Sunday, March 24, 2019

March 25-29

Welcome back to another great week in Grade 5!


Notes for the week...

**Wednesday we will have our class presentation on the Greeks and Romans! Parents we would love for you to attend! We will be presenting at 8:15 and 8:45 in the morning.

** This Friday, March 29th is a Half Day. Classes will dismiss at 11:45am.

** Third quarter report cards were sent home last Friday.  Please sign and return the envelope to school as soon as possible.  Thanks!



This week in class...

Language Arts

In Reading, we will continue with our Book Club routines.  Students will read the pages they chose for the next meeting, summarizing and responding after each day.  We will move our Book Club meeting this week to next Monday in order to give students extra time to prepare this week, due to some shorter class periods last week and this week. 

In Language Arts and Writing we will be finishing our final conclusion paragraphs, along with revising and publishing our data and observations from our decomposition science projects, in order to begin putting together our display boards for the Science Fair on April 5.  



Math




We will continue exploring the introductory concepts of algebra this week. In particular, we will be looking at integers and negative numbers, and practice graphing equations.

Homework:
Monday: One Xtramath.org lesson, watch the MathAntics Videos above, Math IXL V.7
Tuesday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL V.8
Wednesday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL U.1 and U.2
Thursday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL U.3
Friday: Relax!

Social Studies
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This week we will practice one last time as we prepare for our final presentation on the Greek and Roman Civilizations. Parents, we would love to have you come Wednesday at either 8:15 or 8:45 am in the morning to see all of the kids' hard work.

Thank you for all of your support, parents! Please feel free to email us if you have
any questions.

Ms. Amy and Mr. Andrew

Sunday, March 17, 2019

March 18-22

Welcome back to another week of growth in Grade 5!


Notes for the week...

** This Friday, March 22 is a Half Day. Classes will dismiss at 11:45am.


**For the next few weeks, we will be using personal electronic devices regularly in class for Language Arts, Reading, and Math.  Please allow your child to bring his/her tablet or laptop to school. We will be using the applications Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Slides, so please ensure that these apps have been installed on your child's device.  We use these apps throughout the year for many different projects!

This week in class...

Language Arts

We will continue reading, summarizing, and responding to our Book Club books to prepare for the next meeting on Thursday.  We will also be finishing up our conclusions for our Science Fair projects and continue with analyzing poetry.  In addition, we will study the Greek and Latin prefixes mono, bi/di, tri, quat/quad, quint/penta.

Math


We finished up our unit on fractions last week. The kids did a great job on their final test for this unit. We will continue to practice many of these skills along with using the basic operations to solve more complex levels of mathematics. It is very exciting to know that the students are very strong in these skills which will be fundamental for the rest of their academic career. Great work everyone! This week we will begin a short introductory unit on algebraic equations and graphing.

Homework:
Monday: One Xtramath.org lesson, watch the MathAntics Videos above
Tuesday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL V.3
Wednesday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL V.1
Thursday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL V.5 and V.9
Friday: Relax!

Social Studies

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This week we will finish creating our props and script, and begin rehearsing for our final presentation of our living museum. Students should complete their independent research of the Greeks and Romans by the end of the week if they have not yet. Our final performance will be next week. Stay tuned for the exact date and time. :)

Thank you for all of your support, parents! Please feel free to email us if you have
any questions.

Ms. Amy and Mr. Andrew

Monday, March 11, 2019

March 11-15

Welcome back to another week of growth in Grade 5!


Notes for the week...

** There will be no school this Friday, March 15, for Spring Break.  Classes will resume next Monday, March 18.


**For the next few weeks, we will be using personal electronic devices regularly in class for Language Arts, Reading, and Math.  Please allow your child to bring his/her tablet or laptop to school. We will be using the applications Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Slides, so please ensure that these apps have been installed on your child's device.  We use these apps throughout the year for many different projects!

This week in class...

Language Arts

Last week, students chose the books they wanted to read for their Book Club and began preparing for their first book club meeting.  Students will continue reading, reflecting, and preparing this week for their meeting on Thursday. We will also continue exploring poetry through reading and writing.

Math




This week we will continue to learn about ratios, rates, and percentages. We will have a short quiz to demonstrate what we have learned about these topics.

Homework:
Monday: One Xtramath.org lesson, watch the MathAntics Videos above, Math IXL Q.3
Tuesday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL Q.5
Wednesday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL R.1
Thursday: One Xtramath.org lesson
Friday: Relax!

Social Studies

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This week we will begin writing our script for our final living museum presentation. Students will be working in small groups to write the script and also begin to create props for the presentation. Students should independently complete their research for both civilizations if they have not done so yet.

Thank you for all of your support, parents! Please feel free to email us if you have
any questions.

Ms. Amy and Mr. Andrew

Sunday, March 3, 2019

March 4-8

Welcome back to another week of growth in Grade 5!



Notes for the week...

** Just a reminder: This Friday at 5:30 p.m. the DPTO is putting on Bingo! Be sure to get your tickets with Ms. Gaby if you have not done so yet. This is sure to be another awesome Discovery event!

** This week at morning and lunch recess the 2nd graders will be selling karate pops for L10 to help raise money for the school's new recycling containers. What a great way to beat the heat and support our school!


**For the next few weeks, we will be using personal electronic devices regularly in class for Language Arts, Reading, and Math.  Please allow your child to bring his/her tablet or laptop to school. We will be using the applications Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Slides, so please ensure that these apps have been installed on your child's device.  We use these apps throughout the year for many different projects!

This week in class...

Language Arts
This week students will get started with Book Clubs, in which they will choose the book they will read for the next four weeks and meet weekly with other students reading the same book to discuss and reflect upon their reading.  We will begin a unit on reading, interpreting, and writing poetry, and we'll be studying words with the roots cycl, sequ, pop, less, and hexa with a quiz on Friday.


Math





Last week we began talking about how fractions relate to decimals and vice versa. This week we will broaden our discussion and exploration of this topic. We will be working together to convert a variety of common fractions into decimals and practice using this strategy for any fraction. We will also learn about ratios and percentages.

Homework:
Monday: One Xtramath.org lesson, watch the two MathAntics Videos above, Math IXL G.2
Tuesday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL G.12
Wednesday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL G.17
Thursday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL Q.1
Friday: Relax!

Social Studies

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This week the students will switch from learning about either the Greeks or Romans to the other civilization. Students will continue to work with Mr. Andrew to write brief summaries about each aspect of these civilizations societies. Next week we will begin brainstorming and preparing for our final living museum presentation! :)

Thank you for all of your support, parents! Please feel free to email us if you have
any questions.

Ms. Amy and Mr. Andrew

Sunday, February 24, 2019

February 25-March 1

Welcome back to another week of discovery and exploration in 5th Grade!



Notes for the week...

** Midterm progress reports were sent home two weeks ago.  Please sign and return these reports as soon as possible!

** Thank you all so much for showing your support of the Family Fun Run on Saturday and the "Dog's Way Home" movie fundraiser on Sunday!! It was a very busy but fun weekend, all to help our school become an even better place!

** We had a great time learning about the importance of pollinators such as bees and bats last week at Beecheii!




**For the next few weeks, we will be using personal electronic devices regularly in class for Language Arts, Reading, and Math.  Please allow your child to bring his/her tablet or laptop to school. We will be using the applications Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Slides, so please ensure that these apps have been installed on your child's device.  We use these apps throughout the year for many different projects!

This week in class...

Language Arts

In Language Arts this week, we will have our final discussion and reflection over  our guided reading novel Holes, by Louis Sachar.  Students' final Google Slide Decks will be due on Tuesday.  We will also be practicing our note-taking and paraphrasing skills before moving on to research Ancient Greeks and Romans in preparation for Social Studies class.

We will be finishing up our Science Fair research papers and preparing our bibliographies using the Chrome Extension MyBib.


Math


Last week we took our unit test on fractions, however, we will be learning how these skills and concepts relate to other subjects in math. This week we will be transitioning into a brief unit on converting fractions to decimals and also learning about ratios.

Homework:
Monday: One Xtramath.org lesson, watch the two MathAntics and Kahn Academy Videos
Tuesday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL M.12
Wednesday: One Xtramath.org lesson
Thursday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL L.7
Friday: Relax!

Social Studies

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We will continue our research on Greece and Rome this week in Social Studies class. We will continue to practice summarizing our research together as the students work independently to complete their research.

Thank you for all of your support, parents! Please feel free to email us if you have
any questions.

Ms. Amy and Mr. Andrew

Monday, February 18, 2019

February 19-22

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Thursday is National Chili Day!!!



Notes for the week...

**Just a reminder Friday is early dismissal. Students will leave at 11:45 am.

** Midterm progress reports were sent home last Friday.  Please sign and return these reports as soon as possible!

**Also, Wednesday we will have a class field trip to BEECHEII, a bee sanctuary, to learn more about the interconnectedness of ecosystems. Students MUST wear their Discovery School t-shirt or polo this day. If you do not have one, please let us know as soon as possible! We will leave at 8:30am and return at 10:30am. Any parents who wish to accompany us, please message Mr. Andrew or Ms. Amy. Please be sure to return your permission slip and L50 to cover the cost of the trip.


**For the next few weeks, we will be using personal electronic devices regularly in class for Language Arts, Reading, and Math.  Please allow your child to bring his/her tablet or laptop to school. We will be using the applications Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Slides, so please ensure that these apps have been installed on your child's device.  We use these apps throughout the year for many different projects!

This week in class...

Language Arts

In Language Arts this week, we will continue with our guided reading novel Holes, by Louis Sachar.  Students will continue using Google Slides to respond to what they read throughout the book.

This week, we will continue to use mentor sentences to model and imitate good language usage as we practice identifying parts of speech and revising writing to improve how it sounds.  We will also continue working on our Science Fair research papers using Google Docs.


Math



We will have our fractions unit test this Thursday in math class. We will be completing our digital study guide and studying any areas where we have weaknesses. Students should use their digital study guide and teacher feedback to study for the test this week.


Homework:
Tuesday: One Xtramath.org lesson, study for the fractions test
Wednesday: One Xtramath.org lesson, study for the fractions test
Thursday: One Xtramath.org lesson
Friday: Relax!

Social Studies

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We will start our next Social Studies unit this week on Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire! These next two weeks the students will be very busy researching one of these two civilizations using a Google Slides study guide. After completing our research we will come together as a class to talk about the similarities between the civilizations and also how we can still see the influence of Greco-Roman culture in our lives today.

Thank you for all of your support, parents! Please feel free to email us if you have
any questions.

Ms. Amy and Mr. Andrew

Sunday, February 10, 2019

February 11-15

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Notes for the week...




**For the next few weeks, we will be using personal electronic devices regularly in class for Language Arts, Reading, and Math.  Please allow your child to bring his/her tablet or laptop to school. We will be using the applications Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Slides, so please ensure that these apps have been installed on your child's device.  We use these apps throughout the year for many different projects!

This week in class...

Language Arts

In Language Arts this week, we will continue with our guided reading novel Holes, by Louis Sachar.  Students will continue using Google Slides to respond to what they read throughout the book.

This week, we will use mentor sentences to model and imitate good language usage as we practice identifying parts of speech and revising writing to improve how it sounds.  We will also continue working on our Science Fair research papers using Google Docs.


Math


We will wrap up studying using equivalent fractions and least common denominators to solve addition, subtraction, and comparison problems with fractions this week. We will also be reviewing past material in preparation for our unit test. Students should bring their devices to class if possible to work on their self-created study guide. **When completing their IXL exercises students may stop at 80% if they wish.**

Homework:
Monday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL L.9
Tuesday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL L.8
Wednesday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL L.10
Thursday: One Xtramath.org lesson
Friday: Relax!

Science

This week we'll continue to observe our eco-column models and record our
observations. We'll continue to use the Sustainability Compass tool and the
Problem-Solving Pyramid to address how we can take better care of our
ecosystems here on campus by encouraging more recycling. We will also
continue to collect data for our science projects on decomposition rates of
man-made materials. We'll finish up the unit with a final review and test.

Thank you for all of your support, parents! Please feel free to email us if you have
any questions.

Ms. Amy and Mr. Andrew