Upcoming Events: November 1-30: National Novel Writing Month November 7: Shakespeare Assembly 1:30-2:30pm November 8: Mosaic Assembly - 11:20am November 10: No School November 13-17: Conferences, Early dismissal daily at 11:50am November 22-24: Thanksgiving Break November 27: New Science Rotations Begin November 28-30: Play Auditions
Conferences If you have not done so already, please sign up for your parent/student/teacher conference HERE. The are fast approaching! In 5th grade, students attend the conference unless you make a specific request not to have them there.
Walker Creek Our 5th grade class still needs more male and female cabin leaders! With seven 5th grade classes this year, we'll need about 15 men and 15 women to make this happen. If we don’t get enough parent cabin leaders, we can’t go to camp. If you can go, please email me. Thank you to Mr. Maddox, Mr. Povio, Mr. Cooper, and Mr. Peavey for already signing up for our class! Dates: April 3-6; Live Scan fingerprints needed.
WritingThis month is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short). Bel Aire 5th graders are participating in the (now inter)national challenge to write an entire novel in just one month! Students get to set their own word-count goal, and therefore, the length of their novel is entirely up to them. Students will attempt to finish the first draft of their novel by 11:59pm on November 30th. Time to write will be given at school, but students are also encouraged to work on their novel at home.
ReadingStudents will continue exploring narrative texts with a focus on character development. As they read excerpts from Tom Sawyer, they learn about: •Similarities & differences between characters •How one character changes throughout the story •How different scenes can reveal different character traits •How to identify key details and events to help summarize a text
AR 100% of AR goals are due tomorrow, Nov. 3rd, which is also the last day of Trimester 1. I met with students three times during the trimester to set goals, evaluate goals, and re-evaluate goals a final time. Students will set new goals next week. Please check in with your child on how they did this trimester so they can adjust accordingly in the 2nd trimester. We will talk about this at conferences, as well.
Math: We are halfway through Module 2. The first half of this module students learned to multiply with multi-digit numbers. In the second half of this unit students will learn to divide three and four digit dividends by two-digit divisors resulting in two and three digit quotients with remainders. Students will also learn to divide with decimals and solve measurement word problems. More information HERE. Science - Elements Toward the end of this month, students will rotate to Mrs. LeClair for their next unit. Students will begin by studying the elements. In her class, they will focus on the following: •Understand that the Earth has 94 naturally occurring elements. •All atoms are made of three basic parts in varying numbers; protons, neutrons, and electrons. •Recognize the periodic table of the elements which shows increasing atomic number in rows and similar chemical properties. •Understand that most matter on Earth is made from a small number of elements. •Know that a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) can produce discrete images of atoms and molecules in ordered arrays.