Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Valentine's Party

Our class party will be February 14th at 2:20pm. Please click here  if you would like to donate an item to our party.   Students have been given a list of their classmates' names to use if they would  like to make cards.  If your child makes cards, please make sure they include all of the students in our class. 

Monday, January 22, 2018

January Update

Our students have done a great job starting 2018 off on the right foot.  Below you will find a summary of what we have been doing in class and where we are headed as we approach February. 

Writing- Students kicked off the new year learning about memoirs.  They have spent time going through their journals and identifying patterns in their writing.   We are focusing on writing about topics that are important in our lives. As we move into to February, we will transition into responding to literature. 

Reading- During reader's workshop, students have been making inferences and supporting their thinking using text clues and their background knowledge.  Students are encouraged to use this reading strategy when they read at home and as they write their reading responses.  

Math- We recently completed our unit on adding and subtracting fractions.  Our class did a great working with like and unlike fractions, as well as mixed numbers.  Our next unit will focus on decimals, but we will continue to work with fractions for the remainder of the year.  As always, it is imperative that all students know their basic multiplication facts.

Social Studies- Students researched and discussed different explorers and the reasons for their explorations.  As we read Blood on the River, we will discuss the first permanent colony, Jamestown. We will continue learning about Colonial America throughout the spring and will integrate what we learn into our future writing lessons. 

  • Our next Scholastic order is due this Wednesday, January 24th.  
  • Cimarron Elective Forms are due back February 2nd.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Winter Party and Book Exchange

Book Exchange
The last day before winter break, we will have a holiday book exchange in our classroom.  This activity is completely voluntary.   Students that would like to participate should bring in a new or gently used 5th grade appropriate chapter book.  The book should be wrapped as a present so that other students can not see the title.  Every student that brings  a book for the exchange, will receive a book.  If you are interested in donating a second book for a student that may not be able to bring one in, please let me know via email.  Books may be brought to school as soon as you have them ready.  All books MUST be in the classroom when school starts on December 21st.  

Winter Party
Our winter party will be held on December 21st from 2:15pm-3:15pm.  Please click here to sign up for treats and assistance.  The party is in the afternoon, so if you sign-up for something that needs to remain cold, please bring it around 2:10, as I do not have the ability to keep it cold in the classroom.  On the day of the party, students may bring in board games they would like to play with their classmates, as we watch a movie and enjoy a little down time with their classmates before heading off on winter break.  

Curriculum Update:

Reading- As we move into December, students will be focusing on finishing their first round of book clubs.  During this time, students are applying the reading strategies we have discussed in class to their own reading.  Each time the book clubs meet, students are given a specific focus such as identifying the questions they have or using evidence from the text to support their predictions.  Additionally, students are working to improve their communication and collaboration with the peers in their group.  You can support your student's reading growth by making sure they are reading at home for at least 20 minutes each night.  I have encouraged students to read aloud to improve their fluency.  

Writing- Our students did such an amazing job with the chocolate milk debate! I hope they have shared their findings with you.   As we begin new opinion papers about topics we are passionate about, I will conference with each student to provide feedback from their work and provide next steps that should improve their second paper.   I encourage you to ask your student about the topic they have chosen and see if they are able to defend their claim.  Please know that all research should be done in class, but hearing the opinion of another person can help your child to think through their writing and identify areas that need additional support. 

Science- This week we are headed to the Denver Museum to  dissect a lamb lung.  This field trip will further help students understand the respiratory system.  Throughout the month of December, we will continue to explore different body systems and determine how they are interdependent. 

Math- We have officially started our fraction unit.  Students are starting to understand how to compare fractions to 1/2 by creating conjectures about fractions.  We are also learning how to justify whether or not fractions are equivalent by using pictures and numbers, as well as ordering fractions. As we progress through this unit, it is imperative that students know their basic multiplication facts.  I strongly recommend that ALL students continue to practice their basic multiplication facts at least three times a week. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Field Trip

Our first field trip will be to the Denver Museum On November 29th.  During this trip, students will get the opportunity to dissect a lamb lung to support what we have been learning  in class about the respiratory system.  Please use the information below to register for the trip. The deadline to register is November 27th!  Students will need to bring a disposable bag lunch and drink the day of the trip. 

Our field trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. The cost is $12.75.

In order for your child to participate in this field trip/program you must register (includes online permission form)  & pre-pay on-line by going to: RevTrak > Elementary Schools > Elementary Schools E thru L > Gold Rush > Field Trips. The RevTrak link can be found on GRE’s website under Parent Info or click hereRegistrations MUST be completed by 2 days prior to your field trip. 
  •  Online registration is for your student only- please do not register yourself or younger siblings.
  • Free/Reduced students will have the option of selecting "no payment" but must still register. 
  • No refunds

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

November Update

Scholastic Order:
Our next Scholastic order is due November 9th.  This will likely be the last order before the holidays.  You can place an order by clicking here and using the class code: MBNGY.  If you would like to place an order as a gift for the holidays, please email me so that I know to contact you when it arrives instead of giving it to your child. Our class was very excited to get new books for our class last month.  Thank you to everyone that placed an order and helped us get new books. 

During math workshop, students have been exploring the concept of volume.  They worked to create boxes, using linking cubes, to help them determine how many cubes were in a rectangular prism.  Since then, they have been able to use the formula V= l x w x h to find the volume of rectangular prisms.  It is extremely important that students are practicing their basic multiplication facts. 
We started working on opinion writing when we returned from fall break.  Currently, students are researching the pros and cons of having chocolate milk served in our school cafeteria.  Once we  walk through the process of creating a solid argument, students will have the opportunity to select their own topic.  We are also conferencing about our published narratives.  Students will have an opportunity discuss their strengths and areas of growth one-on-one as we review their work together. 

Students spent a few days evaluating how authors use sensory images to create visuals for their readers.  We practice visualizing and determined how it helped us better understand the text.  We are now working on questioning.  Students are learning the difference between thick and thin questions.  They are also finding ways to push their thinking by asking questions that require more thought.  I encourage you to ask your student what questions they have about the text they are reading.  This can start a conversation about the story they are reading and encourage them to think critically about their book. Please make sure that your child is reading for at least 20 minutes a day!

During our co-teach technology lessons, students used what they learned about questioning to create an info-graphic.  You are able to view your student's info-graphic in Google Classroom.

We kicked off our body system unit by determining what living things need to survive.  Over the next few weeks, students will focus on  different body systems and determine how they are interdependent.  Our field trip to the Denver Museum to dissect a  lamb lung is scheduled for November 29th.  More information will be sent home in November.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Halloween Party Sign-up

Please click here to sign-up for our Halloween party. Our party will take place October 31st from roughly 8:40-9:20, followed by the annual GRE Halloween parade. I will confirm the exact times when we get a little closer.  Please keep in mind that this is a breakfast party so we are trying to balance sugar with food that will help the kids learn throughout the day.

Thank you in advance for helping make this a great party!


Monday, October 2, 2017

Our next Scholastic order is due this Friday, October 6th. You may order online at using our class code: MBNGY.

This is our last week before fall break! When we return to school, I will send out information regarding the Halloween party and a sign-up sheet for donations.  Below you will find a summary of what we are finishing in class before our break.

Reading: Students have been working on making meaningful connections to the text they are reading. They have differentiated between connections and coincidences and are learning how to explain how the connections are helping them better understand the text. I encourage you to read with your child and ask them to make connections as they read. Please remember that students should read for 20 minutes each day at home.  I highly recommend that you continue this expectation through fall break.

Writing: Students are finishing their narrative writing this week.  Published pieces will be available in the Google Drive and submitted through our Google Classroom.  When we return from break, I will conference with each student to review their work so we can celebrate their successes and discuss next steps. When we return from break, we will transition into opinion writing.  

Social Studies:  After researching different regions, students have been working in collaborative groups to determine where the next NFL team should be placed.  Students will present their work this Friday.  When we return from break, we will begin working with body systems as we prepare for our lamb lung dissection lab that will take place toward the end of November.  

Math:  We have been busy finding new strategies to solve multiplication and division problems.  I am happy to report that many students are less afraid of division than they were at the beginning of the year.  Please know that many kids are still working on finding strategies that work for them and it is okay if they still need a little practice.  Hopefully you will see a huge increase in their confidence in the next few weeks.  When we return from break, we will move into finding the volume of 3D shapes. 

I hope everyone has a great fall break and I look forward to hearing all of the fun stories when we return October 16th.