Wednesday, January 16, 2019

January Update

Good morning! It has been great being back at school. I am looking forward to our second semester and all the great learning it will bring! I hope everyone had a wonderful break and enjoyed some family time. Below you will find upcoming dates as well as current happenings in our classroom. Have a great rest of your week!

Important Dates
January 17: MLK Assembly
January 18 – No School / Teacher Professional Development
January 21 – No School – MLK Day
February 15 – No School / Teacher Professional Development
February 18 – No School - President’s Day
February 19 – Mike Nelson Weather Presentation

Box Tops:
Please send in your Box Tops by February 21st! The class with the most gets a pizza party.

Our focus for this semester will be on nonfiction texts; however, students will still be working in fiction book clubs and focusing on determining themes. In our nonfiction unit, we are focusing on text structures, text features, vocabulary, main ideas, and supporting details. 

Additionally, we will be focusing on reading within writing by learning how to decipher argumentative texts. In order to help your child with nonfiction, continue to foster their love of reading. Going to the library or encouraging them to read magazines like Sports Illustrated for Kids, Time for Kids, Scholastic News (they have access to this online), and more can help spark their interest in learning from reading nonfiction texts. Talking to them about debatable issues is another way that you can help. Ask them what the claim is that is being made? What reasons support that claim and what evidence supports those reasons?

Our goals are: 
·                I can summarize a text by explaining how multiple details work together to  communicate the main idea 
·                I can identify the claims presented in a text 
·                I can explain how a claim in a text is supported by reasons and evidence
·                I can explain the relationship between specific parts of nonfiction text and the overall organizational structure of the text
·                I can compare how two texts from the same genre approach similar themes and topics
·                I can determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases 
·                I can describe the meaning of common idioms, adages, or proverbs 
·                I can identify symbolism, metaphors, and imagery in a text
·                I can use headings and images to signal logical groupings of information 
·                I can link reasons and evidence or details to main ideas using words, phrases, and clauses


As we wrap up our unit on Response to Literature students will begin working on formulating a research-based argumentative essay. At the beginning of our unit, we will be working on writing on a common argument: Should chocolate milk be served in schools? Once we are done with that, students will be invited to research an argument of their own. 

Our goals are:
·                I can identify the claims presented in a text 
·                I can explain how a claim in a text is supported by reasons and evidence
·                I can introduce a topic in an introductory paragraph 
·                I can use headings and images to signal logical groupings of information 
·                I can link reasons and evidence or details to main ideas using words, phrases, and clauses 
·                I can provide a concluding section or paragraph at the end of a text 
·                I can state clear claims about a topic or text 
·                I can provide reasons for claims that are supported by evidence 
·                I can integrate information from multiple sources into a text 
·                I can write for the purpose and task described by a prompt 
·                I can edit for subject/verb agreement and inappropriate shifts in verb tense 
·                I can edit for correct capitalization 
·                I can use italics, quotation marks, and underlining to indicate the titles of works 
·                I can use commas to set off elements of a sentence and to form lists 
·                I can edit for spelling

We are finishing up our work on addition and subtraction of fractions this week. Next week we will begin our work on decimals. Students will be learning how to order, compare, round and add/subtract decimals all the way to the thousandths place. When this short unit is over, students will be moving on to multiplying and dividing fractions and decimals. In order to help your child, you could have them put the cost of a couple of items on the grocery list in order from least to greatest. Here is an example of what the students will be learning:

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

December Update

Good morning! I hope everyone is having a great start to their week. Just a few reminders…

Our field trip to The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018. The cost is $14.50. If you are interested in volunteering please fill out the bottom portion of the attached form sent via email and send in with your child. If you need a copy please let me know. I will notify who gets randomly selected this Friday.

**If you are interested in volunteering please send in the bottom portion of the form by this Wednesday, December 5 rather than the 14th. That way I can allow plenty of time for parent volunteers to plan. Thanks!

In order for your child to participate in this field trip/program you must register (includes online permission form)  & pre-pay on-line by going to: > Login > Add your student if you have not already done so > Go to School Store in upper right corner > Field Trips > GRE - 5th Grade Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The MySchoolBucks link can be found on GRE’s website under Parent Info or click hereRegistrations MUST be completed by 2 days prior to your field trip. 
·  Online registration is for your student only- please do not register yourself or younger siblings.
· Free/Reduced students will have the option of selecting "no payment" but must still register. 
· No refunds

Additionally, our Winter Party this year will be on Thursday, December 20th starting at 1:45. More details and a sign-up will be emailed out soon!

Happenings in class…

In math, we have been working hard in our unit on fractions. Students have been modeling fractions by using array models and using what they know about equivalent fractions. This week we began using clocks as a model to help add fractions. Throughout the unit students will be comparing and ordering fractions, adding and subtracting fractions, and adding and subtracting mixed numbers.

Standards that will be addressed:
·      I can add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators using a diagram or model.
·      I can add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators arithmetically.

In reading, we are using our book clubs to analyze themes more in depth. Students are writing and talking about different texts to uncover life lessons, challenges, and important shifts. Additionally, thought prompts are continually being used to push their thinking.

You can help your child with reading at home by asking questions that explore the similarities and differences in themes across texts. Examples: Where do you see your theme being conveyed in another text? How is the theme similar? How is it different? Additionally, students might consider how characters are similar and how they differ as well as characters’ problems and relationships. When sharing ideas on theme students should use evidence from the text to support their thinking.

In writing, we have started our unit on response to literature. In workshop, students are responding to prompts after reading a passage of text. We have been working on the organization and structure of our responses as well as the content.

Finally, in science, we are continuing our study of our human body systems and connecting them back to health and wellness.

Enjoy the rest of your week. As always please email or call with any questions, comments, or concerns.


Ms. Lautenbach