Wednesday, November 18, 2015

We are currently working in Book Clubs in literacy class. Students, in groups of two or three, are reading and discussing the same text. Students are reading knowing that they will write about their reading every other night for homework. The responses are expected to take about 30 minutes for each entry and the goal is to show their thinking beyond the text. Ideas to write about include the "signposts," studied in our first reading unit, as well as strategies covered in current mini-lessons from our new mentor text, Home of the Brave, by Katherine Applegate.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Congratulations to the Spelling Team!

The WES Spelling Team competed in the state Spelling Bee and took 2nd place! Congratulations to all! Thank you to the fabulous coaches, Mrs. Lackley and Mrs. Malik.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Math News

The students did a wonderful job presenting their work during conferences. Revisiting problems from earlier in the quarter, and creating a presentation, solidified important mathematical concepts.

The 5th graders have started a short unit on area and perimeter. As we use area models throughout mathematics it's important that students are fluent with both area and perimeter. They will work with squares and rectangles with constant perimeter and changing area, and changing perimeter and constant area. They will be using reasoning skills that will test their understandings!
In another week or so we will study volume. The students will start by building models of rectangular prisms to find their volume.

The 6th graders have just started a unit "Comparing Bits and Pieces." They will study fractions and ratios, with special attention to equivalency and fractional parts.

Social Studies Update

For the past week, 5th and 6th graders have been working on mapping skills. In particular, each student has been practicing using latitude and longitude coordinates on various  maps including a Vermont tourist attraction map and the fictitious map of Washaho.

Using latitude and longitude coordinates plays an important role in the simulation Discovery 3 which we have also recently begun. During this 2 to 3 week simulation on exploration and early colonial settlements, students will work together to establish early colonies and begin to set up forms of government. Each day, the groups will need to work together to complete projects. Creativity and problem solving will integral parts the colonies success.