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dialogueIt’s been another busy week of learning and working hard in fifth grade.  Read below to find out what we have been doing during each of our days.

  • Conversation Starters
  • Outdoor Learning Center Survey
  • MORE Opinion Writing
  • Mean, Median, Mode and More!
  • Science WebQuest
  • Snack Sign-ups for Standardized Testing
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • Look at the following numbers: 16, 12, 18, 17, 16, 8, 7, 2.  Tell me the mean, median, mode and range of this number set and how you solved each.
  • What has been your biggest learning takeaway during the WebQuest you have worked on this week?
  • What is a regular polygon?  What is an irregular polygon?  What is a non-polygon?
  • During your Reading Workshop, you have continued to take some time and work on Reading Plus.  Do you believe this is making you a stronger reader?  Why or why not?

Outdoor Learning Center Survey: Next Friday, we have a half-day of school.  On this day, we have some special things planned for the kids at Robinson that are connected to our Outdoor Learning Center.  In order to help us plan for this day and for the future of the Outdoor Learning Center, please click here to take a survey about our facility.  Thank you so  much for checking out the survey.

MORE Opinion Writing:  We have continued to work on writing persuasive pieces this week during our Writing Workshop.  We have collected evidence to support our issue, determined whether our individual evidence was weak or strong, explored introductions and wrote a draft of our piece.  Check out a couple photos below to see what we have been doing during Writing Workshop.

One of our authors shared his persuasive draft with us because so many of the pieces were absolutely incredible!  It is so fun writing together!
One of our authors shared his persuasive draft with us because so many of the pieces were absolutely incredible! It is so fun writing together!
We learned about how to write introductions today.  Here is the anchor chart we used to guide our writing.
We learned about how to write introductions today. Here is the anchor chart we used to guide our writing.

Mean, Median, Mode, and MORE!: We have been working hard this week in math and continued to discuss geometry and the relationships shapes have with one another.  Additionally, we began talking about data analysis (mean, median, mode and range) after the bumpy beginning we had last week.  (Read this post to find out more about what happened.)  Now, we definitely have a better understanding of these concepts and are continuing to roll along as we become smarter mathematicians everyday.

We sorted Regular and Irregular Polygons this week as we continued to explore geometry.
We sorted Regular and Irregular Polygons this week as we continued to explore geometry.
Look!  We have all of the definitions and even made a foldable about analyzing data!  It's becoming clearer what all of these crazy words mean!
Look! We have all of the definitions and even made a foldable about analyzing data! It’s becoming clearer what all of these crazy words mean!

Science WebQuest:  This has been our last week to explore weather during our WebQuest.  Tomorrow, Friday, the children will present their recommendation for the project during a press conference in our classroom.  Here is a photo of one of our groups having a discussion about where they believe the best location is for refugees to live in the United States.Here are some of our scientists making a decision about where they are planning to recommend for the refugees to relocate to in our current science WebQuest.

Snack Sign-ups for Standardized Testing:  In a little over a week, we will begin our standardized testing that takes place each spring in Missouri.  In order to work hard on the tests, we have found that it helps to have some snacks to nibble on along the way.  In order to provide snacks for an ENTIRE grade of fifth graders, we need some help!  Please click here in order to sign-up to bring a snack or two for our hungry – and super smart! –  fifth graders.

A Smile for You!   I have not forgotten the promise I made to you about putting some of the pictures from Ecuador on the blog . . . I just haven’t been able to do it – yet.  (I will!  Just not yet.)  In the meantime, I decided to search the Internet for cute animal pictures and after getting distracted for about 10 minutes saying, “Aww!” to so many of them, here is the one I chose as a favorite.  Hope it makes you smile this week.  Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!

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