July 31

Fifth Grade – Davis

Field Trip for 5/15

We do have room on the bus, please RSVP via email if you plan to attend (parents). Be sure to bring your own lunch in paper sack.

 

Students

Wear hiking shoes – no open toes! Only 4 students per class signed up for a sack lunch from the café so be sure to pack your lunch. We’ll eat snack just before we leave. We have limited cooler space and lunches should be packed in paper sacks.

You can bring sunscreen LOTION if you are able to apply it yourself. Please leave cell phones at home or in backpacks at school – we can’t be responsible for lost items.

Hats can be worn – all students should follow the school and district dress code. Shorts must be fingertip length and no strappy shirts – short sleeves please.

We will be outside most if not the entire time.

Very excited and can’t wait to have this adventure!

 

 

3/15/2018

We have finished Hatchet and will begin our individual challenge survivor teams that includes team building exercises, growing their own food, and using the survival skills they’ve learned over the past few weeks!

Be sure to get your permission slips and money in asap for our field trip to Red Top Survival! We have limited space for parents, contact me via email if you want to join us!

 

2/27/2018

I am so excited about all we are doing in Office 365 with our class notebooks. They are journaling great ideas and thoughts about “Hatchet” and have shared some great insights to the emotions it takes to be a survivor! They’ve learned how to tie different types of knots and continue to learn what items are best to have on hand in the case of an emergency.

We will continue to work with problem solving with some group activities and survivor scenarios.

We will also be incorporating plants and how to grow plants from seeds and plant parts such as bulbs. This is the sustainability piece of our unit that we are adding in.

For STEM they are designing a game to play with kindergarten that uses the Ozobots and goes with the kindergarten standards.

This semester is already zipping by!

2/6/2018

HW – Read Chapters 6-8 and catch up if you are behind

Try to login to Office 365 at home!

Go to the Cobb County Site http://www.cobbk12.org click on parents and then sign on to Office 365. Log in with your email address: [email protected] use the password that you use on your school account to login to the computers. It should work!

1/30/2018 –

Our books have arrived! Each week students will have homework to read and do an activity related to the reading.

We will be using Office 365 to coordinate our work and be able to journal and view assignments at home and at school. This program utilizes their 365 school student email account. There is a link that I can send to you to allow you access to see their notebook and work without logging in as them. If you wish to have this link, email me and I will send it to you.

I’m excited about utilizing this new online tool that will allow them to access their work anywhere using a computer, tablet, or phone. It will allow me to view their progress and respond to them. There is also a collaboration space that will allow them to work on group projects.

Our field trip to Red Top is waiting approval from administration. We will have room for parents to attend, not sure yet if there is a cost for parents. It looks like our field trip will cost about $12 per student. Don’t send in $$$ yet!

 

Survivor Unit for 5th Grade! 1/20/2018

This week we will be starting our Survivor Unit in 5th Grade. During this unit will be reading the book, “Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen. Each student will be borrowing a book to take home each week and there will be an assigned reading task. I’m asking that no one reads ahead so that we can do the activities without knowing the ending. The money you sent in for supplies covers the costs of the books. WARNING: The book deals with depression and an attempt of the character to take his own life when he has been isolated and not found for a long period of time. We will tread very carefully concerning this topic but we will be exploring a lot of feelings of hopelessness due to the nature of the story. Students will be exploring character traits necessary to survive and skills/tools required to survive by researching survival tips in articles and real life stories of survival.

Our unit will culminate with a presentation project on Survival and a Survivor Field Trip to Red Top Mountain tentatively scheduled for May 15 with Park Rangers. We will learn how to build a shelter, start a fire, and use a compass to find a specific location – in the woods!

There will be lots of STEM activities and research to go along with our Survivor Unit.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me @ Kelley[email protected]

 

Happy New Year!

Can’t wait to see my students! We will be welcoming a big group to our class this semester! We will spend the first two days together getting acclimated and beginning our Inventure projects to compete so that we can send one team to Georgia Tech this spring. I hope they’ve been doing their homework!

Target days stay on Tuesday and progress reports come home on January 9th – our first day back!

11/1/2017

We had a great day yesterday re-engineering a shopping cart! I think we are on our way to begin creating our own inventions.

Our last class for this semester will be on November 14th due to gifted eligibility testing. We will resume classes in January.

8/29/17

Another great day in Target with 5th grade! Loved their homework assignments this week! This is a creative bunch and we enjoyed hearing and seeing all the creative ways they explained their assigned vocabulary words for our Inventure Unit.

P.A.C.E New way to do HOE! We have updated our process for HOE. It is now independent with facilitation from me. They have videos they can watch. I still do a mini lesson here and there but they are truly being independent learners and being accountable for their learning. We are also building our mental and verbal problem solving skills.

P.A.C.E Last week was learning about Seizing the Day! This week we explored the Future Me. Exploring character strengths we have and ones we’d like to have. What will people say about us when we are 80?

P.A.C.E Continuing our Rubik adventures. So many of us are so close to solving and it quite exciting. You can smell the brain burn!

P.A.C. E. Our extension unit focus this semester is the Inventure Unit. Students will be working a group to invent something that solves a problem. Last week we explored the vocabulary and presented our Ninja Warrior Obstacles which were fabulous – 2D and 3D! This week we learned how to identify Thin and Thick questions and why questioning is important. Next week we will be working cooperatively to reproduce a 4 piece square design.

Iggy, the Bearded Dragon, continues to acclimate to Keheley. He has begun to get more interactive and gave us quite a show today climbing around his cage. We hope to be able to get him out more as he gets more comfortable with his new home.

 

Welcome Back Fifth Graders!

I can’t believe these amazing students are beginning their last year at Keheley! Our Target day for this year is Tuesday. Mrs. Eitenmiller is so excited to meet her new fifth grade class! We have chosen to do the Inventure Unit this year with our fourth and fifth graders. We have lots of new things in store as our standards have changed a little this year and we attended some exciting trainings over the summer.

Another addition is one to Mrs. Davis’ classroom family. We now have a Bearded Dragon named Iggy to keep us company. Iggy comes to us from a STEM lab teacher at Argyle Elementary who was not able to keep him in her new space. He enjoys being around people especially students. Iggy is five years old and very tame.

Don’t forget Open House is on August 11 at 7:30am in Mrs. Davis’ room #113 in the First Grade Hall. Please email us if you have any questions! Can’t wait to see everyone and get this exciting year started!

Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Eitenmiller