Monday, June 2, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

5-4 News

Hello 5-4 Parents,
It is hard to believe that we are into the last two weeks of school! As the temperatures rise, the fifth graders' attention spans seem to be diminishing. :)  However, they are really trying hard to stay focused and make the most of these last two weeks of learning.   Here are some important dates to remember:

5/30     Field Day (afternoon)
            May Book Reports Due
6/2       Yearbooks come home.
6/5       Last day of school!

Field Day:
For Field Day this Friday, please remember to send your child with a filled water bottle. Remind your child to wear clothing suitable for playing outdoor games, including gym shoes. You may also send in sunscreen for your child to apply before we head outside for the afternoon.

South Reading List:  

A note from the South language arts teachers is posted on Edmodo. It explains that each of our students should read Maniac Magee and The Running Dream this summer in preparation of the coming school year.

The class is enjoying reading The Killing Sea during our shared reading time. Our main focuses during this time has been author's structure and author's craft.  We've also been working on vocabulary and comprehension skills.  During guided reading time, the groups are reading leveled online books about water-related topics as well. We have the chance to compare the structure of these informational texts to other informational texts we've read and to The Killing Sea.

The class has been working hard to develop all of the skills necessary to write a short fiction piece. We've used picture books to examine the "shape of a story" and identify that all stories contain characters, setting, a conflict, rising action, a climax, and resolution.  We've been practicing developing believable characters through showing feelings, dialogue, strong verbs, and descriptions. They have written several pieces of a story, and will begin a rough draft of one of these stories this week. The plan is to publish and share the short fiction pieces next week.

Through experiments, discussion, and text, our class has been learning about water. We've explored percolation and aquifers, the scarcity of freshwater, water reclamation, and conservation.  The "Watery Earth" unit test will be this Thursday. The review is posted on Edmodo and will will work on and discuss the study guide tomorrow.

Have a wonderful week! Please contact me with any questions and concerns.

:) Kelly

Friday, May 16, 2014

Student Reflection 5/16/14

In science, we are learning about groundwater.  Through an experiment, we learned how water percolates through the porous layers of the ground and then is stored in an aquifer.

In math, we're working on a unit called Hands-On Equations. We are learning algebra concepts. This week, we started solving problems with two variables. Using the hands-on pieces has really helped us understand the concepts.


Friday, May 9, 2014

Student Reflection - 5/9/14

Some of the students in 5-4 shared their PSI presentations.  Some were electronic presentations like a Google presentation or a game show. Others were displays or [posters.

We had an awesome time at our last Dryden musical. Our absolute favorite part was seeing everyones' baby pictures.

World of Work was one of the coolest field trips we've had. We loved "working" in the different businesses. The delicious lunch afterward was a great bonus!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Yearbook Order Form

Yearbook orders are due May 16!  Find the form on Edmodo or let Mrs. O'Kelly know you need a paper copy.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Fifth Grade Slide Show

Thanks to Mrs. Lytle for her hard work on the fifth grade slide show!  I could recognize the sweet little baby faces of 5-4 right away. :)  View the slideshow here.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Fifth Grade Musical

The fifth grade musical is Wednesday, April 30th.  Please remind your child to wear dark pants and his/her Dryden fifth grade t-shirt to school tomorrow. For the evening performance, doors open at 6:30 and fifth graders need to be here by 6:45. The show will begin at 7:00.

See you there!