** School Picture Day is October 1**
- We will have a quiz Tuesday covering vocab and main ideas that we learned about the Inuit, Tlingit, and Navajo/Pueblo tribes. There is a review game posted on Google Classroom
- Kahoot review in class Monday, quizziz will be posted for practice at home for quiz Tuesday.
- We will continue learning about early native tribes this week, the Plains and tribes of the East coast.
- We will continue working on the discovery of the Iceman of the Alps.
- Students will watch parts of Iceman Reborn, a Nova documentary on the discovery of this ancient man and the clues his body and belongings have taught us about life in prehistoric Europe.
- Students have been learning about decisions that historians must make when excavating a site, and how those questions can help us better understand the past.
- Current Events will be Friday
This coming week the 5th graders will be continuing to use the math strategy of "solving a simpler problem" to evaluate numerical equations, learn to formulate numerical expressions, and utilize the Order of Operations to evaluate problems. Currently, we are scheduled to complete chapter 1 at the end of next week with a test over all the material we have covered in this unit.
The students will be learning to understand how to identify opposites and the absolute value of rational numbers as well as comparing and ordering rational numbers in their sequential order and on a number line. Next week, the students will be finishing the third module of the unit with a quiz and a test on the entire unit will follow after a complete review of all three sections of the unit.
I'm so proud of the students' efforts last week completing the group research project, "The Helpers". Using the exit slip assessments, it's clear the students understand the contributions of these brave individuals. Working as a team proved worthwhile! In addition, students are learning the importance of citing their sources when researching and writing.
This week students will be working on analyzing pictures (photographs and posters) and visualization. Both are key in understanding the issues and scenes in our novel during WWII.
We hope to complete Chapters 8-13 this week. The students are noting different conflicts in the "Rising Action" of the plot structure.
Reading term of the week: foreshadowing
5th grade ELA
According to research, one of the ways we can show children how to love reading is to teach them that reading matters in their lives. We can show them how to open their hearts and minds to the characters and the stories they are reading. We can teach them that reading is not just figuring out the words but it is also finding a way to make the stories matter. (Lucy Calkins)
This week we will continue to read our choice novels. We are working on skills to increase our reading fluency, stamina, and rate. We continue our small group and individual conferences to work on skills presented in the mini-lesson or develop skills along our learning progressions. We continue to stop and jot for specific information we are finding as we read. The students are using these “jots” to help in their formation of responses to reading questions and reflections.
In writing, the students are wrapping up their “true stories”. We continue to work on our revisions with the skills taught in the mini-lessons. Anchor charts are found in their ELA notebook to use as a guide for their revisions. This week, we will revise our true stories on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday, we will create an “About the Author Page” to use for their publications.
Starting Thursday, we will begin writing a series of short fiction stories. All their work can be found in their writing folders at this time.
Last Friday, we had a conversation about the importance of their reading logs. Please make sure your child is filling in their reading log each night so they can keep track of the number of pages and the time it took to read these pages. All this data helps us to make sure that their reading is the best it can be for them.
On Tuesday, any fifth or sixth-grade student that read Raymie Nightingale is invited to the official launch party for the third book in the series by Kate Decamillo. We have been waiting for the arrival of the newest book, Beverly, Right Here. Students are welcome to come at 7:30 am for juice and doughnuts as we wait for the AMAZON truck to arrive with the highly anticipated novel!!!!
Our book clubs will be starting in a few weeks. The students will choose the novel that their book club will read. More details to follow. The kids will have ample time to locate and secure the novel that they will need either through our school library, public library or at a bookstore. Each student will be responsible for their own copy of the novel.
5th- This week we will finish up structures of matter and properties of Matter. We will be reviewing all week for our first Science test on Friday 9/27.
6th- This week we will be using technology to study our Seasons. We will go on a Webquest, use Legends of Learning and use digital Station Labs to review for our test which will be near the end of next week (TBD).
Last week we began discussing the Beatitudes. The students told me they studied the Beatitudes in 4th grade. And, I know they will be covering them more in depth in 7th & 8th grade. So, we decided to move on to the next Chapter, which covers Sacraments (specifically Baptism).
The students presented their "Charity" projects today. They did awesome! It was incredible last week watching them at work with their groups! After all their hard work, they will get to spend the next couple days watching, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." I hope they enjoy it!
*On a personal note-- My mother-in-law passed away this past weekend. I will be off for the next few days. Mrs. Schergen will be my substitute teacher. The children know this and were very kind to me and offering condolences. They are all such good kids!