Today we did a friendship activity! We wrote stories on little gingerbread men (and women) and told stories about good friends. We had a GREAT time with friendship week and we hope to continue making new friends!
This is a wonderful, respectful class, and I am feel so privileged to have such wonderful students in my class. Today we recognized two students who demonstrate exemplary respect in the classroom. Congratulations to Brian and Isabella. Way to go!
As a part of our S.S. chapter on exploration, we are making "explorer wheels". The students have been assigned an explorer to research and report back on in the form of a wheel. We will be making these in class next week. Be sure to ask your child who he/she is researching and why they are important!
We are excited to start our new chapter on natural disasters. Today we wrote about and discussed the worst weather event that we have experienced. Students recalled the snowstorms from 2 years ago, and we talked about Hurricane Sandy. We also heard about some natural disasters in history. Talk about some natural disasters you recall with your child. They are super interested!
Lincoln Orientation Tonight @ 6:30pm!
Please attend the Lincoln Jr. High Orientation tonight at 6:30pm. There will be refreshments and families are welcome! It will be a great step towards transitioning into Junior High!
SCIENCE FAIR @ 630pm tonight!
Please come support room 123's Ryan Wallace, Safiya Fatima, Nicholas Marsden, and Isaiah Iverson with their science fair projects! The awards will be handed out at 7:00pm
Tomorrow night both band and orchestra will be performaning!
The Princess and the Pea Cast A
Watch Cast A of Princess and the Pea perfomance at Thomas Edison! I am so proud of the students from 123 who participated!
Congratulations to a job well done by each student in the Orchestra. I was very impressed with how well you played today. Congratulations to those students who were able to purchase items at room 123’s auction. Students who saved up enough money had the opportunity to out bid other students. Way to be financially responsible!
We are less than a month away from the AimsWeb Fluency assessment! Remember your goal and continue to do hot reads at home in order to achieve this goal!
Novel Game Boards!
I wanted to say a special thank you to each of my students! I was thoroughly impressed with the amount of time and effort put into their novel study board games. Each game was unique, fun, challenging, and most importantly accurately portrayed his/her novel. Great job room 123!
Put on the Puzzle!
In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. Room 123 is brain storming ways to join the Autism Society in getting involved with the autism community this April.
Please remember to finish your book for your genre project! DO NOT FORGET TO DO YOUR FLUENCY OVER BREAK! Fluency testing starts Tuesday! Complete 3 journal entries, 2 reading logs and your math homework! Hope each of you are enjoying your break :)
FIELD TRIP TOMORROW/GENRE BOOK TITLE DUE TOMORROW
TOMORROW ROOM 123 GOES TO THE GROVE! Please dress appropriately!
Room 123's classroom color and spirit week!
For spirit week our class voted on wearing black for tomorrow!
Tuesday: Wear Black
Wednesday: Wear a jersey or sports related clothing
Thursday: Hawaiian Day!
Friday: FIELD TRIP PLEASE WEAR APPROPRIATE CLOTHING!
STAR STUDENTS: RESPONSIBLE!
Congratulations to Katelyn Cagatan, Faraz Rezvani, Johnny Williams and Janya Williams for constantly displaying through your actions what it means to be responsible. I am VERY proud of each of you! HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!
Student and Teacher Switch Roles!
The students in room 123 will be teaching social studies on Thursday and Friday. Each group was assigned a lesson from chapter 9 in their social studies book which the must present to the class. Good luck to each group!
Each student must complete their job applications as well as have a letter of recommendation by Friday!
ISAT TESTING COMPLETE
Congratulations fifth grade, you are done with ISAT testing! I am so proud of room 123 and my math class for how hard they worked prior to and during ISAT week!
2:00 MINUTE CEREAL BOX COMMERCIALS TOMORROW
Please do NOT forget, your cereal box presentations are tomorrow! They must be at least 2:00minutes long. You need to sell your cereal box while giving enough information about the book you read. Good luck, I know all of you will do an amazing job!
PURPLE TEST TAKING PEOPLE EATERS!
Thank you to those students who had Red articles of clothing on to show we are RED-Y for ISAT! Please wear purple tomorrow for PURPLE ISAT EATERS!
The ordered pair is used to name a point on a coordinate plane. The first number in an ordered pari is the x-coordinate. The second number is the y-coordiate. The point where the two axes meet is the orgin (0,0). Ask you child how to plot the point (5,8) on a coordinate plane.
The Principal's Advisory room 123
Congratulations to Johnny Williams and Ismail Patel for being room 123's Principal Advisory candidates. On Monday these two students will address the entire fifth grade and talk about:why you would be a good representative for your grade level, include what you would do to make your school and community a better place. Good luck to both of you in room 123!
When doing fluency, have an adult time you for one minute while you read the passage. The last word you read when the minute ran out is your total words per minute. If you had any errors while reading, take the total words per minute and subtract the errors in order to get your correct words per minute. Then repeat with the same passage for your hot read!
What are the names of the following: the moon, the sun, and earth?
Extra Credit for Social Studies
Select one of the colonies and write an advertisement or news paper article about why colonist should move to that colony. Things to consider: what crops grow well there, what is the geography like, what religions are in that area, and why it is better than the other colonies.
New England Colonies vs. Middle Colonies
Today our class discussed similarities and differences between the New England Colonies and Middle Colonies. The New England colonies consisted of many Puritans at the time. The Middle colonies consisted of Quakers and other types of religions and race.
How did the state of Pennsylvania get its name? From William Penn, who started a colony in Pennsylvania for Quakers.
Students learned how to reduce fractions prior to finding the product. This step allows for simple multiplication versus two digit multiplication.
In class we discussed the difference between past and present Jamestown. Ask your child about some similarities between the two.
VOYA Book Talk
Today the fifth grade had a librarian from the Skokie Public Library discuss V.O.Y.A books. The Voice of Youth Award (VOYA) is a special school-year reading program offered by the Youth Services Department of Skokie Public Library. Students in grades 3 through 8 are encouraged to read books of high quality, carefully selected by our Youth Services librarians for reading and interest level. Multiple copies of the VOYA books are available in the Youth Services Department for check out. Some books that were suggested to be read by fifth grade were: Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm, The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson, and Darby by Jonathon Scott Fuqua
New England Colonies
Today room 123 talked about the type of products produced and found in the New England Colonies. Ask your child about the type of products that were used to trade during this time.
This weeks focus for Treasures consist of theme and analogies. Theme- The main message or moral lesson the author wants to come across to the reader. Ask your child about figuring out the 'theme' or 'moral' of the story.
Congratulations to Johnny Williams and Misbah Lalani for being the top 2 candidates from 123! These students will continue on to the next round with the candidates from the other fifth grade classrooms. Overall room 123 did a great job!
Plymouth and Mayflower
Today our class learned about the Mayflower and Plymouth. Our class held the discussion about the difficult time pilgrims endured at Plymouth and on the Mayflower. Our class showed what we learned by writing the hard“ships” on a paper ship.
Today our class discussed the difficulties of living in Jamestown during the colonial period. Students learned that this was not the first time settlers had tried to settle in America.
Make sure to complete the reading challenge for tomorrow! Good luck!
ENJOY A WELL DESERVED BREAK ROOM 123!
Today room 123 created paper snowflakes for Sandy Hook's new school. This will allow the students to come into a "winter wonderland" from around the United States.
Unit 2 Research Project due Friday
THE PRESIDENTIAL BIOGRAPHY POSTER IS DUE TOMORROW (12/14) AT 8:00a.m.
Our class learned about nontext features, and how they help better our understanding of the text.
Today in class, we learned about Christopher Columbus and the Columbian Exchange. -Ryan Wallace
Today in Adventures in Art, we had Mr. Horowitz teach us about Nick Cave's Soundsuits and the Dogon Dancers Dama Ritual. We talked about different forms of art and the mediums or canvasses used to help the artist represent themselves.
Here are some of the reflections Room 120 had on the lesson today~
* ”My favorite thing about the two forms is that both of them show different cultural things. I also like that it had so many different colors and designs.” –Minahil.
* “I learned that art doesn’t always have to be on a canvas. It can come alive! I enjoyed watching the people dancing outside with colorful twigs in the middle of the street.” – Haley
* “One thing I learned is that people use art to celebrate things.” – Omri
* “Something I enjoyed about Adventures in Art was learning about the different pieces of art, dance, and sculptures.”- Haniya
* “Adventures in Art is simply a great program we do in school. I didn’t like it… I LOVED it!” –Jade
* “I really enjoyed that we got to see all the different masks in the videos. They were in all different sizes!” –Jackson
* “Today, I learned in Adventures in Art that there are many ways to express art.” –Nida
This week we are learning about the history of hot-air balloons. We watched a beautiful video of a hot-air balloon festival, and are now designing our own. We are also writing about what we would see if we went up in a hot-air balloon.
This week we have been reading about scientific research and inventions. We learned about a man named Jonas Salk who invented the polio vaccine. This led to a conversation on vaccinations, why we have them, and why we continue to get shots for diseases that are no longer in existance in the United States. Mrs. Scheuerman, our school nurse came in and answered all of our questions and more. Thanks Mrs. Scheuerman!
5th Grade is excited about a program we are going to participate in through United Way. It is called in2books. Your child should have brought home a permission packet for you to read and sign so that he or she may participate in this wonderful program. Please read all about it!
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