Monday, June 11, 2018

Thank You Parents!

Thanks to our parent volunteers; Mrs. Spreadbury, Mrs. Kane, Mrs. Shah, Mrs. Rumsey, Mrs. Silva, Mrs. Fine, and Mrs. Young.  And thank you to our wonderful 5th graders!  Below are some pictures of our students working to make our school grounds beautiful on our first Fox Hill Spring Clean Up Day!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018


This is more like it! Now it's spring.

In math we covered the most important concepts in several different units in order to best prepare for the math MCAS.  After MCAS we will return to many of these topics to cover them in more depth.  Topics include classifying 2d figures, analyzing patterns and relationships, algebra, graphing points on the coordinate plane, and representing and interpreting data and measurement.  

In language arts we completed reading Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.  Some of the activities we are involved in include : writing book reviews, answering essential questions about the text, and writing scripts about what might have happened between different characters in the story.  We wrote healthy eating commercials and made infomercials that we shared in class. Look for these in Seesaw!  We are also working on our narrative writing skills and are actively planning stories through the use of two-column notes.

In science we completed our animal enclosure projects.  Last Friday we presented our enclosures to the 2nd grade.  They were eager to visit and ask us questions about the design process since they are working on a habitat unit in science.  Now we are preparing for the Science MCAS test which will take place next Wednesday and Friday, May 16-17.
5th graders explain how they designed their animal
enclosure to meet the needs of its inhabitant.

Monday, April 2, 2018

March Madness and April Reminders!

What about that amazing March weather!  4 snow days in two weeks!  Even with all the disruptions we found our way through Topic 8 in math.  Multiplication of fractions (including mixed numbers) was challenging for many students.  I am available for morning support in math on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 8 am.  We are currently learning how to divide fractions, both whole numbers by fractions and fractions by whole numbers.  In our daily Solve and Share portion of our math lessons we create visual models that help us understand fraction concepts at a deeper level.  Still, continued and consistent practice is necessary to solve problems with accuracy.  It helps to keep multiplication and division facts fresh also.  ST Math is a great resource for working on math fluency and is available to all students as a supplement to regular math homework assignments.

In language arts we have focused our attention on preparing for MCAS testing.  We've used the "Two-Column Note" strategy to gather information related to the stories we are reading and then turned our notes into written responses to the text.  We've studied poetry, plays, essays and fiction.  Some of our note taking work involves gathering information from a story that allows us to write a continuation to that story. The story continuations are fantastic!  Our vocabulary work is focused on preparing for the science MCAS in May.  Each week students are given 7 words.  Their assignment paper gives them a task to perform with the words each night of the week.  If you are not connected to Seesaw please consider getting connected.  If you need support with getting connected let me know.  You will be able to see your child's finished Planet Book and leave them an encouraging comment!

In science we are studying Classification.  Mr. Musselman has presented to all the fifth graders on the Design Process and students are ready to begin planning and designing animal habitats.

Thursday, March 29th Kali Flanagan visited Fox Hill School!  Kali talked about her dream of becoming an olympic athlete and the work it took to make that dream come true. The fifth graders asked great questions and were great hosts.

Wednesday, April 4 and Thursday April 5 are the dates for MCAS testing in ELA.  Our 5th grade field trip to the Concord Museum is on Tuesday, April 24th.  Permission slips were sent home on Monday, April 2nd.