Imogen, Mark and David: Child abandonment.
Questions: why are children abandoned? what kind of adults do they become?
Lars, Meghna and Chile: The negative impact of technology on the healthy on children _ in the First as well as the Third world children.
First world demands and how they affect the health of children in the Third world.
An, Bernardo, Yixin and Yuvraj: Child labour.
What is it like? why do children work and not go to school?
who employs them? Why?
What are some myths of Child labour?
Callum, Pepe and Asahi: Children of war. The impact of war on children caught in it.
Life as a refugee. Focus: Syria, Afganistan
Yuri, Simon, Deegan and Shafina: Bullying. Types of bullying. why it happens?
What students have to say:
I have learnt that-
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We welcome Deegan who comes from Australia via America.
Upcoming events: Parent Information Session on the Exhibition: January 14, 2014
MPR, at 2.45PM.
The central idea for the Exhibition:
Children around the world face challenges and risks.
We have started a preliminary exploration of the central idea through news articles, videos and class room discussions.
We first look at the challenges faced by students, and then take the inquiry further to a global level. Lots of ideas and prior knowledge is pouring in...an exciting time.
Below are links to two videos....something to think about.
A busy semester comes to an end. Here are some photographs from the fun class party, as well as the Christmas concert. Happy holidays and safe travels to all!
The grade 5 students applied their understanding of how a business works to start their own businesses and sold their products and services on the Market Day on Dec 5. 2013. It was an authentic learning experience. All profits went to KIVA, an organization that we support. The profits were calculated after deducting the cost of production. Here are some excerpts:
When we started market day I was really scared and excited at the same time because we were still printing the price list when the alarm on the laptop went off. It said market day! So I was scared that I was going to be late but when I got there it was exciting to sell our product which was a game. Our business was called Clash Bros.
I learnt it isn’t easy to be a shopkeeper of games because it takes a while to play a game and people usually like eating food or buying origami or other toys that were made. It also wasn’t easy to have games as a business because maybe they don’t like the game.
PEPE, owner of Clash Bros business:
It was not easy to be a shopkeeper because people keep asking questions and they were crowding around our store and it was very loud. Our Candy Canes and Fruit Plus candies were at very high demand because kids loved candy canes candies.
Strategies we used to get customers
My strategies to get customers were: walking around and shouting “come our store.” When we saw that customers were not coming to our store at first, we sold Fruit Plus candies and candy canes. It was a smart move for us because we got a lot of money to raise to Kiva.
SIMON: Co-owner of a cake and lemonade business"The easy thing was baking the cakes/cupcakes but the hard thing was taking care of the consumers that came to our business because there were a lot."
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.
View life from the perspective of a 10 -11 year old, and it will bring much humour and joy.