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.
It seems spring is finally here! Not only does that mean warmer weather, it also means we are winding down our school year! We have about a month and a half left of fifth grade, and then your children will be off to middle school! We have a lot going on in these next weeks though. We have testing, field trips, guest speakers, projects, and concerts coming up!
Math: We are starting fraction division this week!
ELA/Writing: We are focusing on finding text evidence in our fiction and nonfiction reading, and the students are going to be starting to write a narrative this week. They'll also be reading about recycling and creating an opinion paper about it.
Science: Robots! Robots! Robots! The students love PLTW!
Social Studies: We are studying the American Revolution, and soon students are going to be doing some in-depth learning about a key player in the revolution.
Testing Schedule: We will be taking the NWEA tests this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (makeups will be next week). We will be taking the SBAC during the week of April 30-May 4. Please make sure your child is getting a good sleep and a good breakfast, especially on testing days. Testing will be done mainly in the morning.
Hello Everyone! Happy Spring! The students are all enjoying the warmer weather at recess; I hope families are able to get out and enjoy some warm weather on the weekends (OR head to the ski slopes to get some end-of-season runs in!)
We have a busy week of learning this week, and we have a SHORT week next week. Here's what's going on:
*Hooked on Fishing Dissection Thursday, March 22
*Spring Break March 28-April 2
We just started working on fraction multiplication. Students are working on modeling fraction multiplication and learning the algorithm for solving fraction multiplication problems. Most nights, your child should have a little bit of math homework, unless he or she finishes it during class. I encourage you to take a look at your child's math book to see what we are doing!
We are finishing up another Wonders Unit, and this week students are taking an assessment. They are also working on a Lewis and Clark inquiry project. Students will present their slide shows for this next week!
Students aren't working on a long writing project right now, but we are setting the groundwork for some persuasive writing with smaller assignments that ask students to take a stand on an issue and show text evidence to support their opinion. Take a look on Google Classroom for some of these little assignments to see what your child has to say!
We just began learning about the American Revolution. Right now, we are studying the major events leading up to the Revolutionary War, such as the French and Indian War, The Boston Tea Party, The Stamp Act, and the Boston Massacre. The students are really getting into some great discussions about this!
Students are working with robots during their Project Lead The Way time in Mrs. Eagle's class!
First, I have to apologize for doing a crummy job posting weekly updates on my classroom blog these past few weeks. I hope you all know that if you do have questions about what we are doing at school, you can always call or email me at school!
Special Happenings: This week is Dr. Seuss Week!! A flyer went home last week with all the different days, and I've posted it below as well. Students always have fun with this! We also get to watch the Honor Orchestra students perform on Monday afternoon--what a treat!
We just started working with fractions last week. We are focusing on adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators.
We are reading some biographies this week and learning about how some historical figures brought about change in a positive way.
We are finishing up our unit on the 13 Original Colonies this week. Students will have a test on Friday, and we'll be doing lots of practicing in class to prepare.
Students are having a blast working with robots during their Project Lead the Way time with Mrs. Eagle.
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.