Sunday, November 19, 2017

November 20-22

Welcome back to another great week in Discovery Grade 5!


Notes for the week:

** We still need your 2-liter soda bottles!  After Thanksgiving Break we'll continue with our ecosystems unit in science, in which we will be building a model of land and water ecosystems!  This exciting activity requires us to have at least 21 2-liter soda bottles, rinsed out and with the labels removed.  Because we will be attaching the bottles together, they must all be of the 2-liter size.  Thanks so much for your help with this!!



If you didn't receive an invitation to our Exposition above, please let me know!  Students will be presenting their speeches inspired by the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.  Hope to see you there!

This week in class:

Language Arts
In Language Arts this week, we'll continue studying the mystery novel The Egypt Game by analyzing the characters and plot. We'll also be preparing for our TED Talks exposition on Tuesday at 9:00am!  We're so excited to show you what we have been practicing!

Math
On Monday, we will share our "Wolves Teaching Wolves" video tutorials that we created last week and winners will be chosen to put on the school's youtube channel!  Then on Tuesday, we will review Chapter 3 (Division with One-Digit Divisors) and there will be a test on Wednesday.



Wolves Teaching Wolves in production

Science
For this short week, we'll be collaborating to develop a definition of "ecosystem." We will also begin to investigate what plants really need to grow by designing our own experiment.
  

Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week! It's going to be a great one!
💜 Ms. Amy

Sunday, November 12, 2017

November 13-17



Welcome back to another great week in Discovery Grade 5!
 



Notes for the week:

** We still need your 2-liter soda bottles!  After Thanksgiving Break we'll continue with our ecosystems unit in science, in which we will be building a model of land and water ecosystems!  This exciting activity requires us to have at least 21 2-liter soda bottles, rinsed out and with the labels removed.  Because we will be attaching the bottles together, they must all be of the 2-liter size.  Thanks so much for your help with this!!

** Electronic devices: In order to work on a project in math, we are asking students to bring electronic devices which can record video and connect to the internet.  Students will be working in pairs, so if a student is unable to bring one, s/he will be paired with someone that has a device.

** Early dismissal: This Friday, November 17, is an early dismissal at 11:45 for staff professional development.

** Christmas Bazaar: Come do your Christmas shopping at the annual Discovery School Christmas Bazaar! Join us this Saturday, November 18, from 9:00am-4:00pm at Plaza Marte (behind Emoporio on Blvd. Morazan) for lots of yummy treats and unique gift ideas!  In addition, the Asociacion de Rescatistas Independientes (ARI), a group of animal rescuers which are good friends of mine, will be there selling donated items and accepting donations of money, dog food, or cat food.  I also hear there may be a cute dog or two :)




If you didn't receive an invitation to our Exposition above, please let me know!  Students will be presenting their speeches inspired by the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.  Hope to see you there!


This week in class:

Language Arts
In Language Arts this week, we'll continue studying the mystery novel The Egypt Game by analyzing the characters and plot. We'll also continue working on our Sustainable Development Goal speeches by refining our rough drafts, and practicing our oral presentations. 

We are proud to announce that Andrés Goméz will be representing 5th grade at the ABSH speech competition in February, while Gabriel Rivas will be representing us in the ABSH spelling competition!  In the event that either student is unable to attend the competition, the 2nd place winners, Sharon Tulli (Speech) and Lucas Martín (Spelling) will step in to take their place.  It has been a month full of hard work, and it is paying off!  I was so proud of all fifth graders on Friday as I listened to them overcome their nerves and deliver spectacular speeches!

Math
This week students will be learning and practicing order of operations and plotting coordinates on a grid. Ms. Maria Fernanda will also be guiding students in making video tutorials for other students about concepts they have learned in math. Please see the note above about students bringing electronics to school this week.

Math homework this week will be a combination of watching videos, working on a math packet to practice concepts learned in class, and working on their "Wolves Teaching Wolves" video tutorial project.  

Monday math homework: visit these two websites and read/watch the material. Be prepared to practice in class on Tuesday what you learned!   https://www.mathsisfun.com/operation-order-pemdas.html and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmyaiK3FC_8

Social Studies
This week we'll finish up our unit on Ancient Egypt by learning about how Ancient Egyptians used engineering to solve problems in their daily lives.  We'll also have a couple of engineering challenges ourselves! The test will be on Friday, and students will be able to use their notes.  

Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week! It's going to be a great one!
💜 Ms. Amy

Sunday, November 5, 2017

November 6 - 10

Welcome back to another great week in Discovery Grade 5!


Notes for the week:
 
**If you have not sent your 1 gallon of disinfectant (per family) for FUNDACION ABRIGO, please do so as soon as possible! We want to show this valuable organization that we value what they do and that they have a strong ally in the Discovery School community! 

** We need your 2-liter soda bottles!  In a few weeks we'll begin our ecosystems unit in science, in which we will be building a model of land and water ecosystems!  This exciting activity requires us to have at least 21 2-liter soda bottles, rinsed out and with the labels removed.  Because we will be attaching the bottles together, they must all be of the 2-liter size.  Thanks so much for your help with this!!



This week in class:

Language Arts
In Language Arts this week, we'll continue studying the mystery novel The Egypt Game by analyzing the characters and plot. We'll also continue working on our Sustainable Development Goal speeches by refining our rough drafts, and practicing our oral presentations.  On Friday, students will present what they have done in order to determine who will represent the 5th grade in the ABSH Language Arts Festival in February.  

Math
This week students will be continuing division, and will be practicing dividing money amounts, divisibility rules, prime and composite numbers, and interpreting remainders. Students will continue using Xtramath.org for homework in order to practice their accuracy and speed with basic multiplication and division facts. 

Social Studies
This week we'll continue studying Ancient Egypt through readings, videos, and discussions with a focus on measurement and numbers, the mystery of the Sphinx, the pyramids, and farming and irrigation in Ancient Egypt.  

Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week! It's going to be a great one!
💜 Ms. Amy

Sunday, October 29, 2017

October 30 - November 3

Welcome back to another great week in Discovery Grade 5!


Notes for the week:
 
 

** This Tuesday, October 31, is Book Character Day!  Students should dress up as a book character and bring the book with them that day so that they can participate in our Book Character Live Museum!  Students need to be sure to have their costume ideas approved by Ms. Amy before Tuesday!





**If you have not sent your 1 gallon of disinfectant (per family) for FUNDACION ABRIGO, please do so as soon as possible!
 We want to show this valuable organization that we value what they do and that they have a strong ally in the Discovery School community! Please send your donation by Tuesday, October 31!

** We need your 2-liter soda bottles!  In a few weeks we'll begin our ecosystems unit in science, in which we will be building a model of land and water ecosystems!  This exciting activity requires us to have at least 21 2-liter soda bottles, rinsed out and with the labels removed.  Because we will be attaching the bottles together, they must all be of the 2-liter size.  Thanks so much for your help with this!!



This week in class:

Language Arts
In Language Arts this week, we'll continue studying the mystery novel The Egypt Game by analyzing the characters and plot. We'll also continue working on our Sustainable Development Goal speeches by putting together a rough draft.  

Math
We'll continue with division and begin dividing with longer numbers. Students will continue using Xtramath.org for homework in order to practice their accuracy and speed with basic multiplication and division facts. Congratulations to Andrés, who has graduated out of the multiplication and division facts program!!

Social Studies
This week we'll continue studying Ancient Egypt through readings, videos, and discussions with a focus on the lives of the rich vs. the poor, the Nile River, myths, and measurement and numbers.

Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week! It's going to be a great one!
💜 Ms. Amy

Sunday, October 22, 2017

October 23-27

Welcome back to another great week in Discovery Grade 5!



Notes for the week:

** I enjoyed meeting with everyone at conferences on Friday, and look forward to getting together with the rest of you this week! I greatly appreciate you taking time out of your day so that we could have a conversation about your child's education. As always, feel free to contact me with any concerns, questions, or comments at asuhr@discoveryschool.edu.hn. 

** This Friday, October 27, we will be celebrating UN Day with activities in the morning.  There will be an early dismissal at 11:45.
 
 
download** Next Tuesday, October 31, is Book Character Day!  Students should dress up as a book character and bring the book with them that day so that they can participate in our Book Character Live Museum!  Students need to be sure to have their costume ideas approved by Ms. Amy before Tuesday!


**FUNDACION ABRIGO provides lodging for families from outside Tegucigalpa who bring patients to Hospital Escuela. Discovery School has been a partner in solidarity with Fundacion Abrigo for the past years. We are asking for a donation of 1 gallon of disinfectant.  Please send us your donation per family by Tuesday, October 31.

** The DPTO is excited to announce that the UN Day celebration is near.  This school tradition is not possible without your help. It is free to participate; your country will be given a cultural table that you can set up as you like. There is a handbook available to help you prepare.  If you can’t do it by yourself, let us know: we are here to help.  We have already contacted many of you about your involvement; if you have not heard from us and want to participate, please let us know. For questions and comments, write to us at dptowolves@gmail.com .  Thank you and see you there!

This week in class:

Language Arts

In Language Arts this week, we'll begin our new theme: What kinds of conflicts do people face and how do they resolve them? We'll be starting with the novel The Egypt Game to investigate this essential question and to go along with our Social Studies unit on Ancient Egypt as well.  We'll continue working on our Sustainable Development Goal speeches by gathering evidence for our claims and putting together a rough draft.  We'll also be looking at the characteristics of a good speaker by watching a few different examples of TED Talks.

Math
In math, we'll review Chapter 2: Multiplying Whole Numbers and Decimals in order to prepare for a test on Tuesday.  We'll then begin Chapter 3 with division. Students will continue using Xtramath.org for homework in order to practice their accuracy and speed with basic multiplication and division facts.

Social Studies
This week we'll begin a new social studies unit about Ancient Egypt! We'll be reading about and investigating different aspects of the culture and connecting it to themes in present day.

Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week! It's going to be a great one!
💜 Ms. Amy

Sunday, October 15, 2017

October 16-20

Welcome back to another great week in Discovery Grade 5!




Notes for the week:

**This Friday, there will be no classes due to Parent/Teacher/Student conferences.  We will be sending a note home with your scheduled time, and we will do our best to set a time that is convenient for you.  Siblings will be scheduled consecutively so that you do not have to wait or come back in between sibling conferences.  These conferences are mandatory, so if you are not able to make it on Friday, please let me know as soon as possible and we will set something up for the following week.  To indicate your preference for morning or afternoon, or to schedule on a different day, please contact me as soon as possible at asuhr@discoveryschool.edu.hn. 

**FUNDACION ABRIGO provides lodging for families from outside Tegucigalpa who bring patients to Hospital Escuela. Discovery School has been a partner in solidarity with Fundacion Abrigo for the past years. We are asking for a donation of 1 gallon of disinfectant.  Please send us your donation per family by Tuesday, October 31.

** The DPTO is excited to announce that the UN Day celebration is near.  This school tradition is not possible without your help. It is free to participate; your country will be given a cultural table that you can set up as you like. There is a handbook available to help you prepare.  If you can’t do it by yourself, let us know: we are here to help.  We have already contacted many of you about your involvement; if you have not heard from us and want to participate, please let us know. For questions and comments, write to us at dptowolves@gmail.com .  Thank you and see you there!

This week in class:

Language Arts
In Language Arts this week, we'll be looking at irregular past tense verbs and past participles (i.e. know, knew, has known).  There will be a quiz on Thursday over 10 irregular verbs and their uses. Students will be choosing their Sustainable Development Goal and will begin researching and writing their TED Talk about their chosen Goal.  We'll also be practicing how to identify the most important information in an article in order to help us take good notes.

Math
In math, we'll continue looking at and working with algebraic expressions using variables for unknowns. Students will continue using Xtramath.org for homework in order to practice their accuracy and speed with basic multiplication and division facts.

Science
In science, students will continue working on their cell model, which is due on Thursday and will be presented to the class at that time.

Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week! It's going to be a great one!
💜 Ms. Amy

Sunday, October 8, 2017

October 9-13

Welcome back!  We hope you had an enjoyable vacation!



Notes for the week:

**FUNDACION ABRIGO provides lodging for families from outside Tegucigalpa who bring patients to Hospital Escuela. Discovery School has been a partner in solidarity with Fundacion Abrigo for the past years. We are asking for a donation of 1 gallon of disinfectant.  Please send us your donation per family by Tuesday, October 31.

** The DPTO is excited to announce that the UN Day celebration is near.  This school tradition is not possible without your help. It is free to participate; your country will be given a cultural table that you can set up as you like. There is a handbook available to help you prepare.  If you can’t do it by yourself, let us know: we are here to help.  We have already contacted many of you about your involvement; if you have not heard from us and want to participate, please let us know.

For questions and comments, write to us at dptowolves@gmail.com
 .  Thank you and see you there!

This week in class:

Language Arts
In Language Arts this week, we'll be focusing on identifying pronouns and using them correctly.  We'll also begin a project in which students will be preparing a persuasive oral presentation, similar to a TED Talk, related to one of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.  We'll be looking in depth at the goals and their purposes so that students can choose a goal that they are interested in.

Math
In math, we'll begin looking at and working with algebraic expressions using variables for unknowns. Students will continue using Xtramath.org for homework in order to practice their accuracy and speed with basic multiplication and division facts.

Science
In science, students will be introduced to their cell model project, in which students design a 3D model of a plant or animal cell using materials and methods of their choosing.  We will spend time in class investigating different kinds of models so that students can choose the model they prefer (or use their own creativity to design their own).

Students should discuss their ideas with their parents so that students can bring the necessary materials to class no later than Thursday, when we will begin working.  Construction paper, glue, and a limited amount of paint will be available at school, but any other materials needed should be brought from home.  Students will be working on the project during class time, however, due to the complexity of the model chosen or the student's use of class time, some work may need to be completed at home.

Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week! It's going to be a great one!
💜 Ms. Amy