# Ms. Nakamura

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Website last edited on: March 4, 2018 (Home, Calendar, Homework & Schedules)

# Important Announcements

We will be taking our Spring iReady Diagnostics this week, March 6-9.

Students will be taking their SBA (state assessment) starting in mid April.

During this time of testing, it is extremely important that your child get a good night's sleep, a hearty and healthy breakfast, and come to school on time.

# WE ARE LEARNING...

Language Arts

• We spent time reading various genres such as biographies, folktales, expository (informational), and poetry. We discussed comprehension skills such as compare and contrast, determining importance, sequence, and theme.
• We have been having great discussions about reading.
• We need to really listen to the voices in our heads, voices that tell us to "Hold on, what did I just read?" Or, "That was really interesting!" Or "This reminds me of..." Or "I don't understand this. I should read this again."
• When we read something, it is for a purpose. Knowing this purpose will help to keep our focus and determine what is important.
• During this upcoming quarter, students will be honing their skills on written responses. These constructed responses will be designed to show their understanding of the text- what the text says (literal), what the text means (inferring, drawing conclusions), and using examples in the text to support their answer (cite their sources).

Math

• Students are immersed in fractions. We just completed Module 8 which covered multiplying fractions. Students should now be able to multiply proper fractions, whole numbers, improper fractions, and mixed numbers. We started with showing how the multiplication works using pictures, area models, and number lines. We connected this to representing multiplication with an equation. The true test of students understanding is when they need to use this skill to solve word problems.
• Our next module is about dividing fractions.

Technology

• We have one-to-one devices! Each grade 5 student has a Surface Pro assigned to them to work on during the school day.
• Since we have these 1:1s, we are no longer tied to a set Computer Lab schedule. We can be flexible with our daily schedule; we can now do iReady in the Lab, or right in our classroom.
• At the beginning of the school year, I shared with you that one of my goals is to prepare your child with the technology skills they will need as they move on to middle school and beyond. Your child has a Google education account, set up by Mr. Sutherland, which will allow them to access applications such as Google docs, Google slides, and Google Classroom to name a few.
• I will be designing lessons and projects that your child will have to access with their Surface Pros. My intention is to have them take control of their learning and to become comfortable with taking the initiative, being self-directed, and being self-motivated. There will also be times where peer collaboration is necessary.
• Having a Surface Pro comes with enormous responsibilities. These responsibilities do not just include the physical care of the device, but also being safe, respectful, and responsible users of technology. The internet connects billions of people; our children need to know how to navigate and be safe on the internet. They need to be responsible and get their work done instead of letting the distractions of being on a computer take away from their learning. These are just some of the "soft skills" that I would like our students to learn by the end of this school year.

# IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Read for 30 minutes or more at least 5 of the 7 days. Parent initials are needed every day. Reading logs go from Friday to Thursday. Logs are collected every Friday morning; new logs begin on Fridays.

• iReady: 90 minutes of Reading and 90 minutes of Math each week. iReady logs go from Monday to Sunday. Logs are collected every Monday morning; new logs begin on Mondays.
• WE ARE EXPERIENCING A DOWNWARD TREND WITH IREADY USAGE. THE MAJORITY OF STUDENTS ARE NOT GETTING THEIR 90 MINUTES PER SUBJECT AREA!
• Active Lifestyle Log: Fill in your log daily. Logs are collected every Friday.
• Planner: Parent signature is needed daily. Highlight completed assignments green. Highlight missing assignments pink.

We are C9!

We are hot, hot, hot!

# ARCHIVE

March 4, 2018

My apologies. I started editing our Home page and forgot to paste what was on the Home page in the Archive.

January 6, 2018

Social Studies & Language Arts

• We are integrating Social Studies with Language Arts, Technology, and Math. Students are continuing to learn about how our nation was created. We are applying reading strategies such as rereading and close reading. We are also applying comprehension skills such as problem and solution, cause and effect, and sequence of events.
• We studied the time between the Mayflower arriving in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and the creation of the U.S. Constitution. Now we are going to go back and take a closer look at the Colonial times.
• Students are working on an expository essay, Why Our Veterans Are America's Heroes. They drafted an introduction, their main ideas and details. We are not going into revision lessons where students will be taking a closer look at their writing using a rubric and comparing their writing to a "strong" example.

Math

• Fractions, fractions, fractions! One of the goals for Module 4 is to be able to add and subtract fractions. The fractions may have the same denominators or different denominators.
• In order to add and subtract fractions, students need to know how to convert improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa.
• At the beginning of next week, we will be working on story problems that has them adding, subtracting, and/or comparing fractions.

Technology

• We have taken a break from doing our Explorer Project and I haven't introduced any other technology project.
• The reason for this is because for the 2 weeks that I incorporated the tech projects, our iReady usage dropped drastically! We've been trying to find the balance.

November 18, 2017

Social Studies & Language Arts

• We are integrating Social Studies with Language Arts, Technology, and Math. Students are continuing to learn about how our nation was created. We are applying reading strategies such as rereading and close reading. We are also applying comprehension skills such as problem and solution, cause and effect, and sequence of events.
• We studied about the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation.
• We are now studying the Constitutional Convention.
• Students are continuing with their Explorer Projects.

Math

• Students are working on decimal fractions and will need to know place value to the thousandths.
• Students are currently working on rounding decimal fractions to the nearest whole number, tenths, and hundredths.
• We realized that when we compare decimal fractions and round decimal fractions, we can use an area model, number line, and/or place value to help us.
• We are nearing the end of the module and are looking to take the module assessment sometime next week.

Technology (this is the same as before)

• Mr. Sutherland created Google accounts for all students in C9. This means that students are able to use Chrome and sign in to their Google account. For now, their Google account allows them to access their Google Drive (from home too!) and Google Classroom. We will be adding on to this as students become more comfortable using their Drive.
• If you have internet access at home, students can sign in to their accounts and work from home. Right now, their Social Studies Explorer Project is in their Drive which means they can work on their project at home.
• Students also created their own Google site. They can access their site once they sign in to their account. The plan is for this site to become their ePortfolio.

November 4, 2017

Social Studies

• We are integrating Social Studies with Language Arts, Technology, and Math. Students are learning about how our nation was created. We are applying reading strategies such as rereading and close reading. We are also applying comprehension skills such as problem and solution, cause and effect, and sequence of events.
• We studied the time period between the Mayflower landfall to the Second Continental Congress.
• We also started learning about the Age of Exploration. Students are busily working on their Explorer Project. Each student chose an explorer, researched their explorer, and are currently working on their presentations. The goal of the project is to become an expert on an explorer and to teach the rest of us about their explorer.

Math

• Students are working on decimal fractions and will need to know place value to the thousandths.
• Students are learning to represent decimal fractions with an area model, as a common fraction, on a number line, and with words.

Technology

• Mr. Sutherland created Google accounts for all students in C9. This means that students are able to use Chrome and sign in to their Google account. For now, their Google account allows them to access their Google Drive (from home too!) and Google Classroom. We will be adding on to this as students become more comfortable using their Drive.
• If you have internet access at home, students can sign in to their accounts and work from home. Right now, their Social Studies Explorer Project is in their Drive which means they can work on their project at home.
• Students also created their own Google site. They can access their site once they sign in to their account. The plan is for this site to become their ePortfolio.

October 28, 2017

Science

• Thank you to our parents who came to our Lego Car activity on Oct. 17. This activity really prepared us for team collaboration.
• We went on our USS Missouri field trip on October 19, 2017. We learned about robots, robotics, the design process, and working together as a team. The goal was to make a robot and program the robot to walk.
• Each group worked at their own pace. All groups were able to build their robots. All groups were able to test their robot at least once.

GLOs

• We are going to be taking a closer look at our GLOs (General Learner Outcomes) this quarter.
• What does it mean to be a Self-Directed Learner? What is the criteria?
• Do I really understand what each GLO means?

Social Studies

• We are going to have to put the "pedal to the metal" when it comes to Social Studies! We just dabbled a little in the Age of Exploration last quarter. We have a long way to go!
• The plan is to integrate Social Studies content with Readers Workshop so that we can apply our reading strategies to the text we will read about our country's history.

October 20, 2017

Quarter 1 has zoomed on by. Please see a summary of what we studied below:

Language Arts

• Reading genres: personal narrative, narrative nonfiction, persuasive article
• Reading skills: problem and solution, sequence of events, cause and effect, author's point of view
• Reading comprehension strategies: reread, ask and answer questions
• Writing: personal narrative, persuasive/opinion, analyzing writing with a rubric, giving feedback, self-assessing using a rubric and making revisions
• Students have their own Wonders accounts and can access their accounts during and outside of school hours.

Math

• Place value
• Equations and expressions
• Multi-step word problems
• Multi-digit addition and subtraction review
• Multi-digit multiplication
• Volume
• Application of skills to solve real world problems

Social Studies

• History - Age of Explorations (to be continued in Quarter 2)

Science

• Mystery Science - chemical reactions, creating new substances, food chain

Technology

• Internet safety (ongoing)
• Caring for a 1:1 device (school laptop, ongoing)
• Creating their own student website
• Google Drive - understanding how the Drive works
• Google Classroom - accessing classroom slides to work independently on assignments

October 10, 2017

Language Arts

• We will be focusing on constructed responses this week. Constructed responses are responses to comprehension questions that require students to write out their answers in sentences.
• We will be going over a process/routine that students can follow whenever they have to construct a response. The first part of the process is making sure we understand what the question is asking us. That is where we will start this week.
• Students have finished or are finishing up a nonfiction writing baseline assessment. This assessment will give me feedback as to what students need when we work on nonfiction writing for the next several weeks.

Math

• The first 6 lessons of Module 2 is about multiplication. Students need to know how to multiply 2 and 3 digit factors using the multiplication algorithm.
• The rest of the module covers finding volume, finding dimensions when given the volume, and solving real world problems with multiplication and volume.

Technology

• We learned about being safe on the internet and knowing whether a website is "just right" for me. We created Internet Safety Rules and a Traffic Light to help us stay safe. We know that is it never ok to give our personal information to strangers online.
• This week we will be learning about keeping our 1:1 devices (1-to-1 devices/laptops) safe. Students will be taking an assessment and will need to pass with 100% before they are allowed to handle our school's laptops from the cart.
• We will be continuing to learn about internet safety over the next several weeks.

September 18, 2017

Reading

• Genre: Narrative nonfiction
• Comprehension strategy: Ask and answer questions
• Comprehension skill: Cause and effect
• Vocabulary: Homographs
• C9 students have their own Wonders accounts! This means students are able to log onto Wonders both in school and at home!

Math

• We just finished Module 1 which covered place value up to the millions, expressions, equations, order of operations, and multi-step problem solving.
• We will be starting Module 2. This module will cover the multiplication algorithm (with 1, 2, and 3 digit factors), finding volume, finding dimensions when given the volume, and solving real world problems with multiplication and volume.

Technology

• We are learning about Internet Safety. We discussed what is considered personal information and being safe while online.
• We created class rules for being online.
• We learned how to tell if a website is "just right" for us. We created a Red, Yellow, and Green traffic light to help us remember.
• We will be continuing to learn about internet safety over the next several weeks.

September 12, 2017

Welcome to our class website!

We hope that you will use this website to stay connected with what is going on in the classroom and at the school. Here is a short explanation of what you will find in the tabs:

• Home page - a look at what we are learning, important reminders, announcements
• Calendar - a calendar showing the events pertaining to Grade 5
• Homework & Schedules - up-to-date slide of today's homework (and past homework) and our weekly schedule
• Gallery - snapshots of us
• Parent Involvement - important dates to remember and opportunities to volunteer at the school
• Resources - links to different websites, slide presentations

August 30, 2017

Aloha,

My name is Ms. Lisa Nakamura and I would like to welcome you to the 5th grade. This year is especially exciting for me because this is my first year at Pauoa Elementary. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and being a part of the Pauoa Ohana. If you see me around campus, please donâ€™t hesitate to introduce yourself!

A little about me. I received my undergraduate degree from University of California, Davis and my teaching degree and master's degree from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. I bring 20 years of experience with me as a Special Education teacher, General Education teacher, and Curriculum Coach. If I am not in the classroom, you can usually find me at the baseball field watching my son, reading a book, or spending time with my family.

Along with the regular curriculum, my year long goal is to create learners. (Personalized Learning Isn't Enough. How do we Create Learners? Digital Promise, January 26, 2015) Learners have the mindset of being active participants and taking ownership of their learning, instead of just coming to school and letting school happen to them. I want them to set realistic goals for themselves and create a plan to reach those goals. I will strive to have my students be confident, thoughtful, and proactive in their learning. This will be a year long process and I look forward to the challenge!

"My door is always open." I take this saying to heart. I strongly believe in parent and family involvement in the education of their child. If you have any questions, concerns, or just need to talk to me about your child, please don't hesitate to contact me. If I am not able to speak with you at that very moment, I will let you know and we will figure out a time that works for all of us. If you are interested in visiting our classroom, volunteering, or being involved in any way, please let me know!

Again, welcome to 5th grade, and a warmest welcome to C9.

-Lisa Nakamura