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: 

MySchoolBucks.com > 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

Monday, November 5, 2018

November Update

Important Dates
11/6- No School
11/12-11/16- Book Fair
11/14- Celebration of Learning (12:30-1:00) and Family Feast (1:00-1:20)
11/19-11/23- Thanksgiving Break

This week in math we are continuing our unit on volume. Students have been developing strategies for determining the volume of rectangular prisms.  This unit focuses on comparing the volume of different-shaped containers, finding volume relationships between solids, as well as building a prism with three times the volume of a given pyramid.

Our unit on volume will be wrapping up this week. Our next unit is on fractions. During this unit, students will use their knowledge of fractions, fraction equivalents, and a range of representations to compare fractions and to add and subtract fractions.

Here are some things you can do help your child with fractions at home:

In reading, we are continuing to push our thinking to higher levels using our book club books, conversations about books, and writing about our reading. Students use the learning progressions to set goals, assess their progress, and reflect on next steps to grow as readers. Through this work, students are determining the theme and supporting their ideas using evidence from the text. Standards that are being addressed during this unit are:

·      I can compare how two texts from the same genre approach similar themes and topics
·      I can identify details in a text that develop a theme
·      I can compare characters, settings, or events in a narrative text
·      I can describe relationships between events in a narrative text

In writing, we used mentor texts to dig deeper into authors’ craft and used what we found to help our own writing. During the last few weeks, we have been working on writing strong paragraphs. Next week we will move into response to literature.  The standards for this writing work are:

·      I can create event sequences that illustrate a clear causal relationship
·      I can use descriptive details to develop settings, experiences, characters, and events
·      I can use dialogue to develop character personality and reactions
·      I can separate run-on sentences in a draft
·      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
·      I can write for the purpose and task described by a prompt
·      I can write for the audience identified by a prompt
·      I can integrate information from multiple sources into a text
·      I can state clear claims about a topic or text
·      I can provide reasons for claims that are supported by evidence

Finally, in Science, we have been sharing our understanding of the scientific method. The kids have been conducting a variety of experiments while carrying out the scientific method. We began determining the difference between living and non-living things. This led us to cells where we identified the different parts of both animal and plant cells. This week we will begin learning about our different human body systems.

As always please call or email with any questions, comments, or concerns you might have. Have a wonderful week!

Ms. Lautenbach

Monday, October 22, 2018

Box Top Classroom Challenge

Snip & Clip Box Tops for Gold Rush and earn cash for our school! Please collect your Box Tops and send them with your child to school by October 24th.

Each Box Tops is worth 10¢, and they can add up quickly! 50 Box Tops = $5 for Gold Rush to support various school activities.

The classroom that collects the most Box Tops by October 24th will win a pizza party! Help our class win! It’s easy to raise $ for Gold Rush:
    1. Buy Box Tops products
    2. Snip and Clip Box Tops from packages
    3. Send them to school with your child in a Ziploc bag
    4. Submit by Oct 24th to me or place in our Box Tops collection box
  • Box Tops already expired do not count
  • Trimmed Box Tops please – expiration date required
  • Box Tops Collection boxes will be located in each classroom or submit directly to me
Go to www.btfe.com/products for a complete list of participating Box Tops products

Monday, October 15, 2018

October Updates

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great week. I visited my mom in Arizona and had a wonderful time!

Also, I want to thank you all for coming in for conferences last week. Great conversations were had and I appreciate all of your support! 

Our Halloween party is right around the corner. Our classroom party will be from 8:45-9:30 followed by the parade from 9:30-10:00. Families are welcome to attend. Click here to sign up to donate/volunteer during our party!

In math, we are beginning our unit on volume. In our volume unit, students will study the volume of rectangular prisms by looking at patterns of boxes and by building rectangular prisms using connecting cubes. Our outcome is that students can find the volume of prisms and use standard units to measure volume. We will also identify how the dimensions of a box change when the volume is changed. Below are links to resources that can be used to help students build their understanding of volume:

In reading, we are continuing to use our book clubs to help us read well and interpret texts. Students have been working on uncovering life lessons by identifying the problem or challenge the main character is facing. By studying character students are reading alertly while making deeper meaning.

In writing, we are moving into our final bend on personal narrative. In this bend, students will write a personal narrative while using mentor texts as they progress through the writing process. Students will again set goals and work towards their goals with determination.

In social studies, we are wrapping up our study on geography and will be moving into science. We will begin science by determining the difference between living and non-living things. This will take us into cells, and then our human body systems. Throughout science, we will learn about the scientific method as students learn to think like scientists.

This week is a Wordly Wise week. New reading logs will be passed out today! As always please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. Have a great week!

Ms. Lautenbach