We had another engaging week in 5th grade! The Math MAP went well and our students gave their absolute best effort. More online login info went home this week and I appreciate your patience as we get all of these technology aspects of our community up and running. All students received XtraMath and Reading Rewards login information and should have had an opportunity to try them out this week. If they still have trouble logging in, we will work on solving the problem this week during recess. The final technology-related letter that went home explained how to order Scholastic books online so that you have the option of using a credit or debit card. The information for our Scholastic classroom online is to the right.
We had another engaging and challenging week in Room 234! We took the Math MAP and finished up Unit 1 with our first Celebration of Learning! We took our first Spelling test and continued to learn about prepositions. Most of the students finished up their comic book summary of a famous myth or folk tale. The results are spectacular, and we can’t wait to share them with you! My personal favorite Writing prompt this week was inspired by Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. It asked the kids to imagine they were climbing over their backpack or lunchbox after being shrunken themselves! Science was particularly exciting at the end of the week; the students applied their knowledge of the human body to household items as they created working human joints! Check out the spectacular results here!
In Math, we will focus on some PARCC style extended response problems before moving into Unit 2. Students should have their new Spelling lists and be preparing for Thursday’s test. In Science, we will learn about our senses, nervous system, and bones. As writers, we will focus on putting detail into our creative writing and using evidence in our response to literature. This week, fifth grade is starting our first novel as a lead in to our upcoming Social Studies unit on the Revolutionary War. The book, My Brother Sam is Dead, realistically shows what the war was like from the perspective from a young boy. It is a fantastic, engaging, and realistic Newbery Honor winner. As this novel realistically depicts the war and the time period, it does contain a few cuss words and violence involving a bayonet. The students will be briefed about this, and there will be no surprises. I don’t expect any problems with this fantastic book, but if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.
-The MAP Reading test is on Wednesday! Students should get a good night’s sleep and a filling breakfast to feel prepared for the test!
-Back to School Night has been rescheduled for Friday the 26th! I hope to see you all there!