The 5th grade Science MCAS is scheduled for today and tomorrow! Good luck!
This is our first full week back from April vacation. I hope everyone had a good break; we will be covering expository texts and expository writing this unit, with a focus this week on cause and effect. In math, the fourth graders are working on geometry and the fifth graders are working on algebraic reasoning.
The fifth grade students did a fantastic job on their MCAS this week! Next week, we begin fourth grade MCAS from Tuesday through Thursday. Please note that I will not be seeing fifth grade students during the testing windows. I will provide work for them to complete in their regular classrooms. Fourth graders should make sure to get plenty of rest and eat a full breakfast so that they are ready for their MCAS.
Starting next week, we will be having MCAS for fifth grade. The following week will be MCAS for fourth grade. I will not be seeing students for their regularly scheduled classes during MCAS, as I will be testing students in my room. It is important that all students have a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast in the morning so they can be ready for the test.
Good Afternoon Parents and Families!
Tomorrow I am bringing in a virtual reality headset for the students to try out. We will be using simulations to practice our oral and descriptive language skills, as well as some limited interactive features that incorporate logical reasoning skills. I am very excited to share this ground-breaking technology with the students, as it is a fun and engaging way to incorporate technology and engineering design into our learning environment. I have already explained the rules for using the equipment to the students, and they will be closely monitored by me and my para, Mrs. Perry, to ensure that they are safe, as they will be unable to see the classroom with the headset on. The biggest health concern with the VR headset is bumping into objects while wearing it; don't worry, I'll be spotting the students!
I have chosen specific games and simulations that limit the amount of motion required and have very limited (if any) flashing lights. Additionally, the frames per second with the Play Station 4's headset are 90 or higher, which largely eliminates strobing or image stuttering (the two primary issues that may induce seizures when playing video games). If your child has issues with motion sickness, epilepsy or other health problems associated with playing video games and you would prefer that they not put the headset on, please let me know.
If you would like more information, please email me; I am happy to discuss it with you.
I hope everyone enjoyed their winter vacations! Now that we are back, we will be focusing on decimals, fractions, reading novels, and writing personal narratives!
I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend - thank you, snow days!
Friday, February 17, 2017 is the fifth grade Simple Machines exhibit in the cafeteria. There will be no regularly scheduled fifth grade classes on Friday.
Next week there will be no school for February break.
There is a field trip to the Springfield Science Museum on Thursday, February 9, 2017.
Welcome back to school and welcome to 2017! Both grade levels will be working on fractions in their math units. Fourth grade will be working on persuasive writing and fifth grade will be working on expository writing related to science.
There will be no homework this week. The students in grades 4 and 5 will have a math test this week, so we will be finishing up our unit and doing review IN CLASS. The students have all shown remarkable progress in reading over the course of the last few weeks, so I am giving them a break this week from any reading homework. Please continue to enjoy reading together at home, but know that it is not assigned.