News from Room 305

May 1, 2015

Visit the LO Art Fair (Thurs, May 7 from 5:30-7pm) & Scholastic Book Fair

Mrs. Taylor has been working hard to cover LO's walls in fabulous K-5 artwork! Be sure to visit the fair and pick up an easy dinner by Two Guys and a Grill this Thursday. Ms. Lowe, Mr. McCoy, and I will be working from 6:15-6:45pm. Stop by and see us!

Follow Mrs. Taylor on Instagram @loartroom

Missouri Assessment Testing - One Week Down - One More to Go

This week your child completed the English/Language Arts portion and the first section of the math assessment. Next week, the class will finish the math and science sections of the test.

The kids worked SO HARD this week! Thank you for the encouragement at home.

During the testing window, the student Chrome books will remain at school. Please make sure your child has a pair of headphones or ear buds to use during the test.

If you are interested in looking at a practice test, please visit the following website:

Also, here's a YouTube video that will show you in more detail how to navigate the site to get to the practice tests:

5th Grade Missouri Assessment Testing Schedule

Week 2

Monday, May 4: Math Session 2 10:00-11:20

Math Instruction 12:15-1:15

Tuesday, May 5: Math PE* 10:00-11:20

Wednesday, May 6: Science Session1 10:00-11:20

Thursday, May 7: Science Session 2 10:00-11:20

Friday, May 8: Science PE* 10:00-11:20

*PE is a performance event

Week in Review


Students worked really hard on the English/Language Arts section of the state assessment this week!

Students read about Lear Green who escaped slavery by being shipped in a chest like Henry "Box" Brown. They compared these two brave individuals.


Students loved that the metric prefixes applied to all metric measurement: mass, capacity, and distance. They chose classroom items and found their mass and length. Then students converted those measurements to different units. For example: 25000mg, 2500cg; 250dg; 25g; 2.5dag, .25hg, .025kg. They also practiced using the liter base by filling a graduated cylinder with water and converting that amount as well.

We quickly reviewed volume this week, as students remembered our Matter Unit investigation where they filled small boxes with centimeter cubes. They practiced using the formula for rectangular prisms: volume = length x width x height. Later in the week, students chose two to three boxes from various groceries, and created a complex 3-D shape. They sketched their shape and labels its dimensions. Students found the volume of each box then added them together to find the volume of their composed solid.

We also reviewed types of triangles this week while students learned to measure and create angles using a protractor. They turned their angles into triangles and classified the triangles by angles and sides.


In science this week, students learned about photosynthesis, flower parts, and pollination. On Thursday, they dissected flowers. Students created a diagram and labeled each flower part.

The students have enjoyed documenting their flowers' growth every week!

Next Week's Specials' Calendar:

Monday, May 4- Day 4: Library

Tuesday, May 5 - Day 1: Music

Wednesday, May 6 - Day 2: PE

Thursday, May 7 - Day 3: Art

Friday, May 8 - Day 4: Library

Upcoming Events:


5/4-5/8 - 2nd Week: State of Missouri Assessment (formerly MAP) Because the test is now online, each grade level will be assessed different weeks. Fifth graders and Eighth graders have the largest assessments to complete, so attendance is extremely important. Because of this, fifth graders will be tested for two weeks Monday-Friday. Please make every effort to schedule appointments after 3:00pm.

5/4-5/8- Staff Appreciation Week

5/6- Bike- to- school Day

5/6- CiCi’s Pizza Night, 4:30-8:00 pm

5/7- Open House & Art Show, 5:30-7:00pm (Scholastic Book Fair Open!)

5/12- PTA General Meeting, 7:00 pm

5/12- Baskin & Robbins 4-8pm

5/14- All Pro Dads 7:00 am

5/14- 10/15- Chipotle night (4-8)

5/14- 5th Grade Picnic 11:30-12:30

5/15- Field Day

5/18- 5th Grade Recognition Breakfast, 8:00 am – 9:00 am

5/20 Early Release & Last Day of School, Fifth grade walk right before dismissal, 11:50 am

Camp Invention

Camp Invention is where BIG ideas become the next BIG thing! Join us as we celebrate our 25th year of reinventing summer fun!

In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Liberty School District 53 is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through six. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems, turn ordinary into extraordinary and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules.

This unforgettable week begins on July 13, 2015, when Matthew Krohne will direct the Camp Invention Illuminate™ program at Liberty Oaks Elementary School.

In the KartWheel™ module, children let their engineering skills glide them across the finish line as they build, enhance and upgrade their very own freestyle racing cart. Boys and girls will explore what it means to prototype a product from scratch as they become an entrepreneur during the Design Studio: Illuminatemodule. In the I Can Invent: Next Level Gamers™ module, participants will take apart broken or unused appliances using real tools to create a physical video game model in the 3rd dimension! Finally, in theInducted™ module, personalized video challenges from National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees are introduced along with hands-on activities like constructing super-structure mega-towers, assembling out-of-this-world space rockets and so much more!

Local educators will facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high school and college students will serve as Leadership Interns ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.

Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit or call 800.968.4332 to secure your child’s spot today!

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Contact Information:

Laura Perryn

(816)736-5600 x.2637