Springstroh Times

April 29, 2016

This Week's Learning

Everyday Math

This week we started getting into our new Units 11 and 12. We learned about measurement in terms of weight and capacity. We will continue this unit for the remainder of the quarter.

FYI: On Fridays, students are also getting the opportunity to play math games designed by Everyday Math. By playing these games, students are refining the skills they have learned from fourth grade.

Science and Social Studies


This week in science, we continued making electrical circuits, learning about conductors and insulators, as well as, completing open circuits. We also took the Forward Exam for both parts of science.

*Ask your child the meaning of conductors and insulators. (conductors allow electrical circuits to work, while insulators prevent them from working)

Social Studies

On Friday, students prepared for the Farm Day field trip by watching a farming video made by the Jefferson County Agricultural society and completing an assessment to show what they learned.

*Ask your child what was one thing they learned from the video?


Writer's Workshop

In writing this week, your students have started to create an invention that fills a specific need in our world. Students chose a theme and then created a survey, to identify a problem with their theme. They then went through the steps of inventing and ended up creating an invention. In the next couple of weeks they will work on ways to persuade people to buy their invention.

Students' favorite part so far was conducting a survey. They really enjoyed making their survey on Google Forms and then sending it out to classmates. See the pictures below for Wednesday's fun.

Reader's Workshop

In reading this week, students were exposed to texts about innovation and inspiration. The main goal of the week was to find the main idea and evidence throughout all the passages they looked at.

Be Connected to the Classroom

Kutz Dairy Farm Field Trip

Our field trip to Kutz Dairy Farm is this Wednesday, May 4th. We will be attending this field trip rain or shine. Please have your child dress for the weather and wear outside shoes/boots.

Artist in Residence

On Monday we kick off our new Artist in Residence with a musician named Chesney Snow. He will be using the skill of beat boxing to help the students create stories with sound. We will have an assembly to start this exciting program on Monday morning.

Forward Exam

This is the final week of Forward Exam testing. Our students will complete the Social Studies section of the test on Tuesday and Thursday of next week. Thank you for making sure your child is well prepared by...

  • Help them get a good night sleep before the testing day
  • Eat a healthy breakfast the morning of
  • Encourage them to try their best

We will be testing the following dates:

  • May 3rd - Social Studies Part 1
  • May 5th - Social Studies Part 2

Important Dates to Remember

May 2nd - April 20/20 Calendars Due

May 3rd - Forward Exam Social Studies

May 4th - Kutz Dairy Farm Field Trip

May 5th - Forward Exam Social Studies

May 6th - Noon Dismissal