Weekly Updates

This week in class 11/14-11/18

Sorry for the late update! A few more days before the week long break! I know this time of year is busy with family, traveling, or resting, but please continue to read with them and encourage them to read on their own. Here’s a little bit about what’s going on in class this week.

Things to look out for:

  • We will have a Math assessment today on multiplication and division, volume, and writing equations with variables and a Reading assessment Thursday on Literary Nonfiction (analyzing reading passages and answering questions)

Important Dates:
11/17: Progress Reports go home
11/17: Field Day Opening Ceremonies
11/18: Field Day

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Reading/Writing: We’re continuing to study literary nonfiction in class. We do have our reading passage assessment from the district over literary nonfiction this Thursday. The students are in the process of publishing their expository essays during writing. This week is also a affix word work week.
  • Math: Our math test for the current unit is today.  The students will be tested over 3×2 digit multiplication, 4/2 digit division, area, volume, and equations with variables.
  • Science:  This week we are starting our landforms unit.  Students will learn about how landforms (sand dunes, deltas, canyons) are created as a result of changes to the Earth’s surface by wind, water, and ice. Students will also learn how erosion and deposition are processes that change the Earth’s surface.
  • Social Studies: We are continuing on with our American Revolution unit and are getting closer to the formation of our country.  The students will learn about the first shots of the war, The Battle of Bunker Hill, and The Second Continental Congress.

That’s it for now! Thank you!

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We voted!

Here are some pictures from today’s voting! Students got to experience showing their IDs, waiting in line to cast their votes, following voting etiquette, and even got a “I  voted” sticker! We watched a updated feed of the results throughout the day to see live results as other classes votes, and the students followed along with our own electoral voting map. We’ve had some great conversations in class and the students have enjoyed learning about how we elect our country’s leaders! Looks like they’ll be ready for Election 2024 when it’s their turn! 🙂

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Weekly Updates

This week in class 11/7-11/11

We are already in November, and as I told the students, with the week break this month, we are going fast and furious to get to everything we need to this month.

Things to look out for:

  • We will have a Writing assessment this Wednesday on writing an informational text (from their own background knowledge) and Science assessment Friday on Force and Motion.
  • The PE coaches are in need of volunteers for Field Day (11/18)Schedule of Events:
    8:00 – 9:50 am             2nd/3rd Grade/PPCD
    10:00 – 11:50 am          4th/5th Grade/PPCD
    12:30 – 2:20 pm            Kinder/1st Grade/PPCD

     

    We have three sessions for Field Day this year due to our large number of students, so we will need more volunteers than ever to make the day a success! If you are able to volunteer at one more multiple sessions, please visit our sign-up genius and pick your station! http://tinyurl.com/psevolunteers

Important Dates:
11/9: Picture retakes
11/11: Veteran’s Day Assembly
11/17: Progress Reports go home
11/18: Field Day

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Reading/Writing: We are exploring the elements of Literary Nonfiction (memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies). In Literary Nonfiction, the genre combines some pieces of narrative and some pieces of expository, presenting the facts in story form. Students will also review making inferences. In writing, students will be revising and editing. They will meet with a peer to revise their draft. We will also be working with spelling this week.
  • Math: Last week we talked about different multiplication and division strategies. This week we will be applying those skills with word problems in order to find the area and perimeter. Students will practice using their knowledge of multiplication and problem solving skills to answer questions about volume.
  • Science:  This week we continue exploring force and motion. Students will do hand-on activities to see how more force is needed in order to move an object with more mass, and they will also explore magnets.
  • Social Studies: We have been talking about a lot of important events leading up to the Revolutionary War. This week we will continue learning about important events and people such as the Founding Fathers and Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride. Tomorrow, we will also be holding our own presidential”election.” As future voters and since we are learning US history and the importance of freedom/choice in 5th grade, the students have been learning about our democratic presidential election process (electoral college), information on the presidential candidates, and the importance of disagreeing in a respectful manner. Students will have a chance to vote in booths that our wonderful staff have made to replicate the real voting process tomorrow! We will talk about voting etiquette and students will bring their IDs to make it as authentic as possible. Throughout the campus election there will be live results showing.

    For our campus it is the RACE TO 28! The candidate that gets 28 electoral votes first, wins.
    o   Each classroom teacher will represent 1 electoral vote.
    o   The candidate who receives the popular vote in a grade level will get all the electoral votes for that grade level.

That’s it for now! Thank you!

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Veterans Day & Thanksgiving Celebration update

A message from Mrs. Varljen concerning the Veteran’s Day Assembly and Thanksgiving luncheon.

Veterans’ Day Celebration:

We will hold our annual Veterans’ Day Assembly next Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:40 am in the cafeteria.  All veterans from our families & communities are invited as our special guests.  A reception honoring these heroes will be held in the library after the assembly.

Veterans’ Day Celebration – Theme: What is Bravery?  Students are encouraged to draw pictures or write essays (pictures should be appropriate and not show violence or gore).  Essays/pictures are due to Therese on Nov. 8 by the end of the school day.  We will choose 3 essays to be read aloud by the student at the Veterans’ Day Assembly and will display pictures/essays in the hallways.

Thanksgiving Luncheon:

This year, our Thanksgiving Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15.  It will be a celebration for our 2nd & 3rd grade students.  We encourage you to invite your grandparents to eat lunch with you on this day (2nd & 3rd graders).  We have a very short turn-around for this event, so please RSVP using this Google form by this Friday, Nov. 4.  Link to RSVP form:  https://goo.gl/forms/TK04UzVfboiAIRdy1

Weekly Updates

This week in class 10/31-11/4

Happy first day of November! Can you believe we’re approaching the Fall break already? Time does fly by fast!

Things to look out for:

  • We will have a reading assessment this Thursday. It is on analyzing an informational text.
  • Report cards will be coming home this Thursday in your child’s Thursday folder. Please sign and return one of the copies in your child’s report card envelope. The other copy is yours to keep.

Important Dates:
11/3: Report cards go home
11/9: Picture retakes
11/11: Veteran’s Day Assembly
11/18: Field Day

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Reading/Writing: We are continuing expository texts in reading and writing. Students will have an assessment in Reading this Thursday where they will be answering questions about an informational text. We have talked about strategies for identifying the main idea of a passage/paragraph, how to write summaries, and how to figure out unknown words with context clues. In writing, students are drafting their expository writing piece on a holiday or tradition that they celebrate. We have constructed our thesis statements and organized our information into paragraphs in order to begin drafting. We will also be working with affixes this week.
  • Math: Last week we talked about different multiplication strategies, and this week we will be working on division. By 5th grade, students will need to be fluent in long division. Like with multiplication, I know they have learned many different strategies for dividing (ladder), but they will need to know how to do division the algorithmic way. We will continue to use word problems to practice applying these skills to the real world.
  • Science:  This week we begin our unit on force and motion. Students will do hand-on activities to see how friction can change a moving object’s speed and position (distance) and how gravity is a constant force.
  • Social Studies: We have gotten into the pre-American Revolution.  Students will experience/see how taxes and the acts that were imposed on them led to growing frustration and desire for independence from Great Britain. Yesterday, we did a fun activity where students were given Smarties to represent their hard earned money. I told them they could eat the ones they had left, but that as their “queen” I would be collecting them as “taxes.” Some taxes included being under the age of 12, having laces, wearing blue, etc… and ranged from 1-3 Smarties. Student quickly saw how unfair it was to lose their Smarties for things out of their control, and some even lost all of them in the end! (Don’t worry, they all left with a new package of Smarties to take home as a treat!) We will be looking at the various British taxes, the Boston Massacre, and other events that influenced the revolution.

That’s it for now! Thank you!