Friday, October 23, 2015

It's hard to believe that the first quarter ends today! Thank you for the quick return of the conference sign-up sheets. Report cards go home Friday, November 6, and conferences begin Monday November 9.

In literacy our nonfiction reading unit will cumulate with a persuasive letter, taking the point of view of a researched explorer. The business letter will seek sponsorship for an expedition of exploration, arguing a thesis with reasons and supported with text based evidence.  We will soon start book clubs, where partners will choose a novel to study. 

Our school Halloween Parade will begin @ 1:30 on Friday the 30th. We'll parade through the Village in costume, and gather on the playground for a treat provided by Norman Williams Library. "Night of the Great Pumpkin" is that evening, from 5:30-7:00.  If available that evening, all student council members have signed up to facilitate an activity. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Buddy Sharing

Mrs. Giller's sixth grade homeroom shares personal narratives with first graders.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Conference Sign Up!

Sign up sheets for student-led conferences have been sent home. Please return the slip as soon as possible.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

On Wednesday, October 14th, at 11:00, the 6th graders will be walking to Marsh Billings Rockefeller Historic National Park for an afternoon of photography and ecosystem study. During their time at the park, students will split their time between be working with park rangers to identify natural and unnatural disruptions to the park ecosystems and learning to take better pictures and use photography to collect evidence of changes in an ecosystem. We will be returning by 2:40.

Students will need to bring the following for our trip to the park:

  • a lunch and water bottle
  • layers of clothing
  • raincoat
  • backpack
  • good walking shoes
The Park has enough cameras for each student. Students should not bring cameras or phones.

Please contact Mrs. Kurash with questions or comments. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

October 8, 2015
In math this week the fifth graders have been working on multiplication strategies. We have studied the area model, partial products, and using prime factorizations. The purpose of learning these strategies is to develop a deep understanding of what multiplication means, and to develop an intuitive understanding of the distributive property.
Later in the year we will learn the "standard U.S. algorithm." We hold off teaching it now until these other concepts are in place. Students taught the algorithm too soon often do not learn to use it correctly and to recognize nonsense solutions.
Don't hesitate to contact me if you'd like to learn these strategies first hand!
Luke Fisher

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Our amazing spelling team!

Our fifth and sixth grade spelling team holds their last practice before the district competition on Friday. Good luck and congratulations for all your hard work and dedication.