# The Bulldog Growl

### The latest happenings from LIW Rm 105

Week of November 9th

## Veteran's Day Project

Some of our 5th graders participated in a video project about Veteran's Day. Some of the questions I asked them to answer were: What is a veteran? What does freedom mean? What one word would you use to describe a veteran? They did a great job and I am so proud of all of their answers. How lucky we are to be together on Veteran's Day and attend the program. The kids did a great job singing, and it is always wonderful to get a chance to talk as a class about the importance of Veteran's Day and how lucky we truly are for all of the service men and women that have given so much for all of us. How proud we should all feel to be Americans. We especially thank all of YOU, the parents, that have served or are currently serving!

Veteran's Day {2015}

## Math | Fractions

Unit 4 is all about fractions, fractions, and more fractions. The kids might have a love-hate relationship with fractions by the time Christmas rolls around, BUT they will know the ins and the outs of halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, eighths, tenths, and even twelfths. This week we focused on figuring out percent equivalents for our fractions. Such as, we now know that 1/3 is equal to 33 1/3% and 5/8 is equal to 62.5%. We also sorted a set of fractions, putting them in order from smallest to largest. We really focused on the conjecture, or rule, that if the numerator is less than half of the denominator, then the fraction is less than half. The same rule applies if the numerator is more than half of the denominator, then the fraction is greater than one half. For some extra help/reinforcement of these percent/fraction equivalents at home, click here. This is a great resource for you to have access to at all times!

Just a reminder that Reading Plus is fully accessible from home. We want to encourage students to access it at home if possible, and remind them to utilize the time before school or right when they get to school to work on a SeeReader lesson. Visit www.readingplus.com and use the school code RPLAURA. The students will use their AR credentials to log in.

## 3-D Printing Class

by Noah Beck

After school, the kids who signed up are learning how to use the 3-D printer through a program called City X. Each person gets a card with the name of a person who lives in City X. At the bottom, the person states a problem with City X. For example, Cooper's friend is sick with an unknown disease. My job is to help Cooper solve his problem by creating something that is not invented, not a robot, and using no help from adults. Then we make a version in the program called Sketch Up. Eventually we will print it and solve the problems. 3-D printing is fun!

## Food Drive

The 5th grade students are organizing a food drive for all LIW students and families. The school will collect non-perishable items next week, November 16th-20th. Students are not required by any means to donate any food items. Some of the items that our local food pantry is currently requesting are as follows: holiday fixings, baking supplies, soup
cereal, veggies and canned fruit, peanut butter and jelly, boxes/pouches of instant potatoes, toilet paper and paper towels, personal hygiene items, dish soap, and laundry soap. We thank you in advance for giving what you can to help families in need.

## American Education Week

American Education Week—November 16-20, 2015—presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. During this week of celebration, we recognize and praise parents, teachers, and paraprofessionals, as well as substitute teachers, bus drivers, and school board members. Thank you for all that you do!

## Band Notes

This week, the Fifth Grade Band received their concert music. We will be playing our first-ever concert on Thursday, December 3 at 7:00 P.M. Students should be practicing their concert music at home so they are prepared for the concert. We are excited to share the gift of music with our families and friends this holiday season!