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

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October 2-3

Feliz Feriado Morazánico!  Have a lovely vacation this week!



Notes for the short week:

** Please note! Although this week is only 2 days due to the October holidays, these two days will continue as regular school days and it is important that students attend.  If you have already contacted me regarding your child being absent during this time, I will make arrangements, however please do not consider these days as "optional" as we will be covering new material and continuing class as usual.  Thank you!

** Due to MAP testing, the computer lab will be unavailable for the next two weeks.  Since we are in the middle of our Discovery Geographic project, I am asking students to bring in their devices for the next couple of weeks so that we may continue to work.  Devices will need to be able to access Google Drive and edit Google Docs, both of which may need apps to be installed.  The apps are free, and will be very helpful for students when they are unable to access the computer lab.  Thanks for your collaboration!


This week in class:

Language Arts
We will be using our Language Arts time these next couple days to finish publishing our "Discovery Geographic" articles.  We will also be taking a close look at the features of nonfiction text (bold print, maps, charts, etc.) and learning to annotate nonfiction text to help us better understand what we are reading.

Math
In math, we will continue with multiplying decimals.

Science
We will continue comparing plant and animal cells, and we'll have the chance to use slide viewers to see cells up close and personal!

Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week! Have a wonderful holiday!
💜 Ms. Amy

Sunday, September 24, 2017

September 25-29

Welcome back to another week in Discovery Grade 5!



Notes for the week:

** Please note! Although next week is only 2 days due to the October holidays, these two days will continue as regular school days and it is important that students attend.  If you have already contacted me regarding your child being absent during this time, I will make arrangements, however please do not consider these days as "optional" as we will be covering new material and continuing class as usual.  Thank you!

** This Friday, September 29, will be an early dismissal at 11:45 to allow for teacher professional
development.

** This week, MAP testing will continue.  Fifth graders' tests are scheduled as follows:

READING - Monday, 9/25, 1:15-2:30
LANGUAGE USAGE- Thursday, 9/28, 8:30-9:45

** Due to MAP testing, the computer lab will be unavailable for the next two weeks.  Since we are in the middle of our Discovery Geographic project, I am asking students to bring in their devices for the next couple of weeks so that we may continue to work.  Devices will need to be able to access Google Drive and edit Google Docs, both of which may need apps to be installed.  The apps are free, and will be very helpful for students when they are unable to access the computer lab.  Thanks for your collaboration!


This week in class:

Language Arts
Last week we finished reading Bridge to Terabithia and had a wonderful, thoughtful discussion about the important themes in the novel.  Students responded well to this book and are becoming masters at class discussions!  Students received their discussion grades on Friday.  This week we will be working on reading and annotating nonfiction articles as well as practicing strategies for taking notes. 

In Writing, we'll continue working on using the notes we have taken and research we have done to create our first drafts of our "Discovery Geographic" articles.  Please see the note above regarding bringing devices for this, since we will not have access to the computer lab for the next couple of weeks during MAP testing.

In Spelling and Language, we'll be discussing and practicing the use of singular and plural possessive nouns, along with the proper usage of apostrophes. (Please excuse the repetition from last week... I accidentally posted the wrong activity!)

Math
Ms. Maria Fernanda will be back with us this week to work on multiplication patterns in decimals as well as using the standard algorithm to solve multi-digit multiplication problems involving decimals. We enjoyed being in charge of activity stations with our 4th-grade math buddies last Friday!

This week, students will begin to have nightly math facts homework using Xtramath.org.  This program has proven to be very effective in the past with helping students improve the speed and accuracy of their multiplication and division tables, as long as students use it regularly!  It should only take 5-10 minutes each evening. All students should have their log-in information noted in a safe place, along with my email address, which they may need to log in.  Students will be expected to complete their Xtramath lesson every night, Monday through Thursday, unless we have been able to complete it at school.

Science
This week we will continue sharpening our observation skills as we look in depth at plant and animal
cells.  We'll be using the secondary science lab on Wednesday to practice using microscopes.

Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week! 
💜 Ms. Amy

Sunday, September 17, 2017

September 18 - 22

Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed your extended weekend and holiday celebrations!


Notes for the week:

** This week, MAP testing will begin.  Fifth graders' tests are scheduled as follows:
MATH - Wednesday, 9/20, 1:15-2:30
READING - Monday, 9/25, 1:15-2:30
LANGUAGE USAGE- Thursday, 9/28, 8:30-9:45

** Due to MAP testing, the computer lab will be unavailable for the next two weeks.  Since we are in the middle of our Discovery Geographic project, I am asking students to bring in their devices for the next couple of weeks so that we may continue to work.  Devices will need to be able to access Google Drive and edit Google Docs, both of which may need apps to be installed.  The apps are free, and will be very helpful for students when they are unable to access the computer lab.  Thanks for your collaboration!


This week in class:

Language Arts
We'll be finishing up Bridge to Terabithia this week and will have a graded discussion on Thursday regarding the characters, events, and themes in the book. This will serve as our final assessment for the novel.  We will be working throughout the year on formal discussion skills, and graded discussions will become a part of our evaluations and assessments in several subject areas.  Students will be provided the questions ahead of time so that they can be thinking about their responses as we discuss the questions on Thursday.

In Writing, we'll continue working on our "Discovery Geographic" articles.  Please see the note above regarding bringing devices for this, since we will not have access to the computer lab for the next couple of weeks during MAP testing.

In Spelling and Language, we'll be discussing and practicing the use of singular and plural possessive nouns, along with the proper usage of apostrophes.

Math
On Monday, we will welcome Ms. Maria Fernanda as our guest math teacher for the next several weeks!  We will begin reviewing concepts of multiplication, including estimating products and multiplying by one- and two-digit numbers.

Social Studies / Science
On Monday, we will have a review of government and geography concepts to prepare for a final quiz on Tuesday.  Students will have information to study Monday night.

Then on Wednesday, we begin our Science unit Microworlds.  We'll begin by talking about and practicing the skills of observation, as we make observational drawings of things we are used to seeing every day with a focus on details we normally overlook.

Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week! 
💜 Ms. Amy

Sunday, September 10, 2017

September 11-13

Happy Independence Day!


It's a short week, but it's packed!

Congratulations to Gabriel, Sofía, Adrilú, and Alessandra, who demonstrated determination, dedication, and courage in delivering their candidate speeches for our Discovery Elementary Environmental Student Council!  We are so proud of all of you! We are happy to announce that Adriana Lucia will be our fifth grade representative this year, and Gabriel will be the assistant representative in order to prepare to be the sixth grade representative next year!  We can't wait to make the school a greener place!


On Wednesday we will have our annual Independence Day celebration, beginning with Desayuno Catracho (Honduran Breakfast) at 8:00am.  Thanks so much, families, for contributing to the best breakfast of the year!  Breakfast will be followed by our Discovery parade, and cultural presentations made by all of our students.  This day will be an Early Dismissal day, with students being dismissed at 11:45.
This week in class:

Language Arts
We'll continue our study of Bridge to Terabithia, as well as our research for our "Discovery Geographic" magazine articles.

Math
We'll have a final review of Chapter 1 content on Monday, with a test on Tuesday.  A little extra studying at home might be helpful as well!

Social Studies
We are moving toward the end of our government and geography unit by exploring latitude and longitude.  We'll also be discussing ways that geography affects humans, and humans affect geography!

Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week! Have a lovely long holiday weekend!
💜 Ms. Amy

Sunday, September 3, 2017

September 4 - 8



Welcome to another week of learning, growing, working hard, and having fun!

**This week students will have the opportunity to run for election to our first Discovery School Elementary Environmental Council!  Interested students should prepare a speech to be delivered this Friday, and then students in each grade will vote for their grade's representatives.  The Environmental Council will meet and discuss ways that we can make our school more environmentally friendly, as well as guide the rest of the student body in adopting more ecologically sound practices at school and in their own lives!

This week in Grade 5:

Language Arts
This week we will continue with Bridge to Terabithia in guided reading, as we analyze character traits, plot developments, and figurative language.  In writing, we'll begin a project in which students will research a well-known geographical feature and will write a magazine article about it to be included in our very own 5th grade edition of "Discovery Geographic."  In spelling, we'll be focusing on words with the suffixes -tion and -sion, as well as using syllabication to analyze multi-syllable words.

Math
Students will be reviewing and using the standard algorithm to solve addition and subtraction problems with whole numbers and decimals, later applying these skills to solve real-world problems. The following Monday, we will be reviewing Chapter 1 concepts for a test on Tuesday, September 12.

Social Studies

Students will be finishing up and presenting their Google Slides presentations about governments around the world, and then we will dive into geography.

Thanks for checking in with us this week, and as always, please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or comments!

All the best,
Ms. Amy

Sunday, August 27, 2017

August 28-September 1

Welcome back to another week of learning experiences in fifth grade!

** This week we'll be sharpening our focus on issues of waste reduction and recycling.  We'll be collecting our trash throughout the week in order to analyze it at the end of the week and discuss how we can reduce the amount of waste we create.  We'll also be talking about how waste ultimately affects many aspects of our lives and the world around us.  On Friday, all of Discovery School will participate in our Eco-friendly Lunch Day, in which students put thought and effort into bringing a lunch to school in reusable containers to reduce the amount of waste created.

** Students have been introduced to their Engrade accounts and should be checking in regularly, at least once a week, to monitor their own grades.  Parent accounts have also been set up so that you can access your child's grades at any time; by now you should have received an email with your parent account information.  Please contact me with any questions or comments you have regarding this.

This week in Grade 5:

Language Arts
This week we will continue with our class novel Bridge to Terabithia, analyzing the characters, plot, and figurative language.  We will also be focusing on finding textual evidence to support our
observations and inferences.

We'll continue working on "exploding" our writing with interesting details, and we will be observing and practicing the appropriate use of commas.  There will be no spelling words this week to allow time for more writing.

Math
Students will continue to work on rounding and estimating in addition and subtraction problems with whole numbers through the billions and decimals through the thousandths.  As always, we'll also be applying these skills to real-world problem solving situations.

Social Studies
Students will be researching the governments of the countries they chose, and will then create a brief slideshow presentation using Google Slides to share the information with others.

Thanks for checking in with us this week, and as always, please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or comments!

All the best,
Ms. Amy


Sunday, August 20, 2017

August 21 - 25




We're excited to be witnesses of this rare event, and hope for good viewing of our partial eclipse here in Tegus with our pinhole cameras and special glasses!

** Great news!  Soon students will be receiving information about their Discovery School Gmail account, which they will be able to use for school work and projects, rather than creating their own accounts as mentioned in last week's blog.  These accounts will be more secure than regular Gmail, and will allow students to maneuver their Google Drive resources in a more controlled environment. Please have your 5th grader share their email password with you once they receive it so that you may monitor the account as well. More information about these accounts to come soon!

This week in Grade 5:

Language Arts

This week we will continue with our class novel Bridge to Terabithia, analyzing the characters, plot, and figurative language.  We will also be focusing on finding textual evidence to support our observations and inferences.

We'll continue working on "exploding" our writing with interesting details, and we will be observing and practicing the appropriate use of commas.

Math
In math this week, we'll be working on mental math strategies for adding and subtracting large numbers, as well as rounding, estimating, and applying these skills in problem-solving situations.

Social Studies

We'll continue our investigations into different forms of government, and then students will research the government of another country and prepare a brief presentation for the rest of the class.

Thanks for checking in with us this week, and as always, please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or comments!

All the best,
Ms. Amy



Sunday, August 13, 2017

August 14 - 18


Welcome back to the first full week of 5th grade at Discovery School! We began our learning adventures last week and are excited to carry on!

Please take note of the following information:

** Every Friday has been designated "School Spirit Friday."  We are asking students to join in with staff in showing our Discovery pride by wearing a Discovery shirt every Friday.  If your child needs a shirt, please let me know and I will put you in contact with someone to help you with this!

** If you haven't had a chance to fill out the parent contact form that I sent by email, or you did not receive it, please let me know!  I want to be sure that I communicate with you in a way that is most convenient for you!

** This week, we will begin integrating the use of more technology into our learning experiences.  Throughout the year we will be using the internet for many learning activities that directly support our classroom experiences, including Kahoot, IXL, Readworks.org, and credible research resources as well.  While we are assigned one period a week in the computer lab for such activities and must share the use of this lab during other periods with the rest of Early Childhood and Elementary, we find that it is much more convenient and efficient if students bring their own devices such as Ipads, tablets, or smartphones, in order to interact with online resources on a more regular basis.  Devices will not be used for recreational purposes, but curriculum related activities only.  Please consider allowing your child to bring his/her device beginning this week to help support our learning!

**Along with our technology integration, we have found Google Drive and Google Docs to be extremely useful in sharing work, assignments, and communication with students.  Therefore, we ask that students have a Gmail account strictly for school use.  Since Google stipulates that Gmail users must be 13 years of age, and we discourage all forms of dishonesty, we ask families to set up a family Gmail account that can be actively monitored by parents, and that can be used by the student for his/her schoolwork.  Having used this system last year with great success, we hope to be able to continue to use this tool with all of our students!

** Soon students will be introduced to the online gradebook system called Engrade which we will use to keep track of student grades this year.  This is the same system used in Middle and High School, and will make your child's transition next year much easier.  Through Engrade, students and parents can access grades as soon as they are input by the teacher, and can monitor progress throughout the quarter.  Please be on the lookout for information coming home soon about this.

This week in Grade 5:

Language Arts
This week we will be focusing on the different genres of literature and the characteristics of each.  We will also begin our first class guided reading novel Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson.

In Writing and Language, we will be looking at "exploding the moment" by adding interesting details to a seemingly simple sentence, and we'll be reviewing and practicing rules for capitalization.  We will also begin our Spelling practice this year beginning with "high-frequency" words that should be spelled correctly in all fifth grade writing.  Students will be introduced to their practice activity menu, which they will be using to choose appropriate methods of practicing these words at home.  There is a link in the righthand sidebar to this menu so that you may review it.

Math
This week we'll be doing some review of fourth-grade math skills, and then taking those skills just a step deeper.  We'll begin with analyzing place value through the billions, including the place value of decimals.  Then we'll be comparing and ordering large numbers.  Students will also set up their interactive notebook, based on methods used in middle school, which will serve as part of their math grade this year.

Social Studies
Last week we began discussing the role of government in society and the different levels of government (National/Federal, State, and Local).  This week we will dive deeper into the three branches of the U.S. government and investigate other government forms around the world.

Thanks for checking in with us this week, and as always, please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or comments!

All the best,
Ms. Amy