*AR Update: Students should be 40% to their AR goal by the end of next week.
*THANK YOU to Mr. Asiano, Ms. Hoppe, Ms. O’Brien, and Mr. and Mrs. Perasso for reading Sign of the Beaver with us during Thursday’s reading groups. What a turn out!
*Ask your child how we have been studying author Chris Van Allsburg. Each Friday we do a reading activity with a different book—and a fun twist on getting the whole class involved in the plot.
*True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle: Students continued reading this adventure novel about the high seas. Ask your child about the man made storm brewing on the Seahawk!
Writing: Students continued 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. This week we learned and wrote about lizards and East Woodland Indians.
Math: This week, Students continued to work on multiplication review, integers, exponents and prime factorization with Ms. Burgess.
Genius Hour: Students have begun their ‘Genius Hour’ projects. Ask your child what s/he plans to do with his/her project.
Social Studies: Students are wrapping up the unit on Native Americans of North America. This week each student group presented their specific tribe to the class with a Keynote, Website or other teaching aide. Next week we kick off the simulation game GALLEON! More adventure on the high seas……
Science: Our class continued to learn about living systems in vascular plants. (See your child’s newsletter folder for human body living systems assessments.) This week we took a ‘leaf walk’, classified leaves, and learned how the ‘veins’ in leaves act like a circulatory systems in humans. Check out the gallery on the class website for photos of the leaf sorting experiment and ask your child what s/he learned about leaves and vascular plants.
****THANK YOU for the most generous **donations** to the auction box! We had a very successful auction and the kids of CATS Country are even more eager to earn their keep here in D-2 now that they know what’s at stake! Gracias to the following families: *** Hoppe, Perasso, Pang, Suchodolski, Viola, Ross, Odland, Petri, Saleh, Winter****