October 19—No Classes, Teacher Inservice Day
November 2 —P/T Conferences 5:00 to 8:00 (Subject to Change)
November 5 —P/T Conferences 5:00 to 8:00 (Subject to Change)
November 6—No School, Comp. Day
Charging Computers & Ear Buds
We have noticed a large number of 5th grade students who are coming to school on a regular basis without their computers charged. Student computers need to come to school charged each day. A charging cord has been provided to each student to keep at home for this purpose. We would greatly appreciate your help at home in reminding students to charge their devices daily.
Additionally, students need a set of earbuds/headphones that are kept in the pocket of the computer bag, as they are used often at school. Many students are missing their earbuds or need to replace lost/broken ones. Your help is greatly appreciated with this as well! Thank you!
Science Unit - Science and Society: COVID-19
Mr. Peterson is helping to pilot and revise a new learning unit written by the good folks at OpenSciEd. There are 25 late elementary/early MS teachers around the country involved in the pilot project. OpenSciEd is well known in the science education community as excellent writers of curriculum. It’s been really cool to be part of this project.
The unit engages families in discussions about how the pandemic has affected you and others in our community, state, and country. This means I will send home (and post to the Assignment page) sheets with discussion prompts (called Family Tools) that I would like you and your child to discuss and bring back to school. The information you provide will serve as a part of our discussions. Here is a link to the Family Letter and Family Tools 1.1 and 1.2 (English). (Spanish version.) I sent these home with your child on Friday. These items help explain more about the project. The Family Tools should only take 10-20 minutes to complete and might provoke some good discussions!
I am excited to begin this project with you!
The Daughters of the American Revolution is offering a writing contest with the theme “The Boston Massacre”. Many students are excited about this opportunity. For more information, please click on this brochure: DAR Writing Contest
Canvas Account Help
We are using an app called Canvas to communicate our learning to parents and learners. We have a handy website filled with “how-to” videos ranging from Canvas basics to more advanced features. For instance, there are videos about how to set up a parent account. You can find that information at this link: https://tinyurl.com/y6ja669o
If you still need help after looking over the Canvas help site, you may contact Shannon Quandahl, our wonderful tech person!
Math with Mrs. Maher
Math 5 This coming week we will be adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals. This is a lot in one week. I am beginning to see we really need to brush up on our basic math facts. So, if you could put flashcards in the car, on the kitchen table, or anywhere you spend time that would help. Race to see how many your child can do during a commercial, or driving somewhere. I am giving the whole week's worth of Digital Zearn on Friday so they have a week to get the digital lessons completed. That way people who need more time or need to find internet service have an opportunity to do this on the weekend. This coming week's digital lessons will be 9-12, due on October 23.
Hybrid Math 5-We will be continuing ratio and ratio reasoning. Students will be comparing additive and multiplicative relationships to make quantitative and qualitative comparisons . We are grading by the SBG and students who need to retake the test will have that opportunity.
Language with Mr. Amundson
This week the students continued with Over-the-Top-Odes poetry unit. We continued reading mentor examples, started brainstorming individual ideas, and started writing our first Odes. We also continued with our writing logs, finished week 3 spelling/vocabulary unit, and did a little free creative writing incorporating our vocab/spelling words.
Reading with Mrs. Nowack
This week we have been learning about the resolution of a story. We also spent some more time with close reading strategies. Students are expected to read 20 minutes or more from an IR (independent reading) book each day. This book should go home and come to school each day.
Science with Mr. Peterson
We are completing a short unit on gravity. We learned about the Newtonian view of gravity as a force that pulls objects together. We will practice engaging in scientific argument from evidence early next week. (No learning about Einstein’s warped space-time yet! That comes later! :)
What’s Happening Outside? Trees!. Learn about why trees lose their leaves and where all of that color goes!
Make-up Work. Check the Assignment Page.
See Science note at the top for our next learning. I need your help!!
Social studies with Mrs. Suhr
The chapter 2 test went well. We have started the next unit entitled “American Indian Cultural Regions”. We are learning that cultures developed differently because of different natural resources, climate, and physical features. Be sure to check the assignment page in Canvas and records on PowerSchool regularly to make sure assignments are being completed.
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