Grade 5 Billy Carts Made by the Students Themselves!

Grade 5 Billy Carts Made by the Students Themselves!

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Here is another Portrait - check it out!

This was done in 6 minutes. Notice that the artist draws in the big shapes first and fills in the dark and light areas as he goes.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Good Work Grade 5!

I have read through your peer assessment comments. Well done everyone! Now you know what it is like to try to assess your work. Not easy huh? I would like to give all of you until this Wednesday to finish your assignment. You can edit your work. If you have been told to edit that could mean that you have copied and pasted. Please change your post if that has happened to you.

Online Spelling

Hi Grade 5,
I thought that you might like to try doing some of your spelling online this week.
You need to practice the Grade 5 - List 1
Try the online activity and post a message here with your score.

Peer Assessment

Hi Grade 5,
Today in UOI time I would like you to assess 2 of your friend's work. You must look for:

The introductory paragraph - (rating: Well Done, Good Effort or Editing required)
  • Does it have attention grabbing sentences?
  • Does it explain about the report?
An explanation about the religion - (rating: Well Done, Good Effort or Editing required)
  • Is it written in their own words or do you think that it was copied? How can you tell? Copy one of the sentences and paste it into the search bar at and hit the search button. Can you find the original? Is it the same? If it is it was copied.
The history of the religion - (rating: Well Done, Good Effort or Editing required)
  • Is there a map? Is the writing in the person's own words? If you are unsure try the Google test. Is the information clear?
Religious symbols - (rating: Well Done, Good Effort or Editing required)
  • Has the person included pictures? Is there an explanation? Is it in their own words?
Conclusion - (rating: Well Done, Good Effort or Editing required)
  • Did the person include a conclusion paragraph? Does it include the main points of the report?
Bibliography - (rating: Well Done, Good Effort or Editing required)
  • Is it complete? Does it have Author, (year), Title, URL and date accessed? Is it in alphabetical order?
Grade 5, I will give you a friend to assess and you can choose another friend as well. Please post a comment that includes the above rating. You can copy and paste the words below and put them in the comment box.

I, (your name) have read your Religion Report and you have the following rating:
The introductory paragraph -
An explanation about the religion -
The history of the religion -
Religious symbols -
Conclusion -
Bibliography -
You can add a motivational sentence here :-)

Friday, September 21, 2007

Extra Help for Your Religion Report

How do you write a report? Here's how!
  1. Look up the relevant information on the topic you have to write your report about in a book or on the Internet. Keep a record of the resources.
  2. Prepare an outline. Outline what you want to do on a piece of paper. You could use a mind map. There should be at least:
    • An introduction.
    • Middle sections with headings, detailing your research, ideas and discussion. Keep this at about 3 different topics at the most. For this report choose - Religion explanation, History and Symbols.
    • A summary and/or conclusion. A summary is a retelling of what you have reported on; a conclusion draws together your feelings or arguments about the topic to reach your final point of view.
  3. Add a bibliography. Put it in alphabetical order.
  4. Type a rough draft. Check your spelling and punctuation.
  5. Add pictures and post it to your blog.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

A New Fun Grammar Game

Hi Grade 5,
I'm sorry that we couldn't get the Internet Safety game to load at school. I have found this new game and it's quite good. It will help you prepare for your Cambridge exam coming up soon on November 5th. You need to identify different parts of speech. CLICK HERE

Listen and Read Peter Rabbit Online

I just found this page with some stories by Beatrix Potter. CLICK HERE
Here is a game about Peter Rabbit CLICK HERE
Beatrix Potter liked to write picture letters. Here is a link to one of her letters online. CLICK HERE
Below is an actual photo of Beatrix herself.

Do you remember in the film that Beatrix's brother was really interested in insects? Even his father said that he should be an entomologist (a scientist who studies insects). Here is an actual page from Beatrix's sketchbook that shows that she liked to draw insects too. Beatrix drew this when she was 8 years old.

Beatrix Potter Introductory Paragraph

Today in English the Grade 5 students learned to write an introductory paragraph. This is to further help the students to write an introductory paragraph for their religion inquiry for UOI. We discussed that an introductory paragraph should include the following:

1. A couple of attention grabbing first sentences

2. A short explaination of the report content (What your report is about)

3. A sentence that leads to the next paragraph

The Imaginary World of Beatrix Potter

How deep is your imagination? Do you believe in the impossible? Can animals talk to us? Beatrix Potter believed that her story characters were alive. She liked to write stories about animals that behaved as though they were humans.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Religion Project due next Monday 24 September

Hi Grade 5,
You have a small project to write about the origin/history of your group's chosen religion study. You will need to write in your own words (300 - 400)
Include pictures of religious symbols and the meaning
Include a map showing the location of where the religion started
Include at least 4 resources in your bibliography - print resources or online resources. You will need to post this on your blog.

The rubric is:

Knowledge - Including at least 8 facts about the history. Include this in your report and not as a separate list. (8 points)
Spelling - (2 points)
Punctuation - (5 points)
Report writing style with introductory paragraph and conclusion (5 points)
Relevant pictures must include religious symbols and the meanings and a map showing where the religion started. (5 points)
Bibliography with at least 4 resources in alphabetical order - (5 points)

TOTAL - 30 points

Monday, September 17, 2007

Beatrix Potter

Hi Grade 5,
As a part of our English lessons in connection with our UOI 'I Believe, You Believe', we will study about the stories of Beatrix Potter. You can read one of her stories online here,
Beatrix Potter was an exceptionally creative author who believed that her story book characters were quite real.

Our New PYP Website

Hi Grade 5,
We have a new PYP website for all grades. You can access it by clicking this link - PYP SITE
You need to visit the site and click on Grade 5 - English. I have put a new game there for you to play. Our grammar focus this week will be about Past tense and Future tense. Remember to check this site every week as we will post the newsletter here. If you click on the UOI page I have put a quiz about world religions.

Friday, September 14, 2007

God's Love (My new Haiku)

Hi Grade 5,
Can you visit 5 different blogs and leave a comment about the 'God's Love' Haiku?

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Homework due on Monday 17th September

Hi Grade 5,
I need you to post three things on your blog;

1. Your answer to 'What is God?'
2. Your UOI reflection about 'Bodyworks'.
3. Your description about what you used to believe in when you were little.

Christian Glitter by

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

English Lesson Today

Hi Grade 5,
I was very happy with your work today in English. Listening to your descriptive answers to my question 'What is God?' made me realize how much I am enjoying teaching you. I have found this beautiful site called 'The Interview With God'. Click here to see it for yourself. GOD
You will need to click the button "view presentation".
We will watch it together on Thursday in UOI time.

Friday, September 7, 2007

What do you believe in? Our new UOI!

I got the following from a site about childhood beliefs. So... Grade 5, what did you used to believe in when you were little?

I used to believe that my dogs could talk to me...all I had to do was practice barking so I could understand them. JamesB

When I was a kid I used to believe that I had to the count of 10 to turn off the light and make it to my bed to get under the covers or a monster from under the bed would get me. Of course it was MY ten-count and I always made it! JACKIE

My mum used to tell me that if i suck my thumb long enough, it would disappear.
This one really works. Qing

I used to believe that the faces or animals I could see in the clouds were actually people and animals that had just died and were going up to heaven. Eloise

My daughter Luli used to believe that all babies are born boys because they have short hair. When they get older their hair grows and they can turn into girls. That's why I think she doesn't want to have her hair cut. Mrs. Jane

What did you used to believe when you were little? Post it on your blog.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Virtual Digestion Results

Well done Grade 5! I have just marked all of your Digestion stories. You have done really well for your first online assignment. Good news. I will give you 1 language point for each point scored. That means if you got 40/40 you will get 40 language points!

My Haiku

The one above is the Haiku that I wrote in the school library. The Haiku below is the one that I did for my Masters assignment. I broke the rule of 5-7-5 syllables. The last line has 6 syllables but jewel is said as one beat 'jewel' not 'je wel'.

Monday, September 3, 2007

First Task for this Week due 10th September

Hi Grade 5,

Your first online task this week is to visit 5 blogs and give a mark out of 10 for their Digestion Story. Your criteria is:
Facts (2 points)
Picture (2 points)
Writing - grammar, spelling, paragraphs and descriptive words (4 points)
Bibliography (2 points)

Don't forget to add a comment explaining your score. Remember your Internet manners!

Please make sure that everyone gets at least one comment each. Try to visit both boys and girls blogs.

Hand Anatomy

Ever wondered what is under the skin of your hands? Leonardo Da Vinci was famous for his work in human anatomy. Below are some actual sketches done by the famous artist.


Webmaster (2006) The Sketches of a Renaissance Man
Accessed on 3/9/07

Yahoo Education (2000) The Muscles and FasciƦ of the Hand
Accessed on 3/9/07

Sunday, September 2, 2007

UOI Tests this Week

Hi Grade 5,
You will have 2 UOI tests this week. One about the human skeleton and another about muscles. To help you prepare, I have found an online puzzle for the human skeleton. Try to learn the names of the bones as you do the puzzle
A muscle identifier is here

Virtual Digestion Story due 3 September 10.00pm

I have been reading the Digestion stories. Many of you have done good work. I am still seeing some copy and paste. I will speak to those students on Monday. Don't forget to include the following:

Knowledge - Including at least 10 facts (10 points)

Spelling - (5 points)

Punctuation - (5 points)

Descriptive words - (5 points)

Creativity - (5 points)

Relevant pictures included - (5 points)

Bibliography - (5 points)

TOTAL - 40 points

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Learning to Draw a Portrait

Hi Grade 5,
I will go to Kemang today to my favourite art suppliers called 'Aneka Warna' in Ampera Raya. I will look for graphite pencils and other drawing equipment. In the meantime you can have a look at this amazing online drawing site. You should look at the portrait of Avril Lavigne. You can watch as she is drawn online. If it is too fast, adjust the 'draw speed'.
Click here for Avril's Portrait
If you want to join the site you can click here
Rate My Drawings.

This site is a quality site. No scribble or rude pictures allowed.
I tried it out! You can see my drawing here
Mrs. Jane's Drawing.