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 here. Registrations 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.