I wanted to remind you that we will have our unit 4 social studies test on Thursday. Students have a paper study guide, and they also have access to an online tool called Quizzizz. The benefit of Quizzizz is that students can see questions that are formatted similarly to those on the test. They can also go back and review their performance on the Quizzizz game to see which ideas they need to review a little more.
- Our Valentine’s activity for fifth grade will be a classroom activity.
- We will NOT need parent volunteers for our activity, but we will be asking for snack donations.
- We will have classroom Valentine exchanges on February 14. If your child chooses to participate, please send in a Valentine for every student in the class.
- Some students have asked about making a Valentine box. If students wish to do so, they may, but it is certainly not required. I will have bags for students to use for Valentines as well. Students who wish to make a Valentine box should plan to bring it in on Wednesday, February 14 and to bring it home that day as well.
Parent chaperones are needed for fifth grade camp, which is on May 17-18.
- A form came home this past week with information about volunteering as a chaperone.
- If you’re interested in volunteering, please return the form no later than Wednesday, February 14.
- Names of interested parents will be entered into a drawing.
- All parents will be notified whether they’ve been selected on February 28.
- We are continuing Unit 5: Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals.
- We will begin a research unit in both reading and writing.
- We are finishing up our unit on Life In the Colonies. Students will have a test on Thursday, Feb. 15 on this unit. Study guide has been sent home.
- We continue our unit called, “Ch-Ch-Changes,” that has to do with matter.
REMEMBER Thursday, 2/8/18 is JET’s PIZZA NIGHT
Would LOVE to have our class win! Get a pizza and tell them your child is in Mrs. Ball’s Class at Georgetown!
If you are planning to order Hudsonville PE apparel, orders are due Tuesday, January 30. For more information or to see a color copy of the form that was sent home, visit the Georgetown PE blog.
To those who’ve sent in disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, or tissues for the classroom, thank you! As we do our best to keep all those yucky viruses away, we are going through those items pretty quickly, so your donations are appreciated.
We opened our last container of disinfecting wipes today. We use these to wipe down our tables each day and periodically to wipe down door knobs, cabinet and drawer handles, light switches, locker handles, etc.
If you would be willing to donate some disinfecting wipes (Clorox, Lysol, store brand – we’re not picky!) to replenish our classroom supply, we’d be most grateful.
The Learners of Room 301
I hope you all enjoyed your holidays and that the break gave you opportunities for both fun and relaxation. We are getting back into the routine in room 301. I wanted to say thank you again to all of you who donated items or helped out at our classroom part before break. We had a great time eating and hanging out together.
This week we started a new science unit called Ch-Ch-Changes; it deals with matter and its interactions. Today we did a hands-on investigation to find out how different metals behave when heated. The investigation involved using small candles to heat strips of three different metals. Students measured the time that it took for equal amounts of shortening to melt at three different points on the each metal strip. They used this information to conclude that some metals transfer heat more quickly than others. We learned that this is called thermal conductivity. Before students touched any materials or equipment, we talked about some procedures for lab safety and the importance of every one following these procedures at all times. Your young scientists really impressed me with the care and responsibility they showed in the lab as well as with the way they applied their own knowledge and observations to the topic at hand. Here are pictures of some of the groups hard at work observing, timing, and recording data.