Weekly Updates

This week in class 9/26-9/29

Hope you all had a great weekend. Here’s what’s happening this week!

Things to look out for:

  • There is a Writing test this Thursday, September 28. The students will write a short personal narrative in sixty minutes and demonstrate their knowledge on writing about small moment.
  • There is a Science test this Friday, September 29. It be on mixtures and solutions.
  • The stuff the boot fundraiser continues this week! Help support all the fun activities and programs that help support our students! Donate here: http://sommerpta.my-pta.org

Important Dates:
9/28: Early Release Day
9/30: Fall picture day

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Reading/Writing: In reading, students are learning about origin myths. Today we talked about how origin myths explain phenomena (like there is a Greek myth on how lightning came to be). We will be exploring different myths from different cultures and students will be coming up with their own by the end of the week! In writing, we will be editing and revising our personal narratives this week with peer edits.
  • Math: This week, we are adding to our knowledge of place value and decimals by rounding to the nearest tenths and hundredths. We will also be adding and subtracting decimals through solving real world problems.
  • Science: This week we are wrapping up mixtures and solutions. Students learned how to access their online stemscopes (the book we use in school) accounts so that they can review and explore more at home and at school. There is a link on the blog so ask your child how!
  • Social Studies: This week we continue our unit in Colonization and be starting our first PBL! Students will think of themselves a settlers and make a commercial/advertisement to promote one their colony (one of 13 colonies)!

That’s it for now! Thank you!

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Stuff the Boot

It’s time to Stuff the Boots! The Fall Fundraiser started on September 19th and runs through October 7th!

Classes will compete against each other in each grade level to win Zoey the Zebra & Stanley the Stallion visit their class. The top classes also get a pajama day, and the chance to silly string their teacher (yikes!) and Mrs. Varljen! This  year’s goal is $35,000.00, once the school has reached its goal all the kids will get Kona Ice. A green flyer went home with donating information in last week’s Thursday folders. You can also donate online by going here: http://sommerpta.my-pta.org

Donations from this fundraiser go towards different activities/programs on campus such as Classroom Alternative Seating, Mimios for classrooms, Spelling Bee, Student Council, 5th grade Graduation, field trips, Candyland, Destination Imagination, Math Superstars, Choir, and so much more! Watch the video below for more!

Got questions? sommerfallfundraiser@gmail.com

Weekly Updates

This week in class 9/19-9/23

Hope you all had a great weekend. Here’s what’s happening this week!

Things to look out for:

  • There is a Reading test this Friday, September 23. It be on analyzing a fictional text and answering response questions related to the text.
  • Also, for our vision and hearing screening, if your child wears glasses, please be sure to send them to school with them for their screening test.

Important Dates:
9/19: PTA Stuff the Boot fundraiser begins
9/22: Vision and Hearing Screenings, progress reports come home
9/23: Deadline for ordering Spirit wear from PTA
Scholastic Order forms due (online or turned into school)
9/28: Early Release Day
9/30: Fall picture day

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Reading/Writing: In preparation for our first assessment in Reading this Friday, we will continue analyzing different elements of fiction (character traits, suspense, plot, and theme v. main idea). We will be focusing in on a reading strategy called Close Reading for the week. This involves reading a passage multiple times looking for different things each time. There are three stages to Close Reading that help students dig deep into passages. We will be taking notes each day to help students remember the stages. In writing, students will continue organizing their personal narrative drafts by drafting creative leads and conclusions.
  • Math: This week, we will be reviewing decimal places to the hundredths and introducing the thousandths place. We’ve been talking about how fractions can be written as decimals and decimals can be written as fractions. For example. 0.33 can be written as 33/100. Later this week, we will be adding onto their knowledge of decimals by rounding to the nearest tenths and hundredths.
  • Science: This week we will continue exploring mixtures and solutions. So far students have had to separate various materials using tools from the classroom.  Students will continue to expand on their knowledge of what it means when something dissolves vs when it melts.  On top of that, they will explore what happens when combining two liquids, a solid and a liquid, and two solids.
  • Social Studies: This week we begin our unit in Colonization. We will be looking at different early settlements, discussing why they came and what became of them.

That’s it for now! Thank you!

Weekly Updates

This week in class 9/12-9/16

Hope you all had a great weekend. Here’s what’s happening this week!

Things to look out for:
Running Club starts tomorrow. 3rd, 4th, and 5th will be Tuesday & Thursday @ 7:10 – 7:30. No sign-ups required! Students will meet at the Sommer track and be dismissed in time for class.

There is a Math test tomorrow. It will cover prime/composite numbers and simplifying expressions (order of operations).

Important Dates:
9/22: Vision and Hearing Screenings, progress reports come home
9/23: Deadline for ordering Spirit wear from PTA
Scholastic Order forms due (online or turned into school)
9/30: Fall picture day

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Reading/Writing: Students will continue to learn different elements of fiction in order to dig deeper into and think more about their reading. We will talk about how to write summaries which include important details, and analyze character traits. In writing, we will continue personal narratives. They will begin the planning process by selecting a small moment and write with the theme of their story in mind.
  • Math: After tomorrow’s test we will be learning about data analysis to place value of decimals to the thousandths and adding and subtracting rational numbers to solve perimeter problems.  This is a lengthier unit, so we will be doing plenty of problem solving in order to master all of the content!
  • Science: Students will begin a new unit on mixtures and solutions. Through hands on exploration, students will discover how all solutions are a specific type of mixture and the difference between the two.
  • Social Studies:  Today, we had two guest speakers come in and talk to us about immigration in the U.S. There is a nationwide writing competition that our students were invited to participate in and the contest’s theme is “Why I am Glad America is a Nation of Immigrants.”The rest of the week in Social Studies will be about wrapping up our geography unit and discussing immigration in the U.S. as part of Freedom Week.  Today as a part of Freedom Week, we talked about 9/11 and the significance of that day. I read to them “14 Cows for America,” a true story about a Kenyan village who showed support for the US after 9/11 in a special way, and we had a great discussion about kindness and about helping others. Feel free to ask them about what they learned!

Looking forward to a great week! If you haven’t yet, please sign up for my Bloomz updates (I’ve sent an email). It’s another quick way to communicate with me and see what’s going on in our class!

Weekly Updates

This week in class 9/5-9/9

Hope you all had a great long weekend! I’m looking forward to hearing more about the fun activities the students did over the weekend!

Things to look out for this week:
Friday will be our first 3-5 Assembly.  Parents are invited for this event.  It also be grandparents day for students in K and 1st.  There will be a grandparents day for 5th graders later in the year.

Our Science test is Friday on properties of matter.  We’ve done several hands-on activities to cover the variety of ways you can classify matter.  Some things to discuss with your child is all the ways they know how to classify matter, what it means to be a conductor/insulator of thermal energy, and relative density. (*their science journal is a great place to review!)

The Math test has been postponed to Monday (it was originally Thursday). It will cover prime/composite numbers and simplifying expressions (order of operations).  Your child should have a lot of info in their math notebooks to review plus any problems they have done in class.

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Reading/Writing: Students will learn to identify different elements of fiction in order to dig deeper into and think more about their reading. We will talk about theme v. main idea as well as plot. In writing, we will also begin our personal narratives. They will be brainstorming small moments and choose one to start their personal narrative writing.
  • Math: Students will continue exploring prime and composite numbers and practice using the order of operations (without exponents!). In preparation for next week’s test, it will be helpful to review what it means when numbers are either prime/composite and discuss how to simplify expressions. I tell them the more they practice the more comfortable they will be solving, so we will continue to do problem solving in class and for homework.
  • Science: Students will continue discussing different ways to classify matter by exploring the properties of water. Today, we talked about whether the mass of water will change when it changes from a solid to liquid. We will talk more about water, including important temperatures.
  • Social Studies: Students will continue exploring the geography of the U.S. by researching and presenting the different regions of the country. We will present to the rest of the class at the end of this week, so they can learn about the distinct features of each region.

Looking forward to a great week!