Part 1 – THREE Snow Days?!?!

040Crazy snow days, huh?  I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of  the Kirkwood School District for eight years and it is not often that we have a snow day.  Therefore, Tuesday’s snow day was quite a surprise to many!  What a fun day to relax and spend time with family.  I hope you and your fifth grader have been able to enjoy it, despite the cold temperatures!

You also may have noticed that this post is titled, “Part 1 – THREE Snow Days?!?!”

Part 1?!?  Yes.  This has been a busy week with conferences and I want to be intentional about our classroom post by giving it the time it deserves.  I will post “Part 1” now and “Part 2 ” will come over the weekend.  Thanks for your patience. 🙂

Please read below for an update about what has happened in the last week for your fifth grader.  Sure, we have only had three school days (Friday, Wednesday, and Thursday) since my last post, but trust me – A LOT happens each and every day!

  • Conversation Starters
  • Writing Share and Read Aloud
  • Decimals, Fractions and Percents
  • Thursday, February 6

Conversation Starters:

  • What was your favorite part about sharing your Ancient West Africa piece with your Second Grade Learning Buddy?
  • What topic are you going to write your next research piece about?
  • Tell me how you know that 0.1 is equivalent to 1/10.  Tell me how you know that 1/10 is equivalent to 10%.
  • Tell me about the game you played this week during your math time with fractions, decimals and percents.
  • When you logon to LearnZillion, what can you do and learn?

Writing Share and Read Aloud: On Wednesday, we had our second grade Learning Buddies visit our classroom for an opportunity to listen to our research about Ancient West Africa.  This writing piece was our first attempt at organizing a research paper in order to prepare each writer for another research project, beginning next week.  Each fifth grader write about what he or she knew about Ancient West Africa, a topic we discussed last quarter.  Next, they organized the information into a research piece, while doing additional research using a variety of resources, such as texts and websites.  Check out some of the photos below of our wonderful fifth graders sharing with our Learning Buddies.

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Decimals, Fractions, and Percents: This week, we returned to math rotations to work on our skills with decimals, fractions, and percents.  When we do rotations, the children are divided into small groups and do various activities during our math block.  For example, a day with math rotations might look like this:

Here is an example of a day using our math rotations.  The children usually enjoy the variety of activities.  I love working with small groups in order to teach specific math concepts.  So, it's a "win-win" situation!
Here is an example of a day using our math rotations. The children usually enjoy the variety of activities. I love working with small groups in order to teach specific math concepts. So, it’s a “win-win” situation!

Thursday, February 6: We hope you can join us on February 6th from 6:30-7:30 in the Robinson Gym for our OLWEUS Bullying Prevention Community Kick Off. Your fifth grader has been learning more and more about how START A TREND…BE A FRIEND, and the students at Robinson are excited to perform for you.  Each grade level has a musical performance for you and the definition and rules of anti-bullying will be shared via student voices.  We are targeting this evening to our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders but if you have younger siblings, they will enjoy the evening as well.  They can also tell you how they are learning to be good friends in their classrooms.   I hope to see you on February 6th!

To be continued . . . 


6 thoughts on “Part 1 – THREE Snow Days?!?!

    1. Dear Lilly,
      I’m glad you like that this post is going to be continued. I am just about to work on it right now! I hope you enjoy Part 2! 🙂
      Your friend,
      Ms. Turken

      1. Dear Ms.Turken,
        I just finished reading part 2. I’m so happy you posted pictures of the assembly and roller skating! I’m so proud of you for rollers skating too!! I’m happy teachers are so fun these days!
        See you tomorrow!

      2. Dear Lilly,
        Wow! You are a FAST reader! I’m glad you enjoyed the post and hope you enjoyed seeing yourself singing your incredible solo at the assembly! Way to go!
        Your friend,
        Ms. Turken

  1. Boy, and I thought I worked hard!!!! You and your class have been super busy learning and having all kinds of fun! The “Squzzle” section was really funny, especially with the photos of Chris and Jack!

    Looking forward to the Bully Prevention Kickoff!

    1. Dear Jan,
      Thank you for your kind comments. The kids definitely do work hard, huh? Thanks for enjoying our learning and for checking in with our blog on a regular basis. See you soon!
      Ms. Turken

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