5th Grade Newsletter
· 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.
What We Are Doing In Spanish Class
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?
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
In geography, three of five United States regions have been memorized leaving only twelve more capitals and postal abbreviations to go!
Fractions, Decimals, and Percents!
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.
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.
Evan Davis holds up the storyboard that he created about the life of a piece of paper; he will use his storyboard when he begins writing his first draft.
Maya Mandy begins her draft about a crayon and Nate Zimmerman starts writing his story about a clock.
Mrs. Beasley's homeroom waits for Mrs. Weible to pronounce the first word of the spelling bee.
LOST and (hopefully soon to be) FOUND!
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.
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!