Students are wrapping up their hobby projects and presenting to the class to start October. A web site providing links to their finished projects and daily logs will be available soon. We have broken into our initial flex reading groups and we will be monitoring all students to ensure that they are receiving the appropriate challenge with the group they have been assigned. We have completed Module 1 in math which covered place value, rounding, exponents, and powers of 10. We have moved into Module 2 which will focus on multiplication and division of large numbers.
Our class will be joining in with the NaNoWriMo writing project that Ms. Plane brought with her to Oster. It focuses on having students write a novel (story) in one month. October will serve as introductory lessons across a number of skills that students will need to create a narrative story. They will be working daily in November to create their story and reach a student created word goal. They will not edit their writing until December. This is a process to help students become stronger writers and to let go of the self editing that often takes place when we try to initially get our ideas down on paper. We are also taking part in the Global Read Aloud that kicks off on October 1st this year. We are reading Amal Unbound in class and connecting with our digital pen pals during this six week event.
Another major undertaking this month will be our Makerspace Challenge. The challenge is a pumpkin carving/decorating activity inspired by the engineers at NASA (video link and more available if you google it). Students will be in teams of 4. Each team will have access to materials in the Makerspace to make their ideas come to life. We have already explored using Little Bits and Snap Circuits to help build ideas on how they might be able to use them. We will be asking parents to supply pumpkins and looking for volunteers to gut the pumpkins the morning that we will finalizing our builds. The finished pumpkins will all be on display at the Oster Harvest Festival.
Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year so our annual Costume Parade will take place after recess. Students will get dressed after recess and the parade should start around 10:45 on the blacktop. Class parties will take place after the parade and before lunch.
Welcome class of 2017/18 to an exciting new school year. I can't wait to meet my new students and families. 5th Grade students in Room 19 can look forward to working in a classroom that integrates technology into our everyday work. Students will participate in Global Read Aloud, have digital pen pals, participate in occasional google hangouts with scientists and many other fun learning experiences. They will also take part in special activities like Science Camp, our 5th Annual Cardboard Arcade, and other traditional year end 5th Grade activities.
I look forward to getting to know you and your children and I'm truly looking forward to an incredible school year. I hope to see everyone at Back To School Night on Wed, August 22nd.
PS - The current posts, images, and links related to last years class will be in the process of transitioning to represent this year's class over the next month.
Wed 10/10 STEAM Night 5-6:30 PM
Fri 10/19 No School - In Service Day
Sat 10/20 Harvest Festival 4-7PM
Wed 10/31 Halloween Parade 10:45-11:40