WOW! 5th grade has hit the ground running this year 2017-2018. 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, hatched brine shrimp, 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! Our next unit we will cover land forms, watersheds, and oceans! Above are some pictures from Science class!
Students are expected to keep a neat and organized Science Journal throughout the trimester; in this journal you will find all in class notes, assignments, homework handouts, and experiments! Please be sure to check out your child's journal to see what he/she is learning this year! As always thank your for your support and cooperation! Science is a great way explore our world and look forward to surviving more adventures with your child!
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
As Reconstruction comes to an end, we are preparing to move into Westward Expansion. The South was in shambles and many individuals had no money, resources or family to turn to. We will discover what the people had to do to Survive such devastation!
Students will explore the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad and the mesh of cultures that came together as they settled in the areas from Sacramento, CA to Omaha, NE. Through these movements, we will integrate with science and a variety of ecosystems will be explored. Students will study the impact that the settlers had on the environment through cultural beliefs, farming, and building. We will also integrate with ELA and use cause and effect to make connections of our learning.
As a culminating activity, students had the opportunity to help create the Transcontinental Railroad. They worked collaboratively in teams and had deal with many of the obstacles the workers faced from mountains to lakes.
Homeroom and Mission Statements
5th grade students in each homeroom created a mission statement to guide behavior and support the core values! Below are pictures of each homeroom and their mission statements! 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.