The Putney Post
West Homer Elementary--5th Grade
Dates to Remember
January 7-18 Ed Performance Testing
January 11- Geography Bee 9:30 a.m.
January 25- Duct Tape Day
I miss your kids! It has been a wonderful Winter Break, but I am so excited to start the spring semester with your fifth graders tomorrow. Our last week of school in December was an eventful one. We completed our family Christmas presents, finished reading The City of Ember, finished our math unit on polygons/angles, and learned how to draw from one and two point perspective with a guest art teacher, Nadya Klingel. The last day of the semester we had our holiday party and fifth grade movie night. It was a fun and eventful week!
This week we will be starting fresh with new units all around. In reading we will be starting to read Wonder by: R.J. Palacio. This book covers the topics of bullying, friendship, betrayal, and overcoming challenges. As we read Wonder this quarter students will be meeting regularly to have literature circle discussions. In math we will begin our unit on fractions! Students will be adding, subtracting, and comparing fractions. We will start out our persuasive writing unit by writing an essay about which we enjoyed more: The City of Ember book or movie. Finally, in social studies we will be comparing the original 13 colonies and creating group billboards to encourage others to "move to our colony".
Performance Series Assessment
All fifth and sevenths grade students in the KPBSD will be taking an online test through EdPerfromance, a computer based assessment. These tests give us a general understanding of where kids are at in reading, writing and math. We will take the math portion of the test this Wednesday, the writing portion of the test on Thursday, and the reading portion next week.
We share our music and P.E. teachers with Paul Banks, so every semester our special schedule is changed around a bit. Below is the spring special schedule for our class.
Appropriate Outdoor Clothing
Spelling and Vocabulary Practice
Play games and get extra practice with our weekly spelling and vocabulary words on SpellingCity.com. If you need your child's password please let me know!