With all the breaks in January, including two unexpected days off for flooding, it’s been a constant challenge to alter, change, and get the key points from the material and into the students’ brains with only a few weeks on the horizon.
Recently, in English class, we just finished Unit 7, which dealt with the five senses. It was a simpler chapter to study because the kids were able to use their senses to understand the material. I found the key sentences to be easier than other units, so we were able to make some solid progress. We’ve started our last unit, which is ‘New Experiences.’ We started talking about different types of foods and their origins–ravioli, sushi, burritos/tacos, etc. It’s been fun for me, as I get some insight of their background knowledge from different countries and their other classes. I’ve shown a lot of YouTube videos and Google images–it helped a lot to explain how burritos are formed and how kimchi is made!
Also, I’ve been utilizing the ‘Let’s Read’ section better than in years past. It’s a simple reading grade for the kids and we typically spend a couple of days discussing, reading together, using our workbook, and finally taking a listening grade. I’ve been trying this year to make sure to incorporate as many quizzes for the four main skills and this helps a lot!
In math (not maths), we finished our chapter on “Lines, Angles, and Shapes.” Thankfully, most of the children were already familiar with the bulk of the material, so it was more or less applying the English terminology to their base. I’m glad to have math first period, as typically assemblies run a bit long and by the time we set up our points system for the day, we don’t have extra filler time. The kids have been using such math materials as protractors, setsquares, compasses, and a lot of formulas!
Lastly, in science, we just finished our unit on sound. This was a challenging one for the kids–typically in science I like to take them outside and make the learning interactive. With the sound unit, I had to repeat and repeat things over and over again until it sunk in. I wasn’t the most exciting unit for them, but I did find a diagram of the ear, which they enjoyed coloring and labeling. Our last unit is Clouds, Water, and Wind, which we started this past week. With only about 3ish weeks left in the term before review, I’ve had to scrap some of the extra activities I’d like to do and instead plow through the textbook, workbook, and notebooks so they’re prepared for their exam!
It’s been a great year in P5/12 and it’s hard to believe it’s coming to an end. 19 students in the classroom has been ideal for me, as I can walk the room and facilitate extra assistance with some of my students without complete chaos breaking out! I didn’t have that luxury last year, so I’m very thankful!
Bring on P6!