Sunday, March 19, 2017

March 20th to 24th

This week in Grade 5...

Students will continue with measurements this week calculating the the area of rectangles and squares and the circumference of a circle.

Presentation of their group project will be on Monday.  We will wrap up this Science unit on Healthy Living by applying the skills we have learned from Mindfulness to help us with our introduction to Yoga.

Language Arts
This week we'll begin our new guided reading novel Holes by Louis Sachar.  We will also be finishing up fiction stories and beginning our women's history project, in which students will choose a famous woman from history to research with a partner.  We will have our Spelling/Language Arts quiz on Monday, due to the short week last week, but we will not have any new spelling words this week.

Due to limited availability of the computer lab, students should bring their electronic devices on Friday to help them with research for their Women's History project.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

March 13th to 17th

No school this Friday- Spring Break!!!!

This Thursday is the end of the 3rd quarter.  

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Students will get their Chapter 8 Math Test back on Monday.  They are to have it corrected, signed by their parents, and returned to the teacher by Wednesday.
We will start Chapter 9 this week with Measurement.  Students will learn to convert metric and customary units of measurement and be able to find the perimeters of a polygon. 

Students will spend this week writing up their research paper for their group project.  They will review the basic format of what a good paper entails and revisit their knowledge on editing skills. Students will deliver their presentation and hand in their paper on Thursday.

We will continue with our Mindfulness practice this week as students develop their deep breathing skills as they sharpen their 5 senses and train their brain to focus on the present moment, with purpose, and non judgementally.

Language Arts
This week students will be finishing up both their Book Club projects and their fiction stories. If time allows, we will begin our new class novel Holes.  We'll also be beginning a joint project with the Senior Class in which we'll be researching important women in history and presenting our research in the form of a living museum!  More information will be coming about this! If you are a student reading the blog, send Ms. Amy an email by Tuesday morning explaining what you think the quote above means and giving an example of someone doing something small with great love.  Do not tell your classmates... let's see who reads the blog!

For spelling, our words contain the roots tract, meter, scope, phon, graph. As usual, one assignment from the practice menu will be due on Tuesday, but due to the short week, the rest will be due on Monday, when we will have our quiz.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

March 6th to 10th

This week in Grade 5....

Students' math test for Chapter 8 will be this Friday.  To help you prepare for the test you have the option (not mandatory) of completing the following IXL for extra credit for Math: M.15, M.28, N.8

Students had a great time getting fit with Ms. Cara's awesome ZUMBA session!  Students learned that getting fit can come in all environments and can also be FUN!  Below are some pictures and videos of fifth graders shaking and sweating and grooving.



This week we will continue our unit on Healthy Living by focusing on exercising our mind through Mindfulness practices.  Mindfulness has been defined as a certain way of paying attention: "on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally" (Kabat-Zinn, 1994)

Students will also spend this week completing their group project presentation.

Language Arts
This week students will be working on the Book Club projects that they chose to showcase the novel that they read. We will also continue reviewing prepositions and conjunctions, and we will study words with the roots rupt, photo, quad, terr, and geo.  Students will receive a revised spelling menu from which they must choose 1 assignment to complete by Tuesday, and 2 more assignments to complete by Friday (3 total).  If you are a student reading this blog, read the quotation at the top of the blog and send me an email by Tuesday morning, explaining what you think it means in your own words. If I can tell you really thought about your answer, you can earn 3 stars!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

February 27th to March 3rd

This week in Discovery Grade 5...

We will finish with multiplying fractions this week which will wrap up our unit for Chapter 8.  Students will have their Chapter 8 unit test next Thursday.

Science: Healthy Living
Students have been working hard on their group project, Health and Nutrition at Discovery School. The main areas of focus are: School Lunch, Packed Lunch, Snacks, and Drinks.  Through their knowledge on health and nutrition, students will evaluate the food and drinks that are currently being sold at Discovery and make recommendations on improvements where needed.  At this point, students have carried out their survey and have gathered their data.  This week groups will create a graphical display of their data.

We have completed our unit on food and nutrition and will now focus on fitness, mind and body.  This week students will learn the basic functions of the heart and how our health behaviours affect our heart.  We will also kick off this fitness unit with a special guest appearance from Ms. Cara, who will lead the class through a session of ZUMBA this Thursday!  So make sure to come in running shoes and comfortable workout gear and be ready to sweat and have fun!

Language Arts
This week we will be finishing up our book club books with our final book club meetings on Wednesday.  Then we will go over guidelines for their final book project, which they will begin working on this week.  In Language, we will turn our focus toward prepositions and prepositional phrases. There will be no spelling words this week.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Week of February 21-24

We hope you enjoyed your extra day in honor of the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln!  Here's what is coming up in Grade 5!

**Please note that this Friday, February 24, is an early dismissal for teacher professional development.

Language Arts
Students will continue using class time to read their book club book and respond in their journal regarding what they are reading each day.  The next book club meeting will take place on Thursday, 2/23. Students are having some great discussions about the books they are reading, and are interacting with each other in a respectful, dignified manner!

 In Language, we will be reviewing the affixes and roots we have studied the last several weeks with a review quiz on Friday.  There will be no Spelling this week.  We will also review conjunctions, and begin looking at prepositions.

This week students will learn to find products with fractions and a whole number.  Remember to update your math notebook: Table of content, page numbers and title page.

Students have started their group project on Health and Nutrition at Discovery.  This week students are to complete their survey of the types of food being served in the school cafeteria.  By Friday, students should have completed their survey and finished the Introduction and Background Knowledge of their presentation.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Week of February 13-17

**Midterm reports were sent home on Friday.  Please review them, sign, and return to school as soon as possible.

This week in Discovery Grade 5...

Language Arts
Our first Book Club meetings last Thursday went well! Students were talking with each other using respectful, accountable talk, and they had lots of great insights to share with their other Club members!  We will continue with Week 2 this week, and students will spend some class time over the next three days to continue reading and responding in their journals.

We're shifting our focus to Language skills this week, particularly on how to identify and use
different kinds of coordinating, subordinating, and correlative conjunctions.  In Spelling/Vocabulary, we'll continue our study of affixes and roots with bi-, tri-, -able/ible, and -ology.  Students will have one assignment to complete in their notebooks by Tuesday, and will have the rest of the week to complete their assignments in Spelling City.

If you are a student reading this blog, you can earn stars by reading the quote in the image above, and then sending me (Ms. Amy) an email by describing what you think the quote means.  Don't tell your friends... let's see who reads the blog!

**Please note, students will need their devices on Thursday for a Language Arts activity.

This week we'll be learning about the importance of water in the body and how to stay hydrated.  We'll also be discussing how media influences our attitudes, decisions, and behavior toward our health, particularly through advertising.

Students will be learning how to add and subtract mixed numbers, as well as estimating the sums and differences of mixed numbers.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Week of February 6 - 10

Welcome back to another week in Discovery School Grade 5!

This week in 5th Grade:

Language Arts
For Reading, students will be preparing for their first Book Club Meeting on Thursday.  Each day they will be reading independently from a book they have chosen and will write a short response. Students will be checking with Ms. Amy during this time to talk about what they have read so far and clear up any points of confusion.  Then, on Thursday, students will gather with the other students reading the same book in order to carry out an organized discussion.

We'll also be identifying different kinds of context clues that can help us identify the meanings of unknown words, in addition to continuing our fiction-writing workshop.  Spelling/Vocabulary words will contain the affixes and roots de-, -less, under-, and centi-, and students will have 3 Spelling City assignments plus one notebook assignment to complete by Friday.

Due to the field trip to the Agricultural Fair, the Math test is now Monday.
We will move on to Chapter 8 this week which focuses on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions.

This week students will be asked to keep a Food Diary of everything they eat.  This will enable them to see the type of food that goes into their body.  Students will also investigate food packaging to understand how information on food labels can help them make better food choices. Finally, they will also learn the importance  of drinking enough water and staying hydrated  for optimal physical and mental function and development.