Thursday, March 28, 2013

CST Math Prep PowerPoint

Instead of wasting paper, I have created a PowerPoint for you to practice the released questions for the Math CST Test.

It includes hints, explanations, and some links. 
I hope you like it and it helps!

For those of you who want to see the answer choices, click. 
For those who don't, don't click and figure out the problem independently!

Click on the link to open the PowerPoint and download to enable the teaching animations!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Good Day to You, Sir and Madam!

The Cutest Colonists I Have Ever Seen!

We had an amazing day today at Colonial Day singing, playing with graces and hoops, participating in militia training, making lemonade, candles, and funnel cakes, carving soap, making natural herbal remedies, researching Colonial Times, dancing the Virginia Reel, and eating delicious Stonefire Grill food.

Look for photos and student created newspaper articles here soon!

We are so lucky!

This day would not be possible without you!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Events in Room 28

Wednesday, March 20th is Colonial Day!
You must dress like a colonist. If you need help, please let me know.
Students will be performing song, dance, and spoken word at 8:15 AM on Wednesday! Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend!
If you did not sign up to volunteer to be part of this amazing event, it is not too late! 
Just email me by clicking here!

Do you have a lemon tree?
If so, we are in need of lemons for the LEMONADE STATION for Colonial Day.
Please send them in by Tuesday.

We could also use a few electric frying pans if you have one.
Thank you to everyone for making this such a special day for the kids!
I know they will remember it for a lifetime!

This week we reviewed Fact and Opinion and Main Idea and Details!

We  will continue to work next week on understanding even more about many of the 5th Grade comprehension strategies we have learned throughout the year!

We rocked addition and subtraction of INTEGERS last week, and are are grasping SOLVING AND WRITING EQUATIONS! Their perseverance and positive attitudes are helping them master these concepts! 
I even overheard, "I love hard Algebra!" 
We will move on to PERCENTS next week!

This week in Science, we conducted experiments to study saturation and learned that we can use the property of SOLUBILITY to identify a specific solid!
We will be moving on, next week, to learning about Chemical Reactions!

You should have received an email about the upcoming SCIENCE FAIR!
If you didn't receive it, let me know and I will re-send it to you. 
Click HERE for detailed instructions on all of the necessary components of your project!
The key is to pick something that interests and excites you!
Your QUESTION is due Wednesday, March 20th

CST Testing is coming up, beginning around April 9th! Your child will be tested on standards they have learned throughout their 5th grade year. Please join me in keeping this a positive experience! Preparation is important, but putting too much pressure to perform well, may add unnecessary stress. 
Here is a cute video developed by some 5th grade students.

CLICK HERE to practice with some sample CST questions!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Busy Week Ahead!

Thursday, March 7th is Open House 

Come visit our class between 6PM and 7PM.
Please keep in mind that, because it is not yet the end of the school year, the purpose of this evening is to show you our work in progress. 
Students will share activities that they experience daily in class.

In Language Arts, we will be reviewing Problem and Solution. We will also be reading stories so we can show off how much we know on Thursday night!

In Math, we will continue learning about integers. We will plot them, order them, add them, and subtract them. Click on the PHOTOS tab above to see pictures of us jumping integer addition problems! Click HERE for some cool integer games!

In Science, we will continue to study Mixtures and Solutions. We already learned about mixtures, solutions and how to separate mixtures and solutions. Ask us to explain! This week will study solubility and are super excited that this is all leading to stoichiometry! Very impressive, huh?
We will be having a Science Fair! Look for information to come home soon and start thinking of ideas. Remember you will need to conduct a controlled experiment!

In Social Studies, we are learning about Colonial Times and the Revolution with Mrs. Gallo. COLONIAL DAY is Wednesday, March 20, 2013! Students will participate in authentic colonial activities that they will remember forever! Please send your $10 tax donation to cover crafts, food and activities, if you have not already done so. Thank you! Students MUST dress in colonial attire. Some suggestions were on the blue sheet that went home. Click HERE for information and ideas! Some parents have a tip that they can be purchased by clicking HERE for

We would appreciate donations of glue sticks and paper towel rolls for the classroom.