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.

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

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