This video is titled growth mindset in math. I want you to listen closely to the words of the song, How do they explain growth mindset? Does this connect with your thought on what growth mindset is? We have spent a lot of time talking about Growth Mindset and mistakes in math this year. For your blog post this week, you have a poetry challenge! Can you write song lyrics or a poem about what you think growth mindset is? Your poem does not have to rhyme but most definitely can. The joy of poetry is that there is no wrong way to write a poem. Teach the world about growth mindset through your wonderful, creative poems!
First off, I need to say how impressed I was with your stories last week! Incredible work on using rough drafts, good copies and putting in so much detail in each of your stories and characters. For this week, I’d like us to take it further by using characters from our friends stories, taking their personality traits and having them interact in a story with your character. Your story can take place anywhere but I would like you to have a focus on setting, and conversation. So make sure that you are using quotation marks appropriately. If you’re feeling stuck about how to use quotation marks, check out this resource.
To summarize your task once again, please choose at least one other character from one of your classmate’s story. Read their profile and their flaws / faults. Once you feel like you know that character, create a story that includes their character and yours and have a conflict come between them. They can work against each other or together to solve a problem. Be creative but make sure you focus on conversation and setting.
As we have been reading our novels over the past few weeks, we have spent some time looking at characters and character and I hope that you’re starting to notice that each character has his/her own story, background, things they like and don’t, and their own personality. These characters are written that way by the author.
Today it’s your turn, you get to develop a character that you will use in this a few future blog posts. For your post this week write:
Create your own character that you will use in a story one day.
For this character, they must have:
Write down all of these things in your post below. When you’ve done that, write a paragraph from their perspective as they start their first day of grade 5. I’m so excited to see the characters that you create!
Today we had such a neat opportunity to hear from The Water Brothers, who have an amazing program on TVO that showcases worldwide as well as local issues with water. They showcased why water is important, some of the problems with water and some solutions that we can focus on to help the future. For your blog post this week, I want each of us to make some promises, set some goals and actually do something.
Here’s the challenge: For your post
March break is such an important time for students, families, and teachers. It is a time of reflection, relaxation, and a time to recharge. Enjoy this week! While you do so, please try to take some photos of the different activities and things you do over the break (I’ll do it as well). Put these photos in a quick slideshow with a 1-2 sentence caption for each and we’ll celebrate each other's break on the Monday when we come back! Post the link to your slideshow (anyone with the link can view) on the blog.
Welcome to our last week before March break, our first week since reports came out, the weather is changing, seasons and terms are switching over and we’re kicking into the final phase of grade five! Before we start, I want to thank you for such an incredible year so far and I’m so excited to see what amazing things we can do with the rest of this year. As we think about this second term and how we’re going to get better, be better, and create better, I think Happiness is key to our success. Watch the above video, presented at a TED talk on happiness. When you’ve finished watching, your job is to create your very own HAPPINESS /Gratitude JOURNAL. There has been tons of research lately that explains how if we take the time to write down what we appreciate and the good things that happen in a day, our mental state becomes happier and more positive.
This week for your blog, I’d like you to work on the Google Doc called “Your Name -- Gratitude Journal” (attached to this weekly homework) and write down 3 NEW THINGS that you were glad happened, positive events and/or things you’re thankful for. Post the link to your doc in the comments and we’ll share a few on Friday.
Here is a link to the photos from our trip!
This past week, we had an incredible opportunity to visit Think Research Corporation (@TRChealth) in downtown Toronto. We had a chance to learn the origins of computer science and see first hand how computer science is being used to save lives in hospitals around the world. We also got to spend the afternoon actually working with computer scientists and developers and to build our own paper, rock, scissors games using logic and programming. This experience, for me, as a teacher, was truly incredible! I saw my students engaged, talking, sharing, and developing their ideas in a collaborative way. They were amazing while there and it was even more amazing to see them work with these programmers to learn more about computer science, programming, and to be excited about how they could one day use computers to help others.
For your blog post this week, I would like you to write a thank you to Think Research for having us. In your thank you letter, I’d like you to write down 1 thing that you thought was amazing about the trip, 2 things that you learned while there and anything else you can think of to say thank you!
Love is all around us! As kind people in our global community, we always want to look for the best in people. We know the phrase, “you can’t judge a book by its cover”. This video is a cool visualization of that concept. In today’s society, we see all kinds of people, no one is exactly the same, and we don’t need to judge people based on appearances but rather, we need to support and get to know people for who they are!
With all that is happening in the world, we need to think about what our core values are and what we want to stand up for. We need to think about who we are as people and what we’ll do to help those who have less than us. The world is going to be inherited by you, so the sooner you start thinking about how you can make a difference, the better! Luckily to help you become the people you want to be, you have a vast support network of people who truly care about you and your well being. You never know what form love will take, where it will come from, or who will come into your life in a positive way, so it’s vital they we stay open to meeting new people and making sure that we aren’t judging based on appearance. This video brought tears to my eyes and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. For your comment this week, I’d like you to write a thank you note to someone who you appreciate, someone who has made a difference in your life. SHARE THE LOVE!
On Monday, we will be celebrating our 100th day of school this year … 100 days! This year has flown by, and as I get older, the years seem to start going faster. I think back and remember my grade 5 class, and it feels so recently. As we think about 100 and 100 day, for which we are dressing up as if we’re 100 years old, I want you to think about what the world will look like when you’re 100, so 90ish years from now. But don’t just think about the world, think about you: what will you have accomplished, what do you want to remember, what would you say to your 100 year old self.
For you blog this week, write a letter to your 100 year old self. In this letter, you can talk about things you hope you accomplished, things you want them to remember from this year, and hopes for the world. This is your letter to you in the future, I can’t wait to read them!
This week in class we’ve been looking at different commercials and why they’re effective, what they’re selling and how they’re using their commercials to sell a product. Rewatch the Always - Like A Girl commercial again. While you’re watching it, think about other commercials or ads that you’ve seen that promote positivity, that empower a group, that send out a positive message. For your blog post this week, I’d like you to find a commercial that promotes something positive and post the link below. Once you’ve posted your link, answer the following three questions:
Mr. Steltman's Class
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