- Our first writing piece is almost finished! Students learned how to write an essay and wrote about their goals for the year in their Aspirations Essay. Most students are just about done.
- Although learning about the US Government may sound boring, students seem to be enjoying our approach, learning why we have governments and what they are for. Students now know what it means to have sovereignty.
- In Math, we launched our two groups of instruction, each one at a different pace so students can choose the speed of learning that best meets their style. We learned how to find the area of a rectangle when using tiles that are either 1/2, 1/3, or 1/4 the length of a full square tile. Tricky stuff!
- In Reading, students learned about the components of good reading, such as fluency, stamina, and comprehension, and set a personal goal for themselves in one of those areas. They also practiced putting their inner thinking on paper for me to read so I can get a sense of what is going on in their brains while they read.
What We Didn't Get To
Here is what didn't get covered:
- Some students need more time to publish their Aspirations Essays.
- We only just started discussing measuring volume by counting cubes in Math.
- Types of Government. We only started learning about what makes a country a country.
- We still haven't launched Google Classroom.
Upcoming Special Events
Wednesday, September 27th:
- 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.
- Dover-Sherborn Arts Homecoming --DS alumni who work in the arts will be sharing their experience and talents with students throughout the district.
- Parent Teacher Conferences Begin --Conferences end Thursday, October 19th. Sign up for a time on my Sign Up Sheet.
Please see the Pine Hill Calendar for more.
This Week's Plan
Unit: Launching Reading Workshop
- Learn About the Reading Response Blog --Our online tool for writing about our weekly independent reading and engaging in academic blogging.
- Increasing Reading Stamina --How to keep reading for longer periods of time.
- Maintain Engagement with Reading --How to be an active, engaged reader for longer.
- Monitor Your Comprehension --Developing an inner conversation as you read.
- Asking Questions as You Read --To help build comprehension.
- Continue to Model Good Reading --with teacher read aloud of There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar.
Unit: Finish Launching Writing Workshop; Begin Narrative
- Publishing --Some students need a little more time to publish their Aspirations Essays.
- Sharing and Celebration --Students will share their Aspirations Essays with the class and possibly some former teachers, if they would like.
- On-Demand Narrative Writing --To assess narrative writing skills students have at the beginning of our unit.
- What is a Narrative --Define characteristics of narrative writing and read examples of narratives.
Unit 1: Area and Volume
- Measuring Volume by Counting Cubes --Count the number of unit cubes it takes to fill a rectangular prism.
- Using Layers to Measure Volume --relate volume to multiplication and addition by thinking about iterating layers to find the volumes of prisms.
- Two Formulas for Volume --explain and apply two different formulas for finding the volume of a rectangular prism
- 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.
Unit: US Government and Civics
- What Makes a Country a Country --Look at the criteria for having a country and what the role government is within a country.
- Types of Government --Examine at autocracy, democracy, and various forms of government and their relationship to the people.
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.
- 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:
- Students turn in their first Homework Project: All About Me. I will grade them and return the rubrics to students by Wednesday, and they will need to have a parent sign the rubric.
- Respond to the first Reading Response Blog, which I will post by Monday afternoon. First, students must respond to the "Testing" prompt in class.
- 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:
- Remember to check your child's Reading Log in the Student Planner prior to Monday morning, and sign off on his/her time spent reading. Also, have a conversation about what he/she has been reading this week.
- Visit the Reading Response Blog with your child to get a sense for how it works. Encourage your child to draft his/her response on a separate document, proofread carefully, and then paste his/her work onto the response form. Please don't proofread for your child though :)
- Since we're learning about forms of government this week, watch or read a news article related to government (US or foreign). Have a conversation with your child about the differences between a representative democracy like in the US and, say, a dictatorship in North Korea.
- When your child brings home the All About Me rubric, review the rubric with him/her and sign your name. He/she should return the rubric to school to put in his/her portfolio.
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!