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Airplane Investigation!

Today we carried out the Airplane Investigation that we designed last Monday.  Students voted to use the independent variable of paper type, so we gathered cardstock, A4 paper, construction paper, and tinfoil and made a lot of airplanes.  After testing them out, we decided to test just cardstock, A4, and tinfoil.  Since the classroom next door is being used for storage and mostly empty, we used it as our science laboratory (this was an excellent idea from the students, since the only way to control the variable of wind was to turn off the AC and fans, and close the windows!).  Paper-Rock-Scissors determined who would be our delegated "thrower" and the rest of the students took on other important roles such as data collectors and distance calculators. 

Monday Library Time

Every Monday morning we head directly to Library after gathering with the rest of the school for the weekly assembly.  We have the expansive, book-filled room all to ourselves! Today we spent time choosing a NEW author, book or series to try. Once we'd all chosen our books, we made ourselves comfortable and read for about 30 minutes straight.  All the students were engaged in reading!  Reading is the best way to improve your writing, so after reading we spent some time journaling.  I love starting our week this way!

Exploring with Balls

This week we are exploring the scientific method and types of investigations.  In order to better understand both of these, we conducted a hand-on 'Ball Drop Investigation.'  We learned about controlling the variables (how high the ball was dropped, using the same ball, etc...) and we all learned something new!

Open House Tomorrow!

I look forward to seeing many of you at our Parent-Teacher Open House tomorrow at DISK!  It starts at 8:30am and ends at 10:30am. You will be able to meet and hear from me, all of the specialty teachers, and the administration.  See you there!

Greetings from Mr. McKeen

Hello Grade 5!
I am looking forward to talking to everyone about our PE and Health curriculum this Saturday. We have already started our units and so far Grade 5 is showing good skills in PE.
See you Saturday,
Mr. McKeen

The First Few Days...

On our first day, we spent time getting to know one another.  The Grade 6 students joined us for some name games and a STEM Paper Chain challenge. 

The 2nd day of school we took a break with the 6th Graders and played a version of Marco Polo Class Tag.  Mr.Chao (Grade 6 teacher) demonstrated the best way to catch others.

Monday, August 13th, two of the stellar Grade 5 students  lead the Monday Morning Assembly Prayer & Pledges. 

 This week we are focused on pre-assessments in all subject areas. One of the ways we assessed our Parts of Speech Knowledge was through a task card hunt.

What a fabulous first day of school! I am so happy to meet all of you! :-)  Below is a copy of the Welcome Letter that I sent home today.  There's no homework except for the parents to please tell me about their child and send me email and contact information!  Have a great evening!

Dear Parents and Students, WELCOME TO GRADE FIVE!  My name is Kathleen Overland (everyone calls me Kathe), and I am very excited about this coming school year.   Here’s a little bit about me: I’m from the USA and grew up in Washington State. I’ve lived in Taiwan with my husband and two kids since January 2017.  I’m passionate about teaching kids how to be lifelong learners that will use their knowledge to make the world a better place. My own educational journey includes my teaching credentials and Masters in Education from the University of Washington.  As for teaching experience, I’ve had the privilege of teaching at both public and private schools in a variety of grades. I look forward to getting t…

Welcome to Grade 5!

Since this is the first blog post, I want to introduce myself to all of you.  My name is Ms.Overland and this is my second year teaching Grade 5 at DISK.  Until moving to Taiwan in January of 2017, I lived my entire life in Washington State.  I met my husband while attending the University of Washington, and we now have two children (they also attend DISK!).  We decided to move to Taiwan because we wanted to get to know my Taiwanese relatives, and have a chance for our family to bond while learning how to live in a new culture/environment.  Our original plan was to live here for one year.  However, we've enjoyed Taiwan so much that we've chosen to stay indefinitely!  We love the friendly people, the warm ocean, and the ability to be outdoors exploring year-round! 

This blog is intended to be a place where we will post pictures of our learning, as well as any classroom updates.  Homework, assignments, study guides, etc, will NOT be posted on this blog! For convenience, all tea…