We had a wonderful time at Outdoor Ed! Thank you to all of you for sending your children and thank you to all the parent Cabin Leaders and drivers. We could not have done it without you all! Please look at some great photos of our trip under our Gallery Tab.
•All fifth graders are taking the final steps to publish their NaNoWriMo novels. Families will be instructed in how to pay for the shipping & handling of the students’ books at a later date.
• Students are writing cause & effect essays based upon research of the French & Indian War.
• Students will continue examining regular and irregular verbs, verb phrases, direct
objects, prepositional phrases, and subjects in grammar.
In small groups students are reading novels that have a slavery/injustice theme. The books they are reading are The Story of Harriet Tubman, Freedom Train; Amos Fortune, Free Man; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and The Watson's Go To Birmingham. Once a week, they are gathering to have a thoughtful and meaningful discussion about the book. They also bring in an artifact that connects to what they have read. Thank you to the parents that are helping lead these groups and meaningful discussions.
This month is a continuation of Life in the Colonies. Through research and projects, students will answer the following Big Questions:
• What influenced where Europeans settled in North America?
• Who founded the colonies and why?
• How did religion affect the founding of the colonies?
• How did the First Great Awakening affect the colonies?
• What systems developed in the colonies?
• What was the role of slavery in colonial America?
• What brought on democratic ideas in colonial America?
Students will be learning about the first English permanent settlement, Jamestown. They will create a newspaper article in the program, Pages, based on important events that took place from 1606 through 1698.
Students have been placed into groups to create a Colonial Puppet Play! They will be writing a script, creating their characters and settings and making an iMovie.
By the conclusion of this unit, students should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:
• model division of decimals
• multiply and divide decimals by powers of 10
• use estimation when multiplying and dividing decimals
• multiply and divide decimals with fluency
• determine relationship between quantities algebraically
• recognize student errors in multiplication and division of decimals
• use decimals to solve problems
• Use concrete, pictorial, and computational models to multiply fractions
• Use concrete, pictorial, and computational models to divide unit fractions by whole
number and whole numbers by unit fractions
• Estimate products and quotients
Students can continue to get extra practice and/or support in IXL and through Khan Academy and Learn Zillion. All are great resources!
Students took their Final Exam on the Solar System, water, and weather. Mr. Remmers enjoyed teaching them this unit. After break, they will begin their third and final unit with Mrs. Le Clair. It will focus on chemistry and the periodic table of elements.
5th grade students will be taking the Science Star Test this year on all science standards they have learned in both the 4th and 5th grade. We will be doing plenty of review to prepare them!