We began our week exercising our narrative writing abilities as we wrote about the things we did over Thanksgiving break. Later, we shifted our focus to composing a more technical piece of writing, and we constructed a text-dependent analysis response. That response was paired with our recent reading of a story called “Leonardo’s Horse.” In Science, the students were excited to put their understanding of topics within our physics unit on display in their construction of paper roller coasters. We look forward to showing off our finished products!
Wednesday – Phys. Ed (wear sneakers)
*** Please consider contributing to our school coat drive (new or gently used) and/or our Penn Manor Family Fund’s initiative to collect toiletries. Fifth grade has been assigned hair conditioner.
We had a fantastic week here in 5B! We’ve spent a lot of time honing our reading skills while learning about Leonardo Da Vinci. In Science, we’ve been discussing animal adaptations, and even spent time creating an animal of our own! Most math classes are wrapping up Chapter 5 (Adding and Subtracting Decimals), and are looking ahead to Chapter 6 (Multiplying and Dividing Decimals). We ended our week with a visit from Quay Hanna, who discussed the importance of respect and being proactive in our interactions with those that may be different from us. Finally, we ended our week with an all school assembly. With your help, our Girls on the Run club, pulled together a significant amount of food items. Just for fun, randomly selected students got to pie a teacher in the face! One of the teachers pied was me!!! See the video and photos below!
We finished watching the film Sounder. We discussed the positives and negatives associated with books being adapted to film. We used Sounder as our example. In Math, we’re continuing to master concepts within Chapter 5 (Adding/Subtracting Decimals). In Reading, we’ve recently focused on how authors of non-fiction text use sequence to structure the content of their writing. We’ve explored sequence in non-fiction texts related to The Revolutionary War and George Washington. In Science, we have been learning about animal adaptations and symbiotic relationships. Yesterday, we were treated to a CSI-related assembly. It was really cool! Ask them about it!
We had a great week in our classroom. We are finishing up Chapter 4 (Dividing with Two-Digit Divisors) in math, and looking ahead to Chapter 5 (Adding and Subtracting Decimals). We were assessed on our ability to identify theme in various texts. Students took the Lesson 8 Spelling Test this morning, and also began watching the film Sounder.
Thank you to all of the families I had the chance to interact with this week. I am grateful for the partnership and support.
Tuesday – Picture Re-take Day
Thursday – Phys. Ed.
Friday – Lesson 9 Spelling Test; Last day to bring in cans of cranberry sauce for district food drive.
Our class is nearly finished reading the children’s novel Sounder. I intend to show the Disney film adaptation of the novel to our class in the near future. The film has a MPAA rating of TV-PG. I believe the film is appropriate for the grade level and age of the students in my class. Viewing the film provides us the opportunity to further analyze the themes in the story. Also, we are able to make connections to the various ways stories can be adapted (novel, film, graphic novel, etc.). A permission slip will be sent home or presented to you at conferences tomorrow.
Click here for more specific information on the film.
Parent-teacher conferences will take place on Wednesday, 11/6 and Thursday, 11/7. Please contact me if you are not aware of your time slot.
Also, students will have early dismissal Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (11/6-11/8).
The Scholastic Book Fair is next week! Our class has a designated time slot on Thursday morning (11/7). Feel free to send you child with money to purchase books. You can also try Scholastic’s “eWallet,” an alternative to sending cash. Click here for more info. about this.
It was a short week, but we made the most of it! We’re near the end of our division (one-digit divisor) chapter in math, and will prepare to move to dividing with two-digit divisors in Chapter 4. Our class also continued their exploration of the 13 Colonies with Mrs. Loreto (Social Studies). In Reading, we focused heavily on identifying theme (the lesson) within fictional literature. The students sharpened these skills with our reading of a historical fiction text set in 1940s Puerto Rico, and also some Berenstain Bears picture books. We capped off our week with a taste testing of food mentioned in our text about Puerto Rico. Ask them about it!