# Mrs. Hamp's Happenings

## Notes from Mrs. Hamp

• Friday, Mrs. Johnston (an assistant principal covering Mrs. Orf's maternity leave) came to speak to our class about what to expect from Middle school. Mrs. Johnston is a retired middle school principal from Howell Middle and will be at Castlio for the next 6 weeks. Hopefully, all the questions were answered and the nerves calmed a little.

• Just a reminder, all field trip forms will be due February 10. If you would like to be a volunteer, you will also need to pay \$25 to attend the field trip. That money will not be due until you get the confirmation that you have been chosen to chaperone.

• The 5th grade Girl Scouts are collecting new or gently used books for kids that are less fortunate than ourselves. They are also collecting, plastic grocery bags, ziplock bags, and reusable bags. If you are able to donate, please have your child bring in their goodies before Friday. Thank you!

## Completing our Experiment

We concluded our experiment this week. As a group, the students were able to complete all the steps of the scientific method. This week, we finished collecting our data, graphed our findings, and wrote if our hypothesis was correct as well as modifications that they would have wanted to make. They were impressed with the growth of their terrariums and I was proud of the scientific conversations they had throughout the week about their project.

## What are we learning this week?

Phonics: Latin morpheme -ject

Math: We will continue working with adding and subtracting fractions. As the week concludes, we will be taking our topic test. This has been a harder concept to graps for some because of all the steps that are needed to be completed in order to add or subtract unlike denominators. We will have a few more days of practice, as well as solving word problems that deal with fractions.

Reading: This week we will be focusing on summarizing a fictional piece of writing and using evidence from the text to support that summarization. While we are creating great summaries, we will also be looking at the reoccurring theme within the piece and what the author's purpose was for the text.

Writing: A personal narrative, is a piece of writing that an authors is able to tell a story about an event or memory. As writers we are ever evolving to become better and this week, we will start to master our skills of narrative writing. We will be creating a writing piece in class about a moment we remember and tell it through vivid descriptions, dialogue, and detailed character descriptions. We will be working on our rough draft this week and begin revising and editing next week. This is one of my favorite pieces of writing!

## Phonics List

Week 20: Latine morpheme -ject

Latin morpheme meaning: throw, send, fling, hurl

inject, projectile, reject, subject, ejection, dejected, eject, interject, objection, projector, rejection, project