Canham Updates

Mrs. Canham's 5th Grade Class

December 2016

...and just like that, you blink and it's December! The students have had a great start to the 2nd quarter and I am so thankful I had the opportunity to meet with all of you at conferences. The children are all so lucky to have such supportive parents!

Academics

Reader's Workshop

The students have started their first book club in 5th grade. Each time the students meet in their book clubs, they need to have: 6-8 think marks, a thick question, and a write long complete. The students have 3 more meetings in their book clubs, check in with your child to see how their work is coming along. We will continue to work on our deeper level thinking skills through our book clubs: inferring, connecting, synthesizing, predicting, analyzing, and critiquing while we read our book club and "just right" books.


Writer's Workshop

The students will be digging deep into figurative language. We will be learning about, reading and using: similes, metaphors, puns, idioms, onomatopoeia, alliteration, personification, hyperboles, allusions, and more in our writing! For the next couple weeks before Winter Break, the students will be completing another opinion essay.


Math

The students are learning how to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers, once they have a good grasp on adding and subtracting, we will multiply and divide fractions and mixed numbers. Don't forget to ask your child how their math goals are coming and check out their PLP for unit 4.


Social Studies

We are sailing off to the New World! The students are participating in a simulation where they are colonists. Many of our ships have landed in the New World and we are now learning about the hardships of colonizing. The students will be writing journals in the voice of a colonist about our activities. Below, you can see photos of some of our colonies.

Extras

Winter Concert

The 5th grade winter concert will be held in the CPAC on Thursday, December 15th at 6:30. That same day, in the afternoon, we will be going to the CPAC to practice for the big show! The 5th graders and Mallet, Drum, and Chorus Clubs will be performing at Parkview on Friday, December 16th at 9:15.


Auctions!

The class is close to earning it's 2nd auction. If you would like to donate for the next auction, I would be more than happy to take donations of toys, candy, books, or any other trinkets! Thanks for your help!


Kapco Kids to Kids Toy Drive

Kids 2 Kids is a program that helps parents who cannot afford toys for their kids during the holidays. The toy drive will be from December 5th - December 16th. During that time you can bring in UNWRAPPED new gifts for kids. The grade level that brings in the most will get a treat!


Holiday Party

Our class will be having a holiday party on Thursday Dec. 22nd from 3:00-3:30. If you would like to donate something for our party please sign up here.