June 3, 2014

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It's my final blog post for the 2014-15 school year and I'm excited for summer, but I'm sad to have one of my best years ever come to a close.  This class by far has been one of my most respectful and responsible classes.  They also have made me laugh out loud many times by their quirky humor.  I will have many fond memories of this class and will miss them VERY much!

We of course still have many events leading us to the last day.  

  • Tuesday, June 3rd – Safety Patrol Picnic (rotation for those staying behind)
  • Thursday, June 5th – Spring Reading Goals due
  • Friday, June 6th – 5th Grade Track Meet all day (bring lunch, snacks, and beverages in nonglass containers)
  • Tuesday, June 10th – Field Day in the AM, Invention Convention in the afternoon
  • Thursday, June 12th – 5th Grade Promotion 2:00PM (students tend to dress up for this…they can change at recess prior to the ceremony if desired)
  • Monday, June 16th - 5th Grade Picnic (bring sack lunch!) and 3rd Trimester Awards Assembly
  • Tuesday, June 17th – Last Day of School

Remember to check out the 5th grade Blog: http://tinyurl.com/BloggerBears.  

Reading: Students are finishing their spring reading goals (a few are even done).  Work time in class has been shortened a bit for other end of the year activities, so those who aren't finished may need to take things home.  ALL work is due Thursday.
 
Writing: We are finishing up friendly letters this week.
 
Social Studies:  We just completed a unit on the Declaration of Independence and will now quickly cover what happened between July 4, 1776 and the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.
 
~Mrs. Houle
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May 5, 2014

May

The last full month of the school year is here! Even though we had a great time at OMSI, we are looking forward to making some more awesome 5th grade memories.  If you haven't yet, be sure to turn in two pictures of your child (one from early childhood and one current).  These were due last week, but they are still being accepted.  Fifth Grade Track Meet permission slips were sent home last week and are due by May 29th.  Please send those in soon.  By now you should know how to check my calendar, but here's a handy list to refer to of all our upcoming activities:

  • Thursday, May 8th – Science MSP
  • Tuesday, May 13th – Math MSP
  • Wednesday, May 14th – AIMSWEB (reading fluency checks)
  • Friday, May 16th – Growing Up Videos (boys and girls separately)
  • Monday, May 19th – Liberty Middle School staff visiting us
  • Tuesday, May 20th – Room 201 takes the reading MSP
  • Friday, May 23rd – Mrs. Holt's class takes the reading MSP
  • Monday, May 26th – No School
  • Tuesday, May 27th – Visit to Liberty Middle School
  • Friday, May 30th – Fun Run
  • Tuesday, June 3rd – Safety Patrol Picnic
  • Thursday, June 5th – Spring Reading Goals due
  • Friday, June 6th – 5th Grade Track Meet all day
  • Tuesday, June 10th – Field Day
  • Thursday, June 12th – 5th Grade Promotion 2:00PM
  • Monday, June 16th – 5th Grade Picnic and 3rd Trimester Awards Assembly
  • Tuesday, June 17th – Last Day of School

Remember to check out the 5th grade Blog: http://tinyurl.com/BloggerBears.  

Reading: Students in both classes are meeting fiction, nonfiction, fluency, and record keeping goals through activity and reading selection choices.  I have been impressed so far by their hard work and focus during reading class.  Some of our time is also being used to learn different Greek and Latin roots and how they make up many of the English words we use every day.  Ask your child what the following roots mean: ped, bio, cred, graph, struct, tract, spec, port, and therm.  There is a picture review activity that can be found under my Writing Links on the right.   Lastly, we have covered every standard that could show up on the reading MSP and besides reviewing, we are also practicing the format of the online test while in the computer lab on Tuesdays.  Room 201 tests on May 20th and Room 205 on May 23rd.
 
Writing: We are learning and practicing elements of report writing.  Students will have the opportunity to write about topics of their own choice throughout this final writing unit.
 
Social Studies:  With great accomplishment, we are done with the social studies Classroom Based Assessment (CBA).  Students worked hard to write a persuasive essay that not only used evidence, but also explained the relationship of their position to a right and to the common good.  We are finishing up a quick unit on the 13 colonies and will be diving into the causes of the Revolutionary War soon.  A few students from each class will get the opportunity to participate in an extension activity that mimics the colonies suing Great Britain for emancipation.  We look forward to seeing the results of this pilot program.  Students should continue to study the location of the 13 colonies. A map test will be given sometime in the next two weeks.
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.
 
~Mrs. Houle
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