Collins & Co. Room 204

Week Thirty-Six (June 1-5)


Can you believe it's already June?! This week was our last full-regular week of Greenbriar! We were busy from start to finish and can't believe how fast the week AND school year have gone.

Next week is a full school and Friday is a full day! We will be culminating our year with a pizza lunch (compliments of Ms. Collins and Mrs. Cucco) on Friday while we watch a movie. This time I am taking movie suggestions again from the class, and they are welcome to bring in any movie that is rated G for us to watch during our Pizza Party. We will also be celebrating the Union's Civil War victory on Friday. They will get a special surprise and an extra dessert during our party as their prize for winning the hard fought war!

Please see the schedule of events below for an outline of next week.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Collins and Mrs. Cucco


This week in Math, the students learned about Algebra. We talked about the basic principals of algebra and compared it to a teeter-tauter on the playground. It can go back and forth, but it's best when both sides are balanced. (A kindergartner wouldn't want to play with a 5th grader!) The students then became our human manipulatives by choosing a side to help balance out our students by choosing their favorite candies, colors they were wearing, etc.

We then used a program called Hands-On Equations, where they moved from concrete to abstract thinking to understand algebra. Students really enjoyed learning algebra and even said it was "fun"!

We also spent time learning about percentages. There are lots of fun games on our classroom website that helped us experiment and learn different strategies. Ask your student to help you find discounts or how much of a tip to leave this weekend!

Math Interventionists Webpage for Helpful Links

This website was created as a resource for you at home to go to look for ideas to help your students.

Think Central- Math in Focus Link

Here you can find the virtual text book, workbook pages, and online tutorials. The log in information is on the first page of your students assignment notebook. Find more information on our classroom website by clicking the "Math in Focus" link.


Literature groups continued this week, but we also focused on the Civil Rights Movement. We discussed the impact that Rosa Parks had on the era as well as the push towards integration.

We read the book, Boycott Blues which talked about the bus boycotts in Montgomery, Al. The students really enjoyed the illustrations and found the symbolism from start to finish.

Since we finished our read aloud book, How They Croaked, we read some of Ms. Collins' favorite picture books and talked about why they might be her favorite, although they were simple stories. (Ask your student about this!) This launched us into a review of what makes a good "Reader's Response" and more ideas of what to talk about in our literature discussion groups.

Writing Workshop

We're getting closer to the end of our Non-Fiction Informational Picture Books! This week we discussed complex sentences and made sure we went back to our books to add juicer sentences that are more engaging to read. These NFIP books will be coming home with your students in their writing binders next week for you to enjoy!


This week in Science, the students learned more about atoms and elements. They discovered that atoms always have as many protons as electrons and that there are more than just two shells of electrons. We learned the difference between atoms, elements, compounds and mixtures. The students diagramed different all of these these. Ask them to draw "table salt" for you!

We started a new research project. Each student is researching one element from the Periodic Table and coming up with clues to help us identify it!

In Science Lab, the students learned about making and using a hydrometer. A hydrometer is an instrument used to determine the density of liquids. They make one using a drinking straw, clay, and some bb's for ballasts. They used this to test the density of unknown solutions. They also leaned about acids and bases using pH levels.

Dress Code

Just a reminder, that as the weather gets warmer, the students are pulling out their summer clothes. We want to make sure that all students are comfortable at school. Please help your students make sure their summer clothes still fit appropriately from last year and send them to school in clothes that are appropriate as well as comfortable. Here is a copy of the district's dress code for your reference from the student handbook.

Students must wear modest, clean clothing appropriate for school or a special activity. Depending on the season of the year, shorts and short-sleeved shirts are permitted. The length of shorts and skirts should be at least mid-thigh. Pants are to be worn at the waistline and bare midriffs are prohibited. Hats, head coverings and sunglasses may not be worn in the school building. There may be authorized exceptions for particular events. Clothing with inappropriate or disrespectful words or pictures may not be worn to school. Any attire that distracts from the orderly school environment is not permitted.

Ask your Student about:

  • iBook Author
  • Chemistry
  • Why Einstein's brain was so special
  • ABC countdown- next week:
-Mon: Vacation T-shirt Day

-Tues: Wild Hair Day

-Wed: X-change Autographs- During 5th Grade Brunch: they'll get their yearbooks

-Thurs: Year End Celebration (Field Day)

-Fri: Zip up your back packs and go home!

  • Percentages and Algebra
  • Mrs. Green's baby!

Things to come:

  • Monday, June 8th
  • County Fair (5:45-7:45)

  • Wednesday, June 10th
  • 5th Grade Brunch (2-3pm)

  • Thursday, June 11th
  • Field Day: AM

  • Friday, June 12th
  • Last Day of School
  • End of Year Assembly (1pm)
  • Watch video yearbook (2pm)