The BPS 5th grade art reception night will be on Thursday, February 1st from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Yellowstone Art Museum. The exhibition will be up from January 20 – February 25. Please join us in celebrating our 5th grade artists!
Hello Everyone! We have a lot going on this week, so I'll just get right to it!
A FreshSchools reminder went out today, but I'll post here too: we are doing NWEA testing this week on Tuesday and Friday. Please do your best to have your child at school, and make sure your child gets a good sleep and a good breakfast! It really does make a difference!
The Geography Bee is Tuesday, January 9 at 8:30 am. Good luck to Kaden and Parker as they compete to represent Arrowhead at the county Geography Bee!
It looks like we may be getting some more snow this week. Please make sure your child is appropriately dressed. Students are not allowed to play in the field or on the playground equipment unless they have boots, and if temperatures get really cold, students must have a winter coat in order to play outside at recess. We want to make sure everyone at Arrowhead is safe!
Math: We are starting decimal division this week! Students should also be practicing math facts at home each night, either with flash cards or on Xtra Math.
ELA: This week we are reading fantasy stories and continuing to work on determining theme for the stories we read. We are also writing expository paragraphs. Ask your child about his/her "snow play" paragraph!
Social Studies: Students are working on their Expository Explorer Essays. We are making sentence strips and writing our rough drafts this week. Then we will work on revising and editing.
Science: Students have begun to work with the robots for Project Lead the Way!
Happy New Year, and welcome back to school! I hope everyone had a nice break!
A couple reminders:
Please make sure that, in this cold and snowy weather, your child dresses appropriately for outdoor recess each day. Students should come to school prepared to go out each day, unless we have sub-zero temperatures or wind chills. While students in 5th grade are sometimes too "cool" to wear cold weather gear to school, it is still very important! Boots are required at recess if students want to play off the blacktop area (field, monkey bars, etc), and coats are a must as well! I'll do my best to make sure students are bringing their cold weather gear home each day too!
Please make sure you are looking at your child's planner each day. We write what we did that day, and we write homework too. Additionally, please sign your child's planner ONLY if he/she did reading and math fact practice. They are responsible for these tasks each day, Monday through Thursday. If they don't finish their homework, they walk during part of recess on Fridays.
What's Happening in 5th Grade?
Math: We are working on decimal operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and soon division! Also, students will be starting a decimals project that will be done mostly at home. Please ask your child about it!
Writing: We are working on expository writing. We are writing solid, organized paragraphs and will soon be writing an essay too!
Reading: Students are creating a Figurative Language book, and we are really working on sequencing, theme, and using context clues to understand new vocabulary.
Social Studies: Now that students have learned a lot about their explorers, they're going to be writing an informational paper. This will be done mainly in class, but please ask your child to tell you all about his/her famous explorer!
I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of their December. I'm sure everyone is looking forward to a much deserved winter break. We have two weeks before break, and in the couple of weeks, we are doing some awesome learning here in fifth grade at Arrowhead!
For everyone with a band or orchestra student, don't forget that their concert is this week on Thursday at 2:30! I can't wait to hear how they sound!
Math: We just finished our chapter on addition and subtraction with decimals, so we are moving on to multiplication with decimals. This is a new concept for most fifth graders, but many students are already figuring out how everything works!
ELA: This week, we are starting a new unit. For the next several weeks, we are going to be reading fiction and nonfiction that relates to different experiences leading to new discoveries. This week, we are looking at literature that teaches us a bit about different cultures.
The students are also writing a narrative about a "dream vacation." These are lots of fun to read--check out your child's narrative progress in our Google Classroom.
Science: More Project Lead the Way with Mrs. Eagle! The students are coding to create a dinosaur ecosystem simulation!
Social Studies: Each student is well on his/her way to becoming an expert about one early European explorer! The students already did some research, and now they are working on a poster to present to the class on Friday. Most students will finish with the amount of time given to work in class this week. If your student isn't finished by Thursday, you might see a poster come home to finish up. :-)
Hello from Arrowhead! We are plugging right along here, still learning every day in many ways! It's almost time for Thanksgiving break too. Don't forget: we only have school Monday and Tuesday of next week. If your child is going to be gone for either of these days, please let me know so I can arrange for make-up work.
What are we learning?
Math: We are working on decimal place value and comparing, ordering, and rounding decimals to the thousandths place.
ELA: We are reading biographies and looking at investigating nature. We just finished our MT Tribal Nations expository papers and we are working on writing narratives.
Social Studies: We are starting our European Explorers unit of study. We will be looking at the reasons why Europeans were exploring the Americas during the 1400s-1800s, and we will be learning general information about 17 explorers.
Science: Students are working on coding with Mrs. Seab and Mrs. Eagle.
First, I'd like to say that I really enjoyed visiting with everyone at conferences. That 15 minutes never seems like enough time, but I hope you feel like it was valuable. I certainly did!
Snow, snow, snow!!
Yes, the weather certainly has changed over the last week. Please make sure your child is wearing appropriate winter clothing, including boots, hats and gloves. Unless the weather is deemed unsafe, we will continue to be outside for morning walk and recess. Don't forget to have your child bring shoes to wear inside too!
What's Happening This Week?
Math: We are finishing up our work on multiplication and division this week, and we will start looking at decimal place value later on in the week. Keep working on those math facts at home--your child should practice 10 minutes per day.
ELA: This week we are reading from the fantasy genre and looking at what we can do to get information. Ask your child about the "Modern Cinderella" story we are reading. It's certainly more relatable to their generation!
Students are also writing a personal narrative.
Social Studies: This is the last week we will work on our MT Tribal Nations. Students are typing up their papers, and we will be editing, revising and publishing our papers.
Science: Students continue to work on "Infection Detection" for PLTW with Mrs. Eagle and Mrs. Seab.
It was fun seeing so many families at the PTA sponsored Family Fun Night! A big thank you goes out to all the people who helped make it happen, including everyone who sent in items for our silent auction basket, and Natalie Holloway, for organizing and putting the basket together!
This coming week is a busy one at Arrowhead. We have parent-teacher conferences mid week, and don't forget about our early out days. School is done at noon on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I look forward to seeing everyone at conferences. If you're not sure of your conference time, send me an email and I can verify your date and time.
Halloween is Tuesday! I hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween. Be careful Trick-or-Treating! Please know that, even though it's a holiday, we will still be learning, learning, learning in fifth grade. Some of the activities we do may be more fun, though :-)
What Are We Learning This Week?
We are working on a unit in Wonders that explores the question "What do good problem solvers do?" Ask your child about some of the ideas we've discussed. The literature we are looking at this week focuses on some historical documents that are important to the United States and how our founding fathers solved problems to create a foundation for our nation.
Students are finishing up their first attempts at a personal narrative. You can view your child's narrative on our Google Classroom site. The students know how to get in to view their work after it's been assessed by me!
We are continuing to work on division this week. We are working on division with double digit divisors now. We're focused on estimating and figuring out where to put the first digit in a long division problem, and we are multiplying to check our answers. We will work later this week on interpreting our remainders as well.
Students are working on their MT Tribal Nations papers. We are using Step Up to Writing strategies to organize our writing. Ask your child about his/her colored sentence strips!
Students are working with Mrs. Seab on Infection Detection in science. Ask your student what they're up to in science!
I hope everyone had a great long weekend! It sure was nice to relax and have fun over 4 days!
First, I'd like to remind everyone that Family Fun Night is this Saturday, October 28 from 4:00-6:00 pm. And, the silent auction baskets (including our awesome emoji basket) will be on display at the office all week. Bidding ends on Saturday at 5:30!
**Parent/Teacher conferences are next week! Your child brought home a green sheet with your conference time on it in last week's Tuesday folder. Please check your time and let me know if the time assigned doesn't work. I'm pretty sure we were able to accommodate everyone's requests!
What are we learning this week?
We are reading about and discussing the positive and negative effects of new technology. Ask your student what his/her thoughts are about technology in our lives!
Students are working on a personal narrative. We are going through all the steps of the writing process, and right now, students are in the 'drafting' stage of the process.
We continue to work on division. We will start double digit division and we will be working with the "partial quotient" strategy for dividing large numbers. I encourage students to bring their whole book home to do homework instead of just tearing out the page they're working on. That way they have examples!
Students will finish presenting their slide shows for their MT Tribal Nations project, and then we will begin writing our expository papers for this project.
Students continue to work on PLTW "Infection Detection" with Mrs. Eagle and Mrs. Seab.
This week is a short week, and we have a nice long weekend coming up! We still are learning, learning, learning!
In math, we are working on long division using the standard algorithm, in Social Studies, students are finishing up their MT Tribal Nations Slideshow, and in ELA, we are reading about technology and inventions. Students also started writing a personal narrative--ask your child what he or she is writing about!
Our auction basket for Family Fun Night (emoji themed!) is filling up. If you still have to send in a donation, please contact me to let me know you have something to add. I'll let Natalie Holloway know so she can make room!
Hello from Arrowhead 5th grade! This is the website for Mrs. Peter's fifth graders. Look here for exciting news about what's happening at school as well as weekly updates about what's going on in class.