Collins & Co. Room 204

Week 36: Update May 23rd - 27th

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Hello Families,

We had quite a busy, but normal week. The students are working hard to wrap up all their projects. They made progress with their non-fiction picture books, took their last math test of the year, and learned something new about Civil Rights and Chemistry! Read below for more information on each topic.

Next Wednesday is Tie-Dye Day! We will head out to the playground on Tuesday to tie-dye t-shirts as a memento for the year. Please send in a plain white t-shirt with your student. We will sign the back of them and decorate before we tie-die each shirt. Sorry for the short notice, but please send a white t-shirt in with your student on Tuesday!

As a reminder, Robert Crown will be coming to talk to the 5th graders this Thursday, June 2nd. The boys and girls will be separated and will participate in a lesson about puberty. If you would like more information about the content, visit the website:

Once again, our 5th Grade Golden Folder Assembly will take place on the last day of school, Thursday, June 9th. This is not a "graduation" ceremony, however, it is a celebration of how the students have grown as writers over their years at Greenbriar. A collection of their writing has been saved in a Golden Folder and passed on to the next teacher each year. Parents are invited to attend this assembly and stay to watch the video portion of the yearbook afterward. The celebration start at 1:00.

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend,

Ms. Collins

ABC Countdown

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Math: Chapters 14 & 15 3-D Shapes

We are done with all of out Fifth Grade Math tests!!! Congratulations to everyone on their hard work in this last unit. We spent time this week reviewing volume, surface area, and how to find the volume of solid figures. The students did well on their tests. These will be sent home next Tuesday for you to review and sign.

Since we are done with our Fifth Grade curriculum we are going to spend some time learning about a few "real-world" concepts. On Friday, students learned about percentages. Next week we will discuss Algebra!

Supports for Students - D28 Family Math Connections

Click here to access the math links.

Writer's Workshop

This week we focused on turning our facts into paragraphs. Students looked at mentor authors, Nic Bishop and Seymour Simon, and found interesting ways to do this while keeping their facts fun to read. For example, they turned their facts into comparisons to help give the reader a conceptual understanding with something they would be familiar with in their every day life.

Our mentor paragraph from Seymour Simon's book, Lightning was: "Lightning bolts travel at 'lightning' speeds of up to sixty thousand times faster than our fastest spaceships. A single lightning bolt travels through twisted paths in the air about as wide as one of your fingers and from six to ten miles long."

Social Studies - Civil Rights

This week we began learning about the Civil Rights Movement. The students watched a Brain Pop about the topic. We had a great discussion how even 100 years after the Civil War ended, people still were not being "treated equally".

They read the book, Ruby Bridges and watched the Disney film based on her true life events.

Ask your Student about:

  • Our new read aloud book, Double Identity
  • Civil Rights
  • 10 Best Things Books
  • Atoms vs. Adams
  • Ruby Bridges
  • Occupation Day
  • How Marie Curie "Croaked"
  • The Day-Glo Brothers
  • Science Lab- Acids and Bases

Things to come:

  • Monday, May 30th
  • No School: Memorial Day

  • Tuesday, May 31st
  • All Library Materials Due

  • Wednesday, June 1st
  • County Fair

  • Thursday, June 2nd
  • Robert Crown 5th Grade Presentation 1:45-3:15

  • Wednesday, June 8th
  • 5th Grade Celebration and Yearbook Signing 2:30-3:30

  • Thursday, June 9th
  • Last Day of School
  • Field Day -Morning
  • End of Year Assembly- Golden Folders 1-2p
  • 5th Grade Video Yearbook 2-3p
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