Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Conference Times

Wednesday, October 4th

3:30 -Julia S.
3:45-Ian C.
4:00-Grace M.
4:15-Kendalyn B.
4:30-Asher Z.
5:00-Margot C.
5:15-Michelle J.
5:30-Collin H.
5:45-Alex F.
6:00-Elsa E.
6:15-Natalie B.
6:30-Kaitlin L.
6:45-Drew T.
7:00- AJ G.
7:15-Joselyn W.
7:30- Camille C.

Thursday

10:15-Jack G.
10:30-Aaron O.
10:45-Grace C.
11:00-Isabel D.
11:15-Maya B.
11:30-Tommy S.
12:00-Addie R.
12:15-Hayden H.
12:30-Ty R.
12:45-Morgan B.

1:00-Cate L.

Monday, October 2, 2017

D'Weekly Update-October 2-6, 2017

Hello!

This week will be a busy one! I just wanted to give an update on what we will be going over this week.

Math 116+118

This week we will be talking about comparing decimals. This means we will be using the signs <, >, and = when making comparisons. We will be working as a whole class and then breaking into small groups to work on problems to ensure the students are strengthening their knowledge and challenging them to higher level thinking.

I have also had the opportunity to meet with all the students one-on-one this week to discuss their NWEA math score, MobyMax, and setting goals.

Please make sure that your kiddo is getting 60 minutes of focus minutes on Moby and doing fact fluency 3 times weekly. This is part of their grade and all the students are aware of this as I have talked with them one-on-one about it.
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Religion-This week we will continue working on God as the Creator. We will be wrapping this unit up by the end of next week. I feel that the students have really put a lot of thought into the world that God has created for us all and why he did this for us. They have had very thoughtful questions and discussions that have come from this unit so far.
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Social Studies-This week we are starting Ch. 2-Native Americans of America. We will be focusing on regions and the Natives that live within that region. Today, Lesson 1 was introduced on the Hopi and Navajo which live in the SW, more specifically the 4 corners region.

Tests will be going home on  Tuesday. The students did really well! I am very pleased :)
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Science-Today, we wrapped up properties of matter. The kids worked on their review in class. Tomorrow we will be going over their reviews and I will be prepping them for the test on Wednesday.
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CAMP
Please make sure all camp forms are turned in by WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4th. Payments are due by October 18th.
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Conference Slips
Conference slips went home last Thursday. If you did not get one from your kiddo, please let me know. I will also be posting the list on the blog tomorrow.

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Important Dates:

October 4: Conferences from 3:30-8:00
October 5: NO SCHOOL -Conferences from 8:30-3:30
October 6: NO SCHOOL
October 9: NO SCHOOL-Teacher PD Day
October 16: Casual Dress/Food Bank
October 18-20: 5th-grade camp
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Have a great week! Enjoy the wonderful weather!!
Blessings,
Mrs. D

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Density Lab-Harry Potter Style

This week, the 5th graders have been studying density as a property of matter. In order to demonstrate this property, the kids did the density tower lab. If a fun flip, we renamed all the liquids fun Harry Potter potions. As a result, not only did they have a blast with learning about density they also had fun pretending to be in Professor Snape's Potions class!!! That's what I call a win-win!








Sunday, September 17, 2017

D'Weekly Update - September 18-22, 2017

Hello 5th-grade families,

I hope all has been well. The last couple weeks have been so busy! They have flown by...I can't believe how fast it has been going. We all seem to be settling in very nicely and getting used to the routines in both classrooms. Below is a description of what is happening in my classroom for the week ahead.

Math
near the end of last week, the students were refreshed in decimals to the thousandths place. We talked about what the word decimal means which gave them more insight on how each place holder's value is determined. This week, we will continue working with that concept and then start comparing decimals in the form of least to greatest, less than, more than, and equal to. Our centers this week will focus on these concepts and review the others we have been working on up until this point. I will also be meeting with the students one-on-one to talk about their MobyMax placement assessment and what will happen from there.



Math - Weekly Expectations


MobyMax
Starting September 18th
  1. Every student is expected to complete at least 60 minutes of MobyMax Math per week between home and school.
  2. Every student will need to practice MobyMax Math Facts 3 times per week, which is separate from the above expectation.

MobyMath Grading                   MobyMax Math Facts   
60+ minutes -10pts                   3 times per week- 5 pts
50-59 minutes-9 pts                 2 times per week-4 pts
40-49 minutes-8pts                   1 time per week -3 pts
30-39  minutes-7pts                
20-29 minutes-6pts
10-19 minutes-5pts
1-9 minutes-4 pts
0 minutes- 0 pts


Math HW
Math practice problem will be assigned throughout the week. Class Time will be given, but anything not finished in class will need to be finished at home.

Centers

This year, students will be doing centers like they have in the past with a minor difference. Centers will be flexible. They will be able to choose where they start and how long they spend at that center. If they finish before the allotted time, they can move to one of the other centers, as long as there is space. Centers will have a 2-day rotation. If they are working on MobyMax, that will count toward their weekly requirement. Any unfinished work by the end of the second day will be assigned as homework.

Social Studies
We have been working on peopling the western hemisphere and early Native American cultures. We talked about the 3 things that form complex societies....religion, government, and education. The earliest civilizations were the Olmec, Maya, Moundbuilders, and the Anasazi. This week, we will be moving our focus into the Aztec and the Inca. We also talked about how these societies were mainly farmers and not hunter-gatherers like some of the earliest peoples that migrated into North America.

*Our first assessment will be next Tuesday, September 26th.

Science
The kids have been working on the properties of matter for the last couple of weeks. We have been focusing on the difference between mass and weight, how to measure volume of objects, density, and the formula to calculate density. We have done some very cool labs so the students are able to have hands-on experience with these concepts and to make it more tangible. This week, we will continue our study of density and do an awesome lab on the density of liquids. Near the end of the week, we will start talking about buoyancy and surface tension and how these are properties of matter.

*The first science assessment will be approximately next Thursday.





These photos are the kiddos working on finding the volume of different objects and calculating density.

Religion
When the students arrive in the morning, they have been working on a Proverb of the day. They write the Proverb and have to write a paragraph reflection about what they think it means, why it's important, and/or how they can live this message. Their reflections have been very insightful and I really enjoy reading them!

We have also been talking about God and creating. There are so many good questions that the students are asking. Of course, some of them are so deep I have to tell them that I don't even understand because God hasn't revealed that to us yet. I think the hardest concept for them to understand that God is infinite and had no beginning and has no end. Yikes! It just a mystery God hasn't yet revealed to us humans yet! :) We will continue working on creating for the next week or so.


NWEA TESTING- RM 118 September 18th-Math
                                               September 25th-Reading

I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead! It looks like nice warm weather, so make sure your kiddo has a water bottle!

Blessings,
Mrs. D

Thursday, August 31, 2017

D'Weekly Update - August 31, 2017

Hello!

I just wanted to give some info. about what has been happening in the classroom!

Math-We have been review place value to the billions this week. We have also talked about writing numbers in written, standard, expanded forms, as well as in base ten. We will continue next week reviewing and then diving deeper into expanded form and talking about exponents! Centers will start next week as well, but I am still waiting for more resources before they are fully underway.

Religion-We are using a new series this year. We are going to be learning all about sacraments this year and really diving into them on a deeper level. I am excited to go on this journey with all of the kiddos this year. We just started the topic on Divine Revelation. We will also be doing verses from Proverbs every day for our morning work. The students are assigned a verse T-F and will be writing a short paragraph reflection on what they think the verse is about and what it means to them.

Social Studies-This past week, we have been doing a geography review. The students have been learning about how the earth rotates and revolves around the sun which leads to the various season we experience. They have also been working on lines of latitude and longitude and how the global grid works. Next week, we will start moving into the early civilizations of the Americas. The students will learn about how the human populations got here and will also learn about two very early and advanced civilizations, the Maya and Aztec.

Science-The students were just introduced to the properties of matter. We have focused on mass so far. Mass can be somewhat confusing as it is so similar to weight, but they are not the same. We will be doing a quick lab on Monday to help the student become more familiar with using scientific tools such as the pan balance and digital scales to learn more about the mass of objects. We will then move into weight, volume, density, and buoyancy.

No School Friday, September 1st or Monday, September 4th.
Curriculum Night-Wednesday, September 8th from 6-8pm
Book Orders-Due Friday, September 8th Help us earn free books for our classroom!!!

Enjoy your long weekend!!
Blessings,
Mrs. D

Flag Etiquette

This year the 5th graders will have the responsibility of raising and lowering the flag. Mr. Lacroix, head of maintenance here at STA, came in to talk to them about the importance of this job and how to properly fold the flag!You can also ask why Ms. Karpus was wearing a colonial era tri-corner hat (which is relevant to folding the flag ;) )









First STEM challenge!

Last Friday, the students all worked together on their first STEM team building challenge. It was a lot of fun to watch them work through this!!