The Putney Post

West Homer Elementary--5th Grade

Dates to Remember

· November 21- So You Think WHE Can Dance? 2:15 in the gym

· November 22 and 23- Thanksgiving Break

· November 30- WHE Spelling Bee 9:30 a.m.

· November 30- Hat Day

· December 3- Wooden Spoon Book Report due

· December 3- Christmas Concert 7:00 p.m. (Mariner Theater)

Classroom Happenings

Last week we concluded our “Blood on the River” reading unit. It was a bittersweet moment when the kids finished the last chapter. So many were excited to find out how the story ended, but most were bummed that the book was over. Almost our entire class was completely absorbed into the plot and it was fun to watch the kids grow as readers and historians. The kids now have a store of frontloaded knowledge about James Town and will have experience to pull from when we start talking about early English settlements in social studies. In math we continued our work with decimals. Students created line and bar graphs using decimal numbers, and they practiced rounding decimal numbers. We completed the practice round of our AWA (Analytic Writing Assessment). It was a challenging shift from narrative to expository writing. We have made the shift now and the students are prepared to take the official AWA at the beginning of December.

What's Next?

We are entering a short week. There will be no school Thursday or Friday this week due to Thanksgiving. In these short three days we will be starting our new book study on “The City of Ember” by Jeanne DuPrau in reading, solving addition and subtraction problems using place value concepts in math, and writing a letter to Elisa Carborne (the author of “Blood on the River”) in writing. Please make note of the dates listed above. Tomorrow there will be a school wide assembly hosted by our P.E. teacher, Keri Syth. Each class in the school will be performing a dance routine. Our class will be performing a disco dance. Fifth graders are encouraged to come to school with afros, wigs, neon colors, etc. We hope you can join the fun at 2:15 in the WHE gym tomorrow!

Bake Sale

In preparation for our field trip this spring, we are planning several fundraising opporutnities. The first opportunity will take place at the Christmas Concert on December 3rd. West Homer Fifth Graders will be selling baked goods before and after the concert. We are looking for parents willing to provide baked goods. We are also looking for several volunteers willing to sell the items at the concert. If you are available to help please let me know!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks so much and have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

IXL Math Practice

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Skills that align with our current math studies: A1, A3, C1, C3, F1