Ms. Gonzalez's Stars

To the parents of my 5th grade class

Introduction

Hello parents! It is a new school year and I am excited to get to know you and my fifth grade students. The purpose of this blog is to help communicate with you the progress of our classroom. I believe that building a good relationship with you is important and I would love to know if you have any questions. Here is little bit about myself: I am a first year teacher who graduated from the University of Houston. Teaching has always been my passion and I have always worked closely with children through internships, jobs, and volunteer opportunities. I believe that through this experiences I have gained a lot of insight that will help me be a better teacher. You should know that I will love all of my students and will always fulfill my actions with the best intentions! Please contact me if you have any questions.

Classroom Survey

I want to create a classroom climate full of positivity, support, and growth. Throughout my childhood, I have had teachers in my life whose words and encouragement still impact me to this day. For this reason, it imperative for me to make the most out of this school year and make meaningful connections with my students. In order to do that, it is important for me to know what kind of learners there are in my classroom so that I can design lesson plans that cater to my student's needs better. In the interest of getting to know my students better, I have created a classroom survey. All you have to do is click here to access it. This will re-direct you to the survey. You may go over the questions with your child. They may take it on their own if they are familiar with computer devices, but if you wish to be a part of the process, you are more than welcome to. I can't wait to see the results!



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Classroom Highlights

Today we learned more about the life cycles! We studied the life cycles of frogs, butterflies, and plants. First, I shared a powerpoint presentation with the students as they took notes. This presentation provided the students with an introduction to the different life cycles of the organisms mentioned above. Next, we watched interactive videos on Brain Pop about the different life cycles. The students were able to answer questions made by the Brain Pop narrator, which was a fun and engaging way for them to learn the material.


Finally I thought I would tie in the lesson with some Math material we have been learning so we played a dice game! First, the students drew and labeled their own frogs. After, we used these same frogs to compete in a board-game style race. The students would roll a dice, which would give them numbers to use in a multiplication problem. If they were able to successfully complete the problem, they advanced in the race.


This activity is valuable because it provided the students with different learning styles a chance to engage themselves in the lesson. Kids love to do a lot of hands on activities, therefore these activities proved to be highly interesting for kids. The activities are purposeful and can create meaningful connections between the kids and the material.


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Educational Game Review

This game may help your child develop reasoning and cognitive skills. It may also help your child strengthen material we have studied in class and introduce them to skills that have not been taught in the classroom directly. These skills include budgeting money, imagination, the function of having a job, and rational thinking. Children solve riddles, math-oriented problems, and fulfill educational-oriented quests. We have had the chance to play the game in the computer lab and the kids have loved it!


The name of the game is “Quest 1: Mission Motherboard”. It will prompt your child to pick an avatar, customize it, and name it. Then the game will guide your child through the different quests and activities they must do in order to complete the game!


If you would like to check out this game at home click here.


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Additional Information

School Hours

8:00AM-3:30PM

Breakfast served until: 7:30 AM

Lunch served at: 1:00PM

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Parent and Teacher Conferences

We will have monthly parent-teacher conferences! I will send out an email at the beginning of the month inquiring about a time that works best for you. Additionally, I am available to meet with you if you have any questions or concerns that you want to talk about in person. Email me and we can set up a time!


Absences

If your child is absent, please write a letter or email with justification for the absence. The email or letter must include the dates of the absence(s).

Dress Code

Students are required to wear a navy blue, white, or red shirt. They can wear khaki or blue jean bottoms. Please ensure that your child is wearing the appropriate garments for school each day.

Birthdays

We love birthdays! If you wish to bring snacks to the classroom to celebrate your child's birthday, you are more than welcome to. Please notify me when you plan on celebrating. In the interest of keeping the classroom environment focused, we celebrate birthdays during recess. We encourage you to arrange something!

Lunch

Lunch is eaten at the cafeteria and supervised by school staff. Please make sure that your child's lunch boxes and water bottles are all labeled with your child's name and last name. If you wish to put money on your student's account, you will need to bring in cash to the cafeteria only. Additionally, you have the option of logging in to the HISD website and use a credit card, but you will need your student's ID number to do so.

Snacks

I encourage my students to bring snacks in case they get hungry in class. Please keep the snacks as mess-free as possible. Please avoid bringing in snacks that require eating utensils or are messy. Fruits, veggies, and chips are welcome.