Friday, January 13, 2012

Newsletter Janaury 13, 2012

Math – We are getting through unit 6 with flying colors. I like how the first part is heavily focused on working with data and then the second half is all about adding and subtracting fractions. To make fractions more tangible please point them out outside of school such as in cooking or shopping. The unit test is so far scheduled for January 25th.
Science – We are adding new vocabulary in our landforms unit and this week got to build a model of the playground in our stream table, as well as map it out, thus becoming cartographers. Next week we start to make models and add water to them to explore the effects of erosion.
Social Studies – The 13 colonies are pretty fascinating and in my session of social studies/reading we have been working on note taking skills as it relates to our reading. The students have been asking questions and then using text clues to help answer them. We will do Mystery Skype on Wednesday and then a small simulation Thursday and Friday to finish the chapter.
Reading – We finished Harry Potter and were sad to see him go. The students have already asked if the second book can be our next read aloud but we are still discussing it. We start our next literature unit with “Jump Ship to Freedom” next week where we will do a combination of small literacy groups as well as whole group discussion. This book ties in well with our social studies curriculum as well.
Writing – Our super secret writing project started this week titled “Secrets of a 5th Grader” and the students have excitedly been writing and hiding their secrets. These will all be published in a classroom book for people to guess whose secret is whose. Spelling is on and off the month of January but we are working on other skills for morning work.
Special Notes –
* What a wonderful week of learning. I am thrilled every day with the way these students work together and how eager they are to explore.
* Congratulations to Sophia Bo. and Kyra for representing the class in the geo bee – those are some tough questions!
* The Colonial feast will be January 31st at 1 PM. The students are encouraged to dress like in colonial times with more information to come. The fantastic Mindy Sabol has volunteered to spearhead the coordination of this even and she will need more help. Please contact her if you are interested.
* Do you have any old snow pants that the kids no longer use? Please consider donating them to West Middleton, we always have students who need some.
* Did you see the carnival is coming? Thea and I love coming to this even and we hope to see you there February 18th!
* Thank you so much for book orders, I will place the order later today.
* We did our first MAP test with no surprises. We do our math portion on Wednesday and then we won’t do another one until May.
* I have some dates for you to put on your calendars: MAP testing January 11th and 18th, No school Monday, January 16th and Monday, January 23rd, WM PTO meeting Thursday, January 19th 7 PM, Math test unit 6 January 25th, Colonial Feast January 31st, Valentine’s Day Party 9:30 AM February 14th, Early Release February 14th, Assembly February 16th, Carnival Saturday, February 18th 2 PM, and finally The Family Feast February 22nd at 12:20 PM.


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