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    Miss Claiborne's Class News


    September 17, 2010


    • 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 second writing piece, a personal narrative. Our grammar focus next week will be nouns.  

    Math: Real World Problems

    Next week we will review The Forgiving 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