Monthly Archives: September 2013
Our 4th grade and 5th grade reading groups learned about the Constitution of the United States last week. Each group participated in a choral reading activity about the Constitution, and they did a “Close Read” of a Weekly Reader article, which involves reading a specific passage and analyzing it in great detail. After the reading activities, student-paired groups created Haiku Deck slideshows demonstrating their understanding of the 1st Amendment.
Last week our students engaged in our first STEM activity this year. Student groups were given the task of developing a hot beverage cup that would be a good insulator. Specifications were to use materials supplied in the classroom, not include a lid, and fit in a typical car cup holder. Each group collaborated to generate and sketch ideas and write a proposal. Once their proposals were submitted, students began construction. Chapters Books generously donated sixty 16 oz paper cups for our project, which enabled us to provide each group with two cups to use for the activity.
The day following construction, each group used Vernier temperature probes along with either a Labquest handheld (borrowed from MVMS) or laptop to record, monitor and analyze data (starting temp, ending temp, and temp difference after 5 min) . After recording data, our students analyzed the data collected in a spreadsheet to find out which student group cups were the best insulators, and why they were so effective.
Parents will be able to view the students’ cups on Back to School Night along with the their analysis work.
This morning we introduced our first spelling list, and we want to share some basic information on how it all works with the lists and tests.
- Each week our spelling lists focus on a specific rule.
- Spelling lists are introduced on the first day of the school week. Not all words will be tested.
- Test is on the last day of the school week and is 20 words.
- Ten words will be premarked on the list.
- The other ten will be from the list or assignments following the same rule.
- Instruction on the spelling rule will occur daily in class.
- We encourage 5-10 minutes of study per night, or as needed.
- Spelling is part of the Writing grade on report cards.
If you have any specific questions, please feel to contact us.
Today we kicked off our geography unit by using Google Earth to explore landmarks across the United States. Next week we will focus on geography of the Pacific Northwest.
As you probably have noticed, our students now have their new bookbags. This year’s bags are a bit sturdier and roomier than in years past. To help minimize EYST costs, the bag your child received is expected to last two years rather than the traditional one year. If a bag becomes lost, please contact Mrs. Reed, Mr. Evers, or Mrs. Mitchell in regard to purchasing a replacement.
The bags can be washed and bleached. It would be best to hang dry them, but if you place them in the dryer, it would be a good idea to dry them inside out so as not to damage the lettering. Please do not iron the bags as this will also damage the lettering. Let us know if you have any other questions regarding the book bags.
We had a great first day today. Besides going over rules and procedures, our students participated in a mixer activity, used iPads to participate in a poll about math facts, constructed a line plot graph, and began using student planners.
Just a reminder that the first math timing is due tomorrow. Directions are printed on the back side of the timing sheet.
Finally, be sure to sign up for Remind101. Details are on the information slip included with the parent packet given out on Supply Night or sent home today with your child.