First and foremost, please email me a current picture and a baby picture of your kiddo for our end of year slideshow. This is an annual tradition that everyone loves. Also, if you have other pictures from school events this year (parties, fieldtrips, etc) I'll gladly take them and add them to the show. Thank you to those of you that have sent in the pictures already. I have emailed you back with confirmation that I received your pictures. If you did not get an email back from me, I did not get your pictures.
Our "Growing and Changing Bodies" discussion will be on . Genders will be separated for the discussions and questions. We encourage you to start having conversations with your child about how their bodies will begin to change as they go through puberty. We, as a fifth grade team, will be leading the discussions and we will send out a link to the video we will be showing for you to preview if you wish. More to come soon!
For those who are new to the Gold Rush family, our end of elementary send off takes place on the last day of school, . Students will come to school as normal and we will board buses to go to Tallman Park (across from Legend High School) around 10ish. There we will spend a good part of the day just celebrating and enjoying each other's company. Families are welcome to attend. Often times people bring chairs, blankets, lawn games, etc. Sandwiches will be provided for our fifth graders, but unfortunately, we will not be able to provide lunch for additional family members. Bring a sack lunch and come join us!! I will send a signup soon to ask for donations of chips and water. Around we will load buses and return to GRE. We ask that parents head straight to the gym where we will watch slideshows from all five fifth grade classes. When the shows are over, students will return to classes for a last goodbye while everyone gets ready for our traditional Clap Out. Students get to walk the halls while the entire school claps them out. We will direct parents where to go to be a part of the fun.
Also coming up is our day at Outdoor Education at Stone Canyon Outdoor Education. This will be for our class. The cost is $60.00.
There will also be an additional paper form that Outdoor Ed requires. In order to have a full day there and experience as much as possible, we will be asking students to come to school early that day. Students will need to arrive at GRE at on the 22nd in order to get to Stone Canyon by . We will be back at school before the normal dismissal time.
In order for your child to participate in this field trip/program you must register (includes online permission form) & pre-pay on-line by going to: RevTrak > Elementary Schools > Elementary Schools E thru L > Gold Rush > Field Trips. The RevTrak link can be found on GRE’s website under Parent Info or click here. Registrations MUST
be completed by 2 days prior to your field trip.
- Online registration is for your student only- please do not register yourself or younger siblings.
- Free/Reduced students will have the option of selecting "no payment" but must still register.
- No refunds
5/10 Growing and Changing
5/18 School Musical
5/22 Outdoor Ed
5/23 Field Day
5/25 Picnic, slideshows, clap out
We are continuing our work with the Thinking Strategies in Reading. Our thinking has been around Synthesizing and Summarizing. We have been using Social Studies articles and readings on Colonial America and the American Revolution to hone this skill. Here is an explanation of what synthesizing is and how we target it in our classroom:
at a text level, readers . . .
■ continually monitor overall meaning, important concepts and themes while reading
■ recognize ways in which text elements fit together to create larger meaning
■ create new and personal meaning
■ develop holistic and/or thematic statements which encapsulate the overall meaning of the text
■ capitalize on opportunities to share, recommend and criticize books
■ attend to the evolution of their thoughts across time while reading a text, and while reading many
texts (getting to the "gist" of an article, reacting to text and facts, etc)
at a word level, readers . . .
■ select specific vocabulary from the text(s) to include in their synthesis because they know that specific language is highly meaning-laden
■ know when certain vocabulary is critical to the text’s overall meaning, and therefore, must be understood if comprehension is to be achieved
We are working on our informational writing right now. Currently, we are finishing up our essay on a topic of choice regarding Colonial America. We will be done with these on Friday, May 4th and will begin working on researching a topic of choice around the American Revolution. Students have been working on growing their ideas, thinking about how geography and timelines impact a historically driven informational piece, and growing our thinking by adding in our own thinking to facts we have researched. Our American Revolution paper will be due May 18th.
We wrapped up our Unit 7 by taking the test on Friday, April 27th. Students and I will still be working on concepts from that unit such as division and multiplication of fractions and decimals. We began Unit 5 today and we will focus our energy on analyzing patterns and rules. This strand has students focusing on using coordinate graphs, ordered pairs, tables, and symbolic notation to model real-world situations. Students will be working and analyzing temperature and height changes over time in a variety of real-world situations. We will also be working on perfecting our division algorithm so that we can divide successfully outside of school.
Here is a link to videos and short lessons to help with Unit 5.
Throughout the unit, students will be working on these goals: