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Grade 5 BBQ & Forest Walk

Thursday, May 5th from 12:30-3:00

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In celebration of the students completing their Exhibition projects, Grade 5 will have a celebratory BBQ and forest walk tomorrow. We will gather as a Grade 5 village in the courtyard tomorrow at 12:30pm. The kids will be treated to burgers (veggie burgers have been ordered for the children who requested), fries, veggie snacks and ice cream. (THANK YOU PTO!!)  After lunch, we will walk over to the lakes in the forest where we will play games, talk and just enjoy each other’s company. We will head back to school at about 3:00pm and be back in time for 3:30 dismissal. We will have a security escort with us.

You may want to consider sending your child in with the following…

  • sunscreen
  • water bottle
  • a light jacket/rain jacket
  • comfortable shoes for walking
  • Frisbee discs, footballs, soccer balls, baseball/softball mitts etc.
  • a small umbrella?
  • sunglasses?

In the event of heavy rain we will go with plan “B” and move everything inside.

Best wishes for a lovely, holiday weekend!

Your feedback is requested

Dear Parents,

We are grateful for all your attention and support during the Exhibition unit. Please help us continue to improve this experience for fifth grade students and parents by taking a few minutes to respond to this survey. Click here for survey link.  Thank you!

As promised, here is the link to one of the videos we shared at the opening ceremony.  It is also available through our school’s Vimeo webpage. We will post the slideshow, as well, as soon as it’s available through our AAS website. Enjoy!

 

Going Further and Drawing Conclusions

Back after a relaxing April break!! Grade 5 will be bustling with activity this week. Students have (mostly) completed research and sorted out their learning. Big understandings have emerged and students have drafted how they will present their findings. Going further in the inquiry cycle, students are now busy revising pieces for presentation and getting ready for the big exhibition.

CaptureThis week, groups finalize their plans for the layout of their booths and choose appropriate artifacts to be displayed to share their learning and understanding. In preparing for the exhibition, students are encouraged to consider a range of audiences – knowing that the entire school community will be coming, from Kindergarten through High School and including parents.

Students also have an option to do a performance, demonstration, visual or interactive piece on their passion on the day of Exhibition. These can be individual or done together with another student/group of students. If they decide to go for a performance, students will have to plan and practice this week. If your child has chosen options other than performance, these should be completed this week also.

Like in earlier weeks, the students have been given goals for this week to help them use their time efficiently and stay focused.

Sorting Out & Presentation Pieces

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This past week has been terrific watching students show so much interest, enthusiasm and commitment in their work – both independently and collaboratively. Classrooms and halls are buzzing with groups meeting mentors, carrying out interviews and surveys, sharing and consolidating “big understandings”, giving and receiving feedback on work done and visiting the library for research.

Now that the students have completed the bulk of their research, they will be moving on to the “sorting out” phase of the inquiry cycle. Their main focus for students this week is deciding how they will share their learning. They will be considering audience and purpose when planning their presentation pieces. Possible formats for sharing their newly gained knowledge may include; writing pieces, slideshows, photo montage, videos, audios, infographics, posters, timelines, interactive activity and many more. Classroom time will be given to work on these presentation pieces and it will also be the focus for homework this week.

Students will “sort out” their information by identifying their big understandings that connect to the central idea, lines of inquiry and guiding questions. At the same time research may continue if they find “holes” in their research and require further information. During this week, surveys, interviews, Skype calls, museum visits, etc. will continue.

We are all looking forward to seeing you at the Student Led Conferences on Wednesday. It will be a great opportunity for all students to show their overall growth throughout the year and their exhibition unit progress. Please check out the link to this week’s student goals list.

Finding Out… Must do research!

On Friday, students worked to draft their lines of inquiry for their units. Each student will create three of these, with guiding questions to help them focus their learning over the next few weeks. All the thinking they’ve done over the last few weeks builds to this work, which then drives their research.  And when it comes down to it, good inquiry involves a lot of research. How old do we sound with students when we talk longingly of the days when we went to the library, looked in the card catalog, and found books and magazines. It seemed so easy. Those days are gone.

As we know, the information world is now vast. During the Exhibition unit, we want students to reach for a variety of sources. We want them to move beyond book and website searches, where possible. So, we’re encouraging that students consider a wider range of resources as they begin their research:

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  • local visits
  • surveys
  • print sources
  • videos
  • online sources

 

Looking for interviewees and field visit possibilities

Interviews can open up worlds for these students. At ages 10-11, they relate well to people. It is not necessary for someone to be an expert. We are looking for people with knowledge willing to talk with our young researchers. We recognize that students may need help finding these people. Once they do, however, we know from experience that they are excited and seem to be able to quickly relate the information an informed person shares with them to their growing foundation of knowledge. We hope to involve the school and parent community in our interviews. We will draw on the expertise of teachers and are looking for parents who are willing to share their expertise as well. Thank you to those of you who have already emailed teachers to offer help.

Below, see the list of passions that are the focus of this year’s student inquiries. If you have experiences or knowledge that make you a perspective interviewee, please let the grade 5 teachers know. In addition, if you know of a local museum or site that student researchers might visit for their inquiries, please share these ideas with your child’s teacher, who can pass ideas along to the specific students who may benefit.

research intentionsFor websites and magazines, students have been well prepared by our librarians, who have led a number of lessons throughout the year on some of the best web search tools and databases for young researchers. Students have a section in their PYPX binders with reminders of how to access these tools, including online encyclopedias and major news sources where students can find information.

Research is huge, and we have tried to simplify and support students work by giving them the tools and opportunities to practice their research skills. It’s challenging with so much out there. We appreciate any help you can give in identifying people to interview and places to visit as students explore their passions.

In addition, here is this week’s expectations list, Student Weekly Goals. The students will receive a paper and digital copy of these expectations today. They should refer to it regularly in order to monitor their progress.

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Team Building and Getting Organised

On Friday students met with their Exhibition teams for the first time. After sharing their personal histories of their passions, they discussed the strengths each brings to the team. Students also shared their personal goals for growth during the exhibition and how their team might support them in reaching their goals.

Earlier today, students participated in team building activities hosted by the PE department. These were meant to help build trust and cooperation between team members and develop team problem solving strategies. And they were fun!

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This week, the students will receive their Exhibition binders, which is a catch-all tool for supporting student work throughout this project. Be sure to ask to take a look at it when they bring it home.  It has a number of reference pieces and templates for some of the work we will be doing.  It also has organizers to help them manage their various responsibilities and ensure they are meeting expectations. All of these documents have also been shared with your child electronically.

As promised, we will be posting the expectations list, Student Weekly Goals, for each week here on the Grade 5 Blog.  Students will also have a hard copy in their binders and a digital copy in their Google Docs online.  This list of weekly expectations includes both what students will be working on during the school day, as well as what they should be working on at home. The expectation is that students spend about 20-30 minutes each evening focused on their inquiry. This may extend into their required daily reading time, if reading is part of the inquiry work they are doing. If your child is not sure what he/she could be working on, please refer him/her first to this weekly document. (Let your child’s homeroom teacher know if you have any difficulty accessing this link.)

Below is a list of all the passions being investigated during this year’s inquiry. If you can suggest any firsthand sources for research (such as experts who may be interviewed and locations that might be visited for students to learn more about their passions) please share this information with your child’s teacher, who will pass the information to the relevant student .

Be sure to take time to ask your child questions about her/his passion and the work and thinking she/he is doing daily, if possible!  Thanks always for your support!

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PYP Exhibition 2016 – Parent Presentation

For those of you who missed this morning’s presentation, the students did a wonderful job! The student presentation was followed by two parent perspectives and a question and answer session.  Here is a recording of this morning’s presentation. If you have any questions after viewing the video, be sure to contact your child’s teacher.

Also, here is the rubric that we will use for assessment, as promised in the presentation. Students will have a copy of this online and in their PYPX binders: PYPXAssessmentRubric2016.

You can expect to see a new post at the start of each week, including a summary of the work that is the focus of that week and a “to-do” list for students. If you haven’t already done so, we recommend you subscribe to this blog to receive automatic emails each time we post.

Thanks to all those who came to see the live presentation. We look forward, with you, to learning from this year’s “passion”-ate inquirers.

See You Tomorrow!

We can’t wait until tomorrow, Wednesday, April 29th! Students have been working diligently in preparing their display boards and presentations. The constant buzz is refreshing! Excitement pervades in the halls. We are looking forward to seeing you in the Bolshoi Theater at 18:00 for a brief presentation followed by a busy schedule of viewing the booths, chatting with the students about their learning, and watching presentations/demonstrations. We know you will enjoy and appreciate the hard work accomplished.

Check out the short video the fifth graders presented at the last assembly showing the beginnings of the process of the Exhibition.

Research, Research, Research!

When it comes down to it, the PYP exhibition involves a lot of research. How old do we sound with the students when we talk longingly of the days when we went to the library, looked in the card catalog, and found books and magazines. It seemed so easy. As we know, the world is now vast. During the Exhibition unit, we want students to reach for a variety of sources. We want them to move beyond the website search. So, we’re encouraging that students look for a variety of sources:research intentions

  • interviews
  • local visits
  • print sources
  • videos
  • online sources

Interviews have opened up worlds for these students. At ages 10-11, they relate well to people, not necessarily experts, but people with knowledge. They need help finding those people, but once they do, they’re excited and seem to be able to quickly relate the information that person has told them. Interviews and surveys are accessible to the students. We hope to involve the school and parent community in our interviews. We will draw on the expertise of teachers and are looking for parents who are willing to share their expertise as well.

Below, see the list of passions that are the focus of student inquiries. If you have experiences or knowledge that make you a perspective interviewee, please let the grade 5 teachers know. In addition, if you know of a local museum or site that student researchers might visit for their inquiries, please share these ideas with your child’s teacher, who can pass ideas along to the specific students who may benefit. For websites and magazines, students have been well prepared by our librarians, who have led a number of lessons throughout the year on some of the best web search tools and databases for young researchers. Students have a section in their Exhibition binders with reminders of how to access these tools, including online encyclopaedias and major news sources where students can find information. Research is huge, and we have tried to simplify and support students work by giving them the tools and opportunities to practice their research skills. It’s challenging with so much out there. We appreciate any help you can give in identifying people to interview and places to visit as students explore their passions.

In addition, here is this week’s expectations list, Student Weekly Goals. The students will receive a paper and digital copy of these expectations in school today, they should refer to it regularly in order to monitor their progress.

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With thanks to our teaching colleagues at YIS in Japan, who share their ideas for Exhibition on their blog: http://blogs.yis.ac.jp/blumk/category/exhibition/ [Accessed: 18 Mar 2014].

 

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