Grade 5

Evaluating Websites

posted Mar 26, 2014, 8:42 PM by   [ updated Mar 26, 2014, 9:02 PM ]

WebPath Express- a great place to begin your research with age-appropriate websites that are reliable and trustworthy. 

Resources: Keynotes and posters are available below. 

Website Evaluation: 

Check out these sites for accuracy.

Click here for poster                    Click here for poster

Searching the Catalog in the Secondary School Library

posted Apr 25, 2013, 9:11 PM by   [ updated Mar 26, 2014, 7:55 PM ]

Many grade 5 students are looking for books for the Exhibition that might be in the Secondary School Library. Ms. Day has said that you are welcome to borrow books from there. 

Here's what you need to do before you go:

  • Use the Destiny (not Destiny Quest) to see if there are books for your topic. 

Here's how:

        Go to the catalog link in or


  • If there are books that will help you in your research, ask your teacher when is a good time for you to go. Students may go over in groups 4-5. 

  • When you get to the Secondary School Library, introduce yourself to one of the library staff members (Ms. Day, Ms. Ernie, or Mr. Haniff) and tell them what you are looking for. 
  • Remember, this is a privilege and you are guests. Please be respectful and sensible. 

Using WebPath Express on Destiny Quest

posted Mar 6, 2013, 10:18 PM by   [ updated Mar 7, 2013, 4:35 PM ]

These posters are attached below if you would like to print them.

posted Mar 17, 2011, 6:42 PM by Keri-Lee Beasley   [ updated Mar 20, 2012, 8:25 PM ]

Using Diigo to explore humanitarian organizations online

posted Feb 27, 2011, 9:53 PM by Katie Day   [ updated Mar 2, 2011, 5:36 PM by ]

You can practice using Diigo to highlight and annotate websites relating to your upcoming unit on "Lending a Hand".  Below is a list of organizations last year's Grade 5 students collected.

1)  Sign in to Diigo
2)  If you have forgotten your username and/or password, here is a link to a Google Doc (though note you will have to log into your UWCSEA "gapps" account in order to read it).

This is a link to the Grade 5 (2010-2011) Diigo Group.  If you find new websites to add, remember to share it with the group and to tag them with "g5_help".

Humanitarian Organizations

Krouser Thmey A Cambodian foundation assisting children
Make A Wish Foundation Their mission: "We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy." 
Central Asian Istitute  This charity helps promote education in Pakistan and Afganistan 
UNICEF Singapore UNICEF helps underprivileged children with diseases or are in bad conditions. 
UNICEF  This charity promotes both childrens rights and their education, and are a splinter organization of the United Nations. 
Green Haven Green Haven is an organization that prevents drug abuse. They also teach drug abusers to leave drugs. 
PETA PETA is an organisartion witch helps animals around the world. It is very sustainable! 
The Red Cross Their mission is: "We are dedicated to protecting human life and dignity, relieving human suffering and responding to emergencies." 
UNAS[United Nations Association Singapore] The United Nations Association of Singapore was established as a non-governmental organization in 1969. As a voluntary organization, its membership is open to all who support the United Nations 
bombay street kids  organisation helping children at risk specially bombay street kids
Chilren's Society
National Cancer Center Singapore (NCCS) Their aim is to help people in Singapore with cancer and to provide them with a cure and support. 
MEXT-Japan (Ministry Of Education, Culture, Sports, science and Technology  MEXT basically an organisation that decides all choices that relates to education and try to improve the educational system in Japan. 
Lets move Lady michellle Obama is leading this organisation which prevents child hood obesity in America 
Sea Shepherd contact This is an organization which takes unique direct tactics to save whales and other marine life 
The world wildlife fund Saves animals and marine creatures 
SPCA This organisation helps animals in Singapore that have been abused or abandoned by their owners. 
Jamiyah Children's Home Service links with UWCSEA East Grade 5, children's home caring for children in need 
Tabitha They provide living standerds for those in Cambodia without them  
UNESCO World Heritage  ‘Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa’s Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world’s heritage. - UNESCO World Heritage mission statement 
Singapore Cancer Society Their aim is to help any patients in Singapore suffering from cancer. They also try to raise awerness to people about keeping safe from cancer. 
World Monuments Fund (WMF) World Monuments Fund is the leading private organization dedicated to saving the world’s most treasured places.
National Trust The National Trust is a charity and is completely independent of Government. We rely for income on membership fees, donations and legacies, and revenue raised from our commercial operations. National Trust Mission 
Club Rainbow They help children with chronical illnesses.  

Researching conflicts using the NLB databases

posted Dec 5, 2010, 4:10 PM by Katie Day   [ updated Jan 9, 2011, 6:22 PM ]


Step 1:  Go to the eResources page of the NLB (National Library Board) of Singapore website

Step 2:  Login
  • using either your own digital login (if you have one already - it's free to sign up for one -- you just need to know your FIN number) 
  • or, temporarily, you can use Ms. Day's (Username = "katiebday", Password = the same as for the "eastinfant" account on the school computers)

Step 4:  Find EBSCOHost Primary Search in the list and click on it

Step 5: Enter your search terms.  Try out some of the advanced search features, such as specifying a reading level range (lexiles).

Step 6:  Once you've found some articles or information, there are several things you can do.
  • Listen - to a computer-generated voice read the page to you (in the accent of your choice!  American, British, or Australian);

  • Bookmark (via Diigo);

  • Email the full-text of the article including a properly formatted citation for your bibliography to your Google Apps account or personal email;

  • Copy/paste info to a Google Doc (login to Google Apps here)

Step 7:  Not enough historical information in the EBSCO Primary Search database?

Go to this list of all NLB databases and find one of these two History databases and click on them.

Step 8:  Want to explore conflicts in different parts of the world in different time periods?

Try this website --

Filling in the Picture: background reading

posted Dec 4, 2010, 11:20 PM by Katie Day   [ updated Dec 5, 2010, 4:10 PM ]

When reading fiction about time periods, regions, or events you are unfamiliar with, it often helps to stop and do some quick non-fiction background reading.

Encyclopedia are a good place to start.  

You all know Wikipedia, but often its level of English is high and the information provided is far more than you need or want.   

Simple English Wikipedia (designed for speakers for whom English is an additional language) is good, but it doesn't have as many entries.  

Let's explore some other digital options.  

Encyclopedia Britannica is one -- with three levels of text (Primary, Middle, and High School).  If you're in school, then you can access it via our school subscription.

The National Library Board (NLB) of Singapore also offers the Encyclopedia Britannica, as well as many other databases perfect for students -- and they are free for everyone living in  Singapore to use. 

You just have to register for a digital account.  Click here for more information from the NLB.

  • If you want to test out the NLB digital resources, feel free to use my login/password temporarily. My username is "katiebday" and my password is the same as for the "eastinfant" account in school.

Connecting to the Arts

posted Nov 1, 2010, 4:11 PM by Keri-Lee Beasley   [ updated Nov 8, 2010, 9:49 PM ]

Step 1. Open this template.

Step 2. Click Actions -> Copy this Presentation, and change the title to include your name.

Step 3. Insert an image of your face. Right-click on it, select Order -> Send to Back

Step 4. Add links to the words Music, Dance, Drama/Theatre and Art, by highlighting the text and clicking Link. Paste in the URL.

Step 5. Fill in the Speaker Notes to explain your connection to the pieces you have chosen.

Step 6. Open your class's presentation file:

Step 7. Import your slide (Insert -> Import Slide)


posted Sep 28, 2010, 10:26 PM by Keri-Lee Beasley

Designing Compelling Presentations

posted Sep 28, 2010, 10:26 PM by Keri-Lee Beasley

Here is a video for you to look at about what NOT to do in Presentations.

YouTube Video

I created the following presentation to share with educators as a how-to guide. It's not going to mean much without the notes that accompany it, but that is exactly the point.

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