Since we have so many things going on at and around school right now, I wanted to make sure I posted today so everyone was updated!
December 4 from 4-8pm: Family Fun Night at Barnes and Noble
December 7: Last day to bring in Toys for Tots donations (any toys donated must be new)
December 10-11: NWEA Testing; please make sure your child is in school and has a good rest and a good breakfast on these days especially! If your child will be absent, please let me know so I can make arrangements for a makeup testing session.
December 12: from 9:15-12:15: Yellowstone Art Museum field trip
December 14: Last day to bring in donations for Mighty Mac (a sheet about this fundraiser went home in Tuesday folders).
Math: We are working on decimal operations. We've done adding and subtracting, and now we are onto multiplying this week.
ELA: We started a new unit that connects our learning to different cultures around the world. We are still looking for the theme of the stories we are reading, and we are using context clues to figure out what unknown words mean in our reading.
Social Studies: Students finished their explorer timelines and we will have a quiz on this information at the end of the week (Thursday for Peter's class, Friday for Eagle's class). Make sure your student is studying his/her accordion timeline at home!
I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving Break. We have 4 awesome weeks of learning before we have another break. Winter Break this year is December 22-January 1. Between now and then, we have lots happening in in 5th grade at Arrowhead!
November 30: Report cards go home--ask your student to see it, and please return their envelope, signed by a parent.
December 4, 4:00-8:00pm: Barnes and Noble Family Fun Night. There will be readings by Arrowhead teachers, an art show by Mrs. DelCostello's students, games and activities, holiday treats, and drawings for prizes throughout the night! A percentage of your purchases on this day will go directly to our school!
December 12 9:30-noon: YAM field trip for 5th graders (information and a field trip permission slip went out in Tuesday folders this week)
Math: We are working on decimals, decimals, decimals: adding, subtracting, rounding, ordering and comparing.
ELA: We are reading poetry this week, and we will be staring a new unit next week.
Science: Students are just beginning their work with robots in Mrs. Eagle's class!
Social Studies: We are learning about European Explorations; your student will be choosing one European explorer to study for a research project.
I have to apologize to those parents who regularly check the blog...I managed to WRITE my blog post for this week on Monday, but I somehow also managed to just save it as a DRAFT instead of posting it. It's up now--I'm so sorry! Have a good rest of the week!
Hello Everyone! Can you believe it's already November? We are almost a third of the way through the school year now, and we are learning, learning, learning! Take a look below to see what we are up to at Arrowhead!
Parent/Teacher conferences are this week. Students will be dismissed at noon on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday so that teachers can meet with parents. If you're not sure when your conference is, please email me and I'll send you a reminder. Also, please be on time for your conference. With only 15 minutes for each conference, plus many families with back-to-back conferences for siblings, it's very important that we begin and end on schedule.
Our Cat/Griz food drive is going strong! We are collecting food for our community members who are in need. Students can bring in non-perishable food items and place them in either the Bobcat or the Grizzly bin to show support for their favorite team! Donations will continue through November 14.
Veterans Day Program for general music is next week! On November 12, the 4th and 5th grade general music students will be doing a Veteran's Day performance. Parents may come watch the program at 8:45 that morning.
Math: We are working hard on multi-digit multiplication and division. It is VERY important that your child is practicing his/her math facts every night. Remember: don't sign your child's planner unless both reading and math facts are completed. Thank you for your support!
ELA: We are reading biographies this week in reading. We are focusing on comparing and contrasting informational texts, and we are always working toward having great reading fluency. Ask your child what all the components of reading fluency are.
Social Studies: Students' MT Tribal Nations tic-tac-toe projects are due this Friday, November 9. The students will not have more time in class to complete this, so you might see your child finishing things up at home. This week, we are starting to learn about European explorers and the reasons why they began to explore other parts of the world, including the Americas.
Science: The students are learning about the night sky in science!
Hello! Can you believe we've been in school for two months already? I can tell you for certain, I'm sure enjoying the time I get to spend with your children each day!
Picture Retakes: October 24
PTA Family Fun Night October 26 (5-7pm)
Parent/Teacher Conferences: November 6, 7, and 8
ELA: We are starting a new unit this week in Wonders. This week we will be taking a look at some of the documents our Founding Fathers wrote and talking about the problems and solutions they dealt with while they were
"starting a country."
Math: We are working on multi-digit multiplication in math. We are especially trying to connect the different strategies for multiplying multi-digit numbers. Some students already knew the standard algorithm, others have only done partial product multiplication strategies, so they are just learning it this year. We are also making sure our answers are reasonable by comparing them to estimates!
Social Studies: We are starting or MT Tribal Nations research this week! Your student chose one to study last week, and this week we will be gathering information and learning about our tribes. The students will get to choose the different ways they showcase their knowledge also!
Science: Students are continuing to work with Mrs. Eagle in science; they've been learning about ecosystems. They will have a test this Friday!
Welcome to our short week! Remember: there is no school for students on Thursday and Friday this week (October 18-19). I'll be attending a literacy conference during our teacher convention time--I'm looking forward to learning and implementing some new strategies in reading and writing!
Family Fun Night is next Friday, October 26. We are still gathering items for our 'Sleepover Basket' for the silent auction. The basket will be on display next week, so please have all items to school by Monday! The money earned with the basket will go toward purchasing technology resources the Arrowhead students.
Parent/Teacher Conferences are coming up on November 7 & 8. If you haven't send in the yellow 'preference' sheet, please do so ASAP. We are scheduling conferences after school this Wednesday, October 17.
Math: We are starting to work on multi-digit multiplication.
Reading: We are learning about new technologies and looking at the benefits and drawbacks of technology.
Writing: Students are finishing up their second narratives--ask your child to tell you or show you!
Social Studies: We are finally starting to learn about the MT Tribal Nations. Your student will be choosing a MT reservation to research.
Science: Students have been learning about MOLD and deterioration in science! Ask what they've done!
Fall is here, it seems!
Hello, October! I can't believe we are into the sixth week of school, and it's already October! I must say, I'm truly enjoying our year together--I hope your child is too!
Fund Run: Friday, October 5, is our annual "Fund Run" at Arrowhead. The fifth graders will be heading outside at 2:20 to participate in the fund run. Please make sure your child wears appropriate clothing and footwear for the event. Send in your donations too!
Family Fun Night: This year, Family Fun Night is Friday, October 26. Our class is creating a "sleepover" themed basket for the silent auction! Please send in any items you think would be appropriate for a "sleepover" (boys OR girls). Items can be big or small, and there's no need to spend a lot of money. If everyone sends in a little something, we'll have a great basket!
We are working this week on Order of Operations (you might hear the phrase, "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally"), and we will be starting work on multi-digit multiplication using the standard algorithm. Please make sure your child is practicing his/her math facts every day at home for 10 minutes--it is part of their daily homework, and getting those facts mastered will make multi-digit multiplication go more smoothly, quickly, and easily.
We are learning about some inventions this week as we delve into some nonfiction text. We are also going to be writing narratives. We've been talking about how narratives must have a problem (or challenge) and a solution in order to be a great story.
We are learning about Creation/Origin Stories of the Crow and Northern Cheyenne people. After this, students will start studying a specific MT Tribal Nation.
Students are working with Mrs. Eagle on plant parts and photosynthesis.
We are having a great time and doing some great learning in 5th grade these days! Take a look...
Math: We are working on place value of decimals as well as whole numbers. You may hear or see your child working on phrases like "the 4 in 41.56 is ten times as much as the 4 in 14.21"
ELA: Students just finished writing their personal narrative, and we are going to be starting our MT Tribal Nations research projects soon.
It's a new week and I am excited to be done with testing so I can see some awesome learning happening in the classroom!
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Math: We continue to work on understanding and explaining the relationships between different place values. This concept may seem simple, but it's relatively difficult for us to actually explain. Ask your fifth grader to explain place value relationships!
ELA: We are starting our Wonders work this week. We will be reading some realistic fiction pieces and we will be talking about how people get their needs met. We will focus on summarizing and understanding the parts of a story and the vocabulary associated with those parts (characters, setting, problem and solution, climax, resolution, etc). Students will soon be writing their own story when we write our personal narratives.
Social Studies: We continue our work with maps this week, and the students will have a quiz at the end of the week (Thursday for Peter's class, Friday for Eagle's class). Your student should be studying the maps and terms in their blue social studies booklet.
Science: Students continue to work on "Mystery Science" with Mrs. Eagle.
Hello, and welcome to Mrs. Peter's 5th grade site! You'll find information here on a regular basis regarding our classroom 'goings-on.' I'll post information about special dates or events, and I'll give you an idea of what we are working on at school (does anyone else's children say "I don't know" when asked what they did at school today?)
Tuesday-Friday, September 4-7: NWEA testing in the morning. Please make sure your child gets a good rest and a good breakfast! Send a healthy snack. Give them a high-5 on the way out the door, remind them to do their best...You've GOT this!
Thursday, September 6: Back to School Night at Arrowhead. I'll be giving two presentations: one at 6:00 and one at 6:30. I'll have volunteer sign up sheets and you'll be able to get a peek at some of the work your child has been doing!
Wednesday, September 19: Picture Day!
We are working on whole number and decimal place value from millions all the way down to thousandths. We're looking at the relationship between adjacent place values, and we are discussing properties of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
English Language Arts (ELA)
We have been reading the novel Maniac Magee and delving into ideas such as theme, characterization, and how setting, including the aspect of circumstance, affects a story.
The students are working with Mrs. Eagle in science this year. They've discussed ecosystems, and they're learning how plants get the resources they need from air and water.
We have started off the year learning about maps: latitude, longitude, physical features, and a review of the continents and oceans. We will begin our study of Montana Native American tribes soon.
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.