Prairie View's 5th Grade News
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December Million Word Challenge
What is your favorite holiday book?
Take a picture, so we can all look!
During the month of December, tweet about your favorite holiday book. Don’t forget to #PVEreads. Check out what the PVE teachers have been tweeting!!!
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This week in Language Arts we will be discussing text structures using nonfiction text. Some of them are cause and effect, compare/contract, and sequencing just to name a few. Each day we will be learning about a different one. We will also be reading a nonfiction text that fits the text structure. Remember for Language Arts homework you child need to be reading 30 minutes a night and they can always be working on Stride. We are going to have a great week!
Math- We will be exploring strategies for adding mixed numbers with unrelated denominators. Our strong mathematicians will explain and demonstrate their strategy of choice. The addition of fractions will be wrapped in word problems. We will conclude the week making conversions between centimeters and meters. Please remember to encourage your learner to log on to STRIDE Academy 80 minutes per week as their weekly homework. Amazing things are happening, it's exciting to be a part of the learning!
This week in science we are finishing up the water cycle. Then we are learning about the physical characteristics of the Sun, Earth, and Moon. We will be learning about patterns of the Earth rotations, as well.
Please be aware of help your child stay in compliance with the following dress code:
Teachers frequently request that the school nurse address grooming and hygiene with students. Children don’t always willingly shower or bathe frequently or thoroughly enough. As you can imagine, unpleasant body odors can become a problem in the closeness of the classroom. Classmates are often the first to notice and bring it to the attention of the teacher. If not addressed, the problem can become embarrassing and hurtful for the student. But luckily, there’s an easy solution! Please discuss the importance of daily showering with your child and if necessary provide more supervision of daily grooming. Laundering of coats, sleepwear and bed linens may also be helpful. Household pets can also be a source of odor on clothing and personal items. Daily application of deodorant is important for older students as their rapidly maturing bodies and physical activities require extra grooming attention. We all have the same goals for our children…to provide for their physical, emotional and educational health and well-being. Discussing personal hygiene can be a sensitive topic, but one that must be addressed to meet these goals. Together, we can make our school a happier, healthier place!
Here are tips to teach personal cleanliness tactfully, sensitively and proactively. Use the “B4 plan” - - tell him/her nicely "before" others tell him/her rudely:
Be open. Before you can have any conversation with a child, especially an embarrassing one, you've got to have clear, healthy communication channels. He/She needs to know that you care and are available. Prioritize talk time. Shut out distractions. Don't attempt a touchy subject if you can't stop checking your text messages.
Be discreet. Find a private time and place. Don't announce it at dinner. This is the time to be a parent, not a pal.
Be supportive. Here's the proactive part. Practice, don't just preach. Provide personal grooming materials: shaver, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouth-wash, body wash, brush, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant/ antiperspirant (you need both). You may be willing to spend a little extra on the "teen" deodorant or pricier razor (teach safety). If you're into organic, just make sure it works. Provide fresh clothes, bedding, towels and washcloths. If he/she has a health-related hygiene problem, address that. Teach him/her workarounds --baking soda in shoes to reduce foot odor, chewing gum to freshen breath. Watch diet. Foods affect body odors-- vegetables, onions, garlic, beans.
Be a good role model. Kids learn by actions and make sure there are plenty of toiletries.
Please bring headphones/earbuds/pencil holder
Important Notice about ride changes
Please note that our conference time is at 8:00 in the morning. Sometimes this is the only time during the day we can check our emails. If you send an email with important information about ride changes that day, please include email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org. This will guarantee we get the information in time. Thank you for your help in this matter.
The 5th Grade Teachers