A View into Our Fifth Grade Classroom
with Ms. Craney
What's hot off the presses?
The author of Masterpiece is coming to our school on Monday! Have you taken a look at the One School One Book site lately?
The DARE essay has been assigned and is due December 18th. Your child was given a paper that describes the assignment. It needs to have 5 - 6 paragraphs and be typed. **Doing this on a computer is preferred as it is easier to format. If you do not have a working printer at home, please email it the finished essay to me and I will print it out for you. We spent a lot of time on Friday planning these. Every student has an outline planner printed out. Most students photographed their planner as a diagram as well and it is on their iPad.
DARE graduation is likely going to be on January 17th. More information will come as planning becomes finalized.
What we have been doing:
Reading- We are reading Esperanza Rising! Students are involved in discussions and writing responses that align with Module 1. We are exploring: fact/opinion, important/unimportant, sequence, quoting a text, summarizing, finding supporting details, and more. These are things that are in many genres!
Writing - We have been finding facts in non-fiction texts and taking organized notes. Then students write to take a stance - they state their opinion and support it using appropriate details from the text. Ask your child if they think chocolate milk should be allowed in schools or not. We are also beginning to find facts about famous people. We have started doing this through poetry, but we are now shifting to biographies.
Math - We have spent a lot of time with equivalent fractions. We are learning how fractions, percents, and decimals can be equivalent to each other. We have learned many ways to compare fractions. Have you seen the educreations video about this yet? Adding and subtracting fractions will be next.
Science - We have conducted research and compared our data to the work of geologists to determine what all the rocks and minerals are. Your child has had a study guide for their upcoming and of the unit test on Monday.
Word study - We are learning the importance of learning concepts and patterns so we can apply them to any words that we are spelling. Everyone is starting their fourth menu (on blue paper so its easy to find).
Individuals and Society - We are learning about the different regions in our country. We are realizing how where we live impacts individuals and society. This includes culture as well.
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-six 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.
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