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March 2017

Posted on 03/13/2017

posted Mar 13, 2017, 3:07 AM by Sheryl Horgan [ updated Mar 13, 2017, 3:22 AM ]

6th We had a wonderful time up at Outdoor Lab and it was great to see the kids become more independent and truly engaged in their learning. Now that we are back from Outdoor Lab there are a few things that we need to remind families of:

· Final payments for Outdoor Lab are due in April. Please bring the money into the office to pay. Avoid sending cash to school with your children please!

· PARCC is coming up quick! Review math, reading and writing at home with your children. Also, help them to get excited about the test and encourage them to try their very best!

· In writing we are starting autobiographies, which is very exciting writing assignment for the kids. Please get involved and help the kids understand some of their heritage and family background as they explore this new type of writing.

In math we are finishing up percentages and ratios and will be moving into rational numbers and the coordinate planes. Reminder, most students have homework everyday, but all the students don't always have the same homework and sometimes they might finish in class. It is the students responsibility to complete this so please trust and encourage them.

5th Growing and Changing is our final science unit and will begin after Spring break. It is a study of the human reproductive system and the responsibilities of young adulthood. This study is a natural extension of the Human Body Systems unit.

This unit and the student book that accompanies it, Growing and Changing (2010), focus on human growth and development. The purpose of the unit is to lead students to a better understanding of reproductive development, both physical and emotional. They will gain knowledge of how their bodies work and change in order to make healthy and safe decisions. They will also discuss the many responsibilities of young adulthood.

Parent permission slips are required for the inclusion of students in this unit of study. Parents indicate whether or not they want their fifth grade child to participate in the Growing and Changing unit. Students for which Eiber does not have expressed written permission to participate will not be included in the activities of the unit. These students will complete an alternative, independent, in depth study of another system in the human body. Eiber has scheduled a parent orientation for all fifth grade parents prior to the beginning of the Growing and Changing unit. We are offering two different times for the orientation; please plan to attend one that best meets your schedule.

PARENT ORIENTATION

March 23

4:00 (right after dismissal)

5:00 (right before our Family Night

 

4th Greetings from fourth grade! This month in math we are working on understanding decimals and fractions in a variety of ways. Ask your child to tell you all about the strategy we are using to find equivalent fractions.

In reading we are working on drawing conclusions in a variety of both fiction and nonfiction texts. We are stressing how important it is to use evidence in the text to support our thinking. In writing, we are continuing to write stating our opinion using strong openings and strong closings.

We are digging deeper into dinosaurs in science! We will begin comparing and contrasting dinosaurs with animals alive today.

March also brings the beginning of our state assessment, PARCC. We will begin taking PARCC the week of March 20th. The test consists of 4 math assessments and 3 language arts assessments. Your child has been working very hard to prepare for these important assessments! Please be sure that your child is getting plenty of rest during the PARCC assessment.

3rd Thank you for taking the time to attend conferences. It’s so great to be able to share your child’s accomplishments with you.

Please continue to practice multiplication and division facts at home. Addition and Subtraction strategies are another important area to work on. While doing homework, be sure to ask your child to explain his or her thinking when they are solving word problems.

In addition to these activities, we have started a brief unit called: Polygons, Perimeter, and Area. We also spend time each day reviewing what we know in preparation for the Colorado state wide assessment: PARCC. We will send home more information on this along with testing dates.

Finally, we have just begun the unit on Native Americans. We will study this until the end of the year. Lots of interesting and fun activities are planned around this learning. Plans for another field trip are in the works and we will let you know as soon as we have finalized the date.

In the meantime, Keep Reading!

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