Friday, January 18, 2019

January 22


Updates and Announcements:

·         Our Wish List has been updated – we are in dire need of notecards!

·         The Daddy/Daughter Dance is Saturday, January 19th. Information can be found in an email sent out earlier today from Archway Arete.

·         There is no school on Monday, January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

·         Friday, February 1st is Athletic Fiend Day. Grades 3-5 will participate from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm. No school lunch will be provided on Athletic Field day, so please send your child to school with a lunch.

o   Each student will need to wear a solid colored shirt matching the color which has been assigned to their section. 5B’s color is yellow. Additionally, students are invited to decorate their shirts with their assigned Greek City State symbol. 5B’s City State is Sparta. Students should wear athletic clothing free of pop culture references. Sports teams and brand logos are acceptable on clothing.  Athletic shoes are mandatory (any color).  Hats and sunglasses may be worn.  Sunscreen must be applied at home.  Please see the family handbook for more detailed information.

o   In order to ensure that Athletic Field Day is enjoyable for all, we need your help! Volunteers are needed to set up, break down, and run the event.  If you are able to volunteer, please use this link to sign up.

This week in Learning:

Language Arts

This week, students will learn about the idiom “Take the bull by the horns”.

Students will learn about the roots novus, ordo, and saeculum. They will be quizzed on these roots next week. Students should expect a similar quiz every week over the previous week’s roots.

In Literature, we will continue reading “The Secret Garden”. We will continue reading through chapter 9. Students will have a journal entry about every two days. If you have not already done so, please send in a physical copy of “The Secret Garden”.

In Writing and Grammar, students will construct an outline for their essay and begin writing their three paragraphs. Time will be given in class to work, and whatever is not finished will be homework. We will work through one body paragraph at a time. Students will need their research complete by January 22nd, which is when the hard copies of their book and online sources are due. Be on the lookout for an email asking for volunteers the week of 1/28. We will need some parents to help with editing groups.

Science

Students will continue their study of botany this week, diving into the study of plant reproduction. We will start with the life cycles of mosses and ferns, and move into the function and structure of seed plants. Students will also learn about the process of germination and seed dispersal. We will pay careful attention to scientific vocabulary and how to use it in this section.

History

This week in History, we will come close to finishing our instruction of the unit, “The Age of Exploration”. We will discuss the English, French, and Dutch’s actions during this time period. This will include discussions of further explorers, such as Sir Francis Drake, Jacques Cartier, and Henry Hudson. Students received their study guides for the unit on Friday, January 18th. The study guides are due on Monday, January 28th, and the test will be on Wednesday, January 30th.

Math

In Math, we will continue our rather lengthy unit on decimals. Students will change fractions to decimals using long division, and multiply and divide decimals by 10, 100, and 1000 type numbers. ALL workbook homework assignments will be half of every type of problem. There will be math groups this Wednesday, 1/23, 8:00-9:15. Math groups will be sparse this quarter due to AZMerit preparations.

Friday, January 11, 2019

January 14


This week in Learning:

Language Arts

This week, students will learn about the idiom “Steal his/her thunder”.

Students will learn about the roots cardo, porta, and porto. They will be quizzed on these roots next week. Students should expect a similar quiz every week over the previous week’s roots.

In Literature, we will start reading “The Secret Garden”. We will continue reading through chapter 6. Students will have a journal entry about every two days. Please send in “The Secret Garden” book by Monday, January 14.

In Writing and Grammar, students will have a grammar quiz on Wednesday. Students will start researching their explorer in class. Students will need to have hard copies of the website articles they use for research and a photocopy of the book pages they use. This is so they are able to highlight the information. Researching methods will be modeled in class. Students will be given time to research in class and their homework will be to finish the research they were not able to finish for the body paragraph assigned in class. Students will need their research complete by January 22nd, which is when the hard copies of their book and online sources are due. It would be best to start earlier rather than later in collecting these resource materials.

Science

This week in science, student will continue their study of botany. There will be a short quiz on Tuesday over the characteristics of plants notes from last week. Students will continue learning about different types of non-vascular plants, and begin a study of seedless non-vascular plants. We will also begin our study of plant reproduction this week by learning about spores.

History

This week in History, students will continue learning about the Age of Exploration, discussing the famous explorers Christopher Columbus and Ferdinand Magellan. We will learn about the Spanish Empire, including their treatment of Indians, as well as English explorers and the colonies they attempted to settle.

Math

In math, we will start a rather lengthy unit on decimals. Students will add, subtract, compare, round, multiply and divide decimals. Most of this week’s work should be review from last year. ALL workbook homework assignments will be half of every type of problem. We will explain what this looks like to the class and sample the first few homework assignments with them. There will be a short quiz over ratio Monday, January 14, then we will switch to the “5B” books. “5A” workbooks can stay home.

Monday, January 7, 2019

January 7-11


Updates and Announcements:

·         Welcome back. We hope you and your children had a restful break. They earned it! We look forward to a wonderful 3rd quarter ahead.

·         Please note that our class is in need of: index cards, wide ruled paper

·         Thank you for taking the time to complete the latest homework survey.  We looked carefully at the numeric data and anonymous comments and had good conversation as a team.  Every child is unique and homework experiences vary widely, but there are occasional patterns in these surveys that help us to adjust our homework assignments.  With this in mind, we are going to make a few adjustments in the third quarter that will hopefully make the homework experience more joyful without sacrificing good learning.  We will continue to discuss as a team and will send another survey near the end of third quarter.  Beginning January 7th, parents and students can look forward to the following changes:

o   Students will do ½ of every type of workbook problems.

o   Students will have little to no History or Science homework. Students will have time at the end of class periods to work on study guides.

This week in Learning:

Language Arts

This week, students will learn about the idiom “Sit on the fence”.

Students will learn about the roots naus, navis, homos, and heteros. They will be quizzed on these roots next week. Students should expect a similar quiz every week over the previous week’s roots.

In Literature, we will start reading “The Secret Garden”. We will start the week by learning about the background behind the setting of the story. Please send in “The Secret Garden” book by Monday, January 14.

In Writing and Grammar, students will review parts of speech and learn about transitive verbs and indirect objects. We will begin our Explorers research essay on Friday. A packet will be coming home with information. Most of the work will be done in class, however students will need to have at least one book source and one online source by Tuesday, January 22nd.

Science

In Science, we will begin quarter 3 by starting of our study of botany. We will begin by comparing plants and animals to draw on what we have learned throughout the quarter before diving into the characteristics of plants and the major phyla. We will continue learning about the characteristics of these phyla for the rest of the week.

History

This week in History, students will start their unit on the Age of Exploration. We will learn about Marco Polo, the Spice Islands, and the instruments that were used to explore during this age. We will finish the week by exploring some of the routes taken from Portugal, and what travels were like for sailors, including how to avoid scurvy.

Math

In math, we will start a very short unit on ratio. Starting this week, ALL workbook homework assignments will be half of every type of problem. We will explain what this looks like to the class and sample the first few homework assignments with them. There will be a short quiz over ration next Monday, January 14, then we will switch to the “5B” books.

Monday, December 17, 2018

December 17-19


Updates and Announcements:

·         Over winter break, students’ desks will be cleaned. Please send your children with either two grocery bags or a sturdy, canvas bag. Students will place materials for quarter 3 in these bags and keep them hung on their hooks for the break.

·         Our end of year class party is on Wednesday. An email was sent out by Mrs. Patel on 12/11. We look forward to ending the year with a blast!

This week in Learning:

Language Arts

This week, students will learn about the idiom “Read between the lines”.

In Literature, we will finish the year with a poetry unit. Students will learn about different literary techniques, such as alliteration, onomatopoeia, metaphors, personification, and symbolism. They will also find these literary devices in poems.

In Writing and Grammar, students compete with a fun diagramming wars activity.

Science

We are finishing up our unit on plant and animal cells this week as the quarter draws to a close. Monday will be a hands on review day-students are very excited to build their own plant or animal cells out of candy components! Tuesday, students have a quiz over the plant and animal cells. Because it is so close to the holidays and this was a short unit, this quiz will be open notes. Students may use any of their study materials in their own science notebooks. If they are missing any notes, students should be sure to find a friend whose notes are complete before Tuesday.

History

This week in History, students will finish presenting their State Brochure projects. It has been a joy to hear those who have presented already, and we look forward to hearing from the remaining students.

Math

In Math, we will have our test over the unit on perimeter, area, and surface area on Monday. We will play review games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

December 10-14


Updates and Announcements:
·         Our Archway Arete library has officially launched, and we are looking for volunteers to help students check out books. Sign up here to serve! Our class will visit the library on December 13th, January 25th, February 1st, March 29th, April 26th, and May 12th.
This week in Learning:
Language Arts
This week, students will learn about the idiom “A penny saved is a penny earned”. 
The roots test over #26-50 will be on 12/12.
In Literature, we will finish the year with a poetry unit. Students will learn about different literary techniques, such as alliteration, onomatopoeia, metaphors, personification, and symbolism. They will also find these literary devices in poems.
Throughout the week, we will finish our fun essay “Wait, wait, don’t shoot!”. The students will take on the point of view of a turkey around the holidays who is trying to convince the farmer to eat something else for dinner. Students will hand write their final drafts in class, then type them. Students will also have their first writing workshop of the year. On Wednesday, students will spend most of the day going through the writing process and getting feedback throughout the steps. This is in preparation for AZMerit, where students will be expected to write a 5 paragraph essay in one sitting in April.

Science

Students will continue studying cells this week. We will learn about the organelles in the plant cell and how it differs from the animal cell, and learn about how cells divide in mitosis. On Thursday, students will do a cell cycle activity in to help solidify the steps of the cell cycle. Due to how short this unit is, students will have an open notes assessment on the 18th. We are looking forward to seeing all our families at the 5th grade science fair on Wednesday, December 12th from 5:00PM to 6:30PM in the Arete gym to display all of the 5th grades science projects!
History
This week in History, students will present two times. On Monday and Tuesday, students will present their group projects on feudal Japan. Chapters 1-3 will present on Monday, and chapters 4-5 will present on Tuesday. Wednesday there will be no History, as it will be a day for an extensive writing workshop. On Thursday and Friday, students will present their State brochure projects, which are all due on Thursday.
Math
In Math, we will continue our unit on Perimeter, Area, and Surface Area. We will look into the area of a parallelogram, and the surface area of rectangular prisms. The final test of the quarter will be on Monday, 12/17. Please note that we will have frequent quizzes in Math. When a “B” quiz comes home for homework, that means there will likely be a quiz the next day. This means there will be frequent, low stakes math quizzes. There will be no math groups this week.

Friday, November 30, 2018

December 3-7


This week in learning:

Language Arts

This week, students will learn about the idiom “Out of the frying pan and into the fire”.

Students will recite “The Snowstorm” on 12/5. We extended the due date due to the complexity of the poem and our Thanksgiving break in the middle. PLEASE NOTE: though it is not long, this is a tricky poem to memorize last minute because it does not rhyme. Students should work a little every night to memorize this beautiful poem. Student will pick groups in which to recite the poem, though they may choose to present on their own. Groups may be a maximum of 4.

The roots quiz for last week’s roots will take place on Wednesday. Students will turn in their 2nd Quarter Roots Study Guide on Wednesday, 12/5, and review it in class. The roots test over #26-50 will be on 12/12.

In Literature, we will finish reading “Where the Red Fern Grows”. Students will continue their journal entries. For every chapter, students will write one 5-6 sentence paragraph about a virtue a character showed during that chapter. Notebooks will be collected on Friday, 12/7, so all journal entries should be done by then. Please note, the last two chapters are very sad and we may have some weepy students after school. They grow so attached to the story and the beautiful characters.

In Writing and Grammar, students will take their mid-year grammar test on Tuesday, 12/4. Throughout the week, we will learn about persuasive essays and begin work on the fun essay “Wait, wait, don’t shoot!”. The students will take on the point of view of a turkey around the holidays who is trying to convince the farmer to eat something else for dinner.

Science

We will begin our study of cells this week with a review of the differences between prokaryotes and eukaryotes, with a deeper dive into the characteristics of each. We will also study the layout of plant and animal cells, and learn what each of their organelles does. Students should pay careful attention to their in class notes, as they will be able to use them on their assessment on the 18th.

History

This week in History, students will learn about feudal Japan by completing a group project. This unit has 5 chapters, and the class will be split up into 5 groups. Each group will be assigned a chapter, and create a presentation to share with the class. Presentations will take place next Monday and Tuesday (December 10th and 11th). All work will be completed in class. Students have also been individually assigned one of the United States, and will create a brochure on said State to present in class. Students will have some time in class to work on this project, including an opportunity to do research on computers. The brochure is due on Thursday, December 13th, and presentations will take place on that Thursday and Friday, as well as the following Monday (12/17).

Math

In Math, we will continue our unit on Perimeter, Area, and Surface Area. We will look into the area of a rectangle, and explore the reasons behind the equation for the area of a triangle. Please note that we will have frequent quizzes in Math. When a “B” quiz comes home for homework, that means there will likely be a quiz the next day. This means there will be frequent, low stakes math quizzes. We will continue our normally scheduled math groups on Wednesday, 8:00-9:15.

Monday, November 26, 2018

November 26-30


This week in learning:

Language Arts

This week, students will learn about the idiom “It’s never too late to mend”.

Students will recite “The Snowstorm” on 12/5. We extended the due date due to the complexity of the poem and our Thanksgiving break in the middle. PLEASE NOTE: though it is not long, this is a tricky poem to memorize last minute because it does not rhyme. Students should work a little every night to memorize this beautiful poem.

The roots quiz for last week’s roots will take place on Wednesday. Students will learn about the roots humus, folium, sal, and mare. There will be a roots quiz over these next Wednesday, following the same schedule as last year. Students should expect a similar roots quiz every Wednesday over the roots learned the previous week.

In Literature, we will continue reading “Where the Red Fern Grows”. Students will continue their journal entries. For every chapter, students will write one 5-6 sentence paragraph about a virtue a character showed during that chapter. We will read through chapter 17 by the end of the week. We will be looking out for foreshadowing and figurative language.

In Writing and Grammar, students will learn about dependent and independent clauses. We will pass out their mid-year grammar test study guide this week and their test will be on Tuesday, 12/4. On Friday, we will begin learning about persuasive essays and the difference between fact, opinion, and propaganda.  

Science

This week in science, students will have the opportunity to present their science fair projects to their peers. Students are expected to give a 3-5 minute presentation explaining the major components of their project to their class, as well as taking questions from their classmates. We will spend the rest of Quarter 2 studying different types of cells, which will begin next week. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 5th Grade Science Fair, which is December 12th in the Arete Gym from 5:00-6:15PM. It will be a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase their hard work to their family and friends!

History

This week in History, students will finish their unit on England: Golden Age to Glorious Revolution. We will learn about the rule of Charles II of England, the “Merry Monarch”, and his brother, James II of England, as well as the Glorious Revolution. Thursday will be a review day, with study guides due that morning, and the test will be on Friday.

Math

In Math, we will finish our unit on Multiplying and Dividing Fractions. Students will work on word problems that deal with fractions and review for their test on Thursday, 11/29. We will begin our unit on area, perimeter, and surface area on Friday. Please note that we will have frequent quizzes in math. When a “b” quiz comes home for homework, that means there will likely be a quiz the next day. This means there will be frequent, low stakes math quizzes. We will continue our normally scheduled math groups on Wednesday, 8:00-9:15.