Weekly Updates

This week in class 2/27-3/3

Things to look out for:

  • Unfortunately, it is a week of testing.
    • STAAR Ready Science is this Tuesday
    • Wednesday is our Reading test
    • Friday is our Math test
  • Please take a few minutes to complete the parent survey if you have not already. The district would appreciate any feedback you have. The survey will be open until March 10Parent Climate Survey Link

Important Dates:
2/28: Science STAAR Ready
3/1: Reading test
3/2: 5th grade teachers out for planning day
3/3: Math Test

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Reading/Writing: In reading after our assessment Wednesday, we are reviewing for STAAR. We will be working on skills that were missed on the STAAR ready as well as reviewing genres and working on strategies for the test in March.
  • Math: Our current unit on coordinate planes, algebraic rules, and 2D figures is still going on.  We’ve learned about the characteristics of shapes and classified them based on their attributes. Students have notes in their math journals as well as examples we did in class. I strongly suggest studying now for this test.

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  • Science:  We will be starting our new unit on ecosystems. Students will build on their prior knowledge of what an ecosystem is and explore how organisms interact with both living and nonliving things in order to survive.
  • Social Studies: We are still towards the beginning of our new unit in SS over westward expansion.  This part of the unit takes place over a few days because of the fact that we identify the motivations of the 49ers, the impact Chinese workers had on the development of the Transcontinental Railroad, and other factors that attributed to the growth of the gold industry out west.  We do not have a date set for this test, but expect more information to come out over the next week or so
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Weekly Updates

This week in class 2/20-2/26

Things to look out for:

  • We will have a Science Assessment Monday on the water cycle and weather and climate
  • STAAR Ready Science is this Tuesday

Important Dates:
2/27: Science test over weather/climate & water cycle
2/28: Science STAAR Ready
3/1: Reading test
3/2: 5th grade teachers out for planning day
3/3: Math Test

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Reading/Writing:The cereal box bio projects were a huge success!  I really loved seeing the creativity of our students and the hard work they put into the project.

    The remainder of this unit will revolve around connecting themes and ideas across genres.  This primarily will deal with reading text from poetry, nonfiction, and fiction and see how they relate to each other.  There will be an assessment for this unit.  Our plan is to take it next Wednesday (3/1) In writing, this week we will be finishing our procedural writing assignment.  The students have been writing about something they are experts on.

  • Math: Our current unit on coordinate planes, algebraic rules, and 2D figures is still going on.  The class has done a really great job with the first two categories and our focus will be moving towards classifying 2D figures this week.  This can be a little difficult because this portion of the unit is not simply about identifying shapes.  It also includes creating a hierarchy based on the features of each shape.  An example would be:

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We will work on multiple examples of this over the next week and a half in preparation for the test.  The plan is to test on Friday, March 3rd.

  • Science:  Our current unit has been a review of the water cycle and a continuation of learning the differences between weather and climate.  The students did come in with a lot of knowledge on both subjects and have done well so far in class. We identified features on a weather map and the difference between weather and climate. We then will review for the unit and test next Monday.
  • Social Studies: We are still towards the beginning of our new unit in SS over westward expansion.  The students learned about the Indian Removal Act of 1830 on yesterday and today we learned about the Gold Rush of 1849.  This part of the unit takes place over a few days because of the fact that we identify the motivations of the 49ers, the impact Chinese workers had on the development of the Transcontinental Railroad, and other factors that attributed to the growth of the gold industry out west.  We do not have a date set for this test, but expect more information to come out over the next week or so.

Today we had the author Nathan Hale come to speak to our 5th graders about his books! He writes his books on historical events and stories. He is a comic and author, and today, he shared the history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition through drawing and fantastic storytelling! The students were so engaged and could relate his drawings to what we learned and are learning in history.

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That’s it for me! Thanks!