Hello, 5th grade families! I hope you all had a wonderful winter break. It was so great to see the students again after not having seen them for two weeks! Our first week back has been all about settling back into our routines, into "school mode," and setting the tone for the second half of our year. We're about 5 months away from 5th grade graduation... What?!? It doesn't even seem possible, does it? As we continue to move along, I look forward to working with all of you to prepare these wonderful young people for that transition. I'm here to answer questions if you have them, so please don't hesitate to contact me.
ps.: upcoming important dates are listed below.
The students created background settings using acrylic paint, focusing on different values of blue, white, and black
Dates to Remember
January 15th—Early Release (school ends at 12:10)
January 16th—PTA Meeting (6:30-8:30pm)
January 20th—Martin Luther King, Jr Day (no school)
January 23rd—Family Night at the Wilsonville Public Library (6:30 - 7:30pm)
January 24th—Family Winter Fest (6:00 - 8:00pm)
Click here for the Lowrie calendar
Family Night at the Wilsonville Public Library
Lowrie PS will be having a Family Literacy Night at the Wilsonville Public Library on Thursday, January 23rd from 6:30-7:30 pm. The wonderful staff at the public library will perform their usual great storytelling, and Mrs Chapman and Mrs Hahmeyer will also be there to share some information with the parents about the importance of literacy and ways to support their readers at home.
Science and Engineering in our Class
Before break, we worked on a fun science unit exploring Earth's Systems (geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere), centered around the hydrosphere and its interactions with the other systems.
One issue we discussed was the lack of groundwater in some places - locations on Earth where the water is found as fog, but not in wells underground. There are engineers currently trying to perfect ways to extract water from fog, and our class took on a challenge to create reservoirs that could mimic nature in collecting water from fog. I'm happy to say that collectively our class ended with over 30ml of water from fog (from a small humidifier), using small reservoirs they built out of kitchen materials. If you're interested in seeing our inspiration, feel free to check out some of engineering here and here. You can see the students' work in progress below.
What have we done?!?
We're starting the following units this month:
Math - we're back to multiplication and division, this time focusing on the US standard algorithms and solving multistep word problems, as well as a brief introduction to exponents.
Reading - Students are reading arguments and analyzing the strength of their reasons and evidence. Different groups have chosen topics ranging from whether we should hunt sharks to whether we should allow the use of plastic bags. They are evaluating the evidence for both sides, researching background information, and learning the language to use in debates.
Writing - Along with reading, our current writing unit focuses on argument writing. Students are practicing researching both sides of an argument, organizing their notes, making plans for finding the information they still need, using academic language for arguments, and more. Most importantly, the students are learning to to critically and responsibly examine both sides of an issue, and write strong arguments grounded in evidence that directly supports their opinions.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.