We are in the home stretch! These next two weeks are going to fly by, and summer vacation will be here before we know it!
During this next-to-last week of school, we are going to try to keep things pretty normal, believe it or not. In Math, we are enjoying our second unit from the Bridges program, this time focused on graphing, geometry, and volume. In our recent lessons, students built, explored, and graphed several growth patterns modeled with cubes and tiles. These have been mostly patterns of linear growth, but we’ve had some exposure to exponential growth as well. Many students have also accepted the challenge of deriving algebraic formulas for these patterns. It’s been fun to watch their excitement as they use the variable “x,” along with numbers, to show their math thinking! In this coming week, we’ll shift our attention to 2D geometry, classifying polygons based on their attributes.
In Writing for Understanding, students are finishing off the year with Independent Study projects. Each student has selected a topic of interest to research, and they’ll be sharing their learning through written reports. Time permitting, they will also create a visual representation using media of their choice; options include posters, dioramas, sculptures, models, puppets, slideshows and videos. We should also have time to work through our normal paragraph-editing routine this week, with a dictation on Friday.
We are enjoying our final read aloud, Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton. Reading this thought provoking novel in verse that is set in Vermont has been a nice way to wrap up class reading. Fifth graders have had quite a bit of independent reading time in class lately, and this will continue through the end of the year. They are being challenged to see if they can finish at least one more book before we head off for summer vacation.
We also have a couple of special events scheduled for this week. On Tuesday, Cat Buxton will join our class as we plant our classroom seedlings in the school garden beds. Fifth graders selected and ordered the specific varieties of vegetables they thought should grow in these beds, and it’s time to let these plants enjoy the summer sun. We’ll also be direct-seeding some crops that didn’t require a head-start inside under the grow-lights. And on Friday, TES will come together for our annual Field Day festivities. Please remind your child to dress appropriately for both of these outdoor activities this week.
The 5th grade is scheduled to go to Treasure Island on Thursday, June 14th. A permission slip for this trip will go home with students today. Please sign and return this form to school by the end of the week. Thank you!