The Classroom Connection
Mrs. Jefferson & Miss Sumpter
September 24, 2015
VIP Folders & Newsletters
Today's VIP Folder should include:
- Graded papers - Please keep at home and return the VIP Folder.
- Mrs. Jefferson's Conference Form - Please return by Monday, 9/28/15.
- Yearbook and Fall Pictures Order Forms
- Columbia Supreme Court Field Trip Form
- Interims, and standardized test scores will come home tomorrow. Please keep all of these documents for your records, and sign the report card cover and return it on Monday.
- Green Apple Day of Service - 9/25/15 - Please join us to help in the gardens and around school grounds. Since our classes have volunteered to help, please make sure they are dressed to work. Everyone must wear closed-toed shoes, pants (instead of shorts), and hats are preferred.
- Fall Picture Day - 10/6
- Walk to School Day - 10/7 - The International Walk to School Event will be at 7:15 AM until 7:30 AM. This year we will walk around the PE field. We will not meet at Bi Lo like we have previously.
- Parent Conference Days - Thursday, 10/8/15 & Monday, 10/12/15
Grandparents & Grandfriends Day
Literacy & Social Studies w/ Mrs. Jefferson
Has your child shared their writing with you? If not, ask about what we've been doing to begin filling up our writing journals in fun ways. Last week, we began with writing top ten lists and quick writes. Soon, we will build on our memories by focusing on an idea from our quick writes. Our writing has led to opportunities to discuss:
· The importance of verbally telling stories to prepare us to put the story in written format.
· The notion of sketching pictures of our ideas before we tell or write our stories.
Reading and discussing Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule with students inspired me to introduce them to the wondrous works of Maya Angelou. So, this week we are continuing to build deeper comprehension skills by reading and analyzing poems such as "Caged Bird" and "One More Round". The poems I've chosen to share are very appropriate for the time period we're investigating, and they are from Dr. Angelou's poetry anthology for young people.
Last week, I administered the Reconstruction unit test. Since this was their very first 5th grade social studies test, I taught them how to underline key words and figure out what the question is asking. We also discussed how to eliminate unfavorable answer choices. This makes the process longer, but it will pay off when it's time for standardized assessments. This week, we will build on our knowledge of the Reconstruction time period as we prepare to move into Westward Expansion.
Almost everything we've been doing in ELA has been a great support for your child as they prepared for this assessment, and their Social studies notes should have been a helpful resource! With all this said, I am expecting phenomenal results that prove your child is growing as a historian, thinker, and communicator!
Math and Science w/ Miss Sumpter
As mathematicians, we have started Chapter 5 in our math book. Chapter 5 is centered around adding and subtracting decimals. This week we used strategies to round decimals. We also learned how to estimate the sum and difference of decimals. While learning about decimals we are continuing to enhance our problem solving strategies. As mathematicians we are using the Four Step Plan to solve math problems. The Four Step Plan goes through four steps - understanding, making a plan, solving the problem, and checking the problem. Next week we will learn how to add and subtract decimals using models and manipulatives. Please be sure mathematicians are using their online resources at home.
We are beginning our Landforms and Oceans Unit of Study! We began by building understanding of constructive and destructive forces. The connections made between the Reconstruction Unit of Study have been amazing! This week kicked off with research around the topics of weathering, erosion, and deposition. Your children have been doing an amazing job of mining through the text for important information and posing questions to further our research. Please be certain that your child is studying their notes every night. We are very excited about our daily findings and the notes will build quickly.
Thanks for your support!
Meet Alivia by Morgan T.
Meet Isabella by Landon
Hello there! My name is Landon and today we all are gonna learn about Isabella. First off, Isabella likes no other sport but soccer. She's also very athletic. Isabella also said that her favorite soccer player is Lionel Messi. Found out that we have a lot in common. Some of the things we have in common is where both very afraid of snakes, and our favorite show is Jessie. Isabella said if she could, she would go back to the past to when she was born.