Sunday, December 17, 2017

Week 19 Grade 5

TWIG5: This Week in Grade 5 

Welcome to our last week of school before Winter Break!! 

A big WELL DONE needs to go to our CAC Girl's Soccer team and especially the fifth grade girls in the team. They represented CAC last week with pride and determination, as well as integrity and perseverance. 

Rudolph's  REMINDERS 

Tuesday will follow a Thursday schedule to help balance missed classes due to holidays.

Special Day planned for Thursday, Dec. 21st: Please see the detailed schedule below: 


7:55 - 8:15 In class time

8:15 -10:00:  PreK - 5   House Event

10:00 -10:30: PreK - 5 recess break including snack. Please bring a snack.

10:30 - 12:00:  K - Grade 5 Community Service "Pass the Parcel"

12:00 - 1:00: Lunch/recess (pizza x 2, juice x1 cupcake x 1, students bring additional food if student would like more)

1:00 - 1:50:  Class Winter party (parents welcome)

2:00 - 3:00:  Winter assembly: Christmas Around The World! Each grade will sing a song and a few 5th graders will perform in a skit.

After School Activities Reminders This week, December 17-21, there will be NO After school activities.

 Santa's Curriculum Corner

Reading Workshop & Writing Workshop
Students are immersed deep within their chosen topics and have been reading, researching and taking notes on all of their new learning and understanding. We have practiced a variety of note-taking strategies such as reading with a question in mind, recording the facts that answer that question, along with our reactions and thinking. We have used fact/react charts as well as boxes and bullets to help keep our notes organized. Students learned about text features and text structures and have been using them to increase their comprehension. We have practiced skimming and scanning and reading for the 'gist'. We will continue to read and research this week while focusing on summarizing and paraphrasing skills. Students are also drafting their leads and beginning to draft some of their subtopics. Students know that leads are written to capture the reader's interest and let readers know what they will learn. 
Students are welcome to continue to read about their topics over the break and take notes in their drafting and planning notebooks. (Please take care not to lose these drafting books.) After the break, we will continue drafting and begin revisions as we work toward putting together an researched-based informational book. 

 South Pole Science

Now that we have first 'hand' experience at life without opposable thumbs the students will continue their quest on discovering how and why plants and animals adapt. This week we will also introduce our end of unit assignment. This will give the students an opportunity to consider their topic choice over the holiday and discuss it with their family.

We wish you all a very warm, safe and fun winter break!!!!!

Your partners in education,
LeeAnn "Jingle Bells" Kasal 
Bonnie "Deck the Halls" Greene 
Caitlin "Silent Night" Johnson
Jonathan "Winter Wonderland" O'Sullivan

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