Liberty Drive Newsletter

March 2023

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Administrator's Message:

LDES Families-

Spring is almost here--well sort of! March has already started great at LDES! We have implemented a school-wide reading initiative - One Book, One School, and we are reading together "The One and Only Ivan". All students have received their very own copy of the book that they can read and follow along each night (Monday-Thursday) with our celebrity reader. Read alouds are available in English and Spanish. The link to the nightly read aloud video is here.

Also for the month of March, we will be ending our 3rd quarter on March 30th! We want our students to end the quarter strong as they master skills and strategies for the end of the year. Our NC Check-in tests (practice EOG tests) for Reading, Math, and 5th grade Science will happen on the week of March 27th. We want to encourage all of our 4th grade students to continue practicing and learning their multiplication facts, and for our 5th grade students to continue learning their Science vocabulary at school and at home.

Spring Break is coming, along with 'Spring Fever' that will soon be affecting all of us. Please continue to encourage your child to work hard each day, practice positive behavior expectations, and keep growing as a readers, scientists, historians, & mathematicians!

Mr. Hewitt and Mrs. Mosley

LDES Spotlight

This month we are learning...


4th and 5th grade Reading

We are beginning our final unit that focuses on the genre of argumentative and opinion writing - being able to state a claim and find evidence to support that claim. 4th grade students will be reading and analyzing texts about North Carolina; and 5th grade students will be reading and analyzing texts about the American Revolution. Skills that will be taught during this unit are:

  • citing evidence and making inferences using details in the text (RI.1)
  • determine main idea and key details; summarizing (RI.2)
  • explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text(RI.3)
  • understanding and applying grade level vocabulary using context clues and other strategies (RI.4 and L.4)
  • describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology (sequence of events), compare/contrast, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text. (RI.5)
  • explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text. (RI.8)

We will also be continuing our learning of grammar skills - understanding and applying nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, proper nouns, pronouns, and simple/complex sentence structure.

Below are questions that students will need to be able to answer when reading their chapter book during this unit:

  • What is this text about?
  • What happens in this text?
  • What specific details and examples in the text can you point out to support your understanding of what the text clearly states?
  • What conclusions/inferences can you draw from the text? What specific details and examples from the text support your conclusions/inferences?

  • What is the main idea of this text?
  • What key details support the main idea?
  • What details will you include to write a summary of the text?

  • What specific information from the text helped you explain an event that happened and why it happened?
  • What is the first, second, third step in this procedure?

  • What does the word/phrase ________mean in this sentence?
  • What words do you know in the sentence that can help you figure out the meaning of that word or phrase?

  • What evidence/reasons does the author give to support this idea?
  • What does the author claim? What evidence supports this claim?
  • Is the author’s claim supported? What other evidence would you like the author to include?

*If you would like to take a deeper look at the NC Standard Course of Study for English Language Arts, please click on a link below.

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4th grade Math

Currently, 4th graders are continuing their learning in their fraction unit with adding/subtracting fractions and multiplying fractions. Standard skills that will be taught are:

  • Understand and justify decompositions of fractions with denominators of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, and 100. (NF.3)
  • Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to: • Model and explain how multiplying a whole number by a unit fraction and multiply a whole number by any fraction less than one. (NF.4)

*Check out these YouTube videos that explain the skills above!

*If you would like to take a deeper look at the NC Standard Course of Study for 4th grade Math, please click on the link below.

4th grade Math Standards

5th grade Math

Currently 5th graders are continuing their work with adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions. Skills that will be taught in March are:

  • Add and subtract fractions, including mixed numbers, with unlike denominators using related fractions: halves, fourths and eighths; thirds, sixths, and twelfths; fifths, tenths, and hundredths. (NF.1)

  • Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction or whole number by a fraction, including mixed numbers. (NF.4)

  • Solve one-step word problems involving multiplication of fractions using models to develop the algorithm. (NF.4)

*Check out these YouTube videos that explain the skills above!

*If you would like to take a deeper look at the NC Standard Course of Study for 5th grade Math, please click on the link below.

5th grade Math Standards

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4th grade Science

Currently, 4th grade students are continuing and completing their learning about fossils and the early environment of our Earth. In the middle of this month they will be moving to their forms of energy unit. The skills that students will be learning and applying are:

  • Compare the physical properties of samples of matter (strength, hardness, flexibility, ability to conduct heat, ability to conduct electricity, ability to be attracted by magnets, reactions to water and fire). Students know that samples of matter have many observable properties that can be measured. (P.2.1)
  • Explain how minerals are identified using tests for the physical properties of hardness, color, luster, cleavage, and streak. (P.2.2)
  • Recognize the basic forms of energy (light, sound, heat, electrical, and magnetic) (P.3.1)

Check out this website for more information and help with the explanation of the skills above.

Science Study Jams (Igneous Rocks)

Science Study Jams (Metamorphic Rocks)

Science Study Jams (Minerals)

Science Study Jams (Light)

Science Study Jams (Sound)

Science Study Jams (Heat)

*If you would like to take a deeper look at the NC Standard Course of Study for 4th grade Science, please click on the link below.

4th grade Science Standards

5th grade Science

This month 5th grade students are learning about the properties of materials and how materials change. At the end of March and the beginning of April, 5th grade students will begin their unit on heat transfer and the heating and cooling of materials. Students will be learning and applying the following skills:

  • (5.P.2.3) Summarize properties of original materials, and the new material(s) formed, to demonstrate that a change has occurred.

  • (5.P.2.2) Compare the weight of an object to the sum of the weight of its parts before and after an interaction

  • 5.P.3.1

    Explain the effects of the transfer of heat (either by direct contact or at a distance) that occurs between objects at different temperatures. (conduction, convection or radiation).
  • 5.P.3.2 Explain how heating and cooling affect some materials and how this relates to their purpose and practical applications

Check out this website for more information and help with the explanation of the skills above.

Science Study Jams (Heat)

Science Study Jams (Property of Matter)

Science Study Jams (Physical and Chemical Change)

Science Study Jams (Solids, Liquids, and Gases)

Heat Transfer: Crash Course Engineering #14

5th Grade - Science - Heating and Cooling of Matter - Topic Overview Part 1 of 2

*If you would like to take a deeper look at the NC Standard Course of Study for 5th grade Science, please click on the link below.

5th grade Science Standards

How Can You Help Your Child with Their Math And Reading at Home!

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Students are learning and mastering their multiplication facts 0-12. Also, students are learning to visualize (create pictures in your mind) multi-step word problems in order to effectively solve them using math facts, number sense, and PIES.

P = Create a PICTURE in your head as you read the word problem.

I = Circle the INFORMATION or key words in the problem.

E = Create an EQUATION that fits the information in the problem. *You may have to create more than one equation.

S = SOLVE the equation and make sure that your final answer makes SENSE!

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Students are learning to use evidence from the text to answer inferential questions and show support for their answers.
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Social Emotional Instruction-

Our Bulldogs learned about dealing with grief last month. This month students are learning the dangers of vaping and smoking, and how to say 'No' if they are ever pressured.

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Please mark your calendars!

  • March 17th ~ PBIS Reward Celebration
  • March 28th-30th ~ NC Check-Ins Testing (Tuesday - Reading, Wednesday - Math, Thursday - Science
  • March 30th ~ End of 3rd Quarter
  • March 31st ~ Required Workday/No School for Students
  • April 4th ~ TCS Board Meeting 6:30
  • April 5th ~ 5th grade Middle School Visit
  • April 6th ~ Growth Reward Incentive
  • April 7th-16th ~ Spring Break
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Communication & Information

Our teachers do an excellent job of communicating information regarding our programs and activities going on in our school. Here is way you can stay informed proactively:

  • -DOJO (classroom codes are available from your child's teacher)
  • -Teacher, School and District Websites (
  • -LDES Facebook (Liberty Drive Elementary)
  • -LDES YouTube Channel
  • -LDES Twitter Accounts
  • -SMORE Monthly Newsletters and Flyers
  • -Remind Text Messages
  • A phone call or an email is an efficient way to communicate with your child’s teacher. Please remember that our teachers are with students throughout the day and will return the call/email as soon as they are able. At times, this may be the next school day.

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    Student Attendance

    We are nearing the end of the third nine weeks of school and attendance is critical for student success. Please make sure your child is at school, on time, daily, and keeping up with their assignments!
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    2022-2023 Parent Student Handbook