Feliz Febrero

Feliz Febrero = Happy Februaryheart4

Well . . . it’s here!  Welcome to February!  Here are the things that have been happening in fifth grade over the past week . . . even with a day off of school!  Here you go!

  • Conversation Starters
  • Writing Research Reports
  • Writing Celebration
  • Adding and Ordering Decimals
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Force and Motion Assessment
  • Nipher Parent Visit
  • Kirkwood Public Library Event
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • What have you learned about adding decimals this week?
  • Put the following decimals in order from smallest to largest: .093, .2, 0.5, .802, .009, and .063.  How do you know which decimals are larger than others?
  • Tell me about the menu choices you are going to make for your research report.  Why are you choosing these menu items?

Writing Research Reports: During our Writing Workshop, we continued researching several science topics.  This week, your fifth grade author has worked on flash drafting and typing his or her report.  On Tuesday, we discussed a learning menu (check it out below).  You might wonder what a learning menu is and why it is used in the classroom.  Let me explain briefly because I believe menus are a great way to present variety with classroom learning.  Learning menus outline a variety of instructional options targeted toward important learning goals, in this case writing a research report.  Students are able to select the choices which most appeal to them, while the teacher directs the menu process.   As you can see from the menu below, the student is given control over his or her choice of options, based on how he or she prefers to demonstrate learning.

menu

Writing Celebration: With all of the learning taking place with our research reports, we have to celebrate our learning, right?  You are welcome to come next Tuesday.  An invitation went home with your child this past Tuesday.

writing

Adding and Ordering Decimals: Last week, we worked on identifying place value with decimals and understanding the relationship with place value.  This week, we have been working on adding decimals, while gaining a firmer grasp of the value of decimals.  (Understanding the value of decimals is still pretty tricky for us!)  You can see some of the learning that has taken place this week in the photos below.  We did math on the easel in a whole group and with small groups, playing math games in partnerships, solving decimal problems in small groups, practicing basic division facts individually, and working on an decimal activity on the ActivBoard in small groups.  See?  We are BUSY!

We talked about strategies to use when adding decimals.
We talked about strategies to use when adding decimals.
Our mathematicians played a game called Close to 2 that used decimal cards and strategies for adding decimals.
Our mathematicians played a game called Close to 2 that used decimal cards and strategies for adding decimals.
Here is Morgan's smart thinking while she played Close to 2.
Here is Morgan’s smart thinking while she played Close to 2.
We also discussed how to order decimals from smallest to greatest.
We also discussed how to order decimals from smallest to greatest.

Newton’s Laws of Motion: Force and Motion has been our context during Science the past few weeks and on Tuesday, we began discovering Newton’s Laws of Motion.  Each student was placed in a small group and they had a short time to become an EXPERT on one of Newton’s Laws.  After their research, they taught the rest of the class about their learning so they could share their knowledge.  Their presentations were quite informative, as you can see below.  Especially, when there was some pushing taking place in order to show one of Newton’s Laws in action!

Each group researched one of Newton's Laws and then taught the others about their learning.  This group is studying hard to become EXPERTS on their topic.
Each group researched one of Newton’s Laws and then taught the others about their learning. This group is studying hard to become EXPERTS on their topic.
Here is another group working hard to learn about their Law of Motion.
Here is another group working hard to learn about their Law of Motion.
This group was presenting Newton's First Law of Motion.
This group presented Newton’s First Law of Motion.
Here is Newton's Second Law of Motion.
Here is Newton’s Second Law of Motion.
And finally, here is a model of Newton's Third Law of Motion . . . in action!
And finally, here is a model of Newton’s Third Law of Motion . . . in action!

Force and Motion Assessment: Next Tuesday, we will have a Force and Motion Assessment.  Below is a picture of the review guide that went home with your child today.  You can enlarge by clicking on it to help your child study.  I look forward to seeing our scientists show us how much they have learned about Force and Motion next week!

force and motion review

Nipher Parent Night: This was included in the blog post last week.  I will continue to remind you that it is VERY IMPORTANT for you to attend this evening at Nipher so you can begin talking with your fifth grader about middle school.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this event.

NIPHER.NIGHT

Kirkwood Public Library Event: This weekend, Kirkwood Public Library is hosting an event on Saturday, February 8, featuring a storyteller who will do living history dramatizations of Phyllis Wheatley, Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman.  Check out the flyer below.  I hope you have an opportunity to attend as this sounds like a great event!

kpl

A Smile for You! As you know, I LOVE pictures that make me laugh!  Here are some in a slideshow format that should do the trick for you.  Be patient and the slideshow will scroll through some goofy shots.  Which is your favorite?  Mine is the dog with the eyeball glasses on . . . that one actually made me laugh out loud!  Enjoy the photos . . . and thanks for reading our blog this week.

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