I hope this email finds you all doing well! I know there seems to be some illnesses going around, so I pray for a fast recovery if anyone is sick. Must be that time of year! It was absolutely wonderful to have the kids for a full week! I can't believe we haven't had one in so long. We continue to be quite busy over in the 5th grade, so it is nice to have a full week to do everything!
Thank you to everyone that came to support our fifth graders at the science fair last night! Also, thank you to everyone that helped out in some way. I was truly blown away by every project that was created! It definitely makes me miss teaching science.
Conference times were sent home today- they are on a yellow half sheet of paper with your child's date and time. If the day or time does not work in any way, please send either myself or Stephanie an email and let us know. We will reschedule the conference for a later date. You can also view the list of conference times on our class website in the blog section (I will be posting it after I send this email). Lastly, these conferences are going to be student led.
I have also sent home some information today regarding a book swap that is happening on Monday to kick off March is Reading Month. This is only open to the 5th grade. Students can bring in up to 3 books that they would like to 'swap' with another student. Each student that chooses to participate will leave with as many books as they brought in. This is a great way to get some new books just in time for March, and to recommend some of your favorite books as well! Participation is voluntary.
In math this week, we have started our new unit which is focused on the common core standard 5.NF.3. This standard states that students must understand how to interpret fractions as a division problem as well as solve division story problems by expressing their answer as a fraction. We will also be converting fractions to decimals and percents.
In language arts this week, we have been working hard on writing conferences with our book review rough drafts. These should be finishing up sometime next week. We also learned about the 2 types of conflict and 4 categories of conflict that can be found in fiction books, and searched for examples of conflict in Hatchet. Lastly, read a great issue of Scholastic News! Students were given the task of forming an opinion supported by reasons and evidence regarding the question: 'should foreign languages be required in schools' after they read an article. Both classes were given the chance to debate today about the issue, and WOW, was I impressed! Many great points were brought up from both sides. This was a lot of fun!
Have a wonderful weekend!