5th - Team


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10/16/20

Dear Families,

It was a pleasure to chat with some of you during parent teacher conferences. We are so lucky to be supported by such loving and fantastic families. As the first quarter comes to an end on October 23rd please continue to keep an eye on Infinite Campus to look for missing assignments. You can access infinite campus from RMAE's website.  After you click on "Family Resources" scroll down to "Family Links," open and click “Infinite Campus”. Your login credentials for IC are the same as Jeffco Connect. If you are still needing assistance, you can call the front office and ask to speak to Mrs. Bartlett. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns with low grades or missing assignments. We want all of our students to be successful, and any support you can provide at home with doing corrections and completing missing assignments makes a huge difference. Thank you for all you do. 


Content Covered:

Language Arts

There are still many “I Wonder” questions left at the end of Thunder Rolling in the Mountains.  While some of them can be answered, some may never be answered.

We have begun outlining our End of Module Essay where students will use 4 paragraphs to compare and contrast Chief Joseph and Sound of Running Feet.  So far we have completed our introductory paragraph, complete with hook, background information, and thesis.  We then separated our thesis into 2 points for our 2 supporting paragraphs and looked for evidence from the book.  We will continue to complete Handout 27A and finish our outline next week.


Math

We have started Chapter 3 where we will explore the world of tiny numbers. Last week, students learned to represent thousandths, while reviewing place-value to the right of the decimal point. Students are working on comparing and ordering decimals based on the greatest number in the greatest place-value. Just a reminder that Simple Solutions 13-14 will be checked on Monday. If your student is missing Simple Solutions scores in Infinite Campus, they can check their answers and submit their score in Google Classroom for full credit.


Science

With the short week, we explored a mini unit on the needs of plants.  With our background knowledge we should know that plants need sun and water.  We added to what we already knew to complete the chemical equation of photosynthesis and began exploring the question “Do plants need soil?”


Social Studies

During our Renaissance unit, students study some of the most important artists and thinkers in history. We gave them the opportunity to put themselves in the shoes of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo by doing fun art projects and participating in their own Renaissance. Ask them what their favorite activity was.


Upcoming Dates

Monday October 19 - NO SCHOOL

Friday October 23- End of First Quarter


Remote Learning Plan

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LoyTVG-WROcauRwRoYqwJ1hSeRTg8tEcl9AH9rLE_kU/edit?usp=sharing





10/9/20

Dear Families, 


Where is the time going?!  We are quickly approaching the end of the first quarter, which is on October 23rd.  There is still time to submit missing assignments!  In-person students have received a copy of their “Missing Assignments” report from Infinite Campus, and should understand what they need to complete before the end of the quarter.   


Parent Teacher conferences continue next week for both remote and in-person learners. 


Content Covered:

Language Arts

Students worked on identifying evidence from the text or reading passage, and elaboration.  These will be important skills as we begin to build our own essays next week.


Math

We finished up Chapter 2 and took our test. During this chapter, we learned to break up large numbers into groups using both the standard algorithm and different division strategies. I will return tests next week. We will be going over the test in class and starting Chapter 3 next week. Please make sure that your kiddo takes the opportunity to do corrections on their Chapter 2 test. In class learners can do corrections directly on the test or on an attached sheet of paper. Remote learners can check their score in Think Central and correct the missed problems on a separate sheet of paper, which they can turn in on Google Classroom or in the paper drop. Remote learners can also just take the Chapter 2 Test Retake on Think Central. Just a reminder that Simple Solutions #11 and #12 will be checked on Monday. 


Science

Ecosystems are made up of living and nonliving things within a given environment.  We have begun to think through the connection between producers, consumers, and decomposers as they transfer and transform energy.  We took a closer look at a few ecosystems to see if we could spot the living and nonliving components as well as sort the living organisms into the categories producer, consumer, and decomposer.


Social Studies

The Renaissance, or rebirth, was an important time period during European history.  The 15th and 16th centuries were a time when artists and scholars “went forward by going backwards”.  Check in with your student to see if they can explain what this phrase means!


Upcoming Dates

Friday October 16 - NO SCHOOL

Monday October 19 - NO SCHOOL


Remote Learning Plan

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ab7u8pGEYSyRlFy9MFIEw_Fum6MXVDnwKLSD7aJ_oHI/edit?usp=sharing 




10/2/20

Hello Families!


Parent Teacher Conferences are starting soon!

These conferences will be held virtually over Zoom.  Children are encouraged to attend, and we appreciate the opportunity to meet with all families to assess progress and set goals for the academic year.  Conferences will be focusing on overall academic and socioemotional progress, and therefore facilitated by homeroom teachers.  If there is a specific question regarding reading or math, please contact Mrs. Weiker cweiker@rmae.org or Miss Amen bamen@rmae.org to discuss those content areas.


Please sign up for a time slot!


Content Covered:

Language Arts

We read and discussed chapters 4-8.  Using the events, dialogue, and interaction of the characters we looked for character traits that represented cultural values.  We then summarized battles fought between the Nez Perce and the US Government to analyze the circular violence of their conflict.


Math

This week 5th grade math students continued to work on developing different strategies for doing division with both single and multi-digit divisors. Next Friday we will take our Chapter 2 test. 


Science

Finishing up our exploration of matter with a unit review and test, we transitioned to investigating how groups of objects are grouped and classified.  We then build background knowledge by learning about Carl Linnaeus and how he simplified taxonomy.  We will utilize the knowledge gained this week as we begin learning about ecosystems next week.


Social Studies

Our unit on Explorers ended by thinking through the cause and effect relationships of the spice trade, circumnavigating the globe, and triangular trade routes between Europe, Africa, and North America.


Core Virtue

The Core Virtue for October is self-discipline.  We enjoyed the story "The King and his Hawk" to explore the theme of controlling our emotions and recognizing the consequences of our choices.


Remote Learning Plan for the Week of October 5th

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vA2Zbat3W83jUE2tzK0ahTDG4cv6WJ9RWc18S2RhTN8/edit?usp=sharing


Upcoming Dates

Friday October 9th - 5th Grade Math Test

Friday October 16th - NO SCHOOL

Monday October 19th - NO SCHOOL



9/25/20

Dear Families,

Another busy week! 

Our classroom community has been together for a little over a month.  We have reminded students about expectations regarding social distancing, face coverings, and washing hands; as we are getting comfortable being around each other and needed reminders.  Please take a moment to reinforce these expectations with your child.


As the weather begins to turn cooler, layers are helpful, but can get lost in the shuffle.  Make sure that all items sent to school are clearly labeled with your student’s name so we can easily get items back to them.


Language Arts:

We used our knowledge of the Nez Perce conflict with the US Government over rights to their homeland in 1877 to infer the cultural beliefs and values of each group.  We then used evidence to compare and contrast the two.  We ended the week by exploring transition sentences to turn a one point paragraph into a two point paragraph.



Math:

This week, we took our Chapter 1 Test. Students are able to do corrections (for in person) and retake (for remote) if they are not happy with their score. Overall, everyone did a great job on a very challenging test and really showed their understanding of Chapter 1. We will continue to fill in gaps in understanding as we continue through Chapter 2. This week, we have begun working with long division. We are using different strategies and will continue to challenge the way we split up numbers into groups. Next week we will have our Mid-Chapter Checkpoint. Also, please remember that Simple Solutions #7 and #8 are due Monday!


Science:

Rounding out our investigation of matter, students explored the concepts of: conservation of matter (the amount of matter you have at the beginning of a reaction is the same amount you have at the end of a reaction), closed versus open systems, evidence of chemical change (light, sound, odor, temperature, precipitate, color), and non-newtonian fluids (matter that has the characteristics of both a liquid and a solid).



Social Studies:

We have begun learning about The Age of Exploration. During this unit we look at how Europeans came to North and South America, as well as who was already living here. Reading about the interactions of monarchies, explorers, and indigenous populations, helps to give a full perspective on the era that continues to influence our country today. 


Random Acts of Kindness/Core Virtues:

Core Virtue for the Month of September is Responsibility


Upcoming Dates:

Monday October 12th - Parent teacher conferences begin.  More information will be sent home next week.

Friday October 16th - NO SCHOOL

Monday October 19th - NO SCHOOL


9/18/20

Dear Families,

Wow, the week has flown by! We had MAP testing Monday and Tuesday for in-class learners and everyone did a great job staying focused and doing their best. It was also fantastic to have a chance to see your faces and answer some of your questions during our Back to School Night this week. If you did not get a chance to attend live, both recordings are posted in the Google Classroom.


Remote families, please look for a special surprise in your student’s packet for next week.  To foster relationships and ease social separation, in-class friends wrote a letter to our at-home friends.  We tried to add lots of questions to these letters, hoping that our at-home friends will write back! 


Content Covered:

Language Arts:

We compared and contrasted “Coyote and the Monster” and “How Beaver Stole Fire from the Pines”. 


Math:

Lessons 1.9, 1.10, 1.11, and 1.12 focused on numerical expressions and the order of operations.


Science:

Through observations and experiments we have continued to learn about matter. We discovered that all matter is made up of particles, even air and water. We have also begun to discuss the difference between a chemical change and a physical change. 


Social Studies:

We continued our study of the Aztec and Inca. We reviewed all that we had learned about early civilizations and took our chapter test. Next week, we are moving on to The Age of Explorers.


Random Acts of Kindness/Core Virtues:

Core Virtue for the Month of September is Responsibility



Next Week:

Tuesday September 22- Math Chapter 1 Test (different from the email last week, we will have a review day Monday)
Tuesday September 22- Picture Day! Please be in uniform!

Friday September 25- FREE DRESS DAY



9/11/20

Dear Remote Families,

Thank you for your understanding as we experienced internet outages this week.  Please remember, that per the Remote Learning agreement, teachers have 24 hours to upload lessons to Google Classroom and students have extended due dates to submit work.  All work is assigned on Friday, and due a week from Monday.  Besides providing the flexibility to allow families to match learning to their schedules, the 10 day period also accommodates the few occasions when technical glitches will arise either in the classroom or at home.


Out of our 16 remote learning families, 14 families have requested paper copies of assignments and handouts.  Packets are outside the main office on Friday at 3:30.  When picking up your student’s packets, the understanding is you will be dropping off any completed work.  Even though all assignments are available through Google Classroom, by opting for paper copies you are eliminating the need to print or upload completed assignments.  


The Remote Learning Plan is an important resource for understanding what students need each day for each class period, what assignments should be completed, and where they should be in their learning before the next class period.  We are continuing to tweek and modify the format to make all of those things clearer. Please understand that it is also a fluid document and is subject to slight changes based on what is completed in the classroom. For example, there were changes made this week due to technical glitches impacting content covered.  The Zoom links are for live class sessions.  These are time sensitive links, and will not be active until class time.  Recorded lessons are posted in Google Classroom under the “Instruction” section of each assignment tab and are available to watch or rewatch at any time once uploaded.


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1duUmI9PreZ3F-921_WBeyjXyBiSRKqXOm3VMcimP3x0/edit?usp=sharing


Next Week:

Monday September 14th - MAPs testing for in-person learners and remote learners.  NO LIVE ZOOMS to accommodate the change in our normal schedule.

Tuesday September 15th - MAPs testing for in-person learners.  Live Zoom for Social Studies only to accommodate the change in our normal schedule.

Wednesday September 16th - Back to School Night 5:00 - 5:30 pm

Here is our link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9020490308?pwd=djBiVWhsNG82a2NZb1dNaUhTOG8xZz09

Monday September 21st - First math test of the year! Woohoo!


Dear Families,


Content Covered:

Language Arts:

Students explored the parts of a paragraph and compared a one-point topic sentence with a two-point topic sentence.  We began to use prepositional phrases, and built an understanding of how they elaborate a simple sentence to provide details that answer the questions “Where?”, “When?”, “What Kind?”, “Which One?”, or “How?”.


Math:

Lessons 1.6, 1.7, and 1.8 focused on the properties of multiplication and division.


Science:

Matter is all around us!  As either a solid, liquid, or a gas.  We can use the properties of matter to describe objects around us, identify unknown substances, and ask scientific questions.


Social Studies:

Mesoamerica was once home to a variety of civilizations.  This week we gained an understanding of the Maya and Aztec people.  Next week we will continue to learn about the Aztecs and be introduced to the Incas.


Random Acts of Kindness/Core Virtues:

Digging deeper into the responsibilities of a learner, we discussed the characteristics of a Growth Mindset.


Next Week:

Monday September 14th - MAPs testing for in-person learners and remote learners.  

Tuesday September 15th - MAPs testing for in-person learners.  

Wednesday September 16th - Back to School Night 6:00 - 6:30 pm

Here is our link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9020490308?pwd=djBiVWhsNG82a2NZb1dNaUhTOG8xZz09

Monday September 21st - First math test of the year! Woohoo!




9/4/20

Dear Families,


Thank you all so much for your support this week. We had an amazing few days both in class and remote, full of learning and growth. We are beginning to get into a routine as we start up our curriculums and are slowly beginning to work through some of the issues we found early on *insert self high five*. 


Content Covered

Language Arts

This week we put into practice all the skills we learned last week in Module 0.  Students read 3 nonfiction articles: The Lewis and Clark Expedition, The Indian Country 1800: A Brilliant Plan for Living, and A New Nation Comes to the Indian Country.  After reading each passage, students built their knowledge by writing a summary of each passage.  The week’s learning culminated in an informative paragraph explaining how the culture and values of Indian Country was impacted by westward expansion.


Math

We built upon our knowledge of place value, and how a digit is different from a number. We had lots of excitement learning about exponents when working with powers of ten. Students enjoyed figuring out patterns and getting that “lightbulb moment” when they understood the new concept.


Science

During our review, we compared how an animal cell differs from a plant cell.  A cell is the smallest building block of life, and will help us understand everything from plant growth to the interdependence of ecosystems.


Social Studies

There are many lakes all over the world.  Some of them have similar characteristics and some of them are very different.  We explored 13 different lakes, and then chose 2 to compare.


Random Acts of Kindness/Core Virtues

Emotions play a big role in the way our 5th graders act within the classroom, so this week we spent time analyzing and exploring them through an art project. We drew Emotion Self Portraits where we used color to express what emotions they feel most often. The student’s drawings will be on display in the classroom next week.


Important Dates to Remember:

Monday September 7th - NO SCHOOL, Labor Day

Monday September 14th - MAPs testing for in-person students, NO READING

Tuesday September 15th - MAPs testing for in-person students, NO MATH


Have an amazing long weekend. Please email with any questions or concerns!




Thank you for hanging with us during this challenging week. We are still working through managing how to coordinate the learning of our remote students with our in-class learners, but we have learned so much this week and hope that is will only get smoother from here on out. We greatly appreciate your patience and support while we buffer our way through this exciting school year.

We loved getting to know your children both on Zoom and in class and can already see that we have a fantastic group of 5th graders, each with unique talents and personalities. They have made this week incredibly fun and every single day a new adventure. Next week, we will really begin to dive into Core Knowledge and our GoMath curriculum. Each student brings something special to the learning and discussions and we look forward to supporting them in tackling the new and challenging material.


Content Covered:

Wit & Wisdom (Language Arts)

Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

Students became familiar with the routines and procedures we will use in class while building an answer to the question "How does reading help us gain knowledge?"  We explored character, setting, problem, and solution.  Then took our thinking deeper by analyzing a character's feelings at the beginning, middle, and end of the story.  Finally we tied it all together by distilling the essential meaning of the story.


Science

We reviewed the steps in the Scientific Circle (the scientific method) by evaluating the events in “Journey to the Center of the Earth”.  Students did a great job thinking beyond the story to identifying things that are based on scientific facts.


Social Studies

Our Core Virtue is “Responsibility”.  Using the Constitution as a model, we thought through our rights as learners (things we get) and our responsibilities as learners (things we need to give).  Applying our understanding culminated in building our own Classroom Constitution.  Part of the process involved naming our classroom community, and our class Swivl!


Math

Prerequisite Skills Inventory completed!  GoMath curriculum begins Monday!  If you have not helped your student log onto Think Central, please take a moment to make sure they are able to access their dashboard.


Important Dates to Remember:

Monday September 7th - NO SCHOOL, Labor Day



We ask for your continued support as we keep navigating the challenging territory of managing both remote and in-class learning. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out. Thank you for a fantastic first week


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Welcome to 5th Grade at Rocky Mountain Academy!


we really enjoyed getting to speak with a few of you during orientation and look forward to getting to know all you better as the year goes on. We look forward to building on your support for the exciting and challenging year ahead.


As you all know, some students will be in class, and others will be learning remotely. We want to support you and your students to the best of our ability in whichever learning environment you have chosen. Communication will be crucial to ensure that all students are receiving the best education possible. Please email us with any questions or concerns you may have during the school year. 


We look forward to seeing students both on Zoom and in person. Just a few reminders to make sure that your student is ready for class:

  • Our class will be entering the building on the north side (the doors facing Elk Meadow)

  • If available, we are asking that students bring in a device and headphones (such as a Chromebook or iPad). These devices will only be used during structured lessons that enrich classroom instruction. Just a reminder that the students are responsible for their own devices and must adhere to the RMAE Tech Policy. 

  • Please bring a book to read during Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) time. Because of COVID guidelines, we are minimizing the use of classroom libraries and ask that students bring their own books to read during our soft start at the beginning of the day. 

  • Students will not be able to use the water fountains during the day so we are asking that they bring a water bottle to have at their desks.

  • Keep in mind that students will be eating lunch in the classroom. They will not have access to a refrigerator or microwave, so please make sure that their food is ready to eat. 

  • All students have access to the Google Classroom by logging in with their RMAE email.

  • If your student is learning in-person, please make sure to register with the PikMyKid app.


We look forward to a healthy, productive, and fun year!