The Putney Post
West Homer Elementary--5th Grade
Dates to Remember
April 29 and May 6- Boys and Girls Health Classes
May 1, 2, 3- Fifth Grade Mystery Field Trip
May 15- Sandwich Book Report due
May 17- Landmark Exhibit due
May 21- Parent Night 4:30-6:00
May 22- Last Day of School
The MYSTERY FIELD TRIP is this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday!!!
This past week we jumped head first into our research projects. The first hour of each day was spent in the computer lab learning how to find credible online sources. The process of wading through a huge amount of information was challenging for most students, but everyone found a new article on their topic each day. By the end of the week students had 4-5 reliable sources on their topic of choice.
In reading the skills of annotating and highlighting were taught as students read articles for their research project. Students practiced the active process of reading by identifying text-to-self connections, predictions, questions, and main ideas in the margins of their articles. Students were also taught the skill of highlighting words and phrases that were important, interesting, and worth remembering.
In math students tackled the process of dividing fractions. This proved to be a challenging task for many. We will continue to practice multiplying and dividing fractions until mastery is achieved.
Finally, in writing students continued their work in their poetry notebooks. I am thoroughly impressed by the poems students are writing. This week our focus was on onomatopoeia as students created a skit with their table groups and then individually wrote sound poems.
The Mystery Field Trip has finally arrived! Our outdoor learning experience will take place this coming Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (May 1-3). Please send your child to school as usual on Wednesday morning with their packed bag and a sack lunch. It is a good idea to have your child’s name written on their gear. We will return to school on Friday in time for the usual 3:15 bus routine and/or parent pick-up. If you need to contact your child while we are on the trip please use the following phone numbers:
· Melissa Cloud (cell) 907-299-2210
· Emily Putney (cell) 503-476-4859
· Camp Director: Kevin (cell) 907-230-1771
· West Homer Office 907-235-5750
If your child needs to take medications during the field trip, the teacher and nurse need to be notified. There are forms that must be completed for each medication given, and these forms must be completed by Tuesday April 30th. Please plan on supplying just enough medication needed for the field trip in its original labeled container. Herbal medications are not allowed on overnight trips unless a parent is there to administer them to their own child.
If you are able to provide muffins or cookies for our trip the goodies can be sent with your child on Wednesday morning. Please pack the cookies/muffins in a bag or box that does not need to be returned.
Thank you for the many ways you have supported this outdoor learning experience for WHE 5th graders!
Day 1: Wednesday, May 1st
8:30- Attendance, Load up at School
9:00- Mystery Bus Drive
9:30- Greetings, Rules, Unload Gear
10:00- Scavenger Hunt
11:15- Whole Group Games
1:30- Natural History Unit #1
3:45- Natural History Unit #2
7:00- Whole Group Games
8:45- Prepare for Bed
9:00- In Bed
9:30- Lights Out
Day 2: Thursday, May 2nd
7:00- Wake Up
8:00- Ropes Course
1:30- Natural History Unit #3
3:45 Natural History Unit #4
7:00 Skit Prep/Practice
8:00 Present Skits
8:45 Prepare for Bed
9:00 In Bed
9:30 Lights Out
Day 3: Friday, May 3rd
7:00 Wake Up
8:00 Hands On Rotation #1
9:10 Hands on Rotation #2
10:20- Hands on Rotation #3
11:30 Hands on Rotation #4
1:40 Pack Up
2:30 Drive Back to West Homer
3:15 Regular School Pick Up or Busses
Students will be using notecards to organize information for their research project. Each student will make three types of notecards:
Source Cards- Used to help students keep track of the information they will need from each source to do a correct works cited page at the end of the paper.
Information Cards- Used for gathering most information. These cards are laid out in a two-column T-Chart format with big ideas on the left and supporting details on the right.
Quote Cards- Used anytime students are copying information directly from a source
Please send your child to school with a package of index cards by Tuesday, April 30th.
Health Curriculum Notice
The Growth and Development: Discussion of Puberty and Anatomy of the Reproductive System curriculum will be presented to students this week by the school nurse, Laura Peek. If you have questions about the content of the curriculum or do not want your child to participate I need to know before April 29th.
Quarter 4 Research Project: Historical Landmarks
How is the landmark exhibit coming along? I am willing to support your child's at-home work in any way that is helpful. Please let me know if questions arise.
Sandwich Book Report
On May 15 we will be having a book celebration! While eating Subway sandwiches, students will share their completed Sandwich Book Reports. After everyone has presented their book report to the class, students will share their top reads during their fifth grade year. Students will be asked to bring in 1-3 books they read during 5th grade that they absolutely loved. During the party each student will develop a summer reading list. It is my hope that students will find new books they want to read over the summer while listening to their peers share a book that they read and loved. In order to cover the cost of the Subway sandwiches I am asking each child to bring in $3.00.
Homer Summer Youth Soccer
Little Feet (ages 3-6)
Starting May 28 @ Paul Banks 11am
Recreational Soccor (ages 5-12)
Starting May 28 @ West Homer
Competitive Team Soccer (ages 10-16)
To register go to homersoccer.com
For questions meail firstname.lastname@example.org
Spelling and Vocabulary Practice
Play games and get extra practice with our weekly spelling and vocabulary words on SpellingCity.com. If you need your child's password please let me know!