We had a successful first full week at school and are already busy with upcoming assignments and projects.
Last week in Friday Folders, students were sent home with a permission slip for the "Growing Up" video. The students will have the opportunity to watch this video in the next week or so. If you need another permission slip, please send me an e-mail and I'll get you a digital copy.
In math, students are finishing up a graphing project which will be due on Tuesday. Students wrote a survey question and collected data from nearby fifth grade classes. Many groups are creating circle graphs or line plots to display their data.
Reader's workshop will be combined with social studies again this quarter. Students are learning strategies to understand non-fiction texts about the American Revolutionary War. Students are also participating in literature circles and are reading historical fiction books about this topic. I have given students a few new options for showing their knowledge after completing a book. Students are required to submit one project each month and can choose from the following options:
1) 2 page detailed letter about the book
2) Build a burger book report (each layer of the burger asks for different knowledge/skills from the book)
3) A book box (students use a shoe box and collect at least 10 artifacts that represent the book and write a summary of how each object relates)
Once a month, students will present these projects to the class. The students are already enthusiastic about these new projects and a few have even begun!
DARE graduation is coming up (Thursday, January 24th). Graduation begins at 7:00pm and will be held at the Freshman Center. Our class is finishing up our DARE essays in writer's workshop in anticipation of this, and will be moving on to revising pieces of work.
Also on January 24th is a half day. This is the day that has been rescheduled for our Winter Party.
Clubs will resume after school next Tuesday. Have a great weekend!
I teach fifth grade at Mill Creek. I sponsor the Homework Club and the Swimming Club. This is my third year at Mill Creek and I'm looking forward to another exciting year!