daw.com - May 19

We are working on finalizing many projects as well as completing end of year assessments.  So far MAP is completed and the writing prompt is finished.  Next week we will get DRA done as well as the Word Work and EOY Math Assessment.  I have been asked when MAP scores will be out and at the moment we have not finished the testing in the school so I would imagine a few more weeks before release of scores.
Here are next week's current events;
Tuesday - Siwoo
Wednesday - Brandon
Thursday - Oscar
Friday - Tiffy
The students reminded me that these are the last ones of the year for these students since there is not 20 school days left.  I will send home the current event booklets toward the end of the year.
Our inquiry unit on Economics and Trade has spend some time looking at what is globalization and how it has changed the world.  This will eventually lead us to a debate on the question Has Globalization Been a Positive Influence?  In order to support this, students have been working on a persuasive essay.  The final draft of this is due in next Wednesday and then there is one more of their choice to close out the year.  These persuasive essays will work in tandem with preparation of the debate.
Our math unit on the coordinate plane has taken us into looking at parallel, perpendicular and intersecting lines from formulas and rules.  Students have had a lot of fun with this unit and the learning is interesting since it is something they have not had in any previous grade level.  We should finish the unit on time before the end of the year.
As the year comes to an end please let me know if you wish to meet with me to wrap things up.  I will send you some times that we can meet.  I would also like to ask you to let me know of any early leaving plans just so I can plan accordingly.  There are a lot of special events for grade 5 students as we prepare them for the move to middle school and there are also things they get as they leave the ES.  Any info you have please share with me so we can have a smooth close to the year.
As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
Harold Daw

daw.com - April 28

Remember that this is a long weekend and there is no school on Monday.  It is Labor Day here in China and the whole country celebrates it with a day off of work.  The class has also earned this with all the neat and exciting things they have completed.
This week was a week of packed activities and happenings.  The biggest were the three times the students started their transition to middle school with their grade 6 buddies and a concert by MS choir, orchestra and band.  One of the nice things about these in Middle School is they are a part of students regular school day and not an after school activity.  Students will sign up for their enrichments next month some time.
Here are next weeks current events.
Tuesday - no current events
Wednesday - Annabel
Thursday - Robinson
Friday - Poppy
The big event this coming week is Celebrate and Share the Arts (CASTA) starting on Thursday.  The class has been busy in Performing Arts preparing a presentation which will take place in the theatre.  The other grade 5 classes will be the audience and we will be the audience for their presentations.  I would like to see all students in their CASTA shirts on Thursday.

We have finished our unit on Fractions with Area and Volume and now move to Graphing on the Coordinate Plane.  Students usually really like this unit as it involves a lot of problems that are using graphics and drawing.
We will also continue with our reading unit on Economics and Trade and our writing on Persuasive Essays which will both lead into our debates toward the end of May or beginning of June.  We are well on track with this and moving nicely forward.  It is not an easy unit and one that really stretches the brain.
Have a great long weekend and regenerate the batteries for next week.

daw.com - April 23

This week continues to be a busy place in 5HD.  Here is a listing of some of the events your students will be involved with as the week goes by;
Monday - Senior Parade
Wednesday - Panda Reading Program Assembly for Chinese Classes
Thursday - Transition time with a grade 6 class
Thursday - Eat in MS Cafeteria with grade 6 class
Friday - Author Visit assembly
In between all this we are still working on our economics inquiry unit with our current learning on trade.  This week we will explore trade between countries and what his means to the rest of the world.  We will also start to look at globalization in the context of trade and people.
We are also moving forward with our persuasive essay unit using the topic of mobile phones in the class.  Lost of interesting debate and ideas on this one.  We should have our final draft out by Friday.
For current events this week we will hear from the following people;
Tuesday - Maya
Wednesday - Millie
Thursday - Naoko
Friday - Michael
We will complete our unit on area and volume using fractions with a final assessment on Wed or Thursday.  Our next unit is graphing on the coordinate plane.
That is all for this week. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me and I will set up a time for us to meet.
Harold Daw