Friday, December 19, 2014

5V News

We have been keeping busy this week in 5V!

Ask your child about:
  • The virtual tour of Plimoth Plantation
  • His or her science inquiry project
  • Our work with remainders in division problems
  • The geography bee
  • Our nonfiction reading work
  • His or her research-based argument topic (photos below)
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    Notes and reminders:
  • Yankee book swap, pajama day and movie and popcorn on Tuesday!
  • Have a wonderful holiday break with your families!  

Friday, December 12, 2014

5V News

Curriculum Topics:
  • Writing a research-based argument
  • Reading nonfiction 
  • Dividing decimals 
  • The respiratory system
  • Jamestown and Plymouth settlements
Some activities we did this week:
  • Estimated quotients to division problems
  • Did division problems with decimal divisors
  • Took our 13 colonies quiz
  • Toured the Mayflower
  • Looked at the Mayflower Compact
  • Learned about the different parts of the respiratory system
  • Created a question about the respiratory system for our inquiry projects 
  • Began our nonfiction reading unit
  • Previewed our nonfiction texts, tapped our prior knowledge and made predictions 
  • Paused and summarized our nonfiction texts as we read
  • Found key details in our text to support the main ideas 
  • Began research on whether schools should serve chocolate milk or not
  • Collected evidence to think through the various sides of the argument for chocolate milk
Notes and reminders:
  • Early release next Wednesday, December 17th
  • Yankee book swap on Tuesday, December 23rd followed by a movie and popcorn 
Happy Friday! 

Friday, December 5, 2014

5V News

Happy Friday!  Don't forget the Pancake Breakfast and Book Fair tomorrow!

We are learning about:

  • 13 Colonies
  • The respiratory system
  • Division 
  • Character study in reading and writing
Some activities we did this week:
  • Used base 10 blocks to show division
  • Practiced long division
  • Culminated our character project by pretending our characters were on social media and wrote about and illustrated what that would like look
  • Researched the fort at Jamestown and how it has changed
  • Began learning about the 13 colonies and their location
  • Participated in a school wide assembly where some of our 5V students shared about their coding experience
  • Did our second Mystery Skype!  (you'll have to ask your child where they were located!) 
I was happy and proud to present at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference this week on the power and value of student blogging.  I'm including a link to the presentation if you have any interest in seeing how I showcased some of our current and past students' work.