Thursday, May 31, 2012

Precept: It's not over until its over

Don't forget your swim wear tomorrow for the pool party. We have a PTA pizza lunch, so you don't need to bring in a lunch. You may bring a snack if you wish.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Precept: Be careful what you wish for; you might just get it

Your H/W is to continue this research this evening. Use these links to structure your opinion for-against the Right to Bear Arms. Also, ask your parents their opinion.

2nd Amendment

Right to Bear Arms

Virginia Tech Massacre

Kindergarten Kis Brings Gun to School

Columbine Massacre

This is just one perspective - You need to watch both of these!

This is another

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Precept: Don't alway try to beat the red light

There is no H/W sheet this week due to it being the last few days. Important dates and times for you to know.

Social Studies presentations
We will write our conclusions for the literary essays

Research on the 'the Right to Bear Arms' for the debate
Literary Essays due Tuesday

End of Year Math tests (test is finished on Wed)
Lit. Essays due
Work on your Learning Reflection (Due Date: Next Monday)

The Right to Bear Arms - debate

Tenses Test

Water Park Field Trip

Next Monday - We will watch learning reflections, tidy away the classroom, and do our final session together! - You will also get to see the final Friday Message (It's an interesting one!)

Next Tuesday - Free Morning

This video gets interesting at around 2 mins

Friday, May 25, 2012

How was the day?

Sorry I couldn't make it in today. Hope everything went well.
We will present our Social Studies work on Monday.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Precept: It only hurts when you pretend it doesn't

Copy your lit. essay thesis statement and opening paragraph in comment window. Read other people's examples and compare them against your own. Offer feedback to classmates if you have time.

Research the the Right to Bear Arms for next week's debate

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tenses Test Practice

Tenses = Practice Exercises Make sure you tackle all these exercises below You will need to know Construction and Usage of nine tenses we studied. You should be able to write a sentence in any of the nine tenses we have studied. You should be able to use inference to decide how a sentence should end based on its tense. (Hint Hint! – Helping Verbs can sometimes be called ‘auxiliary verbs’) – Open Book. Practice Present Perfect and Simple Past All Tenses - Practice Practice Present Perfect and Simple Past Hard Simple Past/Present Perfect/Past Perfect

Precept: It's not enough to be friendly; you have to be a friend

Next Wed, we will have a  bonus G.C. event with Mrs. Bucknall's class - It will  be a debate about gun control. This will be a comptetive event. You will be placed into teams for the debate. Between now and next  Wed, you must collect research on this topic.

Anyone in a free society should have the right to own a gun

RLA - Work on your outline for your literary essay. (Due Date is next Tue)

Links to help you practice for the tenses test have been added to the blog. Make sure you practice them between  now and next Thur

Unit 12 Math assessment tomorrow

PLAY DAY Tomorrow - Make sure you bring the correct attire

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Precept: Kind words do not cost anything but they have great value

Math: Finish Math Races Questions

Read the sample lit. essays.
Write your well structured thesis statement for your lit. essay. The better the thesis statement the easier your essay will be to write.

What lesson did you learn about life from today's chapters in Wonder?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Precept: Don't try too hard to be cool; people will notice and that's not cool

Hope you all worked hard today!
Math Study Link 12.8

Scripts: They should be ready for tomorrow.

Literary Essay
Continue reading your chosen short story from today for key ideas: Can you think of any examples of other books

Friday, May 18, 2012

Precept: Have no friends not equal to yourself

Student of the Week: Maya

The Friday Message -(Coming this evening) - How will you repay those who sacrifice for you?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Precept: What is beautiful is good and who is good will soon be beautiful

Math: Study Link 12.6

H/W - The major focus for this week is putting the finishing touches to your Singapore Project.

Due Date for your Social Studies Singapore History Project:  May 23rd

Tomorrow afternoon, you will visit 6th grade for the first time; make sure you set a good first impression!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Precept: When you have a choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.

We will continue the End of Year Writing Assessment tomorrow. You may continue to think about ideas for this story this evening.


H/W - The major focus for this week is putting the finishing touches to your Singapore Project.

Due Date for your Social Studies Singapore History Project:

Wed May 23rdOn Wed, May 16, 2012 at 2:20 PM, Rebecca Madden wrote:

Hey Russell,
Can you let your kids know that we have really been enjoying the musical announcements your kids have been doing! We think they are really brave and creative to get on the announcements and sing!

Job well done!!!
Rebecca Madden
Singapore American School
Grade 3 Teacher
i106 - ext. 6222

and from Monday

My class is incredibly impressed with your kids - they are saying WOW! Those girls are so brave

Please pass that along :)
Mrs Hooykass

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

End of Year Writing Assessment

End of Year Writing Assessment
On Thursday and Friday, you will be given a repeat of the Beginning of Year writing assessment. You will have two sessions to pencil and paper your answer to one of these questions:

Write a narrative about what you like to do in your spare time
Write a narrative about what makes you special

You may think about ideas for these questions over the next couple of days. You will only be allowed to do your writing in class, but you can bring in ideas of what you what to write about.

Study Link
Unit 12.5

H/W - The major focus for this week is putting the finishing touches to your Singapore Project.

Due Date for your Social Studies Singapore History Project: Wed May 23rd

Monday, May 14, 2012

Social Studies Project

H/W - The major focus for this week is putting the finishing touches to your Singapore Project.
Due Date for your Social Studies Singapore History Project: Wed May 23rd

You may choose to use any digital format you to deliver your presentation:

Remember your project should answer the thesis statement that originated from the Statement of Purpose you wrote on your graphic organizer. Don't just talk about the place, talk about the stories 'behind' the place.

Grading Rubric

Study link 12.4

write down a problem/issue that you have that you are willing to share on a piece of paper/index card for tomorrow's RLA class.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Next Week

(Only two more Week at a Glance Sheets to go)

Daily Editing Booklets: Hand them completed in on Monday for an easy S+ grade for your grammar

Grand Conversation: Congratulations on your final GC today. Use these skills going forward with all your discussion work

Student of the Week: Rohan

Only 17 days left of 5th Grade!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Study Link 12.3

Past Perfect
Do this exercise to practice your use of past perfect. You will never just write in chronological order ever again, will you? - Optional
Watch out for examples of past perfect in the stories you read...

Last G.C. tomorrow in the library. The questions for the last QC with Mrs. Bucknall's class are:
Luke's character was not believable; he changed too much which was not realistic.

Among the Hidden was an interesting adventure; however, like most books, the ending was predictable with no real message to the story

Announcements: It's not about the's about the performance! What will  you do tomorrow to make sure your team is professional, poised, passionate? - last chance to shine in front of the whole school...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Dinner time!

What do you think the advantages are to eating dinner with the family?

Watch this video to recap today's Math session: This is good background to the next lessons we are going to do.

Complete Study Link 12.2

Get your script doc. up and running. Spend 30mins working as a team typing up what you have done so far.

Spend time working with your partner on your announcements (30 mins)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Book Talks

Study Link 12.1
Light H/W this week. Use tonight to do any research for your announcement day in History. I would like to see a big effort from all groups to produce something that you are proud of. Below are some announcements that you can put into your songs. Remember: You just need a chorus and a verse of some basic events in histroy related to your day.

Monday 14 Day 1 / Week 2

K-12 Student Art Show

Tuesday 15 Day 2 / Week 2
K-12 Student Art Show
Grade 5 Showcase Concerts Theater

Wednesday 16 Day 3 / Week 2
K-12 Student Art Show
Grade 5 Showcase Concerts Theater
PE Open Gym- Last Day Grade 3

Thursday 17 Day 1 / Week 2
K-12 Student Art Show
Grade 5 Showcase Concerts Theater
PE Open Gym- Last Day Grade 4

Friday 18 Day 2 / Week 2
K-12 Student Art Show
-Library -last day to check out books
-Computer classes end
PE Open Gym- Last Day Grade 5

Win TQ if you are able to share any examples of Future perPect sentences you hear or see

Next week you will be given class time to work on your Singapore History project. Make sure you have visitied your site and collected information by next Mon.

Enjoys the girls video again

Friday, May 4, 2012

Next Week

Congratulations on coming in 3rd for the Tabitha Fund Raiser

Congratulations on your fantasy stories. As a class, the growth in your writing was really impressive.
Read Sabine's work below to get a really good sense of character development!

What a clever job the Ella Enchanted Group did

Friday Message: The quality of  your groups' teamwork was evident in some of the presentations today. What is good teamwork?

Over the Break
Be thinking/listening/on the look out  GOOD ideas/tunes for your announcements song competition next Friday.  - First Announcements - Next Hollywood... This could be your big break!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Math Assessment is tomorrow. Make sure you have looked at the Math Races sheet and Review sheet for topics you are unsure about.

 Book club presentations tomorrow afternoon - You will have one hour of class time Fri. morning to do the finishing touches.'ve worked hard this week!

Morning Announcement IDOL
Auditions next Friday.
Teams are listed below:
Nick and Harrisen - Group 1
Maya and Emma- Group 2
Alex and Carter- Group 3
Caroline and Han- Group 4
Camille and Sabine- Group 5
Nakul and Jacqueline- Group 6
Breann and Anisha- Group 7
Arielle and Riya- Group 8
Maddy and Rachel- Group 9
Rohan and Zach- Group 10
George and Aditya- Group 11

Monday- Groups 1 and 2
Tuesday- Groups 3 and 4
Wednesday- Groups 5, 6, and 7
Thursday- Groups 8 and 9
Friday- Groups 10 and 11

Format: A Song : To a tune of your choice...
Structure: Chorus:  Opening
                Verse: Facts about the day
                 Speaking: The announcements you are given to read
                 Chorus : Closing

Which team will be the next...Announcement Idol?

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Titanic Essays - Due tomorrow. Look at these links to make sure you are presenting your essay correctly.

 Do NOT forget to restate the key points (probably a restate of one of your best p3 from each p2) that prove your thesis statement at the end of the essay.

Do not forget to bring in your Science tools etc. for Mrs. Clayton.

Study Link 11.6

Make sure you  are ready for your book club grand conversations and presentations later in the week.

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