Dear 5B Community,
The year is going so fast, it is hard to believe there is only 3 weeks of school remaining! This was a big week for performing arts as we had our incredible spotlight, put together by Ms. Butler! The theme was based on an Indonesian dance, and moves were intricate and required lots of coordination and practice. Students have put in many hours with Ms. Butler this week rehearsing the routine, and the end result was yesterday’s Spotlight show which went off without a glitch! If you were not able to attend the spotlight, you can catch it on livestream here. If you no longer have the password, please email me for it.
Since our central idea is “Through experimentation new understandings are developed”, we have decided to do an inquiry into the power of our thoughts. Dr. Masaru Emoto is a Japanese scientist who is famous for his theory that water could be influenced by positive words and polluted water could be cleansed through visualisation and prayers. Since he released his findings, his experiment has been repeated countless times the world over on plants, and rice. This is such an intriguing theory and it is intimately linked to not only our How the world works unit, but also Who we are, as the importance of cultivating self-awareness which is part of the central idea, allows us to have more control over our words and its effect on others. Thus, our class is trying out the rice experiment, thanks to Alex for bringing in cooked rice and Charlize for lending us three identical jars to conduct our experiment on. We have three jars labelled Love, Hate, and Neutral. Everyday we take observations of the jars and throughout the day – students are encouraged to use the jars as an outlet to release their emotions. We are applying the Scientific Method to learn the steps in properly conducting an experiment.
In math, we are currently learning how to collect primary data using surveys, interviews and questionnaires, and then using an appropriate graph to display the information. Students are taking home their Data Representation booklets and should be working on a couple of pages a night.
For novel study, students will also have home learning a few times during the week in the form of word study and reading comprehension questions. In class, we read the book with a different focus each time. These range from looking at character traits, to how the main events are sequenced, to the author’s use of language, to identifying key vocabulary words, to examining the key plot events and much more!
Here are some photos from the highlights of the week!
Novel Study on the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Our Rice Experiment!