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February: A Month of Celebrations and Accomplishments

February: A Month of Celebrations and Accomplishments

January 2022 certainly went by quickly! We are now in the month of February in which we have already acknowledged the Chinese New Year and Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney Phil, the weather forecasting groundhog, has spoken from Gobbler’s Knob, Pennsylvania. Apparently, Phil saw his shadow. Legend holds that if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring. Hopefully, meteorologists across the world will use their scientific knowledge to confirm or disavow Punxsutawney Phil’s weather prediction. An additional fact for anyone that may be interested, the first official Groundhog Day celebration was held in 1887 ( News, 2022). 

Black History is also celebrated in February. Have you ever heard of Neil deGrasse Tyson? Tyson is an African American astrophysicist, planetary scientist, author, and science communicator. Tyson is the fifth head since 1935 of the world-renowned Hayden Planetarium in New York City and the first occupant of its Frederick P. Rose Directorship. He is also a research associate of the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. Neil deGrasse Tyson will be appearing at the Gaillard Center on February 10, 2022.

Here’s a look at what is happening in each of the classes: 

What’s happening in Science:

Fifth Graders got a lot accomplished this week! We had an absolute blast on our field trip to the salt marsh. We explored the maritime forest and the saltmarsh at the DNR nature trail. We had a great view of Charleston Harbor to talk about the mixture of salt and freshwater. Back at school, they finished up researching their nature inspiration for their biomimicry project. They have chosen plants or animals that have figured out solutions to flood mitigation and are using nature’s solutions to build their own shelter that can protect or prevent flooding. They have sketched out their models using Tinkercad and they look awesome! We will start building models next week!

What’s up in Math? 

We are rocking and rolling in Unit 5!! Unit 5 is all about decimals. We are starting with transferring shaded portions of unit models to fractions, and then fractions to decimals. We are beginning with learning place value. The students are eager to learn and I’m excited for them to gain this new knowledge. After we are solid with place value, we will move into addition and subtraction with decimals. Then, we will work with multiplication and division. Students have been asking about decimals since the start of school and I am happy we are finally there! I know the students are ready to absorb so much information that will carry them throughout their middle and high school math careers!  

What’s happening in ELA:

This week your Fifth Graders are learning the art of writing an argumentative essay. They have been learning to look at both sides of an argument and backing up claims with evidence using the topic “Should Chocolate Milk Be Served in Public Schools.” They have also continued working on their grammar skills by reviewing the following: verbs, nouns, articles, pronouns, which-who clauses, defining vocabulary in context, and correct punctuation. They will have a grammar quiz on Weeks 7 & 8 on February 7th.  The goal of grammar lessons is that students will apply the skills they have learned to their writings.

Important Dates:

February 21-22- February Break

February 23- Middle School Student Social (3pm-4pm)