Muchas Pruebas!

test-cartoon-picture20testanxiety1Muchas Pruebas – Many Tests!

Well, well, well . . . your fifth grader has been working incredibly hard on our standardized testing this week!  Holy cow . . . they are doing an amazing job!   We have worked for three days and will continue the same schedule for next week.  As always, thanks for supporting your fifth grader’s success at school by ensuring a good night’s sleep and healthy breakfast everyday, but particularly on test taking days.  Read on to learn (and see!) what we have been doing the past week.  Thanks in advance for reading!

  • Conversation Starters
  • Outdoor Learning Day
  • Writing Celebration
  • Elapsed Time Dominoes
  • National Library Week
  • Fifth Grade Celebration Date
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • What was your favorite event during our Outdoor Learning Day?
  • What was your persuasive piece about?  Why did you choose this topic?  Do you believe that your piece convinced your audience to believe what you believe?  Why or why not?
  • What has been your favorite thing about taking the MAP test – up to this point?
  • Did you start a new chapter book this week?  If so, what is it?

Outdoor Learning Day: Last Friday, each student Robinson had the opportunity to rotate through several outdoor learning stations.  These ranged from composting, picking up trash, hiking through the trails behind school and writing, telling nature stories, and making texture prints.  It was a beautiful day and so much fun to take our learning outside!  Check out some photos below.

Look at all of these writers when we were on the trail behind Robinson.
Look at all of these writers  on the trail behind Robinson.
Mrs. Berger and some of her third grade student taught us about composting.
Mrs. Berger and some of her third grade student taught us about composting.
Mrs. Kesler was teaching about folk music . . . it was so much fun!
Mrs. Kesler was teaching about folk music . . . it was so much fun!
Some great fifth grader listeners during one of our rotations.
Some great fifth grader listeners during one of our rotations.

Writing Celebration: This past Monday, we had an opportunity to celebrate the amazing pieces produced by our authors over the past few weeks.  We had parents and another fifth grade classroom visit us while we celebrated.  Some of the topics for our persuasive writing pieces included: school uniforms, fishing near dolphins, having art everyday at school, girls playing boy sports, concussions, and recycling.  There were definitely more fabulous topics too!  Ask your fifth grader what some of the other pieces were about.  Look below at some of the photos of our celebration.

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Elapsed TIme Dominoes: During our Math Workshop this week, one of the rotations we did was to to strengthen our skills with elapsed time.  Elapsed time is the time or difference between a beginning time and an ending time.  Finding elapsed time is an important skill in everyday life.  We practiced this with several story problems and then by playing a game with dominoes.  The goal of the game was to match up the elapsed time with a clock or representation that showed an equivalent time.  We are still working on mastering this skill.  Below, is a photo of one of our happy mathematicians.

Look at how happy Izzy was to play the game! (Well, we totally posed this picture, but she IS happy!)
Look at how happy Izzy was to play the game! (Actually, we posed this picture, but she IS happy!)

National Library Week: This has been National Library Week, which just allows us another reason to celebrate our library and the opportunity to read.  For the week, children at Robinson wrote inside a speech bubble about how the library helps them or changes their life.  We have made quite a statement with the number of speech bubbles that students have written – and Mrs. Meihaus just keeps adding more to the wall outside the library!  It’s really fun to read about the positive impact the library has on individual students at Robinson.

Another posed picture, but Nataiya and Malakai look like they are happily reading in front of the OODLES of quotes that students wrote this week about how the library helps them.
Nataiya and Malakai look like they are happily reading in front of the OODLES of quotes that students wrote this week about how the library helps them.
Such happy words . . .
Such happy words . . .
Another speech bubble . . .
Another speech bubble . . .
And another . . .
And another . . .

Fifth Grade Celebration Date:  During the evening of Thursday, May 29, we will celebrate our Robinson Fifth Graders during a celebratory event.  Keep your eyes open for further information, but in the meantime, please mark your calendar to attend and spend time with us.  Thanks!

A Smile for You!   First off, I finally put my Spring Break pictures from Ecuador online.  Not that you were really waiting for them (I think it was more of a goal for myself), but if you want to see them, please click here.  In the meantime, check out some of the animal photos below and hopefully their smile will be contagious enough to make you smile!  CHEESE!

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2 thoughts on “Muchas Pruebas!

  1. Ms. Turken and Mrs. Meihaus,

    I LOVE the “speech bubbles!” Thank you so much for such a fun idea! I might just have to come in and read them all:) When I was in high school and college I worked in the library, and it was awesome!

    Jan Waters

    1. Dear Jan,
      Hi there! You should definitely stop by Robinson to read the speech bubbles! They are really fun to read and learn why the library is so important to Robinson students. Thanks again for reading!
      Sincerely,
      Ms. Turken

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