Grade Five has been busy this week investigating non-fiction writing and reading, blogging, and changes in matter!
We all know how important reading is–30 minutes a day at least! In class we’re looking at non-fiction texts and important features in those kinds of books. Parts like the table of contents, glossary, index, headings, captions, sidebars, and boldface text are all elements we’re looking for in a wide range of non-fiction books in the classroom. At home, you can point these out with your child in everything from the IKEA catalog to Lonely Planet travel guides to books about Knights and Castles.
Is your child an expert at something? Next time you’re in the car, eating dinner, or queuing-up, talk about what he or she knows about a favorite topic. The students will begin writing about their favorite things during our short week.
Going shopping together? It’s a perfect opportunity to practice some of the estimation and multiplication skills we’ll be practicing. Is that package of three liters of Persil for AED 54 a better deal than buying bottles separately at AED 17.75 each?
Have you noticed that your salt and vinegar has disappeared from the pantry? Our students have become little alchemists as they try to remove copper oxide from copper coins. What other chemical changes await? The students also modeled molecular motion on scooters in the MPH–a hilarious way to learn about the structure of solids, liquids, and gases.
We’re looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday and Thursday for conferences.
Your children will visit the Magrudy book fair this short week: Sunday visits for 5SR and 5EY; Monday for 5SS.
HOME LEARNING: Look in the left column or Google Classroom for the Home Learning menu.
The annual UAS ski trip to Switzerland is coming soon. Here is a message from Ms. Ashwin about it:
UAS SKI TRIP
Ski, snowboarding and Switzerland… oh my! Stay and ski or snowboard at Saas Grund, Switzerland during Spring Break.
(Can you say that 3 times fast?)
But I live in Dubai… I don’t have winter clothes… No problem. They provide them!
But I don’t know how to ski or snowboard… No worries. You can learn them!
When? March 24-March 31
How much? 11,000 aed
Who? Grades 4, 5, 6, and those students in grade 7 who went last year only
Full-board accommodation at Hotel Rodania
All meals and snacks
Ski/ snowboard equipment and clothing rental
Transportation (flights + buses)
How? Register here. Non-refundable deposit of 3,000dhs by Dec 12.
More details at the parent information session this Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30-11:50, ES library.
Have an adventure! Have fun! Have new friends! Have real snow!