- Students celebrated United Nations Day at the Sherborn Unitarian Universalist Church (indoors due to the rain), singing "Peace Like a River" for attendees. We learned about Dr. Jim Gould, recipient of the Courage of Conscience award, for his work toward abolishing nuclear weapons, awarded by the Sherborn Peace Abbey Foundation. We also heard prayers for peace in seven different religions.
- In Math, students tackled the US Standard Algorithm for multiplication throughout the week. Most should be able to multiply 3 digits times 2 digits with ease now!
- We enjoyed sharing our What If Homework Projects this week. There were many creative ideas, stories, artwork, and movie trailers. Highlights included Anthony's amazing slideshow about his Darth Vader toy starting a revolution, Finley's stop-motion movie trailer showing her being sucked into a board game, David's detailed story and movie about his cat Murr suddenly speaking, and Jack's epic tale of being sucked into the Percy Jackson series and fighting giants.
What We Didn't Get To
Here is what didn't get covered:
- In Math, we didn't get to estimating with big numbers.
- In Social Studies, we didn't get to elections, and just barely talked about checks and balances with the three branches. We haven't started the Government Inquiry Project.
Upcoming Special Events
Tuesday, October 31st:
- Halloween (School Spirit Day) --Wear black and orange again!
- Veterans Day Assembly --Grade 5 meets real local veterans and learns about the important role they serve in the essential government function of protecting our country.
- Picture Retake Day
- Author Visit from Greg Mone --We'll learn about the creative writing process from this fantastic author. Check out his website.
Please see the Pine Hill Calendar for more.
This Week's Plan
- Close Reading --determine what a text says explicitly and draw inferences. We'll be working on a variety of close reading strategies all week.
- Analyze Character Development --with teacher read aloud of There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar.
- Elaborating --include dialogue and inner thoughts; slow down the action during the important parts.
- Language Conventions with Dialogue --how to correctly capitalize and punctuate dialogue, as well as tag it and include description.
- Enhancing Descriptions with Sensory Details --show, don't tell about the setting and about character emotions.
Unit 2: Whole Number Place Value and Operations
- Mental Division --use the relationship between multiplication and division to mentally divide multidigit numbers
- Estimating Quotients --round to friendly numbers for division using powers of 10.
- Partial Quotients Division --divide whole numbers by 1-digit numbers.
- 2-digit Divisors --use a menu of multiples to divide by 2-digit numbers.
- Interpret the Remainder --solve division number stories and practice interpreting remainders.
Unit: US Government and Civics
- Government Inquiry Project --choose a topic of interest related to the US Government and begin a team research project to become an expert on the topic and teach about it to the class in a creative way.
- Becoming an Expert --what it takes to become an expert on a topic by conducting research and taking notes that are meaningful and applicable.
- Conducting Kid-Friendly Research --compile a list of kid-friendly resources and learn how to evaluate the reading level of a source.
Please see the Homework Page for more details. Students will need to do the following at home this week:
- Homework Project: No new project this week. Students get a break!
- Reading Response Blog: Students must respond to a new partner on the Blog #2 using the "Praise, Question, Push-Thinking" structure. See the Partner Response Rubric for expectations.
- Independent Reading: Read 20 minutes each day (or 140 minutes per week -120 this week) and log the title, author, and time spent reading in your Planner.
- Math: There will be a math page each night.
How to Help Your Child
Parents, here are some things you can do at home to help your child succeed with school life this week:
- Ask your child about his/her Government Inquiry Project topic. Each day, see how his/her knowledge increases with the research done in class. Encourage him/her to research at home using kid-friendly online resources.
Thanks for Reading!
So that's the plan for the week! Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or feedback. Have a great week!