Dec. 9th-13th

  • Our Voyager character trait for the month of December is kindness, and we focus daily on ways to treat one another as such.  We have talked about how we can certainly be kind in the words we choose to speak, but sometimes more importantly, we can show kindness to others with our actions.  With kind actions, words are often not necessary.  In our class, we value one another, treat each other as equals, and make it a daily goal to show kindness to another person, (even if they may not deserve it at that moment.)  Your kiddos are such wonderful human beings, and I am so thankful to you all for striving to raise kind and considerate children.  Keep up the good work!
  • With only 2 weeks of school left, we are continuing to “hit the books”, and use every moment we have together wisely.  So much to learn…so little time!  Homework will continue up until the break begins, so please continue to help your child set aside time to get everything done.  Study skills are vital to success in middle school (and beyond), and we want to teach our children to “stay the course”, no matter how close we get to the holiday season!
  • Mt. Bethel 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 when schools break for holidays.  These families lack the food and necessities needed on a daily basis. During the December 10th TPV, each classroom will prepare a Giving Bag, complete with such necessities.  I am happy to say that all items have been accounted for in our classroom, so our class will be able to package full bags for those less fortunate in our community.  What a perfect example of kindness your participation is showing the children…THANK YOU!  Thank you Mrs. McCabe and Mrs. Reuter for organizing this, and thank you Mrs. Reuter, Mrs. McDougal and Mrs. Krizner for serving as TPVs for our class this Tuesday.  You all certainly lead by example!
  • Remember to mark your calendars for our class Holiday Party on Wednesday, Dec. 18th from 8:45-9:30am.  All are welcome to attend!

LANGUAGE ARTS:  This week we continue looking at transition words in a variety of situations, and will test on this Wednesday.  These are glued into the students’ writing notebooks, so that is a good place to look to study!

READING: Students seem to be loving the historical fiction books they are reading centered around either the Dust Bowl or the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Students have worked very hard, with required reading and written assignments daily, and the nightly HW will continue this week as well.  I love to see them enjoying reading!  In addition to our Book Club meetings, we will continue to differentiate between main idea and details in nonfiction writing.  Pinpointing a clear, concise main idea in a text can be tricky, so we will work hard on this skill this week.  VOCABULARY: We will also review all of the prefixes we have studied for the 2nd quarter (bi- & tri-, quad-, co- & com-, and contra- & counter-), and will test on them THIS FRIDAY.  The prefixes are numerous, so studying this week is a necessity!  Please encourage your child to NOT save it until Thursday night!

WRITING: Paper revisions continue this week.  We will dissect each paragraph, checking for topic and closing sentences, and making sure that we have adequate facts sandwiched in between.  Students will be able to do a little more research this week in class if they find they need more facts.  This is a research paper, and we want to be sure that our readers learn something from our work!  Papers will be typed in the computer lab next week, and will be recorded as an ELA TEST grade.

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.

MATH: This week we begin looking at how to multiply decimals.  This is a completely different format than adding and subtracting decimals, so confusion is likely.  Please review this concept with your children at home.  Just one problem each evening can strengthen what we are doing in the classroom!  We will have a graded Learning Check on this material this Friday.   Students will be tested on multiplying and dividing decimals before the Winter Break.

Tuesday, Dec. 10th:  All Giving Bag donations are due.  Giving Bags will be assembled during TPV time.

Wednesday, Dec. 11th:  Transition Words Quiz (words are glued in students’ writing notebooks)

Thursday, Dec. 12th:  Science Quiz

Friday, Dec. 13th: Cumulative Vocab TEST & Mrs. Lloyd’s Math Class Learning Check on Multiplying Decimals

Wednesday, Dec. 18th: Class Holiday Party 8:45-9:30am  ALL PARENTS INVITED!

Thursday, Dec. 19th & Friday, Dec. 20th:  EARLY RELEASE

Monday, Dec. 23rd – Friday, Jan. 3rd:  WINTER BREAK

Dec. 2nd – 6th

  • I hope everyone had a wonderful week relaxing with family and friends!  It is such a nice time to recharge our batteries and focus on the blessing of loved ones!  We only have 3 weeks of school in December, and they will be a very busy 3 weeks!  We have much to cover, so please join me in encouraging your child to stay focused and mindful of the tasks at hand!
  •  Immigration Day was a HUGE success, and I want to thank you all for putting in the effort at home to help your child come prepared!  The students looked amazing, and they each had such wonderful stories about where they came from, and why they were coming to America.  They did an amazing job, and I am so proud of them all.  No one from our class got deported!!!  Remember, Immigrant Diaries are due THIS WEDNESDAY, and will count as both a Social Studies grade AND a Writing grade.  
  •  Information on Spirit of Giving Bags will be communicated via our Room Moms this week.    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 be on the lookout for the approved list, and consider donating an item or two.  What a joy it is to give generously to those in need!

LANGUAGE ARTS:  We will talk about the prefixes contra- and counter-, and will have a vocabulary test on Friday on these prefixes.

READING: Students will begin a new Book Club book this week.  Books are based on historical events we have covered, or will cover soon, in Social Studies.  There will be HW each night for this Book Club unit, and class time will also be given to work on the daily assignments.  Please encourage your child to stay current with the assignments!  We will also strengthen our ability to distinguish between main idea and details in nonfiction pieces.  We will review a variety of nonfiction texts, and become confident in recognizing these elements.

WRITING: Drafting for immigration papers is coming to a close, and we begin this week revising our drafts.  We will dissect each paragraph, checking for topic and closing sentences, and making sure that we have adequate facts sandwiched in between.  This is a research paper, and we want to be sure that our readers learn something from our work!  Papers will be typed in the computer lab before the Winter Break.

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.

On Thursday, we will begin to recognize similarities and differences between plant and animal cells.

MATH: This week we continue looking at decimals, and will review comparing, ordering, rounding, adding and subtracting decimals.  Toward the end of the week we will begin multiplying decimals.  Students will be tested on multiplying and dividing decimals before the Winter Break.

Tuesday, Dec. 3rd:  High-Touch-High-Tech Presentation – a fun morning of hands-on science experiments and demonstrations

Wednesday, Dec. 4th: Immigration Diaries Due & Science Test

Friday, Dec. 6th: Vocab Test

Wednesday, Dec. 18th:  Class Holiday Party 8:45-9:30am  ALL PARENTS INVITED

Thursday, Dec. 19th & Friday, Dec. 20th:  EARLY RELEASE

Monday, Dec. 23rd – Friday, Jan. 3rd:  WINTER BREAK

Immigration Day is Almost Here!

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!

 

Nov. 18th-22nd

  • Immigration Day is almost here!  The children seem so excited about our big day this Friday, and I want to thank you all for helping them prepare!  I know it takes a lot of “extra hours” at home to meet all of the requirement, and I am grateful for your help!  It is definitely a memorable experience for the kiddos, and I can’t wait for them to come home at the end of the week and tell you all about it!  At this point, I would imagine everyone is pretty clear about what is expected of your children, but just in case, please see the reminders below.  And remember, any student who recites the New Colossus poem aloud by Thursday morning will have their lowest social studies grade replaced with a 100%!

2019 Immigration Day Information2

2019 Immigration Day Information1

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Citizenship-Test-Study-Guide-28e1c6x

  • STEM Day is returning to Mt. Bethel this Friday, and students will work in groups to create a special project.  Most supplies are provided, but we are still in need of LOTS of paper towel and toilet paper rolls.  If you would, please collect these as you use them up in your homes this week, and send them in by THIS FRIDAY.
  • The end of the 4 1/2 week grading period for the second 9 weeks was Friday, and you can expect a mid-term progress report sent home early this week.  Please sign and return to me before the Thanksgiving Break.

LANGUAGE ARTS: We will continue our study of correct comma usage this week by focusing on commas in a series, and will take a quiz on the material Wednesday.

READING: As we continue to read and dissect non-fiction writing this 9 weeks, we will pay special attention to the various text features authors use to relay information to the reader.  This week we are focusing in determining what the author is trying to convey to the reader, both explicitly (clearly stated) and implicitly (inferred.)  We will practice correctly referencing the author’s words using direct quotes from the text.  We will also be studying the prefixes c0- and com- in vocabulary.  Our vocab quiz will be Thursday.

WRITING: We have finished gathering facts for our Immigration research papers, and will begin drafting this week.  This is quite a process, as we have been organizing information into appropriate subheadings, and now it is time to take those subheadings and turn them into paragraphs.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE:  Our test on the Great Depression and the New Deal will be tomorrow, then the students will begin a new science unit with Mrs. McCoy on Inherited Traits and Learned Behaviors.  Students will be able to ask questions to compare and contrast the characteristics of instincts and learned behaviors.

S5L2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information showing that some characteristics of organisms are inherited and other characteristics are acquired.

  1. Ask questions to compare and contrast the characteristics of instincts and learned behaviors.

MATH: This week we continue looking at decimals, paying particular attention to adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals.  We will test on this Thursday, so it would be wonderful if you could give your student some sample problems each evening.  Nothing much, perhaps just one for each of the four operations, (ex. 45.89 + 22.908; 346.76 – 12.4; 23.4 x 2.99; and 267.45 / 16.)  Practice definitely makes perfect with this skill!

We will test on the material above (reading/writing/comparing/rounding decimals) THIS THURSDAY.

Mon. Nov. 18th – New Science Unit with Mrs. McCoy begins

Thurs. Nov. 21st – Vocab test on prefixes co- & com-

Thurs. Nov. 21st – Decimals Unit Test

Fri. Nov. 22nd – IMMIGRATION DAY & STEM Day

Mon. Nov. 25th – Fri. Nov. 29th – Thanksgiving Holiday

 

 

 

Wonder field trip tomorrow!

We are so excited for our field trip to see the movie Wonder tomorrow!  The students have participated in Acts of Kindness week with such happy hearts, and I love seeing/hearing them engage in conversations and activities that focus on spreading kindness!  This trip tomorrow is well-deserved!

Please remind your child to wear his/her class t-shirt tomorrow.  Tomorrow is also the “Pajama Pants Challenge.”  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!  All money collected for the “Pajama Pants Challenge” will be given to the CCYA.

*** On a side note, we have our Great Depression social studies test on Monday.  Students have a study guide to bring home (with correct answers already written in), and they have vocab resources in their notebook.  Please encourage them to study!  We will do several review games and activities during our social studies block tomorrow, but it’s a good idea to review Sunday afternoon as well.

*** Also, students must return their completed Citizenship Study Guide for Immigration Day tomorrow.  We will review all answers together tomorrow, and the students will have all week next week to study.  We don’t want anyone to be deported!!!

Thank you for sharing your precious children with me!  I truly love them all!!!

November 11th – 15th

  • Veterans Day is tomorrow, Monday, November 11th, and we are looking forward to celebrating our veterans with a Mt. Bethel parade and our hand-written posters!  We have several students in our class who will be having Veterans join them, and we are so excited to honor them tomorrow!
  • Thank you for sending in field trip permission slips and money so promptly.  I really appreciate it!  And thank you Mrs. McCabe for agreeing to chaperone our trip to see the movie Wonder this Friday, November 15th!
  • Acts of Kindness week is this week, 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.  You may also refer to your child’s agenda each evening, as Acts of Kindness requirements will be listed there as well.  We are asking each 5th grader to bring in the following by TOMORROW 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) five bottles of shampoo (and size/any brand.) Each 5th grade class is bringing in a specific hygiene item (Mrs. Lloyd’s class is donating shampoo), and then all donations will be combined to assemble hygiene packs.  PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR BOOK AND SHAMPOO DONATIONS ARE IN NO LATER THAN THIS TUESDAY!  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, and I look forward to being overwhelmed with our class participation in this long-standing 5th grade tradition!
  • Immigration Day is just around the corner.  On Friday, November 22nd many ships will arrive at Mt. Bethel, carrying a variety of immigrants in search of a better life in America.  I hope you and your child are enjoying this simulation, and are preparing for your big day!  We are discussing Immigration Day expectations at great length in class, but please don’t hesitate to refer to the information previously sent home, or reach out to me with any questions that may arise.
    • Remember, any student who memorizes the New Colossus poem for extra credit and recites it to the class by Friday, Nov.  22nd will have their lowest social studies grade replaced with a 100%  So let’s get memorizing!!!
    • Students should bring their completed Citizenship Study Guide to school THIS FRIDAY so we can review the answers together in class.  This is an excellent resource in helping the students pass the Citizenship test.
    • Students will receive their Immigrant Diary tomorrow (Monday.)  This is a detailed account of the immigrant’s journey to America, and great thought and detail are expected in this assignment.  It will count as both a social studies AND writing grade, so please encourage your child to give it the proper amount of effort and attention!
  • Students have been working very hard on their RAPs with Mrs. Kindschy, and are ready to choose their beats.  Please allow them to visit the flocabulary site to listen to the approved beats.  https://www.flocabulary.com/warp/beats/

LANGUAGE ARTS: We will continue our study of correct comma usuage this week, by focusing on commas in a series and commas in an introductory clause.  The introductory clause quiz will be taken THIS Wednesday (the students have multiple practice WS’s in their black folder from last week.) Some of this can be confusing, so I encourage you to have your child review last week’s Morning Work assignments.  This week we will talk more about using commas in a series to separate three or more items in a sentence.

READING: As we continue to read and dissect non-fiction writing this 9 weeks, we will pay special attention to the various text features authors use to relay information to the reader.  We will also review the technique of inferencing as we read non-fiction text, and will have an inferencing grade on Monday.

WRITING: This week we will continue researching for our non-fiction Immigration papers.  We will continue to use internet sites and books to learn all that we can about immigration in the early 1900’s.  We have organized our information under appropriate subheadings, and will begin drafting this week.  Students are constantly reminded that organization of facts is key to writing a successful paper.  This research paper will probably take us 4-5 weeks to publish.  I am very proud of how hard they have worked during this fact gathering stage!

SOCIAL STUDIES:  Our test on the Great Depression and the New Deal will be Monday, November 18th.  It will NOT be open note, and study guide questions will be sent home on Thursday.  In addition to those questions, students should review the key vocabulary terms in their social studies notebook.  We will also have a quiz on the Great Depression THIS Thursday.  After the unit test, we will take a break from Social Studies, and the students will spend several weeks in Science with Mrs. McCoy.

MATH: This week we continue looking at decimals.  5th grade standards include:

MGSE5.NBT.1 Recognize that in a multi-digit 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).

MGSE5.NBT.3 Read, write and compare decimals to thousandths.

  1. 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).
  2. 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.4Use place value understanding to round decimals up to the hundredths place.

We will test on the material above (reading/writing/comparing/rounding decimals) THIS FRIDAY, NOV. 15th.

Mon. Nov, 11th: Veterans Day Parade & 5th grade Acts of Kindness Kick-off with CCYA visit

Tues. Nov. 12th:  MB students wrap donated books for Brumby students to receive

Wed. Nov. 13th: Hygiene packs will be assembled and taken by parent volunteers to local families

Thurs. Nov. 14th:  MB students create and display kindness posters throughout the school & Last day of Target for the semester

Fri. Nov. 15th: 5th grade field trip to see Wonder at the movies & Wear PJ pants for $1

Fri. Nov. 22nd: Immigration Day & STEM Day

November 4th-8th

I hope this post finds everyone enjoying this beautiful fall weekend!  We have many exciting events coming up in 5th grade, so please read carefully!

  • Thank you Mrs. Sudduth and Mrs. Krizner for sending in yummy Halloween snacks for us last week!  We enjoyed every bite!
  • Veterans Day is Monday, November 11th, and we are looking forward to celebrating our veterans with a Mt. Bethel parade and our hand-written letters!
  • A field trip form went home with your child last Friday.  Please complete the form and send in payment by the end of this week.  And thank you Mrs. McCabe for agreeing to chaperone our trip to see the movie Wonder on Friday, November 15th!
  • 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.  You may also refer to your child’s agenda each evening, as Acts of Kindness requirements will be listed there as well.  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) a bottle of shampoo (and size/any brand.) Each 5th grade class is bringing in a specific hygiene item (Mrs. Lloyd’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, and I look forward to being overwhelmed with our class participation in this long-standing 5th grade tradition!
  • Immigration Day is just around the corner.  On Friday, November 22nd many ships will arrive at Mt. Bethel, carrying a variety of immigrants in search of a better life in America.  I hope you and your child are enjoying this simulation, and are preparing for your big day!  We are discussing Immigration Day expectations at great length in class, but please don’t hesitate to refer to the information previously sent home, or reach out to me with any questions that may arise.

LANGUAGE ARTS: The students worked hard last week differentiating between idioms, adages and proverbs.  Many of the phrases we adults use so frequently have never been heard by our students’ ears!  We will have a quiz on this material Wednesday.  We are also beginning to understand the correct use of commas in a series.  Students have morning work nearly every morning on the language arts concepts presented each week, and these morning work assignments are the best way to prepare for weekly quizzes.  Please encourage your child to place completed and corrected papers in their black folder each day, and then these can be used to review for graded assignments.  (I remind the students every day, yet I still see many in the trashcans on a daily basis.)

READING: As we continue to read and dissect non-fiction writing this 9 weeks, we will pay special attention to the various text features authors use to relay information to the reader.  We will also practice the technique of inferencing as we read non-fiction text.

WRITING: This week we will begin researching for our non-fiction Immigration papers.  We will use internet sites and books to learn all that we can about immigration in the early 1900’s.  We will refer to the subheading categories we created last week, and will add info under correct subheadings as we continue to research and learn.  Students will be taught that organization of facts is key to writing a successful paper.  This research paper will probably take us 4-5 weeks to publish.

SOCIAL STUDIES:  Our test on WWI and post-WWI America will be tomorrow Monday, November 4th.  It will NOT be open note.  A study guide was sent home last Thursday, and the answers can be found here.

Beginning Wednesday we will study the Great Depression and the New Deal.

SS5H3 Explain how the Great Depression and New Deal affected the lives of millions of Americans.

  1. Discuss the Stock Market Crash of 1929, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, the Dust Bowl, and soup kitchens.
  2. Analyze the main features of the New Deal; include the significance of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Works Progress Administration, and the Tennessee Valley Authority.
  3. Discuss important cultural elements of the 1930s; include Duke Ellington, Margaret Mitchell, and Jesse Owens.

SS5G2 Explain the reasons for the spatial patterns of economic activities

  • b. Locate primary agricultural and industrial locations since the turn of the 20th century and explain how factors such as population, transportation, and resources have influenced these areas (e.g., Chicago’s rapid growth at the turn of the century).

MATH: This week we begin looking at decimals.  5th grade standards include:

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).

MGSE5.NBT.3Read, write and compare decimals to thousandths.

  1. 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).
  2. 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.4Use place value understanding to round decimals up to the hundredths place.

Perform Operations with Multi-Digit Whole Numbers and with Decimals to Hundredths.

MGSE5.NBT.7Add, subtract, multiply, and divide 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. (Addition and subtraction are taught in this unit, but the standard is continued in Unit 3: Multiplication and Division with Decimals).

Students will take the cumulative Quarter 1 Math test on the computer this Thursday.  We will review in class, but no formal review will come home.  Topics include multiplication, division, and order of operations.  Word problems will be included.

Mon. Nov, 4th:  Social Studies test on WWI and post-WWI America

Tues. Nov. 5th:  No School for Students (Election Day)

Thurs. Nov. 7th: Quarter 1 Cumulative Math Assessment taken on the computer

Fri. Nov. 8th: Field trip permission slip & payment due

Mon-Fri. Nov. 11th-15th:  5th grade Acts of Kindness Week

Mon. Nov. 11th:  Acts of Kindness donations due (new/gently used book & bottle of shampoo)

Thurs. Nov. 13th:  Last day of Target for the semester

Fri. Nov. 15th:  Wonder field trip

Fri. Nov. 22nd:  Immigration Day

Field Trip Info

We are so excited for tomorrow’s trip to the Dunwoody Nature Center!  Since the weather is looking a bit soggy tomorrow, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately.  The nature center has adapted the experience to be moved inside if need be, but we want to arrive ready for all scenarios.  PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHILD WEAR HIS/HER PURPLE CLASS T-SHIRT!  Due to the weather, we will be eating lunch back at the school, so disposable lunches are no longer necessary.  Thanks for taking the extra steps at home to make this a fun and educational trip for your child tomorrow!

Oct. 28th – Nov. 1st

  • We are so excited to visit the Dunwoody Nature Center this Wednesday, and we are thrilled to have Lauren’s mom join us as our class chaperone!  Please remember to send your child to school in their new, highly fashionable purple class t-shirt that was distributed last week.  This fieldtrip is ourdoors, so please make sure you check the weather and have your child dress appropriately!  Please make sure to pack a 100% disposable lunch on this day, unless you have signed up to purchase a school lunch.  Weather permitting, we will eat lunch at the nature center.
  • Bananarama is quickly approaching!  I hope your child has enjoyed creating this fun project at home, and I am very excited to see where there creativity has led them!  Please send all projects to school this Thursday.  Classroom voting will begin promptly at 7:45am, so no late projects will be accepted.
  • It’s about to happen…portions of Mt. Bethel Elementary will soon be transformed into Ellis Island, where our 5th graders will assume the identity of an immigrant from the early 1900s attempting to enter the United States of America!  Last Thursday I discussed two handouts on immigration with the children.  I answered many, many questions, and I think they are truly excited (and a little nervous) to embark on this journey!  Please sign and return the bottom of the form by THIS TUESDAY.  The handouts can be found below, as well as the Citizenship Test Study Guide and the Emma Lazarus New Colosus poem (which can be memorized for social studies extra credit.)

2019 Immigration Info

2019 Immigration Info2

2019 Citizenship Study Guide

2019 Emma Lazarus New Colosus Poem

  • Have you shown your support for our Mt. Bethel Foundation by donating to this year’s drive?  The ALL IN Foundation Patron drive is coming to a close this Thursday, and we are still hoping to achieve 100% class participation.  Please consider giving to this amazing Foundation that puts Mt. Bethel students’ learning as their top priority!

LANGUAGE ARTS: This week in grammar we will be looking at the differences between idioms, adages and proverbs.  We will discuss some of the more prevalent ones, ie. “It’s raining cats and dogs,”  and will have a short Learning Check on these Thursday.  Last week we worked on punctuating titles, but we ran out of time and didn’t get to take our quiz.  We will do this on Wednesday.

READING: We are finishing up our current Book Club books this week, and will do a culminating writing piece comparing and contrasting 2 different characters from the books we read.  We are also focusing on the higher level skill of inferencing, and will practice looking closely at texts to infer what it is the author is trying to convey to us.

WRITING: As mentioned above, students will have a graded, in-class assignment centered around their specific book club book, but we will also begin our non-fiction piece of writing on Immigration.  We will begin this week by brainstorming what we already know about Immigration, and then working to take our information and organize it into different subheadings.  Next week we will write our flashdrafts, and will research new facts as well.  This research paper will probably take us 4-5 weeks to publish.

SOCIAL STUDIES:  SS5H2 Describe U.S. involvement in World War I and post-World War I America.

  1. Explain how German attacks on U.S. shipping during the war in Europe (1914-1917) ultimately led the U.S. to join the fight against Germany; include the sinking of the Lusitania and concerns over safety of U.S. ships, U.S. contributions to the war, and the impact of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.
  2. 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).

Our test on this unit will be on Monday, November 4th.  It will NOT be open note.  A study guide will be sent home this Thursday.

MATH: This week we will delve further into the order of operations by looking at the use of brackets and braces in an expression.  We will also learn to write numeric expressions.  We will have a quiz on this material Thursday.

Wed. Oct. 30th: Field trip to Dunwoody Nature Center – wear class t-shirt, dress weather appropriate, and pack DISPOSABLE lunch

Thurs. Oct. 31st: BANANARAMA & HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Tues. Nov. 5th:  No School for Students (Election Day)

Friday, Nov. 22nd:  Immigration Day

October 21st – October 25th

Thank you to everyone for attending conferences last week!  I have been so blessed with such a precious group of kiddos, and I am so grateful for the time you and I were able to spend together discussing their greatness!  You all are raising AMAZING, KIND, SMART, and RESPECTFUL children!  Keep up the good work!

The Foundation ALL IN Patron Drive is well underway, and I hope you have considered donating!  Thanks to the Foundation-funded character education program The Voyage, we are exploring the importance of PERSEVERANCE in our classroom.  This week we will discuss when demonstrating perseverance, sometimes we need to change how we do things.  I, personally, am so thankful for The Voyage, and to the Mt. Bethel Foundation for investing in the importance of building strong character in our children.  Please visit and donate today!

In preparation for our field trip to the Dunwoody Nature Center on Wednesday, October 30th, please confirm with your child if he/she is bringing a sack lunch from home or purchasing one from school.  We will be eating outdoors at the nature center, so lunches brought from home must be 100% disposable.  I have the following children purchasing sack lunches from the cafeteria:  Elliot, Burke, Roxy, Shaan, Jiewen and Mikey.  Please let me know ASAP if your child should be added to this list.

Beginning Monday we will start a 4 week Social Studies unit on WWI, the Great Depression, and the New Deal.  We will also spend a few days this week discussing the Panama Canal and the Immigration influx of the early 20th century.

LANGUAGE ARTS: Vocab is back, and we will be covering 2 prefixes this week.  Students will work in class and at home on the 2 prefixes “bi-” and “tri-“.  There will be a quiz on these prefixes Friday.  Vocab notebooks should come home EVERY SINGE DAY this week in preparation for Friday’s assessment.  We will also focus on the grammar skill of punctuating titles of works using underlining, quotation marks, or italics.  This quiz will be on Thursday, and work will be completed each day in class to practice this skill.

READING: As usual, book clubs will meet on Thursday, when assigned chapters and accompanying work must be finished.  We are also reading a non-fiction article in our StoryWorks called “The Mystery of Roanoke.”  While reading this, we will look closely at text features used to convey information, ie compare/contrast, cause & effect, and sequence of events.

WRITING: This week students will write a graded constructed response based on a character in their book club book, and we will review our narrative knowledge by finishing a narrative prompt.  While using individual creativity to write a middle and end to the prompt, students will be encouraged to recognize and correct unwanted run-on sentences, adding figurative language and details, and punctuating dialogue correctly (skills we have been working on in the first quarter.)

SOCIAL STUDIES:  SS5H1 Describe how life changed in America at the turn of the century.

  1. Describe the role of the cattle trails in the late 19th century; include the Black Cowboys of Texas, the Great Western Cattle Trail, and the Chisholm Trail.
  2. Describe the impact on American life of the Wright brothers (flight), George Washington Carver (science), Alexander Graham Bell (communication), and Thomas Edison (electricity).
  3. Explain how William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt expanded America’s role in the world; include the Spanish-American War and the building of the Panama Canal.
  4. Describe the reasons people immigrated to the United States, from where they emigrated, and where they settled

We began this unit several weeks ago, and will review and add new info this week.  Since it’s been awhile since we’ve discussed some of these standards, students will take an OPEN NOTES TEST this Thursday, Oct. 24th.  (Since the test is OPEN NOTES, a study guide will not be sent home.)

MATH:  We are moving on from dividing whole numbers and interpreting remainders.  However, we will revisit these skills intermittently throughout the year.  Our main focus this week will be on the Order of Operations (do you remember PEMDAS?)  Students will be given special paper on which to work, as I want to ensure they are listing every single step every single time!  We will take a grade on this concept Thursday.

Mon. Oct, 21st:  New Social Studies Unit begins

Tues. Oct. 22nd:  STEM Fair @ 5:30pm

Thurs. Oct. 24th:  OPEN NOTES Social Studies Test

Wed. Oct. 30th:  Field trip to Dunwoody Nature Center

Thurs. Oct. 31st: BANANARAMA!  How is yours coming along???

Tues. Nov. 5th:  No School for Students (Election Day)