Pass It On
After months of preparation your poets are finally ready to share their creative writing with everyone at the annual Pass It On event. Now that their poems have been refined and published, your writers turned their focus toward performing this week. We watched videos of professional poets reading their work aloud, and we practiced reading our own poems in big and small groups. Your poets analyzed the tone of their poem and discussed how that might change the way they read it. They practiced pacing their reading, speaking loud and clear, and presenting with emotion. We can’t wait to share all of our hard work with you at this special event!
On Thursday, your explorers stepped foot on the replica of an old Spanish fleet ship called El Galeon. This opportunity came at a perfect time as we had just finished our study of the early explorers.
This week your fifth grade mathematicians acted more like sixth grade mathematicians! We have officially entered the world of algebra. As an introduction to algebra, students spend their time studying pan balances. A pan balance is a great representation that the values on both sides of an equal sign must be equal. That may seem obvious, but until now, most number models have looked like this “10 x 2 – 5 = 25”. Now their number models look like this “10 x 2 – 5 = 30 – b”. It can seem confusing at first to have entire expressions on both sides of an equal sign. Your hard workers learned that the first step to solving a pan balance problem is to see if there is anything they can equally take away from both sides. This helps to isolate the variable on one side. Ask your child how they like algebra!
Teacher Appreciation Week
Parents, I just want to say thank you for all the ways you made me feel appreciated this week! The flowers and notes from your students, the sweet emails, and the breakfast made me feel overwhelmed with love! I am so grateful to be a part of this community. Thank you!