And We’re Off!

5th Grade nap time! Waiting for art to begin immediately following an hour of running at the Jog-A-Thon.

We had a blast at our school’s

JOG-A-THON!  Thank you so much for the donations made so far.  We will continue to collect pledges through the end of the month so it’s not too late to donate or get your corporate matching dollars in (let me know if you need a form for this!).  We have some fun classroom incentives to inspire us to greatness and hopefully we will get the chance to enjoy them!

It was a pleasure meeting so many parents at Curriculum Night last week.  As promised, I have linked a copy the entire powerpoint presentation for your reference; you’ll find it in the classroom links tab.

High on the list of exciting classroom happenings:  Design-A-School!  Students just finished presenting their projects, having excitedly created schools to teach essential skills to a wide variety of students including Narwhal Ski and Snowboard, Area 51 Academy, and Leprechaunzer High.  Our schools teach gaming, hacking, living the exact opposite mission of St. John School and Grateful Dead Academy admits those who are not longer with us.  Talk about diversity in education, we have it all!

Read on for details about the rest of our classroom happenings.

CURRICULUM UPDATE

Religion – We have begun our ministry of supporting the Ill and Homebound and are making cards to send to them to remind them that they are in our prayers.

Math –  We’re working on place value, multiplication, properties of multiplication (with special focus on the distributive property), and exponents.

Reading – THE BIG 4 is a set of skills we use constantly in fifth grade (and beyond!).  Students will practice predicting, questioning, making connections, and summarizing on a conscious level this week and learn to automatically apply these skills to reading throughout the year.  Students just began reading a short novel called Pedro’s Journal by Pam Conrad.  They will apply the Big 4 skills as they read.

Writing – Paragraph structure is key to expository writing and we continue working on and creating our own well crafted, perfectly organized paragraphs for the next two weeks.

Social Studies – Last week we began our Galleon unit.  We have been mind-mapping text about Medieval times, the Crusades, and Europe’s quest for goods from Asia.

Science – We will have our first STEM experience of the year where we explore the engineering design process in our new Makerspace!