April 1, 2014

Hi, friends!  Although I can’t be there with you in person as you develop your Exhibition projects, I am so excited that I still get to watch your progress through your blog posts (and through the few of you I’ve seen while mentoring for some groups over Skype)!  What makes me most proud is to watch you apply SO many skills you’ve gained throughout your elementary school years into projects that you are passionate about (and that are meaningful for our communities as well)!  I see you:

*Communicating with classmates, teachers, and even adults around the community

*Managing your time

*Asking deep questions, and then more questions based on your answers

*Using your best writing skills as you write reflections and donation letters

*Figuring out solutions to your problems

*Much More!!

Can’t wait for the Exhibition presentation night next week–I’ll have to see if we can arrange some sort of Skyping so I can celebrate and participate with you all!  

Homework

*Click here for a folder with all the homework projects! The fifth grade teachers always add new ones to this folder. Remember to reflect daily, work neatly, and follow all instructions (and that you can always blog your project, but you must submit it by the due date with a tag of “homework”).
*Read for 20 minutes every day and enter into rtsutah.com!
*Study Spelling at home every day (spellingcity.com rocks!), and vocab!
*Missing Work!

Upcoming Events

*Apr. 2: Girls’ Maturation, 7 pm

*Apr. 3: Boys’ Maturation, 7 pm
*Apr. 4: Report Cards go home
*Apr. 9: Reading Fun Night
*Apr. 14-18: Spring Break
*Apr. 22: Boxtops due
*Apr. 25: Boxtop Dress down
*May 23 & 26: No School–Memorial Day weekend
*May 27: Boxtops due
*May 29: PH Spring Carnival
*May 30: Boxtop Dress down
*Jun. 5: Field Day
*Jun. 6: Last day of school; 12:00 dismissal

“Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.”
~Aldous Huxley

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March 13, 2013


Today we started putting the IB Action Cycle into effect by choosing an IB profile trait to take action on throughout the day, and then reflecting on it at the end of the day by filling out a little profile trait puzzle at the end of the day.  It’s wonderful to see such thoughtful action and reflection taking place, especially in regards to those profile traits:

Also, remember that as we near the end of Term 3, you are allowed to post your book talks as a comment on the blog instead of presenting it in class (although you still need to show me the book in class).  Please remember in your post:
1) YOUR name (first name only)
2) Book title
3) Book genre & WHY
4) Book talk (what you would say in class)

Homework:
1) Turn in signed reading logs & read 20 minutes!
2) Finish your Prezi if you haven’t already!!!   There are still a couple stragglers. Click here for the rubric.  Remember, you need to:
*find an article & describe what happened the Prezi
*include at least 1 picture and 1 video about the subject
*include an explanation of WHY you think it happened (the cause)
*include an explanation of what you think HAS happened or MIGHT happen in the future because of the event in the article (the effects)

3) “What If” Worksheet #2:  Please write a short paragraph (see graphic organizer) on ONE challenge of westward expansion.  You should write as if you are experiencing it!  🙂

4) Math (9-8): p. 235 all, p. 236 evens.  Redo low-scoring quizzes, keeping in mind that the last day of the term is FRIDAY, March 22nd!

Items of Business: 
*NEW: We are in need of Clorox Disinfectant Wipes and Little Cesar’s Pizza gift certificates for our upcoming pizza party for reading! 

*Class Store: If you have any extra soda, candy, trinkets, jewelry, or toys that you would like to donate to class store, please send it with your child! We would like to do one more often to serve as a motivator for positive behavior!
*Leadership Ropes Course Experience:  a flyer is going home today, but if you’re interested, or have questions, email Mr. White at the Jr. High at Rwhite@providencehall.com.  It’s $85 for the week (5th grade is June 17-21).  See the permission slip that went home if you’re interested!


Upcoming Events: 
*March 15: Poetry Contest!!  This is an opportunity to have your poetry actually published!!  They are focusing on haikus this year, but all poetry forms are encouraged!  Click here for information on how haikus are written!
*March 15: Grandparent’s Day!  From 10:30-11:30, we would love for any grandparents that are able to come and read with their grandchild!  Our class will have a read-a-thon at that time so their grandparent can come and join in!  
*March 22: End of Term 3
*March 22nd: Arbor Day poster contest (our school has registered our grade already)!
*March 26: Boxtops due
*March 29: Dad’s and donuts & boxtop dress down.  Report cards to go home.
*April 1-5: Spring Break

February 20, 2013

We introduced our new IB unit today, within the “How the World Works” trans disciplinary theme!
Central idea: 
Scientific discoveries increase humans’ ability to expand.
Lines of Inquiry:
*Science influences humans.
*Increased information provides humanity with greater choice.
*As ideas develop, it leads to expanded application.  

We began by exploring lots of ordinary inventions around our classroom, and then moved into magnets, which is a major science subject during this unit!  If any parents deal with magnets professionally, we would love it if you shared more with us in class–send me an email if that’s the case!

Homework: 
1) Math (8-2): p. 209 all, p. 210 odds.   Redo unit 7 tests if below 85%!
2) Read 20 minutes & sign!
3) Missing work!
4) Sign/return progress reports (if you haven’t already)


Items of Business: 

*Class Store: If you have any extra soda, candy, trinkets, jewelry, or toys that you would like to donate to class store, please send it with your child! We would like to do one more often to serve as a motivator for positive behavior!

*We would always welcome donations of gerbil food for our class pets!


Upcoming Events: 

*February 22: Boxtop dress down

*February 25-28: Parent Teacher conferences/book fair!  Click here for PTC sign-ups! 

*February 28: Early dismissal: 1:45

*March 1: No school

*Week of March 4: DWA testing!  You may practice more on UtahWrite at home if you write down your username/password in class (we will also be doing so in school!)  Also, remember to practice typing games under Games & Practice–>Language Arts!

*March 15: Poetry Contest!!  This is an opportunity to have your poetry actually published!!  They are focusing on haikus this year, but all poetry forms are encouraged!  Click here for information on how haikus are written!

*March 22nd: Arbor Day poster contest (our school has registered our grade already)!

February 15, 2013

Progress Reports came home today!  Be sure to go over those at home, get them signed and return them on Tuesday!!  Have a wonderful weekend, and enjoy the Valentine’s Day party pictures below!

P.S.  I found this video today, and thought it would be perfect to get everyone starting to think about exhibition… which is coming up soon!!  🙂


Homework: 
1) Read 20 minutes & sign/return on Tuesday!
2) Missing work!
3) Sign/return progress reports!

Items of Business: 
*Class Store: If you have any extra soda, candy, trinkets, jewelry, or toys that you would like to donate to class store, please send it with your child! We would like to do one more often to serve as a motivator for positive behavior!
*We would always welcome donations of gerbil food for our class pets!

Upcoming Events: 
*February 18: No school! President’s Day!
*February 19: Boxtops due
*February 22: Boxtop dress down
*February 25-28: Parent Teacher conferences/book fair!  Click here for PTC sign-ups!  Click here for the library 
*February 28: Early dismissal: 1:45
*March 1: No school
*Week of March 4: DWA testing!  You may practice more on UtahWrite at home if you write down your username/password in class (we will also be doing so in school!)  Also, remember to practice typing games under Games & Practice–>Language Arts!
*March 15: Poetry Contest!!  This is an opportunity to have your poetry actually published!!  They are focusing on haikus this year, but all poetry forms are encouraged!  Click here for information on how haikus are written!
*March 22nd: Arbor Day poster contest (our school has registered our grade already)!