Reading:This week students continued to read about the adventures of Charlotte Doyle and create S.O.S.’s in their writing journals to summarize the chapters. Ask your child what S.O.S. stands for!
We also continued to read our historical novel about the Penobscot Indians and how European settlers changed the landscape of not only their environment, but their way of life. The book, Sign of the Beaver, is illustrated by a boy named Matt who is not much older than the CATS in our class. THANK YOU to Ms. Winter, Ms. Viola and Ms. Hoppe for coming in to reading during our Thursday reading groups.
********PLEASE sign up for reading groups! We have only 1-2 each week and in order to make it optimal for the kiddos, we need 5 volunteers!******** Thank you!
Writing: Students have been learning how to take notes from non-fiction texts, highlighting the elements of a non-fiction piece, forming a easy to read t-chart from the text and then creating an original paragraph in their own words. This type of writing is essential in the expository requirements of 5th grade and the Common Core standards. And it’s a fun way to write!
Math: Students continue to work on place value, integers, exponents and prime factorization with Ms. Burgess.
Social Studies: Students are wrapping up the unit on Native Americans of North America. Ask your child about his/her group’s specific tribe and how they will present it to the class.
Science: Our class continued to learn about living systems. This week students took a final assessment on 4 systems of the body. This week we focused on vascular plants and had a great time doing an experiment with celery to help illustrate living cells. Check out the gallery on the class website for photos of the experiment and ask your child what s/he learned about vascular plants!
*WE NOW HAVE A CLASS GARDEN!!!!! Thank you to Ms. Winter who donated the soil, starters, AND TIME to come in and work with the students to plant 5 earth boxes outside our classroom. *See photos in gallery
*Congratulations to our CATS spellers! Brianna, Cameron and Chas will be representing CATS Country in the annual Bel Aire Spelling Bee!
******WE NEED AUCTION ITEMS!!!!********** Our CATS have racked up some big bucks over the last month of school, and it’s time for them to go shopping. If you would like to donate items, please do so on Monday. We will hold the auction on Tuesday morning.
*Have you registered for the Bel Aire Maker Faire? Registration deadline has been extended to September 24th. See you all there!