## April 3, 2016

Well, April 1st came and went with only one prank being played on the teacher. Not naming names, but someone (Anna!), partially covered up the lens to our document camera since she knew we were going to be using it in the afternoon. I could not figure out what was wrong with that thing! She got me good, and the whole class (including me) had a good laugh.

## Field Trip Forms Coming Home this Week

April 14 is our field trip to the Team Leadership Center (aka Outdoor Learning Center), so expect the field trip permission slip to come home this week. In addition to the permission slip, there will also be a liability release form and a health form. Returning these quickly will be much appreciated. It should be a wonderfully fun field trip!

## What We are Learning this Week

Unit 8 begins this week in Math. The first part of the unit will be review for the kids as we revisit adding and subtracting mixed numbers with like denominators. We'll amp it up a bit later in the week when we learn to subtract mixed numbers with unlike denominators. The students now all have a very good grasp on all their basic facts, which makes completing this concept much easier.

We take a slight detour this week in Writing to focus on ekphrastic poetry. (Don't you just love that word?) Ekphrastic poetry is a written description or response to art. The 5th graders, along with other grade levels, have their art displayed in the Link, and this is the artwork we will be describing and responding to. Speaking of their displayed artwork, if you get a chance, stop by the Link to view it. It is fabulous!

All sorts of different concepts are going to be covered this week in ELA. We'll begin with idioms, which is a lesson all students enjoy. We will also practice finding the theme of passages and working on different aspects of grammar. Our week will end with a lesson that compares and contrasts the book version of The Bridge to Terabithia with the movie.

Playing a pencil-paper version of Battleship last week in Math Extension was extremely beneficial in teaching the concept of ordering numbered pairs. The students caught on quickly and were able to transfer that knowledge to more "academic" assignments. We will play Battleship again this week, but this time it will be on a graph with four quadrants. This knowledge will help the students perform translations, reflections, and rotations.

## Upcoming Events

April 11

No School-Professional Development Day

April 14