News from Room 305

March 18, 2016

Reading/Writing/Social Studies

Students summary post-tests will be coming home in today's Friday Folder. The class made great growth during this unit in writing summaries, complex sentences (using introductory phrases), and vocabulary.

Literature circles completed "As Long as Grass Should Grow and Water Flow" about the Indian wars. Students found out how westward movement of the pioneers and prospectors continued to impact the Native American way of life. Student groups were made up of a Discussion Director, Vocabulary Enricher, Literacy Luminary, and Checker.

Our study of economics began this week, which goes hand-in-hand with our study of the industrial revolution. Students engaged in an virtual lemonade stand activity where they bought supplies, created a recipe, and sold lemonade in differing weather conditions. Students enthusiasm for this activity led right into economics vocabulary: needs/wants; supply/demand; opportunity cost; types of resources. We also read the biography of Frederick Tudor, the Ice King, who was an entrepreneur from Boston that transported ice from Boston and Canada to the Caribbean prior to the invention of the refrigerator and freezer.


Early in the week, students solved guess and check area problems by multiplying a mixed number by a mixed number. Students were given an area of a rectangle and asked to find the dimensions with the condition that the width was a certain fraction of the length. The class took the Multiplying Fractions Test on Thursday and also started the Dividing Fractions Unit. Using a hands-on activity allowed students to get their "ah-ha" moments of how to solve a whole number divided by a fraction and a fraction divided by a whole number very quickly. This chapter only has five sections, so we'll be wrapping it up when we return from break.

If your child has not yet achieved 100% multiplication/division fact fluency, please have him/her continue to use Reflex Math nightly.


Students learned how cells are the building blocks of life, made up of organelles that do different jobs, and that plant and animals cells are different.

Next Week's Specials' Calendar:

Monday, March 28 - Day 1: Music

Tuesday, March 29 - Day 2: PE

Wednesday, March 30 - Day 3: Art

Thursday, March 31 - Day 4: Library

Friday, April 1 - Day 1: Music

Upcoming 5th Grade Events

We are already planning several events for the end of this school year and would like to keep you in the loop. Here are the dates and the events:

Friday, March 18-Alexander Majors Field Trip (9:15 to 1:15; sack lunch and drink needed; no parent volunteers on this trip; wear orange LO shirt)

Tuesday, April 19-Radical Challenge Field Trip (9:15-1:45; sack lunch and drink needed; parent volunteers needed--permission forms sent home 3/11/16)

Friday, May 13-Fifth Grade Picnic (12:00 to 1:00; for fifth graders only)

Thursday, May 19-Fifth Grade Breakfast (8:30 to 9:30 A.M.; for fifth graders and their parents.)

Monday, May 23-Tentative Last Day of School (7:35-11:50 A.M.) At the end the school day, the fifth grade students will walk through the halls to wave goodbye to everyone.

Upcoming Events:


3/18-5th Grade Field Trip to Alexander Majors House

3/18 - Report Cards go home

3/21-3/25 NO SCHOOL, Spring Break

3/30-CiCi’s Pizza Night, 4:30-8:00 pm


4/14- All Pro Dads 7:10 AM - LGIR

4/4 through 4/13 Boosterthon Fundraiser

4/7- Moms & Muffins 7:15-7:45 (Last name A-L)

4/8- Moms &-Muffins 7:15-7:45 (Last name M-Z)

4/19-5th Grade Radical Challenge field trip

4/21-Culver’s Night (Teachers work) 5-8

Sign up for Camp Invention

Camp Invention July 11-15, 2016

Since 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from

ordinary to extraordinary!

In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Liberty Oaks is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through six. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules. The week begins on July 11 with Dr. Matthew Krohne, Innovation and Learning Coach, serving as Director of the Epic™ program!

Here is how young innovators will be spending their time:

  • Brainstorming
  • product ideas and building original prototypes using real tools and components found in everyday devices
  • Exploring the lives of giant insects, colorful animals and their environments
  • Constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered cricket with a unique habitat
  • Discovering the science of slime, demolition, electronic sound, giant squid and coding

All activities give participants the opportunity to be a part of something big while having fun!

Local educators will facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high school students will serve as Leadership Interns ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children. Register on or before March 21, 2016 to receive $25 OFF the base price.

Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit or

call 800.968.4332 to secure your child’s spot today!

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Contact Information:

Laura Perryn

(816)736-5600 x.2637

Alexander Majors House Museum