News from Fifth Grade
Today is International Day! We hope that you will join us for the parade of countries at 2:45 (starting near the office) and the whole school photo before the festivities on the covered court get started. Sixteen different countries will be represented on the covered court. It's sure to be a yummy time.
This week, we designed protective casings for our raw eggs and then dropped them from about ~7 ft and again from ~15 ft. All but one egg survived. Students engineered some really creative protection for the eggs. Each team, then analyzed why they thought they were successful or unsuccessful. This will all be posted on our Class Dojo in the class story and individual portfolio section. Please check out the pictures and reflections!
In Social Studies, we have been talking about the Westward Expansion and why people migrated to different locations across the country. We have also been connecting that to our chapter book that we are reading as the characters in these books come from different countries and travel to the U.S. We are beginning our research of five major events in the 1800s, and will culminate with a research paper written about our findings.
In Math, we have been learning about ordered pairs, coordinate points, the x- axis and the y-axis and the four quadrants. The students have expressed how much they are enjoying the activities and how it's soooooo easy! It's such fun to see them enjoying Math.
Important Dates to Remember:
Monday, April 29th Labor Day – No School
Friday, May 3rd Free Dress Day
Monday, May 6th Citizenship Assembly after Morning Circle
Tuesday, May 7th Field Trip 8-11:50 AM
May 13th - 17th- MAP Testing: Elementary
Friday, May 17th Last Day of Enrichment Classes
Monday. May 20th Spanish Reading MAP
Friday, May 24th Mother’s Day breakfast
We have four drivers! Thank you Miriam, Catalina, Lisa and Nadine for agreeing to drive us. I will be sending home permission slips next Tuesday with your children. They will be assigned to a driver. You will need to give permission for them to attend as well as drive with that specific driver. Please let me know if you have any questions.
MAP testing is coming up! During the week of May 13th, we will take three tests. One on Language Usage, Reading and Mathematics. On May 20th students will also take a reading test in Spanish. Please remember that this is not a test that they study for. It's to see what they have learned this school year and how they have grown from the test we took in the fall. It's for us as teachers to identify next steps for individual students but also as a whole as we reflect on the curriculum delivered to students. The best thing to do to prepare your student for this testing time is to have them get a good night rest (go to bed a little earlier maybe than usually), have a good protein filled breakfast, arrive at school on time and remind them to just do their best, we are not looking for perfection, just their best.
This is our schedule:
Monday, May 13th Language Usage 8 AM
Tuesday, May 14th Reading 8 AM
Wednesday, May 15th Mathematics 8 AM
To all the Moms! Please mark your calendars and be sure to join us for special performances and a lovely brunch on Friday, May 24th right after Morning Circle.
News from Spanish:
Durante la próxima semana estaremos trabajando los siguientes temas:
Español: El uso de aumentativos y diminutivos de manera oral y escrita.
Sociales: Ubicar en el tiempo y en el espacio los inicios de la expansión española.
Have a wonderful long weekend! See you on Tuesday.