Riddle Me This! Do you like to challenge your perspective? Here's a riddle for you! We will add a new clue every day or so. When you think you've solved the pattern, bring in the next clue to any of the five teachers. If you're right, we'll add it! If you're not, keep trying. If this isn't enough riddling fun for you, there are several "Easter Eggs" hidden on the fifth grade website. First five students to solve this riddle or find an "egg" get a treat! Happy hunting!
1. You can catch a ball, but you can't catch a Frisbee.
You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.- Steve Jobs
Pearl of Wisdom
One of the biggest challenges educators face is time. There's simply not enough of it to do all we want with our students. The idea behind Pearls of Wisdom is to extend the learning day and opportunities for all learners. Regularly we will release a Pearl of Wisdom based on our grade level standards. The skill is certainly important, but is often put on the back burner because of time constraints. The first Pearl we've released is the Geography Pearl. In order for students to earn it, they must identify on a map the 50 U.S. States and Capitals with 100% accuracy. Students must study for Pearls at home and can take Pearl tests on their free time at school. Students will also have the opportunity to test on Thursday mornings after Wisdom Wednesdays, a time set aside for students to study at home.
We were impressed with the level of creativity in the Powerful Planet Projects, especially with the modification of the water bottle as it was incorporated into the design. Students that presented demonstrated a sophisticated level of communication skills, along with a command of a variety of design and presentation tools, from video to live broadcast!
We have learned so much about the KGA 5th grade families through the Family Mission Badges. We are both rich with diversity and threaded together with similarities. We will continue to upload images that have been emailed to us or that we have taken pictures of at school.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
To kick off the school year, we have chosen to read as a class Grace Lin's Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. We've chosen this text for several reasons. First, the content of the story ties into Earth and Space standards. Also, it is a fabulous text for students to explore cultural references, to emulate good writing techniques of published authors, and to develop a sense of a literary community in Rooms B1-B3. Plus, the author has connected with us in the past through Twitter and is aware of some of the amazing insights our students have about her writing. Student copies of this book remain at school; however, you are free to purchase your own copy and continue conversations about this fabulous book at home.
Google Apps for Education (GAFE)
This year your child will be using Google Apps for Education to create, connect, and collaborate on all types of classwork and homework. Each student has his or her own school account to create and store files. Students have access to Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Drawing, and Presentations. They can also use the Google Calendar. They do not have access to Gmail. Each student has 30GB of space to use for school-related work. They are not to store personal files in their school account. Please review their work on GAFE often as we will make comments and post grades on their files.
Students will also use Edmodo as a collaborative workspace as teams are created and connections are built within our school and across the globe. The site is secure and is monitored by the teachers. Students may use Edmodo for educational purposes only and must pay close attention to the quality and type of content they share is this will represent their digital identities. We will work closely with the students as the continue to develop digital citizenship. Please make sure that your child has subscribed to the KGA Team 5th Grade Edmodo group (details are in the Homework/Other Assignments page.
Welcome, 2014-2015 KGA Team 5th Grade!
The KGA Team 5th Grade is looking forward to filling this virtual space with images, video, reflections, celebrations, and information with you this school year. One way to stay in touch with what is going on in rooms B1, B2, and B3 is to check the announcements scroll, the Homework/Other Assignments page and the Daily Reflection page regularly. For a glimpse of, "A Day in the Life" as a KGA 5th grade student and parent, enjoy this video!