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:
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!
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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or call 392-1000 ext. 5172
Village Elementary School
100 School Lane
Hilton, New York 14468