Wow, I hope this rain slows down soon, I feel like we are going to float away! We will need all the recess days we can get with this long stretch before Spring Break. 🙂
I posted earlier this week about testing resources. Please make sure you are helping your child review in the evenings for the Milestones coming up. I have lots of other resources on my Symbaloo site (click link above). If you cannot get to a computer, please encourage your child to read at least 20 minutes per night. Ask them what is going on in the story. Who are the characters? What is the setting? The main idea? What do they think will happen next? Then you can extend by asking them how they would have written the ending differently or how would thy have solved the problem if they were the main character. 🙂
Whew! LOTS of fractions are flying around our classroom. We have talked about pizza, candy bars, pies, pans of brownies and eggs by the dozen. We have worked with timers, measurement and money for decimals. We have compared fractions & decimals, changed improper fractions into proper fractions, added-subtracted & multiplied fractions. We have even learned the least common multiples or equivalent fractions in order to reduce (aka simplify).
We have worked on perimeter, area and volume (5th grade). We have practiced making sure that everyone labels their work in units for these problems as well as word problems. We have done line plots and real life word problems. We are moving right along into Q4 and keeping up with our homerooms, woohoo!
Reading groups will continue and DRAs will be given to measure Q3 progress. The RI testing window opens on March 18th. I cannot wait to see how much they have improved. I can tell that they are practicing their reading and also their comprehension skills-Keep up the good work!
Most of this month will be spent finishing up our narrative unit (5th grade) and informational (4th grade) unit. The 4th grade State Fair is on March 22nd. If you would like to volunteer to help, please let Ms. Stanley know.
We just finished our unit on Light & Sound. The students were given a completed study guide and had numerous labs during this course of study. Students that studied for the test did really well. Those that did not study may not be happy with their grade. Please check your child’s agenda each night and reinforce our reminders to study. A completed study guide is always on Mrs. Poulos’ blog if your child loses theirs or the dog eats it.
Our little friend, Tiny Chef, had a coloring contest. We entered a montage of student work that resembled the Andy Warhol type picture that Chef had posted on his site. Tiny Chef is an amazing stop motion creation, and a real life example of how the skills we use in class (during the habitat unit) can be used in the real world.
Here is our class entry. We didn’t win but we had fun trying!
Skype session with the author of How to Train Your Dragon, Cressida Cowell. This was a great segue into our lesson on the art of Foley (putting sounds and background noises into movies and cartoons).
One of our “play days” using light and sound elements. Light bright to reinforce transparent and translucent lights, old fashioned cup phones for sound, prisms, magnifying glasses, Slinky time to recreate compression (sound) and transverse (light) waves.
After Spring Break we will start our final science unit on Forces & Motion. This is one of my very favorites so lots of fun activities and labs are coming up.
As always, if you have any questions, please reach out. My door is always open. 🙂 firstname.lastname@example.org