The Discovery Report

KDA 5th Grade News

December Learning at a Glance

What we are learning this month:

ELA (Reading): Daily 8, nonfiction Book Clubs, and Guided Reading books about activitist and art.

Core Reading: Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry.

Writing Workshop: Unit 1, Lucy Calkins Narrative writing.

Math: Unit 3-Multiply and divide fractions and Unit 4-Multiply and divide decimals.

Science: Unit 1, Mixtures and Solutions (Chemistry)

English Language Development: Discussions for Learning (Academically discussing works of art.

Class Culture: Welcoming Schools (LGBTQ awareness and general tolerance), Caring School Community, and Mindfulness sitting.

Blended Learning Online Computer Programs:

ELA: Raz-Kids, Newsela, Quizlet, Zeal Learning, and Learnzillion.

Math: ST Math, KhanAcademy, Zeal Learning and Learnzillion.

Writing: TypingClub and Google Classroom.

Digital Citizenship: BrainPop and DigitalPassport.

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Student-Parent-Teacher Confernces

When: December 8-12th from 1:30-4:30. We are on a minimum day schedule.


We are pleased to announce that this year we will be doing student-led conferences. For those of you who may be new to this procedure, the student-led conference process further empowers the student to direct and report on his/her progress at school. It is a research-based practice used in many exemplary schools like KDA.

During the conference process students will report on academic progress, articulate goals, report on assessment data when appropriate, and share examples of their course work. We believe that the student-led conference process puts the responsibility for reporting learning where it needs to be and that is with the student. We thank you for working with them in this journey.

Join Us For Our Annual Reading Night

When: December 17th

What to expect:

5:30-5:45 KDA Reading Challenge

Fountas and Pinnell and SRI


5:45-6:45 Author Read - Aloud (Sarah Hines Stephens and Jane Mason)

6:05-6:35 Group activities in classrooms by grade level

Book giveaway

6:45-7:00 Snacks and Raffles

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December 19

  • We are going to celebrate students' academic growth.
  • Please bring a healthy dish to share at 12:05 PM. Styrofoam plates and cups are not allowed because they hurt Mother Earth.
  • OUSD Health Policy: Food and beverages served as part of birthday celebrations or class celebrations should always offer healthy options, such as fruit, vegetables, and water. Soda and candy shall never be served.
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Winter Break December 22-January 5 and Project

Winter Break Project: There will be a winter project that students will need to engineer, write a report, and give an oral presentation. Project assignments will be passed out December 17th.
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5th Grade Camping Trip May 2014

The 5th grade camping trip has long been a tradition for KDA students. The camp is led by us teachers and camp grounds staff. During the day, students rotate from station to station with activities like hiking, drama, nature art, and team building. In the evening students play games near the bonfire and spend the night in cabins on site. This trip is a wonderful memory and a rite of passage for our students.

We are hoping to raise at least $10,000 to cover transportation and camping fees. Our goal is to guarantee that all 5th graders get to experience this once in a lifetime opportunity. The cost for the campsite is $185 per student. We need your support with fundraising in order to meet our goal. Please feel free to contact us, if you would like to join our fundraising committee.

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Ms. Skowbo

(510) 917-1154

Mr. Gonzalez

(909) 233-5300