Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Family Holiday Traditions Maker Event and Tangy Tuesday Holiday Contest!

Next week 5th grade students will be participating in the Family Holiday Traditions Maker Event!  Please click on the following link to find out more.

Family Holiday Traditions Maker Event!

Also, all students are invited to participate in the Tangy Tuesday Holiday Contest!  Hurry!  This contest ends on Thursday.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Classroom Update and Happy Holidays!

Happy Thanksgiving!  Our visitors from the science center, Lulu and Myrtle, recently returned home.  It is hard to believe we were saying hello to them three weeks ago!  We are now on Topic 4 of our enVision math program.  Since the beginning of the year I've been sending home the "Dear Family" Letter for each topic.  Please let me know if you are not receiving it.  Our previous unit in math focused on multiplying whole numbers.  We are now multiplying decimals using various models and strategies to arrive at our answers.  Much of our work requires the children to utilize their understanding of place value and how it relates to numbers less than a whole (tenths, hundredths, and thousandths).  Our work with multiplication of decimals will continue after our Thanksgiving Recess.

We are currently studying text-structures in language arts (cause-effect, sequence, compare-contrast, description).  We are also learning how to identify main ideas and supporting details in a text.  We are reading the core literature book Gossamer and learning how to write good chapter summaries that include characters, setting, problem and solution.  In writing we have completed our unit on Personal Narratives and are engaged in free choice writing as well as poetry writing. I recently passed out Seesaw parent letters to students in my language arts class.  My language arts students have placed a picture of their written Hopes and Dreams and a recording of themselves reading it in their Seesaw digital portfolios.  Sign up for Seesaw and check it out! 

In science we completed our Modeling Matter Unit.  The children are passing in their Digital Science Notebooks to their google science classroom for my review. These notebooks are full of pictures, predictions observations, and the collection of data that took place over the course of our study of matter. As we look forward to our next science unit on Earth's Place in the Universe time will be provided to revisit concepts, written observations and understandings on matter.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Welcome Visitors!

Mrytle and Lulu are visiting us for the next few weeks!  Ms. Pavlicek taught us how to care for these Eastern Box Turtles and we look forward to feeding them lettuce, crickets, and mealworms!