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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

Circles of Evaluation
As part of the Hour of Code celebration, we explored a variety of online tools designed to help introduce young learners to computer science and coding. One of the sites connected order of operations to writing lines of mathematical expressions as code. Students who had experience with order of operations were challenged to think about this mathematical principle in a unique way with a unique representation. Students with limited experience with order of operations were able to make sense of how mathematical expressions work with a variety of operations.
 
 
Thanks to the Chandler Education Foundation
With support from the Chandler community and the CEF's 100% Awareness Campaign, teachers in CUSD are able to apply for grants to help fund projects in the classroom. This year we wrote a grant for a GoPro Hero4 Silver and tons of accessories to be used on a variety of projects, including a high altitude balloon launch in the spring. Here is the first video of students using the camera, including a helmet mount and chest mount.
 
 
'Tis the Season for Tax Credit!
One of the ways the KGA 5th grade team expands our learning environment beyond the four walls of our classrooms is by being a part of a Global Learning Community through technology and digital spaces. This year, the fifth grade team wants to expand the physical space we learn in by planning our first-annual Fifth Grade Science Camp. While the exact dates and location are currently being negotiated, this field trip will take place in the Spring, after the AZMerit assessment, and will be at a trusted large-group camping facility in Prescott or the surrounding area. In order to make this learning opportunity truly unforgettable, we need some help from parents.
 
In the coming weeks we will send home more specific information about the program including dates and location, as well as details for parent chaperones. In the meantime, the season of AZ Tax Credit is upon us. We anticipate the cost of this field trip will be more than $12,000.  Please consider donating all or part of your Arizona tax donation to KGA fifth grade. As a reminder, married couples filing jointly in the state of Arizona can donate up to $400, single adults or those filing separately can donate up to $200, and you will get your donation back dollar-for-dollar. The deadline to apply your donation to your 2014 taxes is December 31st. Beginning January 1st, you can donate and apply it to your 2015 taxes.
 
You can access the online Tax Credit Donation or the print version of the form here; remember to note that you want your donation to go to Knox Gifted Academy fifth grade. You may also split your donation between multiple grade levels and even multiple CUSD schools. If you have questions about the tax donation process, please don't hesitate to ask any of the three fifth grade teachers.
 
Dare Mighty Things! 
This year we are encouraging all 5th graders to explore the idea of parachutes for the science fair. By having teams choose a similar topic, the teachers can focus their attention and better assist with research, procedures, data analysis, and scientific writing. Be sure to check this spreadsheet for possible inquiry questions and potential teammates. These aren't necessarily the science fair teams; however, we do recommend you work with one or two partners. This way you can share the workload, cooperate with others, communicate with others, and cogitate with others.
 

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by buistbunch
 
Building a Community of Learners Instead of Competition Among Homerooms
One of the things we take pride in is the community of learners we've created in 5th grade. And because we are 80 students strong, instead of three distinct homerooms, we chose to handle the class spelling bee a bit differently. This week we asked which students were serious about competing, held them to their commitment and determined our six top spellers in the grade level. In the past we would have equal representation from classrooms; however, based on the learning community we've helped create, we felt it important to break down the classroom barriers and send the best spellers in our grade level to the school competition this Monday at 9:30 am in the MPR. 
 
Congratulations to our grade level representatives: Anthony K., Katie S., Ben B., Ian M., Jackson S., and Dana S. We know that these six legendary learners will represent KGA Team 5th Grade with the utmost integrity and dignity.
 
2014 Giving Thanks Parade
What an amazing show of earth and space engineering marvels! Did you notice that the 5th grade floats were organized in a timeline, starting with da Vinci's ornithopter (1485) to Orion (December 4, 2014)? If you weren't able to make it to the parade here are several reflections and videos highlighting the process, product, and event.
 
 
 
 
 

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Soyuz and the Seven C's 
The KGA 5th Grade celebrate and apply the "Seven C's" to each learning adventure we take together.
The crew of Soyuz Expedition #41 took an adventure together as they traveled from the International Space Station back to Earth on Monday, November 10th at approximately 03:58 GMT. The Soyuz capsule un-docked from the ISS over Argentina and landed in Kazakhstan. KGA 5th graders were surprised to learn that the descent takes just 3.5 hours, the capsule lands on land rather than in water, they travel through temperatures that near 2500-3000 degrees Fahrenheit, and that the final thrusters ignite just 70 centimeters before the capsule hits land.
 
Our Seven C's, as they have evolved, are: cogitatecollaborateconstructcalculatecraftcommunicate, and connect. See if you can identify each of the seven C's in a Soyuz return-to-Earth adventure. Also in November, we will watch and analyze the launch of Soyuz Expedition #42, commanded by American astronaut Barry Wilmore, of NASA.  
 
 
Students Have a Voice with Padlet
This morning students used Padlet to communicate a portion of last night's homework. The idea behind the question was to find ways to effectively communicate that a partner made errors in mathematics.
 
Chandler Education Foundation Prize Patrol Visits 5th Grade
Several weeks ago the 5th grade teachers wrote a grant for a second GoPro camera and various accessories to use for an upcoming high altitude balloon launch. Friday morning the Chandler Education Foundation Prize Patrol surprised the teachers and awarded them $720 to purchase these materials. This grant and others that were awarded around the district would not have been possible without your generous donations during CEF's 100% Awareness Campaign.
 
 
"Turn Him Loose, Bill" by Remington
Thanks to our amazing Art Masterpiece volunteers who shared with the 5th graders a new work of art and new techniques.
 
 
 
Cardboard Challenge 2014
Thank you for supporting the 2014 Knox Gifted Academy Cardboard Challenge. We appreciate all the supplies and time you spent in our class helping students design and build amazing works of engineering and art. We hope you noticed the time and effort that went into each project, the mathematics behind the scaling, and the engineering design process each team or individual employed to make an amazing product.
 
 
 
International Dot Day
We hope the 5th graders had a wonderful day of creativity and courage. Thanks to all the families who were able to donate items or donate time (or both).
 
 
Forest of Dots  
 
Design Squad Lunar Lander Testing
Teams of engineers tested their lunar landers and evaluated the performance of their spacecraft using a rubric that helps determine scores for accuracy, damage, and rate of descent.
 

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream
 

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream
 
Mystery State Hangout - NOTE THE DATE CHANGE!
Can a group of students located somewhere in the world find the location of another other group of students? Tune in to the live broadcast on Monday, August 25 Tuesday, August 26 at 11am PST.
 
 
Communicating Science To A Real Audience
Several teachers from Yuma stopped by the 5th grade classrooms last week interested in how we do things at KGA. Turns out a team of scientists/engineers/researchers were conducting their last water bottle rocket trials. This KGA 5th grader explains to teachers the science and design behind her team's experiment.
 
 
Google Apps for Education (GAFE)
This year your child will be using Google Apps for Education and Classroom by Google 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 using GAFE  
 
Edmodo
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!