Honestly, I am SO GRATEFUL for a new month! We lost 4 school days in January... I'm over this cold weather! February just means we're getting that much closer to spring. I'm really hoping those reports of snow later in February are false! We have so much to do before the spring time comes, so I'm ready to use every school day we've got. Yes, you're reading this correctly... a teacher who doesn't want any more snow days!
A TREMENDOUSLY HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR READING BOWL TEAM! They won first place in the regional competition this weekend! The competition was tough, intense, and enough to drive us all crazy. But the kids have worked SO HARD this year in daily practice, and it really paid off this weekend. Not only am I proud of their academic success, but they handled themselves with such grace and class that I am proud to be a co-coach of this awesome team. A special shout-out to Mrs. Anglin, our wonderfully dedicated head coach, my other co-coach Mrs. Kennedy who is a powerhouse of knowledge, and the support of the other 5th grade teachers and administrators. Our homeroom team members are Eli P., Allison, and Ben, but let me congratulate the others too! Marissa, Wiley, Connor, Simone, James Michael, Amy, and Jocelyn! Way to go everyone.
Now, let's take a look at the week ahead...
Tues, 2/4 My homeroom library visit; Progress Reports go home!
Wed, 2/5 Italian Ice $2 is due
Thurs, 2/6 Skate Country @ 6 pm
Fri, 2/7 Italian Ice delivered; Happy birthday, Will!
(Mrs. Chambers's homeroom)
We are starting our WWII unit! The kids love this unit; it's full of so much interesting historical information. We are also starting the read aloud book, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. It tells the story of a Danish family protecting a Jewish girl who is best friends with one of their daughters. The Nazis discover them on several occasions and describes resistance attempts by young Danish citizens. Although it is a fictional story, it depicts many true events from this time in history.
Monday: SS5H6.a Describe Germany's aggression in Europe and Japan's aggression in Asia. Students will discuss what they know about WWII; we will discuss truths and misconceptions. Students will watch a BrainPop video, WWII Causes.
Tuesday: SS5H6.b Describe Pearl Harbor; SS5H6.e Describe the changing role of women and African-Americans. Watch history.com videos and fill out changing roles activity sheet.
Wednesday: SS5H6.b Describe major events in the wary in both Europe and the Pacific; include Iwo Jima, D-Day, VE and VJ Days.
Thursday: SS5H6.e Describe the affects of rationing.
Friday: Discuss the end of the war and the formation of the United Nations.
POW Topic: WE ARE FINISHED WITH POW FOR THE YEAR! We will continue to write essays in language arts classes. From now on, morning work will be different for each language arts teacher.
No Shurley English
Students need to write 4 informational essays over the next 7 weeks. They will have a list of topics to choose from.
*Other language arts classes are working on a narrative essay this week!
Language Arts Class
We are creating magazines for the lower grade students. Students will be put into groups to create the magazines. Each student will work on a specialized role as a part of their magazine team. Students will be working on these magazines for the next two weeks.
READING 1 & 2
HOMEWORK: Read 30 minutes every day.
Common Core ELA Standards
RI.5.7. Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
Both of my reading classes will have the same schedule this week. Monday through Thursday, students will be working in teams to locate information quickly using scavenger hunts! They will be digging through various nonfiction resources to find information quickly AND ACCURATELY. All scavenger hunts will be taken for a grade. On Frday, students will reflect on the process and have time to read independently and then work on some student-choice projects.