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Room 5 Update

Dear Parents, We will be going on our next field trip of the year on Wednesday, April 9th. We will be going to the Wells Fargo History Museum in Downtown A. !his is a good field trip gi"ing the students a teaser about the #old $ush. We will be lea"ing at 9%&& a.m. We should return ba'( by lun'htime. )tudents will need a sa'( lun'h *ust in 'ase we are not ba'( in time for them to buy lun'h. May +th is our short field trip to a )enora Histori'al Museum. !his is a wal(ing field trip to a home in our ,anyon 'ommunity. !he home is an adobe house built during the Mexi'an ,alifornia time period owned by the Mar-ue. family. We will hear from /rnie Mar-ue. about life during this time period. )pring is su'h a busy time of year0 1lympi's Day is 'oming up0 ,oa'h 2oey is doing a great *ob of training our (ids 3 we will raise lots of money to (eep the wonderful programs we ha"e here at ,anyon0 We are gearing up for the )marter 4alan'e Field !est5 during the last wee( in April and first wee(s in May. $emember this is not a s'ored test. We are ta(ing the test to prepare us and the distri't for full implementation next year. )pring 4rea( is April 67869. : hope e"eryone has a wonderful relaxing brea( and en*oyes themsel"es.

Dates to Remember

:n )o'ial )tudies, we are finishing up our short unit on Pioneers and Westward Mo"ement, whi'h in'ludes 2edediah )mith and 2ames 4e'(wourth. )tudents ha"e been learning about ,alifornia;s 'hange in population due to more settlers. )tudents will be parti'ipating in a simulation of the #old $ush. :n groups, they form mining 'ompanies. !hey will be learning how to note ta(e<outline information, write in a Miner;s og and ma(e tough de'isions *ust li(e the miners did. :n the 'omputer lab, students will be wor(ing on ma(ing post'ards from the gold fields. !hey will be ma(ing a =eynote, whi'h lets the 'hildren add graphi's and media as well as sounds. 1n Wednesday, April 9th we will be ta(ing a field trip to the Wells Fargo History Museum in Downtown A. !his is a great field trip where students will ha"e the opportunity to learn about the gold rush time period and 'ommuni'ation during this time. )tudents will see what it was li(e to li"e during that time period. We always en*oy this field trip.

Wednesday, April >rd Wells Fargo Field !rip !uesday, April 9th Monthly Assembly April ?9th @ May 6Ath )marter 4alan'e Field !esting Wednesday, May +th a )enora Histori'al Museum !uesday, May ?&th Monthly Assembly 1

We ha"e begun our last unit on /n"ironments . )tudents ha"e planted a terrarium and ha"e begun to obser"e isopods.

!hey will be introdu'ing their isopods into their terrariums to obser"e their intera'tion with the en"ironment.

We will begin our unit on data analysis after )pring 4rea(. )tudents will ma(e obser"ations about graphs and data. !hey will plot 'oordinate points on a graph and learn the different types of graphs Bstem 3 leaf, line plot, line graph, bar graph, et'.5. We will be finding out what the A"erage 7th #rader thin(s by 'onstru'ting a -uestion and 'olle'ting data. We will begin our probability unit soon. !he 'hildren will be ma(ing predi'tions for probability situations. )tudents will test their predi'tions and 'al'ulate ratios. )tudents will be using 'ards, di'e and 'olor tiles to figure the probability of 'hoosing a parti'ular number, 'olor tile, or 'ard. !hey will learn and use the "o'abulary related to probability% li(ely, e-ually li(ely, unli(ely, infinite and probable. )tudents find the out'omes to probability situations.
If your child still does not know his or her facts quickly and by rote, please practice DAILY!

Environments. Students will be working in pairs using our laptop cart to research a habitat. They will work together to present the information about their habitat using the laptops. They will research the area of the world in which you find their habitat animals and plants that live in their habitat and any interesting facts about their habitat. !rammar skills continue to be an area of focus. "roofreading is practiced daily. Students are learning about pronouns possessive pronouns homophones ad#ectives articles and verbs$ %e are also learning how to combine sentences. %e are learning to write a summary of a text and responding to literature.

Writing
%e have been writing all year long. %e began in the genre of &esponse to Literature. Students read stories and learned about character analysis plot and setting. %e also have done a unit on Summary writing. %e have read fictional stories and learned about writing short summaries. %e have also learned about writing summaries for non'fictional articles. %e are currently working on &esponse to Literature. Students have been writing a piece that is personal about themselves.

Our next unit in Treasures will be about Habitats. This fits in perfectly with our Life Science unit on 2

How to Study!
%e have only () more weeks of *th grade and we want to be sure our students are prepared for +th grade$ ,rs. -avis . / have included some suggestions how to increase our students0 study habits. 1t this age the children still need some parental guidance to effectively study. 2!ood study habits also entail paying attention during class3 not relying solely on a review sheet.4 Some suggestions for helping your child improve5

Limit T !iewing to weekends


6or &eading 6luency5 o &ead 7) minutes per day including weekends$ 1t least half that time should be spent reading 1LO8- to a parent. Encourage the reading of unfamiliar words by looking at the context 2what makes sense here4 phonics 2what word begins with that letter4 and syntax 2what part of speech is being used4. 6or ,ath facts5 o () minutes per day5 practice triangular flash cards with fact family o /n the car around the dinner table walking to school etc. 6ind +'() minutes a day to orally practice math facts$ 6or 9ocabulary o :our child brings vocabulary words home every ,onday. ,ake flash cards for the words. "lay games with flashcards testing him;her. o Have your child use the new vocabulary in meaningful sentences 6or Spelling5 o Have your child sort words according to the spelling pattern of the week. o Have your child add to the spelling categories all week5 words that he;she notices in books on billboards in the newspaper etc. %ords surround us everyday$ 6or &eading <omprehension5 o &ead together with your child nightly. Stop every couple of pages to discuss main ideas . details with your child. o :our child should be rereading their Treasures story Tuesday'Thursday nights. 1sk him;her =uestions about the reading . have him;her write their answers on paper. 6or Social Studies5 o >ring home the note taking outlines completed during class$ 8sing the outlines ask your child =uestions. Try to ask in more than one way so your child understands the concepts, not simply memorize one right response. o %e have many discussions during class to gain understanding of concepts. ,8ST "1: 1TTE?T/O? to these discussions$$ o Have your child reread the Social Studies chapters or sections noting the key words in the side box bold print . colored section headings. These are all important. 2Sometimes children understand better if they read expository text aloud since it is filled with information.4