- Congratulations to our two new student council representatives: Anthony and Ava!
- Partner Reading was a hit with students this week. Many of them partnered up to read a book of their choice and help each other improve their reading skills.
- In Writing, students learned about the essay structure and began drafting their Aspirations for 5th Grade Essays. We also introduced our classroom Chromebooks so that students can use the Google suite of applications to produce work.
- In Math, students learned how to find the area of rectangles that have fractional side lengths. We also established discussion norms and learned how to use "Talk Moves," such as the "turn and talk" and "revising our thinking" to make our math discussions more meaningful.
- We launched Social Studies this week and began learning about why people create governments.
What We Didn't Get To
Here is what didn't get covered:
- Class games
- Technology Intro (we only introduced Chromebooks).
- Types of government (we just started learning about why we have governments).
Upcoming Special Events
Wednesday, September 20th:
- 5K Evening Alternative to Daytime Open House --5:30-6:30pm in room 29D (Ms. Kimball's classroom). I am offering this time for parents of 5K if you can't make the morning Open House on the 27th.
- Happy Rosh Hashanah! (No school)
- Grade 5 Morning Open House --8:30-9:15am in our classroom. Students may escort parents and show them around the classroom. Students will then leave for a special activity while adults finish the open house session.
- Early Release Day
- Get Up & Move Day --Our All School Meeting turns into an opportunity for the school community to get outside and walk, skip, or run. We'll also be using this as an opportunity for students who want to raise money to help hurricane recovery in Texas and Florida.
Please see the Pine Hill Calendar for more.
This Week's Plan
Unit: Launching Reading Workshop
- Recognizing Just Right Books --How to determine if a book will improve your reading skills. Need to read it smoothly and know most of the words.
- Set Goals for Improving Reading Skills --Learn what good readers do, reflect on challenges, and set achievable, measurable goals for improvement.
- Varying Your Reading Diet --Include nonfiction, news, and different genres into the weekly reading mix.
- Stop and Jot --Practice pausing, thinking, and recording thoughts for discussion and analysis later.
- Continue to Model Good Reading --with teacher read aloud of There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar.
Unit: Launching Writing Workshop
- Proofreading Carefully --Check for correct capitalization, grammar, grade-appropriate spelling, and commonly confused words.
- Having a Meaningful Conference with a Peer --Expectations on peer conferencing and how to push your partner to improve writing.
- Publishing --Expectations for turning in final work, using our Aspirations Essays.
- Sharing and Celebration --Students will share their Aspirations Essays with the class and their former teachers, if they would like.
Unit 1: Area and Volume
- Tiling with Fractions --Find areas of rectangles with fractional side lengths by tiling them with squares of the appropriate unit-fraction side length.
- Intro to Volume --Informally compare volumes of 3-dimensional objects.
- Exploring Nonstandard Units --Use nonstandard units (like beans or packing material) to measure volumes of rectangular prisms.
- Measuring Volume by Counting Cubes --Count the number of unit cubes it takes to fill a rectangular prism.
Unit: US Government and Civics
- Philosophy on Government --Learn about Thomas Hobbes' and John Locke's differing theories on government.
- Types of Government --Examine at autocracy, democracy, and various forms of government and their relationship to the people.
- What Makes a Country a Country --Look at the criteria for having a country and what the role government is within a country.
Here are some non-academic focus areas for the week:
- Technology Intro --how to safely and respectfully use technology; set up some important accounts, such as Google Classroom. Take a website tour of www.mskimball.com.
- Class Games --for team-building. We'll play structured class games and activities such as Silent Ball and GoNoodle, focusing being fair, inclusive, safe, and good sports.
Please see the Homework Page for more details. Students will need to do the following at home this week:
- Homework Project: All About Me. Students write a story, make predictions about themselves and friends, write compliments to others, and create a piece of artwork that expresses them. Due Monday, September 25th.
- Read 20 minutes each day (or 140 minutes per week) and log your reading in your Planner.
- 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 how he/she is progressing on the All About Me project. Ask to see what he/she has done so far and give light feedback to encourage revision or promote self-confidence (if needed). If not much progress has taken place, let me know. Consider asking your child use the Homework Project Planner. Please let me know if your child seems to be struggling with the project and I am happy to provide assistance at school.
- Remember to check your child's Reading Log in the Student Planner. Have a conversation about what he/she has been reading this week.
- Read or watch a government-related news article or segment with your child. Have a conversation with him/her about whichever branch of government that article/segment was related to and encourage questions.
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!