December 9th- 13th

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Here’s some of what will be happening and what we will be studying this week:
1. MBES is thrilled to continue our community outreach Spirit of Giving Bags tradition again this year. Many families attending our sister schools rely heavily on school provided breakfast and lunch and when schools break for holidays these families lack the food and necessities needed on a daily basis. During the December 10 TPV, each classroom will prepare a Giving Bag, complete with such necessities. Please see approved items below and send in on or before 12/10. We have put together a list of what is most important for these families. Please do not send in opened or unwrapped items. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Click here for Sign up page!

2. Scholastic Order form due Tuesday!! You can place your orders here :).
2. Continue participating in 12 nights of reading! I have enjoyed receiving pictures of the reading fun, keep them coming .
3. Over the next two weeks of school, we will be doing various activities in the classroom to promote kindness! Be on the lookout for Seesaw videos!

Upcoming Dates:
o TPV – Donation Drive – items due by December 10th
o Early Release days, Thursday & Friday, December 19 & 20
o Class Holiday Party, Wednesday, December 18th (Parents are welcomed!)

Class book exchange- Friday, December 20th.

Holiday Break. December 23- January 5

Calendar:
Tuesday-
RAP in the library
Wednesday-
Guidance lesson
Thursday- Happy birthday, Owen!

Curriculum:
Social Studies- Students will begin learning about the Great Depression and take a quiz on Wednesday. Then, students will begin analyzing the main features of The New Deal. Students will take a test on all of this information, Tuesday, December 17th. 

SS5H3 Explain how the Great Depression and New Deal affected the lives of millions of Americans.
Discuss the Stock Market Crash of 1929, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, the Dust Bowl, and soup kitchens.
Analyze the main features of the New Deal; include the significance of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Works Progress Administration, and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

 

Reading– Readers will that as nonfiction readers monitor their own comprehension, they notice when they are confused or feeling stuck, and they turn to tools and strategies for help.

 

 

 

 

 

Writing- Writers are going to start on another non-fiction piece but this time I want you to not only think about good information to include, but also about organization and our good writing techniques that we have learned in other genres. Let’s list things we need to think about before getting started: 1.) study great writing 2.) choose a focused topic 3.) make decisions about how your piece will go 4.) Write with lots of details.

Vocabulary- We will be reviewing all of the prefixes we have studied in quarter 2. Students will take a cumulative test next, Tuesday, December 17th. A study guide will complete in class this week.
Grammar- This week we will focus on using academic and domain specific vocabulary. The students have glued notes into their notebook, which they can use to study for their quiz on Wednesday.

Math– We are continuing our multiplying and decimals unit. Students will learn various strategies to multiply decimals by decimals.

 

 

 

 

Students- I hope you are having a great weekend! Tomorrow morning, whisper to me one way to spread kindness in the classroom for a prize .

December 2nd- 6th

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Welcome back! I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving break filled with family and full tummies. Crazy as it seems, we only have 3 weeks until winter break. As we approach the holiday break, please make sure to remind your kiddos to try and stay focused. We have a lot of material to cover before we break again, and this can become a difficult time for students to keep their minds on school.

Here’s some of what will be happening and what we will be studying this week:
1. Immigration Day was amazing!! Thank you also to all of our amazing parent volunteers for making the day so very special. I hope students Wizards will remember this day for many years to come! I posted pictures on the Shutterfly page!
2. MBES is thrilled to continue our community outreach Spirit of Giving Bags tradition again this year. Many families attending our sister schools rely heavily on school provided breakfast and lunch and when schools break for holidays these families lack the food and necessities needed on a daily basis. During the December 10 TPV, each classroom will prepare a Giving Bag, complete with such necessities. Please see approved items below and send in on or before 12/10. We have put together a list of what is most important for these families. Please do not send in opened or unwrapped items. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Click here for Sign up page!
3. Happy belated Birthday, Topher! (November 30th)
4. No Target until January
5. Immigration Diary due Wednesday! This will be taken as a SS and writing grade. Make sure to put forth your best effort .

Upcoming Dates:
o TPV – Donation Drive – items due by December 10th
o Last Day of Fall Fact Clubs, Friday, December 6th
o Early Release days, Thursday & Friday, December 19 & 20
o Class Holiday Party, Wednesday, December 18th (stay tuned for more information)
o Holiday Break. December 23- January 5

Calendar:
Tuesday- Happy Birthday, Reid!
RAP in the library
Wednesday-
Guidance lesson
Thursday-
High Touch High Tech- “CELL-ebrate”

Curriculum:
Social Studies- Students will look more closely at life during the Roaring 20’s, and will test on the Great Depression and the Roaring 20’s this Friday. A study guide will be completed in class on Wednesday.

Reading– Readers will learn that as texts get more complex, readers must study and consider the structure of those texts, noticing the overall structure and how chunks of texts are built.

 

 

 

 

Writing- Writers will study how historian writers use tools to make their writing the best it can be. Students will utilize a checklist to see if they included everything needed for your informational paper. Students will publish their informational writing this week.

Vocabulary- “contra” and “counter”
*Students will have an opportunity to begin many of these assignments in class, however need to be studying the stems nightly.
o Monday: have at least 5 words for each stem
o Tuesday: illustrate each stem
o Wednesday: Choose your activity from the list
o Thursday: STUDY
o Friday: Quiz in class

Math– We are starting our new unit: multiplying and dividing decimals. Be on the lookout for the Grade 5 Unit 3 Parent Letter coming home this week, will help you when you are working with your student.

Students will understand that the placement of the decimal is determined by multiplying or dividing a number by 10 or a multiple of 10. Quiz on Friday!
523  103 = 523,000 The place value of 523 is increased by 3 places.
5.223  102 = 522.3 The place value of 5.223 is increased by 2 places.
52.3 ÷ 101 = 5.23 The place value of 52.3 is decreased by one place.

This Thanksgiving I am THANKFUL for…

Lilli’s sweet personality, Miriam’s sense or humor, Matthew’s laugh, Izzy’s smile, Colin’s willingness to help, Ethan’s politeness, Molly’s thoughtfulness, Charlie’s positive energy, Shunsei’s dance moves, Sofia’s bravery, Templar’s kindness, Reid’s determination, Lily’s creativity, Charlotte’s beautiful writing, Justin’s talkative personality, Cameron’s positive attitude, Jack’s imagination, Topher’s positive thinking, Armaan’s imagination, Connor’s leadership skills, Max’s fun- loving personality, Emerson’s dedication, Henry’s humor, Krishna’s cleverness, Debbie’s persistence, Owen’s courage, Dylan’s enthusiasm, Sohan’s patience, Sydney’s ambition, Minh’s confidence, and Trevor’s cheerfulness.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! Enjoy your week off, if you are traveling- safe travels! I feel so grateful to be able to work with your children everyday, they each have a special place in my heart!

Immigration Day

 

 

 

 

As we enter the final preparations for Immigration Day this Friday, I wanted to make sure everyone is 100% certain of what is required for the Big Day! Each student should:

  • Dress like an immigrant from the early 1900’s.
  • Bring his/her passport (I will hand out passports on Thursday.)
  • Bring $20 of fake money.
  • Bring in a dish of food from their home country (food must be in a disposable container with disposable serving utensils, and INGREDIENTS MUST BE CLEARLY LISTED TO AVOID POTENTIAL ALLERGY SITUATIONS.
  • Arrive wearing the identity card around his/her neck.
  • Use a pillowcase, bag, or suitcase to carry lunch (pillowcase, bag, or suitcase should look like it is from the early 1900’s). Book bags, black folders, agendas, and any other school supplies should STAY AT HOME! If your student is bringing a change of clothes, they must be inside the pillowcase, bag or suitcase.
  • Arrive wearing a smile on his/her face! The long, crowded boat ride is almost over, and the first taste of American freedom and opportunity is at their fingertips!

**Looking forward to traveling to the past and recreating this amazing time in history! Don’t forget Immigration Journals are due Wednesday, December 4th! Do not wait until the last minute to complete this as this is a lot of work to complete in one night.

November 18th- 22nd

Thank you parents and students for all the wonderful donations this week for our Acts of Kindness Week. Our school collected over $2,500 for CCYA. Our class donated over 55 books for our sister school Brumby Elementary and all of our hygiene bags will be greatly appreciated by Simple Needs of Georgia. Thank you for all you did to make this happen.

  • Immigration Day is on FRIDAY!!! Students will travel the difficult journey over by boat and arrive at Ellis Island. Please read the following information carefully so you are prepared!                                                                                                                 – Here is an example of the Immigration Card students need to wear on Friday. – $20 of Fake Money. This can be Monopoly money or money you create yourself. Do NOT bring actual currency. Bring it with you on November 22nd! (You will be deported without it!)                                                                                                      – A passport will be sent home with students the day before Immigration Day. You only need to write your name on the front and complete numbers 1 through 5 on the inside cover. Leave everything else blank. Bring it with you on November 22nd!       – You need to have a dish of food to share (8-10 servings) that would have been typical of your immigrant’s heritage and country. Please make sure it is in a dish that can be thrown away.

Upcoming Dates:
December 6- Last day of Fall Fact Clubs
December 18- Class party (stay tuned for more information)

December 19th and 20th- Early release

Calendar:
Wednesday- guidance lesson

Thursday- Target 11:00- 2:00

Friday- Immigration Day and STEM Day

Curriculum:

Social Studies- In this unit, students will explain the events that led to WWI, the cultural developments of the 1920’s and the effects of WWI on the United States.

Describe the cultural developments and individual contributions in the 1920s of the Jazz Age (Louis Armstrong), the Harlem Renaissance (Langston Hughes), baseball (Babe Ruth), the automobile (Henry Ford), and transatlantic flight (Charles Lindbergh).

Vocabulary– No vocabulary this week. Instead we will be focusing on grammar. ELAGSE5L6
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific vocabulary, including words and phrases that signal contrast, addition, and other logical relationships (e.g., however, although, nevertheless, similarly, moreover, in addition). Quiz on Thursday!

Reading- Readers will learn how to search for clues all around the word to determine what it  might mean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writing– Writers will study how  historian writers use tools to make their writing the best it can be. Students will utilize a checklis to see if they included everything needed for your informational paper.

Math– We will spend the week spiraling back, reviewing many previous taught topics this year. Topics include multiplying and dividing larger numbers, interpreting remainders, order of operations, and powers of ten. Students will complete extension activities.

Wonder field trip tomorrow!

To end of our wonderful week of spreading kindness, we will be going to see Wonder tomorrow! I have enjoyed watching the students make heartfelt cards, letters, and posters to promote kindness. The students have also enjoyed sharing other ways their families give back in the community.

Also students are able to wear pajamas to school tomorrow as part of the CCYA, “Pajama Pants Challenge”! All money collected will go to the Center for Children and Young Adults. On Monday we had two volunteers with CCYA share with us what their organization does to help troubled youth in Cobb county. Their accounts hit close to home, as this amazing organization is located in our own county. Your children asked many deep, thought-provoking questions, and I think they left the presentation with a greater appreciation for the need to help others!

November 11th- 15th

                                          

Thank you, Mrs.Smith for making our turkey for Veteran’s Day! Ask your student what words they used to describe a Veteran. In honor of Veteran’s Day, please wear red, white, and blue to honor our special visitors that will be visiting!

o Immigration Day! Look under Social Studies page for additional information. Citizenship study guide needs to be completed and turned in on Thursday, November 14th.
o Acts of Kindness week is here! We have many wonderful 5th grade activities scheduled to spread kindness throughout our school. Please check AOK 5th Grade Parents letter for the complete schedule, and here for the Acts of Kindness Parent Letter. We are asking each 5th grader to bring in the following by Mon. Nov. 11th:
1) a copy of your child’s favorite new or gently used book to be given to a 5th grader at Brumby Elementary School
2) dental floss and cotton swabs (and size/any brand.) Each 5th grade class is bringing in a specific hygiene item (Our class is donating dental floss and cotton swabs), and then all donations will be combined to assemble hygiene packs. These hygiene packs will be distributed to local families in need. Many of our Mt. Bethel families have been blessed with the ability to donate items to those less fortunate.

Upcoming Dates:
November 22nd- Immigration Day
November 22nd- STEM Day in the afternoon

Calendar:
November 11- 15th- Acts of Kindness Week (you can find the schedule, here)
Friday- Field trip to Merchant Walk to see Wonder!

Curriculum:
Science- We will continue our study of plant and animal cells. Students will take a quiz on Thursday!

S5L3. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to compare and contrast the parts of plant & animal cells.
a. Gather evidence by utilizing technology tools to construct an explanation that plants & animals are comprised of cells too small to be seen without magnification.
b. Develop a model to identify & label parts of a plant cell (membrane, wall, cytoplasm, nucleus, chloroplasts) and of an animal cell (membrane, cytoplasm & nucleus).
c. Construct an explanation that differentiates between the structure of plant & animal cells.

Vocabulary– The prefix “co- and com-“

Reading- Readers will learn how to build and draw on a toolkit of strategies to support us in determining the main ideas. Readers do this by focusing on small parts, broke apart information and looked for information that belonged together.

Writing– Writers will learn that when researching, you don’t just jot down facts about someone or something, think about your own ideas and what these notes are making you think about.

Math– We will spend the week spiraling back, reviewing many previous taught topics this year. Topics include multiplying and dividing larger numbers, interpreting remainders, order of operations, and powers of ten. Students will take a grade level assessment on Thursday on this material.

November 4th- 8th

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THANK YOU for making my birthday so special! The cookies were delicious and I have enough M&M’s to snack on for the rest of the year

  • Immigration Day! Look under Social Studies page for additional information. Students will be bringing home a study guide that needs to be completed by next Thursday, November 14th.
  • Acts of Kindness week will be November 11th-15th, and we have many wonderful 5th grade activities scheduled to spread kindness throughout our school. Please check here for the complete schedule, and here for the Acts of Kindness Parent Letter.  We are asking each 5th grader to bring in the following by Mon. Nov. 11th: 1) a copy of your child’s favorite new or gently used book to be given to a 5th grader at Brumby Elementary School, and 2) dental floss and cotton swabs (and size/any brand.) Each 5th grade class is bringing in a specific hygiene item (Mrs. McCoy’s class is donating shampoo), and then all donations will be combined to assemble hygiene packs. These hygiene packs will be distributed to local families in need. Many of our Mt. Bethel families have been blessed with the ability to donate items to those less fortunate.
  • Parents, thank you so much for donating to the Foundation Patron Drive! The Foundation does so much for Mount Bethel and we SO appreciate of your support.

Upcoming Dates:
November 5th- No school for students
November 11- 15th- Acts of Kindness Week (you can find the schedule, here)
November 15th- Wonder Field trip (Thank you, Mrs. Monroe for chaperoning!)
November 22nd- Immigration Day

Calendar:
Tuesday- No School!
Wednesday- Guidance
Friday- Field trip forms due!

Curriculum:
Science- We are beginning our next unit- Cells and Microorganisms
In this unit, the students will:
• Gather evidence by utilizing technology (microscopes) to construct arguments that explain the similarities and differences between plant and animals cells.
• Develop models (pictures, words, images) to identify and label parts of a plant and animal cell.

Vocabulary– The prefix “quad”.

Grammar-We will practice using commas to separate items in a series. Students will complete morning work each day on this topic. Quiz on Thursday.

Reading- Readers will think about how reading is like playing a video game. As the level gets higher, are there more challenges that require different strategies? When we read complex nonfiction, the reading process is different and we have to orient ourselves to the text

Writing– Writers of informational writing will learn an important strategy called “Note- taking”.
“Tips on Note-Taking”
• Read a section of text, pause to think about what is important, and then write your notes.
• Consider the main ideas and supporting details as you read. A structure like boxes and bullets can help you organize your notes.
• Instead of copying from the text, try to put the information in your own words. (If this is hard, don’t look at the original text when recording notes.)
• Keep track of your source so you can return later to confirm or get more information.

Math– Decimals part 1 test on Thursday. Students will be assessed on the following standards.

MGSE5.NBT.1  Recognize that in a multidigit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left (Students will work with place values from thousandths to one million).

MGSE.NBT.3 Read, write, and compare decimals to thousandths.
a. Read and write decimals to thousandths using base-ten numerals, number name, and expanded form, e.g., 347.392 = 3 x 100 + 4 x 10 + 7 x 1 + 3 x (1/10) + 9 x (1/100) + 2 x (1/1000).
b. Compare two decimals to thousandths based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.
MGSE5.NBT.4 Use place value understanding to round decimals up to the hundredths place.

MGSE5.NBT.7  Add and subtract decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value properties or operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain them reasoning used.

Last day of Patron Drive!

We love our Turf Field!!!
Thank you to the Foundation! Please donate to the Patron Drive!

Mt. Bethel is fortunate to welcome over 1,100 students to our building each and every day! Our school facility’s original plan was to host far fewer students. Our gym and cafeteria were built to handle less than 700 students.

While we are over capacity in these areas – we welcome each of our Buccaneers and make our physical space work!

What do you do when your gym is one of the smallest spaces in the District, but you are one of the largest Elementary Schools? You think creatively on how to increase space for PE.

We are beyond fortunate that our Foundation was able to fully fund replacing our dirt pit with an amazing turf field.

The turf field, installed in February 2018, has expanded our space outside the gym for PE and has served as an incredible place for all students to gather, enjoy recess, play, exercise, and RUN.

One of the benefits we never took into account or anticipated was that when our Buccaneers hit the turf field, they PLAY! You can hear joyful laughter, see creative games, and watch students run, jump, sometimes flip, play soccer, and fully engage in PLAY. So much of our Buccaneers’ lives is structured. On the turf, we see childhood PLAY in action every day. Not to mention, it is the best space for PE that we could ask for!

Foundation Website: https://www.mbesf.org/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/mtbethelfoundation/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MBESF/

October 28th- November 1st

What an exciting week we have! Students, please read through the blog carefully so you do not miss anything!

  • Dunwoody Nature Center field trip on Wednesday! Please remember to pack lunch in disposable bag with your name on it. Also, be sure to wear your class t-shirt! We will be leaving around 9:45 and will return after lunch. Thank you, Sydney’s Mom for chaperoing!
  • Bananarama is Thursday!! Please bring all completed projects in then. (Pleae do not bring in projects early, as we do not have anywhere to store them). I will post pictures on Shutterfly!
  • We are looking forward to doing some STEM related Halloween activities on Thursday! Thank you parents for donating various items!
  • Immigration Day! Students brought home Immigration Day information last week. On the “bring right back” side is an overview of the entire project. Please sign and return the bottom of the second page by Tuesday. Look under Social Studies page for additional information.
  • Parents, as the Foundation Patron Drive wraps up, please consider donating so that our class will be ALL IN! The Foundation does so much for Mount Bethel and we SO appreciate of your support. We’d love to have 100% participation from our class!

Upcoming Dates:
Novemeber 5th- no school for students
November 22nd- Immigration Day

Calendar:
Wednesday, October 30th- Field trip to Dunwoody Nature Center
Wednesday, October 30th- Walton Cluster Family night (No homework! Do something fun as a family!)

Thurdsay- Bananarama (Can’t wait to see all of your projects!)
Friday- Mrs. McCoy’s Birthday!

Curriculum:
Science- Students will take a test on Inherited Traits and Learned Behaviors on Wednesday! Students will complete a study guide in class on Monday. S5L2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information showing that some characteristics of organisms are inherited and other characteristics are acquired.

  • Ask questions to compare and contrast the characteristics of instincts and learned behaviors.
  • Ask questions to compare and contrast inherited and acquired physical traits.

Vocabulary– No vocabulary this week. We will study Idioms, Adages, and Proverbs. Quiz Friday

Grammar-We will practice using commas to separate items in a series. We will be studying this topic for the next two weeks. Quiz on 11/7

Reading- We are starting Unit 2: Nonfiction. Students will immerse themselves in nonfiction texts (books, articles, magazines, speeches, etc.) this week. I encourage students to read nonfiction book at home. Students could do some reading about one of his/her favorite nonfiction topics. Students might read sports scores in the newspaper or online or do some research for a fantasy football team. Maybe you want to research a special product you want to buy on the Consumer Reports website. Try to read a variety of nonfiction texts on that topic—some longer, some shorter, some in one format, some in another.

Writing– Organizing for the Journey- students will learn how researchers writer and organize the information that they gather about their topic, which helps them to write about their topic.

Math– Students will be able to add and subtract decimals to the hundredths using various methods. Students will be able to explain how the answer was found. Students will take a quiz on Thursday. 

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