Economy time at 5SB from 10.30- 12 noon. It brings its own challenges and learning experiences within the challenges.
What better way to learn about mean, median, mode and range other than collecting our own authentic data? So we set off to work if pairs and times each other to see who could stand the longest on one foot..with their eyes closed! That was the tricky part..With their eyes open we had some winners who were hard to beat: Asahi and Imogen at over 15 minutes!
Eyes closed was a different story -
the highest was Imogen at 80 seconds.
The Outliers were: Simon, Callum and Imogen.
Student average: 32 seconds
We then collected data from parents.
Their outliers were: Pepe and An's parents at 180 seconds and 300 seconds!
Adult average: 60.2 seconds.
Median: 41 sec
Today _ on November 22, our class made a presentation at the Elementary School Assembly. We performed a dance to a song written by Pepe and Callum during poetry writing lessons. The song was inspired by Class of Clans a video game that is popular among many students in our class. The dance was choreographed by the students.
In addition, we enacted a play called The Thingumybob written by Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore. Yuri played the piano in the transition period between the dance and the play.
All students were excellent performers and risk takers. They showed great team work to make our show a success.
To reinforce student understanding of the current unit of inquiry, we have implemented a classroom economy system for the next FOUR weeks.
Using classroom “currency,” students earn money for jobs and pay rent for their desks. They can earn bonus cash by participating in extracurricular activities, receiving compliments, doing their homework, helping others, and earning excellent grades. On the other hand, students who don’t meet classroom expectations will be fined some of their classroom dollars.
The objective of this classroom economy is to help children to learn valuable life skills such as organization, the value of saving, and delayed gratification.
We had our first Economy Day today and it was an excellent learning experience!
Student comments to follow, but here are some photographs:
Sheriffs: Bernardo and Mark, Bankers: Meghna, Yuri, Imogen and Man Ru, Tax Collectors: Simon and Pin, Sales people: An and Shafina.
Boys and girls, here is your homework for today: find out the income tax in your home country. You can ask a parent or look up on the internet.
What we will do with this information?
We will use the data to compare countries...what do they do with their tax money? how are they different?
Good luck! Mrs Batlaw
Research from An:
Italy - 23% to 43%
America - 10% to 39.6%
Newfoundland, Canada - 7.7% to 13.3%
PEPE: VIETNAM: 35 %
Our unit of inquiry (UOI) for the next four weeks will be into How We Organize Ourselves.
Central idea: Businesses depend on local and global supply and demand for goods and services.
The inquiry points we will explore include the following:
The summative assessment for this unit will be a business plan that students will develop for their own goods or services business. The students will sell their products/services to other students and parents on our grade 5 Market Day to be held in December.
We will be continuing with our math program, working on tasks involving decimals, word problems regarding money, and data handling.
The writing focus for the next four weeks will be in persuasive writing. Students will be learning to draw on facts, statistics and quotes through research to strengthen their persuasive pieces.
We will continue to study the main elements of a story through novel studies and A-Z readers connected with the central idea. The focus will be to improve comprehension and interpretive skills. Responsibility for individual reading quietly will be an important part of the time table.
Students will be studying words from their regular “Words their way” program as well as learning new vocabulary from our current unit. Students can practice their words on the Spelling City website.
View life from the perspective of a 10 -11 year old, and it will bring much humour and joy.