Weekly Update

Mrs. Keely Aman 5/5/2016

Classroom Updates

Well we did it! Our MAP testing and state testing are over and the kiddos rocked! Parents, thanks so much for supporting them, getting them to bed early, and sending them in with full bellies.


Academics

In Reading we have been focusing on identifying themes and main ideas in texts. Students have been using a website called Newsela. We are reading a variety of articles, focusing on finding proof for our thoughts and defending our stance. As we wrap this part of reading later this week we will be moving into a deeper study of text structures and how to identify them in our reading. Again, finding the main idea and proving our thoughts is key. This reading unit goes very well with writing. Our persuasive unit is just about complete and we will roll into an editorial type of research to round out the year. In Math, Chapter 8, our unit on Geometry is just about finished; we will test this week before moving on to our last unit for the year, story problems (Chapter 6). Science has us exploring Earth and its relationship to the sun. We will finish up this unit Friday when students present their final projects for the unit. If you have any questions on the science project, please let me know. Each student has a rubric to follow with guiding questions to perform the research. Forces and Motion is our next big unit in science; and then we have one final chapter to cover for our unit on body systems. Students will participate in a one to two day class covering puberty. Information on this unit will be coming home shortly. Finally, Social Studies has the students learning about the issues that led up to the Revolutionary War. Today, we begin our work on the Revolution itself. We will spend a little more than a week on the Revolution before testing; and we will wrap the year with Creating a new Government and how it works.


As the year winds down there are a few dates to make note of. Tuesday June 14 will be our end of the year celebration for Fifth Grade. We are planning a day trip to celebrate all the hard work done this year and the new adventures ahead of the kids as they move into middle school. More details will be coming home this week. Additionally, our Fifth Grade graduation ceremony will take place on the last day of school, June 15. We will begin in the gym in the morning and will end with clap out for the Fifth Grade. The last day is a half day of school.


Happenings


May 30 - Memorial Day - no school

June 14 - Fifth Grade party

June 15 - Last day of school; early release


Thanks again for all your support!


Keely