- Get Up & Move Day was Friday and students participated with gusto from what I heard. Rumor has it that we as a school raised thousands of dollars for hurricane relief efforts!
- We have a student teacher named Ms. Hill working with us once a week on Thursday mornings. This past week, she taught students about gender stereotypes with an amusing lesson on drawing “a scientist.”
- We celebrated our first writing piece about our fifth grade aspirations. Students shared their essays with peers and hopefully got some helpful feedback.
What We Didn't Get To
Here is what didn't get covered:
- In Math, we only started visualizing volume. We still need to explore finding the volume of composed figures.
- In Writing, we didn’t get a chance to read exemplar narratives.
- In Reading, I didn’t plan well last week. I forgot I needed to start reading assessments and that Ms. Hill was teaching a lesson, so we didn’t get to lessons on maintaining engagement, monitoring comprehension, or asking questions.
- We still haven't launched Google Classroom, nor set up our portfolios. Alas, hopefully this week!
Upcoming Special Events
Friday, October 6th:
- Dover-Sherborn Arts Homecoming --DS alumni who work in the arts will be sharing their experience and talents with students throughout the district.
- No School –Columbus Day
- Early Release Day
- Parent Teacher Conferences Begin --Conferences end Thursday, October 19th. Sign up for a time on my Sign Up Sheet.
- Early Release Day
Please see the Pine Hill Calendar for more.
This Week's Plan
Unit: Launching Reading Workshop
- Reading Assessments –I will be administering formal reading assessments this week to determine students’ reading skills using the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark System.
- Building Stamina –continue to learn strategies for staying focused on reading and monitor progress.
- Continue to Model Good Reading --with teacher read aloud of There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar.
- Review Aspirations Essay with the Teacher –I will meet one on one with students to assess their essays with them so they can learn how to best use a rubric.
- Overview of Personal Narrative –read examples of personal narratives.
- Brainstorming Strategies –coming up with ideas for a personal narrative, such as listing good and bad times, times you felt a strong emotion, and times you realized something.
- Planning with a Sequence List –plan ahead by making a bulleted list of what happens in order from beginning to end.
- Telling a Story Step by Step –learn how to storytell in a way that brings readers along for the ride.
Unit 1: Area and Volume
- Visualizing Volume Units --explore units of volume and convert between them.
- Volume Explorations --find volumes of figures composed of rectangular prisms and solve real-world problems involving volume.
- Practice Volume with “Prism Pile-Up” –a game to practice finding volume of rectangular prisms.
- Review for Unit 1 Assessment --review using the Unit 1 Study Guide, and complete any incomplete essential pages in the math journal.
- Unit 1 Assessment --aiming for Friday. Students will be assessed on finding area using fractional side lengths and tiling, finding volume using cubes and volume formulas, some measurement conversions, and solving numerical expressions.
Unit: US Government and Civics
- The U.S. Constitution –examine the Constitution and how it set up our US government.
- Branches of Government –explore the responsibilities of each branch and learn about the meaning of “checks and balances.”
- Elections –how they work and which government officials get elected.
Here are some non-academic focus areas for the week:
- Google Classroom –log in to Google Classroom and explore how to use it as a tool for learning.
- Set Up a Portfolio --where we'll collect completed work throughout the year.
Please see the Homework Page for more details. Students will need to do the following at home this week:
- Homework Project: In place of a new homework project this week, students will reflect on their first homework project. I will hand out a Reflection Sheet in class, or they may type their reflection and submit it on Google Classroom. Due by Friday.
- Reading Response Blog: There is a new RRB for students to respond by Friday. Consult the Reading Response Rubric to understand expectations.
- Independent Reading: Read 20 minutes each day (or 140 minutes per week) and log your reading in your Planner.
- Math: There will be a math page each night. I am hoping to have an assessment on Friday, so students might want to review concepts from Unit 1 this week in their math journals.
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 to summarize the book he/she is independently reading. This will help your child prepare for this week’s Reading Response Blog. Ask him/her to clarify anything that is confusing to you. Watch out if he/she goes into too much detail and starts retelling every little step. That’s not a summary; that’s a retelling.
- Review the Unit 1 Study Guide with your child. Make sure his/her self assessment is truthful.
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!