Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May 24th


Science (5th grade only) yesterday, May 16th
ELA (English language arts): Thursday, Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Math: next Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

What else?

Choice Piece #3

We are finishing the last pages from Unit 7 and taking the post-test this week.
We will also begin our unit on Geometry.

Reading Chapters 1-3 (taking notes)
Energy Scavenger Hunt

Conduct the science experiment.
Question, hypothesis, materials, procedures, data table should be completed by this Friday.
If you don't already have it, purchase a display board.

SONGS (optional):
We are making slide shows for the songs that we are singing for the end of the year.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Classwork May 16th: Wrapping it Up

We are wrapping up several major projects:

Know Your Rights: read and summarize each of the 27 Amendments to the Constitution.
Government Prezi: students have created presentations with a partner showing the branches of the government and the checks and balances.

Science Fair: students should have a question, hypothesis, materials, and procedures.  It is time to do the experiment!  Make sure to record data on the data sheet AND then change the procedures to reflect exactly what they did in the experiment.

CISPUS JOURNAL (5th grade only)
Students had 25 questions to answer in their small Cispus memo books.  These were due last week, but many forgot.  I have given a week extension.

Arnold: working out of Algebra.
Greene, Knox, Lafayeette, Steuben: pg. 289-290.
Washington: pg. 283-285.

Square Footage: Pick three things to measure and calculate their square footage (area = length x width).

Kids are now starting to put together slide shows for the songs that we are singing for the end of the year concerts (June 14th @ 2:00pm and 6:30; June 15th @ 9:00 am).

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

5th Grade: Packing List for YOU KNOW WHERE

Backpack (for day hikes)
Hat (for sun)
Reuseavble Water Bottle
Sleeping bag or blanket (can go in big bag)
Pillow (can go in big bag)
2 Pencils (+lead refills or pencil sharpener)

Sleeping Bag (can go on bus)
Pillow (can go on bus)
Fitted Sheet
Warm windproof jacket / Rain Gear
2-3 changes of under clothes
2-3 changes of outer clothes
Lots of extra socks
Shoes (waterproof / hiking boots are best)
Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, towels, soap, washcloths, brush, etc.) IN A PLASTIC BAG

Bug Spray
Reading Materials
Stationary and stamps

Knives, Radios, Cell Phones, Electronics, Video Games, Money, Food, Snacks, Fishing Gear, Valuable Items, Barnyard Animals

Classwork: May 2nd

Social Studies
We have been studying the American Revolution.  This week we are reading chapter 13, writing down main ideas and key details, and evaluating weather or not those details were an advantage for the British or the Patriots.  We are also having "Trivia Battles" where students ask questions of each other based on their reading.

We are working on our science fair projects.  Students should have a question and an hypothesis by this Friday.  They should also check in with you to see if they have your permission to do their experiment at home.

Language Arts
Choice Piece #2 is past due
Choice Piece #3 is due at the end of the month.
Word Journal: 10 words containing "bio-" or "geo-" and 5 other choice words with their definitions.

$3 for snack food at Cispus
Pack your bag

Our students are working in groups named after famous Revolutionary War Heroes
Everyday, your student should have one or two pages of classwork/homework.

In addition we are doing "Math Menu".  This is an another attempt to differentiate for students who have a wide variety of needs and abilities.  For Menu, students are required to do three open ended questions.  They evaluate themselves and turn in their work each Friday.  If done early, there is a "dessert" of challenging and interesting math projects to work on.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Science Fair!

Science Fair is Tuesday, June 7th!

To be ready, we are going to be writing up the lab report at school.
Each week, one step of the process is due.

The experiment itself is to be conducted at home.

It is never to early to buy a display board.

Please ask your student THIS WEEK what they plan to do.  If the project is dangerous (some want to light fires) or use human test subjects, I will require a permission slip.

Due Dates
Question:  due April 29th
Hypothesis: due May 6
Materials: due May 13th
Procedures (rough draft): due May 20th  + Experiment Completed
Data Table + Procedures (final draft): due May 27th
Conclusion: Due June 3rd
Poster Board Complete: due June 3rd
Science Fair: June 7th

Classwork: April 26th

Science Fair: Question (due Friday)
Have a question written up for your science fair project.

Choice Piece #2 Final Draft (due Friday)

Word Journal #6: 10 words beginning with "cred-" + 5 choice words with definitions

Reading: Chapter 12 Notes (re: Declaration of Independence)

Math Menu 7.1

+ Book Work for each math group (check with your student)