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8/26/2022 Newsletter

Hello Parents,

We have had an exciting week in 5th grade!  There was a band assembly where the students learned about various instruments and how to join the band.  We were also able to spend some time journaling and drawing in nature.  In our classes we are continuing to go over expectations and classroom behaviors.  We have been digging deeper into our class topics and even started working on projects.  Don’t forget, MONDAY is picture day!

Psimaras Math News:

  • Reviewed expressions with parentheses to represent volume and to understand commutative and associative properties of multiplication 
  • Explored equivalent expressions and completed this week’s spiral review
  • Next week we will take our first quiz on Unit 1 and solve order of operations problems with exponents

Science News:

  • Measured mass in grams of different carrots using a pan balance scale to understand the collection of data in an experiment over time
  • Read information about the term “Energy” with a focus on potential and kinetic energy
  • Used the acronym “SHAQ” to emphasize the different parts of an experimental conclusion: summary, hypothesis review, accuracy, and questions
  • Next week we will explore variables to understand how a catapult works using the scientific method process

Social Studies News:

  • We spent time understanding what climate migration is and watched a video about the Great Lakes region being a climate haven
  • Students have begun a project where they will compare and contrast a US coastal city and a US Great Lakes city to look at the migration and climate patterns
  • Next week students will continue to work on their climate migration project and begin to look at how immigrants gain citizenship

Language Arts News:

  • We looked at how the author affects the writing
  • We learned about point of view and how to tell the difference between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person
  • Next week we will work on close reading techniques and begin our novel study

Upcoming  Events: 

  • Saturday, August 27 – Band Instrument Petting Zoo 10am-12pm
  • Monday, August 29, 2022-School Pictures
  • NWEA Math, August 31, 2022
  • NWEA ELA, September 1, 2022
  • September 2nd – Early Release
  • September 5th – No School – Labor Day
  • September 13th – Curriculum Night Comstock Building 6-7pm
  • September 15th – Curriculum Night Carson Building 6-7 pm