Hope you are all enjoying Spring Break!! Here’s an update on our activities!
History: We completed our study of China this week by taking a closer look at Taoism and Confucianism, and by trying hands at painting on silk. We also began to explore the origins and practices of Islam as a way to provide context for reading I am Malala by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai.
English and Writer’s Workshop: Students enjoyed reading and discussing Bridge to Terabithia as well as viewing the film. We have completed our mini-unit on Word Choice, one of the 7 traits that good writers use. Each student outlined and wrote a process essay with a focus on word choice.
Math: Fractions have been the topic of conversation in math class. We’ve been working with mixed numbers and learning to regroup in order to subtract. Students will continue to explore operations using fractions in April, as well as begin to play with measurement conversions. We had some fun before vacation using fractions to bake chocolate chip cookies. However, in the consumption of these, I must admit there were no fractions of cookies left uneaten!!
By jlederman|2019-03-17T08:32:01-04:00March 17th, 2019|Categories: Grade 5|Comments Off on Fifth Grade Winter Update
Mois de la Francophonie in full swing at BCD!
Good afternoon all,
Before we part ways for Spring break, I wanted to share a brief update on what the different classes in the French curriculum here at BCD have been up to lately.
From poetry writing and presentations, cooking demo’s, PenPal exchanges, cultural and geographically themed projects, and learning songs, French students of all ages at BCD have been busy abeilles! (bees)
The 7th and 8th-grade French classes are now putting the finishing touches on their Slam Poetry videos – for submission to the Slame Tes Accents! international competition proposed through the organization, Francophonie des Amériques. The students were challenged to create a poem as a class and choose how they wanted to Slam their poem, employing the pre-requisite vocabulary and meeting other requirements for the contest. The 7th grader chose a theme of ‘unity through different accents’ and ‘self-confidence’ under the umbrella of the international French-language community. Their project was filmed in a casual, walk-through style in the Learning Commons.
For their part, the 8th-grade class embraced a ‘high-tech’ approach, using a drone, filmed outside, and with voice-over audio. Their message is aimed at the importance of recognizing the shared community of the French-speaking community around the world, no matter skin color, orientation, religion, current events or other cultural facets.
I’m very proud of the energy, enthusiasm and quality of work that these students brought to their projects. The organization will announce the winners in April.
For more information about the contest, please visit : http://www.francophoniedesameriques.com/slame/
The 6th graders took a cultural microscope to the different regions of France, each choosing a region of the Hexagon and shining the spotlight on and outlining notable facts for each. If you are looking for any fun + tasty recipes to try over the Spring break, have a look at their posters for guidance!
Our 4th and 5th graders have prepared their third round of letters to their friends in France. It has been an incredible experience to see the connection grow between these classes on both sides of the Atlantic as the school year has evolved. This project strengthens not only vocabulary use, sentence structure, talking about oneself, asking questions and letter writing, but more importantly, it brings the ‘human element’ into our French language learning experience. The children have been able to establish a relationship with their PenPals and with the Ecole Montessori d’Uzès since September; learning more about ‘a day in the life’ of their pen-friends, both personally and academically. Through these letters, here are some of our takeaways : we were all saddened to hear of the tragic deaths by fox of two of their school chickens, Le Chef and Flash, 🙁 we were intrigued to learn of shared interests in Harry Potter books and favorite flavors of ice cream, and felt a general curiosity and interest about the importance of the celebration of Carnevale in France.
I welcome you all to visit the French classroom in Ryan 22 to see our PenPal board, read the letters and see the beautiful drawings done by our PenPal friends.
Our Kindergarten and grades 1-2 friends are starting to prepare for the performance of a classic French song at the Spring concert. More on that to come!!
Best wishes to everyone for a safe and fun Spring vacation.
P.s.. check out the BCD photo album to see some pictures of our continued adventures in French!
Fifth Grade students have been studying the rise of civilization in the regions of the Indus and Ganges Rivers. This week, we focused on the beliefs and practices of the world’s oldest religion, Hinduism. We welcomed Preeti Kedia to our classroom to share with us her practices and beliefs, and to answer our questions. While each student prepared at least 2 thoughtful questions, her visit sparked so many questions that we ran out of time to ask them all. Students were interested in topics ranging from life cycle rituals of birth, marriage and death to what gods are favored in Mrs. Kedia’s family, what a Sanskrit prayer sounds like and where she buys all those spices she brought for us to smell!
By jlederman|2019-01-26T15:09:30-04:00January 26th, 2019|Categories: Grade 5|Comments Off on Hinduism Exploration in Fifth Grade