Collins & Co. Room 204

Week 34: Update May 9th-May13th

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Welcome!


Hello Families,


We started the week by saying goodbye to Inessa. She is traveling back to her home country of Turkmenistan with her family for the summer. We had a class recess to say spend some extra quality time as a class before she left on Monday. We will miss her dearly and we are sad to see her go!


Your children did an amazing job on their Civil War Archives Projects! They chose a topic, researched by looking through books and searching the Internet, and chose a tech tool to present. I was very impressed with the final products. Thanks for all your support at home.


On Wednesday, Ms. Dames and Mrs. Mowery presented information to the fifth graders

about Erin's Law. What is Erin's Law? Erin's Law requires all public schools in each state to implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program. The children were educated on safe touch, unsafe touch, safe secrets, and unsafe secrets, and how to get away and tell an adult immediately. It is important to talk to your child about not staying quiet if something like this should ever happen to him/her.


The end of the year is quickly approaching! Our 5th Grade Golden Folder Assembly will take place on the last day of school, Thursday, June 9th. This is not a "graduation" ceremony, however, it is a celebration of how the students have grown as writers over their years at Greenbriar. A collection of their writing has been saved in a Golden Folder and passed on to the next teacher each year. Parents are invited to attend this assembly and stay to watch the video portion of the yearbook immediately following the assembly. The assembly begins at 1:00.


This coming Monday, May 16th Student Council will be selling Ice Pops. Your child may purchase an Ice Pop at lunch and/or by the flagpole after school. They will be sold for $0.50 each. Adults and siblings may purchase them also! The money raised will be donated to the Epilepsy Foundation. The students are encouraged to wear PURPLE on Monday to support this cause.


Next week is a busy one! We have an author visit scheduled for Monday, our State Science test on Tuesday, an All-School Assembly on Wednesday, The Book Fair is Wednesday and Thursday with the GB Open House on Thursday evening, and out last Art Adventure on Friday afternoon!


Since there is so much going on for our 5th graders, we will NOT have Spelling and Vocabulary next week.

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Have a great weekend!!

Ms. Collins

ABC Countdown

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Math: Chapters 14 & 15 3-D Shapes

This week in math, the students continued to explore 3-D shapes. They discovered the difference between surface area and volume. They learned how to find the volumes of cubes and rectangular prism by counting the unit cubes, looking for patterns and creating multiplication expressions to calculate the volume. Students were able to play with the cubes to create their own structures and had their peers calculate the volume. Students also discovered that there may be different ways to build a structure using the same number of cubes. They played with the equation for Volume, (V=LxWxH) to come up with many different options. They also found that if the numbers are the same, but in a different order in the equation, they will still get the same answer. (I.E. V= 4x2x1=8 and V=2x1x4=8).

Supports for Students - D28 Family Math Connections

Click here to access the math links.

Readers Workshop

This week in Reader's Workshop, the students read dispatches, performed plays, and read about General Lee's surrender to General Grant in Appomattox Court House, Virginia. We spent time learning about Ely Parker and his inspirational quote, (that made Ms. Collins start to tear-up), "We are all Americans." *Ask your students about how this quote came up in the surrender and its significance.

Social Studies/Civil War Simulation


We've finally made it to 1865! Lincoln was inaugurated into his second term on March 4 as President of the United States. The students read through is Second Inaugural Address and discussed the importance and significance of his words. We think Lincoln was a great speech writer, and had a lot of great ideas. One of those great ideas was, "With malice toward none, with charity for all..." and how he asked the Union to forgive the South and welcome them back. We connected this idea and how it will play out with some of the ideas the South had towards the North after the Revolutionary War. (Ask your student to share the irony and how the tables have turned.)

The war is officially over! Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. Ask your child about William McLean's role in the war and the meaning of his quote, "The war began in my kitchen and ended in my parlor."



Next week we will discuss Lincoln's Assassination and how it played a role in rebuilding the United States. We will also play our last Jeopardy game, take our last quiz, and finish our Archive presentations!

Science Lab

This week in Science Lab, the students learned about the Law of Conservation of Matter and Energy by trying to confirm or disprove it. They weighed baking soda and vinegar on the balance before mixing them together. They then put the chemicals in the Erlenmeyer flask to get a reaction.

Ask your Student about:

  • Archive Projects
  • What they learned in the Erin's Law presentation
  • Mr. McLean's role in the war
  • General Grant's kind surrender terms
  • Our Second Step discussion about problem-solving
  • The Spanish card game, Quarenta
  • Science Lab
  • The ducklings in the courtyard

Things to come:


  • Monday, May 16th
  • Author Visit, Susan Barwick
  • Sylvia's Story: The 1915 Chicago River Tragedy of the S.S. Eastland


  • Tuesday, May 17th
  • PARCC Science Test (5th Grade Only!) 10:45-11:50


  • Wednesday and Thursday, May 18-19th
  • Book Fair


  • Thursday, May 19th
  • Open House 6:30-7:30


  • Friday, May 20th
  • GB Spirit Day


  • Friday, May 20th
  • Art Adventure 1:45-2:55


  • Monday, May 30th
  • No School: Memorial Day