Week of February 12th

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Happy Monday!

Important information and reminders:

Progress reports were sent home last Friday.  Please keep in mind that there are not many grades at this point, especially because of the snow days. As more grades are input, the weight of each grades lessens.  Use the progress reports as an opportunity to talk with your child about what he/she can do to maintain or increase their grade.  Work skills are impacting some of the students- how can your child do better in this area?  Are they listening during the lesson? Focusing on the work during work time? Using their time wisely? Please sign and return the progress reports. Thank you!

Family Dinner Night.  Join us Tuesday, 2/13 from 4:30-8:30 at The LoKal for Big Shanty Spirit Night! When ordering, please mention that you are from Big Shanty so that a portion of the sales comes right back to Big Shanty!

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week.  This is a week in which we celebrate teachers, bus drivers, counselors, the nurse, office staff, and custodians! The theme for each day:

  • Monday- “A Simple Note of Thanks!” Bring a handwritten note or card.
  • Tuesday- “Thank You for Helping Me Grow!” Bring a flowerpot, flower, or plant.
  • Wednesday- “You are Very Sweet!”  Bring a sweet treat.
  • Thursday- “You are Quite Sharp!” Being a school supply for the classroom.
  • Friday- Thank You for Being YOU!” Bring something your teacher loves.

Valentine’s Day– Ms. Burke and Ms. Early’s classes will exchange Valentines on 2/14. Please send your child in with their valentines that day.  Be sure to send one for each student in class.  There are 25 students in Burke’s class and 24 students currently in Early’s class.  Have your child write that it is from them, but do not fill out the To: section.  Just leave it blank.  Also, you do NOT need to provide a box for your child to collect valentines.  Students will have an opportunity to decorate bags in class.

-Next week is February Break.  Enjoy the week off, but don’t forget to have your child read and get on First in Math!

St. Patrick’s Day Dance– Friday, March 16th, 2:30-3:30. Let your child come have fun! For $5, your student will get a cookie and a bottle of water and get to spend the hour having fun and dancing with friends! All proceeds go to Relay for Life. Your child may be picked up immediately following the dance, or they may go to ASP. Please return the form by Thursday, March 15th.

Yearbook: A pink paper went home with yearbook information. Highlights:

  •  Yearbooks must be ordered by March 16th.
  • 5th grade dedications are available for $25.  1/4 page.  Dedications are due March 16th.
    • How to order: Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com
    • Enter order number 20824
    • Navigate to the Online Ad Creator
  • Email [email protected] with any questions.

-The Junior Optomist (JOI) Club at Big Shanty is doing a service project to assist victims of family violence.  They are filling socks with items that are needed.  liveSAFE Resources provides assistance to the victims in many ways, one of which is an emergency shelter.  Socks are already provided, but we need you to help fill them! They are in need of the following items (all travel-size):

-shampoo

-soap

-toothpaste

-toothbrushes

-small combs

–deodorant

-lotion

-toy or fun item such as cards, crayons, cars, or stickers

Thank you for helping us assist those in need!

STEM Day was last Friday.  Ms. Early’s class rocked the electromagnets! After running some tests and collecting data, we came up with the claim that the more coils there are wrapped around the nail, the stronger the magnet.  When testing final protoypes, the groups were able to pick up 6, 9, 26, 26, 38, and 70 staples!!  WOW! Way to go Ben, Emily, Kamron, and Keidy!!! Picking up 70 staples with an electromagnet is impressive!!!

-Optional Milestones Review Guide:

Calendar with suggested study topics:

BSI 5th Grade Georgia Milestones Study Guide Homework Calendar 2018-252ijk8

ELA:

ELA study guide-2b3a2oy

5th_grade_ela_study_guide_short-22c6far

Math:

5th_grade_math_georgia_milestones_common_core_gps_study_guide-2016-1gt7s0d

Science:

georgia_milestones_study_guide_for_science_2015-y63r6z

Social studies:

georgia_milestones_5th_grade_cumulative_social_studies_review_2015-1mxct0k

 

This week:

In grammar, our mentor sentence is from the book Wilma Unlimited. This book tells about the triumphs of Wilma Rudolph, an Olympic medalist in the area of track and field during the 1956 and 1960 Olympics. Our focus will be on verb tenses and conjunction to form compound sentences.  We do work with this sentence each day and then take a quiz on Friday.  Students are welcome to bring their sheet home on Thursday to review for the quiz, but I do ask that they bring the paper back to keep in their  writing folder to use as a resource.

In reading, we are finishing up our 2nd nonfiction unit this week.  We will be working on comparing and contrasting craft across texts, summarizing, and using text features to gather more information before taking the post-assessment for this unit.

In writing, the students will be finishing their second persuasive piece.  After doing research in reading, they have been writing a piece trying to convince the reader to agree with their opinion on the topic of plastic water bottles, zoos, extreme sports, or protecting sharks.  We will continue writing rough drafts after learning about rebuttals and counterclaims as well as evaluating evidence. After spending some time revising and editing, students will publish their finished piece.

This week in math:

We will be finishing up our study of quadrilaterals and beginning to learn about the coordinate plane and how it is used to make data easier to understand.

Each evening, students should be on First in Math for 30 minutes.  Another option is to review Milestone Math materials for 30 minutes.   Students must take notes over what they are learning, get parent initials, and will have a special prize when they show me their work.

Science:  We are finishing up our study of Electricity with a quiz on Friday.  Students have notes that will help them prepare.

Social Studies:  We will begin our study of World War I.

 

Let’s make this a wonderful week!

 


Science Virtual Labs

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Static Lab

file:///C:/Users/bmm11114/AppData/Local/Packages/Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe/TempState/Downloads/balloons-and-static-electricity_en%20(1).html

Circuit Lab 1

file:///C:/Users/bmm11114/AppData/Local/Packages/Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe/TempState/Downloads/circuit-construction-kit-dc_en.html

Circuit Lab 2

file:///C:/Users/bmm11114/AppData/Local/Packages/Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe/TempState/Downloads/circuit-construction-kit-dc-virtual-lab_en.html

 

 


Week of February 5th

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Happy Monday!

Important information and reminders:

-Progress reports will come home Friday.  Please keep in mind that there are not many grades at this point, especially because of the snow days. As more grades are input, the weight of each grades lessens.  Use the progress reports as an opportunity to talk with your child about what he/she can do to maintain or increase their grade.  Work skills are impacting some of the students- how can your child do better in this area?  Are they listening during the lesson? Focusing on the work during work time? Using their time wisely? Please sign and return the progress reports. Thank you!

-Yearbook: A pink paper went home with yearbook information. Highlights:

  •  Yearbooks must be ordered by March 16th.
  • 5th grade dedications are available for $25.  1/4 page.  Dedications are due March 16th.
    • How to order: Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com
    • Enter order number 20824
    • Navigate to the Online Ad Creator
  • Email [email protected] with any questions.

-Valentine Grams are on sale for $1 each.  Complete the tickets and return your form and $ to send a Valentine Gram to a friend.

-Valentine’s Day- Ms. Burke and Ms. Early’s classes will exchange Valentines on 2/14. Please send your child in with their valentines that day.  Be sure to send one for each student in class.  There are 25 students in Burke’s class and 24 students currently in Early’s class.  Have your child write that it is from them, but do not fill out the To: section.  Just leave it blank.  Also, you do NOT need to provide a box for your child to collect valentines.  Students will have an opportunity to decorate bags in class.

-The Junior Optomist (JOI) Club at Big Shanty is doing a service project to assist victims of family violence.  They are filling socks with items that are needed.  liveSAFE Resources provides assistance to the victims in many ways, one of which is an emergency shelter.  Socks are already provided, but we need you to help fill them! They are in need of the following items (all travel-size):

-shampoo

-soap

-toothpaste

-toothbrushes

-small combs

–deodorant

-lotion

-toy or fun item such as cards, crayons, cars, or stickers

Thank you for helping us assist those in need!

-STEM Day is Friday! Please see the blue paper that went home in Thursday folders for a list of items we are in need of to help make it a successful day of learning for the kids.

-Both classes are running low on some items.  We are in need of dire need of tissues.  We also need paper towels, Clorox wipes, Lysol spray, blue or black ballpoint pens, and sharpened pencils.  Some items we would love to have are gently used books and gently used indoor recess games. Board games and card games are enjoyed by the children.  Thank you!  A BIG THANK YOU GOES OUT TO NATE, EMILY, AND TYLER FOR THEIR DONATIONS!! 

-Optional Milestones Review Guide:

Calendar with suggested study topics:

BSI 5th Grade Georgia Milestones Study Guide Homework Calendar 2018-252ijk8

ELA:

ELA study guide-2b3a2oy

5th_grade_ela_study_guide_short-22c6far

Math:

5th_grade_math_georgia_milestones_common_core_gps_study_guide-2016-1gt7s0d

Science:

georgia_milestones_study_guide_for_science_2015-y63r6z

Social studies:

georgia_milestones_5th_grade_cumulative_social_studies_review_2015-1mxct0k

 

This week:

Our mentor sentence comes from the book Trouper.  It focuses on an introductory element followed by a comma and similes.

This week in writing, we will learn about leads and endings , transitions, and elaboration in an opinion writing piece. After the lessons, students will get to apply what they learned in their writing piece. In reading, we will continue research for our opinion pieces, looking specifically at the craft moves an author is making.  We will also learn how to evaluate arguments- what makes an argument strong? We will continue looking at point of view across multiple texts on the same topic as well.

In math we are classifying two dimensional polygons.  Students have a visual flowchart that we have gone over in class, and will be using regularly, as well as pages of beautiful class notes.  Several students are using their devices to capture notes and then rewriting them.  WHAT A GREAT IDEA!

 

Wednesday, we will have a quadrilateral quiz.  Students will need to study class notes.  I am adding below some very helpful video clips for your child to review.

Triangle Classification:

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=video+of+triangles+sides+and+angles&qpvt=video+of+triangles+sides+and+angles&view=detail&mid=629ABA8617DE18A8E76D629ABA8617DE18A8E76D&&FORM=VDRVRV

Quadrilateral Classification:

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Math+Antics+Classifying+Quadrilaterals&&view=detail&mid=47054CFA264E6A8F9B2247054CFA264E6A8F9B22&&FORM=VDRVRV

 

We are working in class on our “Quadrilateral Project” which was assigned last week.  This project is due FRIDAY, February 9, 2018.  Students have all requirements for this project and understand the expectations.  🙂  I am looking forward to some fantastic creations.

In science we are studying electricity and will be using our knowledge to design and build an electromagnet on Friday during STEM DAY.  Students have graphic organizers for each lesson and need to re-read notes for a quiz this week.  All of what we learned will be showcased in a project to be announced soon.

We just completed our social studies unit on the impact of inventions during the Industrial Revolution.  Students have several visuals and questions we have reviewed in class.   Expect a quiz early next week.

Have a great week!


January 29th UPDATE MATH, SCIENCE and SOCIAL STUDIES

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MATH – We have been busy and finished up our “Fractions Unit.”  However, for the rest of the year I am spiraling our learning by giving review problems from previous standards that will help students understand more deeply.

 

Currently, we are beginning our “Geometry” unit and students will begin with identifying shapes by their attributes.  Students will have fantastic notes on all we are learning, so please be sure to ask them about what we are learning.

 

SCIENCE-  We are beginning our ELECTRICITY unit and will learn about how circuits work, static electricity, magnetism and how electrons work.  Many hands on activities are planned and students will be building an electromagnet on STEM DAY next Friday.  Students will see real world connections and make sense of this SHOCKING material.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES – We have just completed our inventor unit and the impact these inventions had on the INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AND life then, and NOW.    our next unit will be WW1 and will begin when our SCIENCE unit is completed.

 

 


Week of January 29th

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Well, we made it through our first full week of school in a long time! Let’s hope we can keep this up!

Important information and reminders

-The Junior Optomist (JOI) Club at Big Shanty is doing a service project to assist victims of family violence.  They are filling socks with items that are needed.  liveSAFE Resources provides assistance to the victims in many ways, one of which is an emergency shelter.  Socks are already provided, but we need you to help fill them! They are in need of the following items (all travel-size):

-shampoo

-soap

-toothpaste

-toothbrushes

-small combs

–deoderant

-lotion

-toy or fun item such as cards, crayons, cars, or stickers

Thank you for helping us assist those in need!

-Our next STEM Day is coming up! Please see the blue paper that went home in Thursday folders last week for a list of items we are in need of to help make it a successful day of learning for the kids.

-Both classes are running low on some items.  We are in need of dire need of tissues.  We also need paper towels, Clorox wipes, blue or black ballpoint pens, and pencils.  Some items we would love to have are gently used books and gently used indoor recess games. Board games and card games are enjoyed by the children.  Thank you!  A BIG THANK YOU GOES OUT TO NATE AND EMILY FOR THEIR DONATIONS!! 

-Optional Milestones Review Guide:

Calendar with suggested study topics:

BSI 5th Grade Georgia Milestones Study Guide Homework Calendar 2018-252ijk8

ELA:

ELA study guide-2b3a2oy

5th_grade_ela_study_guide_short-22c6far

Math:

5th_grade_math_georgia_milestones_common_core_gps_study_guide-2016-1gt7s0d

Science:

georgia_milestones_study_guide_for_science_2015-y63r6z

Social studies:

georgia_milestones_5th_grade_cumulative_social_studies_review_2015-1mxct0k

 

This week:

Our mentor sentence comes from the book Knots on a Counting Rope.  The focus is on figurative language- specifically, similes and personification. A simile is when you compare two things using like or as.  Example: Your smile is as bright as the sun.  You are comparing smile and sun using as.  Personification is when you give an object a human trait or quality.  Examples: The pie was calling  my name.  Pie can’t actually call my name like a human can.

This week in writing, students will compose their first draft of a letter to convince our cafeteria manager that we should or should not serve chocolate milk.  They have compiled research and are now practicing putting it together with their transition phrases and their own thoughts.  Once the first letters are finished, we will begin even deeper work, taking our arguments up a notch.

The students concluded last week with a debate.  After researching both sides of their issue, it was time for the students to make their decision- which side of the argument do I support?  Surprislingly, in 5 of the 8 groups, everyone in the group agreed! That just meant more fun for Ms. Early, as she was the one who got to debate the students. Not only was it fun, but it made the students realize that they have to think about both sides and how they can support their reasons. This week we are going to raise the level of research by moving beyond one debatable question, work on annotating texts, reach to tackle more difficult texts, and look at perspective and craft.

 

Have a great week!

 

 

 


Challenge – Math practice games

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Here are TWO of my favorite challenge games for your student to try!  These are so much fun that your child will want to play these over the weekend and EVEN instead of video games.

NUMBER SENSE – MY #1 favorite

kenkenpuzzle.com

USE THE LEFTOVERS TO GUESS my number

http://grades.wcsuonline.org/cgi-bin/infoweb/publicpage.pl?siteurl=http://grades.wcsuonline.org&scriptdir=cgi-bin/newpages&basedir=/var/www&pathtofolder=infoweb/rumney/pages/students/12web&folder=leftovers&file=index

 

 

 


Week of January 22nd

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Happy Monday!

A few reminders:

-Report cards were distributed On Friday, January 12th.  If you have not signed and returned the white envelope, please do so as soon as possible.

-Both classes are running low on some items.  We are in need of dire need of tissues.  We also need paper towels, Clorox wipes, blue or black ballpoint pens, and pencils.  Some items we would love to have are gently used books and gently used indoor recess games. We will have a lot of indoor recess with the cold temperatures.  Board games and card games are enjoyed by the children.  Thank you!  A BIG THANK YOU GOES OUT TO NATE AND EMILY FOR THEIR DONATIONS!! 

-All students wrote a list in their agenda of school supplies they need replenished. Almost everyone needs more pencils!! Please try to provide your student with the needed supplies as soon as possible to help them be prepared.

 

This week (Parts of reading, writing, and grammar are copied from last week.  Since we only had school one day, most of the lessons will be the same :

Grammar: Our mentor sentence comes from Freedom on the Menu.  Our focus will be setting off an introductory clause with a comma and using quotation marks.

Reading: The students are really getting into their advocacy groups.  We have 4 groups: Should bottled water be banned? Do animals belong in zoos? Should we focus on protecting sharks from humans or humans from sharks? and Are extreme sports worth the risk?  Ask your child which group they are in.  Try not to persuade your child if you are discussing their topic- I am trying to have them suspend their judgement until they gather evidence for both sides of the topic.  We will focus on strengthening club work, shifting ideas from just taking in information to reflecting on that information to grow new ideas, and summarizing.

Writing: Our work in writing is dealing with a debate over chocolate milk: should we continue serving chocolate milk in school cafeterias? The work that will be done this week will include quickly writing a rough draft of their argument, conducting research to provide evidence to support their claim, deciding what makes a quote powerful and how to add them to our arguments, and redrafting to add more evidence.

 

Let’s make this a great week!  Here’s to hoping we can make it the full week!


Week of January 15th

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Happy Tuesday!

A few reminders:

-Report cards were distributed On Friday, January 12th.  If you have not signed and returned the white envelope, please do so as soon as possible.

-Both classes are running low on some items.  We are in need of dire need of tissues.  We also need paper towels, Clorox wipes, blue or black ballpoint pens, and pencils.  Some items we would love to have are gently used books and gently used indoor recess games. We will have a lot of indoor recess with the cold temperatures.  Board games and card games are enjoyed by the children.  Thank you!

-All students wrote a list in their agenda of school supplies they need replenished. Almost everyone needs more pencils!! Please try to provide your student with the needed supplies as soon as possible to help them be prepared.

 

This week:

Grammar: Our mentor sentence comes from Freedom on the Menu.  Our focus will be setting off an introductory clause with a comma and using quotation marks.

Reading: The students are really getting into their advocacy groups.  We have 4 groups: Should bottled water be banned? Do animals belong in zoos? Should we focus on protecting sharks from humans or humans from sharks? and Are extreme sports worth the risk?  Ask your child which group they are in.  Try not to persuade your child if you are discussing their topic- I am trying to have them suspend their judgement until they gather evidence for both sides of the topic.  We will focus on strengthening club work, shifting ideas from just taking in information to reflecting on that information to grow new ideas, and summarizing.

Writing: Our work in writing is dealing with a debate over chocolate milk: should we continue serving chocolate milk in school cafeterias? The work that will be done this week will include quickly writing a rough draft of their argument, conducting research to provide evidence to support their claim, deciding what makes a quote powerful and how to add them to our arguments, and redrafting to add more evidence.

 

Let’s make this a great (short, again) week!


Math Update

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We are continuing our study of fractions and will have a unit test next Friday, January 19th.  Students should be reviewing class notes, examples and practice problems to help them really understand the concepts if they are not comfortable with what we are learning in class.

Science will begin our study of electricity and circuits.  If you have any items or a professional in this field, I would love to have a guest speaker on this topic.

We are doing an inventor project in Social Studies and students will be given additional time in class since the weather foiled our plans.  Students have a template and rubric to follow.  Most of this project should be done at school if class time is used wisely.

 


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Happy Monday!

This week we will be participating in a field test for the Georgia Milestones.  Information was sent  home in Thursday folders a few weeks ago.

Eagle Awards will be this Friday, 1-12-18, at 9:00.  If your child earned the award, an invitation went home last Friday, 1-5-18.

Report cards were distributed on Friday.  Please sign and return the white envelope.  Thank you!

Both classes are running low on some items.  We are in need of tissues, paper towels, Clorox wipes, blue or black ballpoint pens, and pencils.  Some wishlist items we have are gently used books and gently used indoor recess games. We will have a lot of indoor recess with the cold temperatures.  Board games and card games are enjoyed by the children.  Thank you!

All students wrote a list in their agenda of school supplies they need replenished. Almost everyone needs more pencils!! Please try to provide your student with the needed supplies as soon as possible to help them be prepared.

 

This week:

Grammar: Our mentor sentence comes from Our Tree Named Steve.  Our focus will be setting off an introductory clause with a comma and also identifying prepositional phrases.

In reading and writing, we are beginning our new units. They work very well with each other.  In he first bend of our reading unit, students will work in research clubs and will be reading informational articles and book relating to an advocacy topic in order to form an opinion on the topic.  Since students will not be reading self-selected books during reading time, it is crucial that they are reading at home each night.  They may read fiction or non-fiction during this unit.  During the first unit in writing, students will be writing a letter to the principal either in support of or against having chocolate milk in school.  We will look at how to write an opinion/argumentative piece through this format.

 

Let’s make this a great (short) week!