Fifth Grade PEAK

Friday, March 6 - Happy MARCH!

Homework:

Students need to finish the following:

  • solar collector contest write up
  • front cover for the science portfolio
  • science reflection

All directions are in Google Classroom. The work should be completed prior to class on Friday, March 13. If your child would like to come in early to work on the science assignment,

THEME:

  • We are finishing writing our feature magazine articles. We have two more days to write, edit and publish. If your child is not finished with his/her article by March 27, then the writing piece will be homework.
  • Students need an authentic piece of research to include in the article- some kids have written surveys, some have written interview questions, others have designed observational research. Please ask your child what he/she plans to do to complete the authentic research component. A few students are struggling with ideas. It has been exciting for the students who have created surveys and sent them out - to look at the responses and analyze the results. We have also had a few students write interview questions to give to an expert in the field.

Centers

Enrichment Centers:

Math: Students work at their own pace through a series of algebraic lessons.

Science: We conducted our solar collector contest. Students are completing a science portfolio to share at the end of the year. We will announce class winners next week.

Topic Study: Students are working on finishing one project to share at the end of the year. We are striving for depth and complexity of knowledge. Your child should be an expert about his/her topic.

Personal Growth and Development

  • Self- Regulation Goal Setting: Students learned about self-regulating behaviors such as:
    • extend effort when faced with challenge

    • be able to focus for long periods of time

    • set specific goals

    • self-monitor

    • adapt efforts to the task

    These self regulating behaviors help students:

1. Actively control the resources you have available to you
2. Improve your motivation

3. Control your cognitive strategies for learning


  • Personality Style inventories: Students are completing a series of personality inventories. After each inventory, students write reflections and discuss outcomes with peers. Our purpose is to focus on ourselves as learners and learn how to maximize our learning opportunities and get along with our peers.


Topics covered so far include:

  • Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic motivation
  • Optimism vs. Pessimism
  • Introvert vs. Extrovert
  • Learning Style Inventory (Auditory, Kinesthetic, Visual)
  • Online Learning Style Inventory (Multiple Intelligence Theory)
  • Personality object (Blackberry, Teddybear, Magnifying Glass, and Spinning Top)
  • Communication Style #1 and Communication Style #2
  • Right Brain vs. Left Brain
  • How many Personas do you have? (public vs. private)

Perfectionism:

  • Students read chapter 1-4 in the book: What to Do When Good Enough Isn't Good Enough - the real deal on perfectionism. We discussed actions, thoughts, and feelings of Perfectionists. We also identified the differences between trying to do well and perfectionism. Another topic we discussed: how to lighten ones "perfectionist" load.
  • Team Challenge: Each week students are participating in a team challenge that focuses on one or all four of the 4 C's - communication, creativity, critical thinking and cooperation.

Technology Buzz:

Google Site:

  • Students worked on their own Google Site -- we will use it as a portfolio to house PEAK work

Kahoot It:

  • Students participated in an on-line quiz game that tested students' knowledge on the scientific method. The students have learned a lot about science this year!!!!

Google Drive/Classroom:

  • We have organized our Google Drives
  • Practiced sharing and saving documents
  • Bookmarked important websites
  • Actively working in Google Classroom

Evernote:

  • Set up an account for our note taking research

Cacoo:

  • Online Graphic Organizer tool to organize headings and subheadings

Powtoons:

  • Set up a PEAK Powtoons account -- many have completed a vocabulary presentation in topic study via Powtoons.

Classroom Book Source:

  • Students learned how to check out books electronically from my classroom library.

Tweet:

  • There is a link on my student resource page for students to "Tweet" about the day. We will post 5 tweets a week on my classroom board - some even make it to real twitter.
  • Please follow me on twitter - you never know when a tweet will post about your child's PEAK day!

Create a Graph:

  • Applied our knowledge on how to make graphs online

Padlet:

  • Online note taking application used during Topic Study