The Patriot Progress: Community 5
Upcoming Two Weeks: January 11-22
How Do Connections Affect Our Lives?
Service Project Stations
New Unit Focus: Systems
How can we show the importance of systems in our every day lives?
(fourth grade standards 12-14)
(fifth grade standards 11-14)
Small Groups Working on Fractions
Students will also consider how narrative writing works, using the writing process. This will cover stands W 5. 3 and W 5.5 (Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach). Students will create their own fairy tale story and publish their work. They will have the option to publish the work digitally, or create a picture book. Students will start looking at narrative writing Tuesday, and begin the writing process. Once we have published our own fairy tales, we will look at Cinderella. We will read the Grimm Brothers version and Cinderella. We will then go to Alabama Shakespeare Festival watch the Perault version of the famous fairy tale on January 27. The students have really enjoyed the study this far. You may want to discuss fairy tales that you all read or watched with them as children. You might even have them read some fairy tales to younger siblings. With your student, you can discuss how the stories compare to one another and identify the components of fairy tales in each of the stories.
Please keep you eye out for an email via Freshgrade. We are deciding what novel we will read next. We are planning to read a class novel during the month of February.
Students Brainstorming Components of a Fairy Tale
Determine causes and events leading to the American Revolution, including the French and Indian War, the Stamp Act, the Intolerable Acts, the Boston Massacre, and the Boston Tea Party.
We began by learning about the French and Indian War, and it seems like the students really enjoyed this lesson. We will explore the other causes in the following weeks in the order they appear on the standard. If you have time, please reinforce this learning at home. The number one struggle we see in social studies is with map skills. Students have a very difficult time recognizing where things and people should be on a blank map. We will be reinforcing those skills in the coming weeks as well. We will place several websites in the resources section for that standard on Freshgrade. Map skills coincide with Standard 1:
Locate on a map physical features that impacted the exploration and settlement of the Americas, including ocean currents, prevailing winds, large forests, major rivers, and significant mountain ranges.
Next Field Trip: Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Field Trip
Friday, May 13th, 6:30am-8pm
Atlanta, GA, United States
Cost $110 Students
Payment Plan Schedule:
1st payment due February 4th
2nd payment due March 3rd
3rd payment due April 7th
4th payment due May 5th
*** If you plan to pay your full amount in one payment please make that payment by March 3rd.
Required School Supplies and Wish List Items
Laptops Fully Charged
1 Standard Size Hershey's Chocolate Bar by Monday (January 11)
Wish List Items:
* Please do not feel obligated to donate. We would be grateful to receive items, but it is in no way expected. Due to the nature of our learning, our students go through a lot of supplies. We happily order and buy supplies regularly, but these are some of the most frequently needed items.
January 12th: Last day to work on Abstract Cell Pictures
ASSESSMENT-PARTS OF THE CELL
January 19th: Tentative due date for Fairy Tale Projects (not yet introduced to kids)
January 21st: POP Day
January 22nd: Last day to pay the full amount for Cinderella at the ASF
January 27th: Cinderella at the ASF!
February 1: (Hopefully) Collect all supplies for Classroom Pet
Classroom Pet(s) Announcements!
Thanks to a donation by a parent, community 5 will be getting a very young bunny on Tuesday or Wednesday (January 12-13). This parent is providing the supplies for the bunny as well.
This does not, however, change our plans to procure a hamster. Several parents have signed up, and even sent in, supplies already. I am so grateful for the enormous amount of support I have had on this project. Thank you all! There are still several spots for supplies left - especially for the cage - and the link to sign up can be found below:
Students are more than likely telling you that they will be able to take the pets home, and that is true. Students will need to have permission via a form, and we will pull names out a hat at the beginning of the week to see who will take the pet home. Classroom pets must be picked up at school. The stress of walking them home or sending them on a bus can be detrimental to their health, so parents will have to come into the school to acquire the pet. Supplies will be sent home for pet care, and the pet should be brought back again on Monday. The form mentioned about should be sent home next week barring any setbacks.