Franke/deLeon Updates

Mrs. Franke and Mrs. deLeon's 5th Grade Class

February 2016

The 2nd half of the school year is here! We are focusing on our time management and putting forth full effort in all that we do to help us get ready for our transition to middle school. We have a couple great field trips and we will be getting ready for our Wax Museum this month! Below is a picture of our top two spellers at Parkview! Both Caroline and Grace will be participating at the district spelling bee on February 4th.
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Academics

Reader's Workshop

We are wrapping up our literature circles this week, the students have been having deep-level conversations about their books, we are looking forward to seeing how they react to the endings of their books. We will then be working on cause and effect and some informational reading for the next couple of weeks.


Writer's Workshop

During writer's workshop, we are focusing on researching, paraphrasing, and note-taking. We will then be using these notes, to write an ABC book on the person that we have decided to be for the Wax Museum (Friday, March 11th 1:30-3:15). Here is the information on due dates for our ABC books: ABC BOOK/WAX MUSEUM CALENDAR.


Math

We have started quarter 3 off with a big unit on decimals. The students will be comparing, ordering, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals. We will also be converting fractions to decimals and percentages to decimals.


Social Studies

We have started studying the American Revolution. Currently, we are learning about the causes of the war and the events that led the colonists to want their freedom from Britain. The students will be taking a test on Chapter 7 (which covers the lead up to the Revolutionary War) on Friday, February 5th. We will then continue learning about the Revolutionary War by reading through Chapter 8, which covers the important battles and end of the war.

Extras

Valentine's Day Party

We will be having a Valentine's Day Party on Friday, February 12th. We will be having ice cream sundaes - please sign up using this document if you would like to donate something for our party. Students can bring in valentines for their classmates, we ask that they bring in a valentine for everyone in our class. Here is a class list to help them fill out their valentines, remember we have 28 students in our class.


Field Trips

On Wednesday, February 10th we will be going to the Milwaukee Art Museum and to see the Milwaukee Symphony perform. Please send a bagged lunch with your child.


On Thursday, February 18th we will be going to JA BizTown for a full day experience. Please also send a fully disposable bagged lunch on that day with your child (drinks will be available for them at BizTown).

***We still need parent volunteers for this trip! If you can come and join us at BizTown please let us know ASAP, you need to complete a simple online training prior to our trip.


ABC Book/Wax Museum

Your child has picked a person to research for their ABC book. We have started note-taking and researching this person in class. Their finished books are due on Friday, March 4th. You can refer to this schedule to keep up with their due dates for this project.

Work will be done at school and home, so please check in with your child on their progress of this assignment.


The Wax Museum will take place on Friday, March 11th at 1:30-3:15. Please come and walk through our museum at any moment in that time frame.