|December Paw Prints - 12-16-2019|
|What's Happening in Fifth Grade|
5th grade is off to a great start this year! We participated in our first round of Kids & Chemistry, thanks to our wonderful parent volunteers. Students learned about acids and bases and how they are like chemical opposites. Students used universal indicators to change the pH of solutions. We look forward to our next lesson!
In Math, we wrapped up our units on adding and subtracting fractions and decimals. We are now multiplying and dividing fractions and applying the processes in word problems. We continue to practice our math facts and to apply our skills to real-world scenarios.
Our fifth-grade scientists recently completed a unit on matter. We have thoroughly enjoyed the hands-on activities in our StemScopes curriculum. Students are very excited about our current unit on life sciences.
In Social Studies, we just finished learning about European motivation for exploration. This month, we are going to study individual explorers, their motives for exploration, as well as their influences on The New World. After reading about some famous European explorers as a class, students will dive deeper and research one in-depth, summarizing their findings and creating an artistic rendition of their explorer with a partner.
In April, fifth graders will take a field trip to The Grove in Glenview, an outdoor nature and history museum. We will learn about things such as Native American tribes, pioneer life, and we even get to explore in the oak forests and learn about local ecosystems! We will have hands-on experiences all day, such as making rope, grinding corn, and learning how to start a fire with a bow drill. We will do chores like the pioneers, and we will observe many creatures and learn about their habitats. We will also play games that the Native American children from this area enjoyed!
6th grade is just around the corner! After the new year, we will have a visit from Highland peer helpers. The HMS students will tell us all about what it is like at Highland, and the 5th graders will have the chance to ask questions. In May we will go over to Highland and take a tour of the building! This is an excellent opportunity to check out the 6th-grade wing, cafeteria, library, and specials classrooms.
Be sure to check out our class Twitter pages!
-Mrs. Lewis, Mrs. Flader, Mrs. Julian and Mrs. Stermitz
|Important Dates/Upcoming Events|
Safety is our Number One Priority! Please keep in mind these important safety points:
In order to move the car arrival line along safely and quickly:
With winter's official start quickly approaching, please be aware that our practice is to go outside unless the windchill falls below zero. Children should come to school prepared for the cold temperatures with warm coats, hats, gloves -- anything to keep warm while they play. Once the snow comes, students will need boots and snow pants to play in the field and playground. Parents, please take a minute to write your child's name on all winter clothing (snow pants especially).
The 5Essentials Survey is made available to parents at http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/ or through a link on the District 70 website through January 31, 2019.
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