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3/26/21

Dear Families,


How is it already Spring Break??  Hopefully we will get some sunny weather, to help it feel like Spring.


Content Covered

Reading

We began Module 4 by thinking about Nelson Mandela’s quote “Sport has the power to change the world.”  Then we read the short story “Raymond’s Run” to find examples of how sport can change perspective and bring people together.


Math

We have finished Chapter 9! All students should have completed and submitted corrections for their Chapter 9 Test. When we get back from break, we will start on Chapter 10 where we will be converting units of measure.


Science

Week 1 of Astronomy focused on two big questions: What is in space?  How do we know?


Social Studies

The Reconstruction after the Civil War was a messy business. To finish up our Civil War unit we looked at Presidential Reconstruction compared to Congressional Reconstruction and how the United States managed to glue itself back together after years of fighting. After Spring Break we will start Westward Expansion After the Civil War. 


Dates to Remember

Monday March 29 - Spring Break Begins

Monday April 5th - classes resume

Monday April 12th - CMAS testing window begins for in-person learners

Thursday May 27th - Last Day of School



3/19/21

Dear Families,


For the next several weeks, our remote learning plan is going to look very different.  CMAS testing begins for remote learners next week, and begins for in-person learners the week of April 12th.  Please check the remote learning plan every week to see the schedule of live instruction.  Assignments have been modified to provide a mix of independent and cooperative learning activities.  Work has been modified since we recognize the mental energy required to complete testing.


Content Covered

Reading

We finished our 3rd module of the year!  Students have read The River Between Us and are working on completing the end of module task by writing an opinion essay describing the impact of the Civil War on the Pruitt family.


Math

We are almost done with Chapter 9! Students have learned to create and analyze tables and graphs to find patterns. Our Chapter 9 Test will be next week! Just a reminder that all students can work on skills they are struggling with using Khan Academy. The links are in Google Classroom!


Science

We completed our review of various body systems.  Next week we will start our last Core Knowledge science unit on Astronomy.


Social Studies

As we wind up our unit on The Civil War, we have begun to look at the aftermath of the fighting that tore our country apart. We learned about the assasination of President Lincoln and the destruction of the South. Next week we will finish up with the Reconstruction.  


Dates to Remember

Tuesday March 23 - Remote Student CMAS testing

Wednesday March 24 - Remote Student CMAS testing

Thursday March 25 - Remote Student CMAS testing 

Monday March 29 - Spring Break Begins

Monday April 5th - classes resume

Monday April 12th - CMAS testing window begins for in-person learners

Thursday May 27th - Last Day of School



3/12/21

Dear Families,


The third quarter has come to an end! Our 5th graders are almost middle schoolers! With that being said, next quarter our grading policy will reflect that of the Middle School so that we can continue to foster successful work habits. Late assignments will only be accepted and graded up to 5 DAYS after their due date. This middle school late policy will be enforced starting Monday March 15th. 


Remote Learners: There are materials to pick up from school.  Students will need these beginning Monday March 22nd.  You will be receiving:

  • Science Core Knowledge Reader, printed copy

  • ELA Blue Workbook for Module 4

  • ELA Core Text We Are the Ship by Kadir Nelson

These materials are yours and do not need to be returned to school.


We are still missing several copies of The Boys’ War by Jim Murphy.  The deadline for returning this book is Friday March 26th.  If we have not received your borrowed copy in original condition before Spring Break, you will be charged the replacement cost of the book.


Content Covered:

Reading

This week be read “The Women Who Went to the Field” by Clara Barton to explore how the Civil War impacted women and analyze the change in perspective regarding how women could help during this war.  We then reached the turning point in The River Between Us and finally learned more about the mysterious character of Delphine.  We then synthesized our understanding by completing Assessment 31A and explaining the analogy given on page 130.


Math

We have started our unit on graphing data! The last few lessons, students have been using line plots and coordinate planes to organize and analyze data. We even collected our own data by taking the temperature of melting snow in water and looked at how graphing allowed us to see trends and rate of change. We will have our Mid-Chapter 9 Checkpoint on Tuesday! 


Science 

Continued review of human body systems!  This week was all about the skeletal and muscular systems.  We completed a model of the hand to explore how fingers can move. 


Social Studies

We continue to work through the Civil War. This week we talked about the women of the Civil War along with the Battle of Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address. Students made connections between ELA and Social Studies when we discussed Clara Barton, the founder of the Red Cross. Students also related to Civil War soldiers by writing a journal entry from the perspective of a Confederate or Union soldier in 1863. By the sounds of it, most kiddos are pretty happy with their Goldfish instead of hardtack and coffee. 


Dates to Remember

Monday March 29 - Spring Break Begins

Monday April 5th - classes resume


  

3/5/21
Dear Families,


There are still several copies of The Boys’ War needing to be returned.  We are missing books number: 3, 5, 6, 10, 19, 34, 35, and 36.  If you have not already done so, please return your borrowed copy at your earliest convenience.  Books must be returned, and in original condition, to avoid being charged a replacement fee.


Next week is the last week of the 3rd quarter. Final grades will be posted in Infinite Campus. Please reach out to Ms. Amen or Mrs. Weiker with any questions.


Content Covered:

Reading

The Battle of Bull Run has created a wedge between the people of Grand Tower in our book The River Between Us.  Students read chapters 8, 9, and 10 while noticing and wondering how the war impacts males and females differently.  We are still continuing to find clues and solve the mystery of who Delphine and Calinda really are.


Math

Chapter 8 flew by! Students have now learned to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions! Everyone really liked playing Kahoot to practice the skills learned in class and review for tests. With this huge unit behind us, we will be moving on to more difficult concepts such as graphing and geometry. Stay tuned!


Science

We read about, discussed, and created models of both the circulatory system and respiratory system.  In-person students are bringing home their model of the lung.  They should be able to describe what each part of the model represents, and how the model could be improved to show a more accurate representation.


Social Studies

Battles in the Civil War marked some of the bloodiest days in American history. This week we began to look at the battles and generals that changed the course of history with their different battle strategies. We made a class map so that we could visualize the movement of Confederate and Union armies in different parts of the country throughout the Civil War. 


Dates to Remember

Friday March 12 - NO SCHOOL, and end of 3rd quarter

Monday March 29 - Spring Break Begins

Monday April 5th - classes resume


2/26/21 

Dear Families,


Thank you so much for supporting your student at home during our Remote Learning Snow Day. Hopefully you all still got a chance to enjoy some hot chocolate and play in the snow.


We are in need of empty plastic water bottles!  If you have any at home, please send them to school with your student by Thursday.  We are going to be using them to build models of the body systems discussed in science.


Content Covered

Language Arts

Oftentimes, authors provide the reader with clues and it is our job to be detectives.  By putting the clues together and forming inferences, we build a bigger picture and deeper meaning of who the characters are and how they are impacted by other characters or events.


We were “Character Detectives” to uncover how the new characters Delphine and Calinda revealed their inner traits in subtle ways.


Math

We have moved on from multiplying fractions to dividing fractions! Modeling really helps students to visualize how to perform this challenging operation with parts of a number. Chapter 8 is EXTREMELY short and this week we were able to cover three of the five lessons. Next week we will have both our Mid-Chapter 8 Checkpoint and our Chapter 8 Test. 


Science

We have finished our 4th science unit of the year!  Exploring where our trash goes, and what happens to items placed in a landfill helped us understand the importance of being stewards of Earth’s resources.  There is not an end of unit test, as we completed a variety of projects and hands-on labs throughout the unit to demonstrate our understanding.  There is not a Core Knowledge reader for our next unit, as we will be reviewing body systems beginning with the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.


Social Studies

This week we continued learning about the Civil War by looking at cultural and economic differences between the North and the South in 1860. These differences, along with other important  factors such as the Kansas-Nebraska Act led to the conflict that we will be discussing next week. 


Dates to Remember

Friday March 12 - NO SCHOOL, and end of 3rd quarter

Monday March 29 - Spring Break Begins

Monday April 5th - classes resume


2/24/21

Hi Everybody!

Did you ever think we would see the end of snow days?


Tomorrow is a “Remote Learning Day” for all students.  Below is our mini remote learning plan just for the day of Thursday February 25th.  This is also posted in a special tab for tomorrow “Thursday February 25th”, found at the very top of Google Classroom.  Assignments have been slightly modified to match a 100% learning platform, and also to accommodate in-person learners accessing resources through Google Classroom. 


Mrs. Weiker’s homeroom will begin at 7:50 with Art.  The Zoom link is provided in the remote learning plan.


Ms. Amen’s homeroom will begin at 8:30 with math, but will have Music at 9:10. The Zoom link is also provided in the remote learning plan (below the plan for Weiker’s homeroom). 


Learning tomorrow may be asynchronous, meaning students do not have to wait until the scheduled Zoom to begin working on class assignments.  Remember we are only an email away to provide support to both you and your child.


Stay warm.  We look forward to seeing in-person learners back in the classroom on Friday and may our remote friends enjoy the extra faces on Zoom!



2/19/20


Remote Families, please make sure to return your borrowed copy of The Boys War by Jim Murphy at your earliest convenience to avoid being charged the replacement cost.  A great reason to swing by school and pick up all the Valentine notes and surprises from your classmates! 


Infinite Campus

Oh man!  It is kind of unbelievable, but there are only 3 weeks left of the 3rd quarter.  As we get even closer to the finish line of elementary school, supporting the transition to Middle School will continue to focus on assignment completion and time management.  Class grades and assignment due dates are important ways to help reinforce these skills.  Thank you for collaborating with us by looking through Friday Folders for opportunities to finish and correct assignments as well as actively monitoring “in progress" grades weekly through Infinite Campus.


Reminder for 4th quarter:

Middle school late policy will be enforced starting Monday March 15th.  Late assignments will only be accepted up to 5 days after their due date.  We will still give full credit to late assignments, however late assignments may not be corrected and resubmitted for a higher score.


Excused Absences

Family vacations are fabulous ways to spend time together during our new “COVID normal” and illness or family emergencies are an unfortunate reality of life.  Let’s make sure we are planning ahead for vacations by completing the pre arranged absence form at least 3 days in advance, and compensating for academic time lost during planned or unplanned absences with the tools we already have in place.  


An excused absence from school simply means that a student is absent for an identified reason.  For example: illness, medical appointments, family emergencies, or family activities for which previous arrangements have been made.  An excused absence excuses a student from class attendance, but does not excuse a student from assigned work.  In the case of illness or family emergency, school policy allows for the adjustment of due dates (2 days for every day absence) so we can help support assignment completion.  


As these events are inevitable,  please remember all students have access to Google Classroom.  The Remote Learning Plan and the next week’s assignments are posted each Friday.  All assignments are due the following Monday. 


Content Covered:

Reading

Although we are still in Module 3 of Wit and Wisdom, we have transitioned books and are now reading The River Between Us by Richard Peck.  This book has been purchased by families and belongs to each student.  It does not need to be returned.


Math

Slowly but surely, we are finishing up Chapter 7. We started our tests, but will finish them up on Monday so no need to panic if a bit more time is needed to really understand multiplying fractions. Next week we will begin dividing fractions...DUN DUN DUUUUUUUN.


Science

We attempted to collect examples of air pollution, but the weather was not cooperating!  We discovered that snow storms are able to clean the air by decreasing how many foreign particles are present in the atmosphere.  The week ended with an introduction to pollution of the geosphere - land contamination.  The wonder “Why is it called contamination and not pollution?” help guide our discussion.


Social Studies

Continuing our study of slavery, we learned about the life of Frederick Douglass, a famous slave turned abolitionist who is called the Grandfather of the Civil Rights Movement. We also replicated quilts used to send codes to slaves traveling on the Underground Railroad using construction paper and glue.


Dates to Remember:  

Friday March 12 - NO SCHOOL, and end of 3rd quarter

Monday March 29 - Spring Break Begins

Monday April 5th - classes resume


2/12/21


Happy Valentine’s Day! The chocolate, candy and sweet cards really warms our hearts and reminds us what an amazing community of students and families we have around us. Thank you for helping your students show their love for their classmates and teachers.


We enjoyed the opportunity to chat with some of our amazing families at Parent Teacher Conferences. Thank you for participating and continuing to support your students at home. This long weekend is an excellent opportunity to make sure that your student is caught up on all of their school work. 


Hopefully everyone will get some time to relax and enjoy the colder weather. 


Content Covered:

Reading

We thought through boy soldiers reasons for enlisting in the Civil War and then explored the realities they faced.  These realities changed the boys, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse.  Students took the information presented in class, and formed an opinion - did the war change the boys mostly for the best or mostly for the worse?


Math

This week really challenged students as we learned to multiply mixed numbers. We are constantly finding ways to model and solve problems using different strategies so that we can check our work and limit mistakes. On Friday we used our math skills to solve the mystery of the Heartbreak Hitman and save Valentine's Day. Next week we will finish up the chapter and take our Chapter 7 Test on Friday!


Science

Exploring point source pollution, we compared and contrasted air pollution and water pollution.


Social Studies

Continuing our unit on slavery and The Civil War, we read about The Missouri Compromise and researched Harriet Tubman. Students conducted an interview where one student would ask a question and the other would answer as Harriet Tubman using the information they found during their research. Next week we will delve deeper into The Underground Railroad.


Dates to Remember:

Monday February 15th - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday February 16th - NO SCHOOL


  


2/5/21

Dear Families,


We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day in the classroom on Thursday February 11th.  We have provided a class roster to help with planning.  We can unfortunately only share Valentines within a cohort, so homerooms only.  


We have had questions from a few students, and thought it would be helpful to clarify for everyone about the long weekend next week.  Students do not have school on Friday February 12, this is a compensation day for teachers for time spent during parent teacher conferences.  Students do not have school on Monday February 15th, this is Presidents’ Day.  Students also do not have school on Tuesday February 16th, this is an inservice day of learning for teachers.  A few kids were wondering if there would be assignments in Google Classroom or if these were remote learning days for everyone, and we want to clarify that they are not.  These days are 100% days off from school.  Woohoo!


If you have not already signed up for a parent teacher conference, please do so.

These conferences will last 15 minutes, and be conducted over Zoom, but are an important chance for us to celebrate your student and discuss middle of the year data and goals for the remainder of the school year.  Due to conferences, there will not be office hours next week.


Content Covered:

Reading

We have begun reading “The Boys’ War” by Jim Murphy.  This book has collected a variety of primary sources to tell the story of the Civil War through the eyes of the many thirteen, fourteen, and fifteen year old soldiers on both sides of the conflict.


Math

We are halfway through our chapter on multiplying fractions! Students are doing a great job of extending their thinking by creating models to match the algorithms they use. Next week we will finish up our lessons for Chapter 7. Please make sure that all Simple Solutions scores have been submitted either in class or on Google Classroom by checking Infinite Campus!


Science

We have learned about Environmental Action Plans, and how to minimize the negative impact the biosphere has on the biosphere, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and the geosphere.


Social Studies

Jumping in our time machines, we teleported from the Civil Rights Movement back in time to the era of slavery. This week we lived the life of fictional character, Lucy, who ran away from a plantation and escaped to freedom. Through her trials and tribulations we were able to begin to understand the state of our nation 200 years ago. 


Dates to Remember:

Wednesday February 3rd - Fall Conferences Begin

Friday February 12th - NO SCHOOL

Monday February 15th - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday February 16th - NO SCHOOL


1/29/21

Dear Families,


There are many parent teacher conference time slots available!  Make sure to sign up with your child’s homeroom teacher before conferences begin next week.


Remote Families: There are still several families that have not had a chance to pick up their materials from school.  Please try and arrange pick up, as these items will be needed for ELA and science next week.  They are located in the clear bin marked “4th and 5th Grade Remote Learners” outside the office.  If you are unsure if you have something to pick up, please email Miss Amen or Mrs. Weiker and we can let you know!


Content Covered:

Language Arts

We have begun Module 3, “A War Between Us”.  Throughout this unit, students will be studying primary source documents to form opinion statements.  We have activated our background knowledge by thinking through the impacts of war and have explored the differences between the North and the South that lead to conflict.


Math

Fractions, fractions and more fractions! We have finished up our chapter on adding and subtracting fractions. As finding common denominators and simplifying become second nature, students worked on applying their knowledge to solve real world problems on the test. We jumped into our new chapter, focused on multiplying fractions. Next week, we will have our Mid-Chapter 7 Checkpoint on Friday!


Science

Renewable resources are resources that come from nature and can be easily replaced.  These include wind, moving water, the sun, and heat from the Earth.  Nonrenewable resources are resources that can not be replaced once our reserve has been depleted.  For example, fossil fuels.  We will use our understanding the renewable and nonrenewable resources as we begin our next Core Knowledge Unit “Protecting Earth’s Resources”.


Social Studies

After learning about Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Ruby Bridges, we looked at how we could begin to be more courageous in our own lives. By discovering qualities that we are proud of in ourselves, we are able to confront things that others may be afraid to. Looking at the lives of the Civil Rights leaders encourages us to follow their example and use our courage to make a difference in a positive way. 


Dates to Remember:

Wednesday February 3rd - Fall Conferences Begin

Friday February 12th - NO SCHOOL

Monday February 15th - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday February 16th - NO SCHOOL


  

1/22/21

Dear Families,


We hope you had a great short week! If you have not had an opportunity to sign up for a conference, please do so. We look forward to chatting with you!


Content Covered:

Language Arts

We completed Module 2!  Students demonstrated their understanding of theme, dialogue, and descriptive narrative by rewriting the ending to The Phantom Tollbooth.  We imagined Milo had one last adventure in the Lands Beyond and imparted the wisdom he gained to one of the Demons of Ignorance.


Math

We have almost finished our chapter on adding and subtracting fractions! Next week we will have a review day with our Chapter 6 Test on Tuesday. We will continue to fine tune our knowledge on how to find a common denominator, rename mixed numbers and simplify. 


Science

Modeling Earth’s Systems, our third science unit of the year, taught us about earth’s spheres and how their interactions explain the phenomenon we observe every day. We have completed our test and next week we will begin our unit on protecting Earth’s resources. 


Social Studies

We have continued our unit about leaders during the Civil Rights Movement by learning about the life of Rosa Parks. We discussed how one woman’s courage managed to create an entire movement that changed the course of history. 


Dates to Remember:

Wednesday February 3rd - Fall Conferences Begin

Friday February 12th - NO SCHOOL

Monday February 15th - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday February 16th - NO SCHOOL


  

1/15/21

Dear Families,


Another great week in 5th Grade! Winter Parent Teacher Conferences are quickly approaching. Please sign up for a time slot.  Keep in mind that conferences will be held over Zoom. 


Content Covered:

Language Arts

We continued to discuss the theme, or THE MEssage, of The Phantom Tollbooth.  By thinking about Milo’s journey, we can understand how the lessons he learned are helpful for us on our journey.


Math

We are a little over halfway through Chapter 6. This week we took our Mid-Chapter 6 Checkpoint. We will continue working to find common denominators and performing operations with fractions and mixed numbers next week.


Science 

We have wrapped up our 3rd science unit of the year, Modeling Earth’s Systems, with an investigation into how the different spheres interact with (or change) each other.  Next week we will be building a study guide to help us on our end of unit test on Thursday.


Social Studies

With Martin Luther King Jr. Day around the corner, we took this opportunity to discover what made MLK such an influential figure during the Civil Rights Movement. We learned how MLK’s courage changed America, and helped us to move towards a more inclusive country and world. 


Dates to Remember:

Monday January 18th - NO SCHOOL, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Thursday January 21st - Science Test

Monday February 8th - Fall conference window begins

Friday February 12th - NO SCHOOL

Monday February 15th - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday February 16th - NO SCHOOL


  

1/8/21

Dear Families,

Welcome Back!  It is so nice to see everyone again, and hear about the adventures big and small that were had over break.


Grades will be updated over the weekend, make sure you check Infinite Campus after 8:00 on Monday for your student’s in-progress grades.  As we enter 3rd quarter, your student is now closer to being a beginning of the year middle schooler, than a beginning of the year 5th grader.  One of our priorities in preparation of middle school is fostering successful work habits.  As we have communicated, part of this mindset is being cognisant of due dates and managing time to meet these deadlines.  14 days after an assignment is given (as per the remote learning plan) late work will no longer be accepted.  We appreciate your support in checking Infinite Campus for missing assignments and status of in-progress grades. 


Content Covered:

Language Arts

The Phantom Tollbooth involves a hero’s quest, where our main character Milo is transformed through his journey in the land beyond.  As we get closer to the climax, we have been analyzing Milo’s transformation from the kid at the beginning of the book to the kid he is now.

Math

We have begun working on Chapter 6 where we will learn how to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators. Next Thursday we will have our Mid-Chapter 6 Checkpoint.

Science 

Continuing our unit on Modeling Earth’s Systems, this week we have looked into how the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere interact with one another. Analyzing volcanoes, landslides, weather patterns and more, we can see that all of Earth’s systems are connected and constantly changing.  

Social Studies

We are taking a small hiatus from the Core Knowledge readers for the next few weeks. This week we spent time learning about our Core Virtues for the months of December-January, Charity and Courage. Students spent time discussing how they could make the world a better place by working together to solve problems and living courageously each day. Next week, we will learn about the amazing life of Martin Luther King Jr. as we continue our discussion on courage. 


Dates to Remember:

Monday January 18th - NO SCHOOL, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday February 8th - Fall conference window begins

Friday February 12th - NO SCHOOL

Monday February 15th - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday February 16th - NO SCHOOL



12/18/20

Dear Families,

As we close out our 100% remote learning, a few things to think about as we transition back.


All assignments should be completed and turned in.  This week marks the end of the second quarter! Please use the checklist below to make sure that all work is turned in for the week. All missing assignments for the quarter are posted in Infinite Campus and any work that is not received by midnight will be a zero. 


All students will continue to have full access to Google Classroom.  Assignments missed during absences are not excused, however due dates may be extended.  Students are still expected to complete all classwork.


Remote Learners:

  • Google Classroom will continue to be how assignments are accessed and turned in, school-wide.  Assignments are getting lost in the transition between school and home, and students are not able to receive immediate and meaningful feedback.  Now that we have had practice with Google Classroom, we should all feel comfortable continuing to use this platform.  Textbooks will be provided in paper copy, and teachers will notify families when to pick up materials.

  • Continue to check for daily due dates (ELA and Math) and weekly due dates (Science and Social Studies).  Due dates continue to be firm, and per the remote learning plan, all assignments for the week will be posted on Friday and are due by 8:00 am the following Monday.

  • With the transition back to in-person learning with a remote learning option, Specials will no longer be a part of our daily Zoom schedule.

  • Please remember that teachers will return to supervising and instructing in-person students from 7:30 am until 3:30 pm.  With the increased school day, we will not be able to provide an end of day office hour zoom.

In-Person Learners:

  • Please sign and adhere to the “Parent Pledge” in order to return to school in-person on January 6th.

  • Please plan several times before we return to school to remind your child of RMAE’s expectations for in-person learning.  This has been outlined in the “Updated RMAE Safety Measures 2020 - 2021” send out in the Grizzly Growl, but we want to highlight a few key points:  

    • Face coverings are required

    • Students will maintain appropriate social distance (as close to 6 feet) at ALL TIMES

    • Hands will be washed when entering and exiting the classroom

    • Supplies and materials are not shared

      • Food must come from home

      • Remember your water bottles!

    • Students who do not adhere to the safety measures will be sent home


Thank you for supporting your kiddos during this challenging time. We know it has not been easy, but your hard work and dedication shows in your student’s learning. I think you have all earned this break as much as the students. Happy Holiday! See you in the new year!



12/11/20

Dear Families,


Another fantastic week of Remote Learning has come and gone! MAPs Testing has been completed both in person and remotely. Thank you for taking the time to bring your students to school or support them at home. The test scores will drive instruction and intervention for the rest of the year.


Next week is the last week of the second quarter...WHERE DID THE TIME GO? Please keep in mind that all assignments must be completed and submitted by Friday, December 18, 2020 to be entered into the gradebook for this quarter. All missing assignments and grades are posted in Infinite Campus. Please email Mrs. Weiker or Ms. Amen with any questions. 


Please use the planner below to make sure that your student has all of their work submitted for the week!


Content Covered:

Monday (12/7)

Tuesday (12/8)

Wednesday

(12/9)

Thursday

(12/10)

Friday (12/11)

ELA

Watch daily video “Module 2 Day 13”

Read ch 8

Lesson 16 Journal pages

Complete and upload Handout 16A


Math - 5th

Lesson 5.3


Science

Complete Activity Page 1.1


Social Studies

Read Chapter 1 in the Core Knowledge student reader

ELA

Watch daily video “Module 2 Day 14”

Lesson 17 Journal pages

Read ch 9

Complete and upload Handout 17A


Math - 5th

Lesson 5.4


Social Studies

Read Chapter 2 in the Core Knowledge student reader


ELA

Read ch 10

Watch daily video “Module 2 Day 15”

Lesson 18 Journal pages


Math - 5th

Review (DO NOT NEED TO TURN IN)


Science

Read Chapter 1 in the Core Knowledge student reader


Complete Activity Pages 2.1 and 2.2



Social Studies

Read Chapter 3 in the Core Knowledge student reader


ELA

Read ch 10

Watch daily video “Module 2 Day 15”

Lesson 18 Journal pages


Math - 5th

Mid-Chapter 5 Checkpoint


Science

Watch the recorded demonstration


Complete Activity Page 3.1


Social Studies

Read Chapter 4 in the Core Knowledge student reader


ELA

Watch daily video “Module 2 Day 16”

Lesson 19 Journal pages

Complete and upload Handouts 19A Part I and 19B


Math - 5th

Lesson 5.5



Social Studies

Read Chapter 5 in the Core Knowledge student reader

YOU DO NOT NEED TO TURN IN YOUR PACKET YET





12/9/20

MAPs testing information

Hello Fifth Graders!


Remember to take your time.  These are untimed tests, and just because the Reading test session is open, does not mean you need to stop your Math test.  Please complete your first test before logging onto Reading, and it is OK to take a stretch break between the two tests.  We want you to do your best!



12/7/20

Dear Families,


We will begin MAP Testing this week. Please use the information below to prepare for your test:


In-person

Your student will be testing at school on Wednesday 12/9/20 from 12:00-3:30. Please arrive promptly so that we can maximise testing time. Make sure that your student brings a pencil, water bottle, snack and a book to read.



Remote

Your student will be testing at home on Wednesday 12/9/20 12:00-3:30. Before the day of the test, please use the link to make sure that NWEA is enabled on your device. You may need to disable pop-up blocking on your device to access the student login page. Click on the blue text "How to: Disable Pop-Up Blocking" (example in the screenshot below) for support. 


On the day of the test, an email will be sent with the Session Name and the Session Password for both the language arts and math test. Use the information to log in. Once logged in, you will need to wait for a teacher to let you into the test. Please be patient as this step may take a few moments. Ms. Amen will be proctoring the math test and Mrs. Weiker will be proctoring the language arts test. If you have a problem with either test, please reach out to that teacher. 


While your student is taking the test, please remember that this is an assessment. It is important that students stay focused and receive only technical support. Once the test is complete, make sure that you submit it before closing out of the window. After taking the first test, you can move onto the next. If you are not finished with both tests by the end of the testing period, email Mrs. Weiker or Ms. Amen so that they can pause the test and give instructions on how to finish the test at a later date. 


 


12/4/20

Dear Fifth Grade Families,


First week of Remote Learning DONE! We cannot thank you enough for supporting your students at home. We understand that this time is challenging and stressful, but it is evident now more than ever that we have amazing students and families in our classrooms. The dedication and fantastic work we have seen this week is nothing short of incredible. Take the weekend to pat yourselves on the back, eat plenty of chocolate, and stay off the screens. 


As the week comes to an end, it would be helpful to sit down with your student and make sure that they have correctly turned in all assignments for the week and are ready to go on Monday. Please use the assignment chart below as a checklist to ensure that everything has been completed and submitted to Google Classroom. 


Looking forward to next week, we will begin MAP testing on Wednesday and Thursday. THERE WILL BE NO LIVE ZOOMS WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY. When students are not testing, independent work will be completed in correlation with the Remote Learning Plan. If you have not done so already, please indicate whether you would like your student to test at home or in person. We will be sending out a follow up email on Monday that will give information on when and where your student is testing. If you will be testing at home, we will also send out information on how to download the software needed to participate. 


Content Covered:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

ELA

Reread chapter 6

Complete Handout 13A


Math - 5th

Do Lesson 4.8


Science

Rock Cycle Google Doc


Social Studies

Read Ch 6

Work on packet

ELA

Complete Journal pages 2-3 (lead for your character snapshot)


Math - 5th

Chapter 4 Test Review 

Use the Reteach/Enrich pages for Lessons 4.1-4.8 or the Review/Test in your Go Math Book. (DO NOT NEED TO TURN IN)


Social Studies

Read Ch 7

Work on packet

ELA

Complete Assessment 12A in your InSync Journal, page 4


Math - 5th

Chapter 4 Test


Science

Rock Cycle cartoon


Social Studies

Read Ch 8

Work on packet

ELA

Reach Chapter 7, pages 80-88

Complete New Read Assessment 14A in your InSync Journal, pages 8-12


Math - 5th

Do Lesson 5.1


Science

Rock Cycle cartoon


Social Studies

Read Ch 9

Work on packet

ELA

Finish reading Chapter 7

Finish InSync Journal


Math - 5th

Do Lesson 5.2

Turn in scores for Simple Solutions 25-26



Social Studies

Read Ch 10

Work on packet

TURN IN PACKET




12/2/20

Dear Fifth Grade Families,


Well, another adventure in Remote Learning!


We are preparing for Fall MAPs testing.  Testing will take place Wednesday December 9th and Thursday December 10th from 8:00 - 11:00 am for students who are classified as remote learners and from 12:00 - 3:30 for students classified as in-person.  Students will complete both tests, Reading and Math, in one testing session.  This means students assigned to Wednesday will only test on Wednesday, and students assigned to Thursday will only test on Thursday.  Students do not need to test during both days.


There will not be live Zooms during testing days.  There will be required assignments posted in Google Classroom for students to complete on the days that testing is taking place.  All assignments will have required resources and instructional videos to help students complete assignments.


Please use the attached Google Form to select your testing preference: testing at home or testing at school.  Both formats will be scheduled at an assigned date and time.  Students will not have the option to complete testing sessions outside of the scheduled testing block.


Due to limited capacity for in-person testing, we will assign testing days beginning with Wednesday based upon order of responses received.


Students who will be testing at school will be dropped off at RMAE at the beginning of their assigned time and picked up at the end of the testing period.  Please make sure you are prompt!  Students should come to school with a water bottle, a snack, and a book to read.  Students who will be testing at home will receive directions for setting up the test prior to the testing date and login information at the beginning of the testing period.



11/20/20

Hello Families!


Just a reminder - all missing assignments from the first half of the quarter should be turned in.  While teachers will be available to be reached via email next week, please be mindful that this is a scheduled break and not part of the contracted school year’s contact hours.  We will be resting, relaxing, and enjoying our families - just like you! - so we can come back energized and ready to lead as we face this next transitional period. 


Please see the “Remote Learning Survival Guide” for helpful hints and expectations as we transition to our temporary 100% remote learning plan.  This document aligns with RMAE’s Remote Learning Plan, but provides more information specific to 5th grade.


Remote Families

Please remember to pick up the next set of readers for your student!


In-person Families

Readers have been checked out to individual students.  A list of sent home supplies and resources is in your student’s planner.


An important change to our Remote Learning Plan for remote students

With the temporary switch to 100% on-line learning, remote learners have the option to participate in Specials.  We have tried to keep class Zooms as close to the scheduled times remote-learners are accustomed to, but have had to make minor adjustments to accommodate the differences in Specials schedule for Miss Amen’s and Mrs. Weiker’s homerooms.  If Remote Learners would like to participate in Specials while we are 100% remote, they need to follow the schedule for their assigned homeroom.


Have a meaningful Thanksgiving Break, we will “see” students again on Monday November 30th.


Language Arts

We analyzed “snapshots” in writing to discover how sensory details help us visualize settings and characters we have never encountered before.


Math

We continued working on Chapter 4, assessed our learning using the Mid-Chapter 4 Checkpoint, and we will begin preparing for our Chapter 4 Test when we return from break. Simple Solutions 23-24 Scores will be due when we get back from Thanksgiving Break. 


Science

Taking a journey through the water cycle, we looked for patterns in the stages and locations of water as it travels.  We then applied our knowledge by writing a short story from the perspective of a water drop.


Social Studies

Last week, we started our new unit on The Geography of the United States. Through lots of games, songs, and reading we have learned about different regions of the United States and what geographical features they possess. 


Important Dates to Remember

Nov 23 - Thanksgiving Break begins

Nov 30 - Remote Learning begins

December 18th - End of 2nd quarter, Winter Break begins

January 6th - Start of 3rd quarter, Next re-entry date for remote learners




11/13/20

Hello Families!


Another busy week has successfully come and gone.  We are actively making sure students are caught up on classwork as we approach Thanksgiving Break. Just a reminder that missing work from this quarter will not be accepted after Friday, November 20,2020. 


Language Arts

We have begun reading The Phantom Tollbooth, analyzing the settings Milo travels to and the characters he meets along the way.  By thinking about the literal and figurative meanings of words and phrases, we understand how the author Norton Juster can turn an idea or emotion into a physical place or being.


Math

Students showed their knowledge of adding and subtracting decimals in our Chapter 3 Test. Corrections and missing work from Chapter 3 should all be turned in as soon as possible. We have started Chapter 4 where we are learning about multiplying decimals. We will have our Mid-Chapter 4 Checkpoint next week and Simple Solutions 21-22 will be checked Monday.


Science

We are activating our background knowledge and building deeper understandings regarding the water cycle.  As we explore how the different biomes interact with each other, we will investigate weather and non-renewable resources within habitats and ecosystems.


Social Studies

We completed our unit on England in the Golden Age and are ready to move on to Geography of the United States next week. 


Important Dates to Remember

Nov 23 - Thanksgiving Break begins

December 18th - End of 2nd quarter

January 6th - Next re-entry date for remote learners



11/6/20

Hello Families!

I apologize for the lengthy email this week!  There are several things that are important to restate, and several things that have popped up as we remain prepared for a variety of learning situations this year could bring.


5th Grade Grading Policy and Infinite Campus

There are a few questions I thought it would be beneficial to clarify for everybody - just in case you had the same questions.  

  • 5th grade assignments are due on a weekly basis.  Grades are entered into Infinite Campus by the end of the week.  

  • Any assignments that are “Missing”, are flagged with an “M” in infinite Campus.  This does calculate as a “0” in “In-Progress Grades”.

  • Once a missing assignment is completed, and turned in, the score will replace the “M” and the “In-Progress Grade” will be recalculated.

  • Grades in Infinite Campus change on a daily and weekly basis as the overall progress percentage is calculated.

  • Missing assignments are late assignments, and can not be corrected or resubmitted for a higher score.

  • Once the quarter has ended, and final grades have been posted, we can no longer submit scores for missing assignments as our grade book is “closed” by the district at the end of the grading period.

  • Middle school’s grading policy is as follows:

    • Late assignments may be turned in up to 5 days past the due date, and are eligible for up to 80% of the original grade.

  • As we progress through the school year, the window for late assignments to be accepted will continue to shorten, as we help prepare students for Middle School.

    • First Quarter: Late assignments were accepted until the end of the grading period.

    • Second Quarter: Late assignments will be accepted in 2 windows.  Students will have until Thanksgiving Break to be up-to-date on all assignments from the first half of the quarter.

    • Third Quarter: Late assignments will be accepted for 2 weeks after the original due date. 

    • Fourth Quarter: Late assignments will be accepted for a week after the original due date. 

  • We review missing assignments at the end of the week with the whole class, and provide Missing Assignment reports on a regular basis.  Please help support your child by checking infinite campus for in-progress grades, as well as flagged missing assignments, and looking through their Friday Folder for work that needs to be completed or opportunities for corrections.


Remote Log-In Information

In the event in-person learners are absent due to illness or pre-arranged activities, students are still responsible for the assigned classwork.  However, the due dates will be modified.  All students have access to the following remote resources

  • Google Classroom

    • All students have been invited through their school gmail accounts.

    • Allows students to access recorded videos of lessons, digital copies of all assignments, and our weekly Learning Plan.

    • In the event the Health Departments orders 100% remote learning, all materials will be accessed through Google Classroom instead of paper copies.

  • Think Central - for math

    • https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do 

    • Miss Amen has helped all students log in, and they should have their password and username stapled in the back of their math book.

    • Students have access to assigned work, not the full GoMath curriculum

    • If there is a problem accessing Think Central, there is an assignment under Math in Google Classroom with more information. Please email Ms. Amen if a password needs to be reset. 

  • InSync - Language Arts (for remote learners)


Language Arts

We have begun Module 2!  This module focuses on word-play.  Word-play can involve puns, idioms, words that sound similar, or words with double meanings.  We analyzed the classic Abbott and Costello skit “Who’s on First” looking for elements of delivery and examples of word play.  We will apply our understanding as we begin reading The Phantom Tollbooth next week.


Math

We finished up our final lessons on decimals in Chapter 3. On Monday, we will have our Chapter 3 Test. Students completed a review in class on Friday and can continue to study using their Reteach/Enrich packets. Simple Solutions 19-20 will be checked on Monday as well. 


Science

We reviewed the main characteristics used to classify the 5 Kingdoms in the Phylum chordata (animals with a backbone).  With support, students classified made-up animals from the book The Spiderwick Chronicles, and then extended their thinking by creating their own creature.


Social Studies

We completed our unit on The Reformation and jumped into England in the Golden Age. We discussed Elizabeth 1, The Spanish Armada, and the English Civil War. 


Important Dates to Remember

Nov 9 - Chapter 3 Math Test

Nov 23 - Thanksgiving Break begins

December 18th - End of 2nd quarter



10/30/20

Hello Families!


Language Arts

We have finished Module 1!

Students finished their End of Module Task - a 4 paragraph essay explaining the beliefs and values Chief Joseph embodied in his “Lincoln Hall Speech”.

Remote families - for module 2, we will be transitioning to Wit and Wisdom InSync.  This is a digital platform and meant for remote learning.  InSync utilizes a co-teaching model.  So there will be instruction through pre recorded videos as well as live Zoom sessions.  More information will be sent out just to remote families and students soon! 


Math

We are working our way through Chapter 3. We took our Mid-Chapter 3 Checkpoint and it was great to see that students have really developed an understanding of what a decimal is and can use many strategies to add and subtract them. Checkpoint corrections and Simple Solutions #17 and #18 are due Monday. 


Science

Another unit complete!  We took our Energy and Matter in Ecosystems unit test.  Next week we will begin a fun project to apply all our newly gained understandings.


Social Studies

During our unit on The Reformation each student created a 95 These of 5th Grade where they got the chance to voice the changes they would like to see in their school and community. It was a great opportunity for students to put themselves in the shoes of influential thinkers in the 1500s and share their concerns and ideas. 


Important Dates to Remember

Nov 23 - Thanksgiving Break begins

December 18th - End of 2nd quarter



10/23/20

Dear Families,

The end of the first quarter is here!


A few helpful reminders for in person families:

Take Home Folders (green RMAE folders) should come home every Friday, or last day of the week, and return to school every Monday.  These folders contain graded papers from the week with teacher feedback and opportunities for corrections.  This folder will also contain incomplete assignments (with a note at the top that they should be completed and returned for a grade) and copies of missing assignments.  If you do not see your student’s take home folder at the end of the week - ask them where it is!


All students have access to Google Classroom.  Posted are copies of assignments and the recorded lessons.


Content Covered:

Language Arts

We analyzed Chief Joseph’s “Lincoln Hall Speech” looking for mood.  We looked for repeated word choice to deduce his most important concerns and requests of the US government.  We will use the evidence gathered to complete our End of Module Task next week.


Math

We continue working through our chapter on decimals. We are learning to add and subtract decimals using base ten blocks. This reinforces a visualization and an understanding of place value in decimals. Students are doing a great job of applying different strategies, and maintaining a growth mindset while learning new concepts. We will have a Chapter Checkpoint on Monday.


Science

We took a couple of virtual field trips this week to explore some real world ecosystems: the rainforest and the Galapagos Islands.  Taking a moment to explore some real world environments allowed us to apply our knowledge of how food chains are connected into food webs and how animals interact with their environment by adapting.


Social Studies

We have completed our unit on The Renaissance by learning about famous writers and the spread of Renaissance ideas to the rest of Europe. Next week we will jump into our unit on The Reformation by making our own 95 These of 5th Grade and learning about Galileo. 


Upcoming Dates

Friday October 30th - Classroom Halloween Celebration




10/16/20

Dear Families,

It was a pleasure to chat with some of you during parent teacher conferences. We are so lucky to be supported by such loving and fantastic families. As the first quarter comes to an end on October 23rd please continue to keep an eye on Infinite Campus to look for missing assignments. You can access infinite campus from RMAE's website.  After you click on "Family Resources" scroll down to "Family Links," open and click “Infinite Campus”. Your login credentials for IC are the same as Jeffco Connect. If you are still needing assistance, you can call the front office and ask to speak to Mrs. Bartlett. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns with low grades or missing assignments. We want all of our students to be successful, and any support you can provide at home with doing corrections and completing missing assignments makes a huge difference. Thank you for all you do. 


Content Covered:

Language Arts

There are still many “I Wonder” questions left at the end of Thunder Rolling in the Mountains.  While some of them can be answered, some may never be answered.

We have begun outlining our End of Module Essay where students will use 4 paragraphs to compare and contrast Chief Joseph and Sound of Running Feet.  So far we have completed our introductory paragraph, complete with hook, background information, and thesis.  We then separated our thesis into 2 points for our 2 supporting paragraphs and looked for evidence from the book.  We will continue to complete Handout 27A and finish our outline next week.


Math

We have started Chapter 3 where we will explore the world of tiny numbers. Last week, students learned to represent thousandths, while reviewing place-value to the right of the decimal point. Students are working on comparing and ordering decimals based on the greatest number in the greatest place-value. Just a reminder that Simple Solutions 13-14 will be checked on Monday. If your student is missing Simple Solutions scores in Infinite Campus, they can check their answers and submit their score in Google Classroom for full credit.


Science

With the short week, we explored a mini unit on the needs of plants.  With our background knowledge we should know that plants need sun and water.  We added to what we already knew to complete the chemical equation of photosynthesis and began exploring the question “Do plants need soil?”


Social Studies

During our Renaissance unit, students study some of the most important artists and thinkers in history. We gave them the opportunity to put themselves in the shoes of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo by doing fun art projects and participating in their own Renaissance. Ask them what their favorite activity was.


Upcoming Dates

Monday October 19 - NO SCHOOL

Friday October 23- End of First Quarter


Remote Learning Plan

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LoyTVG-WROcauRwRoYqwJ1hSeRTg8tEcl9AH9rLE_kU/edit?usp=sharing





10/9/20

Dear Families, 


Where is the time going?!  We are quickly approaching the end of the first quarter, which is on October 23rd.  There is still time to submit missing assignments!  In-person students have received a copy of their “Missing Assignments” report from Infinite Campus, and should understand what they need to complete before the end of the quarter.   


Parent Teacher conferences continue next week for both remote and in-person learners. 


Content Covered:

Language Arts

Students worked on identifying evidence from the text or reading passage, and elaboration.  These will be important skills as we begin to build our own essays next week.


Math

We finished up Chapter 2 and took our test. During this chapter, we learned to break up large numbers into groups using both the standard algorithm and different division strategies. I will return tests next week. We will be going over the test in class and starting Chapter 3 next week. Please make sure that your kiddo takes the opportunity to do corrections on their Chapter 2 test. In class learners can do corrections directly on the test or on an attached sheet of paper. Remote learners can check their score in Think Central and correct the missed problems on a separate sheet of paper, which they can turn in on Google Classroom or in the paper drop. Remote learners can also just take the Chapter 2 Test Retake on Think Central. Just a reminder that Simple Solutions #11 and #12 will be checked on Monday. 


Science

Ecosystems are made up of living and nonliving things within a given environment.  We have begun to think through the connection between producers, consumers, and decomposers as they transfer and transform energy.  We took a closer look at a few ecosystems to see if we could spot the living and nonliving components as well as sort the living organisms into the categories producer, consumer, and decomposer.


Social Studies

The Renaissance, or rebirth, was an important time period during European history.  The 15th and 16th centuries were a time when artists and scholars “went forward by going backwards”.  Check in with your student to see if they can explain what this phrase means!


Upcoming Dates

Friday October 16 - NO SCHOOL

Monday October 19 - NO SCHOOL


Remote Learning Plan

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ab7u8pGEYSyRlFy9MFIEw_Fum6MXVDnwKLSD7aJ_oHI/edit?usp=sharing 




10/2/20

Hello Families!


Parent Teacher Conferences are starting soon!

These conferences will be held virtually over Zoom.  Children are encouraged to attend, and we appreciate the opportunity to meet with all families to assess progress and set goals for the academic year.  Conferences will be focusing on overall academic and socioemotional progress, and therefore facilitated by homeroom teachers.  If there is a specific question regarding reading or math, please contact Mrs. Weiker cweiker@rmae.org or Miss Amen bamen@rmae.org to discuss those content areas.


Please sign up for a time slot!


Content Covered:

Language Arts

We read and discussed chapters 4-8.  Using the events, dialogue, and interaction of the characters we looked for character traits that represented cultural values.  We then summarized battles fought between the Nez Perce and the US Government to analyze the circular violence of their conflict.


Math

This week 5th grade math students continued to work on developing different strategies for doing division with both single and multi-digit divisors. Next Friday we will take our Chapter 2 test. 


Science

Finishing up our exploration of matter with a unit review and test, we transitioned to investigating how groups of objects are grouped and classified.  We then build background knowledge by learning about Carl Linnaeus and how he simplified taxonomy.  We will utilize the knowledge gained this week as we begin learning about ecosystems next week.


Social Studies

Our unit on Explorers ended by thinking through the cause and effect relationships of the spice trade, circumnavigating the globe, and triangular trade routes between Europe, Africa, and North America.


Core Virtue

The Core Virtue for October is self-discipline.  We enjoyed the story "The King and his Hawk" to explore the theme of controlling our emotions and recognizing the consequences of our choices.


Remote Learning Plan for the Week of October 5th

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vA2Zbat3W83jUE2tzK0ahTDG4cv6WJ9RWc18S2RhTN8/edit?usp=sharing


Upcoming Dates

Friday October 9th - 5th Grade Math Test

Friday October 16th - NO SCHOOL

Monday October 19th - NO SCHOOL



9/25/20

Dear Families,

Another busy week! 

Our classroom community has been together for a little over a month.  We have reminded students about expectations regarding social distancing, face coverings, and washing hands; as we are getting comfortable being around each other and needed reminders.  Please take a moment to reinforce these expectations with your child.


As the weather begins to turn cooler, layers are helpful, but can get lost in the shuffle.  Make sure that all items sent to school are clearly labeled with your student’s name so we can easily get items back to them.


Language Arts:

We used our knowledge of the Nez Perce conflict with the US Government over rights to their homeland in 1877 to infer the cultural beliefs and values of each group.  We then used evidence to compare and contrast the two.  We ended the week by exploring transition sentences to turn a one point paragraph into a two point paragraph.



Math:

This week, we took our Chapter 1 Test. Students are able to do corrections (for in person) and retake (for remote) if they are not happy with their score. Overall, everyone did a great job on a very challenging test and really showed their understanding of Chapter 1. We will continue to fill in gaps in understanding as we continue through Chapter 2. This week, we have begun working with long division. We are using different strategies and will continue to challenge the way we split up numbers into groups. Next week we will have our Mid-Chapter Checkpoint. Also, please remember that Simple Solutions #7 and #8 are due Monday!


Science:

Rounding out our investigation of matter, students explored the concepts of: conservation of matter (the amount of matter you have at the beginning of a reaction is the same amount you have at the end of a reaction), closed versus open systems, evidence of chemical change (light, sound, odor, temperature, precipitate, color), and non-newtonian fluids (matter that has the characteristics of both a liquid and a solid).



Social Studies:

We have begun learning about The Age of Exploration. During this unit we look at how Europeans came to North and South America, as well as who was already living here. Reading about the interactions of monarchies, explorers, and indigenous populations, helps to give a full perspective on the era that continues to influence our country today. 


Random Acts of Kindness/Core Virtues:

Core Virtue for the Month of September is Responsibility


Upcoming Dates:

Monday October 12th - Parent teacher conferences begin.  More information will be sent home next week.

Friday October 16th - NO SCHOOL

Monday October 19th - NO SCHOOL


9/18/20

Dear Families,

Wow, the week has flown by! We had MAP testing Monday and Tuesday for in-class learners and everyone did a great job staying focused and doing their best. It was also fantastic to have a chance to see your faces and answer some of your questions during our Back to School Night this week. If you did not get a chance to attend live, both recordings are posted in the Google Classroom.


Remote families, please look for a special surprise in your student’s packet for next week.  To foster relationships and ease social separation, in-class friends wrote a letter to our at-home friends.  We tried to add lots of questions to these letters, hoping that our at-home friends will write back! 


Content Covered:

Language Arts:

We compared and contrasted “Coyote and the Monster” and “How Beaver Stole Fire from the Pines”. 


Math:

Lessons 1.9, 1.10, 1.11, and 1.12 focused on numerical expressions and the order of operations.


Science:

Through observations and experiments we have continued to learn about matter. We discovered that all matter is made up of particles, even air and water. We have also begun to discuss the difference between a chemical change and a physical change. 


Social Studies:

We continued our study of the Aztec and Inca. We reviewed all that we had learned about early civilizations and took our chapter test. Next week, we are moving on to The Age of Explorers.


Random Acts of Kindness/Core Virtues:

Core Virtue for the Month of September is Responsibility



Next Week:

Tuesday September 22- Math Chapter 1 Test (different from the email last week, we will have a review day Monday)
Tuesday September 22- Picture Day! Please be in uniform!

Friday September 25- FREE DRESS DAY



9/11/20

Dear Remote Families,

Thank you for your understanding as we experienced internet outages this week.  Please remember, that per the Remote Learning agreement, teachers have 24 hours to upload lessons to Google Classroom and students have extended due dates to submit work.  All work is assigned on Friday, and due a week from Monday.  Besides providing the flexibility to allow families to match learning to their schedules, the 10 day period also accommodates the few occasions when technical glitches will arise either in the classroom or at home.


Out of our 16 remote learning families, 14 families have requested paper copies of assignments and handouts.  Packets are outside the main office on Friday at 3:30.  When picking up your student’s packets, the understanding is you will be dropping off any completed work.  Even though all assignments are available through Google Classroom, by opting for paper copies you are eliminating the need to print or upload completed assignments.  


The Remote Learning Plan is an important resource for understanding what students need each day for each class period, what assignments should be completed, and where they should be in their learning before the next class period.  We are continuing to tweek and modify the format to make all of those things clearer. Please understand that it is also a fluid document and is subject to slight changes based on what is completed in the classroom. For example, there were changes made this week due to technical glitches impacting content covered.  The Zoom links are for live class sessions.  These are time sensitive links, and will not be active until class time.  Recorded lessons are posted in Google Classroom under the “Instruction” section of each assignment tab and are available to watch or rewatch at any time once uploaded.


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1duUmI9PreZ3F-921_WBeyjXyBiSRKqXOm3VMcimP3x0/edit?usp=sharing


Next Week:

Monday September 14th - MAPs testing for in-person learners and remote learners.  NO LIVE ZOOMS to accommodate the change in our normal schedule.

Tuesday September 15th - MAPs testing for in-person learners.  Live Zoom for Social Studies only to accommodate the change in our normal schedule.

Wednesday September 16th - Back to School Night 5:00 - 5:30 pm

Here is our link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9020490308?pwd=djBiVWhsNG82a2NZb1dNaUhTOG8xZz09

Monday September 21st - First math test of the year! Woohoo!


Dear Families,


Content Covered:

Language Arts:

Students explored the parts of a paragraph and compared a one-point topic sentence with a two-point topic sentence.  We began to use prepositional phrases, and built an understanding of how they elaborate a simple sentence to provide details that answer the questions “Where?”, “When?”, “What Kind?”, “Which One?”, or “How?”.


Math:

Lessons 1.6, 1.7, and 1.8 focused on the properties of multiplication and division.


Science:

Matter is all around us!  As either a solid, liquid, or a gas.  We can use the properties of matter to describe objects around us, identify unknown substances, and ask scientific questions.


Social Studies:

Mesoamerica was once home to a variety of civilizations.  This week we gained an understanding of the Maya and Aztec people.  Next week we will continue to learn about the Aztecs and be introduced to the Incas.


Random Acts of Kindness/Core Virtues:

Digging deeper into the responsibilities of a learner, we discussed the characteristics of a Growth Mindset.


Next Week:

Monday September 14th - MAPs testing for in-person learners and remote learners.  

Tuesday September 15th - MAPs testing for in-person learners.  

Wednesday September 16th - Back to School Night 6:00 - 6:30 pm

Here is our link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9020490308?pwd=djBiVWhsNG82a2NZb1dNaUhTOG8xZz09

Monday September 21st - First math test of the year! Woohoo!




9/4/20

Dear Families,


Thank you all so much for your support this week. We had an amazing few days both in class and remote, full of learning and growth. We are beginning to get into a routine as we start up our curriculums and are slowly beginning to work through some of the issues we found early on *insert self high five*. 


Content Covered

Language Arts

This week we put into practice all the skills we learned last week in Module 0.  Students read 3 nonfiction articles: The Lewis and Clark Expedition, The Indian Country 1800: A Brilliant Plan for Living, and A New Nation Comes to the Indian Country.  After reading each passage, students built their knowledge by writing a summary of each passage.  The week’s learning culminated in an informative paragraph explaining how the culture and values of Indian Country was impacted by westward expansion.


Math

We built upon our knowledge of place value, and how a digit is different from a number. We had lots of excitement learning about exponents when working with powers of ten. Students enjoyed figuring out patterns and getting that “lightbulb moment” when they understood the new concept.


Science

During our review, we compared how an animal cell differs from a plant cell.  A cell is the smallest building block of life, and will help us understand everything from plant growth to the interdependence of ecosystems.


Social Studies

There are many lakes all over the world.  Some of them have similar characteristics and some of them are very different.  We explored 13 different lakes, and then chose 2 to compare.


Random Acts of Kindness/Core Virtues

Emotions play a big role in the way our 5th graders act within the classroom, so this week we spent time analyzing and exploring them through an art project. We drew Emotion Self Portraits where we used color to express what emotions they feel most often. The student’s drawings will be on display in the classroom next week.


Important Dates to Remember:

Monday September 7th - NO SCHOOL, Labor Day

Monday September 14th - MAPs testing for in-person students, NO READING

Tuesday September 15th - MAPs testing for in-person students, NO MATH


Have an amazing long weekend. Please email with any questions or concerns!




Thank you for hanging with us during this challenging week. We are still working through managing how to coordinate the learning of our remote students with our in-class learners, but we have learned so much this week and hope that is will only get smoother from here on out. We greatly appreciate your patience and support while we buffer our way through this exciting school year.

We loved getting to know your children both on Zoom and in class and can already see that we have a fantastic group of 5th graders, each with unique talents and personalities. They have made this week incredibly fun and every single day a new adventure. Next week, we will really begin to dive into Core Knowledge and our GoMath curriculum. Each student brings something special to the learning and discussions and we look forward to supporting them in tackling the new and challenging material.


Content Covered:

Wit & Wisdom (Language Arts)

Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

Students became familiar with the routines and procedures we will use in class while building an answer to the question "How does reading help us gain knowledge?"  We explored character, setting, problem, and solution.  Then took our thinking deeper by analyzing a character's feelings at the beginning, middle, and end of the story.  Finally we tied it all together by distilling the essential meaning of the story.


Science

We reviewed the steps in the Scientific Circle (the scientific method) by evaluating the events in “Journey to the Center of the Earth”.  Students did a great job thinking beyond the story to identifying things that are based on scientific facts.


Social Studies

Our Core Virtue is “Responsibility”.  Using the Constitution as a model, we thought through our rights as learners (things we get) and our responsibilities as learners (things we need to give).  Applying our understanding culminated in building our own Classroom Constitution.  Part of the process involved naming our classroom community, and our class Swivl!


Math

Prerequisite Skills Inventory completed!  GoMath curriculum begins Monday!  If you have not helped your student log onto Think Central, please take a moment to make sure they are able to access their dashboard.


Important Dates to Remember:

Monday September 7th - NO SCHOOL, Labor Day



We ask for your continued support as we keep navigating the challenging territory of managing both remote and in-class learning. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out. Thank you for a fantastic first week


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Welcome to 5th Grade at Rocky Mountain Academy!


we really enjoyed getting to speak with a few of you during orientation and look forward to getting to know all you better as the year goes on. We look forward to building on your support for the exciting and challenging year ahead.


As you all know, some students will be in class, and others will be learning remotely. We want to support you and your students to the best of our ability in whichever learning environment you have chosen. Communication will be crucial to ensure that all students are receiving the best education possible. Please email us with any questions or concerns you may have during the school year. 


We look forward to seeing students both on Zoom and in person. Just a few reminders to make sure that your student is ready for class:

  • Our class will be entering the building on the north side (the doors facing Elk Meadow)

  • If available, we are asking that students bring in a device and headphones (such as a Chromebook or iPad). These devices will only be used during structured lessons that enrich classroom instruction. Just a reminder that the students are responsible for their own devices and must adhere to the RMAE Tech Policy. 

  • Please bring a book to read during Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) time. Because of COVID guidelines, we are minimizing the use of classroom libraries and ask that students bring their own books to read during our soft start at the beginning of the day. 

  • Students will not be able to use the water fountains during the day so we are asking that they bring a water bottle to have at their desks.

  • Keep in mind that students will be eating lunch in the classroom. They will not have access to a refrigerator or microwave, so please make sure that their food is ready to eat. 

  • All students have access to the Google Classroom by logging in with their RMAE email.

  • If your student is learning in-person, please make sure to register with the PikMyKid app.


We look forward to a healthy, productive, and fun year!