Friday, March 27, 2015

5V News

Parent Conferences:
Parent conferences begin in a couple of weeks.  Here is the schedule so far: PARENT CONFERENCES SPRING 2015  Don't forget to sign up!

Curriculum topics:

  • Fractions
  • Fantasy book clubs
  • Properties of matter
Some activities we did this week:
  • Compared and ordered fractions
  • Practiced putting fractions in simplest form
  • Used pattern blocks to convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions
  • Found a mathematical way to convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions
  • Met with our fantasy book clubs
  • Discussed how our main characters are multi-faceted and have both strengths and flaws
  • Tried to uncover what motivates our main characters in our fantasy books
  • Finished our read aloud- Something Upstairs by Avi
  • Calculated density by finding the mass of an object and divided it by the volume
  • Found the density of materials in relation to water
  • Began discussing how matter changes states
  • Held our own 5V book swap!  
  • Our Smarter Balanced testing will begin Wednesday, April 8th and will continue until April 21st- I will get a schedule out next week 
  • Our 5th grade Artist in residence- Jeff Warner- will begin with us on Monday, April 13th.  More information on Jeff can be found here:
Thanks and have a great weekend!  

Friday, March 20, 2015

5V News

Parent conferences begin the second week of April!  Please use this link to sign up: SPRING CONFERENCES 2015

We are learning about:

  • Fractions
  • Reading fantasy books
  • Properties of matter 
Some activities we did this week:
  • Discovered the rule for finding equivalent fractions
  • Played "Rolling, rolling, rolling" to practice finding equivalent fractions
  • Conducted an investigation to prove that air takes up space
  • Experimented to find which materials are denser than water
  • Met with our fantasy reading groups
  • Discussed how the "dragons" in our fantasy books are often metaphors for something else
  • Mystery Skyped with a college class from Southern New Hampshire!
  • Began practicing for the Smarter Balanced assessment 
Notes and reminders:
  • Next week is Read Across America Week!  Monday is wear crazy socks, Tuesday is wear your favorite hat, Wednesday is wear mismatch clothes, Thursday is dress up as your favorite book character, Friday is drop everything and read day! 
Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Parent Conferences

Parent conferences will begin the second week of April.  Please use this link: PARENT CONFERENCES to sign up for a conference time.  Thank you!