In case your parents missed it, here's last week's Open House presentation. If your parents have any questions, let them know they can email me at any time.
1. Use Grolier http://auth.grolier.com/login/go_login_page.html?bffs=N
username: istdar password: tanga01 (that's zero one). You can get to Grolier easily from http://library.istafrica.com and clicking on Grolier.
2. American Library Association: This site has links to many sites related to animals. http://www.ala.org/gwstemplate.cfm?section=greatwebsites&template=/cfapps/gws/displaysection.cfm&sec=1
3. World Wildlife: search by mammals, birds and other animals. http://www.animalcorner.co.uk/wildlife/wildlife.html
4. Endangered Animals: look for the Critically Endangered Mammals, Fish and Bird section (at the bottom of the webpage): http://www.animalcorner.co.uk/endangered/endangered.html
5. World Wildlife Fund: look at the list of priority endangered species on the left side http://www.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/
6. World Wildlife Fund: links about biodiversity and habitats http://www.panda.org/about_our_earth/
7. Animal Diversity Web: type your animal name into the Search box http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/index.html
8. Animal Fact Guide: http://www.animalfactguide.com/index.php
9. Missouri Botanical Gardens website: Great simple fact file pages – search under 'grassland animals': http://www.mbgnet.net/sets/grasslnd/index.htm
10. National Geographic: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals
MAGAZINES: We also have Africa Geographic magazines and Zoo books magazines on each animal in the school library.
Here's the link for Ms. Joyce's activity - a word families game (also known as parts of speech).
In the spirit of our environmental push this year, we've decided to not print off the Everyday Math Family Letters, but instead post them on the blogosphere. Here's a link to the Grade 5 year blog (different to this blog, as this blog covers information that is specific to 5N, whereas the Grade 5 blog pertains to all Grade 5 classes), where you'll find the letter in JPG and PDF form. Worth pointing out is the inclusion of a page of vocabulary words that your child should be familiar with by the end of the unit.
On Monday, 18 AUG, 5N started their Guided Reading sessions. Students were divided up into groups of 3-5 students, and placed into one of nine groups. Some students went with Ms. Anne McAra, others with Ms. Emma Davies, and the rest with Mr. Nonato. Each group was assigned a different task after they read out loud and discussed books given to them by their teachers. Those reading with Mr. Nonato have been assigned about two chapters worth (except for those reading Orwell's Luck, as that book has short chapters).
We'll have Guided reading every Monday and Friday. In addition to this, Ms. Emma Davies will be working with 5N during Writer's Workshop, where we'll also have Ms. Ellen Owen supporting students.
An updated weekly class schedule can be found below:
Every Thursday from here on in, I'll be assigning one sheet in your Maths Mate book. The work will be due on Thursday as a new sheet is assigned. For this week, Term 1 Sheet 1 has been assigned. It is due on Thursday, 21 SEP. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me before Thursday.
Alright 5N students! It's time to get this blog up and running at full speed with your participation. Having you contributing to this blog includes many things, but right now I would like to focus on commenting.
Commenting allows for feedback and conversation on a blog. It allows for students to present ideas, and for other students to contribute to those ideas and to build upon them.
But for this to happen, we must come up with a set of agreements for commenting on a blog. What agreements do you believe need to be in place if we are to have an effective blog and comment section (or, what rules should we have for comments)? Answer in the comment section below!
This blog will be taken care of by the 5N teachers and students .