News from Room 305

April 8, 2016

Reading & Writing

Students continued to research about serving chocolate milk in schools. While reading a couple of the articles students noticed the authors' choices in vocabulary such as "attack" used instead of debate or discussion. They continued to add evidence to their essays and focused on how to relate the quote or fact back to their claims. Students should now have three body paragraphs and have a start on their introductions and conclusions.

Students also took their Spring I-Ready Reading and Math assessments on Monday and Tuesday.


We're wrapping up Chapter 9: Algebra Patterns and Graphing. The test will be next Tuesday or Wednesday. Students completed an investigation on Tuesday where they recorded the temperature change in a cup of water when three ice cubes were added. The data students collected was turned into x,y coordinate pairs and plotted to create line graphs. Students took their thinking a step further and made inferences about what would happen to the temperature if the experiment was continued for additional time. Later in the week, students problem solved multi-step situations where creating a table was useful.

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


Students learned about the nervous and excretory systems at the beginning of the week. Later they found out how scientists classify all living things - kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species. Students read a short article explaining the purpose of using scientific names, instead of common or nicknames. They also learned how to use a dichotomous key to identify plants and animals.

Next Week's Specials' Calendar:

Monday, April 11 - Day 3: Art

Tuesday, April 12 - Day 4: Library

Wednesday, April 13 - Day 1: Music

Thursday, April 14 - Day 2: PE

Friday, April 15 - Day 3: Art

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:

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:


Week of 4/11 - 5th Grade English/Language Arts MAP Test

4/19-5th Grade Radical Challenge field trip

4/21-Culver’s Night- Cancelled - Come to Science Night instead (5-7pm) See projects from LO's Science Club and more!


5/2-5/6 - 5th Grade Science and Math MAP Test

5/4 - CiCi’s Pizza Night, 4:30-8:00 pm

5/5 - Open House & Art Show, 5:30 pm

5/10 - PTA General Meeting, 7:00 pm

5/11 - 5th Grade Picnic

5/12 - All Pro Dads 7:10 AM - LGIR

5/13 - 5th Grade Picnic 11:30-12:30

5/19 - 5th Grade Recognition Breakfast, 8:30 am – 9:30 am

5/23 - Early Release & Last Day of School, 11:50 am

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