Happy New Year!
Welcome back after an extra long winter break! Because of the snow days, fall report cards will now be sent home Wednesday, January 4th. Let's cross our fingers for no more snow days so we can get out for summer in June–not July! Here's a quick update of what's going on in fifth grade:
Reading – We wrapped our first unit which focused primarily on identifying theme in literature. We also spent time comparing and contrasting different kinds of texts and how the illustrations helped lead us to the mood of the text. Our next unit will be aimed at both summarizing texts and analyzing character relationships while focusing on how these help us understand historical events. Note for students who have Ms. Thomas for reading: If your child committed to completing a reading extension project as their reading goal, they are due January 31. Let me know if you have any questions about the project. Note for students who have Mrs. Houle for reading: All students are compleing a book project which is due February 17th. Book approval is due January 6th.
Writing – Students will be learning how to find evidence to support their arguments in opinion writing. This next project will also meet the requirements for Washington State's Social Studies Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) as students will approach their writing with a civics slant.
Social Studies – Students are currently learning about Spanish, French, and English explorers who came to the New World during the "Age of Discovery." After watching videos and completing some research, students will create mini-reports on three explorers of their choosing from an approved list. The Social Studies page on this blog has all the materials necessary to complete the unit.
Math – We have started Module 2 where we are addressing multiplication of whole numbers and decimals. Students build on previous place value strategies, drawing models, using the standard algorithm. Before moving to division strategies, we will solve word problems with measurement conversions.
Science – In science, we have been working on a mini-unit on pendulums which is great for working through the scientific investigation process. In January, we will be starting our Earth and Sun unit. The Earth and Sun Module provides students with experiences to explore the properties of the atmosphere, energy transfer from the Sun to Earth, and the dynamics of weather and water cycling in Earth’s atmosphere. Other experiences help students to develop and use models to understand Earth’s place in the solar system, and the interactions of Earth, the Sun, and the Moon to reveal predictable patterns—daily length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of stars in the night sky. Students gain experiences that will contribute to the understanding of crosscutting concepts of patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; and energy and matter.
]Conference week: October 24 – 28!
We are excited to meet with families and discuss student goals for the school year. Please remember that students need to attend as they are presenting their goals and discussing their progress. Fifth grade is an pivotal year for students’ move toward taking greater responsibility, and conference time is a great opportunity to support their growth and plans.
School hours will be 9:05 – 1:10 all week. Specialist days will be different and students should be informed to make sure they have their PE shoes and Library books ready.
Reminder:Completed Moon Chart is due on November 4th. Please check the Science Blog if you need to up-date.
October challenge is due Monday, the 31st.
Students have completed the first half of Module 1 in Engage NY. We will continue to work through this module in November. Remember to check the math sites listed here for extra practice.
Mrs. Brown is asking students to make sure they are completing and reviewing books that they check out. Talk with your child about the story or informational book they have checked out.
There are two holidays to remember to plan for in November. November 11th is our day to recognize Veterans and our Thanksgiving Holiday is November 23rd – 25th.
It has been fun getting to know our fifth graders and we are off to a great year!
~Mrs. Hanwalt, Ms. Thomas, Mrs. Wagner, Mr. Bristol, & Mrs. Houle
We look forward to meeting our students and their families at Back-to-School Night on September 1st 4:00-6:00PM. Students are welcome to bring their school supplies so they don't have to lug them on the first day of school. Take some time and check-out the resources on this blog. We try to post assignments and special events on the calendar found to the right. At the bottom of each page is a full calendar. We also take the time each day to write assignments in planners. We encourage you to bookmark this blog and check it frequently. This year, we are excited to add Scott Bristol to our grade level. He comes with several years of teaching experience and will be a great addition. To continue our tradition of team teaching, we are splitting into two teams. The Grizzly Bear Team will have Mrs. Hanawalt teaching math, Ms. Thomas teaching reading and social studies, and Mrs. Wagner teaching science and writing. The Kodiak Bear Team will have Mr. Bristol teaching math and science while Mrs. Houle teaches reading, writing, and social studies. All five us though will work closely together to make sure we continue the Camas Way by offering quality education and a Helen Baller welcome to all our students.
~Mrs. Houle(201), Mrs. Hanawalt(202), Ms. Thomas(204), Mrs. Wagner(205), and Mr. Bristol(224)
Upcoming Fall Events
9/1 Back-to-School Night 4:00-6:00PM
9/6 First day of school 9:00AM-3:30PM
9/22 Curriculum Night 5:00-7:30PM
9/23 Fun Run at Doc Harris Stadium (time TBA)
10/14 No School
10/24-10/27 Conference Week