It’s a new year, and we have lots of new and exciting things going on this month!
January 14 marks the first day of the third quarter. Report cards for the second quarter will go home on Friday, January 18.
Our Fridays have definitely been filled. Currently the students have been working on growth mind set activities, Biome projects, the hunger project PBL, and a snowflake challenge.
The students have shown interest in learning more about World War 2 and the Holocaust. Starting soon they will have the opportunity to explore this topic through research and through a novel (TBA).
MAP testing starts this Monday. Please make sure that your child arrives to school on time, eats breakfast, and gets a good night’s sleep so that they may give their best performance on the tests.
Thursday – Math (will cover mental math, estimating in division, long division with 2, 3, and 4 digit dividends and 1 digit divisors)
Monday Day 1 – Music
Tuesday Day 2 – Health and PE
Wednesday Day 3 – STEM
Thursday Day 4 – Library
Upcoming Events This Week
Monday – Drama Club Practice
Monday and Thursday – Homework Lab
Tuesday – Kris Kringle shop
Friday – Hunger Banquet
Monday – Day 4 Library
Tuesday – Day 5 Art
Wednesday – Day 1 Music
Thursday – Day 2 Health and Phys. Ed.
Tuesday – Reading Assessment (genre: characteristics of folktales, contractions, theme, possessive nouns); Spelling test
Next week, on Wednesday, December 19, will be the Social Studies test for Ch. 3. This week on Wednesday I will be sending home with the students a link to help them study online for the test.
ENJOY THE FIRST SNOWFALL!
Welcome back from Thanksgiving break!
Don’t forget to pack a disposable lunch on Friday for our field trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Students may bring some cash for the gift shop.
Monday, December 3 – book reviews are due (a new book review is due each month) The next book review will be due January 3.
Wednesday – Ch. 6 open book Religion test
Next Monday – Reading Assessment, Spelling test
This Week’s Schedule
Monday – Day 1 Music
Tuesday – Day 2 Health, Phys. Ed.
Wednesday – Day 3 STEM
Thursday – Day 4 Library
Friday – Flex Day (field trip)
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