Weekly Wrap-Up (10/15-10/18)

Important info.

Please help our class earn a $50 mini-grant from PPL Electric by filling out the energy survey sent home last week. You can even fill it out online by clicking here! My teacher ID is 95888.

Friday folders are coming home today. Inside, you will find the sheet that has your parent-teacher conference day and time. Please return the bottom portion of the sheet along with the Friday folder.

Looking Back

We had a great week in our classroom this week! We’ve made the switch from Science to Social Studies recently, and students are now going to Mrs. Loreto’s room for a portion of the day to learn about the 13 colonies. We finished our first class read-aloud, “How to Steal a Dog.” It’s such a good read… ask them about it! We’ve begun a new read-aloud, “The Crossover” (Kwame Alexander). We finally had the opportunity to utilize the PTO-purchased Google VR headsets. We took a “field trip” to Puerto Rico, and learned about its history and ties to the U.S. The Blue Rock Fire Department paid us a visit today. Our students got a brief tour of a fire engine, watched a fire fighter dress for the job, and learned how to protect ourselves from fire at home.

Looking ahead

Tuesday – Phys Ed.

Friday – Early dismissal; Library book exchange

  • Scholastic Book Fair will be November 4-8.
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Weekly Wrap-Up (9/30-10/4)

Looking back:

We had a great week here in our classroom. We wrapped up Chapter 2 in math, and shifted our focus to division concepts. Students began composing a multi-paragraph essay about a “treasured possession.” I’m looking forward to reading their completed essays and hearing their presentations! In Science, we explored traits, and how we inherit and acquire them. We adapted a drama technique called “hotseating” to help us deepen our understanding of character motives. It was a lot of fun! Of course, we ended our week with our Race for Education!

Looking ahead:

Monday – PP&L Think Energy Presenters coming to visit! (click here for more info.); BOX TOPS due!

Wednesday – Phys. Ed. (Wear sneakers)

Friday – District Pink-Out Day

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It’s not too late!!!

Our “Race for Education” event is tomorrow (1-2pm)! Students should wear sneakers. You can still help our PTO raise funds by clicking and/or sharing the link below!

https://www.race4ed.com/cme/?fbclid=IwAR3PD_UH9Vu757MObB1TRkebPETC4dI2PQ42g-77g0wmxstYQ08jce-DtsM

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Weekly Wrap-Up (9/23-9/27)

Looking back:

We had a great week in 5-B this week! We continued to master our Chapter 2 (Multiplication) math concepts. We’ll likely test next week. We had the opportunity to get with our first grade buddies in Mrs. Devenburgh’s class and do an apple investigation. We love our time with buddies! Our class wrapped up our subject/predicate grammar lessons, lesson 4 spelling, and began our Science unit on traits/adaptations.

Looking Ahead:

Monday – Return Friday folders

Wednesday – Library books due

Thursday – Phys. Ed.

Friday – Race for Education; Lesson 5 Spelling Test

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Picture day is tomorrow! (9/24)

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Weekly Wrap-Up (9/16-9/20)

Looking back:

Early in the week, students took a web-based, diagnostic Math assessment (CDT). This assessment provides us teachers valuable data, that we use to meet the unique needs of our students. This week, students continued their exploration of multiplication concepts in math (Prime Factorization, Powers and Exponents, Multiplication Patterns, and more). . We completed our second vocabulary list, and third spelling lesson. In Science, we wrapped up our work on our Cell Unit Projects. I was blown away by the effort I saw! We read an autobiographical story that gave us the opportunity to broadly discuss gender norms (the topic discussed was girls playing baseball). Our class also has been spending time learning about the issue of poverty, and how children in particular are impacted. Our class readings have opened the door for students to become more conscious of this topic and formulate their own perspectives.

Looking ahead:

Monday – Phys. Ed.

Tuesday – PICTURE DAY!

Friday – Lesson 4 Spelling homework due/test; Also, EARLY DISMISSAL!

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Weekly Wrap-Up (9/9-9/13)

Looking back:

Early in the week, students took a web-based, diagnostic English Language Arts assessment (CDT). This assessment provides us teachers valuable data, that we use to meet the unique needs of our students. This week, students also wrapped up Chapter 1 (Place Value) in our math curriculum. On Wednesday, we recognized Patriot’s Day, and had broad discussions about the tragic events that took place on 9/11/01. In addition to completing our second spelling list of the year, students advanced their understanding of grammar topics as we discussed and practiced subjects/predicates. In science, we deepened our understanding of plant and animal cells through a fun CSI activity. Ask them about it!

Looking ahead:

Monday – Math CDT

Tuesday – Phys. Ed. (wear sneakers!)

Wednesday – Security Drill (letter about this will be sent home Monday), Cell Unit Projects due

Friday – Lesson 3 Spelling homework due/test

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Patriot Day – September 11, 2019

In honor of Patriot Day, our class learned about the significance of September 11, and about the impacts of the events that took place on this day in 2001. We had broad discussions, and even watched a video (link below).

https://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/ushistory/september11th/

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Weekly Wrap-Up (9/3-9/6)

Race for Education is coming October 4th! Please see separate blog post for more information.

Friday Folders are coming home today for the first time this year. My intention is to utilize these folders to send home most graded assignments. Please take the time to review any assignments sent home, and respond by dating and signing the sheet located in the pocket on the left-hand side of the folder. Students are expected to return these folders at the start of the following week. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Looking back:

Throughout the past week students continued making progress in math, while exploring place value concepts. We are getting close to the end of the first chapter! In Science, we are working to make connections to the world around us by learning about plant and animal cells. We wrapped up our first spelling and vocabulary lessons, and even completed our first Grammar topic (Types of Sentences). Students expanded their understanding of story plots, as we dove into plot diagrams. The students were most excited to begin using a kid-friendly coding site, called Scratch. I look forward to utilizing this tool to help students express their learning in new ways!

Looking ahead:

Students were given their Lesson 2 Spelling list. Our test will be on Friday, 9/13.

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Race for Education

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