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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Jogathon Fun! Thank you PTO!

We had a blast at the Jogathon on Tuesday!  Our class averaged 5 laps which is 2 1/2 miles!  That's awesome!  We applauded our perseverance and support of one another!  Thanks to all the parents that volunteered!  We couldn't have done this without your support!
After the DJ, Photobooth, water balloons, bubbles, chalk, face paint, kickball and other picnic/recess activities we cooled down with our friends in Ms. Elia's class! We played classic board games together!  We even had a surprise flash mob come through dancing to "Happy"!  

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Today in science we learned about what a system is and looked at our closed systems.


Today in math we solved division problemsπŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Our new Sience project is about how water evaporates, and what will change over a week.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


This is science. We compared water and sand! We measured volume and weight!  We realized that sand is heavier than water!  One mL of water will weigh 1 gram! πŸ’§πŸ“Š. Our mini lakes have weighed the same for 5 days!   We started graphing the weight of our mini lakes!

Monday, May 4, 2015


Dear Families,
    I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weekend!  I can't believe we are in the last 6 weeks of school!  I know that many of us are busy with sports, playing outside, lemonade stands, siblings, friends and family, but please find the time to work on a bit of HW each night and to do some nightly reading to the sounds of crickets and frogs!
   We have chosen to focus on our multiplication facts during the month of May.  Students are asked to study one fact family and then to try and pass a quiz on Tuesdays or Thursdays in 2 minutes! Some of us are moving along and feeling confident in our facts.  We lost touch with them as we focused on addition and subtraction but now as we unpack perimeter and area we are using our multiplication facts again!  Thank you for supporting your child in their use of flash cards, time on FasttMath or doing quick timed quizzes.  Your support means a lot to me and to your child!
    Math class has been filled with polygons, angles, intersecting lines and formulas for area and perimeter.  We will even talk about hexarights this week!  We have been finding properties of shapes (sides, parallel lines, angle measures, vertices, etc.) and have been talking about symmetry.  Does a parallelogram have symmetry?  Can you name a shape that has exactly 4 lines of symmetry?
    We have a break from Word Study this week.  Word Study will be wrapping up during the first week of June.  Next year we hope to differentiate our groups even more than we did this year.  If you have time daily Monday thru Thursday (like 130-2 or 930-10) and would be willing to join our Word Study team in 5th Grade, please let me know.  This will help Cara and I as we plan our schedule for next year and how we best want to meet the needs of our spellers.  We will be assessing students in the next few weeks to see exactly how they have grown as spellers.
    We are investigating the properties of matter and the conservation of matter in an inquiry science project involving mini lakes that we have assembled.  This unit will take us through the end of the school year.  Ask your child about it!
    We begin NECAP testing tomorrow, the last of the formal testing that we need to do for this year.  Your children persevered on our SBAC testing and I was proud of the effort they put into their work solving multi step math problems and writing opinion essays, narratives or informational articles!  NECAP testing only involves science and will have a hands on component as well as multiple choice questions.  We will be testing from 930-11 daily!  Please make sure your child has a healthy and filling snack and a good nights rest.  We will be dancing with Miss Niles to SPARK our minds before we test!
    On Friday we will travel to the  CIVIL WAR EDUCATION DAY AND ENCAMPMENT.  We will leave school at 9AM and return by 11:30AM.  Please make sure your child brings snack, a water bottle and wears sunscreen, it is supposed to be sunny!  On Thursday we will also be having a visit from a guest author!  We will celebrate the long season of testing with these two events!
   As always, keep in touch! Vasanthi



Today in math we made arrays and we used square blocks, and found the area and the perimeter. We also made formulas, here is one: L x W = Area. We had lots of fun!


This is guidance! We had so much fun!  We are learning about the Zones of regulation.  We use these zones to talk about our moods and why we are in certain moods at certain times.  Our HW is to make a list of strategies we use to move out of the red zone into the green zone!  Ask your child more about this!