## WHAT'S NEW? (April 8th, 2016)

Hi Families,

Hope you all had a relaxing and refreshing Spring Break. Thank you for taking the time to review your child's report card and return the envelope. Can you believe that we are now in the 3rd trimester?

We had PARCC testing this week and tried to stay on schedule to continue our learning.
The Pizza Day and Spirit Day helped create excitement for the week, but the best part of our week was welcoming a new student into our classroom. Kahla Erdbeer joined us on Monday and we are glad to have her!

Read below to see what else has been going on in Room 201.

Mrs. Sanchez and Mrs. Mirza

P.S We will be learning new Vocabulary and Spelling words next week. Our tests will be on THURSDAY.

## Math

This week in Math, the students reviewed what they learned in 4th grade about angles.

They remembered that :
* the angles in a triangle add up to 180º
* the sum of angles measures on a line is 180º.
* the sum of angle measures at a point is 360º.
* vertical angles have equal measures.

They started Chapter 13, which is on properties of triangles and four-sided figures. They watched a Math Antics video about how to classify triangles (see below) and practiced identifying the triangles based on sides or angle measurements. I anticipate our 13a test will be on Friday, April 15th.

We are so excited to have discovered a new tech tool that makes learning fun! "Nearpod" brings the classroom to life with interactive mobile presentations. Students interact and submit responses through an iPad or laptop and we are able to offer immediate feedback. The students had a lot fun interacting and responding as we learned about Geometry. We are looking forward to integrating more use of Nearpod into our learning!

Math Antics - Triangles

## Writer's Workshop

April is National Poetry Month!
Your children will be learning about different types of poetry for the next few weeks and maybe even writing some of their own. So far, they learned about an acrostic poem and a ballad. What is your favorite poem? Be sure to share it with your child.

Last week in Reader's Workshop, the students finished their Book Club meetings and had one final discussion about the book. They discussed what they liked/disliked about the book, who they would recommend it to, and rated the book out of 10. This week with the little time we had, we read more about the Civil War.

The NEW Rebecca Caudill Award for 2017 list has been posted! Take a look at the link below.

## Social Studies

In the next several weeks, our class will travel back in time to the 1860s, to an America torn apart by economic, social, and political issues too deep and divisive to repair without a major conflict. That conflict was the Civil War (1861–1865). This week we learned the causes leading up to the Civil War.

Each week (beginning next week) we will study a specific year of the war. Students will learn about an important battle, hear dispatch notes, participate in common soldier interviews, and many other activities. At the end of each week they will play Battle Jeopardy and take a quiz over the material learned that week.

We watched the following Brain Pop videos:

Causes of Civil War

Civil War Background

Frederick Douglass

## National Library Week - April 10-16, 2016

Next week is National Library Week. What does that mean? It means to head to your local public or school library to see what's new and exciting. Check out what all the libraries have to offer. It's more than just books.

## Upcoming Events/Reminders

• Tuesday, April 12th
• 8:45 PTO Meeting

• Thursday, April 14th
• 12:00 Dismissal for students

• Tuesday, April 19th
• 7:15 5th Grade Orientation at the NBJH

• Friday, April 22nd
• GB Spirit Wear Day

• Monday, April 25th
• Musical Dress Rehearsal

• Tuesday, April 26th
• School Board Meeting

• Wednesday, April 27th