5H Weekly News

5th September 2015

We had an exciting week in 5H, with the launch of our Social Studies unit, Mac Basics sessions with the DLCs, and choosing SCOTLAND as our country for the upcoming Junior Olympics!

The week ahead might be even more exciting, as we head off on our retreat on Thursday! Please remember to let me know if you have any questions before we leave. I understand that it will be a great adventure for the children, and probably a little nerve-wracking for parents, too. I am sure that we will all return happy, tired, and wishing that it didn't have to end so soon!

The Week Ahead

We will have three regular school days, followed by our two-day retreat on Thursday and Friday.


Math

We will be dividing 2, 3, and 4-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers. We will also be examining the order of operations in a calculation with mixed operations.


Writing

Students will learn about adding scenes from the past and future to their personal narratives this week. We will begin to look at powerful endings, and putting the final touches on narrative writing. Clear checklists will help the children to self-assess their work so far.


Reading

In addition to independent reading, we will be doing some focused reading in pairs and groups, related to our current Social Studies unit on Colonial Boston. Fountas and Pinnell reading assessments will also begin this week.


Social Studies

All students will have the opportunity to prepare an introduction to their character in Colonial Boston. They will present their character to the rest of the class.

MAP Tests

5H students will be taking MAP tests on the following dates:


Language Use - Tuesday 8th September

Math - Monday 14th September


Please make sure that your child gets a good sleep and healthy breakfast before these tests. There is nothing else they can do to prepare, and they should be encouraged not to worry about the tests. As it is the beginning of the year, this round of testing gives us important data that will be used for tracking progress, but we acknowledge that a long summer break and transition to a new class may have an impact on test scores. I will be able to analyze scores to make sure that teaching is focused on areas of need for students in 5H.