Today is the last day of first quarter! Wow, time really flew by.
I have had such a great time teaching and learning about your children. I truly look forward to the time ahead.
Just a reminder that next week is our Fall Break. Students will return to school on Monday, October 15. I have sent home a folder so students can continue to practice some things we have been doing this quarter. I hope that this will help them enter Quarter 2 nice and strong.
Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for Oct. 22 - Nov.2 and I am sending your child home with an appointment letter today. Please be sure to mark your calendars and I will see you then! In the meantime, enjoy your family time.
Hello again families. Now that we are several weeks into the school year I can update you on some of the things we have been working on.
English Language Arts:
Throughout the year we will develop student's reading fluency and comprehension. Our goal is for students to read with appropriate rate and accuracy in order to meet the 5th grade standard of 155 words per minute. We practice this skill each week.
In order to develop better reading comprehension or understanding, we will use multiple strategies. So far, we have used the re-read strategy as well as the ask and answer questions strategy. Essentially, students are encouraged to re-read a text in order to make sure they understand important details, ideas or themes. The strategy to ask and answer questions is just what it sounds like. We encourage students to stop and ask questions about the text (basic and complex) in order to make sure they understand what they are reading. Also, as you know we have begun our daily reading log. Students are required to read for 30 minutes a night and then to complete a brief summary of their reading in their logs. Again these are assigned daily and are due at the end of the week.
Next week we will finish our first math unit! We have been working on noticing patterns within our place value system and using them to manipulate numbers in order to perform operations. We are also working on using what we know about numbers to make mental multiplication that much more efficient. As we begin a new unit, I send home a letter that describes the unit's specific learning targets.
We have experimented with the Scientific method and students are now investigating energy in ecosystems.
Eventually we will learn about the American Revolution. Before we get there, we are building our foundational knowledge of earlier North American people and cultures.
Those are just some of the things we have been working on. We continue to practice showing respect for ourselves and others as well as having empathy for others.
There is no school on Monday, September 3 in honor of Labor day. Enjoy your 3 day weekend!!!
Hello Everyone and welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. I am Ms. Santos, one of the 5th grade teachers here at
Chiefess Kapiolani. I am truly looking forward to the school year ahead. Throughout the year I will update this blog to communicate "what we are working on" and school events. Please remember to check your child's planner daily and feel free to communicate with me that way.
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