I hope you are all staying warm after the weather this past week!
Next week, we will continue our grammar and vocabulary routines. Here is a reminder of assignments and due dates:
Monday- all assignments given (vocabulary sentences, vocabulary assignment on Edmodo,
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, “bi-” can be found in the folder 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.
Students with numbers 1-12 have their next reading response letters due on Friday, December 7.
We started Revolutionary War novel groups this past week. Students have had some time in class to get started on their assignments; anything not finished in class should be completed at home by the due date. Due dates and assignments can be found inside students’ construction paper folders or here.
Our class had the privilege of hosting 11 Italian Exchange students this past week. I would like to give a huge thank you to Mr. Phillips for helping coordinate this event. The students had the opportunity to get acquainted with an Italian student, and then they worked together to build a “snowball” catapult. The students had a blast and demonstrated good leadership skills! I posted a few pictures to the class photos page of the website.
My math class took the chapter 3 test this past week. I will be sending home the graded tests early next week. One of the standards assessed on the test is “Performing operations with decimals to the hundredths”. On the chapter 3 test, only one question aligned with this standard, therefore if a student got the question wrong, the cover sheet will show that they are “Not Meeting” the standard. I discussed this fact with the students and assured them that there will be many more opportunities to show mastery of this standard throughout the trimester and that this score will not greatly impact their final grade on their report card. Students who were “Not Meeting” on the “Adds and subtracts fractions” standard must retake the test. Students who were “Developing” have the option of retaking the test. The retake will be on next Friday. There will be a review activity to complete for those students retaking the test.
Winter MAP testing will be the week of December 10. 5th grade students will be taking the math assessment Tuesday, December 11 at 9:10. The reading assessment is scheduled for Friday, December 14 at 1:10. If you are able to schedule absences around these times, that would be great!
We are wrapping up our study of Earth in Space. Big ideas, keys for notes, and resources for each lesson can be found here. The unit test is scheduled for Tuesday, December 4th. In conjunction with this unit, we will 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. Many thanks in advance for your help!
We can’t wait to get creative!!
Have a great weekend! :)