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Mme Carrie Grabowski, grabowski_c@4j.lane.edu, Room 11
Mme Adrienne Carlson, carlson_a@4j.lane.edu, Room 9






Week of 11 December 2017

posted Dec 11, 2017, 3:41 PM by Mme Grabowski_Carlson


Bonjour Parents and Guardians,

Time is passing quickly, and winter break is upon us. It is hard to believe that this is the last week before winter break!

Thank you to Laura Fuhriman for letting us know that she is a class representative. We are still wondering,  is there a representative for the red class as well or only one representative for all of 5th grade?


5th grade is the time when many students enter puberty. Thank you to parents who have spoken to their children and have implemented some changes in hygiene routines. Some students may still need some support in this area.  At this age they aren't likely to notice the need for more attention to their hygiene.


Winter break is a great time to work on a updating and re-focusing your student.  Having them recognize the need for more frequent bathing and hair washing.  Putting on clean clothes everyday, Brushing teeth.  


In the communications folder you should find the following: sentences about last weekend.


Since the science kits are due back at the district office very soon (the week of December 11th), we will try to finish up the investigation called Heating Earth. The students will not make new vocabulary flashcards this week but will perhaps do so the week of December 11th.


On the English side this week students will:

  • Reading -  Independent Reading Reflection activities

    • Mini Independent Book Reports -

      • Questions you can ask: What did you (or are you going to) do your mini book report on? What was the theme of your book? Why might you suggest another person read that book?


  • Equivalency used to add fractions with unlike denominators  

    • We will review equivalent fractions and move onto fractions with unlike denominators next week

      • A mini quiz will be on Thursday December 14th  


  • MINI POETRY UNIT

    • Students will be learning a little bit about Poetry and will hopefully write at least one Poetry piece that they will publish prior to winter break


On the French side over the next two week students will:

  • Take a test over the passé composé and may use their notes in Ma grammaire personnelle, the lavender workbook.

  • Finish the science unit, Earth and Sun. The current investigation is called “Heating Earth”. The essential questions will be: What causes condensation to form?

  • They will continue a nutrition unit. Time permitting, students will analyze their snacks and eating habits.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free email Mme. Grabowski at grabowski_c@4j.lane.edu for questions concerning French and/or science; and Mme. Adrienne at carlson_a@4j.lane.edu for questions concerning English Language Arts or math.


Have a wonderful winter break,

Mme. Carlson and Mme. Grabowski


IMPORTANT DATES

Daily                    French or math assignment, and read 20 minutes

December 13            Test over the passé composé

December 14            Science test over Earth and Su

December 14             Mini Fraction Quiz











Week of 4 December 2017

posted Dec 5, 2017, 12:05 AM by Mme Grabowski_Carlson   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 12:05 AM ]

Bonjour Parents and Guardians,

We hope that you had a happy and relaxing Thanksgiving break.


Thank you to Laura Fuhriman for letting us know that she is a class representative. We are still wondering,  is there a representative for the red class as well or only one representative for all of 5th grade?


5th grade is the time when many students enter puberty. This means that their bodies are growing and developing into adults. With that comes body odor, which can be exacerbated by sports activities and infrequent changing of clothing such as undergarments. Although they have not yet done a health unit on hygiene this year, many students would do well to improve their hygiene habits. Thank you for talking to your child about this concept and implementing some changes in hygiene routines.


In the communications folder you should find the following: the most recent homework responsibility report and the most recent French spelling/vocabulary quiz.


Since the science kits are due back at the district office very soon (the week of December 11th), we will try to finish up the investigation called Heating Earth. The students will not make new vocabulary flashcards this week but will perhaps do so the week of December 11th.


On the English side this week students will:

  • Reading -  Independent Reading Reflection activities

    • Mini Independent Book Reports -

      • Questions you can ask: What did you (or are you going to) do your mini book report on? What was the theme of your book? Why might you suggest another person read that book?


  • Math Unit - Equivalency used to add fractions with unlike denominators  

    • We will review equivalent fractions and move onto fractions with unlike denominators next week

      • A mini quiz will be on Thursday December 14th  


  • STATES AND CAPITALS -

    • Students will be presenting their speeches on Thursday (11/7) and Friday (11/8)

    • Updated list of who will be presenting when has been sent home to parents.


  • MINI POETRY UNIT

    • Students will be learning a little bit about Poetry and will hopefully write at least one Poetry piece that they will publish prior to winter break


On the French side over the next two week students will:

  • Take a test over the passé composé and may use their notes in Ma grammaire personnelle, the lavender workbook.

  • Continue the science unit, Earth and Sun. The current investigation is called “Heating Earth”. The essential questions will be: 1) What happens when a volume of fluid is warmed at the bottom of a vial?; 2) What causes condensation to form?

  • They will continue a nutrition unit. They will analyze meals from around the world with Guillaume. Time permitting, students will analyze their snacks and eating habits.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free email Mme. Grabowski at grabowski_c@4j.lane.edu for questions concerning French and/or science; and Mme. Adrienne at carlson_a@4j.lane.edu for questions concerning English Language Arts or math.


Bonne semaine,

Mme. Carlson and Mme. Grabowski


IMPORTANT DATES

Daily                    French or math assignment, and read 20 minutes

December 4                No school--Professional Development

December 6                State Shoebox Due (due to Mme Carlson’s illness)

December 7 and  8            State Presentations with Shoeboxes

December 7 or 8            Test over the passé composé

December 13 or 14            Science test over Earth and Sun

December 14             Mini Fraction Quiz










Week of 4 December 2017

posted Nov 27, 2017, 10:23 PM by Mme Grabowski_Carlson

Bonjour Parents and Guardians,


We hope that you had a happy and relaxing Thanksgiving break.


Thank you to Laura Fuhriman for letting us know that she is a class representative. She happens to be a blue class parent. Is there a representative for the red class as well or only one representative for all of 5th grade?


5th grade is the time when many students enter puberty. This means that their bodies are growing and developing into adults. With that comes body odor, which can be exacerbated by sports activities and infrequent changing of clothing such as undergarments. Although they have not yet done a health unit on hygiene this year, many students would do well to improve their hygiene habits. Thank you for talking to your child about this concept and implementing some changes in hygiene routines.


In the communications folder you should find the following: the most recent homework responsibility report and the most recent French spelling/vocabulary quiz.


On Thursday, November 30th, students made flashcards in French class of the words  below. There will be a test over the spelling and definitions of these words on Thursday, December 14th. Students should learn the spelling, the gender of nouns, and the definitions. For this test, students will write the words, articles, and definitions or drawings (that they will do for homework). To prepare for this, students should study the words daily by starting with a few and then adding more over the two-week period. Studying is an active pursuit in which students quiz themselves by writing information or saying it aloud: Flipping silently through flashcards does not involve enough engagement and is not a good study strategy.


On the English side this week students will:

  • Reading -  Independent Reading Reflection activities

    • Mini Independent Book Reports -

      • Questions you can ask: What did you (or are you going to) do your mini book report on? What was the theme of your book? Why might you suggest another person read that book?


  • Unit 4: Place Value

    • Estimations and Number Talks warm-ups

    • Students are finishing up our place value unit: Unit Test will be on Thursday

    • The should now have nearly mastered/mastered:

      • understanding of place value to the thousands

      • why a decimal point might move to the right or left

      • how to write a decimal number in standard form, word form and expanded form

    • Students are now exploring: Powers of 10

      • We will be learning the rule around powers of 10 and also exploring other bases/powers if students are ready


  • STATES AND CAPITALS -

    • Students should have completed their state packet and should be completed with or nearly completed with their state speech. They need to be COMPLETELY finished no later than Wed. Nov 29th.

    • Tuesday, Nov. 28th we will be begin learning how to write cue cards - specifically discussing how cue cards are different than the speech they have written and how you can use cue cards effectively. Cue cards should be completely finished by Thursday (Nov. 30th) - so that students can continue using them to practice their speeches for the presentations on the 6th and 7th of December.

    • More details will be going to home to Parents on Tuesday Nov. 28th regarding the speech and the order of the presentations.



On the French side over the next two week students will:

  • Continue studying the passé composé, a past tense, so look for notes in Ma grammaire personnelle, the lavender workbook.

  • Continue the science unit, Earth and Sun. The next investigation is called “Heating Earth”. The essential questions will be: 1) How does energy transfer to the air?; 2) What happens when a volume of fluid is warmed at the bottom?

  • They will continue a nutrition unit. Students will analyze their snacks and eating habits.

  • Time permitting, they will study the imperative (commands).


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free email Mme. Grabowski at grabowski_c@4j.lane.edu for questions concerning French and/or science; and Mme. Adrienne at carlson_a@4j.lane.edu for questions concerning English Language Arts or math.


Bonne semaine,

Mme. Carlson and Mme. Grabowski


IMPORTANT DATES

Daily                    French or math assignment, and read 20 minutes

Oct 24                    English (A Dog Newspaper) Spelling Test

November 29            Last Day for State Speeches Due for Mme Carlson

November 30            Place Value Unit Test

December 4                No school--Professional Development

December 5                State Shoebox due

December 6 and 7            State Presentations with Shoeboxes

December 14            French spelling/vocabulary quiz



VOCABULAIRE:

l’/un air        la pression        la matière        le vent

l’/une atmosphère    absorber        la/une conduction    se contracter

la/une convection    le/un rayon        réfléchir        la/une radiation

se dilater        comprimer


BONUS:

la/une météorologie








Weeks of 6 and 13 November 2017

posted Nov 6, 2017, 5:11 PM by Mme Grabowski_Carlson   [ updated Nov 12, 2017, 7:16 PM ]

Bonjour Parents and Guardians,


TUESDAY the Red Class will be with Mme Carlson all day and the Blue Class will be with Mme Grabowski all day.

Because this week is short, this letter will cover two weeks and will not be updated until November 20th.


Thank you to Laura Fuhriman for letting us know that she is a class representative. She happens to be a blue class parent. Is there a representative for the red class as well or only one representative for all of 5th grade?


5th grade is the time when many students enter puberty. This means that their bodies are growing and developing into adults. With that comes body odor, which can be exacerbated by sports activities and infrequent changing of clothing such as undergarments. Although they have not yet done a health unit on hygiene this year, many students would do well to improve their hygiene habits. Thank you for talking to your child about this concept and implementing some changes in hygiene routines.


Conferences will be on Wednesday from 8:00am to 8:00pm and Thursday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Thank you for everyone who signed up! Together, we are looking forward to seeing you all soon!



In the communications folder you should find the following: nothing for the week of November 6th and two papers to sign (the most recent homework responsibility report and the most recent French spelling/vocabulary test) the week of the 13th.


On Thursday, October 26th, students made flashcards in French class of the words  below. There will be a test over the spelling and definitions of these words on Monday, November 6th for the red class and Tuesday, November 7th for the blue class. Students should learn the spelling, the gender of nouns, and the definitions. For this test, students will write the words and articles. The definitions will already be provided, so students will have to select the appropriate definition for each word. To prepare for this, students should study the words daily by starting with a few and then adding more over the two-week period. Studying is an active pursuit in which students quiz themselves by writing information or saying it aloud: Flipping silently through flashcards does not involve enough engagement and is not a good study strategy.


The next French vocabulary quiz will be over the list DR and MRS VANDERTRAMPP. Students have the choice of writing the list on Thursday, November 16th, or singing the list on November 14th. The list is on page 21 of Ma grammaire personnelle.


On the English side this week students will:

  • Reading -  Independent Reading Reflection activities

    • Essential Questions - How do we create a summary? How do we describe a character? What is the Plot and Story Structure of the novel you’ve been reading?

    • Reading Fluency - we will read a page of our novels on Seesaw (time permitting)


  • Unit 4: Place Value

    • Students will take a pre-test on Monday or Tuesday (depending on the class) and will begin the place value unit.

    • We will play a place value game (time permitting)

    • Place Value Art Work will be created.


  • STATES AND CAPITALS - We are beginning our states and capitals unit. Each students will be assigned as state they will be responsible for researching and creating a speech about. The research packet will be passed out Monday or Tuesday. Students will have time in class to begin research and be shown where they can find good online resources. They are to continue working on the research packet as homework, but will also have time next week in class to continue working. The due date is: November 16th for the research packet.

    • Please look under the Art Langagiers Section, to the drop down menu. Select on English/Social Studies and there are a variety of useful websites for researching about their state.  

    • MORE TO COME ON OUR STATES AND CAPITALS UNIT NEXT WEEK!!


  • Growth mindset, math practices and artwork

    • If you haven’t taken the time to walk by our 5th grade art wall in the hallway next to the office - feel free to do so!


  • FINAL DRAFTS OF STORIES ARE FINISHED and will be sent home next week for Thanksgiving.



On the French side over the next two week students will:

  • Continue studying the passé composé, a past tense, so look for notes in Ma grammaire personnelle, the lavender workbook.

  • Continue the science unit, Earth and Sun. The next investigation is called “Earth’s Atmosphere”. The essential questions will be: 1) What is air?; 2) What is Earth’s Atmosphere?; and perhaps 3) How do meteorologists measure and record weather variables?

  • They will continue a nutrition unit and will consider the origin of the foods they eat. They received a nutrition workbook on November 1st and will track their food intake for five days. This will be due on November 13th, so, please, check in with your child about this during the week of November 6th. Students will also need to bring in nutritional information regarding a snack that they often eat, so your child can bring in the wrapper or box, cut the necessary information from the packaging or box, or copy this information onto a sheet of paper.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free email Mme. Grabowski at grabowski_c@4j.lane.edu for questions concerning French and/or science; and Mme. Adrienne at carlson_a@4j.lane.edu for questions concerning English Language Arts or math.


Bonne semaine,

Mme. Carlson and Mme. Grabowski


IMPORTANT DATES

Daily                    French or math assignment, and read 20 minutes

Oct 24                    English (A Dog Newspaper) Spelling Test

November 6th or 7th        French spelling/vocabulary quiz. Students begin

                    tracking their food intake.


November 8th and 9th         Parent Teacher Conferences


November 13            Five-day food tracking due and snack wrapper/

nutrition information needed for class

November 14            Students sing the verbs which take être in the past

tense

November 16            Students write the list of verbs that take être in the

                    past tense.

November 16            State Research Packet Due for Mme Carlson

November 22            No school due to conference schedule earlier in

month

November 23 and 24        No school--Thanksgiving break

December 4                No school--Professional Development





VOCABULAIRE:

la/une nourriture        les agrumes        la/une récolte        l’/un aliment

le/un repas            cultiver        la plupart            semer

la/une nutrition        car            lorsque






Week of October 30, 2017

posted Oct 28, 2017, 11:36 AM by Mme Grabowski_Carlson

Bonjour Parents and Guardians,


Thank you to Laura Fuhriman for letting us know that she is a class representative. She happens to be a blue class parent. Is there a representative for the red class as well or only one representative for all of 5th grade?


5th grade is the time when many students enter puberty. This means that their bodies are growing and developing into adults. With that comes body odor, which can be exacerbated by sports activities and infrequent changing of clothing such as undergarments. Although they have not yet done a health unit on hygiene this year, many students would do well to improve their hygiene habits. Thank you for talking to your child about this concept and implementing some changes in hygiene routines.


Conferences are just around the corner. Last Friday Mme Carlson sent out an email inviting parents with more than one child to sign up for conferences. Now is the time for everyone to sign up. There is only ONE sign-up link because we will both conference with every parent since this is a transition year from elementary to middle school. That is why we are asking that there be only one conference per child. We appreciate your understanding in this matter. Here is the link:


www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0C4BA9AC2FA7FE3-fall2


Halloween in on Tuesday. We will be holding our parade in the morning, not long after school has started. Costume expectations are as always, have fun but NO MASKS ALLOWED. If your child does not want to participate, they can spend time in the gym during the allotted time for the parade.


In the communications folder you should find the following: the most recent French spelling/vocabulary test and a quiz over “er” verbs in the present tense--both to be signed and returned on Tuesday.


On Thursday, October 26th, students made flashcards in French class of the words  below. There will be a test over the spelling and definitions of these words on Monday, November 6th or Tuesday, November 7th. Students should learn the spelling, the gender of nouns, and the definitions. For this test, students will write the words. The definitions will already be provided, so students will have to select the appropriate definition for each word. To prepare for this, students should study the words daily by starting with a few and then adding more over the two-week period. Studying is an active pursuit in which students quiz themselves by writing information or saying it aloud: Flipping silently through flashcards does not involve enough engagement and is not a good study strategy.


Grades 3, 4, and 5 will make comic books with an artist in residence from France on November 6th and/or 7th. This wonderful experience will be provided by the French Consulate. To accommodate the art lessons, the 5th graders will have a special schedule on those two days: They will spend the whole day with either Mme Carlson or Mme Grabowski on the 6th and then spend the whole day on the 7th with the other teacher. This explains why one group will have the French spelling/vocabulary quiz on the 6th and the other on the 7th.


Students have a Multiplication and Division Test on Monday (10/30). They will be allowed to use their notes, thus the review handout that I sent home today should be something they study with and look over this weekend.


On the English side this week students will:

  • Reading - Black Stallion

    • Essential Question - What can a person learn by building a relationship with an animal?  This is a great question to discuss at home - please have this conversation at home if possible.

    • Spelling Test - Friday 11/3

      • Spelling Test with 3 Spelling Sentences - make sure that the sentence you create and practice is something that shows you know the definition.

      • Words will be sent home on Monday


  • Unit 2: Multiplication Strategies and Division Strategies

    • The Unit Test is on Monday (10/30)

    • Partial Quotient, Area Model, Strip Diagram, Multiplying Up, Multiplication Arrays in division and Standard Algorithm

    • Students will be expected to know at least 2 strategies from the list above.

    • Strategy Debate - students will be discussing the pros and cons of each strategy, continuing to help them narrow down which strategy is most effective for them.


  • Growth mindset, math practices and artwork

    • If you haven’t taken the time to walk by our 5th grade art wall in the hallway next to the office - feel free to do so!


  • FINAL DRAFTS OF STORIES ARE FINISHED and will be shared at  conferences.



On the French side this week students will:

  • Begin studying the passé composé, a past tense, so look for notes in Ma grammaire personnelle, the lavender workbook.

  • Finish reading an article about Copernicus.

  • Continue the science unit, Earth and Sun. The current investigation is called “Planetary Systems”. Students will polish an answer they wrote last week to a question about gravity. The essential question this week is: 1) How does the shape of the Moon change over four weeks? Students will compare the phases of the moon they drew over a month with real phases of the moon.

  • Time permitting, they will begin a nutrition unit and will consider the origin of the foods they eat. By the end of the week, they will receive a nutrition workbook and will need to track their food intake for five days. This will be due on November 13th, so, please, check in with your child about this during the week of November 6th. Students will also need to bring in a the nutritional information regarding a snack that they often eat, so your child can bring in the wrapper or box, can cut the necessary information from the packaging or box, or can copy this information onto a sheet of paper.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free email Mme. Grabowski at grabowski_c@4j.lane.edu for questions concerning French and/or science; and Mme. Adrienne at carlson_a@4j.lane.edu for questions concerning English Language Arts or math.


Bonne semaine,

Mme. Carlson and Mme. Grabowski


IMPORTANT DATES

Daily                    French or math assignment, and read 20 minutes October 30-November 3        Some students will re-write avoir, être, faire, aller

Oct 24                    English (A Dog Newspaper) Spelling Test

November 6th or 7th        French spelling/vocabulary quiz

November 13            Five-day food tracking due and snack wrapper/

nutrition information needed for class





VOCABULAIRE:

la/une nourriture        les agrumes        la/une récolte        l’/un aliment

le/un repas            cultiver        la plupart            semer

la/une nutrition        car            lorsque












Week of 23 October 2017

posted Oct 25, 2017, 8:09 AM by Mme Grabowski_Carlson


Bonjour Parents and Guardians,


Thank you to Laura Fuhriman for letting us know that she is a class representative. She happens to be a blue class parent. Is there a representative for the red class as well or only one representative for 5th grade?


Conferences are just around the corner. On Friday Mme Carlson sent out an email inviting parents with more than one child to sign up for conferences. Now is the time for everyone to sign up. There is only ONE sign-up link because we will both conference with every parent since this is a transition year from elementary to middle school. That is why we are asking that there be only one conference per child. We appreciate your understanding in this matter. Here is the link:


www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0C4BA9AC2FA7FE3-fall2


Also, when you send us an email, could you, please, include your name at the end? We have not yet memorized all the names of parents, and some email addresses do not include names. Thanks in advance! Mme Grabowski entered all emails by that you provided at the beginning of the school year by student name to facilitate sending out emails.


In the communications folder you should find the following: the most recent homework responsibility report to be signed and returned on Tuesday.


Students will be bringing home their first English spelling test, please check in with them and see how they did. Many admitted to not looking up the definitions in the dictionary to write their 3 spelling sentences. Please help encourage your child to do so this week for their test next Tuesday (10/24), as I will begin grading the spelling sentences more rigorously. The lense I look through for sentences is: does this sentence prove to me your student knows the definition of the word they chose.


On Thursday, October 12th, students made flashcards in French class of the words  below. There will be a test over the spelling and definitions of these words on Thursday, October 26th. Students should learn the spelling, the gender of nouns, and the definitions. When possible, they have the choice of using a drawing for the definition or writing out the definition. To prepare for this, students should study the words daily by starting with a few and then adding more over the two-week period. Studying is an active pursuit in which students quiz themselves by writing information or saying it aloud: Flipping silently through flashcards does not involve enough engagement and is not a good study strategy.


Some students were sent home with a Handwriting Booklet (yellow) and/or Multiplication Practice Booklet (green) several weeks ago. If your child has one of these booklet, please support them in practicing the extra work at home for 10-15 minutes NIGHTLY. Please have your child bring back the book completed when they are finished.


On the English side this week students will:

  • Reading - Darnell Rock Reporting - stations focusing on grammar, reading analysis and Author’s Purpose

    • Essential Question - Why is it important to know your communities needs?

  • Unit 2: Multiplication Strategies and Division Strategies

    • Mastering Standard Algorithm, fluency practice and games

    • Partial Quotient, Area Model, Strip Diagram, Multiplication Arrays in division and Standard Algorithm

    • Students will be expected to know and at least 2 strategies from the list above.

  • Growth mindset, math practices and artwork

  • FINAL DRAFTS OF STORIES ARE FINISHED!!! Yahoo!!!



On the French side this week students will:

  • Finish reviewing how to use a bilingual dictionary.

  • Finish reading a story about a conversation between a novel and a dictionary.

  • Continue the science unit, Earth and Sun. The current investigation is called “Planetary Systems”. The essential questions are: 1) How do the parts of the solar system interact?; 2) How does the shape of the Moon change over four weeks?

  • Take an open-note quiz over “er” verbs in the present tense on Wednesday.

  • Time permitting, they will read about Copernicus or the solar system.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free email Mme. Grabowski at grabowski_c@4j.lane.edu for questions concerning French and/or science; and Mme. Adrienne at carlson_a@4j.lane.edu for questions concerning English Language Arts or math.


Bonne semaine,

Mme. Carlson and Mme. Grabowski


IMPORTANT DATES

Daily                    French or math assignment, and read 20 minutes October 16-20            Some students will re-write avoir, être, faire, aller

Oct 24                    English (A Dog Newspaper) Spelling Test

October 25                Open-note quiz over “er” verbs in the present tense

October 26                French spelling/vocabulary quiz





VOCABULAIRE:

croissant        décroissant        la/une constellation        la pleine Lune

la nouvelle lune    la/une planète    l’/une étoile            la/une gravitation

gazeux/euse        rocheux/euse


BONUS:

l’/un astéroïde    la/une comète













Week of 16 October 2017

posted Oct 17, 2017, 12:37 PM by Mme Grabowski_Carlson

Bonjour Parents and Guardians,


It’s that time of year. We are wondering who our classroom representatives are. Please, send us an email if you represent, or would like to represent, one of the classes. We have a task that we’d like help with.


Also, when you send us an email, could you, please, include your name at the end? We have not yet memorized all the names of parents. Thanks in advance.


In the communications folder you should find the following: the French spelling/vocabulary quiz to be signed and returned Tuesday.


Students will be bringing home their first English spelling test, please check in with them and see how they did. Many admitted to not looking up the definitions in the dictionary to write their 3 spelling sentences. Please help encourage your child to do so this week for their test next Tuesday (10/24), as I will begin grading the spelling sentences more rigorously. The lense I look through for sentences is: does this sentence prove to me your student knows the definition of the word they chose.


On Thursday, October 12th, students made flashcards in French class of the words  below. There will be a test over the spelling and definitions of these words on Thursday, October 26th. Students should learn the spelling, the gender of nouns, and the definitions. When possible, they have the choice of using a drawing for the definition or writing out the definition. To prepare for this, students should study the words daily by starting with a few and then adding more over the two-week period. Studying is an active pursuit in which students quiz themselves by writing information or saying it aloud: Flipping silently through flashcards does not involve enough engagement and is not a good study strategy.


Some students have been sent home with a Handwriting Booklet (yellow) and/or Multiplication Practice Booklet (green). If your child has one of these booklet, please support them in practicing the extra work at home for 10-15 minutes NIGHTLY. If your child did not receive one of these and they would like to have some extra cursive or multiplication facts practice, have them talk to Mme Carlson.


On the English side this week students will:

  • Writing Unit - Our final drafts are almost done, bound and ready to be shared. Your students have worked so hard on these first pieces, you all should be proud!

  • Reading - A Dog Newspaper, Literature Analysis of a short story book and interactive notebook focusing on Facts vs Opinions

    • Essential Question - How do facts and opinions influence a story? How can you tell the difference between a fact vs an opinion?

  • Unit 2: Multiplication Strategies and Division Strategies

    • Mastering Standard Algorithm, fluency practice and games

    • Partial Quotient, Area Model, Multiplication Arrays in division and Standard Algorithm

  • Growth mindset, math practices and artwork


On the French side this week students will:

  • Finish reviewing how to use a bilingual dictionary.

  • Finish the oral quiz over avoir, être, faire, aller in the present tense. Students should be ready to recite the four verbs and/or re-write the verbs.

  • Continue the science unit, Earth and Sun. They will discuss and correct a quiz taken last Tuesday. They will begin an investigation called “Planetary Systems”. The essential questions are: 1) How would you describe the size of and distance between the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun?; and 2) How does the shape of the Moon change over four weeks?

  • Review reading strategies and read a short story about a conversation between a novel and a dictionary.

  • Continue reviewing “er” verbs in the present tense.

  • Time permitting, they will begin a nutrition unit. Students will track their food consumption the week of October 23rd.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free email Mme. Grabowski at grabowski_c@4j.lane.edu for questions concerning French and/or science; and Mme. Adrienne at carlson_a@4j.lane.edu for questions concerning English Language Arts or math.


Bonne semaine,

Mme. Carlson and Mme. Grabowski


IMPORTANT DATES

Daily French or math assignment, and read 20 minutes,

moon phase observation

October 16-20 Students recite avoir, être, faire, aller and/or re-take

written quiz

October 18 Students turn in moon observations

October 23-30 Students track food consumption

Oct 24 English (A Dog Newspaper) Spelling Test

October 26 French spelling/vocabulary quiz



VOCABULAIRE:

croissant décroissant la/une constellation la pleine Lune

la nouvelle lune la/une planète l’/une étoile la/une gravitation

gazeux/euse rocheux/euse


BONUS:

l’/un astéroïde la/une comète












Week of 9 October 2017

posted Oct 9, 2017, 9:57 PM by Mme Grabowski_Carlson

Bonjour Parents and Guardians,


It’s that time of year. We are wondering who are classroom representatives. Please, send us an email if you represent, or would like to represent, one of the classes. We have a task that we’d like help with.


Also, when you send us an email, could you, please, include your name at the end? We have not yet memorized all the names of parents. Thanks in advance.


In the communications folder you should find the following: a homework responsibility report to be signed and returned Tuesday and a written French quiz to be signed and returned Tuesday.


Students should also be working on Correcting their Volume test for Mme Carlson. Please make sure that the test and corrects get sent back on Wednesday when corrections are due.


On Friday, September 29th, students made flashcards in French class of the words  below. There will be a test over the spelling and definitions of these words on Thursday, October 12th. Students should learn the spelling, the gender of nouns, and the definitions. When possible, they have the choice of using a drawing for the definition or writing out the definition. To prepare for this, students should study the words daily by starting with a few and then adding more over the two-week period. Studying is an active pursuit in which students quiz themselves by writing information or saying it aloud: Flipping silently through flashcards does not involve enough engagement and is not a good study strategy.


Some students have been sent home with a Handwriting Booklet (yellow) and/or Multiplication Practice Booklet (green). If your child has one of these booklet, please support them in practicing the extra work at home for 10-15 minutes NIGHTLY. If your child did not receive one of these and they would like to have some extra cursive or multiplication facts practice, have them talk to Mme Carlson.


On the English side this week students will:

  • Writing Unit - We are finishing up our second drafts and will be moving towards creating our bound final drafts. Check in with your child and ask them what they have been writing about.

  • Reading - Lafff

    • Essential Question - What inventions, robots or technologies, do you think need to be invented and why? What problems would this item or these items solve?

    • Story Structure - why and how are stories structured.  

  • Unit 2: Multiplication Strategies and more

    • Mastering Standard Algorithm, fluency practice and games

  • Growth mindset, math practices and artwork


On the French side this week students will:

  • Continue reviewing how to use a bilingual dictionary.

  • Finish the oral quiz over avoir, être, faire, aller in the present tense. Students should be ready to recite the four verbs.

  • Continue the science unit, Earth and Sun. They will finish up the first investigation about shadows, day and night, and take a quiz on Tuesday.

  • Review reading strategies and read a short story about a conversation between a novel and a dictionary (time permitting).

  • Perhaps review “er” verbs in the present tense.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free email Mme. Grabowski at grabowski_c@4j.lane.edu for questions concerning French and/or science; and Mme. Adrienne at carlson_a@4j.lane.edu for questions concerning English Language Arts or math.


Bonne semaine,

Mme. Carlson and Mme. Grabowski


IMPORTANT DATES

Daily                    French or math assignment, and read 20 minutes,

                    moon phase observation

October 9-12                Students recite avoir, être, faire, aller

October 12                French spelling/vocabulary quiz

October 13                No school--In-service Day


VOCABULAIRE

l’/une orbite        le/un jour        jouer            le/un coucher du soleil

l’/une ombre        l’un axe        la/une rotation    la/une révolution

l’/une orbite        le/un lever du soleil











Week of 2 October 2017

posted Oct 2, 2017, 7:10 PM by Mme Grabowski_Carlson

Bonjour Parents and Guardians,


In the communications folder you should find the following: completed French work from last week.


Because Donna Wynn, our music teacher, retired last week, we will have a new music teacher and a different schedule. All 5th graders will have PE for 30 minutes on Mondays and Wednesdays. Music will be for 30 minutes on Fridays.


Last Friday students made flashcards in French class of the words below. There will be a test over the spelling and definitions of these words on Thursday, October 12th. Students should learn the spelling, the gender of nouns, and the definitions. When possible, they have the choice of using a drawing for the definition or writing out the definition. To prepare for this, students should study the words daily by starting with a few and then adding more over the two-week period. Studying is an active pursuit in which students quiz themselves by writing information or saying it aloud: Flipping silently through flashcards does not involve enough engagement and is not a good study strategy.


Some students have been sent home with a Handwriting Booklet (yellow) and/or Multiplication Practice Booklet (green). If your child has one of these booklets, please support them in practicing the extra work at home. If your child did not recieve one of these and they would like to have some extra cursive or multiplication facts practice, have them talk to Mme Carlson.


On the English side this week students will:

  • Writing Unit - We are now deep into our editing stage of our first compositions. Students will be handwriting their final drafts after finishing their last revisions later this week.

  • Reading - Lunch Money

    • Essential Question - In what ways can illustrations enhance a reader’s experience?

  • Unit 2: Multiplication Strategies and more

    - ask your child the difference between Partial Product and Area Model
  • Growth mindset, math practices and artwork


On the French side this week students will:

  • Review how to use a bilingual dictionary and review the parts of speech

  • Have two quizzes over avoir, être, faire, aller in the present tense. For one the students will write the four verbs, and for the other the students will recite the four verbs.  

  • Continue a discussion about intelligence, neurons, and growth mindset

  • Continue the science unit, Earth and Sun. Luckily the sun shone last week, so the students were able to make sundials. This week they will use flashlights and their sundials to gain a better understanding as to why the length of the shadows changes, analyze their sundials by making a graph, and study the causes of day and night. The focus questions will be: 1) What can one learn by studying the direction and length of shadows?; and 2) What causes day and night?

  • Review reading strategies and finish reading a short story about clothespins.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free email Mme. Grabowski at grabowski_c@4j.lane.edu for questions concerning French and/or science; and Mme. Adrienne at carlson_a@4j.lane.edu for questions concerning English Language Arts or math.


Bonne semaine,

Mme. Carlson and Mme. Grabowski


IMPORTANT DATES

Daily French or math assignment, and read 20 minutes,

moon phase observation

October 2-6 Students recite avoir, être, faire, aller


October 4 First English Spelling Test - students should be memorizing their words AND 3 sentences for 3 words that shows they know the definition of the words they chose.


October 12 French spelling/vocabulary quiz

October 13 No school--In-service Day


VOCABULAIRE

l’/une orbite le/un jour jouer le/un coucher du soleil

l’/une ombre l’un axe la/une rotation la/une révolution

l’/une orbite le/un lever du soleil










Week of 25 September 2017

posted Sep 25, 2017, 12:23 PM by Mme Grabowski_Carlson

Bonjour Parents and Guardians,


Thanks to everyone who made it to Curriculum Night. We enjoyed seeing you and appreciated that you took time out of your busy schedule to attend.


In the communications folder you should find the following: completed French work from last week, perhaps an overdue notice from the library, information about school pictures, and the first homework responsibility report. After you and your child sign it, your child should return it to school on Tuesday.


Last Monday Mme Grabowski sent out a test email to parents. If you received it, no action is necessary. If you did not receive it, please, 1) have your child submit the (pink or white) forms that were handed out the first week of school; or 2) send Mme Grabowski an email if you already submitted the forms and ask her to add you to the group email list. Be sure to include your child’s name if your last name is different. Your name was not included in the group mail because of penmanship issues or because Mme Grabowski made a typo when entering the emails.


On the English side this week students will:

  • Begin our Writing and Reading Unit - Beginning to revise and edit a writing piece to take to final draft

  • Reading - Double Dutch Short Story - reading comprehension

    • Essential Question to ask your children about - How can being active in sports improve someone’s attitude?

  • Volume Unit is coming to an end - Quiz on Thursday Sept. 28th 

  • Growth mindset, math practices and artwork


On the French side this week students will:

  • Review how to use a bilingual dictionary

  • Have two quizzes over avoir, être, faire, aller in the present tense. For one the students will write the four verbs, and for the other the students will recite the four verbs.  

  • Continue a discussion about intelligence, neurons, and growth mindset

  • Finish up a short, 6-day graphing unit. There will be a short quiz on Wednesday.

  • Begin the science, Earth and Sun (time and weather permitting--sunshine necessary)

  • Finish reading a short story about clothespins.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free email Mme. Grabowski at grabowski_c@4j.lane.edu for questions concerning French and/or Science; and Mme. Adrienne at carlson_a@4j.lane.edu for questions concerning English Language Arts or math.


Bonne semaine,

Mme. Carlson and Mme. Grabowski


IMPORTANT DATES

Daily                    French or math assignment, and read 20 minutes,

                    moon phase observation

September 19-30            Easy CBM (district testing) in reading and math and

French oral reading fluency

September 25-28            Students recite avoir, être, faire, aller

September 27th            Quiz over graphing

September 28th             Unit 1 - Volume Quiz









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