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    Miss Claiborne's Class News


    September 24, 2010


    • A special thank you to Angie Lebfried for bringing in an amazing assortment of snacks for our MAP test! This included strawberries, blueberries, grapes, crackers, and cheese!
    • Progress reports and conference request forms came home on Friday. Please sign and return the progress reports by Wednesday, September 29th and the conference forms by Friday, October 1st.
    • Starting Monday, our math morning work and spelling words will be posted online. The problems from the morning work each week are very similar to the problems on the weekly math quiz. We will be filling out the page each day in school, but a copy will be available for extra practice and studying time at home.
    • You may have noticed your child bringing home a math multiplication test this week and a note from myself on their planner page asking for your child to review certain multiplication facts. We will be doing these weekly.
    • Tuesday is an early release day.
    • If your child is interested in running the KC Kids Marathon on October 16, please go to the Cedar Hills website and look up Coach Miller's webpage. It will give you instructions for how to register with the Cedar Hills team and enter a promo code so you don't have to pay for the event. Contact Coach Miller if you need help or more information.

    • 5th Grade Farewell Parents Meeting: Come find out about the events, keepsakes and activities your 5th grader will be involved in to celebrate his or her last year at CHE!!

    Wednesday, September 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m. In the CHE cafeteria or Thursday, September 30, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

    5th Grade Farewell Co-Chairs
    Angie Leondedis aleondedis@yahoo.com
    Lela Broussard mbroussa@aol.com

    Agenda items include:
    - Overview of all activities
    - Responsibilities/expectations of parents
    - Theme brainstorming session (bring your best ideas; the past two themes were Simply the Best and Plugged in to the Future)
    - Volunteer sign-up sheets (we need lots of volunteers to make this year's events successful)
    - Ideas for improving past years' activities (some of you parents have been through this before; we need your guidance)

    Or, for more information, contact:

        5th Grade Farewell Co-Chairs
    Angie Leondedis aleondedis@yahoo.com

     Lela Broussard mbroussa@aol.com

    • Our class band days have changed. We now have band on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11:50-12:20
    • MAP Testing is next week, our dates are Tues. 9/21 and Fri. 9/24 at 10:00. Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and a good breakfast! 
    • Sept. 22nd is Eat and Earn Sonic Night where dads will serve as car hops.

    • The PTO Community Connections Commitee Birthday Item Drive continues until September 24.

    • After School Study Club begins Wednesday.

    • Progress Reports will be sent home on Friday, September 24th.

    •   An updated snack listing is posted on the CHE Website.  It includes  some new snack items that were not listed last year! Please ensure that both snacks and birthday treats are on the approved list.

    •   Be sure to check out fun math and reading activities for 5th grade under the "Links for Students" Tab!

    • A note about homework: All homework will be posted on Mondays and due on Fridays.  We would prefer for you to print out the homework at home.  If you do not have a printer (or your printer runs out of ink :-)  ), please let me know.  I can definitely print off some homework pages at school as they are needed.

    Have a wonderful weekend!!




    Next Week's Learning Targets


    We will continue focusing on ideas while writing. We are currently working on our second writing piece, a personal narrative. The students are learning about narrowing down a topic.  Our grammar focus next week will be nouns.  

    Math: Real World Problems

    Next week we will review The Traditional Method of Division and begin discussing real world division problems.  

    The problem solving method we will use for real-world problems is:

    • Identifying the QUESTION in the problem.
    • Locating the KEY FACTS.
    • Picking a STRATEGY before they solve.
    • CHECK your work. 


    Science: Variables/Inquiry

    We will study the scientific process and scientific inquiry by conducting a "Flippers" lab.  We will study what happens when we change certain things in a controlled experiment.

    • use the scientific method to answer a question or solve a problem.
    • be able to demonstrate how scientific inquiry is applied.
    • develop understandings about scientific inquiry.
    • understand how to manipulate variables in order to control an experiment.


    Social Studies: Conflict Between Britain and The Colonies

     In Social Studies, the 5th graders will continue using their History Alive texts as they did in 4th grade.  Our first unit will be in Chapter 10:  The Growing Tensions Between the Colonies and Britain.  As we study the events leading up to the Revolutionary War, the students will be able to:

    • Summarize the key events that created tensions between the colonists and Britain from 1754-1774.

    • Use a metaphor of a parent and child to describe the tense relationship that developed between the colonies and Britain after the French and Indian War.


      We have been practicing the elements of The Daily 5.  Those 5 pieces are: Read to Self, Read with a Partner, Listen to Reading, Writing, and Word Work. We began our rotations this week and they are doing a great job!  We will continue our work with Katie's Trunk our skill is cause and effect.


    Next Week's Specials Schedule

      Monday: Computer

      Tuesday: Art

    Wednesday: Spanish/PE

    Thursday: PE/Music

    Friday:  Music/Spanish