# The Classroom Connection

## VIP Folders

Today's VIP Folder should include:
• Fall Pictures
• Cafeteria Handout
• Scholastic Order Forms - Please make checks payable to "Scholastic." All orders and payments are due by Friday, November 15th.

***Report cards were sent home yesterday. Please return the signed report card cover. Also, the 5th Grade Tag of Honor Ceremony will be held on November 8th at 11:05. Thanks for your support!

## Math & Science w/ Mrs. Nesbit

Math: We are continuing with our Essential question for Chapter 3: What strategies can I use to divide whole numbers?

There is still a concern with weakness in our multiplication tables. Again, I refer to the article from last week: Total Recall: Helping Our Students Memorize Multiplication Facts/Scholastic.com

Recall Tip 2: Rather than using traditional flashcards that teacher multiplication or division facts separately, use “fact families”, three-sided cards that have an entire fact family on the three corners of the triangle. They can “play” with their fact triangles by covering up one corner and then having a friend figure out the hidden number. This will help with the relationship between multiplication and division. We will be making our own set within the next few days or you can get your own set on the recommended site.

The Chapter 3 Math test will be administered on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Science: We began our study of Mixtures and Solutions this week. Mrs. Caley shared with us a cute idea using the Trail Mix items that you have been sending in over the last couple of weeks.

Our first official Investigation was “Separating Mixtures”. We made mixtures and solutions with different solid materials and water. The solids were gravel, kosher salt, and diatomaceous earth (which is the skeletal remains of aquatic organisms called diatoms). I loved that one. We then separated these using screens, filters, and evaporation. Look in your child Science Notebook. They did a great job.

## Literacy & Social Studies w/ Mrs. Jefferson

Reading, writing, and social studies are truly being integrated in our classroom. Last week, we began to explore the industrial revolution by reading, researching, and writing about this fascinating time period in US History! Most of the pictures below show the students researching their topics. The final product will be a fabulous research report and/or book written by your child! if you're interested in the topic they've chosen to research, just ask them. I'm sure they'll have lots of new knowledge to share with you!

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