NCE 5th Grade Newsletter

September 4, 2015

Reading Round Up

This week we have been practicing Reading Workshop. Students are building reading stamina by reading for longer periods of time, while Mrs. Mata conferences with other students. It is important that students have plenty of books ready to read every day. Next week we will begin our Narrative unit. We will learn about "signposts" that authors use to tell their stories. Don't forget, if you want a 40 Book Challenge sheet for yourself, you can download one from the 5th grade Canvas page.

From the Lab

Science will be adding the scientific method to our agenda. We'll also begin working on properties of matter over the next several weeks. I encourage you to have your child bring his/her own electronic device as we are also frequently incorporating technology into our lessons.

The 5th Grade Team

Mrs. Griffin

Mr. Krauklis

Ms. Lauden

Mrs. Mata

Math in a Minute

Next week we will be estimating sums and differences and adding and subtracting decimals. Because there is no school on Monday, students will be given math homework on Tuesday that will be due Friday.

Writing Notes

This week in writing we practiced peer conferencing. The students met with a partner to share their writing. In addition, they created a "TAG" after reading their peers writing piece.


T- Tell the writer something you liked

A- Ask the writer a question

G- Give a suggestion to the writer


The students did a fabulous job providing positive and constructive feedback to their friends. Looking forward, we will review and practice revising and editing our writing. It is important that the students are reflective with their writing. We will be discussing different ways to make our writing come ALIVE next week!

News from the Counselor

Dear Family:

The fifth grade classes have started learning about empathy. Empathy mea ns identifying and understanding you r own and others' feelings i n order to get along better. Below is a list of skills your child will be learning at school, followed by examples of ways you can help your child remember and improve these skills. Students will be practicing empathy skills by:

  • Identifying their own and others' feelings through looking at faces, recognizing body clues,listening to voices, and watching what is happening. (Help your child practice by noticing, “You're smiling," and asking, "Are you happy? Why?")
  • Recognizing that people may react differently to different situations. (Help you r child practice by saying, "You like to play on the jungle gym, but it scares your friend. What ca n we do about that?")
  • Predicting feelings. (Help your child practice by asking, 11How do you thin k your friend might feel if she asked you a question and you didn't answer?")
  • Learning the difference between accidents and things done on purpose. (Help your child practice by asking, "Do you thin k he meant to knock over your bike?")
  • Sharing feelings. (Help you r child practice by sharing you r own feelings: "I feel happy when you offer to help set the table."
  • Understanding and accepting differences in othe.rs. (Help your child practice by saying, "It's okay for your friend to be different from you. You two are a like in some ways too. How?"

In general, simply listening and talking about feelings helps children be more understanding of others. It also helps create a more positive classroom environment.

Please contact me if you have any questions about empathy skills or the Second Step program.

Sincerely,

Susan Coventon

School Counselor

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