Update

Greetings!

Here is your update for the past 2 weeks. Things got incredibly busy for me last week.

In Math students practiced working with decimals in terms of rounding, ordering, and comparing. Students then used base ten models to display combining values and regrouping to deduct values. This week students practiced standard addition and subtraction with the focus on lining up those decimals and displaying digits in organized columns. Students cut out a food label and displayed the value in standard, word and expanded form. Students completed the Restaurant Menu Project including a lesson on calculating the tax and tip. Students used whole value and decimal dice to add 2 values and subtract the third. Students completed the 1st Half Chapter 3 Quiz.

In Science students read about Static Electricity and wrote 5 takeaways from their reading. Students applied this knowledge to discover Static Electricity with balloons, friction, and the testing of various hard and soft objects. Students also read about Sound Energy to gain background information about decibel levels, hertz, amplitude, and pitch. Students also completed the Rubber Band Banjo to apply their knowledge of creating Sound Waves. Students also completed the Slinky Lab to notice a tie in between potential/kinetic energy and sound created by vibrations.

Grades close at the end of November and IPASS is updated. Please check for missing graded work as I have been checking in with students every few days.

I am catching up on sharing pictures of student engagement in Science.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Chris












































Update

Greetings!

This week in Math students completed a quiz on Dividing Whole Numbers. Students were later introduced to Chapter 3 Place Value of Decimals. Students discovered parts of a whole to the thousandths place on a base ten block. Students then expressed standard form values in both word form and expanded form of decimals and fractions. Students finally practiced comparing and ordering decimals. The October Tic Tac Challenge was collected on Tuesday and the November version was handed out. The Titanic Problem of the Week was collected on Friday. Students were also introduced to the Menu Project due on Friday, November 17th.

This week in Science students read an introductory packet to Electrical Energy and described key terms with examples. Students later viewed a Brainpop video and answered comprehension questions.

Students attended a Community Meeting on Wednesday regarding Anti-Bullying which was presented by Ms. Seyller.

Thanks,

Chris

Update

Hello,

During our Morning Meeting today students participated in an activity called "Last Person Standing".

On a notecard, write 3 statements:

1. Something about you that you think might also be true about almost everyone else here.

2. Something about you that you think might also be true for about half the people here.

3. Something about you that you think is unique only about you and no one else here.

I read each list to the class with everyone standing. Students sat down as each item was read to denote that they do not share that in common. In some instances students could see that they had some things in common with classmates that they may not have realized.

It is very possible that they did not realize that their teacher is a television star :) (See video.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrIRsWVpD28

This week in Math students divided 3-4 dividends by 2 digit divisors. Students learned strategies for identifying the lead digit in the quotient which sometimes entailed adjusting the quotient if the estimate was too low or high. Students played dice games to strengthen their fact fluency. Students later created bar diagrams to display parts of a whole amount.

This week in Science students completed and studied an Energy Test Study Guide in time for Thursday's test. Time to study in small groups was given on Wednesday. Students also wrote conclusions for their Roller Coaster Analysis. Students also viewed a class video of their creations.

As a reminder, my after school extra help days are Monday and Wednesday.

Thanks,

Chris

Update

Greetings!

Well, it was great to meet with everyone this week to have meaningful conversations about life in Grade 5.

This week in Math students worked towards mastery of dividing whole numbers using the standard approach, partial quotients, and base ten model to gain a concrete understanding of the concept of dividing. Students also used compatible numbers to estimate divisors and dividends to determine the quotient to be between 2 whole numbers. The Problem of the Week is being turned in today with some multi-step problems. Students are also using play money of $576 to divided between 6 people. Here, students have to make change from large bills to hand out to each person.

This week in Science students read a brief history on roller coasters and then created a design plan for their own group's roller coaster. Yesterday, students aimed to implement their plan with adjustments to create a functioning roller coaster. Students collaborated on each decision to pull this together and had a lot of fun. Today, students wrote and discussed what worked, or what needed to be adjusted as a summary conclusion for the week. I will email the video this weekend.

Here is a feature from Mr. Rogers that I showed students this morning to express that "It's you I like!"

Mr. Rogers Meets Jeff Erlanger
Mr. Rogers Inducted Into TV Hall of Fame

Thanks for all your support!

Chris

Update

Greetings on this spooky Friday the 13th!

This week in Math students practiced dividing whole numbers. The main lesson yesterday was focused on modeling division with base ten blocks in which the divisor is the width, total area is the dividend, and the missing length is the quotient.

This week in Science students participated in labs experimenting in potential and kinetic energy. Students dropped 4 types of balls to count bounces. Students charted and graphed the results and then stated the relationship between height and mass to see which ball returned to as close a height as the drop. Students also flung elastic bands from 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 centimeters and measured the distances using a scale of 1 square foot tile equals 30 centimeters plus remaining centimeters.




Attached is the link for next week's parent conferences.
Parent Conference Sign-up

See you next week!

Regards,

Chris


 
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