Friday, January 6, 2012

Newsletter January 6th, 2012

Math – We have started unit 6 which is about data collection and further work with fractions. Students are still expected to be secure in math facts and although great leaps have been seen some students are not making enough gains. I cannot stress how much it slows down a child in math when they do not know their fact. The test for this unit will be somewhere around the 25th.

Science – We are moving on to landforms next week were we will discuss erosion, mountains and create maps. This unit will last us until spring break where the students will have a special culminating project.

Social Studies – We are onto chapter 5 discussing the formation of the 13 colonies. We are working on study skills and note taking skills so there will be fewer projects. We are trying to foster the beginning of a note-taking independence, wherein students know when they should take notes and when they shouldn’t without always relying on a teacher prompt.

Reading – We are finishing Harry Potter here shortly and then move into “Jump Ship to Freedom.” Focus skills for this book will be vocabulary and summarizing skills. Students have requested more silent reading time so we have switched two journal writing times with silent reading time instead. Students are still expected to read a minimum of 30 minutes a night.

Writing – Most students have handed in their Yahara submissions and selected works will be passed on to Ms. Weber and the judging team. I do not know when results will be made public. Our next writing project is short but a lot of fun and will focus on word choice, sentence fluency and conventions.

Special Notes –
* We have discussed and set 2nd trimester goals. These will be sent home to parents today. Please take a moment and read your child’s goals as they spent a lot of time brainstorming them. Periodically we will use these to check in on our progress in 5th grade.
* I came across a neat reading incentive for the students from Six Flags. If they read 6 hours recreationally between now and March 1st they will get one free admission to Six Flags in Illinois. The form for parents and students to fill out is coming home today and is due back to me by March 4th.
* Literacy assessments will not require a sub this time since I only have to meet with 4 students. They will be happening in January.
*Congratulations to Sophia Bote and Kyra for representing us in the geography bee on January 14th.
* MAPS testing for us will be Wednesday January 11th and 18th 8:30 to 9:40 AM. All students will be taking these computerized tests as part of our assessments, please see the letter going home today.
* I will have a sub in the room Monday morning as I meet with special education all morning.
* The Colonial Feast is coming either at the end of January or the start of February. Please keep your ears tuned for more information, Mindy Sabol has graciously agreed to spearhead the effort but will need lots of help!
* Due to shorter weeks, spelling packets will be limited in January. I am instead giving the students other morning work, this week it was on homophones.
* Thank you so much for all of the holiday goodies and gifts for my family and me. I already feel blessed having all of these incredible students.
* I have some dates for you to put on your calendars, , Geography Bee Friday, January 13th at 8:40 AM, MAPS testing January 11th and 18th, No school Monday, January 16th and Monday, January 23rd, WM PTO meeting Thursday, January 19th 7 PM.


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