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Posted 11/17/2018 09:49PM

Unit of Inquiry: How We Organize Ourselves

Central idea: Communities create economic systems that rely on production, exchange and consumption of goods and services.

An inquiry into:

*The role of supply and demand
*The distribution of goods and services
*Our responsibility as consumers

Students have been working hard all week to complete their Trade Fair business plans, calculate costs and potential profits, and create advertisements. We saw an emphasis on mathematics towards the end of the week as the groups finished their business plans and worked on setting prices for their products based on the cost per item. Some groups have shopped together for materials and began creating their product.

During the week, we took time to focus on social skills as there is quite a lot of group work and negotiating involved while planning for the Trade Fair. The students had a chance to consider a list of social skills and rank them according to importance for the Trade Fair activiities. We shared out their lists and compiled what they found to be the top five most important social skills for this unit:

  • Be respectful to others
  • Learn cooperatively in a group: being courteous, sharing, taking turns
  • Help others to succeed
  • Make fair and equitable decisions
  • Practice empathy and care for others

We discussed strategies for working in groups and solving conflicts during the different activities in preparation for the Trade Fair. Overall, the experience has been positive with a lot of excitement and enthusiam building as we prepare for the Trade Fair on Wednesday morning 9:30-10:45am in the PY6 classroom.

We also enjoyed a fantastic concert on Tuesday as part of the cultural backpack program.

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Posted 10/23/2018 10:29AM

Fantasy Night, November 1st

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Posted 10/19/2018 09:21PM

PY6 Update

This week in PY6, we continued tuning into our new unit of inquiry: How We Organize Ourselves.

Communities create economic systems that rely on production, exchange and consumption of goods and services.

On Tuesday, PY6 followed a visible thinking routine which involved having conversations on paper based on a variety of images related to the unit. They wrote their ideas and questions, building on each other's thinking. Each group came up with a headline for the image to help summarize the ideas and questions. Here are the headlines they came up with:

Trading For What You Need

Factory Business

The Trading Cycle: From Food to Money

Time is as Valuable as Money

Why Are There So Many Apples?

The sharing of these headlines generated some good discussion and debate around trade, exchange, currency and the value of money in different countries.

On Thursday, we joined our PY1 buddies for a nature walk. We helped PY1 collect fall items and had a nice time connecting with our buddies on a sunny fall morning. It was great to see the students taking on responsibility and showing kindness and caring. When we returned to the classroom, we wrote some nature inspired haiku poems.

Thank you parents for the informative discussions during Goal Setting Conference on Wednesday. It was really helpful to talk with you and your child.

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Posted 10/14/2018 09:43PM

PY6 Update

PY6 started the week with some ice skating fun during PE time!

We wrapped up our unit of inquiry on migration with students completing their historical narrative writing, carring our peer revising and reading their stories aloud to the class. Some students are working on final edits before printing. We plan to have all students' work published and on display next Wednesday for the Goal Setting Conference.

On Friday, students reflected on the SAIL program by looking back at the workshops they chose during the first 6 weeks and creating a graph. This helped inform their sign up choices for next week and the next 6 week block. They also spent time thinking about and writing goals to prepare for the Goal Setting Conference next week

We have started our new unit of inquiry: How We Organize Ourselves

Our central idea is: Communities create economic systems that rely on production, exchange and consumption of goods and services.

Our lines of inquiry:

*The role of supply and demand
*The distribution of goods and services
*Our responsibility as consumers

We started with an online game called Lemonade Stand. Players start with a set amount of money to start a lemonade stand business. They decide how much of each item to buy and can adjust the lemonade recipe. They are advised to watch the weather and reactions of their customers and how these affect their profits. This was a fun and interesting introduction to the unit.

If you would like to come in to share your expertise with the class, please let me know! We would love have your input.

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Posted 09/28/2018 11:31PM

PY6 Update

This week, PY6 students continued working on their migration narratives as we wrap up our first unit of inquiry. Students used a "hamburger planner" to structure their stories as well as a revising checklist to help guide the writing process. They focused on adding details and using a hook in the introduction to engage the reader.

We also watched the trailer for the documentary Unwelcome and completed a visible thinking routine, See Feel Think, which led to more questions about migration and a discussion about empathy. We also heard a short presentation from a service group of MY1 and MY2 students who talked about the Nauru refugee crisis. This generated a lot of new questions about why this is happening and what can we do to help. Our unit is coming to a close but the in some ways, the inquiry continues.

Many students have asked for more time to work on their narratives during the fall break and I have offered to help with feedback for revisions if students want to share their drafts with me by email or Word online.

Today we enjoyed the afternoon at Metro Bowling! A big thank you to our parent drivers who helped make this trip possible. We look forward to using our scores for some fun math and data handling with Ms. Schäfer when we return to school after the break!

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Posted 09/26/2018 05:04PM

Parent Conferences October 17th. Classes cancelled.

All classes (PY1-DP2) will be cancelled on Wednesday October 17th due to Parent Conferences that are scheduled for all three sections of the school – Primary, Middle and High School. In addition, SFO and after-school clubs are cancelled as well.

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Posted 09/21/2018 10:31PM

PY6 have been finding out about different human migrations for our unit of inquiry. This week, they used research skills to gather information and record it on a shared document. We discussed some of the different types of sources of information they used and reviewed the importance of using critical thinking skills to evaluate sources when gathering information.

On Thursday, we enjoyed a fantastic workshop led by Jennifer Kvernmo from the International Organization for Migration. We learned about Jennifer's work along with new concepts such as the legal definition for displaced persons. The students were given profiles of people who have been displaced, read about their experiences, and identified their legal status. A big thank you to Jennifer for sharing her expertise and deepening our inquiry!

PY6 students have chosen a migration to focus on for their inquiry project. The plan is that students will choose and research a migration they are interested in, recording their notes on the graphic organizer provided. The next step is to consider what they have learned about narrative writing and write a story or journal entries incorporating what they understand about the migration. We have class time to work on this project but some work may be done at home as well.

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Posted 09/14/2018 09:54PM


Measures of Central Tendency

After discussing our prior knowledge about finding the mean, median, mode and range, students had a great time gathering data, seeing how many cups their group could stack within one minute. You will see from the pictures there were some good results! We found all the measures of central tendency and have a better understanding of mode from this set of data.


We covered some areas where knowledge was lacking, i.e. histograms (we talked about the difference between histograms and bar graphs); fractions; and statistical questions. Students are encouraged to take home their purple maths book to support their homework. Homework should be returned each Monday. New work is given out on Tuesdays.

Inquiry and Language

This week PY6 continued developing their understanding of human migration. They were asked to share ideas gathered from last week's inquiry homework, identify and post migrations on a world map, and contribute to a class mind map. Through these activities and whole class discussions, students were able to build on the ideas of others, develop their understanding and reflect on how their thinking has changed. We also carried out a simulation called "People on the Move" to help students grasp the push factors and pull factors surrounding migration.

PY6 continued work on narrative writing during Writer's Workshop. They examined several written pieces and identified the features of narratives. Students are building writing stamina while working independently in their writer's notebooks and applying narrative features to their writing. We reviewed strategies for getting ideas for stories and created a list of what to do when we feel stuck or run out of ideas. Students also practiced daily oral language routines focusing on capitalization, punctuation, homophones and comparative adjectives.

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Posted 09/07/2018 11:01PM


Factors and Multiples

Students have been working on understanding the difference between factors and multiples in a variety of ways: Factor Captor game, doodle pages, and exercises. They have also been consolidating their understanding of positive and negative integers. They have been playing a game called Integer Operations Card Game and have focused on addition and subtraction operations so far.

Math boxes homework are an opportunity to have maths conversations with your child, comparing methods you both use to solve problems. I have been teaching the fact that we all see maths in different ways. If there is any confusion or your child just does not understand the problem, I have asked them to leave a '?' so that I can address that concept in class. There will be opportunity for them to go back to retry the problem, once they have gained a better understanding.

Unit of Inquiry & Language

Where We Are In Place and Time

Central idea: Human migration is a response to challenges, risks and opportunities.

An inquiry into:

  • The reasons why people migrate
  • Migration throughout history
  • Effects of migration on communities, cultures and individuals

This week we heard from one of Skagerak's history experts, Mr. Egan, who gave a talk on the history and economics of human migration. Students participated in this discussion of how people moved, how domestication of animals increased transportation methods, and how migration created a global trade of resources and goods. They had the opportunity to take notes which led to a lesson later in the week on notetaking skills. Students were asked to read an article on forced and voluntary migration and then try to use some notetaking techniques to help summarize the big ideas from the article.

Students also carried out a visible thinking routine in partners while studying a map of early human migration. We had another visit from Mr. Egan who fielded questions and wonderings after the map activity.

We also enjoyed reading time in the library on Thursday afternoon as well as this week's SAIL workshops. Focusing on skills and the learner profile, students wrote reflections in their planners Friday afternoon and chose workshops for SAIL times for next week.

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Posted 08/31/2018 10:01PM

PY6 Update

We have had a positive start to PY6 maths with the students beginning the year discovering through digital media, games and puzzles, that there are multiple ways of looking at maths problems in order to solve them. We can train our brains to create the pathways of maths understanding. We are now looking at number; in particular, the different types of numbers we have and concepts related to them. The balloon game was helpful in developing understanding of operations with positive and negative integers. Students have been looking at patterns with these operations. We are also developing an understanding of the difference between factors and multiples.

Here, one group presenting their new understanding of the hailstone sequence to the class. The other is a partnership playing the balloon game.

We have started our unit of inquiry: Where We Are in Place and Time.

Our central idea is: Human migration is a response to challenges, risks and opportunities.

Our lines of inquiry:

*The reasons why people migrate

*Migration throughout history

*Effects of migration on communities, cultures and individuals

We had some interesting discussions around migration that came out of a "Chalk Talk" activity where students were asked to write their thoughts and ideas about 5 questions. This was done quietly and students could react to each other's ideas resulting in a conversation on paper. This helped us build on to our prior knowledge and develop our thinking about human migration.

We continued with story writing during Writer's Workshop and broadened our stories to include our own personal experiences as well as fictional narratives. As part of this week's homework, students were asked to decorate their Writer's Notebook with photos, pictures, drawings, or personal items that help provide memories or inspiration for writing. I have offered to help with printing as needed. The homework tasks for this week also included reading for 20 minutes Monday - Thursday, mathematics, and Norwegian.

We also practiced daily oral language and focused on homophones while editing sentences for correct punctuation, capitalization and grammar. We also played Kahoot for some fun teamwork and practice with homophones.

We visited the school library this week and our class library time is scheduled for Thursday afternoons 14:15-15:00. Students may borrow up to 3 books at a time.

Focusing on organizational skills, students have used their planners this week to help schedule and record their SAIL workshops for next week. You can see the workshops they have signed up for in their planners (periods C and D). Students also completed weekly reflections in their planners to help drive their SAIL workshop choices.

Upcoming dates

Photo Day for PY6 is Monday, September 3rd

Vaccinations for PY6 - Wednesday, September 5th

Primary and Middle school curriculum evening - Thursday, September 6th

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Posted 08/21/2018 04:47PM

Skagerak Day Volunteers

Skagerak Day is September 2nd and the Parent Council Event Committee is looking for volunteers to provide baked goods, and to assist in the cafeteria and grilling station. Please click on the link below for more information.

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Lesley Schäfer

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