What’s Coming Up – Week of February 26- March 2, 2018

Hello parents!

Check out the happenings next week and some photos of some of the research we are doing in ELA!  In the photos, partners are listening to each other’s compelling questions, topics, subtopics and facts that they are discovering through the research of their colonial topics.  We have encouraged students to research using mel.org, which has a set of databases which include free articles, ebooks, and other general information.  We have also been practicing with the basics of citing our sources.  If you have some experience with this, feel free to start a conversation with your child on what effective research looks like and how, sometimes, we need to use some GRIT to find what we’re looking for!

Enjoy your weekend!

Math:

  • We are beginning Unit 6: Operations and Word Problems

ELA:

  • We are continuing our research units in both reading and writing.

Social Studies:

  • We are continuing our work on our unit: The Road to the Revolution.

Misc.

    • All parents submitted an interest form for chaperoning at camp will be notified whether they’ve been selected on February 28.
    • 5th grade will be attending a Grand Rapids Symphony performance on February 27th.  We will be out of the classroom from 10:00-1:00.
    • 5th grade will be heading to Hudsonville High School on Thursday, March 1 to learn information about upcoming middle choices. We will be gone from Georgetown from 12:30-2:30.
    • Conference confirmation slips will be going home in your child’s backpack on Monday, Feb 26! Be on the lookout!

What’s Coming Up – Week of February 19-23, 2018

Hello parents! Whew! With winter break and a snow day mixed in, it’s been a long week of getting back into our rhythms and routines.  Never-the-less, we are keeping up with hard work as we continue through February.  We’ve completed and another social studies and science unit and are looking forward to tackling some heavier ELA units where we will be examining informational writing and take a deeper dive into what effective research looks like and how to report out our findings.

We have had some fun as well with a math review in rap form.  We use Flocabulary, a vocabulary review website that uses music and rap to reinforce concepts we’ve learned in the room.  In math, we have been learning all about division or whole-number and decimals and used Flocabulary to review what we’ve learned so far.  Students needed to write and perform a rap that taught us the steps through rhyming and examples, plus, it was fun to see them express their understanding in a different way! Click below for a couple of snippets of our work!

Miscellaneous

    • All parents submitted an interest form for chaperoning at camp will be notified whether they’ve been selected for on February 28.
    • 5th grade will be attending a Grand Rapids Symphony performance on February 27th.  We will be out of the classroom from 10:00-1:00.

What’s Coming Up – Week of February 12-16, 2018

Valentine’s Activities

  1. Our Valentine’s activity for fifth grade will be a classroom activity.
  2. We will NOT need parent volunteers for our activity, but we will be asking for snack donations. Please follow this link to sign up for Valentine’s Day!Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps: 
    1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com!
    2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
    3. Sign up! Choose your spots – SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
  3. We will have classroom Valentine exchanges on February 14. If your child chooses to participate, please send in a Valentine for every student in the class. Cooley Valentine’s List

Parent chaperones are needed for fifth-grade camp, which is on May 17-18.

  • A form came home this past week with information about volunteering as a chaperone.
  • If you’re interested in volunteering, please return the form no later than Wednesday, February 14.
  • Names of interested parents will be entered into a drawing.
  • All parents will be notified whether they’ve been selected on February 28.

Math

  • We are continuing Unit 5: Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals.

ELA:

  • We will begin a research unit in both reading and writing.

Social Studies:

  • We are finishing up our unit on Life In the Colonies. Students will have a test early this week on this unit. The study guide has been sent home.

Science:

  • We continue our unit called, “Ch-Ch-Changes,” that has to do with matter.

What’s Coming Up – Week of February 5-9, 2018

Miscellaneous:

  • Mid-winter Break = no school on Monday, February 5 or Tuesday, February 6
  • Parent chaperones are needed for fifth-grade camp, which is on May 17-18.
    • Look for a form to come home with information about volunteering as a chaperone.
    • If you’re interested in volunteering, please return the form no later than Wednesday, February 14.  
    • Names of interested parents will be entered into a drawing.
    • All parents will be notified whether they’ve been selected on February 28.
  • Valentine’s Activities
    • Our Valentine’s activity for fifth grade will be a classroom activity.
    • We will NOT need parent volunteers for our activity, but we will be asking for snack donations. Look for an email with information from your child’s classroom teacher regarding donation opportunities.
    • We will have classroom Valentine exchanges on February 14. If your child chooses to participate, please send in a Valentine for every student in the class.  Click here for a link to a list of students’ first names. 

Midweek Reminders!

Hello parents!
A couple things came to mind this morning and I thought I would share them before they leap out of my mind!  Please note the following items!
  • 5th-grade activity fee is due tomorrow, February 1st!  Chaperone info will be coming out soon in the next week or two.
  • Dress like a gym teacher on Friday! Encourage your child to dress sporty on Friday as they will play the teachers in floor hockey!
  • Donation Request: tissues and wipes!  We are battling germs like superheroes in here by wiping down our desks, chairs and common areas.  That means that we have been using a ton more Chlorox-type wipes every week than normal.  With cases of the flu this flu season being higher than normal, we want to continue to battle it out but are beginning to run low on our supply.  Would you consider donating a container or two of both wipes and tissues?  Thanks!

What’s Coming Up – Week of January 29-February 2, 2018

Miscellaneous:

  • Any remaining balances for fifth-grade camp/activities will be due on February 1.
  • Early release Friday, Feb. 2.
  • Mid-winter break – no school Monday, Feb. 5 and Tuesday, Feb. 6
  • Watch for information on the opportunity to volunteer as a chaperone for fifth-grade camp. This will be sent home after mid-winter break.

Math

  • We are beginning Unit 5: Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals.

ELA:

  • We are in the middle of our historical fiction unit. Students are participating in book clubs to deepen their understanding of the text and genre.

Social Studies:

  • We have finished our unit on the colonization and settlements of early America and will be beginning a new unit of life in the colonies.

Science:

  • We continue our new unit called, “Ch-Ch-Changes,” that has to do with matter.
  • Check out some photos below of a mystery powder investigation this week.

What’s Coming Up – Week of January 22-26, 2018

Happy Friday Parents!  A shorter message this week.  Please read carefully as it pertains to camp.  Below, you can check out some pictures that give a little insight into what we’ve been learning about this week.  Enjoy your weekend!

Miscellaneous:

  • Any remaining balances for fifth-grade camp/activities will be due on February 1. An updated account reminder went home this week.
  • A couple questions came in regarding chaperones for camp.  We will be sending out a chaperone interest note on February 7th to ask for interest, once those are received back on February 14th, we will do lottery if interest exceeds the number we can take.

In science this week we have been looking at classifying and sorting materials by looking at their physical properties.  

We came up with some sorting criteria based off of some mystery materials.

We used sticky notes to capture our categories.

We grouped and sorted materials accordingly.

 

In ELA, we are working through historical fiction novels in our book clubs.  We’ve been talking through what it means to research on the run as we grasp the historical context in which we find our characters.  We’ve used our resources to dive deeper into the settings of our novels to give us clarity and a deeper understanding of our characters’ thoughts, feelings, and actions.

Students looked at maps of the locations of some key places during the American Revolution.

Students shared their findings with each other as they pieced together clues that helped make their stories come alive.

Students are using their book club packets to record details that aid in the comprehension of their novels.

Students examine videos that bring to life the stories they are reading about.

What’s Coming Up – Week of January 15-19, 2018

Happy New Year!  Welcome back to school and to a new year, 2018!  I’m so excited to continue with your awesome kiddos.  I feel rested, refreshed and energized!  Let’s work together to make this a great second half of the year! Check out some happenings below for next week!

Math

  • We are continuing with Unit 4: Multiplication with Whole Numbers and Decimals.

ELA:

  • We are jumping into our historical fiction unit. Students are participating in book clubs to deepen their understanding of the text and genre.

Social Studies:

  • We have begun our unit focusing on the colonization and settlements of early America.

Science:

  • We started our new unit called, “Ch-Ch-Changes,” that has to do with matter. Yesterday, we did a hands-on investigation to find out how different metals behave when heated. The investigation involved using small candles to heat strips of three different metals. Students measured the time that it took for equal amounts of shortening to melt at three different points on each metal strip. They used this information to conclude that some metals transfer heat more quickly than others. We learned that this is called thermal conductivity. Before students touched any materials or equipment, we talked about some procedures for lab safety and the importance of everyone following these procedures at all times. Your young scientists really impressed me with the care and responsibility they showed in the lab as well as with the way they applied their own knowledge and observations to the topic at hand.  Here are pictures of some of the groups hard at work observing, timing, and recording data.

  

Miscellaneous:

  • Any remaining balances for fifth-grade camp/activities will be due on February 1. We will provide an updated account reminder early next week.
  • Beginning M0nday, January 16, I will be asking that students are working on their Moby Max Fact Fluency goals daily at home.
    • Students are expected to practice their math facts using Moby Max five minutes per school night.
    • Fifth-grade math includes more complicated concepts, and fact fluency is crucial to a student’s success.
    • Students should log in through Clever. There is a link to Clever in the technology links on the right side of the blog.
  • Independent Reading Reminders
    • Students are expected to read outside of the school day for 100 minutes each week.
    • This breaks down to 2o minutes, 5 times per week.
    • I officially check reading logs each Monday, but I sometimes do spot checks as well, so please make sure that your child is keeping his or her reading log in the take-home folder.
    • Students are to log the number of minutes read per day and have a parent or caregiver initial each day.
    • Students are to write the total number of minutes in the box at the end of each week.
    • Students are to list the books they are reading at home on the back of the sheet.
    • Parents, it is your child’s responsibility fill in everything except the parent initials. This is a good opportunity for your child to practice responsible work habits in preparation for middle school.

What’s Coming Up – Week of December 18-22

Good afternoon and Happy Friday!  Whew! With the Holiday Program, it sure made for a busy week!  We have one week left before our holiday break!  This next week should be filled with wrapping up a few loose ends academically and then celebrating together on Friday.

Last call to signup for anything for our Holiday Breakfast on Friday, Dec 22 from 9:45-10:45! Click the link here to check out what we still need!   Please see the following message from Mrs. Reagan regarding our parties, parent volunteers and parking:

Dear Parents,
Our class holiday party will be attended by the volunteers that are running the party.  This is due to limited parking (snow).  Mrs. Reagan has asked that I submit names of those people who are volunteering to run the party so that she can clear background check information in advance.
I have explained to the children to that this is a volunteer-run party — so not all parents will be attending.  If your child is begging you to come, explain to your child that you cannot come because it is for the parents running this party only.  Thank YOU for your help!
If you are part of the volunteer team (those helping run the party), your names are below.  If I have missed anyone, please let me know by Monday at 4 pm.  
List of parent volunteers:
  • Kim Newenhouse
  • Elizabeth Sayers
  • Amanda Oldebekking
  • Kelli Burri
  • Megan Lemke
  • Holly Peterson
  • Elizabeth Schollart
  • Allison Parm
  • Shannon VanderPloeg

I’m looking forward to it! Below are some pictures from this week!

Making crafts with our kindergarten buddies!