Last Thursday the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade traveled to the Cleveland Aquarium to learn about aquatic adaptations. It was an incredibly organized and well-run program for the students. First the students learned about different fish body shapes and designs. Then they were taken on a tour of the aquarium in which they identified fish body shapes . Finally, they instructed to design their own fish and body design and explain how their fish fit into their chosen aquatic ecosystem.
In social studies the students have been learning about the geologic features of the Earth. This week’s challenge was to try to design a structure that could withstand the force of an earthquake. The students used toothpicks and marshmallows for the structure. The jello simulated the consistency of the Earth’s movements while the pan was shaken for 5 minutes. One group was actually successful on their first try! Other groups had to try more than once and redesign their structure based on what they observed. In the end students had to explain their decision making processes and the geometric design that was most successful for them.
Last week of the grading period!
Please be sure that all missing work is returned to me by the end of the school day on Friday!
Thursday is our STEM field trip to the aquarium. Don’t forget to pack a disposable lunch! Also, students are to wear their uniforms on that day.
Wednesday – Spelling, Reading, Social Studies short quiz
This weeks schedule
Monday – Day 3 – STEM
Tuesday – Day 4 – Library
Wednesday – Day 5 – Art
Thursday – Day 1 – Music (will be held on Friday due to the field trip on this day)
Friday – Flex day
Short week….busy week!
No school this Friday!
Monday: Spelling, Reading, Math
Tuesday: Social Studies
Monday – Day 5 Art
Tuesday – Day 1 Music
Wednesday – Day 2 Health and Phys. Ed.
Thursday – Day 3 STEM
Next Friday is Spirit Day! Don’t forget to wear your spirit attire!
What to expect this week:
1. Friday flex day – students will create their makerspace letter “C”. We have the following materials for it already:
Students will need to volunteer to bring in the following:
tiny stuffed bear
2. Upcoming tests:
Wednesday: ELA weekly assessment
This week’s schedule:
Monday – Day 3 STEM class
Tuesday – Day 4 Library
Wednesday – Day 5 Art
Thursday – Day 1 Music
Friday – Flex day
On Friday, the students were assigned a design challenge. They were required to brainstorm ways in which they can build a 3D letter “C” that would be part of the words “MAKER SPACE”. These letters would then hang in the new maker space room. The challenge? Every class must build the letter out of different materials, the letter is to be of a certain size, every aspect of the letter must be student made, and it should have the ability to hang on the wall.
What to expect this week:
*MAP testing Monday through Thursday. Please make sure your child arrives to school on time and eats a healthy breakfast.
*Religion Ch. 1 test (open book) on Tuesday
*Maniac Magee Book in a box due on Wednesday
*First Spelling word list will be given on Wednesday
Monday Day 4: Library
Tuesday Day 5: Art
Wednesday Day 1: Music
Thursday Day 2: Health and Phys. Ed.
Although everyone was sad to see summer vacation end, the students really got off to a great start last week! This week we will continue to plug away at reviewing some materials while learning new things along the way.
What to expect…
Friday is flex day! I have lots planned for the kids and I hope that we can get through everything. We already have our first STEM challenge planned (shhhh I’m not allowed to reveal it yet).
We will also be combining an art activity with Math that will help the students in a practical way as they work with expanded form, exponents, and place values.
Also on Friday, the students will be given some time to work on their Maniac Magee projects. If you are not yet familiar with this, please ask to see the assignment sheet from your son or daughter. Whatever they don’t complete of it in school must be completed at home. It is due on Wednesday, September 12.
Wonders—new ELA program
Last week and this week the students have been preparing for how the new reading program works. We will officially be starting our first unit on September 12.
Starts Monday, September 10. Please make sure that your child is well rested and eats a breakfast on those days.
This weeks specials:
Tuesday, Day 1: Music
Wednesday, Day 2: Health/Phys. Ed.
Thursday, Day 3: STEM
Welcome back for another great school year!
I truly am excited to work with your 5th graders this year. We have so much to look forward to!
The students will be receiving their first set of spelling words on September 12. Spelling test days will always be on day 5 of the schedule. Focus and study for these tests are primarily the responsibility of the students at home. Check the resources tab for the weekly lists.
Summer reading packets should be turned into me by Friday, August 31. Students are also required to complete one of the following projects on the book “Book in a box”, “Book timeline”, “Book test”, or “Graphic chapter”. Directions for their project were distributed on Monday. We will have some class time on Wednesday, Friday, and Friday of next week to work on them. The projects will need to be completed at home. The due date will be on Wednesday, September 12.
Topics covered this week:
Science: Scientific method
ELA: Learning how to work in cooperative groups and close reading skills.
Math: exponents and place values
Social Studies: Hemispheres
I would just like to take this moment to thank you for all of your support in helping to make this year a successful school year. As a new teacher this year to St. Joseph School, I was welcomed with open arms by your community. I was amazed by the talented, enthusiastic and nurturing faculty and staff. I fell in love with the students on the very first day when they demonstrated an eager enthusiasm for learning. This isn’t always the case at every school! I truly am blessed to be a part of and to continue to be a part of St. Joseph School!
Just a reminder that all incoming 6th grade students should be reading the book “Wonder” during the summer. They will also need to complete the accompanying paperwork. Don’t wait until the last minute!
Also, all incoming 5th graders should be reading the book “Maniac Magee” by Jerry Spinelli. Make sure that they too complete the accompanying paperwork.
Don’t forget to check out my resource page! I’ve included links to online games and activities to help students practice their Math and Language Arts skills.
Enjoy your summer and stay safe!
We will be MAP testing this week on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week. Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and eats breakfast!
In Demand Friday
This Friday, students will have the opportunity to learn about, participate in, and discuss with others careers that are in demand or will be in higher demand in the future.
Tuesday – Social Studies Ch. 7 test
Thursday – Spelling test Lesson 25
Monday – Day 2 Art
Tuesday – Day 3 Music
Wednesday – Day 4 Health
Thursday – Day 5 Computers
Field Trip to Cleveland Natural History Museum
This Friday is the field trip! Don’t forget to pack a lunch as hot lunch will not be available for us.
This Friday we will be celebrating May Crowning at 9:30. Please consider joining us!
Tuesday – English (Adjectives, Demonstrative Adjectives, Articles)
Wednesday – Spelling Lesson 23
Monday – Day 3 Music
Tuesday – Day 4 Health
Wednesday – Day 5 Computers
Thursday – Day 1 Library/Phys. Ed.
Friday – Flex Day