Sunday, May 28, 2017

May 29th to June 2nd

It's the last week of school! It's been a wonderful year full of exploration, learning, and fun!  For those of you who will be continuing your adventures somewhere else next year, we wish you the best!  For those of you who will be joining us for another year, we'll see you soon!  And for everyone we've had the pleasure to have in our fifth grade community this year, stay curious, ask questions, and keep exploring!  Have a wonderful summer!!

On Monday we will be celebrating the end of the year and saying farewell to our friends James, Sebastian T., and Ms. Linh, with a pool party at Quinta Bella.  Students will be leaving the school at 8:30 am and returning at 2:00.  If you have not returned the permission slips or 50 lps for the pool, please do so Monday morning!

Students will spend this week completing their Frac-Geo-Bot project.

Students will discover how to make an object float, that had previously sunk, by changing the object’s shape, and therefore, density. 

Language Arts 
In our final week of class, students will be finishing and presenting their Animoto Public Service Announcements.  We'll also be watching the movie Bridge to Terabithia and comparing it with the novel.  In addition, we'll be writing letters to the fourth graders about what to expect in fifth grade, and reading letters from the sixth graders about what to expect in sixth grade.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Support Staff Appreciation Breakfast

This past Thursday, fifth graders joined with ninth and tenth graders to close our World Changers unit with a special breakfast to honor all of the staff that keep our school clean and working smoothly.  High schoolers organized a potluck, and fifth graders contributed food along with a small handmade picture frame as a token of appreciation.  Students acted as servers for the workers to do so much to serve them throughout the year, and we were truly impressed with the courteousness and humility that our students showed! 

 In addition, with an hour's notice, our own Ekaterina and Natalia along with Laura from secondary wrote lovely words of thanks which they shared with our honored guests.  Our hope is that this activity has encouraged students to notice people who may normally go unnoticed, and to respect people from all walks of life.  In our group reflection afterwards, I could tell that students had learned a lot from their experience!

THIS is why we love Discovery School!
Look below for more pictures!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May 22nd to 26th

Two more weeks students!  Hang in there!!

**Professional Development Day for teachers this Wednesday, students will have an early dismissal at 11:45.

**On Thursday, May 25, we will be culminating our World Changers unit by collaborating with the 9th and 10th graders to host an appreciation breakfast for the cleaning, maintenance, cafeteria, bus, and security staff at Discovery.  Fifth graders are being asked to provide the ingredients for baleadas such as beans, eggs, mantequilla, avocados, and fried plantains, as well as fruit.  Students have access to a Google Doc which they can use to indicate which ingredient they would be willing to bring.  Since we will be serving about 40 people, students may team up to bring the same ingredient in order to divide the work. We will also be working this week on making small homemade gifts of appreciation for each guest.

**Next Monday, May 29, we will be celebrating the end of our fifth grade year, as well as saying goodbye to our friends Sebastian T., James, and Ms. Linh.  The celebration will take place at Quinta Bella from 9am-2pm.  Be on the lookout this week for a permission slip and information about cost for the pool and transportation.  In addition, students also have access to another Google Doc (they are Google Experts now!) in order to sign up for food to bring that day. We know we've been asking for permission slips, money, and/or food contributions quite a bit these past couple months, and we greatly appreciate your collaboration with making our closing weeks of school fun and celebratory!

SPORTS DAY FRIDAY, MAY 26 - Nursery to 8th grade will participate in a fun sports morning. The activities for that day are as follows
Nursery to Grade 2: will enjoy the Kids Athletics’ Stations in the lower field, from 8:50 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Students in these grades need to wear the following colored t-shirt
              Nursery – red                      PreK – blue  
                                      Kinder – yellow                    
            Grade 1 – white                  Grade 2 – green

Grades 3 – 8: multilevel grade teams will be playing soccer and basketball games following the schedule below:

Soccer Field by the Cafeteria
8:30 a.m.

All students to the gym
8:50 – 9:40 a.m.
Grades 3 & 4
Grades 5 & 6
9:45 – 10: 30 a.m.
Grades 5 & 6
Grades 7 & 8
10:35 – 11: 20 a.m.
Grades 7 & 8
Grades 3 & 4
11:25 a.m.
Please remind your child to come wearing comfortable PE clothes, use sunblock, a cap, repellent and bring a water bottle.
*This is NOT an early dismissal day for the students.

This week students will focus on identifying and classifying quadrilaterals and be able to describe the similarities and differences in geometric shapes.  Students will use their knowledge of the different shapes to design their own Frac-Geo-Bot.  IXL: AA.4, AA.5, AA.7

Students will look into the various factors which determines whether an object floats or sinks and use their knowledge to predict the outcome of their own personal objects.

Language Arts
Students will be working on finishing their Animoto PSAs (Public Service Announcements) related to their chosen Sustainable Development Goal.  We will also be talking about family traditions and heirlooms as we begin reading Salsa Stories by Lulu Delacre.

Students will have their final exam over Latin and Greek roots on Tuesday.  All students have been emailed two documents (including "interactive flash cards") that they can be using to practice at home.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 15th to 19th

Welcome back to another week in Discovery School Fifth Grade!

A couple of notes:

**Last week, we sent home permission slips for the Animatronics exhibit at Chiminike.  Students in grades K-5 will be visiting the exhibit this Friday, May 19th, in the morning.  Please return the permission slip with 150 lps for transportation and admission as soon as possible.  We are also asking all students to wear their Discovery School polo shirts or t-shirts.  If your child does not have one, please let Ms. Linh or Ms. Amy know so that we can make arrangements to borrow one.  If your child has more than one that you'd be willing to share, please let us know that as well!

**We are in the process of planning our end-of-the-year party at Quinta Bella on Monday, May 29. In addition to saying goodbye to fifth grade, we will also be saying farewell and celebrating our friendships with James, Sebastian T., and Ms. Linh.  I have created a Google Doc with more information along with a sign-up sheet for the food and sent it out to students, so please check with your child for more information!  I can't believe we're in the home stretch of another year!

Language Arts
This week we will continue reading our guided reading novel, Bridge to Terabithia, and will have a graded discussion after finishing the book.  Students will also be graded on the completeness and depth of their Response Journals, which they will turn in for a final grade this week.

We will also continue working on our World Changer persuasive essays.  When students have completed their essays, they will compose a Public Service Announcement related to their essay using the online tool Animoto.

Also this week, we will be reviewing all of the Greek and Latin roots we've studied this year for a quiz on Friday.  Students have been emailed a list to study.

Students did a great job on their Social Studies project of Ancient Rome and Greece.  They applied their research skills, writing skills, presentation skills and creative skills to produce a stellar final product to which they should all be very proud.  Aside from the constructions of arenas, pantheon, and thrones, students also made authentic greek and roman food such as pita and humus (Maria and Stephany) and pancakes with yogurt and walnuts (David)....Delicious!!!!! Below are some pictures of their work.

Students will learn to classify the different Polygons, Triangles, and Quadrilaterals by their properties.
Extra Credit:  Students have three assignments that can earn them extra credit to help increase their Math grades.  This will be due on May 22.

Students will start their unit on Floating and Sinking by analyzing the characteristics of objects to determine whether they will float or sink.  They will carry out experiments to test their hypothesis on various objects around the classroom.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

May 8th to 12th

Bon Voyage Matthew!  We will all miss you!


T-3 Weeks left of school!  Can you see the light?

MAP Testing will continue this week for Reading and Language Usage.  Students did very well on their MAP Testing for Math.

MAP Reading Test: Tuesday, May 9
5A  1:15-2:30
5B  11:25-12:50 (bring an extra snack to eat right before the test)

MAP Language Test: Friday, May 12
5A: 10:05-11:25 am
5B: 8:30-9:45 am

** Please note that due to the unavailability of the Computer Lab during MAP testing, we are asking students (who are able to) to bring their devices to school for the next two weeks to assist with research for the projects they are working on and to continue working on language skills on Mobymax.  

Students will start their Geometry unit this week.  If you have not obtain a protractor, please make sure to have one for Tuesday's class.

Social Studies
Students will complete and present their Ancient Greece and Rome project this week.  They have been working very hard and it looks amazing!  After this unit we will then move on to our final unit in Science of Sinking and Floating.

Language Arts
We will begin this week with a field trip to Amor, Fe, y Esperanza, where we will see a model of a community-based organization which addresses many of the Sustainable Development Goals we've been studying for our persuasive essays.  We are looking forward to making new friends as well!

As we use our field trip experiences to inspire our writing, we will also continue with our guided reading novel Bridge to Terabithia, and will continue our study of Greek and Latin roots with 10 new spelling words this week.

Monday, May 1, 2017

May 2nd to 5th

Welcome back!  Hope you all had a relaxing long weekend.  We are now into our last month of school so hang in there students...time will fly!

Even though we are in the home stretch, and everyone is anxious to go on vacation, attendance is still of great importance.  Students are currently working on a few different collaborative projects at school which involve working with a partner or team, and when a student is absent, this affects the other students as well.  While we understand that emergencies arise, we ask that you consider any planned absence very carefully, as it will likely affect other students' work as well.  Thanks for your consideration!

Map tests will start this week and continue for the next two weeks. Our schedule is as follows:

Thursday, May 4: Math
5A 11:25am
5B 1:15pm

Tuesday, May 9: Reading
5A 1:15pm
5B 11:25am

Friday, May 12: Language
5A 10:05am
5B 8:30am

** Please note that due to the unavailability of the Computer Lab during MAP testing, we are asking students (who are able to) to bring their devices to school for the next two weeks to assist with research for the projects they are working on and to continue working on language skills on Mobymax.

Students will have their Cumulative test on Wednesday.  Please review and see Ms. Linh if you have any questions prior to Wednesday.  We will then start our unit on Geometry.  Students need to have a protractor for this unit so if you don't already have one please go out and purchase a protractor.

Social Studies
Students will have all this week to work on their project.  If they are building or making something, please make sure to bring all the materials to school on Tuesday so you can work on the project in class.  Your Extra Credit assignment is due this Friday.

Language Arts
This week we will begin a new novel, Bridge to Terabithia.  We will be doing a majority of the reading at school, but some students may find it necessary to continue reading at home.

We will also be continuing to work on our Sustainable Development Goals project with the 9th and 10th grade Language Arts class, and will be putting together our persuasive "public service announcements" this week to present a possible solution (or solutions) to a problem in Honduras. We have a very special opportunity coming up next Monday, May 8, which you will be hearing about shortly.  Please look out for an email and note to be coming home soon about this.

For spelling, students will have 10 more words with Greek and Latin roots to study this week.  They will need to complete 2 practice assignments from their Spelling Menu by Friday.  They must have one assignment from the "A" column and one from the "B" column.  In addition, students will continue to be evaluated on the spelling of their "No Excuse" words in their writing across the subject areas.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 24-28

Welcome back to another world-changing week in Discovery Grade 5!

Please note: This Friday will be an early dismissal due to teacher professional development.  There will be no school on the following Monday, May 1, for Honduran Labor Day.

** In honor of Earth Day last Saturday, throughout the week students will participate in an exercise in order to increase their awareness of the amount of trash they generate. We are asking students to please bring 1-2 plastic grocery bags to school on Monday for this activity.

**This Friday, April 28, fifth graders will participate in the French Festival.  Students should dress as chefs, and they will be serving crepes to the other elementary students. Don't worry... they will get to enjoy the "fruits of their labor" as well!

This week in Grade 5...
We will continue with our review this week focusing on Chapters 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9.  The Cumulative test will be this Friday.

Social Studies
Students will start their Ancient Greece/Rome project this week.  Students can work independently or in partners and will choose a project from 9 options.  They will spend this week researching and planning their project.

Language Arts
Last week we finished our Holes unit with a lively graded discussion, in which students compared themselves to characters in the book, and then discussed which themes they felt were most important in the novel.  Students will receive their discussion grades along with their response journal grades this week.  This week we'll be reviewing poetic devices and analyzing classic poems such as "Fog" by Carl Sandburg, "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, and "Words Free As Confetti" by Pat Mora.

For spelling, students will continue to be evaluated based on the No Excuse Words for Fifth Grade in everything thing they write in all subject areas.

We will also continue to work with the 9th and 10th graders on our World Changers project.  Students will be choosing specific problems in Honduras related to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and will be brainstorming possible solutions.  Then they will begin to organize their ideas in a persuasive essay.