Mrs. Rosenberger's Fifth Grade

September 11, 2015

Starting to Get in the Flow

This week we really tried to get into our routines. It's been difficult due to some technological problems. Ask the kids. The computers all hate me.

In reading, we began a study of nonfiction text features like diagrams, graphs, headings, and maps. We watched some YouTube videos, both as a class and independently. We are working on a mini booklet of the different features. Next week we will have some more activities on this topic and a quiz near the end of the week on the features. I will give the kids a take home sheet of the features they should know, and post that on my website when I announce the test.

In science we learned about the scientific method by completing a flipped assignment. What that means is that the kids watched a video to explain the topic and answer some basic questions to show how much they understood. Then we used the basic knowledge gained from that by completing an experiment helping to explain why water is sticky. It also created some cool art projects.

This week, the students have been given a choice of ways to practice their spelling words. They can play the games I have assigned on Spelling city or they can make choices from the paper choice board. We have a subscription to spelling city in our class, but the other classes have not received theirs yet. (I purchased one last year and it has not yet expired) This means that the kids have user names and passwords to use.

Some Important Details

Book Orders

Book orders are a great way to get more books for your child to read throughout the school year. Remember, reading is improved by practicing, just like any other skill.

I sent home the first book order of the year last Thursday. If you would like to order directly online, go to Use my class code which is H6VBD. Deadline for orders is Sept 16.

Weekly Folders

Weekly folders are coming home today!

I put any completed paper assignments from the week in the folder. I also will put in important papers from me or from the office. Please take out the papers and return the folder to me on Monday.

Getting to know your child

I sent a link home earlier asking for some insight into your child and what makes them so special. I still need quite a few responses. If you could help me out by clicking on this link, I'd love to hear from you.
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Patiently watching the water rise through the filter. Notice some of the expressions on their faces when they noticed what was happening!
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Ask your kids what happened in this experiment!

Mrs. Rosenberger

I've been teaching at Halifax Elementary for 25 years. I've taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades as well as computers for grades 2-6. I'm married and have two children, a daughter who is graduating from Juniata College in December, and an 18-year-old son who just started as a freshman at Geneva College near Pittsburgh. When I am not teaching, thinking about teaching, or looking for new ideas to help my teaching, I love to read and crochet.