# The Jones Journal

## Important Dates

### 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!!!

### 4790 Cemetery Rd

#### Hilliard, OH

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

## 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.

## 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.