Building complete circuits Tuesday in Science.
1- Can you first make the light turn on?
2- Can you make more than one light turn on at the same time?
3- Can you find a way to build your circuit so that each bulbs glows equally brightly?
A new reading record will be going home later this week but during class reading for now students are encouraged to try a different genre of book (like a non-fiction) or to buddy read since they are not responsible to complete an individual reading record.
Monday/Tuesday: Book talks (script and presentations) are due by Friday. This is the second time this year that we have done this project. Checklists and rubrics were handed out early last week. Help at home to practice the presentations and be sure all parts (from the checklist) are included is much appreciated!
Grade 5 - final needles Thursday:
1:00 - Electric car presentation. Lots of fabulous tips and ideas for when we built our electric cars next month will be shared during this presentation brought to us by George Pactirik from Science is... Friday:
Since spring break we have had a number of conversations about start times in our classroom. There are a few students arriving consistently late each day. This impacts everyone in our classroom and has also been causing difficulties for our specialist teachers because I can't accurately take attendance and send students to their first class until everyone trickles in.
Could you have a short discussion at home about this? Ask your child to reflect on if they are making it to class, prepared with all of their supplies, each morning. Are they making it to the next class in an amount of time that is appropriate for this transition?
The doors open to come into the hallway and rooms at 8:30.
Classes start at 8:45 each morning with announcements. Everyone should be in their class by that time at the latest. The classroom door will be closed at that time as well.
Thank you for your support with this at home as well! If you have any questions, please let me know.
There's lots of busy and great things happening in class this week :)
- new spelling lists (#11) have been handed out to study. As well as studying, this week's homework assignment is spelling assignment #3 is due Friday morning.
Tuesday - Math review quiz. This quiz will be the same length and type of questions as on the study quiz sent home the beginning of last week. These skills in adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing are key concepts for continuing to grow in math each year.
- ZAP interactive presentation about electrical safety @1:00
-Novel study questions for chapters 1-6 are due
- Novel study assignments are due. Grade 4: Cause and effect. Grade 5: Characterization
- Reading Records are due. Please sign these if you have had a chance to look at the completeness of your child's answers. How much detail, as well as how specific their answers are, help to show greater understanding of the novels they are choosing to read.
- Spelling test and homework are due
- Flashlight Friday! Our windows have some new coverings to add a little more darkness to our classroom and we're going to try again for another Flashlight Friday. Students are invited to bring either a pillow or blanket to make a cozy reading nest, along with their own flashlight, for a period of sustained reading.
If it hasn't made it back to school yet, please send portfolios back in so that we can continue to fill them with the rest of our learning this year.
Also - for French class students need to collect the clothes from home that they will need to do their fashion shows next Tuesday.
Tomorrow afternoon we will also have a school wide lock down practice. We have talked about this and practiced it together in the classroom this week. If this conversation comes up at home please help to assure your child that, just like fire drills, these practices are just to help us be prepared :) If you have any questions yourself, please let me know.
Finally - I know a lot of you are just as involved in studying as your child at this grade level. Thank you for all of the help and support while your child reviews adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing to be prepared for their review quiz next Tuesday.
Welcome back from what I hope was a restful and fun filled spring break!
Handed out today is a practice quiz for math (review of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing). This is to help with studying at home but should not be the only questions practiced to be ready. A few questions of practice each day would be great studying! The quiz will be next Tuesday. Tuesday -
new reading records will be handed out (due back next Thursday) Wednesday - Electrical safety quiz: this short quiz deals with how to be safe when handling electricity. This needs to be completed by all students before they move forward to using electricity in our labs. We have watched videos and discussed what makes the things happening in a picture unsafe. Preparation for this quiz will be mainly done in the classroom. Questions that could be found on this quiz will be basic things like
Is it safe to use electrical appliances around water?
Should you use electrical tape or masking take to hold wires to a battery?
What could happen if you put something metal into an electrical plug?
Nothing due - but keep reviewing to be ready for the math quiz next week
Have a happy spring break. Safe travels to everyone that plan to get away as well!
Thanks very much to all the parents and students that made it in for our meetings. I hope that you enjoy looking through your child's portfolio with them and exploring the learning and growing that they have been doing! Once you have had a chance to explore everything, please tuck this important binder back into their backpack for safe keeping and return it to school as soon as possible.
I'll see everyone back here Monday, April 9th.
Spring break starts for students this Thursday. Because of our shortened and busy week there will be no weekly homework assignment. Tuesday: Reading Records are due completed. Science fair is taking place in the gym.
Wednesday: Parent-teacher-student interviews from 5:00-8:00. Please respect everyone's time by arriving promptly and being mindful of the next appointment. Taking your child's portfolio home after interviews to spend more time going through it is encouraged :)
Thursday: Last student day this week. Happy spring break. Classes return April 9th.
Parent-teacher-student interviews from 4:00-7:00
Friday: No school for students. Parent-teacher-student interviews from 8:30-12:00
Happy Monday! I hope everyone has been able to get out and enjoy the sunshine the last few days :)
I received an email Friday afternoon that our latest book orders have shipped so those should be arriving the end of this week or early next week. Monday: students have a new reading record (to be completed by next Tuesday) and they are doing spelling list #10
Tuesday: tomorrow is Smoothie day for our class. Our foods students will be treating everyone to a small homemade smoothie. Yum yum!
Friday: Spelling test for list #10, assignment #1 on the list to be handed in at that time.
Social - final tribes research to be completed.
* Coming next week Parent-student-teacher interviews: Wednesday and Thursday evening as well as Friday morning. By now you have already received confirmation of your time. If for some reason you aren't able to make your booked appointment time, please let me know. Thanks! *