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