Week 4: September 11th - 15th
Another week in the books! This week started off with a remembrance for the events that occurred 16 years ago on September 11th. Many of the students knew bits and pieces of the day, but were interested to learn more about what happened in our nation on that day. With that we started to work on our first writing piece of the year, our personal narratives. Students drafted ideas and topics about events in their own lives that made an impact on them. In math we finished up unit one on volume and area. We will be testing in the next few days. Remind students to continue to work on math facts with xtramath. In ELA we unpacked another standard and worked with finding the theme of the story and how to summarize what we read. Our book projects are off to a good start and we will continue to work on those in the coming weeks. We also finished up our Digital Citizenship sessions this week. Be sure to talk to your student about the big take aways as well as the contract they will be signing. Finally we complete MAP reading and will be completing MAP Math and FAST testing in the upcoming week!
Week 3: September 3rd - 8th
This week went by FAST! To kick off the short week we started our sessions on Digital Citizenship with Mrs. Campbell. Some big take aways were 'what type of person do I want to be', 'am I making the world a better place?', not responding to inappropriate texts/messages, rule to keep us safe, and that my digital footprint is permanent. Make sure to talk to you student about what they have been learning in Digital Citizenship. We also unpacked our first standard RL.5.1 working with quoting accurately and how this protects us from copyright. We have continued our exploration with Volume and how to measure it. In preparation for FAST and MAP testing coming up we worked on some reader's theater to practice our fluency(videos on Twitter). Please continue math fact practice with your student at home with their Xtramath login information. Final reminder that Curriculum Night is 9/12 @ 6:15 hope to see you all there!
Week 2: August 28th - September 1st 2017
This week we got into the swing of things! This was our first week with our new spelling program that links the student spelling words to our grammar and language study! You may have noticed that spelling homework was not sent home, but please remind students to still be practicing their words at home! This week was also the start of our Lit Circles. We have three groups all reading books about a character who has a challenge they need to over come. This links to our book project to send inspirational books to the students in Texas that were effected by Hurricane Harvey. In math we have continued to review our understanding of area with now diving into volume. This coming week we will be spending time with the district Tech lead to work on and learn more about being a Digital Citizen. Make sure to ask your student what they are learning about digital footprints and safety!
Week 1 - August 23rd-25th 2017
The school year is off and running! The three days this week were spent getting to know each other, expectations, and how we are going to work together as a team this year in 5th grade! I am so excited to see how excited all 26 students are to get started and begin our learning journey. We have also started to dig into the topic of disabilities and how people over come challenges which is an overarching theme of our first ELA unit. We have taken a deeper look at Autism, Asperger, and Cerebral Palsy. With that we have started our class read aloud "Out of my Mind" where the main character overcomes the challenges of Cerebral Palsy. Next week we will be jumping deeper into our ELA unit 1 as well as more math! I have enjoyed reading the parent letter about your students and cannot wait to get to now each one of them more and start to grow together!