February 7th, 2016

A View into Our Fifth Grade Classroom

with Ms. Craney 



What's hot off the presses?

With a week left of the school year, a position was posted in our district for a math coach. After learning more about the position (and liking what I heard) I expressed my interest. In the middle of July I was approved by the board for this position! This means I will not have my own classroom in Village. I will be pushing into classrooms and working with teachers during math instruction at Merton Williams and the elementary schools.

Water balloons were a blast!! Look under Class Photos for some exciting pics of this from our last day of school.

Summer ideas around this area:
 http://www.birdkingdom.ca. The Bird Kingdom is just over the border. They have great things there, including bats. There is an amazing room that is open with birds in flight. I am in awe every time I go. You can save a little money if you buy the tickets on line at their website.

http://braddockbaybirdobservatory.wordpress.com.  We also have two bird banding stations that are open to the public (which is fairly rare). One is for songbirds and one is for birds of prey. It is really interesting. It is an up close look at how science and math are used in real life. At the songbird one, they may even let you carry the bags with the birds when they go on runs to collect them from the nets. These do not operate in the middle of the summer though. It is so interesting how they can determine the age of birds by checking skull development with light! The birds of prey one is pretty wild. They actually lure the birds in and put the birds of prey in cans for their safety so they can gather data about the birds. The people there are mostly volunteers and they are happy to answer any questions. All free!

http://www.nps.gov/wori/index.htm.  Have you been to Seneca Falls? I was there a bit ago and there are a lot of new things since I have been there. An interesting look into history!

 Letchworth is beautiful place - lots of hiking and opportunities for fun and learning!

http://www2.monroecounty.gov/parks-mendonponds.php. Have you been to Mendon Ponds? It is also a wonderful place to go. Bring seed with you. You can hold it out in your hands and birds will literally eat out of your hand! Wild Wings is also located there. They do educational programming about wildlife and their animals are there. More info is on the site.

Are you wondering how your child's math work will be scored? We will be using a 4 point rubric, where a 3 is meeting the benchmark. Go under useful documents to the left to see a description of each level. Your child also has this rubric saved in their iBooks app. This is how math scores will be reported on the district report card as well.

 For our website, we will play spot the typo! The first student to spot a typo on this website (not on websites that are linked) and tells me what and exactly where the mistake is first (via email or note) gets a stamp in their passport, an item from the prize box, or piece of candy! Your choice! (Hint - there are a few on the site right now. Happy searching!) We have already have had thirty-five winners!

There is a link to our principal's blog and a great science resource under Useful Links (to the left)! Also under Useful Links, are Mr. VanEpps' and Mrs. Humphreys' website and the district calendar.

  For my former students... I kept all of the website links that you are used to using under Useful Links for Primary at the left.

We started summer vacation with a splash!

I am very excited to be teaching at Village Elementary again this year. This will be my seventeenth year teaching in the Hilton School District, my fifth year in Village. This will be my eighth year teaching fifth grade. I love how students this age understand jokes! I also love how fifth graders think creatively, can problem solve, and express themselves in so many ways.  

I enjoy sharing what I have learned and experienced when I have travelled. (For those of you looking for the mistake, travelled can be spelled that way, and it can also be spelled as traveled. Keep looking!) This summer I went to Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) with my mother. We went on lots of game drives and saw lions, elephants, three kinds of giraffes, jackals, and just about anything you can imagine. We were really lucky to see a hyena, cheetah, and... a leopard. We got to see a caracal, a wild cat, hunt and capture a large rodent. Yikes! I can't wait to share photos with you!

If you want to share any experiences that you have had with the class, please be sure to let me know.

We learned a game called Garbage. You can use regular playing cards (minus the jacks, queens, and kings) or Compare cards below.  We taught this math game to our first grade buddies!


 garbage board

Attached are the Compare Cards that you can use to play Garbage if you want!  Students will learn how to play Dot Compare in class.  You can print them out and play at home with your child as well!  If you have colored paper (or even cardstock) that would work best so you can't see the numbers through the cards.

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Village Elementary School
100 School Lane
Hilton, New York 14468