Collins & Co. Room 204

Week Thirty-Two (April 27 - May 1)


Welcome to May!

After all the musical performances and field trips last week, we returned to our normal schedule this week. The students have been working hard to earn points in our Civil War simulation and have even earned a couple extra recesses this week!

Today the students completed the first session of the Math End of Year PARCC test. I am proud of their hard work and positive attitudes. Please take a look at the upcoming dates below for the rest of the PARCC dates. Please schedule appointments around these times.

We've done our best to enjoy the nice weather by taking some of our learning out to the courtyard.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ms. Collins and Mrs. Cucco


This week we continued to look at geometrical pictures as puzzles. Students learned by doing and teaching. They were able to show their knowledge by helping out a classmate. We practiced giving hints and ideas, instead of just telling the answer.

Students also incorporated technology into their learning by making a Google Doc Drawing about their favorite type of quadrilateral.

We are applying the rules of all quadrilaterals we've learned already, but added in trapezoids this week as well.

We will review these concepts again on Monday before taking our Chapter 13b test on Wednesday. (We have Cinco de Mayo Art Adventure during math on Tuesday!)

Math Interventionists Webpage for Helpful Links

This website was created as a resource for you at home to go to look for ideas to help your students.

Think Central- Math in Focus Link

Here you can find the virtual text book, workbook pages, and online tutorials. The log in information is on the first page of your students assignment notebook. Find more information on our classroom website by clicking the "Math in Focus" link.

Reading/Social Studies/Civil War Simulation

It is now 1863. So far it seems as if the Confederacy has the upper hand. They are winning battle after battle while Lincoln struggles to find a good general for the Union. Then, Lee decides to invade the North and attack at Gettysburg. The battle rages on for three days, but after Pickett's Charge fails, the Union wins a major victory. Though this battle results in devastating losses on both sides, it becomes a turning point in the war.

Students are beginning to memorize The Gettysburg Address and are excited about a poetry project that will give us more exposure to the famous speech. By memorizing the speech, students have the opportunity to earn points for their team. This is an exciting fifth grade activity!

We also read the book, "Thank you, Sarah" to learn about how Thanksgiving came to be a national holiday. This happened during the Civil War. (Ask your student for more information!)

Archive Projects

This week we spent some time talking about long term project planning. The students thought of all the steps needed to complete their projects. This should help them find the time to complete their projects without leaving it all for the very last minute.

We went to the library this week to check out books for their archive projects. The students need at least one book as a source for their projects. If your student is struggling to find information, please consider visiting the Northbrook Public Library as well as our website for links to great resources.

Reminder that projects are due no later than next Friday! However, if projects are done sooner they are welcome in anytime!

Writing Workshop

This week we talked about how to choose subtopics for our writing projects. Students drafted lists and ideas that they know a lot about, as well as what they want to still learn about to include in their books. Students started drafting their ideas in Google Docs to get their projects started!

Ask your Student about:

  • Civil War simulation
  • 1863's tough Jeopardy battle
  • "Thank you, Sarah"
  • Reading in the courtyard
  • Learning The Gettysburg Address
  • Gettysburg Poetry Project
  • Their Archive Projects

Things to come:

  • Tuesday, May 5th
  • 8:45-11:50: Art Adventure- Cinco de Mayo

  • Monday, May 11
  • PTO Meeting
  • PARCC test (10:20-11:45)

  • Tuesday, May 12
  • PARCC test (10:20-11:45)

  • Wednesday, May 13
  • Book Fair

  • Thursday, May 14
  • Guided Tour Night
  • Book Fair

  • Saturday, May 16
  • HOH 5K Walk/Run