Sorry for the late date–unlike many students and colleagues, I did not have a “May 1 Holiday” as I was moving house! But better late than never–putting out a short newsletter as we have a lot of new units and upcoming events!
Monday, May 8 to Wednesday, May 17: Food Drive for Anh Linh Love School. We are being asked to help out by contributing canned meat, fish, vegetables, or fruit.
Monday, May 8: MAP Language Usage test
Tuesday, May 9: MAP Reading test
Wednesday, May 10 to Friday, May 12: PTA Used Book Sale in the Auditorium
Thursday, May 11: MAP Math Test
Friday, May 12: Make-up day for students who missed a test or need to finish
Friday, May 12: “Spirit Day” #2: Crazy Hair Day
Wednesday, May 17: Art Party, sponsored by High School Art students. Students can attend workshops from 3:15 to 4:30, and enjoy an Art Exhibit and music from 3:15-5:30. Students must be with an adult to attend the exhibition. A paper notice and permission form was sent home yesterday (Thursday). Please note that the ASA bus does not run on this day, so students/parents will need to arrange their own transport home if they attend the party.
Friday, May 19: “Spirit Day” #3: Pajama Day. This is also an Early Release Day.
Monday, May 22, 1-3 PM: Elementary to middle school transition (students only)
Friday, May 26: Final “Spirit Day”: Twins Day
The students did a very good job on the unit assessment for our fraction multiplication and division unit. We have just begun our next to last unit on Measurement and Volume. This unit focuses on developing concepts of area, volume, and capacity, measuring accurately, and understanding the relationships between them. We will focus on metric units and applying these skills to science and everyday life. Here are the learning goals for the unit:
|“I can” Learning Target
|I can convert like measurement units within a given measurement system.
|I can use measurement conversions to solve real-world problems.
|I can make a line plot to show a data set of measurements involving fractions.
|I can use addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions to solve problems involving information presented on a line plot.
|I can recognize volume as a characteristic of solid figures and understand how it can be measured.
|I can understand a “unit cube” as a cube with side lengths of 1 unit and can use it to measure volume.
|I can understand that a solid figure filled with a number of unit cubes is said to have a volume of that many cubes.
|I can measure volume by counting unit cubes.
|“I can” Learning Target
|I can solve real world problems involving volume by thinking about multiplication of addition.
|I can use unit cubes to find the volume of a right rectangular prism with whole number side lengths and prove that it is the same as multiplying the edge lengths (V = l x w x h).
|I can solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of an object using the formulas V = l x w x h and V = b x h.
|I can find the volumes of solid figures made up of two right rectangular prisms by adding the volumes of both.
|I can solve real-world problems using what I know about adding the volumes of two right rectangular prisms.
READING AND WRITING WORKSHOP
In reading, most groups have finished their Environmental Fiction books; a few clubs still need to meet once next week. We have spent some time this week finishing up the Fountas and Pinnell reading assessments. These are done with each student toward the beginning and end of year to assess the students’ reading level, decoding and comprehension skills. Students read part of a selection aloud to the teacher, finish it silently, and then answer questions about the text orally. The students I have tested so far have shown impressive growth in their skills over the year!
Our final focus in both reading and writing will be on memoir. We will be reading both shorter and longer memoir pieces by different authors, and students will be writing their own memoir pieces in a variety of genres such as short stories and poems.
Our final unit of the year focuses on Change Agents. We are beginning with a look at important people, events, inventions, discoveries, and ideas that changed people’s lives during the 20th century. We will then move on to look at people, both children and adults, who are making positive changes in the world today. Students will also have a chance to take part in making change at their school by working to carry out some of the sustainability projects from the Green Dragons unit. We were very fortunate on Wednesday to have a visit with a real-life Change Agent, Alexis’s grandfather, who was the first Vietnamese in space!