This week in Grade 5

Your child will be inquiring into the following questions this week:

Math:

  • What is a variable?
  • How can we use mathematical models for addition and subtraction to solve number stories?

Reading:

  • How are our ideas about our books in Book Club evolving?
  • How do we use evidence from our books to develop the complexity of our ideas?

Writing:

  • How can I improve the quality of my written piece using the writing rubric?

Unit of Inquiry: How We Organize Ourselves

  • What are businesses? How are they related to other kinds of organizations?
  • What do businesses need to be successful?
  • What questions do we have about businesses? How can we answer them?

13. October 2018 by Richard Bird
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Tryouts for Elementary Competitive Swim Team

Dear Parents,

We will have the first tryout for the competitive elementary swim team on Monday October 29th starting at 3:15pm. It will last until 4:20. If your child needs to take the late ASA bus home you must contact transportation and register him/her.

Any students in grade 1-5 can tryout, however swimmers from grades 1-3 must be able to swim at LEAST 25m (a full length of the pool) in a recognizable stroke. Grades 4 and 5 must be able to swim 50m. No dog paddle or under water swimming will be allowed. Swimmers may be cut after the first practice if they can’t swim the required lengths. Since we only have a 25m /6 lane pool we can only fit a max of 24 swimmers on the team. Please make sure your child is truly interested committed to the whole season.

Please note this is NOT a “learn to swim” program like we had last year on Thursdays.

Any student trying out MUST be mature and responsible. For the first tryout Ms Waldo will meet the grade 1s and bring them down to the pool. They will have to be able to dress themselves in the changeroom on their own.

Students making the team will be traveling to other schools to compete. They must be well behaved and able to follow directions.

Please go to this site and fill out this form if you are sending your child to the first practice on Monday Oct 29th.

Please note: There are 6 elementary swim meets scheduled; one in each month from November to April. All these meets are on Saturdays. Please do not sign up your child if they cannot attend Saturday meets.

 

Thank you for your interest,

Ms Terry and Ms Waldo

 

 

06. October 2018 by Richard Bird
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From the Music department

Dear Parents,

We will be starting Recorder in grades 3-5 the first week of November. Here is the immediate information you need:

What They Need: One soprano recorder (preferably Yamaha brand), a folder with their full name and class clearly written on the front, and a pencil. Due Date: Week of October 28th

You can buy a soprano recorder from most music shops (found in malls around Dubai) and souq.com. Each homeroom will have a class bucket where students can keep their recorders. There will be days when students will be required to take recorders home and practice. Please be aware that if your child forgets their recorder, they will not be able to fully participate in class. It is their responsibility to remember and keep track of their instrument.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Worling (for 5RB, and 5KS) or Ms. Austin (5AP, and 5KM).

Thank you,

Ms. Worling hworling@uasdubai.ae Ms. Austin baustin@uasdubai.ae

06. October 2018 by Richard Bird
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This Week in Grade 5…

Your child will be inquiring into the following questions this week:

Math:

  • How to add and subtract numbers and decimals using place value concepts, not traditional algorithms.

Reading:

  • How can reading about characters help us understand the theme of a book?
  • What can we learn from seeing a situation from another character’s (or person’s) perspective?

Writing:

  • How can we use specific writing strategies to revise our work?

Unit of Inquiry: How We Organize Ourselves

  • What is economics? What are some of the important concepts in economics?
  • How is economics connected to our lives?

04. October 2018 by Richard Bird
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This week in Grade 5…

Your child will be inquiring into the following questions this week:

Math:

  • Unit 1 Assessment:
    • What math skills and concepts can I demonstrate?
    • What do I need to continue to work on?
  • What strategies can we use to improve our estimation skills?
  • What different algorithms can we use to add whole numbers and decimals?

Reading:

  • How can we think analytically about a text?
  • What revising strategies can we use to improve the quality of our reading responses?
  • What strategies can we use to understand characters?

Writing:

  • What is a small moment, and how can I use it to write effectively?
  • What can we learn from our workshop with an actual published author?
  • How can we use the beginning of our stories (the leads) to make the reader curious?

Unit of Inquiry:

  • What features are common to all forms of communication?
  • What are excellent and poor examples of specific forms of communication?

29. September 2018 by Richard Bird
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Welcome to the Grade Five blog!

Welcome to our blog! The Grade Five team will use this blog for curriculum information and grade-level information that needs to be passed along (such as important events, field trips, and camp). Class Dojo will be used by each teacher to post information that is specific to that class (such as reminders about library books and swimming kit, photos of activities in the class). If you have not joined your teacher’s Class Dojo, please do so as soon as possible. Finally, each teacher will use Google Classroom for assignments and to provide resources to support our lessons. This can be accessed using your child’s log in and password.

29. September 2018 by Richard Bird
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