Digital Learning Week of May 18th

WE DID IT!  WE MADE IT TO THE FINAL WEEK OF 5th GRADE! 

HIP HIP HOORAY! 

It hasn’t been easy, but we have all persevered, and we are about to wrap up a very memorable 5th grade year!  I am so incredibly proud of your children, and am so sad that I can’t hug each of them!  With only 3 days left until you officially have a middle schooler (yikes!), we have some fun activities planned to send them off in style!  Please read below for a couple of highlights:

  •  Digital plans are here.  Please read carefully, as we want to be sure everyone is “in the loop” regarding these last few days.  Of particular note…please make sure you child completes the digital yearbook signing activity no later than Wednesday evening.  I will compile and send each student’s signature page, but I must have them all completed by Wednesday evening.
  •  Awesome Career Day PowerPoints everyone!  I learned so much about your kiddos as I read through the Career Day presentations last weekend.  You sure do have driven children with some amazing goals for their futures.  Well done, 5th graders!
  • Natalie Collins Organizational Class – Thank you to our awesome Foundation for funding this opportunity to help give parents and students successful tips for middle school!  Last Friday the Foundation emailed you the Zoom info for the session that you signed up for.  Please check your junk folder in case you can’t find it in your inbox.
  • Our weekly Zoom meeting will be on Wednesday, 5/20 at 9:45 a.m. We will watch our class’s baby video, announce the Kindness Award winners, and watch the 5th grade video. It should be a lot of fun, and I really hope everyone joins us. We will use the same link as in previous weeks.
  • If your child did not turn in the “Letter to My Future Self” last week while picking up items at the school, please mail it to me at the school’s address.  I want to be sure I have everyone’s so I can tuck them away in a safe spot until they are ready to graduate from high school.  If you need to arrange a different delivery method, please send me an email.

Math Small Groups for Friday, May 15th

The worksheet for tomorrow’s Math Small Group via Microsoft Teams should be printed prior to tomorrow’s meeting (it’s 2 pages.)  If you can’t print it, DON’T WORRY!  You can simply have a sheet of notebook paper and a pencil with you.  Our small group schedule will remain the same.

9-9:30am  Brock, Emma, Marie, Ansley, Brayden & JC

9:45-10:15am Burke, Harper, Katherine, Kel, Mikey & Jackson

10:30-11am  Jiewen, Devon, Garrison, Olivia & Anna

Understanding measurement and metric/customary conversions is a very useful life skill, but a difficult one to teach virtually!  Please know that my goal here is to expose the children to the concepts, and somewhat familiarize them with how to make conversions.  The goal is NOT mastery!  6th grade math teachers are aware that their rising 6th graders did not receive direct instruction in the classroom on these standards, and they will absolutely be circling back in their math classes next year to teach for mastery.

Looking forward to seeing my math students tomorrow morning!

 

Week of May 11th Digital Learning Plans

LAST WEEK = BEST WEEK!!!

The time has come!  The final full week of elementary school for your precious 5th graders is here!   Digital Learning Plans can be found here.  Please check your email, as a few important details can be found there.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s Career Day Projects!

And please don’t forget to encourage your child to write the “Letter To My Future Self” and return it to me when you pick up your kiddo’s personal belongings from school.

Let’s finish strong 5th graders!

“Letter To My Future Self” Instructions

Hello 5th grade parents and 5th grade students!  Attached are the “Letter To My Future Self” directions that I emailed you about on Tuesday.  Please print out the directions, and share with your child.  While I know most kids don’t love to write, and frequently like to write the bare minimum, I am really looking for 2-3 paragraphs here.  Your older self will greatly appreciate the time and effort you put into this now!  Below are a couple of things to note:

  • The directions ask the children to address 6 of the 8 suggested talking points.  It might help your child if you suggest organizing the letter into 2 paragraphs (with 3 talking points per paragraph), or writing a 3 paragraph letter (with 2 talking points per paragraph.)  Sometimes they just need a little bit of direction to get going.  But really, there is no right or wrong way of doing it!
  • You will return the handwritten letter (you may either use the attached blank piece of paper, or a lined sheet of notebook paper) in a SELF-ADDRESSED, UNSEALED envelope.  You DO NOT need to include postage.  I will add postage at the time of mailing.  But please make sure the letter is placed inside an already self-addressed envelope.
  • Normally, we would’ve done this in class, so it would’ve been super easy for me to collect them.  Unfortunately, things are a bit different.  Please check your email for options to return the letter to me.  THE PREFERRED METHOD IS TO BRING TO SCHOOL WHEN YOU PICK UP YOUR CHILD’S PERSONAL BELONGINGS.  There is a bin outside of my classroom door.
  • As a last resort, please return your child’s letter to me no later than Tuesday, May 20th.  This needs to be a hard deadline so that things don’t get misplaced as I pack up my room for the summer.

Math Small Group Info for May 8th

THIS INFO IS FOR MRS. LLOYD’S  MATH SMALL GROUPS:  I am so excited to meet with my math small groups this Friday, May 8th!  Students will log into Microsoft Teams just like they did last Friday, and the groups and times will remain the same.

9-9:30am  Brock, Emma, Marie, Ansley, Brayden & JC

9:45-10:15am Burke, Harper, Katherine, Kel, Mikey & Jackson

10:30-11am  Jiewen, Devon, Garrison, Olivia & Anna

This Friday we will be doing some practice with metric conversions in our small groups.  Please print the Metric Conversions WS before our Friday meeting.  In addition, I have provided some EXTRA PRACTICE with metric conversions.  This is optional, and does not need to be printed before Friday’s groups.  However, I highly suggest you print them at a later date and complete.  There is no such thing as too much practice!

I have also included the student Microsoft Teams login instructions here in case the kiddos need a refresher.  Looking forward to seeing y’all Friday morning!  Let me know if you have any questions!

Math Small Group Info for Friday, May 1st

THIS INFO IS FOR MRS. LLOYD’S  MATH CLASS:  I am so excited to meet with my math small groups tomorrow!  Students will log into Microsoft Teams just like they did last Friday, and the groups and times will remain the same.

9-9:30am  Brock, Emma, Marie, Ansley, Brayden & JC

9:45-10:15am Burke, Harper, Katherine, Kel, Mikey & Jackson

10:30-11am  Jiewen, Devon, Garrison, Olivia & Anna

As mentioned in my email earlier in the week, the attachment has 6 pages, but your child only needs to print page 2 for our meeting.  Click here for the full attachment.  The other pages are excellent practice pages, and I highly recommend your student complete them when time allows, but ONLY PAGE 2 NEEDS TO BE PRINTED FOR TOMORROW.

I have also included the student Microsoft Teams login instructions here in case the kiddos need a refresher.  Looking forward to seeing y’all tomorrow!  Let me know if you have any questions!

Digital Learning Week of April 27th

SPRING HAS SPRUNG!  Looks like we are in for some beautiful weather this week.  Seems to me that life is always a little  bit happier when the sun is shining!

 

Digital Learning Plans for this week can be found here.  As always, please reach out to me with any questions that may arise!  We will have our whole class Zoom call this Wednesday at 9am, and will continue with Mrs. Lloyd’s Math Small Groups this Friday via Microsoft Teams as well.  Mrs. Bingham and Mrs. Vest will also reach out with their small group info.

Have a great week everyone!

Mrs. Lloyd’s Math Small Groups TOMORROW (Friday)

Happy rainy Thursday everyone!  This blog post contains information for Mrs. Lloyd’s math students only.  If you are in Mrs. Vest’s math class, you DO NOT need to read this post.

I just sent an email with directions for your child to access our math small groups tomorrow via Microsoft Teams.  HOWEVER, SOME OF THE GROUP TIMES HAVE CHANGED.  CORRECT TIMES ARE LISTED BELOW. 

9-9:30am  Brock, Emma, Marie, Ansley, Brayden & JC

9:45-10:15am Burke, Harper, Katherine, Kel, Mikey & Jackson

10:30-11am  Jiewen, Devon, Garrison, Olivia & Anna

Your student should be able to access these instructions and their meeting from any device, so they will not need information from your e-mail to get into the meeting. I’d recommend having them use Google Chrome for the internet browser if you have it.

They should be able to follow the instructions themselves step by step, but if they have trouble, just tell them to e-mail me, and I can try to help. I know many of you are busy with multiple children and your own jobs at home, so I’ve chosen to meet using the “Meet Now” function in Teams because it allows the children to join the meeting without needing your email access.  Just remember, no link will be sent.  The students will follow the directions, and will see a JOIN NOW button when their meeting time arrives.

If possible, please tell your student to try to access Microsoft Teams sometime today (before tomorrow’s meeting.) This will be steps 1-3 in the attached document.  Please encourage your child to read over the following items.  Each student will need a sharpened pencil and a printed copy of the Fractions Word Problems WS (or a sheet of notebook paper if they are unable to print.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! I am brand new to this Microsoft Teams creation, so please be patient with me as I try to work through it!