Parent Conferences and Report Cards
Believe it or not, the 3rd quarter is coming to a close! Report cards will be sent home Friday, March 17th, and parent conferences will take place Monday, March 20th. There is no school for students that day. Please sign up for your 20 minute conference here. I look forward to discussing your child’s progress with you!
It’s almost here! Next Thursday, March 9th, the 5th graders will be hosting the Body World’s Fair here in the classroom. This is a culmination of our life science unit, in which we’ve been studying the human body. Students will present their projects to other classes from the Elementary School after lunch, and parents are invited to come from 2:30-3:00. Because this is a group project, the bulk of the work has been done in class. Students are asked, however, to bring in materials for their 3-d poster of their chosen body system. This does not have to be anything fancy or expensive. Recycled household items work best, for example students may want to use a toilet paper roll for the esophagus, yarn for the small intestines, sponges or play dough to represent organs, straws for veins and arteries, etc. The goal is for students to be creative and find engaging ways to teach their peers about the human body. Students are encouraged to bring in materials and complete any portion of the project that was not finished in class at home. There will be less homework next week in order to give more time for those who need it for the science fair. We look forward to showing you the final products on Thursday!
In celebration of Earth Day in April, the fifth graders will be putting on a play called Recylce Roo. We won’t be doing too much with the play until after the Science Fair, but students were assigned parts and read through the play with Ms. Lantz in class Friday. They are asked to start familiarizing themselves with their lines. Because of this and the science fair, there will be no written reading response homework next week. In addition, students will be given class time to complete their Zearn assignment in math. This should reduce their homework load in order to give them more time for the science fair and class play.
All Day Read
The 5th graders have been working incredibly hard to show good classroom behavior and work habits, which we track using the Class Dojo program. If you would like to track your child’s progress, you can sign up for your own account! Email me and I’ll send you your child’s class code. As a reward for working together as a class to earn over 1,500 Dojo points (!!), the class has chosen to have an All Day Read next Friday as a reward. This means that instead of “normal” lessons, we will have a day full of reading-themed activities that should be relaxing, fun, and educational. For example, students will have time for silent reading, buddy reading, reading-themed games, read alouds, a math “story” challenge in place of the standard math lesson, etc. While meant to be fun and rewarding, this is still academic, and students have been told this is not a free day to goof off or play video games. They actually won’t need devices next Friday. They are welcome to come to school in pajamas, and bring a pillow or stuffed animal as long as it won’t be distracting. Some students asked if they could bring “bedtime snacks” to share with the class. It’s not required for them to bring anything, but healthy snacks are fine for those wanting to bring something to share. I ask that they not bring soda or sugary treats, as it makes it hard for them to focus in class.
Service Learning with DREAM Project
Because of Independence Day activities, we had to reschedule our visit from the DREAM project kids for this coming Wednesday, March 8th. As originally planned, our friends from DREAM will be coming to ISS Wednesday afternoon to participate in a second community-building challenge. This time, Coach Haines and Ms. Gaby have prepared an obstacle course activity for us. We’re really looking forward to it!
Student Bloggers: Aiden and Rachel!
This week in 5th Grade we worked on a few things. We worked on the science fair project that is next week and we also worked on a presentation about recycling. We also wrote our essays for example fish, ocean, Saturn, and World War II. By Rachel and Aiden