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 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!
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!)
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.
This week we will continue sharpening our observation skills as we look in depth at plant and animalcells. 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