Weekly Newsletter for Ms. Hahn’s Class – Week of September 5-9
The Week at a Glance:
OUR TOP 10
10. Hearing and vision testing
9. Michael Oldland’s Bear, Moose, Beaver series for #classroombookaday
8. Guest readers in read aloud
7. Wright Way Awards – 5 nominations in our class
6. “Beat the Teacher” three days in a row!
5. Plushies in art
4. Practicing plays in PE with flag football teams
3. Poetry Friday online with Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
2. No DRAs on Thursday—lots of independent reading time
1. Genius Hour foil boat experiment
Reading: Next week, the remaining 16 students who need to do their DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) will begin the assessment. Each child reads to me so I can check their fluency, then finishes reading a small book, writes a summary and answers comprehension questions. This assessment gives me valuable information (along with the DRA) about your child as a reader.
Writing: Because this week was a short week, we only had time to gather seed ideas in our writer’s notebooks. We also completed the 100% Smart graph using seed ideas about the things we love most to do.
Word Study: We are continuing our study of prefixes and suffixes. We took a close look at words that end in –ed (past tense). Some have a /d/ sound at the end, while others have a /t/ sound. I noticed that many students simply slam a -d on the end of a word when it’s past tense and I wanted to make them aware of the need for an –ed at the end of a past tense verb.
Math: We have continued to work on place and value with decimals. We colored decimals on a hundreds chart today, which I thought would be easy-peasy, but it was remarkably hard for many. Good to discover their misconceptions. (Mistakes are Important is one of our math norms!)
Science: We began working on our life science standard this week: ecosystems, photosynthesis, food chains (herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, predator/prey, producer/consumer). Today, we designed and ran an experiment to discover the strongest foil boat design.
Monday, September 11 – PTO Mumkin sale ends
Friday, September 15 – Ms. Hahn is at Casting for Recovery retreat
Monday, September 18 – Scholastic book orders due (online or send order+payment in)
Friday, September 22 – Field Trip to Highbanks (more info next week)
Friday, September 22 – PTO Movie Night at 6:00PM
Monday, October 2 – No School for students/PD for teachers
Saturday, October 7 – PTO Mumkin pick up 4:00-7:00PM
As I mentioned at Curriculum Night, one of my passions outside school is fly fishing and serving women who’ve had breast cancer. I am the co-coordinator of the Ohio Casting for Recovery program, and our yearly retreat for 14 women who’ve had breast cancer (an all-expense-paid weekend wellness retreat…and we teach them fly fishing!) is next weekend. (I am a 19-year survivor and in 2006, I was a CfR participant.) I’ll be out Friday (no weekly newsletter next week) and at Indian Bear Lodge in Walhonding, OH all weekend with the ladies. Ms. Poling, a former DWE 5th grade teacher will be the guest teacher for the class.
As per request at Curriculum Night, here are the standards we’ll be working on for the next month:
Science: All of the processes that take place within organisms require energy. Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem. (ecosystem, photosynthesis, food chains, food webs, producers, consumers, herbivore/carnivore/omnivore/decomposer, symbiosis, limiting factors) Also for the field trip but not part of our standards: water cycle, watersheds.
Math: 5.NBT.A.1 Recognize that in a multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.
5.NBT.A.2 Explain patterns in the number of zeros of the product when multiplying a number by powers of 10, and explain patterns in the placement of the decimal point when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10. Use whole-number exponents to denote powers of 10.
5.NBT.A.3 Read, write, and compare decimals to thousandths.
5.NBT.A.3a Read and write decimals to thousandths using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form and notation, e.g., 347.392=
300 + 40 + 7 + .3 + .09 + .002
(3 × 100) + (4 × 10) + (7 × 1) + (3 × .1) + (9 × .01) + (2 × .001)
5.NBT.A.3b Compare two decimals to thousandths based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.
5.NBT.A.4 Use place value understanding to round decimals to any place, millions through hundredths.
Reading: RL.5.1. (RL=Reading Literature) Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
RL.5.2. Analyze literary text development.
a. Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic.
b. Summarize the text.
Writing: W.5.3. Write personal narratives using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.