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Monday, August 31, 2015

Science and Math

Today at science we mixed classes with Mrs. Crowther's.  We used truflixs a website on the library links page.  On truflixs we started reading chapters 1&3 in a ecology book and had to take down notes with a partner.  Before we started reading we took a preassessment with different ecology vocabulary to see if we knew what the words meant or had even heard them before.  We did this using the four corners method shown above in the big picture. 

For part of our wonderful day we had a little math class, too.  In math we watched a video then started an inspirational activity called Four 4s, an activity that 1st grade through 8th grade is doing at different times in their math classes.  You have to use four 4s in an equation to equal numbers 1 through 20 using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and or, division.  We worked with our table, a partner, or alone.

We have had another wonderful day together and hope the second year together will be wonderful, too.   Not just in science and math, but in lunch, reading, morning meeting and, more.  All parts of are day have been great so far.  We are all in a great class together and glad to have an awesome teacher.
Written by Logan Hytten

Friday, August 28, 2015

Our Fantastic Elastic Brains

Today we read the book, Your Fantastic Elastic Brain by Sarah Ackerley. We learned some of the important parts of the brain. After reading the book we were inspired to make models of our own brains! There were lots of different ways people designed their brains. There were 2-D brains, 3-D brains,  and some people used clay, cotton balls, paper and other materials. We labeled and made five different parts of the brain, the Cerebrum, Cerebellum, Hippocampus, Amygdala, and the Prefrontal Cortex. We all had so much fun sculpting a brain and we learned something new. Check out the slideshow the see all our Fantastic Elastic Brains!  Ask your child about the brain and what each part does for a job!
Written by Tess
Slideshow made by Logan

New Playground!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Science and Band Introduction

Please ask your child about SCS Everyday Expectations!  Be Safe, Be Responsible and Be Respectful!  We have noticed in just two days what a difference consistent expectations in all settings, across all grade levels, can do for our school!  We've been keeping these expectations in mind as we enjoy our new playground, too!  Thank You Shelburne!

We visited the band room today and got a introduction on the different instruments.  A visitor came in and played some of the instruments so we could see what they looked like and sounded like.  Mr.  Buckingham also talked about the next meeting for people who are serious about joining band and the 3 different families of instruments.  

Please make sure to have a conversation with your child tonight.  Please email me and let me know if your child is serious about Band.  It is a big commitment which requires a lot of responsibility and time management.  Band is twice a week from 10:25 to 11:05.  Student will miss their grade level lunch, they will eat and have recess from 11:05 to 11:30.  This is where they will have to manage their time and be responsible.  Band lessons happen on a rotation and student will miss class time to go to those lessons.  Again, they will have to be responsible in knowing their lesson day and time and respectful about leaving and returning to class.  So, please talk with your child tonight and make a decision.  
At science we took some flowers out of the pretty vases on our tables. We studied them and also added to our observations from yesterday in the garden.  Before we studied our flowers we made a chart (shown on the bottom right)  about what we should have in our observations and illustrations!  Our work improved tremendously from yesterday to today!  We honored our growth mindset and learned from one another through this experience.

We had a great day together and hope it will be like this the rest of the year again!  Written by Logan and Vasanthi

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Best First Day of 5th Grade

(Top)  Today we did some observations in the garden.  We observed flowers, leaves, insects and more.
After we observed we shared our work. The top left corner shows our inside covers on the first page of our science notebooks.

We started our day with a project including toilet paper.  Vasanthi asked us how much toilet paper we thought we needed.  Next we had to write one thing on each piece of toilet paper.  Depending on the amount of squares of toilet paper, that is how many things you have to write about you or your summer.  After that we shared them at our tables and with a partner.
We had morning meeting after we made our toilet paper project and talked about growth mindsets and how we were feeling today.  Vasanthi brought back the zones of regulation while we where thinking about how we were feeling.  We also made a chart of what a growth mindset meant to us!

We've had an awesome first day and we hope this excitement continues!
-written by Logan 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Endeavor Family Play Date

Come and Play with Vasanthi and Mrs. Crowther!
Thursday, August 20th 330-430pm
Davis Park
We hope you can make it!  Please RSVP to this email! 
Enjoy these last few days!