5th Grade Newsletter
Social Studies - Have map will travel!
The Pilgrims received a little sympathy this month while we tried to simulate their journey by working as teams in "ships" built to scale.
Our travels to the refugee center was a lot like touring foreign countries. I'm so proud of how the students talked, mimed, helped, and made friends with newly arrived immigrants.
To kick off our upcoming Revolutionary War Unit we are heading to the Frazier History Museum December 11. Not only will we see the exhibits and take a class on The Intolerable Acts, we will see a portrayal of a Revolutionary War hero. Hopefully this will fire the students up for the dramatic presentation they will be making next quarter. More information will come about the Revolutionary War Talk Show in January.
Math- There's more than one way to solve that problem!
It is a pleasure to see fifth grade math students so happy and engaged in math class! We have been busy strengthening our numeration skills, learning multiple methods for division, and practicing self-reflection and self-assessment skills. Students are solidifying skills while playing games with classmates. In Angle Tangle, students estimate the measurement of an angle drawn by a friend, and then measure to check the accuracy of their estimate. In First to 100, students practice variable substitution and solving equations. This is a fun way to introduce pre-algebraic thinking!
Just a reminder of weekly Math Mornings! Students can come get extra support every week. Each Monday the Math Morning date is posted and they take place on either Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on the week.
We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and fewer students are studying it than a decade ago.
That’s why our entire school is once again joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.
The Hour of Code, organized by the nonprofit Code.org and over 100 others, is a statement that today’s generation of students are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success. See http://hourofcode.com/us for details, and help spread the word.
"Now I know that coding is in many video games, and is very important for making things with computers. I also had a lot of fun over the hour, it didn't even feel like an hour!" --Gillen
"I never knew that programming and coding could require so much patience. I used to think that Minecraft was easy to make. Now I know you really need to use common sense to code." --Lailey
"I still wonder how long it takes to code one big world in a video game." --Robert
Science Researchers Rule!
Fifth grade scientists have been busy researching a variety of natural disaster topics this past several weeks with the support of science instructor Melissa Martin, media specialist Sara Franks, and tech support instructor Nicole Glover. This challenging project requires each student to conduct intense research using school designated websites, print resources, and proper citation methods. The information gathered and placed on Google share documents will result team project that will include a Google slide show and creation of a model related to their studies. Coming in January will be the premier showings and the return of Lego Robotics!
After the holidays, the fifth grade classes will learn aerobic games, step aerobics and begin units in either team handball, off the wall or floor hockey. We hope everyone has a wonderful, active holiday with family and friends.
"So far the movie was good, but it left out some really important parts. Watching the movie is showing us how sometimes it's necessary to make cuts when making a movie." -Masha Shtapova
"I really don't like the movie because it left out some of the best parts." -Woodford Ragland
"The movie was very different from the book." -Colin Grant
"I didn't like the way Mars Bar was portrayed in the movie." -Elijah Reigelman
"The movie is good but it's different from what I expected." -Jane Moore
"I'm sad that they didn't include Grayson because he was a big part of the book." -Jackson Rue
"The movie is not at all how I imagined it when I read the book." -Ike Johnson
"Even though the movie cut some important parts from the book, the movie added some scenes that helped you forget what was taken out." -Pye Boden
Before break, I introduced the students to our Library holiday challenge - to read six of the hottest 2016 Newbery contenders over the break (the winner of the medal will be announced in January), and to tell us which book they think should take the top prize. Those who guess the book that wins will be entered into a drawing for a prize of their own. If you're still looking for a good Christmas gift for a 5th grade reader, consider these books!
The titles in the challenge are:
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Bradley
Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Garcia Williams
What going on in Spanish class in November and December.
Theme: What do you like to do?
At the end of this period 5th grade are able to:
· Talk about activities they like and don’t like to do.
· Ask others what they like to do.
Cultural connections: The activities more popular in the Spanish countries: dances, outdoor café, and music. (Hispanic heritage)
Oral Assessment: Role play/Conversation in class and interview.
To see the student's works select the correct class.