Monday, April 16, 2018

April 16-20

Welcome back!  Here's what we're up to this week in Grade 5...




Notes for the week...
**Students should be checking Engrade every week for the rest of the school year in order to stay up to date with and reflect on their progress.  Parents are encouraged to do so as well!

**On this Friday, April 20, students will be participating in the Kids Athletics Day at the Palacio de Deportes.  Please return the permission slips and 100 lps as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

** In order to help you keep updated with special classes, I have posted the links to the blogs for Spanish, Spanish Social Studies, Music, French, and PE in the right-hand sidebar under "My Blog List."  These blogs are updated every week, just like our class blog, so be sure to check in regularly to stay up-to-date on these classes!


This week in class...

Language Arts
This week students will be presenting their final projects related to their book club book on Tuesday. Then we will begin a new book called Salsa Stories by Lulu Delacre.  This quarter we'll be focusing on the themes of family and Latin American culture.

In addition, students will be choosing 3 of the poems they have written over the past few weeks to publish using Buncee.com.

Math
This week we'll continue with our Geometry unit, studying angles, and classifying triangles and quadrilaterals according to their mathematical characteristics.

Social Studies
This week we will begin analyzing the cultural and political aspects and influences of the Ancient Roman Empire.
Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week!  

All the best,
Ms. Amy

Sunday, April 8, 2018

April 9-13

Welcome back!  Here's what we're up to this week in Grade 5...




Notes for the week...


**The despedida party for Lucas and Nicolas has been rescheduled for this coming
Friday.  Please confirm by calling the number on the invitation (above), and send the money to school this week.  We need to have confirmation as soon as possible so that we can leave a list of names for the security guards at Ecovivienda.

**On Friday, April 20, students will be participating in the Kids Athletics Day at the Palacio de Deportes.  Permission slips were sent home last week.  Please return the permission slips and 100 lps as soon as possible.

** In order to help you keep updated with special classes, I have posted the links to the blogs for Spanish, Spanish Social Studies, Music, French, and PE in the right-hand sidebar under "My Blog List."  These blogs are updated every week, just like our class blog, so be sure to check in regularly to stay up-to-date on these classes!


This week in class...

Language Arts
This week students will be working on their final projects related to their book club book. Projects will be due next Tuesday.

We will also continue with poetry workshop this week in which students will be composing their own poems to publish.

This week we'll be studying the roots aud, archy, bell, port, ology. There will be a quiz on Friday.

Math
This week we'll be looking at the differences in measuring temperature in Fahrenheit and Celsius.  On Tuesday we'll be reviewing Chapter 9 to prepare for the test on Wednesday.  Then we'll be moving on to characteristics of solid figures and figuring the surface area of 3-Dimensional objects.

Science / Social Studies
This week students will finish up the Lunch Menu project they have been working on, and they will present their projects to the class on Tuesday. Then we will begin our Social Studies unit on Ancient Rome.

Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week!  

All the best,
Ms. Amy

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

April 3-6

Welcome back!  We are ready for another week of fun and learning!



Notes for the week...

**Third quarter report cards were sent home on Friday, March 23. Please sign and return the envelope as soon as possible.  Thank you!

** In order to help you keep updated with special classes, I have posted the links to the blogs for Spanish, Spanish Social Studies, Music, French, and PE in the right-hand sidebar under "My Blog List."  These blogs are updated every week, just like our class blog, so be sure to check in regularly to stay up-to-date on these classes as !


This week in class...

Language Arts
This week we will continue with classroom book clubs, in which students chose books they were interested in reading and then were grouped with students who chose the same books.  On Tuesday through Wednesday, students will be reading and writing responses to their books, and on Thursday students will have their final book club meeting. Then they will be introduced to their final project which will be completed with their book club group.

We will also continue with poetry workshop this week in which students will be composing their own poems to publish.

This week there will be no spelling words so that we can spend more time focusing on our poetry.  

Math
This week we'll be reviewing perimeter, area, and measurement.  Then we'll move on to finding the area of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, and triangles.

Science
This week students will begin their final project to wrap up our food chemistry unit, in which students create 3 days of lunches according to the nutritional guidelines the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals we have learned.

Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week!  

All the best,
Ms. Amy

Monday, March 19, 2018

March 19-23

Welcome back!  We are ready for another week of fun and learning!



Notes for the week...

** This Friday, March 23, we will be having a special potluck lunch at 12:30 to help us celebrate Semana Santa!  A sign-up list is circulating in our 5th Grade Parents Whatsapp group.  If you haven't seen it, please let me know!

** Read-a-Thon sheets are due this Thursday, March 22!!

** In order to help you keep updated with special classes, I have posted the links to the blogs for Spanish, Spanish Social Studies, Music, French, and PE in the right-hand sidebar under "My Blog List."  These blogs are updated every week, just like our class blog, so be sure to check in regularly to stay up-to-date on these classes as well!


This week in class...

Language Arts
This week we will continue with classroom book clubs, in which students chose books they were interested in reading and then were grouped with students who chose the same books.  On Monday through Wednesday, students will be reading and writing responses to their books, and on Thursdays students will meet in their clubs to discuss what they have read.  

In addition, we'll continue exploring and analyzing different kinds of poems and continue writing some poetry ourselves!

This week there will be no spelling words so that we can spend more time focusing on our poetry.  The Roots and Affixes Review Quiz has been graded and recorded in Engrade.

Math
This week we'll continue looking at units of measurement in both the U.S. Customary and Metric Systems, converting among units and measuring in fractions of an inch.

Science
This week we'll continue to analyze the role that food plays in the world and how it impacts nature, economics, society, and well-being. Then we'll begin a project where students must create a 5-day lunch menu for themselves, using the nutrition guidelines we have learned and creating the least impact on the world around us. 

Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week!  Have a wonderful Semana Santa vacation!

All the best,
Ms. Amy

Sunday, March 11, 2018

March 12-16

Welcome back!  We are ready for another week of fun and learning!


Notes for the week...

** This week, students will be looking at the ingredients and nutrients in what they eat by reading and analyzing food labels.  Please send 2-3 boxes or food packages with the nutrition labels that you no longer need to school by Wednesday.  

** The READ – A- THON has begun! Please remember to encourage your children in grades K – 5 to read, read, read!!! They should be writing the books they devour in their reading log sheet, and more sheets are available if needed. Students will submit their log sheets on March 22, and the winners will be treated to lunch (courtesy of our DPTO) outside our school campus when we return from Easter Break.

** In order to help you keep updated with special classes, I have posted the links to the blogs for Spanish, Spanish Social Studies, Music, French, and PE in the right-hand sidebar under "My Blog List."  These blogs are updated every week, just like our class blog, so be sure to check in regularly to stay up-to-date on these classes as well!


This week in class...

Language Arts
This week we will continue with classroom book clubs, in which students chose books they were interested in reading and then were grouped with students who chose the same books.  On Monday through Wednesday, students will be reading and writing responses to their books, and on Thursdays students will meet in their clubs to discuss what they have read.  

In addition, we'll continue exploring and analyzing different kinds of poems and begin writing some poetry ourselves!

This week we'll be reviewing the affixes and roots we have studied so far.  There will be a quiz over the meanings of these roots on Friday: in, im, un, ful, re, non, over, mis, chron, dec, therm, tract, uni, manu, oct, ped, cycl, pop, sequ, quin, scope, ician, itis.

Math
This week we'll have a test on Tuesday over adding and subtracting fractions, and on Wednesday over multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers. Then we'll begin looking at units of measurement in both the U.S. Customary and Metric Systems.

Science
This week students will analyze and reflect on the food diaries they kept for the last 7 days, noting what nutrients they tend to lack or get too much of.  We'll be learning about protein and vitamins, and analyzing food labels. Then we will explore how "Every Plate Tells a Story" by looking at where our food comes from and how what we have on our plates relates to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week!

All the best,
Ms. Amy

Sunday, March 4, 2018

March 5 - 9

Welcome back!  We are ready for another week of fun and learning!




Notes for the week...

** The READ – A- THON has begun! Please remember to encourage your children in grades K – 5 to read, read, read!!! They should be writing the books they devour in their reading log sheet, and more sheets are available if needed. Students will submit their log sheets on March 22, and the winners will be treated to lunch (courtesy of our DPTO) outside our school campus when we return from Easter Break.

** In order to help you keep updated with special classes, I have posted the links to the blogs for Spanish, Spanish Social Studies, Music, French, and PE in the right-hand sidebar under "My Blog List."  These blogs are updated every week, just like our class blog, so be sure to check in regularly to stay up-to-date on these classes as well!


This week in class...

Language Arts
Last week we began classroom book clubs, in which students chose books they were interested in reading and then were grouped with students who chose the same books.  On Friday through Wednesday, students will be reading and writing responses to their books, and on Thursdays students will meet in their clubs to discuss what they have read.  

In addition, we'll be looking at different kinds of poems and the poetic devices poets use in order to begin writing some poetry ourselves!

We will be studying words with the Greek and Latin roots sequ, quin, ician, itis, scop with a Spelling / Language Arts quiz on Friday.

Math
This week we'll complete our "In the Kitchen" mini-project, in which we practiced adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.  Then we'll begin multiplying fractions and mixed numbers.

Science
We'll be continuing our food chemistry unit as well as continuing to test the chemistry of different foods and liquids to determine if they contain starch, glucose, protein, and/or fat. Students will also be keeping a daily food journal in which they will record the food they eat and the nutrients contained in each meal.

Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week!

All the best,
Ms. Amy

Sunday, February 25, 2018

February 26 - March 2

Welcome back!  We are ready for another week of fun and learning!




Notes for the week...

** If you have not seen your child's midterm progress report sent home a week ago, please contact me as soon as possible. Several students still have not returned their signed reports.

** In order to help you keep updated with special classes, I have posted the links to the blogs for Spanish, Spanish Social Studies, Music, French, and PE in the right-hand sidebar under "My Blog List."  These blogs are updated every week, just like our class blog, so be sure to check in regularly to stay up-to-date on these classes as well!


This week in class...

Language Arts
Students will be finishing and presenting their Holes projects on Wednesday of this week.  They will also be finishing up their Greek myth presentations due Thursday. We will be studying words with the Greek and Latin roots manu, oct, ped, pop, cycl with a Spelling / Language Arts quiz on Friday.

Math
This week we'll move on with adding and subtracting mixed numbers, and then we'll begin applying these concepts to our "In the Kitchen" mini-project.

Science
Having closed up our Ancient Greece unit, we're ready to begin learning about the chemistry behind our food in our next Science unit! We'll start a food journal and learn about the nutrients which certain foods provide. We'll also be testing the chemistry of different foods and liquids to determine if they contain starch, glucose, protein, and/or fat.

Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week!

All the best,
Ms. Amy