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Blogfolio Posting: Landmark Books and Reading Growth


Well, it’s nearly the end of the year and it is time for you to think back over the whole year and how your reading has come along during your time in Year 6. You have been given a lot of freedom to choose the kind of books you like to read and have also been expected to get good at choosing books that are “just right” for you. You have all really impressed me with your ability to read independently this year, and even the people who were not really readers at the start of the year are finishing the year very strongly.

So, create a Blogfolio posting to share the following information.

  • The best book you have read this year and why
  • The most challenging book you have read this year
  • A book you tried to read but gave up
  • The genres and authors you like and why you like them
  • How you use reading skills to do research
  • The Landmark Book you are reading at the moment and why it is a Landmark Book and not just any old book
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Homework: Numbers in your PYP Exhibition

May 17, 2012 66 comments

 

We will be basing quite a bit of our work on this homework task so please take this seriously, think carefully, deeply and beyond the obvious.

How are numbers connected to your PYP Exhibition work?

  • Did you need to calculate the cost of anything?
  • Did you need to count money?
  • Did you gather data?
  • Did you calculate percentages?
  • Did you count the number of people you spoke to?
  • Did you measure anything?
  • Did any of your research contain numbers?
  • Was time important in your exhibition?
  • Was distance relevant to your exhibition?

Think about the questions above and also any other ways that numbers may have been involved in the work that you did at any stage in the PYP Exhibition. Make a comment to explain and to give as much detail as you can with the information you have at home.

Kid Friendly Newspapers for Elementary Kids at NIST

April 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Click here to go to the newspapers that are all suitable for kids.

http://www.only2clicks.com/pages/nistlibrary

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PYP Exhibition Checkpoint#4

April 25, 2012 Leave a comment

This video shows the students and parents of 6SS working together in their latest PYP Exhibition Checkpoint. The image below shows what the students were using as a guide for the Checkpoint. The parents were asked to focus on the students’ plans, what actions they are working towards and what actions they have already put in place.

Checkpoint#2

April 2, 2012 1 comment

Homework – making progress

March 29, 2012 36 comments

Tonight is really your only chance to prepare for tomorrow’s checkpoint. This has been a crazy week!

Tomorrow, I will be expecting you to do the following things:

  • Explain which key concepts you think will help you become an expert on your spark and why
  • Share the driving questions you have created so far and where you think you can get answers to those questions
  • Share some of the most interesting information you have found using those questions
  • Involve the adults that visit us tomorrow in conversations about your spark, the work you have been doing and progress you think you have been making
  • Find ways to involve them in your learning by asking questions and seeking advice

Make a comment to tell us what you plan to do tonight to make sure you’re ready for tomorrow.

Homework – Asking conceptual questions

March 28, 2012 37 comments

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You did some amazing thinking today. It was really important that we revised the Key Concepts so that you could use them to full effect during the Exhibition. By the time we did the third set of photographs your questions were much, much more conceptual, more powerful and more interesting – you really seemed like you wanted to know the answers.

Make a comment to share the following information with us:

  • What were the most interesting questions you asked about the photographs?
  • Which questions did you really want to find answers for?
  • What questions have you created that will really help you become an expert on your spark?