Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Science Updates

As we look to wrap up quarter #1, there are a couple of assessments in science/health that we have coming up that I want to be sure you have on your calendars.  (The students have already written them in their agendas).  Here are a couple of important dates/assessments coming up:

1.  THIS Friday, September 22 we will be having a quick nutrition vocabulary quiz.  The students will need to study the information they pasted into their science journals about nutrients, and the quiz will contain the following health/nutrition vocabulary words:  nutrients, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water. 

2.  The end of the quarter is Friday, October 6.  On the 6th, we will be taking our End-of-Quarter Constructive/Destructive Touchstone Assessment.  The assessment will cover the standards from Q1, and a study guide will be sent home with the students.

3.  Our next unit of study will be on States of Matter and Physical/Chemical Changes!!  Lots of fun things headed our way in science!

October 5 Information!!

Picture Day will be on October 5, 2017.  Please be looking for information to be sent home regarding the purchase of individual pictures!

October 5 will also be our 5th grade performance and PTA meeting. The PTA meeting will be at 6:00 in the cafeteria, with the 5th grade performance immediately following.  (The 5th graders will also perform for the school during the day). We are very excited to see their show, and we hope to see each of you there to support our kiddos!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


This is just a reminder that payment #2 for Rock Eagle is due this Friday, September 22, 2017.  Please be sure to send the payment to school with your child and we will give them a school envelope to place it in.

In reading, the students' Study Guide is due to Mrs. Barkley tomorrow, September 20, and they will be having their Novel Study test on Thursday.

Science Update:

The students have started phase III of their Hurricane Research Project.  They are using their research from previous lessons to create a project to showcase what they have learned about hurricanes.  They were given a choice board and have selected the project that best suits their learning style.

Choice Board items include:

*  A PowerPoint Presentation
*  Create an Infographic to showcase hurricanes (students used a StoryWorks magazine as a model).
*  Design a brochure
*  Use to create a media presentation using images and information about hurricanes (this is for our "tech savvy" friends)
*  Write an information piece about hurricanes using Microsoft Word
*  Write a newspaper article from the perspective of a reporter at the time of the hurricane they researched.

This project will be done in class over the next few days, and will be due on Friday by the end of the day. We will be utilizing the following Learning Commons areas:  maker space, computer pods, ipads, etc) as we are working on our projects, and the students will have access to all the materials they need for the project here at school.

Tomorrow in the science lab the students will work in groups to conduct a STEM lab, where they will work through the Engineering Design Process to build a levee.

Next up?? After the break, our 5th graders will begin a PBL (Project-Based Learning) task about constructive and destructive processes, where we will yet again be utilizing space in the Learning Commons to gather research and build designs.

Our End-of-Quarter Touchstone on Constructive/Destructive Processes will be on Friday, October 6.  A study guide will be given to the students prior to the assessment.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Math Update

This week we begin our new unit- Order of Operations while we continue to practice Place Value and Long Division concepts. I will get a chance to meet with all students in small group to introduce the new topic. All students will practice their skills using Conceptua Math and the following links. 

Division Double digit division:  More Division Practice with Tutorial
Order of Operations: Step by Step Practice and Play
Order of Operations Quiz: Quiz
Homework For Block 2 and 3 (Due Wed)
  1. Group 3 and 4: Finish Order of Operations Packet
  2. Group 1 and 2: Finish 4 Division word problems and also work on Conceptua Math at home. 


Friday, September 15, 2017

Reminders and Updates

From Mrs. Westbrook:

4H Club will have it's first meeting of the year on Monday, September 18 from 2:30-3:45 in Mrs. Westbrook's classroom.  Please be sure you tell your child if they are ASP or car rider afterwards.

Reading Update from Mrs. Barkley:

Students were all given a study guide this past Wednesday for their upcoming novel study test. Study guides are due on Wednesday, September 20th. We will review these on Wednesday in order for students to have everything they need to study for their test. Novel study test will be on Thursday, September 21st. Your student brought home their purple folders and project folders on Wednesday to make sure they are complete. These are both due the day of our test, September 21st. Students can use their study guide, purple folder, project folder, and chapter recordings on the blog to study for their novel study test. 

IOWA Testing Continues:

The students will continue with the IOWA test on Monday and Tuesday of next week, so please be sure that your child is ready to do their personal best!  The mathematics test will be on Monday, and Science and Social Studies will be on Tuesday.  We will resume our regular schedule on Wednesday of next week. 

Fall Break will be the week of September 25-29 so there will be no school!