Monday, May 21, 2018

May 21-25

"The air is like a butterfly
With frail blue wings.
The happy earth looks at the sky
And sings."

We began our week by attending the fifth grade band and chorus concert. It was awesome! We all loved watching our amazing students perform in this musical event. 

Ms. Karen joined us for Brain Gym following the concert. It was great to get our bodies and brains moving with the kids' choice of Sun Salutations, balance boards, skull taps, finger touches and cross crawls. 

Students will work on their final presentation for their Invention PBL experience this week. Students are working on Google Slide Shows, posters and videos to share their learning and understanding. 

We will finish writing poems tomorrow. These poems will be displayed for the Celebration of Learning Night coming up next week. I hope to see families at this fun event.

Students have spelling homework tonight and Tuesday. Their test will be given on Wednesday. I will wait until the following Monday to give the new pretest. :)

We will begin Unit 9 in math this week. Students will practice multiplication facts by playing Product Pile-Up. They will solve number stories by multiplying or dividing with multiples of 10. They will also use mental math steps to multiply problems involving larger factors. We will have homework on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. I will give them Wednesday off due to the SAS testing.

Have a fantastic week!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May 14-18

"You are as welcome as the flowers in May."

The Unit 8 math test will be given tomorrow! A review packet will go home for homework tonight. Students will not have homework on Wednesday evening. We will begin Unit 9 on Thursday. Please take a moment to check out the Family Letter for the new unit. It will go home with students today. 

We had our spelling pretest today. Lesson 19 focuses on the Vowel Sounds in spoon and wood. The test will be given on next Tuesday, the 22nd. Students will have four spelling assignments due by that date.

SAVE THE DATE: Black American Wax Museum on Friday, June 8th from 1:30-2:15pm. 

SAVE THE DATE: Hansel and Gretel - Eat Right on Wednesday, June 13th from 9-10am. 

Have a fabulous week! :)

Monday, May 7, 2018

May 7-11

"'Tis like the birthday of the world,
When earth was born in bloom;
The light is made of many dyes,
The air is all perfume:
There's crimson buds, and white and blue,
The very rainbow showers
Have turned to blossoms where they fell,
And sown the earth with flowers."

We had the loveliest day! We began our morning with poetry and vocabulary. Students worked on their tree diagrams which feature at least four text or graphic features. Students will be given the Vocabulary & Comprehension test on the Anchor Text tomorrow. They will be taking the STAR reading and math tests on Wednesday and Thursday. We have the Field Trip on Friday so we won't begin Unit 19 until next Monday. 

Our PEA Reading Buddies joined us this morning. They worked cooperatively with students on their research for our Black American project. Students have begun the process of choosing a famous Black American to study for our Wax Museum. More information about this fun event will be forthcoming. 

No spelling this week!! :)

We will finish Unit 8 in math this week. Our Learning Objectives will involve finding products for given factors and using this knowledge to play Factor Bingo. Students will model equal sharing situations with $10 and $1 bills. They will compare fractions, generate equivalent fractions and explore area. Finally they will explore the shared attributes of prisms. They will have a HomeLink each night for homework. We will review for the test next Monday and the assessment will be given the following day. 

Field Trip to Manchester on Friday morning! We can't wait to see School House Rock performed live at the Palace Theater. Please remember to pack your child a lunch unless you signed up for a bagged lunch from the cafeteria. 

Have a fantastic week! :)

Monday, April 30, 2018

April 30-May 4

"Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun."
- Kahlil Gibran

It's so nice to return to school and see all of my wonderful students! We began our week with new vocabulary words and a spelling pretest. Our new Anchor story is an informational text titled A Tree is Growing. Our Essential Question involves finding differences among types of trees. This text fits perfectly with our next science unit involving biomes and life science.

Our PEA Reading Buddies visited us this morning as well. Students shared The Magic School Bus Gets Eaten with their partners. The story focuses on food chains and webs in our ecosystem. We only have two more weeks with our buddies. We'll enjoy every moment with them until then. 

We will begin Unit 8 in math this week. Students will use rulers to measure to the nearest quarter inch, develop strategies for solving extended multiplication and division facts, find factors of counting numbers, and make sense of challenging problems. Students will have a Home Link each night for homework. 

Our spelling lesson involved spelling the /k/ or /kw/ sounds. Students will have an assignment each night this week. The test will be given on Friday, May 4th. 

Have a fantastic week!  :)

Monday, April 16, 2018

April 16-20

"If April showers should come your way, they bring the flowers that bloom in May."

Five more days until vacation!! Yippee! We began our week with a vocabulary review. Students read The Albertosaurus Mystery in partners and then practiced summarizing the informational text. This will be our final Anchor Text until we return to school in May. I'm so proud of how far my students have come in reading since the school year began in August. :)

Our PEA Reading Buddies joined us on this rainy morning. We read The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses in partners or small groups. This tale is an introduction to our Native American Unit that we will begin after vacation. Some students who finished early sketched a picture of their favorite scene from the story with their PEA buddy.  

Students will have spelling homework on Monday and Tuesday evenings. The test will be given on Wednesday. We won't begin a new lesson until we return from vacation. 

We will complete Unit 7 in math this week. Students will solve fraction number stories and name fractions of sets of objects. We will review for the test on Wednesday and then the assessment will be given the following day. Students will have a Home Link on Monday and Tuesday evenings and a review packet to practice on Wednesday. Students will have a challenge activity on Thursday, but this will be an optional assignment for those who'd like to earn a prize. We will begin Unit 8 when we return from vacation. 

Students continue to work on their Invention PBL experience. This week they will make a final decision on the invention that they want to study and research. Please discuss this informative and fun project with your student at home. 

Have a wonderful week and a great vacation! :)

Monday, April 9, 2018

April 9-13

"Our spring has come at last with the soft laughter of April suns and shadow of April showers."

We began our week with phonics and language arts. We read another humorous fiction from the Judy Moody series. We discussed the theme of the story and compared/contrasted it to our Anchor Text from last week. 

Our Reading Buddies joined us this morning. Most students were able to finish reading The Gadget War with their PEA Buddy. We will begin a new chapter book with our buddies next week. 

We will have our spelling pretest on Wednesday when we begin Lesson 17 and our next Anchor Text. Our next list focuses on words with the /j/ and /s/ sounds. The test will be given the following week on April 18th. Students will have a spelling assignment due on Thursday and Friday of this week. 

We will continue to focus on fractions in math this week. Our Learning Objectives involve ordering fractions with the same numerator, writing a rule for ordering similar sets of fractions, partitioning distances to locate fractions on number lines, making and justifying fraction comparisons, and solving fraction number stories. Students will have a Home Link each night for homework. 

We will continue to work on Inventions and Simple Machines throughout the week. Students are busy researching and planning for our PBL experience. 

Have a fabulous week! :)

Monday, April 2, 2018

April 2-6

"April weather, rain and sunshine both together."

We began our week with new vocabulary and spelling words. Students seemed to enjoy getting back into the routine after last week's testing. Our new Anchor Text is a humorous fiction titled Judy Moody Saves the World. This story has some great themes in it such as conservation and recycling. 

Students took the spelling pretest this morning. Our rule involves the vowel +r sound in words with air and ear. Students will have an assignment to work on each night this week. The test will be given this Friday. 

Our PEA Reading Buddies came for a visit this morning. Students continued reading The Gadget War with them. This humorous chapter book tells the story of Kelly and her battle with Albert to become the class Gadget Wiz!

We will continue with Unit 7 in math this week. Students will be asked to represent fractions on number lines, identify fractions greater than, less than, and equal to one on a number line, compare fractions using visual models, order fractions with the same numerator and write a rule for ordering similar sets of fractions. Students will have a Home Link each night for homework. 

Our class is loving our Simple Machine and Invention Unit. Students have begun researching inventions as part of our new PBL (Project Based Learning) activity. We will continue our research using online tools this week and narrow our focus to one individual invention per student or partner group. 

Have a fantastic week! :)