Field Day Friday
This Friday there will be a “Field Day” on the covered court between 1-3. The teams are listed below so students know what color to wear. Note that Friday is also a free dress day, so students may choose to come wearing their assigned color, or change into it in the afternoon for field day.
We’re back on! The trip will be this Thursday, April 6. Just like before, we’ll leave ISS at 9:30 am by a private Metro bus to go to Fort San Felipe in Puerto Plata. After touring the fort, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch there. Students who normally eat lunch in the cafeteria will have a bag lunch provided by Mari Carmen. After lunch, we will get back on the bus to come to Sosua, where we will visit the Jewish Museum. We will be back at ISS by 2:45 for regular dismissal. Now let’s just cross our fingers for good weather!
Language Arts this week was all about root words! Understanding common Greek and Latin roots unlocks endless vocabulary words for students, and the fifth graders have gotten quite good at recognizing common roots and using them to decipher words. We had a blast running around on Wednesday for our root word scavenger hunt. This class loves any opportunity to get up and move around! Also check out the root word posters we made hanging outside our classroom! And hopefully your 5th grader brought home the root word “cootie catcher” we made in class Thursday - a fun, hands-on way to learn more about Greek and Latin roots!
On Monday, students will be getting their informative essays back, assessed with a grade of Mastery, Proficiency, Developing, or Emerging for the major writing standards addressed in this assignment. It is amazing to see how much they have grown and improved as writers this year! Students will be asked to fill out a reflection sheet for their writing, which they will bring home to have signed Monday night. They are asked to bring their essays back to school Tuesday to place in their portfolios. We emphasize the process of writing, and encourage students to keep working on aspects of writing they have not yet mastered. Students will be given class time Monday to rewrite any portion of their essay they would like to improve. Essay rewrites are due Friday for all students wishing to increase their grades.
The fifth graders are rock stars with volume and measurement! After mastering the formula (Volume = length x width x height), we had so much fun today putting our skills to use in our “swimming pool design project.” Have your 5th grader tell you about his or her pool idea! Next week we'll be reviewing properties of two-dimensional shapes (trapezoids, parallelograms, rhombus, etc).
The fourth quarter is all about physical science! This week we used brown sugar to explore the concepts of density, mass, and volume. Then we used maple syrup, oil, and water to demonstrate the density of liquid. There’s a lot of great chemistry opportunities right in your kitchen!