PS/IS 686 | Brooklyn, NY

Gr5 Family Friday December 7, 2018 at 9:20 am

501 will be in Humanities and 502 will be in Math.

We look forward to seeing ALL BSI Families!



9:20 – 9:30 Energizer + Latin America Geography Riddles (Mix and Mingle)

9:30 – 9:45 Literature Circles (Student Led)

Inquiry Question: How can talk deepen (student) comprehension of how books work?

Family Member’s Role: Silent Observers/Researchers taking notes (mentally or by writing) what students say/do in their book talks (students in groups of 4). Discussions are completely student led. Family members are not allowed to interject or speak until the end.

End of Literature Circle Reflection: Family member will articulate in 1-2 sentences by naming and noticing what the students have talked about/how they added to each others’ ideas/understandings.

9:45 – 10:05 Let’s Play: Interactive Humanities Game(s) Design! 

Students had to apply Humanities Learning to design/construct a game. Inspired by the Institute of Play

Some Game Concept/Ideas include:


Inuit-Pueblo Culture


Canadian Regions

Natural Wonders – Geology



Reading (Tiger Rising or Number the Stars)



In January-Post winter break (DATE TBA) ALL Grade 5 Families will be invited back for a Writing Essay Share + Maya Skit Performances.

The next Family Friday will on Friday, February 8th. We hope to have you observe a Socratic Seminar in action — we’ll be starting those soon! Sneak peak at Game Designs + Cultural Identity Artifact shares…

Our game is called Luza Paluza, the Ultimate Inuit Survival Game. Players will learn about Inuit tools and animals in the Arctic during the early ages. – Abigail F.

 Our game is a Choose Your Own Adventure where you have to survive as an Inuk and learn how to adapt best to their lifestyle and climate. – Henry Q, Leo D, Jerry

Our game is about innovating and adapting to different areas throughout Canada and parts of North America. – Arlo, Leo T.

My game is board game about Rob and Sistine trying to get to the Tiger from the Kentucky Star Motel. I’m making the rule card now and it will include symbolism. – Matthew F.

Our game is about collecting enough coins as a Pueblo to create a wigwam. – Annabel, Nicole

We created a Inuit vs. Pueblo Jeopardy. – Connor, Nicolas M.

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