A View into Our Fifth Grade Classroom
with Ms. Craney
What's hot off the presses?
Photos have been updated. Take a look at all the new ones in: math, science, and fun and wacky.
Ms. Felczak, our student teacher, is starting her solo week and will continue through next week. She plans (and consults with me for her lessons prior and after), teaches, and assesses for student learning. She is with us until late March.
What we have been doing:
Reading- We are learning about text structures and author's craft (including text features) specific to non-fiction texts. Continuing with Module 3, we are learning about migration with non-fiction texts, narratives, and poetry. We will also be starting the book Saratoga Secret! We will reinforce and fine tune comprehension strategies with this historical fiction novel.
Writing - Our biggest focus this week was writing highly effective introduction paragraphs for non-fiction writing. We will continue to gather information about Westward Expansion from resources and organize notes to write essays with meaningful evidence.
Math - We are now understanding that when we multiply something by a fractions, we will get a smaller amount. We are creating and solving story problems and writing equations like this: 1/4 x 24 = 6
Science - We have completed our Far Out! unit and will be starting our next unit, Energy, after we return from break. A summary paper of all assignments, grades, and your child's average went home. There are TONS of new links to go with this unit!
Word study - We are learning the importance of learning concepts and patterns so we can apply them to any words that we are spelling. This week we are starting our next menu which is on yellow paper so its easy to find.
Individuals and Society - We are learning about the different governments as we compare Canada, Mexico, and the US. My VanEpps sent home a progress report which included your child's average and missing assignments.
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 couple on the site right now. Happy searching!) We have already have had twenty-seven winners! One of the "mistakes" drives me crazy, so I hope somebody finds it fast!
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.
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!
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