I hope you all had a joyous holiday. We were all very thankful to meet with you during conferences! As a reminder, if you did not get to attend a conference, we are having make-up conferences on Wednesday, November 29th, from 7:15-7:55 and 3:00-3:45. Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher to schedule a time.
At conference many of you inquired about review and homework. I’ve thought about how I can best meet the needs of everyone and have decided to give a small review packet on Monday; it should be returned on Friday each week. I will have this available for both 5th and 6th graders and it will contain previous skills we have worked on this year, as well as prerequisites from prior grades to help be successful in our future units. It should be mostly independent and, if they need help, they can definitely schedule a time to meet with me during the week.
Additionally, there are two websites I highly recommend for extra practice: your child either has an account on Dream Box or Front Row and they can find this information on their google class webpage.
My hope is that each child can practice math for one hour a week outside of our regular class time. They can do this through the review packet, one of the websites, or a combination of both. If you have any questions about this, please let me know.
In 5th grade, we have just finished our unit on volume with a focus on rectangular prisms; we built these by using connecting cubes and constructing paper boxes. We studied patterns and eventually derived the formula of V=LxWxH and V=BxH. We even found the volume of our classroom by building models of different cubic measurements!
Our next unit will focus on fractions. We will be comparing, ordering, adding, and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.
Ethan and Irie measuring the height of our classroom
Quinn, Edwin, and Phin building a cubic foot
Constructing a cubic meter and a cubic yard
In 6th grade, we are in the middle of a Ratios, Rational Numbers, and Equivalence unit. So far, we have explored fractions and ratios to help us write comparison statements. These statements and the knowledge students already had about equivalent fractions has helped us develop strategies for finding equivalent ratios. One strategy we used for this is a rate table. We have been able to use ratio and rate reasoning to solve real-life scenarios. Next, we will extend the number line and see how negative numbers come into play.
Thank you for attending student conferences. Many of you asked, "How can I help at home?" The number one response I have to this question is help your child find a "just right book." A just right book is a book for their independent reading that is of high interest and at an appropriate level. To detect a high interest book start with, "What was the last book you read that you liked?" That's a good lead to finding an author or genre that will interest your child. Searching for a series that appeals to your child is a great idea. And of course, look for books about their interests and passions.
The second part is making sure it's a good fit. Their "independent level" is where they can read and comprehend independently. A good method is to put up five fingers and for each unknown word, put a finger down. When all five fingers are down, put the book down to save for later in the year. There are always exceptions though, as some students have such a desire for the story they're able to comprehend it. Check for comprehension by asking to retell what happened and what they thought about it.
We have an incredible library and librarian at WES, so be sure to look there, as well as the Norman Williams Public Library in town. And don't forget, our very own Book Fair will be set up in the WES lobby December 7-12, a great spot for some holiday shopping.