Mrs. Schrock’s 5th/6th Grade
April 2014 Newsletter
Whatever you do, do it with Love.
Dates to Remember
- April 4th: First Friday Food Drive
- April 9th: Spirit Day
- April 14th-18th: Holy Week
- April 18th: Noon Dismissal
- April 21st-25th: Easter Break
Here is a quick look at what is going on in the classroom…
Prayer of the Week
Lord, with your help we can achieve great things. Help us to rely on your love and to see your goodness in the world around us. Amen
Learn about Lent
Stations of the Cross
Identify Jesus’ Miracles
Appreciate the need for forgiveness
Chapter Review Links and Games
Students are in varied math groups according to their strengths. We have Group A and Group B. This week’s focus:
Identify bias in sampling
Describe data using mean, median, mode, and range.
Use a diagram to solve problems.
Change decimals to fractions and mixed numbers, and fractions to decimals
Subtract mixed numbers with unlike denominators.
Students are enrolled in the IXL.com program. Each child should be doing at least 40 minutes practice a week. This is part of their math grade. www.IXL.com
Math Links for practice
Parents may use this website for the reteach section of our daily lessons.
5th/6th Food and Nutrition
Our class is beginning a new science unit using the FOSS Food and Nutrition Module. We will be investigating what food is, what it is made of, and how several nutrient groups contribute to good, healthful nutrition. Children will learn about fats, sugars, proteins, and vitamins and ways of testing for some of these nutrients in food. They will have an opportunity to use their knowledge about foods to plan lunch menus that conform to guidelines for total number of calories and for the number of calories contributed by different nutrients. And we’ll become familiar with the labels on food and the kinds of information provided for the consumer.
Your child will be conducting experiments that use common foods. I may be asking you to send small samples of foods to school for this purpose. The foods might include items such as a handful of breakfast cereal, a spoonful of peanut butter, a piece of fruit, or a couple of cookies. We are also assembling a collection of empty food containers of all kinds. We are especially interested in the list of ingredients and nutritional information contained on the food packages. Please save a few containers for our “food market.”
Watch for the home/school connection sheets I will be sending home with your child. These suggest ways for the whole family to investigate interesting aspects of food and nutrition. You might find as a result of our investigations in the Food and Nutrition Module that your family’s dinner conversation will actually focus on the meal! If you have any questions or comments, or have family and/or cultural traditions involving food that you would like to share with the class, please drop me a note or come in and visit our class. We are looking forward to many weeks of exciting investigations with food and nutrition.
Our class is beginning a new science unit using the FOSS Environments Module. We will investigate several different plants and animals to discover the environments that support their well-being, and attempt to determine the optimum environments for some of the organisms.
The news is full of discussions of e environment- environmental issues, environmental protection, environmental activism, and more. Environmental issues are complex because environments are complex. Our studies will not range into issues, but will deal with the more fundamental question: What is an environment?
Often environments can be analyzed in terms of individual physical (temperature, moisture, light, etc.) and biological (other organisms) factors that surround and organism. This analysis can take time and often requires close observation and interpretation of results. We expect to work with lots of plants and animals to toward understanding how organisms flourish when provided with an environment that is just right for them.
Please see Mrs. Lee-Despard’s Newsletter for information.
Music/Band (Monday & Wednesday 9:45-10-30)
Spanish 5/6-- Tuesday and Thursdays
PE--Wednesday. Please bring your PE uniform to change into. Sneakers, white socks, shirt, and shorts are needed for this day.
Art - Friday
If you have any questions or concerns please contact me: email@example.com
Mrs. Kate Schrock