Thursday, December 17, 2015

December 2015

December News

Last Blog of 2015

Hello parents and students!

I hope that you are all relaxing and enjoying the break.  It has been a fun and successful end of 2015 in the 4/5 classroom.  Congratulations to everyone on a great ending and a fun winter show!  A special thanks to Loic for choreographing the dance!  I've heard from many teachers, students, and parents who thought we did a fantastic job and I sincerely agree.  Another special thanks to Maxwell and Pablo for helping to say goodbye to Viggo for us at the show.  We will surely miss him but I'm looking forward to updates through email and hope we can have a video chat with him in the new year.  We will be getting two new students in the month of January as well.  Elya, a grade 4 students, and Selihom, a grade 5 student.

Enjoy learning about what we've been up to the last couple of weeks. 

Safe travels and happy holidays to all!
Ms. Fezekas

Reading:  We completed a unit on poetry.  While most of the poems we analyzed were on the topic of refugees (many of them were written by refugees), we also looked at poetry on different topics to emphasize the following skills:  repetition, assonance, metaphors, similes, alliteration, onomatopoeia, and syllabication.  Students are nearly finished with their literature circle books and will be doing a project on their book upon returning.

Writing:  The students have brought their personal essays through the writing process.  Most are nearly finished or already finished and we will be printing them.  We focused on essay format, transitions, and using the best evidence (lists, details, and mini-stories/anecdotes) to support our theses.  We will be learning about persuasive strategies (ie ethos, logos, and pathos) when we return and the students will be practicing the essay format again through writing their own persuasive essay.

Math:  In math, students learned and developed a variety of graphs:  line plots, stem-and-leaf plots, histograms, bar graphs, double bar graphs, circle graphs, pictographs, and line graphs.  After sufficient practice, students worked in pairs on a survey and graphing project on a topic of their choosing.  They developed four survey questions, collected data, and choose the best graph to display their findings.  These projects will be posted outside our classroom for you to see in the new year. We will be splitting into our grade levels again for math upon our return.

Science:  Students finished and presented their human body research projects.  They made great progress developing clear presentations and teaching about their system.  Well done!

Social Studies:  We have begun a unit on explorers.  Students have learned about human migration and the events that led up to Europe's Age of Exploration.  Before beginning a research project on an explorer, students will collaborate to create timelines of Europe, Asia, and what is now the Americas to recognize connections and cause and effect relationships that greatly impacted world exploration.

Mali Health Project:  I am working on scanning and adding the student's illustrations.  We will complete the finishing touches in the month of January.  Once it's finished and we have Mali Health's approval, we will get prices for printing and the French classes will work on the translation.  

Upcoming Dates

January 5th:  School resumes
January 22nd: End of Q2
January 23rd:  Q3 ASAs begin
January 28th:  Q2 reports go home