Science

Good afternoon to you all,
As I am grading the science classwork from today, I have discovered that a few of you are confusing weathering & erosion.  Since we have a test tomorrow, I wanted to be sure to clear this up and give you an explanation on both.  Please read the first page on the following link: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/gifted_ed/project_promise/science_curriculum/grade_two/handouts/earth_science/weathering_erosion_pictures.pdf

 

October 9, 2017

This week your child should be working to complete:

-Week 9 of spelling: due Thursday

-STEMscopedia: This is a reading, background building resource for your child’s reference. They should spend time this week reading through the content. There are some interactive activities/conversation prompting questions at the very back for them to use at home with you or with anyone outside of school if they choose! I would highly recommend it.

-We will be starting division of multi-digit whole numbers tomorrow. Tonight your child has a quick 7 question homework page over division. They have had division problems on their spiral math HW all year, so this should not be something they cannot complete. They can use whatever division strategy they are most comfortable with. Nightly math homework will take place of the spiral this week, and is due the next day at school each day. 

-We will have an Earth Science unit test on Friday, covering the following standard:

S5E1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to identify surface features on the Earth caused by constructive and/or destructive processes.
a. Construct an argument supported by scientific evidence to identify surface features (examples could include deltas, sand dunes, mountains, volcanoes) as being caused by constructive and/or destructive processes (examples could include deposition, weathering, erosion, and impact of organisms).
b. Develop simple interactive models to collect data that illustrate how changes in surface features are/were caused by constructive and/or destructive processes.
c. Ask questions to obtain information on how technology is used to limit and/or predict the impact of constructive and destructive processes.
(Clarification statement: Examples could include seismological studies, flood forecasting (GIS maps), engineering/construction methods and materials, and infrared/satellite imagery.)

This week students should be spending time at home studying their interactive science journal, watching videos from the science tab on the blog, reviewing the many power points posted, and reading through the STEMscopedia to make sure that they have a full understanding of the concepts within this standard. 

 

October 4th, 2017

I hope that you all had a very relaxing Fall Break!! I know that the week off to rejuvenate was such a necessity for everyone! I have loved hearing all about the things that the students were able to do, whether it was appreciating the down time at home with family or cruisin’.

Here is a curriculum update, so that you are aware of all that is going on in the classroom!

Math – We will continue multi-digit multiplication through the rest of this week. In 5th grade, students are required to fluently multiply a three-digit factor by a two-digit factor using the standard algorithm. On Friday the students will take a test on multiplication using the standard algorithm, and next week we will move to division. Students will be working to master multi-digit division, specifically up to four digit numbers divided by two digit numbers.  We will also visit the media center for a fun activity, but don’t tell them this!

*This is the time of the school year where the students’ math fact fluency really comes in to play, and can be the determining factor in their overall proficiency. As our daily math practice starts to increase in rigor, their basic math fact fluency is very important. We are already seeing quite a few students making calculation mistakes on a regular basis, so although they understand the math concepts we are learning their fluency in all basic operations covers up their true abilities and understanding. Students can practice strictly math fact fluency using all operations on Moby Max, and are encouraged to practice regularly at home.

Science: Thank you to everyone who has sent in materials for our STEM project next week. If you signed up for something but haven’t had a chance to send it in yet please do so soon so that we know what still needs to be purchased for the grade level to complete the activity. We are currently studying constructive and destructive forces in our Earth Science unit. Students will have an Earth Science Unit Assessment next Friday. This will cover landforms, how constructive and destructive forces change Earth’s landforms, weathering, erosion, deposition, and how technology is used to limit and impact the effects of constructive and destructive forces.

Reading: Students are working hard to continue building their reading abilities specifically focusing on fiction texts. We focused on identifying the theme by analyzing using specific details in the text. We will continue working on fiction reading skills and including constructed response practice for comprehension checks also.

Writing: We are almost done with our Narrative Writing unit, and the students have worked SO hard! It is so fun to teach them, because of their excitement and effort about their own writing. They soak up every detail of what they are taught and I can not wait to read the story that they have been working on perfecting over the last few weeks. We will take our post on-demand narrative writing next week.

Please, please, please make sure your child is spending a little bit of time each night reviewing what we worked on at school. Even if it is nothing more than talking to you about the different things we are working on, that time is critical to their performance and growth. Also, all students have accounts on Moby Max and Front Row, two educational websites that they can practice all standards/skills/subjects on. I would love to see each student use these educational opportunities regularly outside of school.

Upcoming Testing

IOWA (ITBS) testing will be September 11, 12, 13, 14.  Please do not miss any of these testing dates and be on time each day.   The ITBS test results are used to determine class placement in middle school.  It’s very important that your child gets good rest, eats a healthy breakfast, and is relaxed for testing.

Makeups will be administered during the afternoons of regular testing and on September 15.

Parents, the building is closed to visitors during testing hours.  Our lunch time and specials time are different for the dates of September 6th-14th, so if you plan to have lunch with your child please plan accordingly.

Lunch 12:24-12:57

Specials 11:15-11:55

 

August 22, 2017

Thank you so very much to everyone who donated sweets and treats, materials, or anything else that made our first STEM Day possible! Please be sure that you do not detach any of the graded work from your child’s weekly report. I keep all work for instructional purposes, but anything that you may want copies of I will be more than happy to provide for you if you just write a note on the front of the weekly report. If your child was at school today but did not return their graded work packet please return it with them tomorrow!

Math: This week students will continue diving deeper into their understanding of place value. In 5th grade students learn more about decimal place value to the thousandths place, and a strong understanding of all place values (whole number values and decimal values) helps them excel when we start adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals.

Social Studies: This week we will finish up our Civil War unit, and students will quiz on the Civil War on Friday of this week. Students should be using the blog, their textbook, and interactive journal to prepare for Friday’s assessment. The quiz this Friday will cover:

SS5H1 The student will explain the causes, major events, and consequences of the
Civil War.
a. Identify Uncle Tom’s Cabin and John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry, and
explain how each of these events was related to the Civil War.
b. Discuss how the issues of states’ rights and slavery increased tensions between
the North and South.
c. Identify major battles and campaigns: Fort Sumter, Gettysburg, the Atlanta
Campaign, Sherman’s March to the Sea, and Appomattox Court House.
d. Describe the roles of Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant,
Jefferson Davis, and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
e. Describe the effects of war on the North and South.

Writing: We will continue Narrative writing, and will work on this skill throughout the entire quarter. Students will be striving to write personal narratives full of action, emotion, internal thought, and dialogue. Their writing has already grown tremendously from the beginning of the year, and soon students will pick one of their drafts to edit and strengthen to the highest level. I cannot wait for you to read their final drafts!

Elementary Math Fest

Elementary MathFest
A math tournament for 4th and 5th grade students
September 16th, 2017
9:00 am to 11:30 am
(registration begins at 8:30 am)
Walton High School
1590 Bill Murdock Road
Marietta, GA 30062
Cost: $20 per student if registration complete prior to competition day
$40 per student on competition day
Students will be challenged with math facts, problem solving, and a speed round. Top Ten students will receive a trophy.
To reserve a spot for your student, please register at www.waltonmathteam.com and send your check (made out to Walton High School) to
Jennifer West
1590 Bill Murdock Rd.
Marietta, GA 30062
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Laura Speer at [email protected]
Parents are not expected to stay following registration, but may wish to attend the awards ceremony at 11:15 am in the Information Center. For safety reasons, parents will not be allowed in the competition area.
Registration is not complete until payment has been received. No refunds will be given once registration is complete.

Foundation

Our wonderful Foundation is going to utilize two different vendors for the Foundation Friday breakfast for our students and staff. They will rotate between Burger King (pancakes – no syrup) and Taco Bell (egg & cheese wrap, and bacon, egg & cheese wrap). The cost will remain at $3.00. The Foundation Friday breakfast will begin next Friday, 8/11 with Burger King pancakes and then the following Friday will be Taco Bell wraps. It will continue alternating between the two for the remainder of the year. The breakfast will be available for students in the Cafeteria on Fridays from 7:20 – 7:50.
August Breakfast Schedule:
8/11 – Burger King Pancakes
8/18 – Taco Bell wraps
8/25 – Burger King Pancakes
9/1 – Taco Bell wraps