Wilson's Creek 5th Grade News
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
September 23-Health Fair-all students participate during the school day.
Fifth Grade classes will visit the Art Museum on the following dates:
Cable/Levy and Pierce/Kennedy-October 7
Fraser/Ellis and Grandon/Kamienski-October 24
October 8: End-of-Quarter Field trip to Fritz's Adventure. All work must be completed prior to attending. More information and permission slips coming.
October 10: Literature Festival at MSU. Permission slips went home on Monday, September 16. . Students will be completing an assignment over this field trip for a Reading grade.
October 11: No school for students. End-of-Quarter work day and professional development for teachers
October 21-25: Conference week -more information about how we do conferences at Wilson's Creek will be sent when it gets closer.
Notes from the Nurse
Wilson’s Creek free Student Flu Clinic will be Thursday October 3rd. The consent form can be found on the school website to be printed and returned to the school nurse. Or, your student will be given a consent form that can be completed and returned.
ELA (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS)
Continue to read 20 minutes each day for enhancing vocabulary.
We will continue to review with students:
* text connections: text to self, text to text, text to world, text to media.
*genres of fiction and non-fiction.
Students will also be completing their required lessons in Reading Plus or Lexia. These lessons are part of the Reading grade.
Students will be listening to a read aloud or starting a literature set with their teachers. Check Canvas for more details.
Students are completing grammar pages each day. Skills we will focus on include: a reveiw of nouns and verbs, editing and revising sentences, antonyms, concluding sentences, and recognizing paragraphs with construction errors. The next Grammar test will be 10-3.
Students will begin to revise and edit a personal narrative. We will be working on this writing through the month of September. Most of the work will be done in class. Tips will be offered to ensure students think about revising and editing their paper to make it the best they can! Final published stories will be due on October 2.
YES, your learner does have homework each night! Your learner should read 20 minutes every night. Research shows that those that read a lot are better writers! Reading is just like a sport...it takes practice!
In addition, students will have Lexia minutes or Reading Plus lessons to complete each week. The amount of time varies per student based on their reading proficiency and effort made while working in these programs. Lessons begin Monday morning and are due Sunday evening. Grades are taken over these reading requirements.
Monday--Lesson 7--Units and more units
Tuesday--Lesson 8--Multiplication with non-units fractions
Thursday--Lesson 9--Problems with fractions
Friday--Lesson 10--Rectangles with Unit Fractions
Dreambox: 5 Lessons and 60 minutes each week.
At home, please begin working on making sure your child is fluent in their multiplication facts up through 12x12. This is a skill that will be so useful in their everyday life. We will use this skill extensively this year with volume, finding equivalent fractions and with division. The more solid a foundation your child has in these basic facts, the easier their harder tasks will be.
Students will be working on identifying states and capitals as well as learning the regions of the US.
In the unit “Resource Wars” students will begin by understanding how migration is often affected or triggered by a change in resource availability. This will be connected to the standards of Westward Expansion and the Great Depression to help students understand the concept of scarcity.
Students will research a region of the United States using the 5 Themes of Geography as a model. During their research they will identify important resources and why people would migrate to and from their region..
Once they have gained an understanding of scarcity and resource availability, students will use this knowledge to construct a board game related to resources and the scarcity of resources around the United States.
This unit may also include writing standards related to informational/how-to writing as students begin to write directions for their board game.
5th grade artists are creating landscapes. They are putting their creativity to the test by imagining a landscape of their choice and bring it to life. They will focus on foreground, middle ground and background. 5th grade artists will also use their visual art problem solving skills to make an educated decision about what type of media they will choose.
The Wilson’s Creek Concert Choir is off to a great start. There are many returning sixth graders and lots of 5th graders who have signed up. It is not too late to join. See Mr. Parker in Room 116 for an information packet. If you have already joined, don’t forget to join our Remind app for choir communications.
This week in orchestra we learned how to hold the instrument in the correct position, plus reviewed beginning-of-the-class routines. Instruments are stored on the stage during the school day, and should be taken home after class. Violins and violas need to store their shoulder rest in their case or in a bag along with their method book.
Please memorize the names of your open strings. This is found on Essential Elements method book, page 3. We will begin using pizzicato this week! Pizzicato means to pluck the string.
All fifth grade orchestra students should now have their instruments. Please have your name on all supplies and easily visible on your case. We will not use the music stands for the first few classes and will instruct the students when to bring them. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the string teachers at: firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Library!
Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th-October 15th. Students can come by the library to check out our display of books about and by people of Hispanic heritage.
5th Grade students are learning about the Big6 Problem-Solving Process in Library class. This is great life skill to use whenever you need information to solve a problem. To learn more, visit www.big6.com.
Chat and Chew Book Club
We’ll be discussing One for Sorrow by Mary Downing Hahn on Oct. 3rd. For more information, visit http://wclibrary.weebly.com/chat--chew-book-club.html.
Follow the library on Twitter: @WCreekLibrary
A Note from the Counselor
Jill Wilson Jrwilson@spsmail.org
Room to Grow:
Have you ever said either of these two statements: “I care about my children. I can’t let them hurt themselves by making bad choices” or, “I just don’t want my children to close any doors for themselves that will limit their opportunities later in life?” These are common statements or thoughts when we find ourselves controlling our children instead of giving them choices.
By giving our children choices we are also giving up a certain amount of control over their lives. It is possible that they will make mistakes and have regrets. We must remind ourselves that we learned by making mistakes and having consequences. Encourage yourself to give your child- Room to Grow.
“CONTROL helps parents satisfy unconscious needs to feel more adequate as adults.
DEMANDS TO GET YOUR WAY help youngsters learn to be stubborn and demand to get their way.
CHOICES help children learn to become decision makers and learn to become adults in the real world.”
Jim Fay & Foster W. Cline
NO 5th GRADE MATH CLUB ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH.
We will not have math club on Thursday, September 26th. We will pick back up on Thursday, October 3rd.
Students that will be competing may want to purchase a Texas Instrument TI-30XII S calculator. This calculator can solve problems with fractions, exponents, and many other types of mathematical functions. The students will also be able to use them at the competitions. They run around $15-20 at Walmart or any other store. The kids use these in 6th grade – 8th grade too, so it wouldn’t be a waste of money but an investment. That way the kids get use to how to work the calculators from the get go.
I look forward to working with the kids on Thursdays from 3:30-4:15 pm.
Steam club will begin meeting on Tuesday, September 24 from 3:30 – 4:30 in room 128.
Information will be given at the first meeting regarding meeting times and competitions. I am looking forward to a fantastic year. Please sign up here.
CLASS DOJO INFORMATION
Many of our teachers are using the ClassDojo app to monitor student participation, work, and behavior. If your child’s teacher uses this app, please ask them how you can sign up for parent accounts! This is a great way to see how your child is doing at school. Once you create an account, you can:
· See photos and updates about what we are doing in class.
· Click “view report” to see daily or weekly reports on the points your child has earned.
FIFTH GRADE TEAMS
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