Optional Online Social Studies Test

Due to the MANY snow days, I have decided to give students the option to complete the social studies test online. If students prefer, they may take the paper & pencil version of the test at school on the day we return. 
 
If your child chooses to take the test online:
  • He or she must work on the test with a parent or guardian in the room.
  • Use academic honesty and integrity
  • He or she must work independently. 
  • Students may not look at any study materials (study guide, maps, notes, Quizzizz, etc.) while they take the test.
  • Students may ask a parent or caregiver to read aloud question(s) that are confusing, but that person may not help the student select answers. 
  • Students may only take the test one time. 
  • A parent/caregiver will be asked to agree that the student will follow the guidelines above before the student may complete the test.
I sent an invitation to students via their school email accounts to take the test online if they wish.
Again, taking the test online is OPTIONAL. Students may choose to take the pencil/paper version of the test upon our return to school if they are more comfortable with that method.
Thanks for your willingness to help try something new!
Matt

Welcome Back + Camp + Valentine’s Day

Hello, parents.

After many days off and then a two-hour delay this morning, I was so glad to see your children’s smiling faces this morning! I will provide the usual weekly update later this week, but I wanted to give you some information on some upcoming events.

  • Fifth-grade camp will be here before we know it! We are looking for parents who would be interested in chaperoning at camp. Today your child should have brought home a sheet detailing the dates of camp and expectations of chaperones. If you are interested in being a chaperone for camp, please follow the instructions on the sheet.
  • Valentine’s Day is next Thursday.
    • In fifth grade, we do not do parties for Valentine’s Day.
    • We will have an optional Valentine exchange. If your child chooses to participate, please have him or her bring a Valentine for each student in the class (29). It is best if your child simply fills out the “From” portion of the Valentine and leaves the “To” portion blank. This makes the distribution process much more efficient.
    • We will decorate bags to use to gather our Valentines, so there is no need to create a box or container to send in.

Valentine’s Day Questions

Hey all! Just a reminder, we do not do an official Valentine’s Day Party in 5th grade.  We will do some fun things in class, however, not a traditional party.  Your child may, if they choose to, prepare Valentine’s cards for everyone in the room.  Please be sure that no one is excluded.  Here is a list for your child to use for names, etc.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone soon! Cross your fingers for no more delays or snow days! -Mr. Cooley

(Another) Snow Day!!!

We have another SNOW DAY today.  Please encourage your child to do at least 30 minutes of learning (see below).  Thanks to our AMAZING PTC (made possible by your WALK•A•THON Donations), $10 Barnes and Noble Gift Cards (one per grade) will be given to randomly drawn students.

Social Studies & Math Tests We will take the Social Studies test when we return to school.  This was scheduled for Friday, however, with that snow day, and now this one, it will be given upon our return. PLEASE have your child STUDY their foldable study guide, Quizizz online practice, and any other materials that they may have at home.  If your child did not take the Math test due to absence on Thursday, this will also be given upon our return.  Have a safe and productive snow day! 🙂

AND EXTRA special INCENTIVE:

Mrs. Reagan pizza party for the classroom that has the MOST PARTICIPANTS in SNOW DAY LEARNING.   She will look at who has participated over all the snow days (last Friday, today …. and maybe other days this week) and the class with the most students who participate will get a PRINCIPAL PIZZA PARTY!

Options for learning:

  1. Read a book or two or three.  ONLINE Learning record for reading minutes.
  2. Learning on MOBYMAX or RAZ-KIDS through Clever.com:
  • Log into https://clever.com/in/hpseagles
  • Select log into other google account.
  • Type in district username followed by @hpsstudents.net
  • Type in password – if your child doesn’t remember the password, choose TIME TO READ instead — or email me, the teacher!
  • Select Elementary Apps
  • Find MOBYMAX OR RAZ KIDS….get started!

Students have until 5 pm tonight to participate.

What’s Coming Up – Week of January 28-February 1, 2019

Hello Parents! Check out some upcoming dates, events, and academic focuses affecting 5th grade!  As an additional note, the weather seems to be more consistently colder and is reminding us that we need students to be bringing (and wearing) their winter gear outdoors- hats, gloves/mittens, boots, snow pants and warm coats.  Some students are skipping on some/all of these when it’s time to play outdoors.  Please reinforce the importance of being proactive.  Another reminder is to stay healthy in the classroom and at home.  We have had multiple students absent each day for the last week or two.  Please know that I am working with them to establish healthy sanitizing practices including washing our hands, using wipes, sneezing/coughing in our arms… please continue this at home.  It’s a balancing act to catch up when they miss important instructional time!

Classroom Supply Request: Tissues and sanitizing wipes! Believe or not, we are getting low on these! If you would like to help support our room, please send in a box of tissues and/or wipes to support our community of snifflers!

Early Release on February 1st & mid-winter break! We will return to school on Wednesday, February 6th!

Camp News:

  • Balance reminders for fifth-grade activity fees will be sent home today on Thursday, Jan. 17. Remaining balances are due by February 1. Please make checks payable to Georgetown Elementary.
  • Information regarding opportunities for parents to volunteer as camp chaperones will be coming home after mid-winter break.
  • Dates for camp this year are May 16-17.

Symphony Field Trip

  • On February 19, fifth graders will have the opportunity to travel to Holland to see a special performance by the Grand Rapids Symphony. We will leave school around 10:15 and return around 1:00.

Hudsonville P.E. Apparel

Math: We are launching Unit 5 which will focus on division of whole numbers and decimals.  Once again, it is incredibly important that your child keeps practicing their math facts.  A high level of fact fluency is a great indicator for future math success!

ELA: Historical Fiction: We are continuing to focus on becoming powerful readers of historical fiction texts.  Students are reading historical fiction novels in small groups as book clubs. To keep up with reading expectations, it is important for your child to honor their group’s reading plan.    

  • Reminder….The students are expected to read 100 minutes a week. As a parent please initial the log when they read at home, showing you confirm your child has read for the minutes recorded.

Social Studies: We are exploring life in colonial America.

Science:  We are continuing to study the unit, “Ch-ch-changes” on physical changes.

We conducted an investigation that examined the thermal conductivity of three different types of metal.

Students worked on identifying controlled variables, and the independent and dependent variables.

Students recorded the time it took for portions of crisco and butter to melt along the metal strips.

We conducted the investigation twice after reflecting that our controlled variables needed to be tightened up!

Student-suggested changes were to change the Crisco to butter so that it could be more precisely measured. Another change they suggested was to measure out the intervals between the butter and use straight-sided glass beakers instead of the cups.

Overall, I was very impressed and proud to hear students using the scientific process to identify why the first experiment worked and why the second was better. We’ll take our data and graph it and write up our investigation more thoroughly in the form of a C-E-R (Claim Evidence & Reasoning).

 

What’s Coming Up – Week of January 21-25, 2019

Hello parents!  Not too much happening next week outside of the normal, so below you can find some further information about camp and see some of what we are doing in Science! Have a great week!

Camp News:

  • Balance reminders for fifth-grade activity fees will be sent home today on Thursday, Jan. 17. Remaining balances are due by February 1. Please make checks payable to Georgetown Elementary.
  • Information regarding opportunities for parents to volunteer as camp chaperones will be coming home after mid-winter break.
  • Dates for camp this year are May 16-17.

Check out some photos from an activity from our new science unit: Ch-Ch-Changes!

Students worked together and examined different kinds of metals. They were focusing on the physical properties of flexibility, reflectivity, and magnetism.

Students were given a tub full of various kinds of metals and needed to discover ways to sort and compare metals.

Students used flexibility and reflectivity scales, and they recorded responses on their investigation sheets while looking for patterns in the properties.

Students tested the magnetism of the metals.

What’s Coming Up – Week of January 14-18, 2019

Hello parents!  I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season!  Students were telling me the wonderful highlights and fun family moments.  We were talking as a class this week how we will begin tightening expectations in the new year.  Students had the realization that they will become 6th graders in just 5 short months! Eek!  So, we discussed the need to have a positive, growth mindset as we prepare for our big transition and ready ourselves emotionally, socially, and academically.  Lots of activities to come, including diving into some resources and reflection activities with 7 Habits of Highly Effective Students by Stephen Covey. Check out some happenings below!  Cheers to a brand new year!

Miscellaneous:

Early Release: Friday, January 11th.

Camp News:

  • Balance reminders for fifth-grade activity fees will be sent home on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Remaining balances are due by February 1!
  • Information regarding opportunities for parents to volunteer as camp chaperones will be coming home shortly after midwinter break.

Math: We are working on a unit that focuses on multi-digit multiplication of whole numbers and decimals.  Please continue to help your child with their multiplication math facts.

ELA: Historical Fiction:

  • We are focusing on becoming powerful readers of historical fiction texts.  Students are reading historical fiction novels in small groups as book clubs.  To keep up with reading expectations, it is important for your child to honor their group’s reading plan.    
  • Reminder….The students are expected to read 100 minutes a week. As a parent please initial the log when they read at home, showing you confirm your child has read for the minutes recorded.

Social Studies: We are exploring the early English settlements and colonization.  Be on the lookout for study materials that focus on the 13 colonies.

Science: We are kicking off our new unit, “Ch-ch-changes” on physical changes.  Check out some images and a video from our last unit below!

We had a great time during our holiday breakfast!

The tables were decorated and set nicely!

Everyone enjoyed the special time together! Thanks for your contributions!

In Science, we conducted a shoreline investigation.

Students observed the effects of waves on a natural seashore…

…and built some seawalls to observe the effects on the natural land nearby.

What’s Coming Up – Week of December 17-21, 2018

Hello parents! Check some things that are happening before our winter break next week!

Holiday Music Program:

Georgetown’s 3rd-5th grade holiday music program will be from 7:45 – 8:15 (Students report no earlier than 7:30) on Thursday, December 13th at Fair Haven Church.  Please click the link HERE to see more detailed program information from Mrs. Bretz. 

Early Release:

Friday, December 14th.

Holiday Class Party:

Our classroom holiday party will be on Friday, Dec. 21. We will be having a breakfast. WE STILL HAVE SOME THINGS AVAILABLE TO SIGN UP FOR IF YOU”D BE WILLING! SEE THEM AT our SignUp.com website: http://signup.com/go/LasncUf!

  • If you are volunteering in person, make sure that you have a BACKGROUND CHECK on file with us! Not sure? Here is the link: BACKGROUND CHECK
  • If you are coming in to volunteer, you may come in at 9:00 to help set up and begin preparations. It’ll be a little chaotic for a few minutes, but we’ll put our heads together to make this place look and feel special!

Holiday Break:

Our last day of school before holiday break will be Friday, December 21.  Have a safe and restful break. We’ll see you on January 7.

ELA: Non-Fiction Texts

  • We are focusing on becoming powerful readers of narrative and expository nonfiction texts, as well as constructing written responses that give evidence to support our thinking.
  • Reminder….The students are expected to read 100 minutes a week. As a parent please initial the log when they read at home, showing you confirm your child has read for the minutes recorded.

Science: We are wrapping up our science unit “Go with the Flow!”

Fun with Our Buddies in Kindergarten! Last week, we got together with Ms. Hutchison’s class to build gingerbread houses!  It was a fun way to get into the winter spirit and do some STEM activities…and satisfy our sweet tooth as well! Check out some photos below of our creations!

We listened to Ms. Hutchison give directions.

We planned out our designs and started our structures.

Our kindergarten buddies were thrilled to have our 5th graders in to help!

The final result was SWEET!

We had lots of fun!

 

Reminders: Social Studies Test, Safety Belts, Holiday Program

Hello, parents!

  • We will be taking our unit 2 social studies test on Friday. Last Friday, students brought home a study guide. Please help your child review the material for a few minutes each day. Quizzizz is another option for students to review by playing a game. The Quizzizz link for Unit 2 can be found in the Subjects Areas tab under Social Studies, Unit 2 or on your child’s Google Classroom page!
  • If your child has a safety belt at home, please have him or her return it. The belts are share between the safety teams and should be returned to school each Monday.
  • Holiday program is this Thursday, Dec. 13. See this post for more details.

What’s Coming Up – Week of December 10-14, 2018

Hello, Parents!  The weeks are flying by as we are heading towards our December holiday break!  Check out some happenings below!

Candy Cane Sale: The annual candy cane sale is coming! Our 5th-grade classes will be selling candy canes to help raise money for their 5th-grade activities. The sale will be through Friday, December 14th. The cost for each candy cane is $1.00 and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered. Thank you in advance for your support!

Holiday Music Program: Georgetown’s 3rd-5th-grade holiday music program will be from 7:45 – 8:15 (Students report no earlier than 7:30) on Thursday, December 13th at Fair Haven Church.  Please click the link HERE to see more detailed program information from Mrs. Bretz.

Toys for Tots: Toys for Tots donations will be accepted until Thursday, Dec. 13. For more information, and to listen to Ainslee and Holiday Cheer Team’s  Toys for Tots Message: click here

Early Release: Friday, December 14th.

Holiday Class Party:  Our classroom holiday party will be on Friday, Dec. 21. We will be having a breakfast. Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/LasncUf!

Check out some fun we’ve been having in our Phenomenal Science unit!

We did a Secchi disk experiment where we measure the visual depth of a disk to determine how much light shines through the top layers of water.

Students used the Secchi disk in three buckets of water mixed with various amounts of debris.

They performed three trials in each bucket and averaged their data for accuracy.

They recorded their findings in data tables and drew models to show what was happening.

They made sure to put their heads together to agree when the Secchi disk “disappeared!”

It took teamwork and cooperation to execute our lab!

Thumbs up for a fun, hands-on investigation!