Students are assigned a set of articles from Readworks on Monday. They have all week to complete 5 out of 6 of them. They are to read the article and write about them in their BOK section of their Language Arts journal. This week we were focused on main idea and key detail so they had to find this in each article. The topic of the articles all dealt with our government because we are learning about the 3 branches and their jobs. They have been working on their posters in class and will present them today. Look for pictures and videos to follow.
Biblionasium is the website we are using to keep track of student reading at home. Please check that your student has logged in the minutes and book titles that they are reading at home. This is part of their reading grade.
Thank you to all of the families that came out for Open
House. It was fun to meet new parents and see past students. We had quite a few
parents’ sign up for conferences. Those
who did not get a chance will get a note about open times.
* We are finishing
up the NWEA tests this week and will be getting into a real routine.
* I put a link on
the Social Studies page that lets you download an open textbook that we use sometimes
during the year. Remember to choose 5th grade under the download heading. We
start the year learning about our government and its 3 branches.
* In science we are
working on learning the Scientific Inquiry and the Properties of Matter.
Students will conduct experiments to learn about how matter reacts in different
circumstances, how to collect and record data, and construct arguments to
support their findings.
*By now students have signed up on Biblionasium to keep track of their reading at home. I have sent an email to you so you can monitor their reading minutes also.
Thank you for your support. If you have any concerns please email me.
I hope to see all of you tomorrow at our open house from 6:00-7:30. This will be a great opportunity to meet all of your child’s teachers. Your student can show you around our classroom and then take you on a tour of their math room as well as the music, gym, and art class.
I will have parent/teacher conference sign up sheets available for you as well.
Looking forward to meeting you.
We now have our specials classes set for the year.
Monday – Art 2:45-3:30
Tuesday- Technology 2:45-2:30
Wednesday- Music 9:45-10:30 Gym 2:45-3:30
Thursday – Gym 2:45-3:30
Friday Art 8:50-9:35 Library 2:50-3:15
We eat lunch at 11:15 so we will have snack in the afternoon.
Please help you child choose healthy foods. We are working on a project to
learn about plastic in our environment so I am asking that students do not
bring in throwaway water bottles. If they don’t have a reusable bottle, they
are welcome to get a drink from the water fountain as needed.
We are taking the NWEA tests this week. We will finish up math and move on to reading on Monday. I hope to get them finished by Friday so we can get into our regular class routine. In Science we are working on learning the eight essential practices. We will work on observation and measurement to begin with. Students are encouraged to bring in an old white long sleeve shirt they can wear over their clothes as a lab coat. (Maybe Dad or older brother has an old white dress shirt) This helps put them in the mindset of being a scientist and sometimes we get a bit messy.
Remember Thursday is Open House from 6:00 to 7:30. You will have a chance to sign up for conferences at this time.
Have a great week and thank you for your support.
If you have questions or concerns please email me at email@example.com
We kicked off the first week of school with a stem project that got the students working in small groups to solve a problem. They had to discuss and plan how they would “Save Fred” (a gummy worm that need a lifejacket). Then they had to implement their plan. Below you will see how some of the students figured out a solution to their problem.
What a busy start to the new school year! We will spend this week getting to know each other, our classroom procedures, and what to expect in fifth grade. We are getting used to being in a classroom again after spending our summer days (at maybe)a more relaxed pace.
This year there are four 5th grades, so there will be two teams. Mrs. Rachwal and I will work together to teach your child. I will be teaching science and social studies to both classes and she will teach math. We will collaborate to help meet the needs of each student.
Thank you for generously sending in classroom supplies to support your child. They will be put to good use. We will be doing a lot of investigative activities so I may be asking for some items during the year. Nothing big I promise. Check our blog during the year to see what we are up to.