WOW! 5th grade has hit the ground running this year 2018-2019. Together we are exploring our theme Survival
All life is interdependent and interacts causing change;
Environmental factors impact the survival of all things;
People change through struggles with their environment and culture.
Throughout the year students will use their investigative skills to learn about the world around them and problem-solving skills to come up with solutions for real world problems! In Science this trimester, students are discovering ecosystems through hands-on activities and projects! 5th graders have already worked with mealworms, created food webs and food chains, and participated in a wild food chain game, where only the strongest survived. Students will continue to uncover more information about life in the ecosystem and will be dissecting owl pellets, hatching brine shrimp, and enjoying a visit from the Lowcountry Raptors! Our next unit we will cover land forms, watersheds, and oceans! Above are some pictures from Science class!
Students are not just SURVIVING math this trimester they are mastering it! They have been working in groups and rotating through stations practicing various skills. The stations they rotate through each week are: Skills Practice (where they have a chance to meet with me and practice skills from lesson of day), Math Games (where they play a game related to the math standard we are learning), Drops In the Bucket (where they have a chance to practice a variety of spiraling math skills), and a Math Art or STEM project (where they have a chance to show their creativity and build or design things).
While working with students in their groups, I have been extremely impressed by their PERSEVERANCE with long division and multi digit multiplication. They often tell me in class that long division is EASY but time consuming. I love hearing them say this because it expresses how hard they are working. I see them being very meticulous and MINDFUL in their work paying attention to every detail and putting forth their best effort to produce the highest quality work. What more can a teacher ask for!?
English Language Arts
Homeroom and Mission Statements
5th grade students in each homeroom created a mission statement to guide behavior and support the core values! You can help by fulling the mission statements and recognizing the core values outside of school!
We use a classroom economy to reward students who are using the core values, working hard or as incentive to get things signed, etc... Students are responsible for maintaining their account balances (credits and debits), completing their classroom duties so that they can be paid, and then are rewarded at the end of the two weeks with vending and the opportunity to spend their “money.” If a student is not following the classroom mission statement, being disrespectful or not completing their classroom duties / job then they can be debited and will not have as much money to spend during vending.
This year fifth grade students are paired with first grade students for Riverview Buddies! This is a great way for students to get to know each other and help create the collaborative culture! Throughout the year the fifth grade students will visit and work with their first grade buddies, helping and learning from each other!