NCE 5th Grade Newsletter
December 4, 2015
Don't forget to enter our class code NB7KF. The November Order will be due Monday, December 7th. Email Mrs. Mata if your order is a gift and you would like to pick it up without your student knowing.
Reading Round Up
As your students may have shared with you, we are studying the classic Dickens story "A Christmas Carol" for the remainder of our time before winter break. We have watched a variety of versions, from "Mickey's Christmas Carol" to a youtube video "Minecraft Christmas Carol." I encourage you to get reacquainted with this timeless tale by watching your favorite version and discussing it with your student. We are focusing our discussion on why this story is still being told, and why it has been "translated" into so many different forms.
Next week we will have our second major assessment which will cover myths and drama. We have been preparing this week by reading short plays and answering STAAR style questions about them. The best way to help your student be successful on these assessments is to make sure they are reading nightly to build reading stamina, comprehension, and vocabulary. We have also been discussing how to read test questions carefully and interpret what the test writer is asking.
This week the students began to brainstorm ideas for their myth. They created a brainstorming list full of things that they value. In addition, we discussed the importance in crafting a myth that reflects our culture today. They will craft a fictional story that follows a plot diagram. The students will incorporate setting, conflict, rising action, falling action, resolution, and characters. They will also create their own constellation in the sky after they have written their story. The constellation will be directly connected to their myth. The students are eager to begin writing!
We will continue to work on our myth writing next week.
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Math in a Minute
Mathletics is a great website for math tutorials and extra practice. Students should have their username and password glued into the front of their math notebook.
From the Science Lab
We are currently working on Formation of Fossil Fuels. Our lab today included an activity on layering sediments to simulate coal formation.
The Forces and Motion Experiment Assignment will be due on Friday, December 4th. Have a great weekend!
Behavior Check Lists
Pre-AP Informational Meeting
Monday, Jan. 11th 2016 at 10am
Katy ISD Education Support Complex
SAVE THE DATE!
What - Pre-AP: A Bridge to Advanced Placement
Who - Parents of students in Grade 5
Why - To learn about secondary advanced academic course options
When - Monday, January 11, 2016 (3 sessions to choose from: 10am, 1pm, or 7pm)
Where - Katy ISD Education Support Complex
More information to come in a few weeks.
Adopt A Hero
Student Council is going to be collecting gifts for wounded soldiers and their families through the Adopt A Hero for Christmas charity. The gifts can be for anyone (baby to adult) so finding something is pretty easy. We will start collecting after the Thanksgiving Break (Hint: Black Friday would be a good time to pick up a gift to donate).