Mrs. Belletti's Class News

Fiske Elementary School May 2016

Final Stretch..

I can't believe this is the final month of school... So many fun events going on. Check out the important dates link to make sure you don't miss anything!

http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/8750

Music by Jacky boy :) and Rishav :)

Music lessons with Mr. Hart have been one of the most exciting experiences in Fiske school. We have been training for the next concert coming up in June! We train on Thursday with the whole fifth grade and on Friday with our classmates in Mrs. Belletti’s class. On Thursdays the songs we have been learning are John Henry, Risseldy Rosseldy, Corner of the Sky, The Bullfrog Song, We Go Together, and She Sings. In we go together Ryan get’s pointed at from the people around him, along with his twin sister Richelle. For John Henry, there is also going to be someone whacking a stand with a recorder to make a “hitting metal” sound. For the Bullfrog Song, there is a Frog, Duck, Cow, and Chicken. The Corner of the Sky is in a very famous play “Pippin”. That is what we are doing in music class. =D

Math By Trevor and Evan

The fifth graders have been studying in math about many things and we are very happy that the math mcas is over and we can relax. In math we have been studying volume for example to find the volume of a cube or rectangular prism you do length x height x width and you get your answer. You can also find the volume of pyramids by doing length x width \ 2 x height \ 3. Also we learned about area. We learned to find the area of a triangle. For example to find the area of a triangle we do length x width x height \ 2. We also did how to find the area of a square and rectangle. We can find the area of those by doing length x width x height. 3d shapes are cubed and 2d shapes are squared. Cubed is volume and squared is area. Also in math we studied line graphs and measurement this is stuff like the line graph which is another way to graph info with a line. We also tried into the conversion method such as hectograms converting to dekagrams. This is classified into three groups, grams/weight, liters/capacity of liquids and meters/length.

Also, check out the picture of Hands on Equations! Ask a 5th grader about this challenging algebra activity.
Some of us are working on a Field Trip Fiasco problem. Look for more fun projects coming soon.

Social Studies By: Ava :( , Nana ^-^, and Mira :$

In class we have been working on Social Studies brochures. Each student picked one of the thirteen colonies to study. The thirteen colonies to study were: Massachusetts, Georgia, North and South Carolina, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and Connecticut. These were the colonies in the “New World” Before the rest of the United States were added.

Two people picked a colony to study in depth. In the brochures there would be about 5 categories, they would be Who found the land? Geography and climate, connection with the Native Americans, rules and laws and religion. We hand drew pictures with the exception of maps. We would be able to put in an ad or some kind of paragraph that would convince people after reading to come to the the state. We added our sources: such as books and websites we used. We made these to convince others in Europe to come and join us in our colony. The deadline for these is Friday so get ready for lots of convincing!!

Library by Ellie Cr.

Library has been full of fun. Mrs. Kishpaugh is reading Coraline to us. It is extremely suspenseful and it keeps us on our toes. Some other kids think that it is mysterious and a little freaky. For the 5th graders, there is the MCBA challenge. Mrs. Kishpaugh says that this class has submitted a TON of responses. The Fiske library has also supported us with lots of books for our nonfiction book ads. All of our class is doing book ads, and Mrs. Kishpaugh is nice enough to let us come up to the library and let us pick out our books. We are all really excited for what is going to happen in Coraline.
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Art by Lila

In art, lately we’ve been working on perspective pieces where we draw a shape and make it look 3D by connecting it to the vanishing point. On Monday, however, we started working on things that will be shown at graduation. They are large “explosions” with smaller ones in them. They also have our names with a cool font inside the smaller “explosion”.

Physical Education By: Ryan and Sevak

In PE we just finished Fitnessgram which consists of a pacer test which is basically how many “laps” (length of basketball court) you can run. The Fitnessgram also consisted of the pushup test which is how many pushups you can do and also the curl up test which is how many curl up’s you can do. The following units are taught throughout the year: Racquet skills, Basketball, Body and Spatial Awareness, Chasing, Fleeing and Dodging, Cup Stacking, Fitness (testing in grades 3-5), Floor Hockey, Football Skills, Frisbee, Group Initiatives, Gymnastics, Handball, Jump Roping/Hula Hooping, Lacrosse/Scoops, Manipulative play-ribbon wands, bean bags and scarves, Parachute, Rhythms and Dance, Soccer, Volleyball, whiffle ball, kickball and Team Building Activities. Today we are playing capture the flag and other games.

In PE we just finished Fitnessgram which consists of a pacer test which is basically how many “laps” (length of basketball court) you can run. The Fitnessgram also consisted of the pushup test which is how many pushups you can do and also the curl up test which is how many curl up’s you can do. The following units are taught throughout the year: Racquet skills, Basketball, Body and Spatial Awareness, Chasing, Fleeing and Dodging, Cup Stacking, Fitness (testing in grades 3-5), Floor Hockey, Football Skills, Frisbee, Group Initiatives, Gymnastics, Handball, Jump Roping/Hula Hooping, Lacrosse/Scoops, Manipulative play-ribbon wands, bean bags and scarves, Parachute, Rhythms and Dance, Soccer, Volleyball, whiffle ball, kickball and Team Building Activities. Today we are playing capture the flag and other games.

Band by Liam and Donovan

We are 3 weeks away from our spring concert on June 8th, and we will practice with all the 5th grade band players for the next 3 weeks leading up to the concert. We are going to be performing 11 songs and some of them are very complicated. Our teachers for brass is Mr.Foreman who can play almost any instrument and he is the best. Also there is the woodwind teacher Mr. Samour who is very nice and knows a lot about instruments.

Science By Mahad :D and Ellie Ca.

We have been preparing MCAS which we have just finished.

Students were assigned different topics and groups to work on making google slides, posters and, quizzes for the class to do these topics. The topics are: Space, Rocks and Minerals, Weather, Conifer and flowering plants, Earth’s Changing Surface, The Animal Kingdom, and forms of Energy.

Also in review we played Science Jeopardy. In Science Jeopardy we were working with our table groups, and were competing with other table groups. The way it works is that you can pick a question type and how many points you get out of it and then you get an answer and you have to make a question out of it and if you get it you get those points if not you get those points subtracted.


Overall it was all fun -except MCAS!!!

Writing by Malka and Maya

So, you want to know about writing! Well, in Mrs. Belletti’s class we’re doing what you call a Memoir. A memoir is a little piece of writing that is a memory from the past, the present or - actually, not the future! A memoir can have some different structures and ideas.They are made up of a few memories bunched into a story. Here is an example of one: One day, my mom came up to me saying, “Why do you think that the balloon is not floating anymore?” - ”It’s not ‘fwoating’ because the batteries ran out!” I replied -Malka. So that is what we’re doing in writing this month in writing in the wonderful, fabulous, extremely awesome classroom of Mrs. Belletti!!!! :)

Reading by Ishi and Julia

In reading we are about to start our nonfiction book ads and…

FANTASY BOOK GROUPS!!!!!!

In the fantasy book groups we are reading books about fantasy

We are also reading Coraline in library (as written in an article by Ellie ) , a creepy story with a little girl who is living a double life.

We have also done a nonfiction book ad. In our non-fiction book ads, everyone in the class has chosen a topic they are interested in, an example is Ava is studying Walt Disney, and Nana is studying the Battle of Gettysburg . In that book and we were trying to persuade our classmates to read the book/ learn more about the topic we did the book ad on.

Book ads are some of the longest things we have done in reading so far.

One thing we know for sure is that Mrs. Belletti’s class sure are great readers!

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Museum of Science Presentation on Electricity