March 4, 2014

Today, Lizzie chose to watch a Pixar movie with all the Pixar “shorts” in it.  Consequently, I got a refresher on many of my favorites throughout the years.  A classic that always makes me think about teaching is “For the Birds.”  Check it out below!

What messages do you get from this film?  🙂

By the way, congratulations on completing the DWA yesterday!  Keep up all your efforts on those summative assessment homework projects–I’d love it if you left a comment telling me about your experience, including where you interviewed and what your final thoughts about our Who We Are unit are!!

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
*Mar. 3-6: Scholastic Book Fair
*Mar. 6: Early release, 1:45
*Mar. 7: No School!
*Mar. 14: Daddy Donuts, 7:30 am
*Mar. 25: Boxtops due
*Mar. 28: End of Term 3, Boxtop Dress down
*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

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
~Henry James~
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February 28, 2014

I can’t believe that this is the last day of February already!  Please know that I continue to think of you all every day!!  Good luck on your DWA on Monday!  Be sure to get a good night’s sleep and breakfast, and I know you’ll rock it!

I found yet another wonderfully inspiring video today.  Earlier this year in a Scholastic issue, we read about Malala Yousafzai, a girl from Pakistan. Check out this video to learn more about her experience, and her fight for education!

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! (It will especially help you and our subs to carefully turn everything in every day!)

Upcoming Events
*Mar. 3: DWA (Direct Writing Assessment) Get a good sleep and breakfast!!
*Mar. 3-6: Student-Led Parent Teacher Conferences
*Mar. 3-6: Scholastic Book Fair
*Mar. 6: Early release, 1:45
*Mar. 7: No School!
*Mar. 14: Daddy Donuts, 7:30 am
*Mar. 25: Boxtops due
*Mar. 28: End of Term 3, Boxtop Dress down
*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

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”
~Edward Everett Hale~

February 4, 2014

We expanded our thinking about “Who We Are” to include all living organisms today, including plants and animals!  Great work in discovering that all living organisms inherit similar traits to their parents–even if that includes an interesting life cycle that causes them to not resemble parents at birth!
 
 
We also expanded on human inherited traits, thinking about the characteristics we’ve inherited inside our bodies, watching a couple videos that help show just how incredible the human body is!  The first is from an astrophysicist discussing the basic ingredients of everything–including human beings!  The second is an animation of what it looks like inside just 1 human cell–and we have billions of them with tons of different jobs as they make up our bodies!  Just sayin’–I think you are going to LOVE biology/physical science in upper grades!  🙂
 
 
Homework
1) Week 16 homework project!  Reminders:
-Follow all instructions
-Write neatly (or type on Kidblog–just make sure the entire project is in one post, the title is Homework Project Week __, and the tag is homework!  Publish by Friday before school!)
-Reflect on your progress in your project every single day!  (Ideas: Why did you choose it?  What was difficult/hard/interesting that day?  How did you enjoy the project?  Why?)
2) READ & log your days read on the Ken Garff program. ($20 bonus!)  
3) Spelling: Study at home
4) Vocabulary: Study at home!  You can access the words on our weekly learning plans, under “Helpful Parent Links!”
5) Missing Work! Stay on top of that this Term!
 
Upcoming Events
*February 14: Valentine’s Day Party!  If you choose to bring valentines for the class, please be sure to bring one for everyone!  See the list of student blogs for everyone’s names!  🙂
*Feb. 17: No School~President’s Day
*Feb. 21: Grandparent’s Day
*Mar. 3: DWA (Direct Writing Assessment)
*Mar. 3-6: Parent Teacher Conferences
*Mar. 3-6: Scholastic Book Fair
*Mar. 6: Early release, 1:45
*Mar. 7: No School!
*Mar. 14: Daddy Donuts, 7:30 am
*Mar. 28: End of Term 3
*Apr. 4: Report Cards go home
*Apr. 14-18: Spring Break

 

August 22, 2013

Congratulations on finding our blog today!  🙂  I hope you visit often, both to check the homework/upcoming events, and to use the other resources like games and math practice!  I also post pictures and fun videos as often as possible!

Today, we had a blast interviewing each other, learning about the 5th grade team of teachers, and (re)introducing IB & the Learner Profile traits.  We watched a couple videos, such as the one about Panyee’s first football (soccer) team, and discussed how IB involves being problems solvers and global learners.  (Below is one many of you are also familiar with from last year called Caine’s Arcade).  I’m looking forward to learning and growing together in these areas this year!

Homework
1) Please turn in all the papers from Back to School Night (the blue Providence Hall folder) as soon as possible!  I will be sending out parent emails as soon as I have everyone’s!
2) Look over the job descriptions and start brainstorming which jobs you’ll apply for.  Applications will go home on Friday. 
3) READ for 20 minutes!  You don’t need a signature anymore, but it’s extremely important to read every day!  We will also be starting Ken Garff again soon!
4) Bring any other supplies you forgot as soon as possible!  Our class is still in need of 10 socks to use for whiteboard erasing, and 3 erasable pens.  Donations are always very welcome–and thank you so much for all our classroom donations already!!

Upcoming Events
*Sep. 2: No School ~ Labor Day
*Sep. 12: Parent Night for 4th & 5th grade, 5:30-7:00 pm
*Sep. 24: Elementary Room Parent Social, 3:00
*Sep. 27: Progress Reports go home (mid term!)


Thank You & Good Luck!

I’m so glad that you’ve continued to enjoy our classroom blog throughout the summer–the blog statistics tell me that many of you still do!  Thanks for visiting!  I hope you always feel free to come back and visit–both the blog and ME in person!  🙂  While you still have a couple of lovely weeks of summer, I go back to school next week, so I’d like to publish my last summer post now. 
 
I’m sure many of you are SO excited, nervous, and a lot of other emotions about starting Jr. High–I know I sure was!  I just want to remind you of a few pieces of advice we discussed last year, most of which are from my favorite researcher, Brene Brown:
 
*Remember that cool is an “emotional straightjacket,” and that it takes way more courage to be yourself! (from Brene Brown).
 
*Remember that you are WAY more than just a number! (remember how we discussed this sad-but-funny comic below?  The left side is so much more important!)
 
*This is something I recently discovered from reading Brene Brown’s book, Daring Greatly, but it’s along the same lines of our discussions last year:  Remember the difference between fitting in and belonging:
 “Belonging is being accepted for you.  Fitting in is being accepted for being like everyone else.”
“Belonging…doesn’t require us to change who we are; it requires us to be who we are.” 
(Brown, Brene.  Daring Greatly.  New York: Gotham Books, 2012.  Print.) 
 
*Remember this fantastic quote by Theodore Roosevelt about giving it all you’ve got!

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*And don’t forget to exchange this expression whenever your teachers say to find a partner!  🙂

Good luck, and enjoy the rest of your summer!