We have taken on realistic fiction book clubs and many students have finished their first book. We are learning how important it is to write about our reading and how important it is to our Reading Life! We have been sharpening up our reading and thinking skills by reading great stories, studying skills and strategies of interpretation, and by writing and talking about literature.
Once we have learned to identify and discuss themes actively within our book clubs, we will compare and contrast the ways in which themes are developed across texts. We will then be studying the way in which a theme can be developed differently in different texts.
Students will be working from the following learning progressions to help elevate their reading to new levels this year. The rubric includes responding to reading, looking at story elements at a deeper level, looking at the story whole and how the parts contribute to that, developing the idea of a theme or multiple themes, studying the author's craft, and analyzing perspective. At home, you can help your child by talking to them at a deeper level of what they are reading. Instead of asking them the basic questions of who are the characters, what is the setting, etc, talk to them about how their thinking may have changed as they were reading the story.
We have been generating personal narratives and setting goals using a checklist to assess our growth and set new goals.
We are currently moving through the writing process by drafting, revising and editing our personal narratives. By the end of the week we will have finished our narratives and will be ready to move on.
Starting next week, students will be participating in a three week Paragraph Boot Camp unit. We will be analyzing the components of a powerful paragraph and extending a single paragraph into a multi-paragraph piece. From here, students will begin a unit on writing literary essays. This is a fun and engaging unit that prepares students for our next writing unit: argumentative essay writing.
We have finished our first and second unit in math. The first unit was on decimals to the thousandths. In this unit, we covered the idea that the value of a digit depends on its place in a number—for whole numbers to hundred millions and decimals to thousandths. He or she is learning that a digit in any place has 10 times the value it would have in the place to its right and 1 10 the value it would have in the place to its left. For example, in the number 105,558, the value of the 5 in the hundreds place is 1 10 the value of the 5 in the thousands place and 10 times the value of the 5 in the tens place. Your child will also learn to use whole-number exponents to write powers of 10. You can expect to see work that provides practice in place value with whole numbers and decimals. Here is an activity you can do with your child.
In Unit 2, we learned about adding and subtracting decimals. In this topic, your student developed proficiency with adding and subtracting decimals. These skills will enable your student to solve mathematical and real-world problems efficiently. These skills will also help your student estimate sums and differences in order to determine the reasonableness of solutions. Here is an activity that you can complete together to help your student practice estimating and calculating sums and differences of decimals to hundredths.
This week, we have moved on to multiplication and Topic 3. Our learning outcome for this unit will be to fluently multiply multi- digit whole numbers. We will continue using our mathematical skill of estimating to determine if answers seem reasonable. Students will understand multiplying by powers of 10, by 1-digit numbers, and by 2-digit numbers. This will eventually lead us to multiplying decimals. Students will learn through the area-model (partial-products) and the traditional method for multiplication. As your child engages in this unit, it is of the utmost importance that they are continuing to engage in math fact practice. Being able to recall their multiplication math facts in an accurate and efficient manner will help them to fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers and decimals (in our next unit). Eventually we will be learning division of whole numbers and decimals and this will also contribute to their success. your student will be learning how to fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers.
Your child has learned about the geography of the United States as well as our states, capitals, and regions. We have also been learning about exploration of the Americas and who came to explore. After spring break, we will revisit this topic to help us learn about the colonies and what led up to the American Revolution and the establishment of the US Constitution.
Your child is about to begin a new journey as he or she explores water on our Earth and the protection of Earth’s resources and environments. Your child’s mission will be to create a TV news segment that reports on where water is located, how it is used, and what people can do to conserve it. As your child works toward this goal, he or she will be exploring many phenomena while learning the following concepts:
We will do many investigations in class over several weeks to help your child learn these concepts from firsthand experiences. Encourage your child to share these experiences with you and to teach you what he or she has learned. Ask your child to identify examples of what he or she is learning in everyday life.
Hello and welcome back!! I am so excited to meet and see you all! My name is Kelly Broecker (pronounced Breker) and I am so excited that I am going to be your child’s teacher for the 2021-2022 school year at Gold Rush. I cannot wait for this year to begin so that we can get to know one another and have a fun, successful year of learning! Please read to the end as this has a lot of important information for you and your child.
Growing up in Colorado, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. 21 years ago I stepped into my first classroom and haven’t looked back. Education is my passion and watching your children grow to be strong, independent critical thinkers is why I teach. I have a BA in History from Colorado State University, my Elementary Educators license from Metropolitan State University of Denver and I have a Masters in Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction. I’ve taught both 4th and 5th grades over the past 20 years as well as one of those years as an instructional coach. This will be my fifth year at Gold Rush and I couldn’t have asked for a better community and school to be a part of.
My family and I live right here in Parker. I love teaching in the community where I live; it allows me to stay connected to my children and the entire Parker community. I am married to my husband of 21 years, and we have two wonderful daughters. Emily, 18, will be a Freshman at Colorado State University, and Abby, 15, is a Junior attending Chaparral High School and plays soccer year round. As a family we enjoy watching soccer, walking our dog Izzy, and hanging out together. My own hobbies include reading, rooting for CSU Ram Football, exercising, walking to enjoy our beautiful weather and scenery, and of course, watching Abby play soccer.
Have a great rest of your summer, I can’t wait to meet you on August 6th and see you for our first day on August 9th!
Me with my favorite flower!!
My family and I near Salzburg, Austria in 2019.
Space Mountain Summer 2021