daw.com - January 13

Our first week back from winter break has already flashed by and it was a great start to a new year.  Here are next week's current events speakers;
Tuesday - Naoko
Wednesday - Michael
Thursday - Annabel
Friday - Robinson
We welcomed Kevin to our room on Monday I was very proud of the class for making him an integral part of everything we do from day one.  While I am sure it is still a bit overwhelming, he really has made a great transition.
We are busy with reading and writing doing book clubs with a novel called In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson doing a lot of work with Theme or the big picture.  One of the important questions to ask when you are reading a book is Why was this book written? It will take us three more weeks to complete this then the rest of the year students will form their own book clubs choosing from books I have selected.
Writing is looking at persuasive prose.  This can be in the form of an essay, debate or personal letter but always has to have several key components.  Students will also be reviewing the writing of a paragraph and how to make sure this is correct.  By the end of the unit students will have chosen two ways to write as they try to persuade someone about something that interests them.
Our new math unit is the longest in the year.  It is multiplication and division of fractions.  As always, it is not just a how to do it but also why does it work and how can you prove that it works.  Students are learning models that prove what they do is real.  This unit is also very heavy with problems solving having more than half of each lesson with problems associated with the learning.
We started Genius Hour this week.  This is a time set aside in class for students to learn about something they would not normally get to learn about in school.  Something they are greatly interested in or have a passion about.  We are brainstorming ideas and coming up with questions to research and present.  Just before spring break, we will present the ideas to the rest of the class and maybe some interested observers.
Monday folders resume on Monday and there is all the marking from before winter break and this past week.  It will be quite full.  Please sign it, keep the work and have a look over what your student is doing in class.  Also a reminder that the second quarter report card comes out next Friday.  It will be sent to you in your email.
As we prepare for the Chinese New Year holiday I would like to request advanced knowledge of students who will be leaving early or returning late.  This way I can properly plan for the class. Please send me an email if you know this will be your family.  I thank you in advance for this.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.  I will gladly set a time up to meet with you.
Harold Daw

daw.com - December 16

It is hard to believe but half of the school year is now over.  And what a great semester it was.  This past week we took some time to celebrate our accomplishments and victories.  It is now time for a three week rest and recuperation.  It is my wish to all of you for a safe and enjoyable holiday.  I look forward to continuing our journey in 2017.  Here are some pics from this past week.

daw.com - December 9

Here are next week's current events;
Tuesday - Elvin
Wednesday - Eric
Thursday - Simon
Friday - no current events due to assembly
There is no homework for next week.  This is my gift to the students for the end of the semester. There will also be no Monday folders for this week.
Just thinking about what this is going to be about is already looking it could be a long one. There is just so much going on and finished that it is almost mind boggling.  The first big event was the music performance by the bands orchestra's of ISB ES.  It was a great fiesta of music and wonderful to see the progress made by the new students in such a short time.  Everyone was fully entertained.  A hearty congratulations to all the students of 5HD involved in Strings, Orchestra and Band.
We had two sessions with Mr. Watson this week in which the students investigated the movement of air in a chimney and also a look at sound movement.  Students discovered for themselves what was happening and tried to make sense of what they were observing through models of explanation.  It was simply amazing to watch the science being investigated.
With this in mind, I hope most of you have blocked off Wednesday afternoon starting at 1:30 pm.  This is our science fair where the students will display some of their learning in this unit.  It should be an interesting time of display for the students.  It is in the classroom and don't forget your camera.  Looking forward to seeing most of you there.
Friday was our second time in the Kitchen and this time we used fractional measurements to complete cooking Banana-Rama bread.  Everything turned out OK and there was not much left when the eating was over.  The students were simply outstanding.  They even cleaned up super well leaving the kitchen in better shape that when we arrived.  I want to thank the parents that volunteered to supervise during this time.  It is always appreciated by the students in the class.
Next week we close out most of our units and topics of study.  We will have our end of unit math assessment, science fair, complete the story writing, and complete the lab reports.  I do not see any problems with finishing these on time.
Thursday is our annual Winterfest and everyone should have received an email from the homeroom mom about what food to bring.  It is always a highlight of the end of the semester for the students.  Students can dress up holiday style for this day should they wish.
Friday is a half day and students are dismissed at 11:30.  The school has asked that everyone go home at that time so please have drivers or cars available at that time to pick up students.  There is nothing happening after school so there is no reason to be at school.  The cafeteria will not be serving lunch that day.
I am in the midst of preparing report cards at the moment.  If there is something you want to know about or have questions in advance, let me know and I will gladly set up a time to meet with you.
Harold Daw