The Jones Journal

Updates from The Flock // September 23, 2014

Important Dates

Fall Fun Night

Thursday, Sep. 25th, 5:30-7:30pm

4790 Cemetery Rd

Hilliard, OH

Thanks to everyone who has turned in their wristband orders and Flyers orders for our Fall Fun Night! We hope to see lots of you on Thursday, September 25 from 5:30-7:30 for lots of Fall Fun!!!

PTO Meeting

Monday, Oct. 6th, 7pm

JW Reason Media Center

Donuts with Dad

Friday, Oct. 10th, 8-8:30am

4790 Cemetery Rd

Hilliard, OH


Mark your calendar for Doughnuts with Dad which takes place on Friday, October 10 from 8:00-8:35.

* Notes From Mr. Jones *

Snacks

As you may know, I do allow students to bring an afternoon snack to school. Here are some reminders about snacks:


  • Snacks should be healthy (no candy, cookies, etc.)
  • Please provide snacks that do NOT need utensils. I will not provide those to students.
  • Due to food allergies in the classroom, students are not allowed to share snacks at any time.
  • Snacks should be eaten in 10 minutes and easily cleaned up.

Reading At Home

Students should be reading at home. I do NOT have a reading log that I require students to fill out. However, I do expect students to read at home. My hope is that students will read 20-30 minutes a night. In other words, your child should read 3-4 hours each week. Please help your child with this.

What Are We Learning?

Math

For the past few weeks, we have been exploring adding and subtraction of fractions and mixed numbers. Students have spent many days learning different ways to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers). We've realized that we must find equivalent fractions. (For example, 2/3 + 5/4 = 8/12 + 15/12 = 23/12.) Also, students have been solving many word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions and mixed numbers.


  • Students should be able to solve problems such as:
    • 2/3 + 4/5
    • 5/7 - 1/3
    • 2 1/2 + 7/8
    • 3 1/6 - 2 3/4

  • Click on the links below for some video tutorials.
  • Social Studies

    Fifth graders will be spending this year learning about the Western Hemisphere. More specifically, students will study the geography and history of North and South America.

    Last week, students used the New World Studies Weekly newspaper to identify the regions of the United States, Canada and Latin America. Students studied features of each of these regions, such as economic status, population and geographic features.

    Science

    In science, students have been learning about the scientific method. Mr. Jones explained that some microwave popcorn brands pop better than others. So, students investigated the question: "Which brand of microwave popcorn leaves the most unpopped kernels?" Students had a blast creating an experiment to study this question. This week-long project allowed students to:

    • Identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigations.
    • Design and conduct a scientific investigation.
    • Use appropriate mathematics, tools and techniques to gather data and information.
    • Analyze and interpret data.
    • Develop descriptions, models, explanations and predictions.
    • Think critically and logically to connect evidence and explanations.
    • Recognize and analyze alternative explanations and predictions.
    • Communicate scientific procedures and explanations.