Friday: 2/5/16

The Solar System projects were turned in this week and look GREAT!! Please stop in and see all the awesome projects on display in our hallways! Start sending in those BOXTOPS! A new contest started for February and ends February 19th! Winning classrooms will get an icecream party, a pajama party, or a 10 minute dance party!! Accelerated Reader Books must be read nightly. Students will need to read pass 8 tests (2 nonfiction) with an 80% or higher this marking period. Please make sure that your child has read his/her book completely. Valentine’s Day Party will be Thursday, February 11th from 2:05-3:05. If your child is on the committee, please send in the supplies the day of the party. Mid-Winter Break is Friday 2/12-2/15. School will resume on Tuesday, February 16. Have a great weekend! ~Mrs. Ellis

Next Week’s Reading & Math Learning Targets:
1) I can use 2 different pieces of text to show my understanding on a topic (synthesize)
2) I can solve division problems having 2-digit divisors

Pre-Friday: 1/29/16

I will be out of the classroom tomorrow (1/29) so I am sending my Friday post a little early. :)

Midmarks are in your child’s Friday Folder. These are your child’s current grades as of 1/2 way through the trimester. Please look these over with your child, sign, & return Monday. Please make sure you are checking your child’s assignment book daily for any homework/ projects that need to be completed. Solar System Projects are due Tuesday, February 2nd. The February newsletter, along with a class list for Valentine’s Day, is also in your child’s Friday Folder. Accelerated Reader Books must be read nightly. Students will need to read & pass 8 tests (2 NF) with an 80% or higher by Friday, March 11th. Please make sure that your child has read his/her book completely. Jump Rope for Heart will take place during school on Thurs. 2/4 (5th grade from 2:05-2:50). Please send in donations at that time. Stay WARM this weekend! ~Mrs. Ellis

February Newsletter:

The February Newsletter is now posted! You will also find the newsletter, along with a class list for Valentine’s Day, in your child’s Friday Folder.

Please click the links below to view.
February Newsletter pg1

February Newsletter pg2

Class List 2015-2016

Friday: 1/22/16

Science Moon Test will be Wednesday, January 27th. Students created study guides to study from. Key topics that will be tested are; moon phases, seasons, day & night, tides, and eclipses. Make sure your child can identify and label these on a diagram. Please make sure your child is reading 30 minutes nightly. Please send in the permission slip & $4 for the G.R. field trip if you haven’t already. Have a great weekend! ~Mrs. Ellis

Science 1/21/16: Tides

Students learned about why the Earth experiences tides…Take a look at the link below to see what happens in the Bay of Fundy!!

3 main causes of tides:
1) The moon-the moon’s gravity pulls on the earth and causes tides.
2) The sun- the pull of the sun is only about 1/2 as strong as the pull of the moon
3) Earth’s rotation- the rotation of the earth produces centrifugal force which works with the pull of the moon to produce those bulges in the ocean that cause tides.

Bay of Fundy video: Bay of Fundy

New Vocab:
High Tide (spring tide)
Low Tide (neap tide)
Spring tide-the largest tides when the pull of the sun lines up with the pull of the moon and reinforces it.
Neap tide-small tides that occur when the pull of the moon and the pull of the sun are in opposition to each other.

Girls On The Run:

GOTR reminder:
Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for GOTR. This must be done electronically, here is the link: http://www.muskegongotr.org/.
If you have any questions, please contact Leigh Eckerman at 798-1773 ext.8621 or eckermal@monashores.net.

Solar System Project Rubric & Guidelines:

Hello!

Just a reminder that Solar System projects are due Tuesday, February 2. A rubric and guideline sheet was sent home with your child (attached in assignment book) in the beginning of January. I have also attached this rubric to this blog post (see below). Please contact me for any questions you may have.

Thank you for your support,
Mrs. Ellis

Solar System Project Rubric 2016

MLK Day:

Once upon a time, there was a man named Martin Luther King, Jr. He taught us that things won’t always be awesome, but your response can be. Remember, things don’t always have to be the way they are. We can change them! Kids can change them. This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, celebrate the promise of change with Kid President.

Kid President: MLK

Monday: 1/18/16

Book orders were sent home last week and due Jan 25th. Don’t forget that Solar System Projects are due Tues., February 2. Guidelines and rubrics were sent home. The moon test will take place Wednesday, January 27th. It will test students on the moon phases, eclipses, and tides. A study guide will be coming home soon. Yearbook orders are due by Jan. 31. Specials’ Field trip permission slip is in your child’s FF. Please return by Feb. 12. Please make sure you have filled out an IChat form and have attached a copy of your driver’s license if you plan on participating in ANY field trips this year, including Chicago. Upcoming vision screening will be during the first week of February. If you wish not to have your child screened, please notify the office before Feb. 1st. See you all on TUESDAY! ~Mrs. Ellis

What Causes Seasons?


Q: What causes the seasons?
A: The Earth’s tilt

In Science class this week, students explored what causes the Earth to have seasons using only 2 materials; a flashlight and a ball that represents Earth. (Key terms discussed: seasons, tilt, indirect sunlight, direct sunlight)