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




Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Welcome Back to School!



We are very excited to begin this new school year, and we are looking forward to a very successful year for everyone!

This year, I will be the only fifth-grade teacher, and I am very excited to get to know a new community of learners!


There are lots of new things to look forward to... lockers, Engrade, graded notebooks, and many other things which students will be introduced to this week.  Be sure to check in with your child regularly, and keep in touch with the blog at least a couple times a week, to stay up-to-date.

Also the first week of school, students will be bringing home a form for you to fill out with important information about how best to contact you. Please fill this out and send this back to me with your child as soon as possible.

Don't forget to read the important documents posted on the pages on the left sidebar about policies, expectations, and other important information.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me at asuhr@discoveryschool.edu.hn!


Sincerely,
Ms. Amy