5th - Team

Week of April 29th

Our field trip for Community Service Day was full of interesting information, sights, and smells!  Although the bus ride was a little long due to the I-70 detour, it was an amazing opportunity to see what happens to everything we throw away.  
We are busy planning our field trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  If you are able to join us as a chaperone, please let me know so I can start making our groups.  


Quick Updates:
- Grades have been updated in Campus.  
- Science Innovation Day is quickly approaching!  Projects are due Friday May 10th.
- For the Carnival on Friday May 3rd, 5th grade will be sponsoring the Horse Races.  Weather permitting, we will be in the circle.  


Important Dates:
Friday May 3rd - School Carnival
Friday May 10th - Science Innovation Day projects due
Monday May 13th - Science Innovation Day
Tuesday May 14th - Field Trip, DMNS
Thursday May 23rd - Last day of school, NOON DISMISSAL


Content Covered:
Reading: At the Beach, Drawing Conclusions
Spelling: Suffixes -ous, -sion, -ion, -ation 
Grammar: Modifiers
Writing: Persuasive Writing
Math: Chapter 10, Measurement
Science: The Human Body - Respiratory and Circulatory systems
Social Studies: The American Constitution
Novel Study: Little Women, up to page 179 by Tuesday April 30th
up to page 198 by Tuesday May 7th

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Week of April 22nd

Content Covered:
Reading: Ghost Towns of the American West
Spelling: Homework packet 5.5 Related Words, due Friday
Math: Chapter 10 - Customary units of measurement and converting units
Grammar: Adverbs
Writing: Sensory Writing
Science: Life cycles - flowers
Social Studies: Colonial America, the first and second Continental Congress


Important Dates:
Thursday April 25th - grades 3 - 5 Music Performance, arrive at 5:30 for presentation in the lunchroom
Friday April 26th - Community Service Day
Friday May 3rd - School Carnival
Friday May 10th - Science Innovation Day projects due
Monday May 13th - Science Innovation Day
Tuesday May 14th - Field Trip, DMNS  
Thursday May 23rd - Last day of school, NOON DISMISSAL

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Week of April 15th 
Community Service Day:
8:15 - Ginny Ades, Board Member of EAS+Y Evergreen's Alliance for Sustainability) will speak with the first and fifth graders.
9:00 - Depart for the East Regional Land Fill to tour their landfill and compost sites.  
2:00 - Return to RMAE
2:30 - Community Service Day Assembly

Important Dates:
Thursday April 18th - Movies with Teachers
Thursday April 25th - grades 3 - 5 Music Performance, Middle School Commons
Friday April 26th - Community Service Day
Friday May 3rd - School Carnival
Friday May 10th - Science Innovation Day projects due
Monday May 13th - Science Innovation Day
Tuesday May 14th - Field Trip, DMNS
Thursday May 23rd - Last day of school, NOON DISMISSAL
Classroom Connections:

We have begun our life cycles unit in Science, and that means...caterpillars!  Everyone has 2 caterpillars that they are responsible for observing.  We are noticing not only the caterpillars, but also their environment.  So far, the caterpillars have increased in size from approximately 2 centimeters to about an inch.  Although there is not a noticeable change in the amount of food, there is a noticeable increase in excrement.  Our caterpillars are also beginning to build a network of silk as they crawl around their environment.
In addition to caterpillars, our life cycles unit also involves plants.  Fifth grade has visited RMAE's greenhouse to plant seeds, and in class we have discussed the different parts of the seed.  We have planted some sunflower seeds, and are excitedly waiting for them to germinate.
Content Covered:
Reading - Comprehension Strategy: Cause and Effect
Story: Journey to the Center of the Earth
Spelling - Homework packet 5.4 due Friday
Math - End of Chapter 9
Writing - Informational observations
Grammar - Comparative and Superlative Adjectives
Science - Life cycles
Social Studies - Revolutionary War
Novel Study - Little Women, up to page 160 by Tuesday
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Week of April 8th

CMAS testing has concluded for the school year!  Students showed a tremendous amount of stamina and focus.  I am really proud of all their hard work!
Can you believe it is quickly approaching the end of the year?  Looking ahead to the remainder of the school year, we have a lot packed into our 6 and a half weeks together.   
The 4th and 5th grades have a field trip to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on the 14th.  We will be completing two hands-on science demonstrations related to the circulatory and respiratory systems.  If students are signed-up for hot lunch, they will still be provided lunch on the day of the trip.  Please take a moment to fill out a permission slip, if you have not done so already.  


Important Dates to Remember:
Thursday April 25th - Grades 3 through 5 Music performance, 6:00 pm
Friday April 26th - Community Service Day
Friday May 3rd - School Carnival
Friday May 10th - Science Innovation Projects due
Monday May 13th - Elementary Science Innovation Day 
Tuesday May 14th - Field Trip, Denver Museum on Nature and Science
Thursday May 23rd - Last Day, Noon Dismissal

Content Covered:
Reading - Colonial America, Boston
Spelling - Latin Roots, homework packet due Friday 
Math - Chapter 8 test, Intro to Chapter 9
Writing - Short Story rough draft
Social Studies - Colonial America, the Middle Colonies
Science - CMAS testing
Novel Study - Little Women, up to page 141 by Tuesday April 16th
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Week of April 1st
We are slowly getting back into our normal routine after Spring Break.
Content Covered:
CMAS testing continues.  Students will complete Units 1, 2, and 3 of the math assessment.
Reading - Introduction to the Revolutionary War
Spelling - Root word "port", prefixes im- and in-, suffixes -able and -ible
Math - CMAS testing, NO HOMEWORK
Writing - Original Short Stories
Science - Weather vs. Climate
Social Studies - African Kingdoms
Novel Study - Little Women, to page 117 by Tuesday April 9th
Next Week:
Science CMAS testing
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
Thursday April 11 - Young Writers' Conference
Friday April 26 - Community Service Day
Friday May 3 - School Carnival
Friday May 10 - Science Projects Due
Monday May 13 - Science Innovation Day
Tuesday May 14 - Field Trip, DMNS
Thursday May 23 - Last Day of School, Noon Dismissal

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Week of March 18th

In preparation of Young Writers' Conference, we have begun the first step in our short stories by talking about character development.  Students used the model story of Little Miss Stubborn by Roger Hargreaves to develop two characters based upon character traits they picked.  One character will be the protagonist of their story and the other character will the the antagonist.  Next we will talk about how to make a plot chart based upon conflict and resolution.


Information about Science Innovation Day will be coming home in Friday Folders.  Students will bring home a packet that contains: project requirements, a list of helpful websites, and a science journal.  Science Innovation Day projects will be completed AT HOME, and should be brought to school by Friday May 10th.


We are busy organizing an amazing Community Service Day!  More information will be sent out as we finalize plans.


Content Covered:
Reading: CMAS testing
Spelling: NO HOMEWORK for students who turned in spelling packet 5.3
Math: Review - multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, powers of 10
Writing: Original short story
Science: Weather vs. Climate
Social Studies: Ancient African Kingdoms
Novel Study: Little Women (up to page 91 by Tuesday April 2nd)


Important Reminders:
CMAS English Language Arts/Literacy testing continues tomorrow and Wednesday. 
NO SCHOOL Friday March 22nd 
Spring Break Begins Monday March 25th
School Resumes Monday April 1st


Dates to Remember:
Thursday April 11th - Young Writers' Conference
Thursday April 18th - Movies with Teachers
Friday April 26th - Community Service Day
Friday May 3rd - Carnival 

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Week of March 11th - Start of 4th quarter

Important Reminders:
Friday March 15th - Spelling Homework 5.3 due
Monday March 18th - CMAS testing begins
Tuesday March 19thLittle Women, up to page 69

Dates to Remember:
Friday March 15th - All school FREE DRESS
Friday March 22nd - NO SCHOOL
Monday March 25th - Spring Break Begins
Thursday April 11th - Young Writers' Conference

Content Covered:
Reading - Author's Purpose, Graphic Sources
StoryTalk With an Astronaut (Ellen Ochoa)
Spelling - Greek Word Parts
Grammar - This, That, These, and Those
Math - Finishing Ch. 8, Division of Fractions
Writing - 5 paragraph expository writing, Draft "Why was the sinking of the Titanic a disaster?"
Science - What is the ocean?  What are some energy resources? (renewable vs. nonrenewable)
Social Studies - The 6 Geographic Regions of Africa
Novel Study LIttle Women


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Week of March 4th

On Friday March 1st, RMAE had a kick off celebration for Young Writers Conference.  We were lucky enough to have a visit from author Theresa Howell.  She talked to us about the writing process, and shared one of her books.  
Over the next few weeks, all students will work on writing and publishing a short book in class.  Students who attend the Mountain Area Young Writers' Conference will have a chance to share their finished book at the event.  A flyer will be coming home in Friday Folders with more details.


More information can also be found at fb.me/MountainAreaYWC
Registration for this free event is open from March 1st through March 22nd.  You can register by visiting the following link:


Reminders
:
Friday is the end of 3rd quarter.  Final grades will be posted in Campus.
Spelling Homework 5.2 is due Friday March 8th


Dates to Remember
:
Friday March 15th - All School Free Dress Day
Friday March 22nd - NO SCHOOL
Monday March 25th -  Start of Spring Break
Thursday April 11 - Young Writers Conference


Content Covered
:
Reading - Graphic Sources, Main Idea and Supporting Details, Using a Dictionary
Story: The Unsinkable Wreck of the RMS Titanic
Writing - Expository Essay "Why was the sinking of the Titanic a disaster?"
Grammar - Adjectives and articles
Math - Chapter 8, Dividing whole numbers into fractions
Science - "What is the water cycle?"
Social Studies - Geographical Regions of Africa
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Week of February 25

We were very excited to participate in the 13th annual Colorado Environmental Film Festival.  Students are thinking of ways we can connect the information and messages from the films into our PLT project on waste and recycling.


Important Dates:
Friday March 1st - Spelling Homework Due
Friday March 8th - End of 3rd quarter


Content Covered:
Reading - Reading Street 5.1
Story: The Three-Century Woman
Literary Element: Character and Plot
Spelling - Multisyllabic Words
Grammar - Negative Contractions
Writing - The Rock Cycle cartoon
Science - The Rock Cycle
Social Studies - Feudalism
Novel Study - Little Women
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Week of February 18th

There is still time to sign up for Movies with Teachers through AtoZ Connect.  Participating students may wear pajamas to school!

For Friday, please remind your student to dress in field trip attire - red polo and uniform pants.

This Week:
Monday - NO SCHOOL, in observance of President's Day
Thursday - Movies with Teachers
Friday - Field Trip to Colorado Environmental Film Festival

Content Covered:
Reading - Unit 4 Benchmark Assessment
Vocabulary: How prefixes and suffixes change root words
Comprehension Skills: Making generalizations
Writing - Descriptive Essay
Math - Chapter 7, multiplication of fractions
Science - The rock cycle, weathering vs. erosion
Social Studies - Feudalism, comparing daily life of Nobles and Peasants

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 Week of February February 11th

Thank you to those families that have already joined your child for a conference.  We look forward to continuing to meet with families this week!
This Week:
Monday and Tuesday - normal schedule 
Wednesday - dismissal at 12:00 for conferences
Thursday - normal dismissal, Valentine's Day
Friday - NO SCHOOL
Due to Jeffco's new health policy, we are encouraging non-food treats as Valentine's.  Any candy that students receive from friends is expected to be brought home uneaten.  


 Next Week:
Monday: NO SCHOOL
Friday: Field Trip to the Environmental Film Festival.  If you have not filled out a permission slip for your child, please follow the link below.
More information about the films can be found at


 Content Covered:
Reading - Week 4.5 “The Gymnast” by Gary Soto, drawing conclusions
Spelling - Negative Prefixes
Writing - Descriptive paragraphs about our shields
Grammar - Who and Whom
Math - Chapter 7, multiplication of fractions
Science - The Rock Cycle
Social Studies - Medieval Times