5th Grade Newsletter

Recorder practice

5th graders practiced to play a Korean folk song at the Taste of the World, Jan. 29.

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Recital Assembly

· Recital Assembly coming up March 7, 8:15 a.m. Applications available Feb. 8 online.


Fifth grade has been preparing for the upcoming Revolutionary War Talk Show. When deciding on the perfect background to eventually be used in place of the green screen, fifth-graders learned how to download, save, and send a jpeg image as an attachment in an email.

Spanish Class

5th grade

What We Are Doing In Spanish Class

January, 2016

Theme: Mis amigos y yo (My friends and I) ¿Y tú? ¿Cómo eres?

(What are you like?)

Objectives: At the end of January, your child should be able to do the following:

  • Talk about personality traits
  • Ask and answer questions such as, what people are like?
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Spanish class at Louisville collegiate School (5B Class)
5B Spanish Class

Science Rules!

The New Year has allowed the fifth graders to make a Google Slide show and model presentation of their many hours of work on the topic of a chosen natural disaster. Not only do our fifth graders educate their classmates on factual information about hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, avalanches and volcanoes, but these topics lead to good discussions on how to prepare for any disaster one may encounter. Fifth grade is a year filled with leadership opportunities. Through our study of preparing for various natural disasters, fifth graders are reminded of the importance of setting a good example of behavior for our younger students during fire, tornado, and lockdown drills. As a family, this is a perfect time to discuss your own emergency plans. Our next exploration will return fifth graders to our use of Lego Robotics which were introduced to students in fourth grade. Fifth graders will be challenged by more advanced programming this year and they will prepare for the new Lego robotics devices and programs which they will learn in middle school. During the last week of February, our students will spend a fun week of “who done it?” mysteries and forensics activities.

We the People

We the People of the Collegiate Fifth Grade, in order to form a more perfect class...learned about the Constitution and its creators. Coming soon to a link near you, our Tech Team will be sharing videos of the annual 1700s Talk Show with this year's host Caesar Flickerman. We also participated in two tobacco trading simulations - one before the British blockade and one during the British blockade. Ask your child about how a war can affect even a farmer's wife.

In geography, three of five United States regions have been memorized leaving only twelve more capitals and postal abbreviations to go!

Counselors Corner

We have been busy packing important work into our recent Cornerstones classes! The 5th graders have been working on the topic of relational aggression with lessons and curriculum created by the Ophelia Project. The Ophelia Project seeks to "empower kids in Kindergarten through High School to identify, assess, and reduce relational aggression. Through the use of anecdotes, group activities, and reflections, kids will develop strategies for creating safe social climates and maintaining healthy friendships". We have brainstormed and discussed different types of physical, verbal, and relational aggression and ways that they have experienced aggression in their own personal relationships. We have worked on role playing different social conflicts and scenarios and recently read the book "My Secret Bully" by Trudy Ludwig. The groups have been engaged in rich and dynamic discussion with each other in our small groups. If you are interested in learning more about this important social emotional topic or how to begin a discussion at home jump on over to the website at www.opheliaproject.org/. I have continued to be amazed at the enthusiasm and openness in which the students engage with the presented materials and topics. What a fabulous group of learners!

Fractions, Decimals, and Percents!

These fabulous fifth grade math students have tackled our latest unit with enthusiasm! Students have concentrated on converting among these notations, employing a variety of strategies and methods. I am impressed with the growth and application of their numerations skills. Some kids even got creative with snow day math! Lailey's marshmallows and Masha's fractions are below.

Weekly Math Morning attendance is up, look for the dates on Veracross! Math Mornings are Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on the week, at 7:20. Students can get support with specific skills or review general concepts.

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Language Arts

During the month of January, we explored the use of personification and thought a lot about what it would be like to be pencils, books, chairs, tissues, and other common objects. What does a bag of chips fear? What is a light bulb's biggest pet peeve? When does a sweatshirt feel most proud? To help us with our understanding, Mrs. Holtzman-Rich shared with us her story about a pencil called From One Point to Another. We also read the illustrated books The Little Red Pen by Janet Stevens and The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt. Now, each of us are in the process of writing our own story about the life of a personified object.

This month we also learned new vocabulary and spelling words that are related to positives and negatives. For example, words like bounty, bona fide, and virtue have positive connotations; words like arduous, hazardous and maltreatment have negative connotations. In addition to these new words, we were introduced to three more roots and two more prefixes.

During the last week of January, homeroom spelling bees were conducted during Language Arts time. Homeroom winners Amelia Davis (Beck), Walker King (Beasley) and Maya Mandy (Holtzman-Rich) will go on to compete in the school-wide spelling bee on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 1:00 in the auditorium! Please wish these three students the best of luck!

Important dates to remember:
Our Battle Book projects are due Wednesday, February, 10.
Author Katherine Applegate is visiting on Wednesday, February 17.
Author Deborah Hopkinson is visiting on Friday, March 11.

LOST and (hopefully soon to be) FOUND!

Dear Parents,

If your child is missing any articles of clothing, we will have a table located outside the Lower School office with items from the Lost & Found. The table will be up from Tuesday, February 9 through Tuesday, February 16.

Beginning on February 17, unclaimed uniforms will go to the used uniform closet in the Lower School. Other unclaimed clothing will be donated to Byck Elementary School. Please contact Claire Elder with any questions about Lost & Found.

Physical Education

The fifth-grade Physical Education classes have been working on fitness development since our return from the holidays. Students practiced proper techniques for the Pacer, crunches, pushups and shoulder and back flexibility. We have also added fitness development into our aerobic games by incorporating the four fitness components (cardiovascular fitness, muscular fitness, muscular endurance and flexibility) into our games. Students took a practice fitness assessment to evaluate areas of strength and areas that need improvement. They will continue working on the four fitness components throughout the year in daily warmups and activities with special focus on individual areas of improvement. We look forward to units in Off the Wall (a team passing game), Team Handball and Floor Hockey.

February kicks off the annual Healthy Heart Month program coordinated by the Collegiate Physical Education Department. Parents please check email for program details. The Healthy Heart Month Letter, exercise credit form, and calendar of ideas are provided as attachments to the email message. We invite students and families to participate in the Healthy Heart Month program and join in the fun!