky notes to make comments. We will discuss how to make appropriate comments. Students are not allowed to comment anonymously, they need to be conversational in nature, asking questions, or commenting on their interest in the topic. This is also a perfect chance to discuss internet safety. We will be talking about "How the Internet is like the Mall." This idea came from this webpage : Student Blogging Resources. We will be using a safe site, approved by the Calgary Board of Education, that is used by many teachers of this grade level - Kidblog.
Blogging is not mandatory.
If a family is concerned with their child working on the internet in this way, they can talk with their child and myself about it. There are 3 options for this weekly assignment, and therefore, they may choose one of the other options.
Students have been doing quite well in their preparation for assignments for the most part. They received the second Math homework assignment today. Almost all children had the first assignment complete. The Award-winning Book Talks have been really great so far, with 9 students left to present tomorrow and Friday. Students are celebrating each other's work on a Celebration slide show. This is in their Google Drive. If you have not already done so, you should ask your child to see the documents in there, both that they are working on, as well as the items shared by me. The arctic assignments are due tomorrow, after a short extension was granted to all students, in order to ensure a quality job was being done.
You will receive an email if your child is not keeping up with these assignments, or any other assignments. Students need to increase their personal responsibility as they get older. Most of your children are definitely up for the challenge. They are working hard and doing some great things here at school each day!
As always, please email me with any specific concerns you may have - Look for Social Studies work coming home to look at next week!