Friday, October 24, 2014

5V News

Parent conferences:
Parent conferences begin next week.  Please see the schedule below and email me if you would like to change your time.  I'm looking forward to meeting with you!
Parent Conference Schedule Fall 2014

We are learning about:

  • Adding and subtracting decimals
  • Memoir writing
  • European exploration
  • Reading strategies 
Some activities we did this week:
  • Practiced reading aloud with power and expression
  • Reflected on our first quarter reading
  • Went "shopping" during math 
  • Reviewed our math unit 2 I can statements
  • Solved Halloween word problems in our table groups
  • Concluded our memoirs by writing strong conclusions
  • Researched one aspect of European exploration with Ms. Hodgdon's class 
Coming up:
  • For our next science and social studies topics 5V will have Ms. Hodgdon for science and Ms. Valenti for social studies and rotate the two topics 
  • Early releases- Wednesday, October 29th and Friday, November 7th for parent conferences 
Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 17, 2014

5V News

Have you signed up for parent conferences yet?  They begin in a couple of weeks!  Please sign up here.

We are learning about:
  • Adding and subtracting decimals 
  • Writing memoirs
  • Reading comprehension strategies
  • Early European explorers
Ask your child about:
  • Our first Mystery Skype!  
  • His or her job during our Mystery Skype
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Creating an astrolabe 
  • His or her memoir topic
  • The Global Read Aloud book- The Fourteenth Goldfish 
  • The Storyworks character contest 
  • His or her pattern during word study this week 

Have a great weekend! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Scratch in the Maker Lab

In the SMS MakerLab 5th grade students are about to start a unit of study on coding, and one of the tools they will use is called Scratch, which is a web-based programing site for students created by MIT. Steve Gagnon, the technology integrator, would like students to have their own accounts so that they will be able to save and share their programs.

Students under 13 signing up for an account are requested to submit a parent email that could be used for lost passwords. Please send me a note by Tuesday, October 21st if the parent email you would like your child to use is different than the one I have on file.  
To learn more about Scratch, click on the following link.
Note: Please be advised that without the ability to use a parent email, your child will not be able to participate in the web-based Scratch activity. In this case a less robust iPad application, Scratch Jr, that doesn’t require an account would be used by the student.

Students who already have Scratch accounts may use them with parent permission.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Steve at