Friday, May 22, 2015

5W News

Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday on our Boston field trip!  It was an awesome day!

The end of the year is upon us and we are busier than ever!  We are still uncovering the events of the American Revolution, reading for our book groups and writing an informational piece on the American Revolution.  We will have our last math test next week on multiplying and dividing fractions.  We will also try to squeeze some ecology in there, too!

As June begins we will begin working on our class play- "Revivor: Constitution" as we learn about our nation forming a government.  We will also be forming construction teams to construct toothpick bridges to see who can create the strongest bridge!

Here are the events for the rest of the year: 
June 1- Grandparent lunch
June 4 and 5- Nurse Lily talk on puberty
June 8- CMS guidance visits us
June 11- Field day
June 12- Odiorne Point field trip (all are welcome to attend and meet us there)
June 15- Field trip to CMS
June 18- Play and bridge presentation 11:30 in our classroom
June 18- 5th grade celebration 6:30 cafeteria
June 19- last day and final walk out of the school at 2:30

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Boston Field Trip

Good Morning!  We have two parents- Robyn Gillis and Heidi Bunnell that were chosen by lottery to join us on the bus for our field trip.  All other parents are welcome and encouraged to attend and meet us in Boston!  If you are driving and plan on bringing home your child from Boston you must fill out a form in the office before we leave- no exceptions will be made.  

Here is our schedule for the day:

7:45 Students arrive at SMS
8:00 Leave SMS
10:00-11:00 Boston Tea Party Museum
11:00 Walk to Boston Common and eat lunch
12:00-2:00 Meet docent for two hour walking tour (Freedom Trail)
2:15 Board bus on Commercial Street near skating rink
2:30 Arrive at Bunker Hill Monument
3:30 Board bus back to SMS
4:15 Arrive back at SMS

Parents meeting us there will have to pay separate admission to:

Boston Tea Party Museum
Freedom Trail  (the docents collect the money and actually never really check but...maybe bring cash for a tip? They are usually pretty amazing...)
Bunker Hill Monument (only if you want to climb)

Let me know if you have any questions!  Thank you!

Friday, May 8, 2015

5V News

Happy May!  We are back at it and fully immersed in the American Revolution (and fractions!).  I love this time of year leading up to our field trip to Boston!  We are reading historical fiction novels in book groups that take place during the time of the Revolution, we are studying the events and people of the time and eventually we will be writing about a topic of choice within the American Revolution.  Our overarching question is, "What is the story of the American Revolution?" and we are starting with a blank timeline on the back wall.  Students will be exploring the different perspectives of different people using text sets- primary sources, podcasts, photos, songs, trade books, videos and making their own meaning of The American Revolution.

Boston field trip:
Thank you for getting those permission slips back!  We will do a lottery next week to see which parents will be joining us on the bus!  All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend by meeting us in Boston.  I will give more information about the itinerary as it gets closer.

Upcoming dates:
May 21- Boston field trip
June 1- Grandparent lunch
June 8- CMS guidance visits us (date change)
June 11- Field day at Stratham Hill Park
June 12- Odiorne field trip
June 15- Field trip to CMS
June 18- parents invited to classroom (time TBD)
June 18- 5th grade celebration 6:30
June 19- last day and 5th grade parade (final walk out of the building) 2:30