Collins & Co. Room 204

Week 12 update: November 9th - November 13th

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Hi Parents,

We had a very busy week but somehow we got it all in, even with a day off of school!

The students took some time to do a good kindness deed for their fellow fifth graders. After reading Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler we made locker tags for each fifth grader to surprise them on Friday for "World Kindness Day". We discussed how it felt much better to give out the good deeds, or compliments, than it did to receive them. It even went with our quote of the day, "No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted", Aesop.

Two groups of students were so inspired that they wrote skits about kindness. We will share these with our buddies next week!

Have a great weekend,

Ms. Collins and Mrs. Cucco


We continued to study fractions this week. We took a small step back to review unlike, like, and equivalent fractions from last year. Students chose different games to play and found their confidence increasing from the extra practice.

Students also learned about relationships between fractions, mixed numbers, and division expressions. We discussed several strategies to convert between all of them and most importantly their orders in each set up.

Next week they will learn about converting fractions to decimals. They will also participate in some fun Thanksgiving themed math activities.

Supports for Students - D28 Family Math Connections

Click here to access the math links.

Reading Workshop

This week students learned about the Sign Post, "Words of the Wiser". This is when an older and wiser character stops to talk to the main character to give them some serious advice. Students learned that as readers they should, Stop and Notice and Note this moment. They should ask themselves, "What's the life lesson and how might it affect the character?" The lesson or advice will often lead us to the them or moral of the story!

We liked to call these moments, "Yoda Moments" since he is so good at giving advice!

Next week we will learn about our last fiction sign post: "Memory Moments".

Notice and Note - Words of the Wiser

Science Lab

This week in science lab students participated in a cooking mining project. They learned about the true costs of mining, the effects it has on the environment, and the cost-benefit relationship of nonrenewable resources in mining.

The students were very excited to "mine" their chocolate chip cookies to find out what fate their cookies held!

Ask your Student about:

• Music Songs

• Winter Sing parts

• Spanish Food Vocabulary

Auggie and Me- The beginning of Christopher's perspective

• Voice Levels in the hallway

• Ecology project

Things to come:

  • Friday, November 20th
  • First Trimester Ends

  • Monday, November 23rd
  • Thanksgiving Recess Begins

  • Thursday, November 30th
  • Thanksgiving Day

  • Friday, December 4th
  • Report Cards Distributed