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October 2019

October has been a busy, fast-paced month. It started with Fire Safety Week and a presentation by the Beecher Falls Fire Department. Then we had two visits from US Border Patrol agents for Red Ribbon Week and we’ll cap the month off with our Halloween party.

We have also been busy with academic content. We have attempted to solidify our understanding of multiplication and expand upon it by multiplying larger numbers by one digit and two digit numbers. Fifth graders will soon be multiplying decimals and fourth graders will move onto division.

ELA groups are focusing on the features and structure nonfiction texts.  We read different articles or small books and identify the author’s purpose, the structure used (problem/solution, description, sequence, compare/contrast, and cause/effect) and build background knowledge. As for grammar, sentence structure, types of sentences, and identifying subjects and predicates are the topics we are concentrating on right now.

In Social Studies, it is difficult for many students to fathom what it was like to not have what we have now, to not know what we know now yet we are building a basic understanding of how exploration and colonization of the world started and spread across Europe, into Africa, and finally across the Atlantic Ocean.  We are learning that North America was explored and claimed by many and we’ll study as much of it as we can.

As for Science, well, there’s nothing like starting from the ground up—literally. We’ve been studying about the processes that shape the Earth’s surface to include weathering and erosion. We’ve also looked at minerals, the building blocks of rocks, and are now finishing up with the three types of rocks—sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic. What on Earth is next?

HAPPY HALLOWEEN everyone!


***Halloween Party--October 31    1:15-3:00 

***Grades close--November 1

***No School ---Veterans Day---November 11




September 2019

Wow, have we covered a lot of material in 20+ days of school.  Our class has been hard at work reviewing place value, practicing estimating through rounding, comparing, and adding and subtracting. The fourth graders are doing all this with whole numbers and the fifth graders with decimals.

Because of the growth and success of students in the younger grades, fourth and now fifth graders are participating in the Walk-To-Read method of ELA instruction. Each teacher is responsible for teaching a particular topic within ELA and students switch every day through all the teachers to get what they need on their level. We are covering fluency, comprehension (fiction and nonfiction), grammar, writing, and phonemic/phonological awareness. We hope to see even more growth this year.

In Social Studies we’ve covered a great span of time from the first people who came to the Americas during the Ice Age to the early cultures and vast civilizations such as the Olmec, Maya, Aztec, Inca, Anasazi, and the Moundbuilders. Now, we are taking a look at the Native American tribes who live throughout the United States.

In Science, students were flying high and low with our drone. They learned how these instruments can be so much more than a toy we lose in the trees. They learned about important safely rules, laws, and some basic vocabulary focused on the movements we ask the drone to perform. They were all able to show their understanding when they each had their turn at flying. Now we just need to figure out ways to use the drone more to enhance learning in other academic areas. Any ideas??

 ****Reminder***  

Native American Tribe--art piece that reflects the tribe is due Tuesday, October 1, 2019.


August/September 2019
 
Welcome back! I trust that everyone had as wonderful a summer as I did. This year we have a combined 4th and 5th grade class. I hope we have tons of fun together.  Bring an open mind, a willingness to try, a good sense of humor, and a slight touch of "craziness". 

~He who is afraid of asking is ashamed of learning~
(Chinese fortune cookie)