The Patriot Progress

Coming Up in Community 5: February 8- February 19

How Can We Show the Importance of Systems in Our Lives?

Community Five is wrapping up our study on systems. We have looked at systems from different angles and various content areas. Students have created models of plant and animal cells, fairy tale webs, presentations on various body systems, timelines evaluating the systemic causes of the American Revolution, and GIST cards, which is a system of summarizing. We can't wait for you to see this work at the Systems Expo this Thursday, February 11 at 6 p.m. at the school! Students have gained a new perspective on how much we rely on systems on a daily basis.

New Unit Study: Environments

What Is My Place In The Environment?

This upcoming week, Community Five will shift its focus from systems to environments. Our driving question will be, "What is my place in the environment?" This will be explored in each content area. Students will look at Pike Road, including a debate about the new Outer Loop. We are working on lining up a guest speaker to talk about Pike Road. Students will create maps of Pike Road using coordinate planes. They will then continue looking at our surrounding ecosystem here. We will finally create time capsules for each student to open at a specified date in the future. Community Five will create a large time capsule that will represent the first year of Pike Road Schools. We are excited to see where this driving question will take our learning.

Content Areas

Math

Students will be finishing up our unit of fractions this week. They have been working hard adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions and mixed numbers. We plan to begin working on geometry starting Tuesday, February 16. This will cover standards 20-26. To become more familiar with these standards please click on the link below.

http://alex.state.al.us/standardAll.php?grade=5&subject=MA2015&summary=2

Please encourage your child to continue to practice multiplication facts and check their spiral review throughout the week.


Below you'll see pictures from our latest Math Menu Cafe. Learners were given the opportunity to take learning to the next level by choosing a task off of a math menu. They then created an activity that assisted other learners in mastering that skill. This week, C5 learners created a variety of games and activities, and they presented to C3 learners. This was a learning experience for everyone involved. We are looking forward to the next Math Menu Cafe!

English Language Arts

This week in English Language Arts, we are examining informational texts that incorporate a person in his or her environment. We will continue to practice summarizing a text, and we will work on text-dependent questions. Lead learners will spend time modeling for students the differences between paraphrasing and quoting accurately from the text. This is working on the following standards: 10.) Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. [RI.5.1] and 11.) Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text. [RI.5.2]



Please remember that each student will need a copy of Hatchet by Tuesday, February 16. We will study this novel each day in class. We will work on this novel for the next few weeks. Students are expected to read one chapter a night. Students are also required to work on vocabulary in each chapter. More specifics will be assigned in class. Hatchet explores the theme of what you make of the environment you are in. This is how we will connect to our driving question.


As lead learners, we are seeing many students struggle with reading comprehension skills. We are working hard in class to bring these skills up, but any time you can reinforce at home is extremely valuable. Ask your students to tell you about the chapter they read the previous day. We are encouraging them to highlight or underline as they read. Ask to look at what they chose to emphasize from that chapter and why that is important. You might even ask them to read to younger siblings. These things will add to your student's already improving reading comprehension skills. We are also working on getting access to the reading and writing portion of SumDog. This is another excellent way to practice these skills once we have full access!

Students read fractured fairy tales and practiced summarizing using the GIST skill. Their work will go in their Big Book of Systems.

Science

We have begun our unit on Ecosystems! The students have discussed abiotic and biotic and what an ecosystem needs to survive. Last week we looked at different types of ecosystems and how organisms in an ecosystem depend on each other. We will continue looking at ecosystems for the next few weeks. This week, students will start building their terrariums. We are still short about 60 2 Liter bottles. Please send them in throughout the week. We will start work on the aquarium part next week.

History

Students have spent the last few weeks determining major causes of the American Revolutionary War. We wrapped up that study with the completion of a timeline that can be found in your student's Big Book of Systems.
In the upcoming weeks we will begin to look at the actual events, major players, and innovations made during the Revolutionary War. We will also start studying the contributions of African Americans during the time of the war. Each of these goals aligns with Standard 8. It will more than likely take at least one month for students to learn every aspect of this very extensive standard.

Standard 8:
Identify major events of the American Revolution, including the battles of Lexington and Concord, Bunker Hill, Saratoga, and Yorktown. Describing principles contained in the Declaration of Independence. Explaining contributions of Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine, George Washington, Haym Solomon, and supporters from other countries to the American Revolution. Explaining contributions of ordinary citizens, including African Americans and women, to the American Revolution. Describing efforts to mobilize support for the American Revolution by the Minutemen, Committees of Correspondence, First Continental Congress, Sons of Liberty, boycotts, and the Second Continental Congress. Locating on a map major battle sites of the American Revolution, including the battles of Lexington and Concord, Bunker Hill, Saratoga, and Yorktown. Recognizing reasons for colonial victory in the American Revolution. Explaining the effect of the Treaty of Paris of 1783 on the development of the United States

History Continued

Several students in Project Group 2 (Ms.Rose) have had the opportunity to begin designing our next major history product. Students will lead the creation of a Living Museum. Through the creation of a house, garden, battlefield, and an art gallery students will show not only an accurate historical representation of what the mid to late 1700's looked like, but also demonstrate extensive knowledge and understanding of the time.
Students have already been planning in several groups to make this exciting and constructive for their peers. Construction of the house will begin prior to Spring Break with more information coming soon.

Keep In Mind This Week:

C5 Systems Expo

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 6pm

500 Avenue of Learning

Pike Road, AL

Please come out to support our C5 learners and all their hard work. The expo will be on the C5 hallway. All family members are invited to come!

Valentine's Day Party

Friday, Feb. 12th, 11:45am

500 Avenue of Learning

Pike Road, AL

Parents are invited to join us on Friday from 11:40 until 12:05. Students will be creating Valentine's day bags. We will will go to lunch at 12:05, but we are asking for parents to stay behind to help set up an Ice Cream Sundae Line. The students will enjoy this once we return from lunch! Please follow the link below to sign up for items needed for the Ice Cream Sundae Line. If the spots fill up and you would still like to send something, please feel free to send anything that would be delicious on top of an ice cream sundae. THANK YOU!

Please read the Google Doc below that helps clarify changes in FreshGrade!

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Atlanta Field Trip

Friday, May 13th, 6am-8pm

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Atlanta, GA

Please continue to send in payments for the Atlanta field trip. If you've tried to pay online and needed a "student ID #", please enter the number zero and you should be able to proceed. The next due date is Tuesday March 3rd. If you're planning to make one payment and pay in full, it is due by that date (March 3rd). This is required so that the tour company can finalize our numbers. Please email if you have any further questions.

C5 Book Club!

Hello all,

We are proud to inform you that C5 is starting the first Book Club at PRS! Book Club meetings will occur after school once a month on the third Thursday barring any complications.
Our first meeting will be on Thursday February 18th immediately after school in the C5 Collaboration Center from 3:00-3:30. Later meetings will likely last more than 30 minutes. At our first meeting we will discuss the purpose of book club and gain access to our first book. Our first selection was recommended by our Media Specialist Robin Dean. We will be reading Big Fish by Daniel Wallace. Our next book will be free choice.

Any questions can be emailed to Ms. Rose at candace.rose@pikeroadschools.org

Upcoming Dates

*Please note that dates are subject to change based on students' understanding of content*


FEBRUARY 9 - Causes of the American Revolution Assessment (Study Aide passed out last Thursday)


FEBRUARY 11 - Systems Expo - PRS - 6pm


FEBRUARY 12 - Valentine's Day Party


FEBRUARY 15 - Professional Learning Day. No school for students.


FEBRUARY 16 - Math Menu Cafe Preview Day


FEBRUARY 16 - Begin Hatchet. Start reading one chapter a night.


FEBRUARY 18 - Math Menu Cafe Presentations


FEBRUARY 24 - Quiz on Hatchet Ch. 1-5


FEBRUARY 25 - African Americans in the American Revolution Project Due


FEBRUARY 26 - COMMUNITY SIX A DAY AT THE MUSEUM: HONORING AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

The community will be invited to view exhibits throughout the day and live performances will take place from 1:30 - 2:30.


MARCH 2 AT 8:00 A.M. - PTSA BOARD MEETING


MARCH 3 - COOKIE DOUGH PICK UP


MARCH 7 AT 6:00 P.M. - SCHOOL BOARD MEETING


MARCH 21-25 - SPRING BREAK


MARCH 28 - PROFESSIONAL LEARNING DAY - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS


APRIL 4 AT 6:00 P.M. - SCHOOL BOARD MEETING


APRIL 5 AT 8:00 A.M. - PTSA BOARD MEETING


SAVE THE DATE - APRIL 5 AT 6:00 FOR A SPECIAL COMMUNITY EVENT . . . MORE DETAILS COMING SOON!


APRIL 25 - PROFESSIONAL LEARNING DAY - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS


APRIL 28 - FIELD DAY FOR KINDERGARTEN THROUGH COMMUNITY SIX


MAY 2 AT 8:00 A.M. - PTSA BOARD MEETING


MAY 2-6 - LEAD LEARNER APPRECIATION WEEK


MAY 2 AT 6:00 P.M. - SCHOOL BOARD MEETING


MAY 26 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR LEARNERS