Extra Information: A note from our new student teacher!
Dear Parent/ Guardian,
My name is Ms. Hodgson. I will be a student teacher is Mrs. Drumm’s class for the next few months. I am earning my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University. I have had experiences teaching in first grade and third-grade classrooms and I look forward to working with your fifth grader. Fifth grade is an exciting year that is full of exploration and learning. I am eager to be part of your child’s experience.
Our Monthly Update:
Yay! February has begun and hopefully, winter is coming to a close. (I can’t wait for spring!) Cold and windy recess isn’t very much fun. We finished up January and we are going strong. We took two math tests during the month of January and as a whole, the class did extremely well. We are looking forward to having a new BYU student teacher join us next week. It is always wonderful having an extra set of adult hands in the classroom. I love the month of February and look forward to spending it with your students.
Valentine’s Class Party:
On Wednesday, February 14th we will be having a class Valentine’s Day Party. If your student chooses – on the day of the party – they can bring one Valentine (card/treat etc.), for each student in our class. (25 total – names are not necessary!)
If your child brings cards/candy they will be distributing them to one another during the class party. If your child wants to make a ‘Valentines Box,’ at home and bring it to school the day of the party they are more than welcome to do so. *We will also decorate bags to hold Valentines if your child does not want to make a box at home!
Math: This week we are finishing a unit on place value. We will have our final test on this unit next Monday, February 5th.
On February 6th, we will start learning about multiplying and dividing by powers of 10. (Ex. 4.2 ÷ 100, AND/OR Please write the 100,00 in exponential form. AND/OR How many thousandths are in 482.9175? AND/OR Find the quotient of 456.23 and 102 etc.) Basically, this unit is about ‘Explaining patterns in the number of zeros of the product when multiplying a number by powers of 10, and explain patterns in the placement of the decimal point when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10. Use whole-number exponents to denote powers of 10.’ This unit will wrap up around February 13th.
On February 15th, we will start learning about decimals and operations. (i.e., adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals)
Language Arts: Over the next few months we will be focusing the majority of our Language Arts time on reading a minimum of 120+ wpm, along with discovering questions and answers about different texts we read. We will also spend time summarizing informational texts while focusing on main ideas and inferences, along with writing multi-paragraph opinion and informational essays based on specific topics and prompts.
*Students are welcome to practice their essay writing skills at home by reviewing and editing any essays that have previously been assigned to the website Utah Compose. (They know how to access and log on to this website!)
NOTE: Please make sure your students are practicing their typing. They will have a difficult time passing the end of year requirements if they don’t practice a bit at home!
*DATES TO REMEMBER:
- February 7th and 8th – SEP Conferences *Make sure to sign up!
- February 14th – Valentine’s Day (Class Celebration)
- February 19th – No School (President’s Day)