We are quite busy in Mrs. Hellman’s class with literacy and writing!! We began our second writing genre unit, Informational writing. Students are learning how to research a topic, take notes and then compose an informational text. Our topic is Westward Expansion, so they are also learning so much about one of the 5th grade social studies units!! We hope to wrap up the research next week and begin drafting from our notes.
Our reading focus will be shifting from character analysis to determining the theme of the books we are reading and how to identify evidence within the text to support the theme. As we do this, we will keep a close eye on our character analysis work because very often the theme of a novel is related to the challenges faced by a character or how the character changes throughout the book. We are truly reading like detectives!!!
Please ask your students about their Eagle Eye on Reading progress on a regular basis. You should be seeing Eagle Eye forms and signing them as your student completes books. Also, we will continue with weekly grammar sheets, due every Wednesday and Friday, along with grammar quizzes on Friday as well.
Yesterday students rotated through 10 stations/reenactments of the Civil War! It was lots of fun! Hopefully your students came home and told you something they learned! Next week in Social Studies we will continue our studies of the Civil War.
In Science we have begun our unit on Chemical and Physical Changes. Friday, November 18th we will have Gobble, Gobble, Turkey day which will conclude our studies of Chemical and Physical changes. If you haven't already signed up to donate something please see our sign up genius to see what we still need :) www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49aea622aafa7-turkey. Students will rotate through 4 stations. We would love to have 1 or 2 parents to help run these stations, so if you are available that day please sign up to volunteer.
Math - In Math we are finishing up multiplying and dividing decimals and will soon move into our Fractions Unit.
Today in class we got to play with our Spheros that were donated to us from Sally Creel from the county office and the Sphero company!! Thanks to them we have 2 of our very on Spheros!! We will be doing a lot more cool learning activities in the near future with our very own Spheros! We also borrowed some Osmos and played with those as well! Don't forget ... we are trying to get THREE OSMO Genius Kits of our own through DonorsChoose ... please consider making a donation! www.donorschoose.org/project/putting-the-technology-in-stem/2211748/?rf=link-siteshare-2016-10-teacher-teacher_3124850&challengeid=20648002
Our 2nd STEM day is coming!!! Friday, November 12th will be another fun day of STEM Learning at Big Shanty. We are in need of the following donations to make this day be a success :)
.Please sign up for a conference with your student's homeroom teacher.
If you are in Mrs. Janney's homeroom and would like to discuss concerns about Reading and ELA please also sign up for a conference with Mrs. Hellman.
If you are in Mrs. Hellman's homeroom and would like to discuss concerns about Math, Science, and or Social Studies, please also sign up for a conference with Mrs. Janney.
Mrs. Hellman conference sign ups click here.
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Your 5th grade teachers are creating a Civil War Simulation/Experiential Learning Day, as a culminating activity for the Civil War Unit in Social Studies. Each class will rotate to all 9 classrooms. Each classroom will be transformed into one of the major events of the Civil War. We are not requiring students to dress up for this event; however, it creates a more realistic simulation when dressing in Civil War era clothing. The teachers WILL be dressed up as well.
The Civil War simulation will take place on:
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Some examples of Civil War era clothing:
Boys- dark pants, white button down shirt, vest, dark shoes, brimmed hat, overalls, dressing like a soldier will be acceptable
NO WEAPONS or anything resembling weapons will be allowed.
Girls- long dresses, aprons, bonnets, long skirts, button down shirts with vest
BE CREATIVE and use your resources to ensure that your costume is as accurate as possible.
We look forward to a great simulation and an even better learning experience