News from Room 305

May 6, 2016

Pictures for the 5th Grade Breakfast Slideshow

Please send a kindergarten and a recent photo of your child to Pam Lueders, LO Counselor ( by Monday, May 9. Thank you to those who have already done so. They are so cute!

Upcoming 5th Grade Events

Friday, May 13-Fifth Grade Picnic (12:00 to 1:00; for fifth graders only) Our 5th grade picture will also be taken this day, so please have your child wear his/her orange shirt.

Thursday, May 19-Fifth Grade Breakfast (8:30 to 9:30 A.M.; for fifth graders and their parents.)

Monday, May 23-Tentative Last Day of School (7:35-11:50 A.M.) At the end the school day, the fifth grade students will walk through the halls to wave goodbye to everyone.

Reading, Writing, Social Studies

Early in the week, students completed a close read of two short historical passages with differing viewpoints. Using clues from the texts and their background knowledge of the Civil War, students determined that one author was a proponent of slavery and the other was against slavery. Students learned about the Missouri Compromise and the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which contributed to the Kansas-Missouri Border War. Reading about how the term "Jayhawker" evolved over time, was a highlight of Friday.

Several literature circle groups completed their Civil War historical fiction novel today. I have really enjoyed listening to the conversations amongst students as these stories helped to bring the War to life. Students will complete a follow-up assignment reflecting about the conflicts their main characters' faced and as well as their resolutions.

Today, students began planning a "What Liberty Oaks Means to Me" essay. They started by sharing favorite memories and creating lists or webs. Then students grouped memories that shared a similar theme. They will flash-draft this essay on Monday.


Students completed the MAP Math and Science Tests on Monday - Thursday of this week. To continue our study of volume, students used unifex cubes to determine how many options could be created for a 16 sq ft flower bed. Using an organized list helped to ensure students found all combinations. On Thursday, students acted as packaging specialists for a crayon company and were asked to determine the best box (out of ten options) to ship packages of crayons. Teams did a wonderful job using what they knew about volume and testing the various ways that the crayons could be packed to find the most efficient use of space. They also raised questions about needing cushioning and commented that some boxes left gaps, which would cause the product to break. Students wrote a paragraph recommendation that included both the mathematical and logical reasoning. Teachers from Discovery Middle School visited our classroom on Thursday morning and got the opportunity to see and hear this great math thinking in action!

If your child has not yet achieved 100% multiplication/division fact fluency, please have him/her continue to use Reflex Math nightly.


Tracking the growth of our corn plants has been the highlight of the week. Students were impressed the the significant growth since Monday. The fifth graders have been doing an awesome job working with the second graders and teaching them to read to the nearest tenth of a centimeter. Fifth graders are tracking their data in a Google Sheet and are excited to use the 'chart' feature.

Next Week's Specials' Calendar:

Monday, May 9 - Day 1: Music

Tuesday, May 10 - Day 2: PE

Wednesday, May 11 - Day 3: Art

Thursday, May 12 - Day 4: Library

Friday, May 13 - Ballet

Upcoming Events:


5/10 - PTA General Meeting, 7:00 pm

5/11 - 5th Grade Picnic

5/12 - All Pro Dads 7:10 AM - LGIR

5/13 - 5th Grade Picnic 11:30-12:30

5/19 - 5th Grade Recognition Breakfast, 8:30 am – 9:30 am

5/23 - Early Release & Last Day of School, 11:50 am

Sign up for Camp Invention

Camp Invention July 11-15, 2016

Since 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from

ordinary to extraordinary!

In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Liberty Oaks is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through six. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules. The week begins on July 11 with Dr. Matthew Krohne, Innovation and Learning Coach, serving as Director of the Epic™ program!

Here is how young innovators will be spending their time:

  • Brainstorming
  • product ideas and building original prototypes using real tools and components found in everyday devices
  • Exploring the lives of giant insects, colorful animals and their environments
  • Constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered cricket with a unique habitat
  • Discovering the science of slime, demolition, electronic sound, giant squid and coding

All activities give participants the opportunity to be a part of something big while having fun!

Local educators will facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high school students will serve as Leadership Interns ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children. Register on or before March 21, 2016 to receive $25 OFF the base price.

Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit or

call 800.968.4332 to secure your child’s spot today!

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Contact Information:

Laura Perryn

(816)736-5600 x.2637