Classroom Newsletter 10/12/15

Miss Barrett's 5th Grade Class

Update

I have been enjoying teaching your children so much! Everyday, they come to school ready to learn. Thank you all so much for your support. I am looking forward to another great week together!

Language Arts

This week, we will continue to work on summarizing. The students are doing a great job with it so far and we are going to take some more time to practice. We have been working on this comprehension strategy in two ways. The first is using highlighters to find important information from text. We then can eliminate the details and write a summary using the important information that was highlighted. The second technique we have practiced is to write down important information as we come across it in our reading. We can then write a summary using that information. We will use this week to wrap up this skill before we move on to our next comprehension strategy.


New vocabulary words have been assigned. The students will have all of this week to study the words. The test will be early the following week. Vocabulary is mostly an independent activity. The students are given the words and plenty of time in class to find the definitions, synonyms, antonyms, and related words. They then must make some sort of study helper (most of them make flash cards). I do check their definitions, synonyms, antonyms, and related words before they start to study them. They are responsible for studying the words and being prepared for the test.


In writing, we are practicing writing paragraphs using text evidence. We are also writing friendly letters to a friend or family letter in conjunction with our Social Studies unit.

Science

We have finished our Matter unit! The students did very well and I think they really enjoyed the unit. We will now be moving on to our Ecosystems unit. In class this week, we will start to read the first chapter of our textbook titled, "What is a Ecosystem?"


How do you all feel about the online reading challenges the students have been doing for science homework? Are you having trouble logging onto the website consistently? I know online homework can be troublesome and I would love some feedback.

Social Studies

Our Colonial Williamsburg project is underway and the students are LOVING it! They are writing a friendly letter to a friend or family member as if they are a colonist living in Williamsburg. They must visit three places and describe them to their letter recipient. I am absolutely loving watching their creativity shine through as we do this project!


I hope you all got my email about the Colonial Feast we are planning! Thank you so much for all of you who so kindly signed up to bring something. The kids can't wait!

Homework and Things to Remember

The following is homework that you should expect to see in your child's planner this week:

Reading Log due 11/2

Book Report due 10/27*

Week 8 in their Purple Comprehension Book due 10/15

Reading Challenge (due date depends on when we finish the chapter in class)

Study Vocabulary

Math Homework


Things to Remember:

No School Friday 10/16


*This is the Mystery Book Report. The students should have an assignment sheet in their red folder. If they do not, please let me know and I will send you a new one. They will need a paper bag with handles (like a paper gift bag) for this assignment.