What Are We Doing This Week?
Special Announcements and Reminders
***Fifth grade will be taking our field trip on this Wednesday, May 17th to Fernald Visitors Center. We will be learning about different ecosystms, what they do at the preserve, and the Cold War. Students need to dress to be outside. It can get muddy! Please make sure the kids have a disposable packed lunch. We will not be saving anything to take back on the bus. Smaller drinks are appreciated or the majority gets thrown away. They may bring sunglasses or hats as long as they are responsible for their own items. No cell phones or electronics will be allowed.
***Dr. Ken Pahren and Lisa Steiner will be in to talk to the students this week. Please be sure to follow-up with these conversations at home. Mr. Pahren will be here for the boys on Tuesday and Mrs. Steiner will be here for the girls on Friday.
We have our last math test on Tuesday of this week. It will cover expressions, the coordinate plane, and the order of operations.
Students will be receiving a summer math packet at some point before the last day of school. Although this is not required, I strongly encourage the kids to work on this. The packet will review the major concepts learned in 5th grade and will help bridge the gap into 6th grade. Any student who brings the completed packet back to me on the first day of school in August will get a treat.
Students need to know their multiplication facts for upper-level math classes. Therefore, we will continue doing timed tests every other Friday. This is about helping them remember or learn their facts rather than completing them quickly. Any help and practice at home is always appreciated.
***Students can find tutorials for math concepts on the 5th grade webpage. The link is under "math" and "pageLinks" as well. There is also always a mini tutorial for every math lesson located on the ConnectED site. This is a good way for students to see how a concept is taught. Maybe they forget how to do a problem once they get home from school? Maybe they need to see problems completed a different way? Use this resource! Students will be given their ConnectEd login information this week, and I will also be giving it out to parents at open house.
There will be no story this week. We will finish reading a chapter book, Number the Stars. Students will be tested over the book on Tuesday.
Students have also started research over a person of their choice. They will use this research to write a biography that will be due on May 12th.
***Students have usernames and passwords for both www.readtheory.org and www.noredink.com. These websites can be used at home for extra reading and English practice. I can view student progress through the teacher account. It is a great tool for everyone!
We are completing a couple of STEM projects this week. Right now students are working on airplanes using paper and paperclips to see if they can make them fly 12 feet.
Our last spelling test will be on Friday of this week.