Collins & Co. Room 204

Week 33 Update May 2nd-May 6th

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Hi Families and Happy Mother's Day!

We had quite a busy week, and are lucky to have had so many parents willing to help make it a wonderful week. On Wednesday we had our 5th Grade Art Adventure to celebrate and learn about Cinco de Mayo. The students enjoyed the homemade tortillas and quesadillas. The art activity was enjoyable and fun to make authentic Mexican crafts. The students also made great memories during the piñata and Mexican Hat Dance activities in the gym. Thanks to the numerous parents who helped make the last Art Adventure of Greenbriar a memorable one.

We also had to visitors to our classroom to discuss their expertise and family history of the Civil War. First, Mrs. Sanchez' uncle, aka "Answer Man", came in to field and ask questions from the students about the war. The students had wonderful questions to ask. Second, Mr. Ellsworth "Mike" Mills, came into talk about his families notable history in the Civil War. Mr. Mills' great-grandfather was the famous Ellsworth Mills who was the first person to die in the Civil War. He was also a friend of President Lincoln from his days in Springfield. The students were a wonderful audience and enjoyed listening to Mr. Mills' stories.

Our Field trip to the Civil War was a success. Many thanks to Mrs. Gichner for making the trip with us!

"Let the countdown begin!" The Greenbriar ABC Countdown started this week. It is a fun, optional activity that helps us countdown to the last day of school.

Feel free to pick and choose the days to participate.

Thank you to all the students and parents for a wonderful Teacher Appreciation week. There was lots of work put in behind the scenes and in the school. Mrs. Cucco had a wonderful week!


Have a great weekend!!

Ms. Collins

Dr. West aka "Answer Man"

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Mr. Ellsworth "Mike" Mills

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ABC Countdown

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Math: Chapters 14 & 15 3-D Shapes

This week the students started to discover 3-dimensional shapes. They identified faces, bases, vertices, and edges. They also learned about nets and how to classify a prism vs. a pyramid. We will continue this chapter for the next several weeks including cylinders, cones, and spheres next week.

Supports for Students - D28 Family Math Connections

Click here to access the math links.

Readers Workshop

Students performed a few plays to learn about soldier life, African American soldiers in the Civil War, and medical conditions in the field hospitals.

Social Studies/Civil War Simulation

1864. The year of "Sherman's March to the Sea". We read about how the South was starting to show weakness and William T. Sherman marched his Union troops from Atlanta all the way to Savannah, Georgia, causing destruction along the way. We learned about Lincoln's re-election and how he beat out his opponent (and formal General!) George B. McClellan. Lincoln now plans to pursue restoration to the Union. The students completed a close match of Battle Jeopardy and the South came out the victors.

Reminder that the Archives Projects are due on Monday, May 9th. Take a look at a page on our class website for helpful links.

Science Lab

This week in Science Lab,the students practiced using a microscope, measured with a dropper, used a graduated cylinder and other tools. They will continue learning about Chemistry for the next few weeks.

Ask your Student about:

  • Cinco de Mayo Art Adventure
  • Mr. Mills
  • Answer Man
  • Civil War Field Trip
  • ABC Countdown
  • Recess!
  • Science Lab

Things to come:

  • Monday, May 9th
  • Wind Ensemble Performance @ GB 11-11:45

  • Friday, May 13th
  • Archives Projects Due!

  • Saturday, May 14th
  • HOH 5k Run

  • Tuesday, May 17th
  • PARCC Science Test (5th Grade Only!) 10:45-11:50

  • Wednesday and Thursday, May 18-19th
  • Book Fair

  • Thursday, May 19th
  • Open House 6:30-7:30
Weekly Vocabulary - None next week!

We will switch to Civil War Vocabulary instead!

Civil War Museum

Cinco de Mayo Art Adventure