I hope all of you are enjoying this beautiful Labor Day weekend and resting up after that first week of school! During our first five days, we came together as a team of learners who are all working towards having our Best Year Ever! As a class, we got to know each other and took the pledge to work towards our common goal all year long.
The 5th graders were able to bond with each other on more than one occasion during cross-class activities. We also worked together as an entire intermediate team to create the super heroes in our hallway! Our “Upstairs Family” did a wonderful job working together and created some amazing products. We also had TWO all school assemblies where the 5th graders exhibited role model behavior. (Check out both of the videos from the assemblies!)
As the week progressed, we slowly added more curriculum to our activities and the students have adjusted very well! The 5th Grade Common Core Standards can be very rigorous, but I know our students can handle it. In Math, we reviewed our math facts, practiced arrays, and learned about the Communities Property! The students also came up with some incredibly insightful thoughts on why math is so important to our lives. In Reading, we focused on cross-cultural folk tales and read LonPoPo in conjunction with Red Riding Hood. The specific skills we focused on during those readings were identifying the traits of a folk tale, using evidence to infer theme, and comparing and contrasting two similar texts. In Science, we discussed what it meant to be a scientist and began to use our skills to observe how the human body responds to exercise. Our first writing lesson was on Friday; the students focused on using vivid detail to describe the most disgusting thing they have ever eaten. Twenty-two papers later and all I can say is…they had VERY vivid descriptions!
This upcoming week will be a busy one! In Math we will be reviewing many familiar concepts as well as introducing and practicing new ones. We will be exploring factors, divisibility rules, prime/composite numbers, square numbers, and exponents. We will be starting our Grammar and Spelling instruction on Tuesday. Look for a Spelling List to study from on Thursday night! Our Reading Unit will continue with classic Greek myths. The students will use the same skills they acquired last week to dig into these wonderful stories. In Writing we will work on staying focused on our topic. As Scientists, we will study the joints that allow our bodies to move.
For my Math Students, remember that Math Boxes are assigned as ongoing practice. They will be due at the end of Unit 1, make sure you aren’t procrastinating! Parents, please send in the yellow sheet from Curriculum Night as soon as you find time to finish it. Back to School Family Night is Friday at 6:30! I hope to see you there!
Thank you all for such a warm welcome to Greenbrier! I'm incredibly happy to be a member of this community.