Sunday, October 14, 2018

Week of October 15-19

Welcome back to another week of learning and fun in Grade 5! 


Notes for the week...

** This week on Wednesday, we will be taking a field trip to the Central Bank of Honduras in the morning. If you have not signed the permission slip and sent the 50 lps, please do so as soon as possible!

** On Friday we will hold our Student-Led Conferences. Monday we will be sending out forms with the scheduled time for your conference. We will not have classes, however, both students and parents need to attend this conference. The students will be presenting some of the work they have done this quarter and the teachers will be explaining the report cards and MAP scores. We have tried to be as accommodating as possible with everyone's schedule, but we know that your assigned time may not work for you. If you cannot make your conference, please email or Whatsapp your child's homeroom teacher as soon as possible to schedule a new conference time.

This week in class...

Language Arts
In Language Arts this week, we will analyze different types of text structures in fiction and nonfiction text. We will be identifying the characteristics of fiction structure using a plot diagram, along with characteristics of such nonfiction structures as "Sequence/Chronological" and "Cause/Effect."

We will be moving on to the drafting stage of our speeches inspired by the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.  Students will be using the research they have gathered and the ideas they have organized in order to complete the first draft of their presentation.

Math




This week in Math class we will finish reviewing multi-digit multiplication strategies. We will study the Lattice Method of multiplication and then review each of the strategies we have learned. Thursday we will have a short quiz over each of these strategies.

Homework:
Monday: One Xtramath.org lesson
Tuesday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL C.11

Wednesday:
One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL W.1
Thursday: One Xtramath.org lesson

Science
We will be finishing up our matter unit by using physical properties of matter to separate mixtures of substances. Then on Thursday, we will review the concepts we have learned and will take a test over the unit.

Thank you for all of your support, parents! Please feel free to email us if you have any
questions.

Ms. Amy and Mr. Andrew

Sunday, October 7, 2018

October 8-12

Welcome back to another week of learning and fun in Grade 5! We hope you were able to stay dry and have a great Semana Morazanica vacation!


Notes for the week...

** MAP testing is finishing up this week.  This means that we will have very little access to the computer lab, and students will be depending on their devices for several activities.  Please allow your child to bring a device (preferably tablet or laptop, but a smart phone can work in a pinch).  Students will be using the apps Google Drive, Google Slides, and Google Docs, as well as their internet browser, so please make sure that these apps are downloaded on the device. It is preferable that each student have their own device, but if your child is unable to bring one, we will make arrangements here at school for them to complete the work.  Thank you so much for your collaboration!

** 5th grade has finished their MAP testing for the first semester.  Students who were absent on MAP testing days without making prior arrangements will be making up the test this week.

This week in class...

Language Arts
This week we will continue to investigate the features of nonfiction text as well as how
they can help us understand the text more thoroughly. In addition, we'll be practicing how to evaluate headlines we see on the internet as well as learning about how information we post online can create a "digital footprint."

In Language, we will continue to study words with the y --> i spelling change in plural nouns and certain verb conjugations, since we were unable to have the quiz before the October break.  The quiz will be this Friday.

We will also continue to work on gathering research to support our speech topics inspired by the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, and we will begin drafting our speeches.

Math
We will continue studying multiplication this week in Math class. We will be solving multi-digit problems using the Mr. Andrew Crazy Way (actually the Distributive Method! Don't tell anyone!) and the Standard Algorithm. We will put our multiplication skills to use for solving several word problems as well this week.

Homework:
Monday: One Xtramath.org lesson
Tuesday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL C.2
Wednesday: One Xtramath.org lesson
Thursday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL C.13

Science
We will continue to investigate properties of matter, and will use what we know about properties to identify substances using multiple tests.

Thank you for all of your support, parents! Please feel free to email us if you have any
questions.

Ms. Amy and Mr. Andrew

Monday, September 24, 2018

September 24-28

Welcome back to another week of learning and fun in Grade 5! Thanks for checking back in with us!


Notes for the week...


** MAP testing is underway school-wide now through the October holiday.  This means that we will have very little access to the computer lab, and students will be depending on their devices for several activities.  Please allow your child to bring a device (preferably tablet or laptop, but a smart phone can work in a pinch).  Students will be using the apps Google Drive, Google Slides, and Google Docs, as well as their internet browser, so please make sure that these apps are downloaded on the device. It is preferable that each student have their own device, but if your child is unable to bring one, we will make arrangements here at school for them to complete the work.  Thank you so much for your collaboration!

** Just a reminder that students will be taking the MAP test for Reading on Wednesday at 8:30am.  On Friday, the 28th, we will take the MAP test for Language at 8:30am. 

** This Friday, September 28, will be an Early Dismissal at 11:45.  There will be no classes next week for Semana Morazánica.  Classes will resume as normal on Monday, October 8.  Enjoy your vacation! 


This week in class...

Language Arts
Last week we finished our novel Bridge to Terabithia and had our final class discussion over the themes, characters, and events in the book.  This week we will be moving on to investigate the features of nonfiction text as well as how they can help us understand the text more thoroughly.

In Language, we will be studying words with the y --> i spelling change in plural nouns and certain verb conjugations. The quiz will be on Thursday, due to MAP testing on Friday.

We will also be choosing topics for our upcoming speeches with the theme "How to Make the World a Better Place," inspired by the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.  Once topics are chosen, we'll be doing background research to support our topics, and then organizing our thoughts and evidence.

If you are a fifth grader reading the blog right now, send Ms. Amy an email explaining what you think the quote at the top of the blog means. Be specific, and use an example in your explanation. The first three students to send the email with a thoughtful response will receive a treat next week! (Shhhh... don't tell your friends... let's see who reads the blog!)

Math
This week in Math class we will begin studying multiplication! This week we will review the Commutative, Associative, and Distributive Properties. Students should be graduating from practicing multiplication in their XtraMath shortly. A little bit everyday makes a big difference! :)

Homework:
Monday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL C.4
Tuesday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL (either I.3 or C.1, differentiated)
Wednesday: One Xtramath.org lesson
Thursday: One Xtramath.org lesson

Science
We will continue to investigate properties of matter, as well as identifying the difference between physical and chemical changes. We will be observing some chemical reactions and recording data to help us draw conclusions.


Thank you for all of your support, parents! Please feel free to email us if you have any
questions.

Ms. Amy and Mr. Andrew

Monday, September 17, 2018

September 18-21

We hope you had a great holiday weekend!  Thanks for checking back in with us!

Notes for the week...


** MAP testing will begin school-wide this week and will extend into the next couple of weeks.  This means that we will have very little access to the computer lab, and students will be depending on their devices for several activities.  Please allow your child to bring a device (preferably tablet or laptop, but a smart phone can work in a pinch).  Students will be using the apps Google Drive, Google Slides, and Google Docs, as well as their internet browser, so please make sure that these apps are downloaded on the device. It is preferable that each student have their own device, but if your child is unable to bring one, we will make arrangements here at school for them to complete the work.  Thank you so much for your collaboration!

** Just a reminder that students will be taking the MAP test for math on Friday at 8:30am.

** Please consider joining us this Saturday at 9:00am for the first General Assembly of the year to hear from our new director and board about the direction the school is heading this year!  


This week in class...

Language Arts
We will be finishing up the novel Bridge to Terabithia and winding up our informal discussions of the characters, themes, figurative language, and important events in the story.  On Friday we will have a final class discussion over the novel which will serve as their assessment for the unit.  Students will receive the discussion questions on Thursday so that they can prepare.  

In Language, there will be no spelling words this week due to MAP testing on Friday and the holiday last Monday. However, students have created their personal word walls in which they will be recording any words that they have misspelled in their written activities. They can refer back to this resource when writing in the future so as not to continue misspelling words they have struggled with.

In addition, we will begin a series of digital citizenship lessons about using online resources safely and wisely.

Math
This week in Math class we will have our final test on Place Value. We will also begin our next unit on multiplication! We will begin with a diagnostic quiz to check students understanding from last week and then begin reviewing the Commutative and Associative Properties.

Homework:
Tuesday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL C.3
Wednesday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL A.3
Thursday: One Xtramath.org lesson


Science
This week we will begin our Science unit about matter. We will be investigating the different states of matter and the particles that make them up, along with the physical properties of different kinds of matter.



Thank you for all of your support, parents! Please feel free to email us if you have any
questions.

Ms. Amy and Mr. Andrew

Monday, September 10, 2018

MAP Testing Schedule

**UPDATED SCHEDULE**
Please note: The MAP schedule originally posted on Monday has been changed in order to minimize interference in our classroom instruction.  Both 5A and 5B will now be testing at the same time.  We apologize for any confusion this has caused!


5A&5B - Ms. Amy and Mr. Andrew
Math- Friday, 9/21, 8:30am
Reading- Wednesday, 9/26, 8:30am
Language- Friday, 9/28, 8:30am

Sunday, September 9, 2018

September 10-14

It's a short week at Discovery School, but we've still got lots of learning planned!  Thanks for checking back in with us!


Notes for the week...

** As part of the school-wide Independence Day celebration on Thursday, September 13, we will be having our traditional "Honduran Breakfast" at 8:00am.  If you have not signed up to bring a breakfast item, please do so at the following link: Grade 5 Desayuno Catracho Sign-Up

** This Thursday, September 13, will be an early dismissal at 11:45.  There will be no school on Friday and Monday, September 14 and 17.

** All students have had the chance to practice logging into Engrade, and they are now expected to log-in regularly to check their grades.  If you did not receive the parent letter regarding creating your parent account, please let us know so that we can get the information to you.

** If students are unable to complete homework due to internet connectivity problems or technical issues, we ask parents to please send the homeroom teacher a text, email, or note to verify this.  Thank you!


This week in class...

Language Arts
We will be continuing with Bridge to Terabithia and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, discussing how both novels address our essential questions for the quarter: What role does imagination play in our lives? and How do our relationships change us?  We will also continue our emphasis on proper use of commas in writing.

Math
This week in Math class we will be reviewing several of the concepts and skills we have studied in our unit on Place Value. We will be reviewing the forms of representation, place value, adding and subtracting decimals, and rounding and estimating. We will have our test next week.

Homework:
Monday: One Xtramath.org lesson, IXL Math H.2 - Subtract Decimals
Tuesday: One Xtramath.org lesson, IXL Math H.3 - Add and Subtract Decimals
Wednesday: One Xtramath.org lesson
Thursday: One Xtramath.org lesson

Social Studies
This week in Social Studies class we will finish our Geography unit and students will present their Tour Guide projects. We will have a final review in class for our final Google Forms quiz which students will complete at home.

Thank you for all of your support, parents! Please feel free to email us if you have any
questions.

Ms. Amy and Mr. Andrew

Friday, September 7, 2018

Desayuno Catracho!!

Hello, parents!  We are preparing for our Independence Day celebration on Thursday, September 13, and will begin the day at 8:00 with the annual "Traditional Breakfast."  We are asking for your collaboration on this, so please click on the link below to sign up for the breakfast item you can contribute.

Thank you so much for your support!  Viva Honduras!!

CLICK HERE to sign up to contribute a breakfast item.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

September 3-7

Welcome back to a brand new week in 5th grade!
Feliz Mes de la Patria!



Notes for the week...

** If students are unable to complete homework due to internet connectivity problems or technical issues, we ask parents to please send the homeroom teacher a text, email, or note to verify this.  Thank you!


This week in class...

Language Arts
This week we will continue with our novel Bridge to Terabithia, analyzing the characters and figurative language along with discussing themes of the novel.  We will continue to practice the proper use of capitalization, commas, and other punctuation.  In Working with Words, we'll be practicing words with the suffixes -tion and -sion along with high-frequency words that students should spell correctly in all of their writing.

Math
This week in math students will be rounding and estimating whole numbers and decimals.  Students should continue to complete 1 lesson of Xtramath.org every night, Monday through Thursday.  We can already see the progress students are making in their math facts fluency!

Homework:
Monday: One Xtramath.org lesson, IXL Math H.1 - Add decimals
Tuesday: One Xtramath.org lesson, IXL Math A.7 - Rounding

Wednesday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Moby Max - Rounding and Adding
Thursday: One Xtramath.org lesson, IXL Math G.7 - Round Decimals



Social Studies
This week in Social Studies class we will be learning a bit about Honduran painter Moises Becerra and studying his works of art. We'll also be continuing our Geography unit.


Thank you for all of your support, parents! Please feel free to email us if you have any
questions.

Ms. Amy and Mr. Andrew

Monday, August 27, 2018

August 27-31

Welcome back to a brand new week! Thanks for checking back in with us!

Notes for the week...

** This Friday we will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Discovery School with a morning of activities and entertainment!  Classes will dismiss early on Friday at 11:45.

** This week we will be transitioning to a new structure in our classes.  Ms. Amy will be teaching Writing and Language for both 5A and 5B, while Mr. Andrew will be teaching Math for both sections. Each class will do Reading in their own homerooms, and we will do Science and Social Studies all together.

** While we understand that sometimes travel schedules may conflict with school due to circumstances beyond your control, we ask that families take our school calendar in consideration when making travel plans.  Because so much of our learning at Discovery School is experiential, hands-on, and project-centered, it is often difficult for students to make up what they have missed when they are away from class.  In addition, because we do a lot of work in collaborative partners, groups, and teams, any student who misses school may be affecting other students that depend on his/her collaboration.  If you are not able to avoid your child missing class, we ask that you notify Mr. Andrew or Ms. Amy as far in advance as possible so that we may do our best to make any necessary arrangements.  Thank you for your consideration!

** If students are unable to complete homework due to internet connectivity problems or technical issues, we ask parents to please send the homeroom teacher a text, email, or note to verify this.  Thank you!

This week in class...

Language Arts

This week in Guided Reading, we will continue reading the novel Bridge to Terabithia while exploring themes, figurative language, and characterizations. We will continue to practice our summarizing skills along with how to have productive class discussions using our Accountable Talk sentence stems.  Students will continue reading and conferring about books they have chosen for themselves as well in Self-Selected Reading.

In Writing, we will be finishing up our descriptive writing pieces, and then reviewing the how commas are used to help our writing make sense. We will also practice our new Word Wall Words for the week:  meat, knight, whole, probably, usually, especially. A few times a week we revisit these words to practice not only spelling and using the words themselves, but also extending patterns to help with other words as well.

Please note that due to the 25th Anniversary celebration activities on Friday, our Language Arts / Spelling Quiz will be on Thursday this week.

Math

This week students will receive a printed report of their progress during the first week of using Xtramath.org.  Students who use Xtramath consistently and with their best effort make great progress with their math fact fluency, and we are already seeing results! Each lesson only takes 5-10 minutes, but this has proven to be very helpful for students in the past, as long as they practice regularly. It is particularly important to strengthen these skills this year before we advance into more complicated multiplication and division concepts.

This week in Math class we will review addition and subtraction using decimals. We will watch a short video together and then have guided practice in class. Students will also be assigned short tutorials in MobyMax which will help them solidify their understanding of this theme and help them practice virtual learning. Students can review how to add and subtract decimals in the first portion of the video below.



Social Studies

This week in Social Studies class we will review landforms and biomes. We will watch several videos and read from a variety of electronic sources. On Thursday the kids will create a Google Slides presentation to demonstrate their understanding.







Biomes Articles

Homework:
Monday: One Xtramath.org lesson, MobyMax-Addition w/Decimals Part 1
Tuesday: One Xtramath.org lesson, MobyMax-Addition w/Decimals Part 2
Wednesday: One Xtramath.org lesson, MobyMax-Subtraction w/Decimals
Thursday: One Xtramath.org lesson

Thank you for all of your support, parents! Please feel free to email us if you have any
questions.

Ms. Amy and Mr. Andrew

Sunday, August 19, 2018

August 20-24


Welcome back to the second full week of the new school year! Thanks for checking back in with us!



Notes for the week...

** While we understand that sometimes travel schedules may conflict with school due to circumstances beyond your control, we ask that families take our school calendar in consideration when making travel plans.  Because so much of our learning at Discovery School is experiential, hands-on, and project-centered, it is often difficult for students to make up what they have missed when they are away from class.  In addition, because we do a lot of work in collaborative partners, groups, and teams, any student who misses school may be affecting other students that depend on his/her collaboration.  If you are not able to avoid your child missing class, we ask that you notify Mr. Andrew or Ms. Amy as far in advance as possible so that we may do our best to make any necessary arrangements.  Thank you for your consideration!

** Want to know what the Wolves Café has to offer? Check out their blog at  https://wolvescafeteria.wordpress.com/ to see the menu for each day!

** If students are unable to complete homework due to internet connectivity problems or technical issues, we ask parents to please send the homeroom teacher a text, email, or note to verify this.  Thank you!

** In order to help you keep updated with special classes, we have posted the links to the blogs for Spanish, Spanish Social Studies, Music, French, and PE in the right-hand sidebar under "My Blog List."  These blogs are updated every week, just like our class blog, so be sure to check in regularly to stay up-to-date on these classes!

This week in class...

Language Arts
This week in Guided Reading, we will continue reading the novel Bridge to Terabithia while exploring themes, figurative language, and characterizations. We will practice our summarizing skills along with how to have productive class discussions using our Accountable Talk sentence stems.  Students will continue reading and conferring about books they have chosen for themselves as well in Self-Selected Reading.

In Writing, we will be working on our descriptive writing pieces, to practice "exploding" our writing with details as well as using the writing process to revise and edit our writing. We will also practice our new Word Wall Words for the week:  right, brake, ate, however, while, believe. A few times a week we revisit these words to practice not only spelling and using the words themselves, but also extending patterns to help with other words as well.

Math
This week we will continue working with place value in whole numbers and decimals.  Students will be writing, modeling, and explaining the concepts we are practicing.  We will also be comparing whole numbers and decimals based on place value.  There will be a quiz on Friday.

This week students will begin to use Xtramath.org at home every afternoon to build speed and accuracy with basic multiplication and division facts.  Each lesson only takes 5-10 minutes, but this has proven to be very helpful for students in the past, as long as they practice regularly. It is particularly important to strengthen these skills this year before we advance into more complicated multiplication and division concepts.

Homework:
Monday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL G.3
Tuesday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL G.4
Wednesday: One Xtramath.org lesson
Thursday: One Xtramath.org lesson, Math IXL A.3

Social Studies
In Social Studies, we'll be finishing up our review of the concept of government with activities exploring the 3 branches of the U.S. government and the concepts of "checks and balances, along with comparisons between the U.S. and Honduran governments. We'll have a quiz on Thursday over the concepts we've covered in the last couple weeks.



Thank you for all of your support, parents! Please feel free to email us if you have any
questions.

Ms. Amy and Mr. Andrew