Wednesday, September 10, 2014

We Are Fifth Grade!

     What a great start!  The fifth grade is here and ready to learn.  We are learning about each other, learning new routines, and learning what it takes to be a team player and role model at Fox Hill School.  Last week our students had an outdoor team building activity that aimed to show how we can work together.  We have also created classroom constitutions around four central principles: respect, responsibility, safety, and kindness.  These constitutions are hanging in our classrooms, and posters reinforcing these ideas and rules are all over the school.  Students have discussed their hopes and dreams for this year, and in order to make them come true we all need to do our best and help each other by adhering to these principles of behavior. 
     Of course, we have also jumped right in to our curriculum!  In Math Topic I focuses on place value.The parent letter sent home on Monday explains this in a bit more detail. This year we expand our understanding of place value with decimals, and convert fractions to decimals. 
     My ELA class is busy planting the seeds for future writing in our Writer's Notebooks, and we have also been writing about reading in special Reader's Notebooks.  We are reading Morning Girl by Michael Dorris, and sharing our thinking about the figurative language and characters.
     Social Studies is a subject near and dear to my heart because I love history.  This year we travel through time to learn about the original people of the Americas, European exploration, colonization, the American Revolution, and the beginnings of the United States and its new government.  In every area of study we strive to use the most accurate and reliable sources.  Students will be taught to be thoughtful readers of primary and secondary sources so they may go on to become more independent learners and informed citizens.
     We will have the use of iPads and Chromebooks to make sure students can use technology efficiently and productively.
     I hope you will find this blog an easy way to keep informed about the happenings in fifth grade. You can link to other teacher and district blogs and websites on the left side of this page.
       It has been great meeting with parents.  If you haven't come in for a brief conference and would like to, please let me know and I will call you.  I look forward to working with you this year.  See you at Back To School Night on Tuesday, September 23!


Friday, August 29, 2014

School Starts Tuesday!

I can't wait to meet my students on Tuesday.  Our classroom is ready and I am preparing some fun activities for our first day together.
I hope you and your child will take a minute to look at some of the posts on this blog.  It's a great way to get a sense of what happens in fifth grade.  During the year this is an easy way for you to keep informed about homework and upcoming events.
 These pictures will give you some idea of what our classroom looks like.

All learning starts with big questions. I hope my students will bring their questions...

...and their hopes and dreams for fifth grade!

I am still not sure of our schedule for specials, so students should be prepared with sneakers in case we have PE!
Enjoy the "last" weekend of summer!
Mrs. Lee

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Welcome to Fifth Grade!

Don't you wish summer could last forever?  Sometimes I do, but then I remember what fun it is to start a brand new school year!  I can't wait to meet my new students and hear about your summer adventures.
Here are a few pictures of my summer vacation...

This is Otto, my son Matt's puppy.  They live in California.

We visited this famous city in California.  Can you guess it from the picture of the cable car?

Maybe this famous bridge is a better clue!

                                   These are images of a beautiful stretch of coast called Big Sur.

    This is the Mission at Santa Barbara.  We will learn about the Spanish missions in Social Studies!

                                  California sunsets are spectacular.  I had an amazing vacation!

No summer is complete without reading great books. I read fantastic books over the summer.  Because of Mr. Terupt, A Long Walk to Water, and Gossamer were my favorite fiction books. I read some great nonfiction, too:  Chasing Lincoln's Killer, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, and Oil Spill! Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.  I also read a couple of books about wasps after I was stung. Ouch! I will share that story and some of my summer fun when we meet.  And I can't wait to hear your stories!
See you soon!
Mrs. Lee