ASPIRE 5th Weekly News
November 15, 2015
Dates to Remember:
November 16-20 - Book Fair!!!
November 17 - 1st Math Olympiad Contest
November 18 - Last day to bring pajamas
November 20 - Heritage Day and World Friendship Day
November 23-27 - Thanksgiving Break
December 1 - Spring Creek Barbecue Fundraiser for Glenhope
January 28 - FIELD TRIP - SMU President Bush Library
Order and Chaos in ASPIRE
A week of presentations can cause chaos and anxiety! But many of our students also found order as well. A few thoughts from them...
"I think the order of the week was how we just got things DONE."
"We got to bring order by organizing different presentations to teach the class."
"I found chaos when we were working. I had a lot of ideas flying everywhere... There was a lot of chaos, but it was nice to let our ideas loose."
"This week was fun and odd - all week it was like a recess that we learn at."
A Peek at Last Week
Scientists at Work:
This week our scholars studied how glaciers change the surface of the land. Later in the week the scholars worked in teams to create games to review what we have learned about how the land changes. Friday they had a grand time playing each other games!
This week the Scholars used the SOAPS method to analyze primary sources. SOAPS stands for Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, and Subject and is the way students in pre-AP and AP classes analyze primary sources. The scholars used these sources with some other secondary sources to create an engaging lesson to teach their peers about one of the factors that led to the French and Indian War. Each group also prepared some kind of check for understanding after their lesson. Th scholars played games, took quizzes and one group had the group go out and reenact the British Westward expansion into French territory with an ensuing battle!
Shark Tank Judges:
This week ASPIRE 4 asked the scholars in ASPIRE 5 to be their judges for their Shark Tank Cardboard Challenge. We divided the ASPIRE 5 scholars into 4 Shark Tank teams. We were impressed with the level of questions the judges asked of the young entrepreneurs. Our judges listened, evaluated, questioned and voted with their dollars. It was a fun afternoon!
Next Week in Our Classes
Math:6th Grade Accelerated Math
- Identify proportional relationships from tables, graphs, and equations
- Math Olympiad - 1st Test
5th Grade Math
- Continue division using 2-digit divisors
- Problem Solving
- Math Olympiad - 1st Test
- Researching eminent people of the Colonies
- Conducting Interviews and creating podcasts
- Analyzing primary and secondary sources to draw conclusions about mystery family
- Exploring the political systems of the Colonial period
- Using inquiry to observe and investigate erosion
- Collaborating with small groups
- Presentations to class
Heritage Day in ASPIRE 5
Glenhope Thanksgiving Food and Pajama Drive
Our grade level has been asked to bring French Fried Onions (6 oz.), and new pajamas size Adult L and Adult XL. Please consider bringing one or more of these items. Donations may be dropped off in the designated boxes in the front hallway.
If we meet our school wide goal of collecting 300 pairs of new pajamas, students will get to have another pajama day! Thank you for helping us make a difference for families in need!
Glenhope Book Fair this Week
Giving Tree For GRACE
5th-Grade Planning Meeting:
Would you like to help with special 5th-grade activities this year like the graduation and celebration? The first planning meeting of the year will be Monday, November 16th at 8:00am in the cafeteria. All parents who are interested in helping this year are invited to attend. We also still need a few committee chairs: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4cabaf2fa3f58-glenhope2
Math Olympiad Returns!
Want to practice? Check this out
Mayor for a Day Contest
The Mayor for a Day contest is celebrating its 11th year. This year’s contest opened Monday, Nov. 2; all entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7. Announcement of the winner will be made later that week. The contest is open to Colleyville residents only, in grades 2-7. To enter, all contestants must submit a one-to-two page essay addressing three ideas he or she would implement to make Colleyville an even better place to live.
For the Mayor for a Day essay contest winner, a day as the city’s “mayor” is the beginning of an unforgettable year. The student will serve as honorary mayor in January, touring city facilities and co-presiding with Mayor David Kelly at a City Council meeting. Additional activities will be scheduled throughout the year, according to the student’s availability.
Full contest details are available at Colleyville.com
Reading Rewards and the 40 Book Challenge
Mr. Boykin's BLOG
And on Facebook:
"Like" our page - ASPIRE Academy 5th Grade
"Like" the ASPIRE Academy at Glenhope page
We will also be utilizing the app Remind 101. To sign up:
ASPIRE 5th Grade Group (it states Fullhart, but is both classes) - Text @aspire5 to 81010
Fullhart Math - Text @fullha to 81010