May Newsletter Fifth Grade

Mrs. Bassett Mr. Butler Ms. Slattery

May is commencement time at our universities! Check out the photos and videos below to learn more about that great occasion!

President Obama Speaks at The Ohio State University Commencement Ceremony
Ohio State Spring Commencement 2013
University of Tennessee Student Receives Graduation Surprise (2009)
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Class rings are a tradition that unites the Norwich community
Congratulations to Norwich's Class of 2012!

WONDER by R.J. Palacio

Explore the links below to learn more about one of our favorite books!
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Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Listen to a great interview with R.J. Palacio on NPR's All Things Considered.

Explore R.J. Palacio's web page.

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Another great read... Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school-but NO ONE knows it.

Most people-her teachers and doctors included-don't think she's capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows. But she can't. She can't talk. She can't walk. She can't write.

Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind-that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice . . . but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.

From multiple Coretta Scott King Award winner Sharon M. Draper comes a story full of heartache and hope. Get ready to meet a girl whose voice you'll never, ever forget.

Learn more about the Plains Indians below!

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Learn about how chocolate is made by watching the video below!

How chocolate is made
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Fifth graders will begin the Too Good for Drugs program this month!

Too Good for Drugs - Grade 5

Fifth Graders will aim for the stars as they practice peer pressure refusal skills and explore positive and negative norms. Students will learn how to set reachable goals and achieve them and demonstrate effective communication skills. Lessons will give students the opportunity to predict the consequences of the decisions they make and examine the effects of making healthy choices.

Too Good for Drugs & Violence
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Fifth Grade Math Practice Links

PEMDAS anyone???

You know you can't wait to explore this month's new Storyworks article. Great information about sharks to be found below!

Click below to read Saving the great white monster.

Watch the Great White Monster video below!

Or would you rather listen to the article?

Geology rocks! Check out the great Bill Nye video below!

8G - Rocks and weathering - Bill Nye

Our smile for this month... Elias!

When Ellen Met Elias