Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Alex's Disaster News

Last night Alex took action and made a Natural Disaster Newspaper. Take a look. It is informative and his voice shines through!


Geology Website Resources for Students

Today with Ms. Skye's class we watched some videos and worked on our note taking skills. I know you were very excited about this and Ms. Skye wanted to share the links with you. Enjoy and if you share your learning with others, let me know and you can go on the Action Board!




Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Geology Teamwork Activity

Yesterday in class the Grade 5 students came together and created a "land mass" out of dough. They had to form groups independently, use the student teamwork rubric and the given recipe to create dough. It was a great event and I observed some wonderful teamwork skills. It also taught me that I have to teach how to use a measuring cup...ha! Needless to say, some recipes were a success and others were a wet mess. The kids had a great time getting dirty though! Enjoy the photos.


Friday, October 3, 2014

Learner Profile and Attitudes of the Month: Curious and Inquirer

The definition of inquirer is to look for or gain information by asking questions. 

The definition of curious is someone who is eager to learn or know.

Picture Credit: http://goo.gl/PozR4C
This month at ISL we are focusing on recognizing PYP students who are curious and inquirers.

I would like to share a wonderful website with you that fosters these ideas. It is called Wonderopolis and it is truly a great resource. It takes many questions that people have about the world and answers them with text and video. The website is a great way to foster students who are inquirers and curious.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Grade 5 Living Museum

Last Friday for our end of unit celebration the students prepared a Glogster document about a famous peacekeeper. They came to school dressed as their peacekeeper and prepared presentations about their person to share with the school community. Teachers, students and parents joined us for this wonderful even. Here are some photos of our wonderful event! (The first one is me putting a mustache on Martin Luther King Jr! As we say... thirds try's a charm.)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

IXL Practice: September 22nd

For the beginning of Unit 2 in Everyday math, I would like you to practice the following IXL areas:



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Peacemaker Videos

For our Peacemaker project, you looked at this website to choose a Peacemaker to study. Here are some videos that you can use to gain more information about Peacemakers around the world and throughout history.


Mahatma Gandhi

Dorothy Day

Martin Luther King Jr. 

Dalai Lama

Mother Theresa

Cesar Chavez

Desmond Tutu

Albert Schweitzer

Thich Nhat Hanh

Aung San Suu Kyi

Nelson Mandela

Jody Williams

Rosa Parks

Ruby Bridges

Wangari Maathai

Anne Frank

Henry Dunant

Jane Addams

Joan Baez

Parliament Field Trip Photos

Our field trip to the Latvian parliament was wonderful. The kids learned so much from our wonderful guide and had so many fabulous questions to ask. I was in awe over the beauty of the building and the items within. I especially enjoyed searching through the "Gift Room" where countries have send gifts to Latvia. Overall it was a wonderful experience and a great connection to our Sharing the Planet unit on Peace and Conflict.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

IXL Topics of the Week

Hi Students,

For extra math practice this week you can use IXL and go on the following lessons:


These problems correspond with what we are doing in class.