Weekly Newsletter

Mrs. Roy's and Mrs. Ozar's Class

January 8th

Happy New Year! We started off the new year reflecting on our successes and setting goals for the new year. We welcomed three new fifth graders this week too!

This Week

Social Studies: The students have begun our unit on the Colonization of North America. This week they learned about the mystery of Roanoke Colony and today they participated in an archaeological dig simulation where they had to develop theories about the objects they found and what they reflected about the people who used them.

Math 5: The students have begun work on long division. They received a packet I will make assignments from in order to give more practice. We will be using the traditional method of dividing.

Math 6: Students are working on fraction operations. Adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators has been challenging many of the students, so we're taking some time to work on that skill. Mixed numbers also get added in this year, these require an extra step and a lot of computation accuracy.

Language Arts: Reading: Students set up their reader response journals for the entries that are due this week and the coming weeks. Many students are working on reading biographies for their POOT person.

In writing, our focus is research skills that tie into our POOT project. We'll work on taking notes, crediting sources, paraphrasing, and organizing information.

Science: Students started their investigations with mixtures and solutions. This week we separated mixtures using screens and coffee filters. Next week we will be trying to separate solutions. We also started Science in the News. I am encouraging the students to look through magazines, newspapers and online for articles related to science. We will be sharing them with the class.

Spelling/Wordly Wise: We will be starting up our spelling and Wordly Wise next week.

Upcoming Events

1/13-22-Pennies for Patients collection

1/18- No School MLK Jr. Day

1/22- International festival

1/27 Blood Drive

1/29 No School

2/5-Mardi Gras Casino Night