This week, we've been investigating the effect water has on our every-day lives. Yesterday, we created model of a city built around a river. We learned that city planners must think carefully about water usage as a city grows in size. Today, we calculated how much of our body is composed of water....about 70%! WOW!
weighing ourselves to calculate the number of gallons of water in our bodies
creating a layout of our town taking into account water usage
The PTA is offering school supply kits through Staples. Each kit contains everything you will need for the next school year. I've sent home order forms for the kits today. If you wish to purchase one, please return the sheet with payment by June 3. The kits will be ready for pick up at the open house on August 12.
Please be aware of the following items for this week:
1. Parent/Teacher conferences will take place next week. I've sent home the time request forms today. Please return them by this Thursday.
2. We will be taking a fieldtrip this Friday to the Massie Heritage Center this Friday to celebrate May Day. This is a free trip. Please sign the premission slip that was sent home today and return it by Thursday.
Happy Memorial Day! I hope you are enjoying your holiday while remembering all those who have given their lives for our freedom.
Now that our musical is over, we can get back to our regular schedule and daily procedures. When I see you Tuesday morning, I will give you the following choice sheet (your LAST choice sheet of the year!!!):
Your 6 choices are due by Thursday, June 6. This sheet serves as a review of many of the topics we've covered this year. As you are working, I will be asking small groups to help me with some practical life activities to begin "closing" the classroom for the year.
In addition to this, I will be conducting some science mini-lessons from the Project WET curriculum. These fun lessons will hopefully renew your appreciation for the water we have here on Earth. Be sure to check out www.discoverwater.org for some follow-up activities on these lessons.
If you've logged onto www.sumdog.com lately, you may have noticed that we started another contest. The top three students who answer the most questions correctly by Sunday at 6:00 PM will get a prize! Good luck!
Finally, Ms. Carol and I will be sending home final parent-teacher conference request forms. Please return them ASAP so we can start conferences next week. At conferences I will share with you and your parents your MAP and CRCT scores!
We have less than two weeks together before the end of the school year! Let's make the most of it by having fun and learning as much as we can!
On Friday, May 17 our class joined the rest of the school in Daffin Park for a Field Day! We had a lot of fun playing games, eating snow cones, and having a picnic lunch in the shade of the Live Oak trees.
It's musical week! We will spend our time together this week preparing for Thursday's performance of The Black Strip. Monday morning, we will finish our costumes and props. Please bring in anything you need to finish your costumes. Monday afternoon we will put the finishing touches on our choreography and then put it all together in our first complete run-through! Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday we will be traveling over to Savannah Arts Academy to stage our production. I'm expecting exceptional grace and courtesy while visiting SAA. The performance will be Thursday evening at 7:00 pm. Please have your parents get you to Savannah Arts Academy the evening of the performance between 6:00 and 6:15. Please remind your parents and friends to buy their tickets in the Media Center. They are $5 each.
Here's your chance to win a Leopold's ice cream social for our class! Get your parent's permission to fill out this questionnaire. One submission will be chosen at random for the ice cream, and your responses may even be printed in the magazine!
This week is proving to be an exciting one in our classroom. We will change up our schedule a bit so we can spend the entire afternoon in our homerooms preparing for the musical. In the mornings, we your time will be split evenly between Ms. Carol and myself.
During our morning worktime, please make sure you are working to complete your Resources Bingo choice sheet. This will be due Thursday. In addition, don't forget to study for your resources vocabulary quiz that will also take place this Thursday. Throughout the week, I will be having students take the final MAP test for the year. It is very important that you try your best on this computerized test, because I will use it to show your growth this year during the upcoming parent/teacher conferences.
We will be sending progress reports home Monday. Please review, sign, and return them to your homeroom teacher Tuesday. Your progress reports will include your current grades and any missing assignments you may owe this term. This is important to note, because you will not be able to attend Field Day on Friday if all of your work is not complete.
For Field Day, please keep the following items in mind:
- If you have not turned in your permission slip, please do so ASAP.
- Don't forget to pack a lunch. You will be able to purchase a school lunch, if you wish. You will need bottled water.
- Put on sun screen BEFORE you come to school. Pack some more in your bag to reapply throughout the day. A hat may be a good item to pack, too.
- You do NOT need to wear your school uniform, but you must adhere to the "dress down day" dress code policy (no sleeveless shirts, tank tops, etc.) Please wear tennis shoes (no flip flops or sandals). You may not wear swimming attire.
Finally, be sure to congratulate Ms. Carol for being chosen as Charles Ellis' Teacher of the Year!
Do you want a fun way to keep brushed-up on your basic math skills? Check out Sumdog.com! Play games, earn points to buy items for your custom avatar, and practice your math skills! Use the username and password given to you Tuesday. If you forget your log-in info, please see Mr. Trent.
We are well on our way to finishing up the CRCT's! This Monday is the science CRCT and Tuesday is the Social Studies. Any make-ups will be done on Wednesday. Keep your spirits up, we're almost finished :)
We will finally be able to get back to our normal routines after testing on Wednesday. In math we will be using what we know about ratios and proportions to create scale drawings. After some practice, we will try to recreate a larger-than-life masterpiece of our own! I don't want to give away the piece we will use as inspiration, but here is a small glimpse of part of the painting.
Do you think you can guess the painting is was taken from? You'll find out the answer this week!
If you'd like to give proportional drawing a try on your own, check out this handy guide.
In science, we will continue our work with our connection to the world around us with a focus on natural resources. I'll present the following information on Monday.
Please study the following words for a vocabulary quiz NEXT Thursday:
mixture of gaseous hydrocarbons located under the surface of the Earth, often
near petroleum deposits; used as a fuel.
any natural material that is used by humans, such as water, petroleum,
minerals, forests, and animals.
material, manure, or any other organic matter that is used as an energy source.
energy produced by heat within the Earth.
nonrenewable energy resource formed from the remains of organisms that lived
resource that forms at a rate that is much slower than the rate at which it is
natural resource that can be replaced at the same rate at it is consumed.
electrical energy produced by the flow of water.
coal- a fossil fuel that forms
underground from partially decomposed plant material
oil- a liquid mixture of
complex hydrocarbon compounds; used widely as a fuel source.
The following choice sheet will guide your research of natural resources. It is also due next Thursday.
My homeroom will also be taking some time this week to work on the upcoming musical. Please think about the role you would like to have in the musical. Would you like to be on stage or behind the scenes? If you want to be on stage, what part would you like to play? Please keep in mind that the narrator parts (Maria and Mario Montessori) will be played by 6th graders!