Your child’s report card will be emailed home today. We are no longer sending paper copies. Please be on the lookout for this email and be sure to let me know if you have not received your child’s report card by Monday.
Next week the students have no school all week (11/19-11/23). There will be no reading response letters due next week. Numbers 13-23 will be due on Friday, November 30th.
After Thanksgiving we will continue our grammar and vocabulary routines.
Here is the breakdown:
Monday- all assignments given (vocabulary sentences, vocabulary assignment on Edmodo, grammar packet)
Tuesday- vocabulary sentences due on Edmodo
Thursday- vocabulary assignment (10 questions) on Edmodo due, grammar packet due
Friday- vocabulary and grammar quizzes
Resources to review the next prefix for the week of 11/26, "Uni" can be found in the folders on our Edmodo class page or by clicking here. If your student needs help keeping track of these due dates, remember to reference this weekly schedule and suggested plan.
We started using a few new websites this week to help us learn. The first is called Freckle. This is an adaptive program that helps boost math and reading skills. The other is called Quizizz, and it is a game-based platform similar to Kahoot that we will be using during Reading Workshop time to review the weekly grammar skill. Last, students are now enrolled in a math game called Prodigy.
We completed some follow-up reflections on our Robert Crown Presentation from last week on the Science Behind Drugs and Prevention. You can click here to access a letter from the Robert Crown Center that outlines what the students were learning about as well as some ways that you can follow up at home. Robert Crown: Due to time constraints and my concerns about how the content of the video would be received by the students, we did not watch it together as a class. You are welcome to watch the video at home and discuss with your student, as you see fit.
We are continuing our study of Earth in Space after Thanksgiving. Big ideas and resources for each lesson can be found here. In conjunction with this unit, we will continue to research space exploration and if it is worth the cost with Mrs. Kovacic in the LMC. We’ll also be working on some design engineering projects where students research problems with space exploration and work to design potential solutions. We will tie this in to the Cardboard Challenge for this year! Here is the information from Mrs. Wasik about this year’s challenge:
Your child’s class will be participating in Dryden’s own version of the Global Cardboard Challenge in December, inspired by a 9 year old boy, who built an arcade entirely out of cardboard. This cardboard idea sparked a movement and the Imagination Foundation, whose mission is to foster creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world.
Students will be working in small groups to design something out of cardboard that can help solve a problem tied to space exploration. They may have some parameters with ideas as to what the solution could be, but the idea of this project is to foster collaboration and creativity. Students will also be problem solving, reflecting, and giving/receiving feedback as they design. The culminating activity will be an hour in the morning or afternoon of sharing and play with other classrooms that participated as well.
The classroom is in need of cardboard- all shapes, sizes, and colors! Please DO NOT send in cardboard that contained food at any point for allergy purposes. Examples of some great boxes- shoe boxes, Amazon boxes, etc. Please send in boxes on the Monday or Tuesday after Thanksgiving break. Many thanks in advance for your help!
We can’t wait to get creative!!
Mrs. Benassi took pictures of most of the 5th graders as they rotated through her Mummy Wrap station during the Halloween Party. She has so thoughtfully put them all here at this link for you to view and save if you like! Thanks, Mrs. Benassi!
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy some time with loved ones!