Friday, November 14, 2014

5V News

Happy Friday!  We have been working hard in 5V.  Here's what we've been up to...

Math: We have been working on multiplying multi digit whole numbers and decimals.  Students have been using estimation as a way to check their work but many students are still having difficulty with their multiplication facts, adding errors and other careless mistakes.  Students seem to have a grasp of the steps involved but are making small errors along the way that are affecting their answer.  We've also been growing our talk in math, discussing word problems in groups and how we will solve them.  There has been a lot of focus on explaining our thinking as demonstrated in the photo below.

Reading and Writing Workshop:  Our reading and writing time has been combined to focus on a character study in the books we are reading independently.  Students have self-selected a book and are working to build theories about the main character.  Each day we spend time reading, taking notes on our thinking, talking to our reading partners and writing about our characters.  This week we have started grouping and analyzing our sticky notes to notice patterns about our characters and continue to build and refine our theories about them.

Social Studies with Ms. Valenti: We have been studying the Spanish explorers and how they were the first European country to permanently settle in North America.  Up next we will begin to look at how the British settled and the lost colony of Roanoke and then on to Jamestown and Plymouth.

Science with Ms. Hodgdon: Students have learned about the parts of the heart and the flow of blood through the heart to the rest of the body.  Mrs. Kelley brought in a deer heart and students were able to explore and examine the parts of a real heart!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 31, 2014

5V News

Curriculum Topics:

  • Multiplication
  • Character study in reading and writing
  • Colonization
  • The circulatory system 
Some activities we did this week:
  • Took a test on adding and subtracting decimals
  • Practiced traditional multiplication 
  • Chose books to read for our character study
  • Stepped outside of our books to build theories about our characters
  • Noticed our character's actions and what that may reveal 
  • Became familiar with the circulatory system
  • Labeled the parts of the heart
  • Set up U.S. history timelines on Tiki-Toki
  • Discussed push and pull reasons for people to leave Europe 
  • Painted pumpkins for Halloween! 
Notes and reminders:
  • Early release on Friday, November 7th 
  • No school Monday and Tuesday November 10th and 11th 

Have a great weekend! 

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!