Happy ALMOST Valentine’s Day!

IMG_2197Happy ALMOST Valentine’s Day!Happy ALMOST Valentine’s Day! (Aren’t you glad I “translated” that for you?  Hee, hee.)

What a fun week we’ve had!  We started off by celebrating our writing with kindergarten students and fifth grade families.  We also began decimal Flex Groups during math.  And then, we rounded out our week with a creativity challenge for Valentine’s Day . . . along with a party, of course.  Read on!

  • Conversation Starters
  • Math Flex Groups
  • Writing Celebration
  • Valentine’s Envelope CHALLENGE
  • Valentine’s Party
  • Nipher Parent Visit
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • You started math flex groups this week, what did you learn about decimals that you didn’t know before?
  • Your group is continuing to read the read aloud, The Unwanteds.  What important information did you learn in the text this week?  Give specific examples from the text to describe this important information.
  • You had an opportunity to do an on-demand writing prompt this week to show everything you have learned about writing a research report.  What did you write about and what did you include to demonstrate your learning?

Math Flex Groups: This is the second time we have done math Flex Groups in fifth grade and many of us (students and teachers) are LOVING it!  “Flex(ible) Groups” mean that the entire fifth grade is divided among several teachers in order to work in small groups with other students who have similar mathematical thinking.  In our case, we divide our 78 fifth graders among 7 teachers and each work to guide our students to achieve our curriculum goals which pertain to decimals for an hour each day.  It is a great opportunity to work with students in smaller groups and has been a great experience.  Check out some of the things we have done in my flex group below!

Our class discussed how to write numbers in expanded form.  Look at this example and practice this with your fifth grader to ensure this  skill is secure in his or her mathematical toolbox.
Our class discussed how to write numbers in expanded form. Look at this example and practice this with your fifth grader to ensure this skill is secure in his or her mathematical toolbox.
Here is an example of some of the decimal work we did when we were subtracting decimals this week.
Here is an example of some of the decimal work we did when we were subtracting decimals this week.
Here is an example of a chart my flex group used one day to learn about multiplying decimals.  It is so helpful to use a visual representation to understand the HOW with the operation.
Here is an example of a chart my flex group used one day to learn about multiplying decimals. It is so helpful to use a visual representation to understand the HOW with the operation.

Writing Celebration: Holy cow!  Our celebration was great on Tuesday.  Our fifth grade authors shared their research reports on a science topic.  Ask your fifth grader about his or her topic and the parts of a research report that were included.  Thank you to the family members who had an opportunity to attend.   However, if you did not get the chance, please do not worry because you can look at some photos below to experience some of the celebration!

Here is a sample of one of our research pieces.  Cool, huh?
Here is an example  of one of our research pieces. Cool, huh?
Here are some authors sharing their work with their audience of parents and kindergartners.
Here are some authors sharing their work with their audience of parents and kindergartners.
Another group of fifth grader sharing . . . even if some young kiddos look at little tired as they listen! :)
Another group of fifth grader sharing . . . even if some young kiddos look at little tired as they listen! 🙂
Here is the plain and boring manila envelope everyone started with this week!
Here is the plain and boring manila envelope everyone started with this week.

Valentine’s Envelope CHALLENGE: The envelope at the right is what each of the children began with this week.  BORING!  But then, they received a challenge to decorate their envelope in a creative way, knowing that it would ultimately be their vehicle to receive Valentine’s from their friends.  We had several discussions about this project and that they were invited to stretch their thinking and do something really fun and special.  I know you want to see what they came up with, right?  Check out two things below.  First, read the letter each fifth grader received as they embarked on their challenge.  And then, look at the slideshow with photos of many of the incredibly creative envelopes.  Have fun checking them out!  (I apologize for the few kiddos that I don’t have photos . . . I think I missed three of them . . . so sorry!)

Here is the letter explaining the envelope challenge.
Here is the letter explaining the envelope challenge.

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Valentine’s Party: How does a week with Valentine’s fun end without a party?!?  Here are a few photos from the fifth grade party, as ALL fifth graders celebrated together.  Have a great day tomorrow – on the actual Valentine’s Day.

Nipher Parent Night: Are you tired of seeing this flyer yet?  I hope not!  Please, please be sure to come on this evening so you can get a sneak peek of Nipher and see what it is really all about!  Let me know if you have any questions please.

NIPHER.NIGHT

A Smile for You!  This evening, I had the privilege to take my niece and nephew to the “All You Can Eat Pancake Night” at Kirkwood High School.  On the way there, I gave my niece and nephew my iPad so they could look at pictures of the creative Valentine’s envelopes you saw above.  After looking at the photos, they proceeded to take a few photos of one another.  Oh dear!  I’ll just leave you with two of the photos . . . and hope they make you smile!  Have a great weekend.

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