January 11, 2019

Welcome to 2019!! Seems like it has been forever since we have had a full week to post about! Hope you are looking forward to the new year!

Science

5th: With a full week of science we were able to accomplish so much! Students began learning about the classification of living things. Students learned the 8 levels of classification and discussed specific aspects of each of the 5 kingdoms. We then explored the animal kingdom in more detail, focusing on vertebrates and invertebrates. Students learned how animals were classified into different phyla based on physical/behavioral characteristics. Some statistics about the Arthropod phyla they found quite astonishing, check them out in this TED ed. Focusing on the vertebrates in the phylum Chordata we explored the different classes of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish!

4th: This week students explored the relationships between the Earth, Moon and Sun. Students discovered how the moon causes tides on Earth, how Earth’s tilt and the sun creates seasons, and how could further explain why the moon goes though phases. Students were tasked with creating a presentation to show the knowledge they have learned! We look forward to viewing those next week!

Math

5th: Students have been really focused in math this week allowing us to get through a lot of information. We wrapped up our unit on probability with a quiz and moved on to discussing mean, median and mode. Here is a cool music video we watched in class to help students remember the steps to take to determine each in a data set.

4th: We started the week we a review on fractions in preparation for our probability unit. Students examined probability by flipping coins, rolling a die and predicting outcomes based on data. We are also continuing to use IXL and Moby Max to improve our skill!

Looking for another way to support your child in math? Check out Trevvett’s new YouTube channel! Click here to see step-by-step math tutorials and K-5 tips to try at home!  We will update with new videos at the start of each new math unit this year.

EVENTS and  REMINDERS

for NEXT WEEK

  • Monday: 1/14: 5th grade Cell Project Due
  •  Tuesday: 1/15:
  • Wednesday: 1/16:
  • Thursday: 1/17: 4th grade Probability Assessment
  • Friday 1/18: 5th grade 5.5 Science Summative Quiz
    • 4th grade 4.8 Science Summative Quiz

There will be lots of review for benchmarks starting next week. Please make sure you are checking remind for information on packets going home for homework.

Benchmark Dates:
4th Math: Feb. 5th and 6th
4th Reading: Jan. 23 and 24
4th VA Studies: Feb. 1
5th Math: Jan. 30 and 31
5th Reading: Feb. 5th and 6th
5th Science: Feb. 8th

December 14, 2018

 

Short week with all the snow! With juggling delayed opening and MAPs testing we will be adjusting the schedule next week to include instructional time!

Science

5th: Students created cell analogies this week, comparing the cell to something such as a factory, city or circus. This takes understanding the cell organelle functions to a high level and allows students to create a real-life connection to this microscopic unit of life!

4th: We continued to talk about the moon and its different phases. Students are encouraged to look at the moon over break and illustrate its shape on our moon map!

Math

5th: This week students review order of operations and took their Math MAPs assessment.

4th: We continued to practice division this week as we worked through different practice problems and activities! Original quiz that was scheduled for this week will be given after break. Students will be taking the Math MAPs test on Monday 12/17.

Looking for another way to support your child in math? Check out Trevvett’s new YouTube channel! Click here to see step-by-step math tutorials and K-5 tips to try at home!  We will update with new videos at the start of each new math unit this year.

NEXT WEEK @ A GLANCE

5th Grade
MATH: Dividing Fractions
SCIENCE: Living Things: Cells

4th Grade
MATH: Division: Continued practice with and without remainders
SCIENCE: Moon Phases

EVENTS AND REMINDERS NEXT WEEK

  • Monday, 12/17: 4th grade Math MAPS Test
    •           5th grade Reading MAPS Test
  •  Tuesday, 12/18:  5th grade Organelle Quiz
  • Wednesday, 12/19: 5th grade Multiplying Fractions Quiz
    • NEWS & EVENTS:
  • Winter Party: We are looking forward to celebrating the season with a class party on December 19th!  Thank you to the families that volunteered to send in goodies!  You should have received an email from the PTO reminding you what you signed up for.  If you have any questions about the party, please reach out to PTO President Mrs. Cronin at evieloucronin@gmail.com.

December 7, 2018

What a wonderful week we had!

5th graders had a blast at their YMCA swimming safety field trip. Check out Instagram for pictures!

Science

5th: Students finished their creative organisms this week and have been working on Fligrids to introduce them and describe their characteristics and adaptions. We then began our exploration of cells. Students learned cells are the basic unit of life and what separates us from non-living things. Students explores the different organelles found in cells and their functions. Next week we will continue to explore cells!

4th: We tested our rovers this week! Students had a blast seeing how far they could travel. We then moved into our unit on Earth/Moon/Sun relationships. We began studying the moon through its features and explored its rotation and revolution. Check out these two videos we watched.. one explains the moon illusion and then other discusses the facts we learned!

Math

5th: This week students learned how to multiply fractions. Students learned the 3 processes to multiply fractions as mixed numbers, with whole number and as proper fractions. Students started work on a project practicing multiplying fraction to construct a dog house. We will continue to work on this next week as as move in to division of fractions.

  

4th: We continued to practice division this week as we worked through different practice problems and activities! Students practiced division with and without remainders using both the standard algorithm and partial quotient. We also learned how to answer word problems with remainders; determining what to do with the remainder based on what the question asked. Next week we will continue to practice this skill as it is new a challenging!

Looking for another way to support your child in math? Check out Trevvett’s new YouTube channel! Click here to see step-by-step math tutorials and K-5 tips to try at home!  We will update with new videos at the start of each new math unit this year.

NEXT WEEK @ A GLANCE

5th Grade
MATH: M3 Fractions: Dividing Fractions
SCIENCE: Living Things: Cells

4th Grade
MATH: Division: Continued practice with and without remainders
SCIENCE: Earth/Moon/Sun Relationships

EVENTS AND REMINDERS NEXT WEEK

  • Monday, 12/10: 5th grade Cell organelles Quiz
  • Tuesday, 12/11: 5th grade Reading MAPS Test
  •                                   4th grade multiplication and division Test
  • Wednesday, 12/12: 4th and 5th grade Family Life
  • Thursday, 12/13: 4th grade Math MAPS Test
  • Friday, 12/14: 5th grade Math MAPS Test
  •                              4th grade MISC Presentation
    • NEWS & EVENTS:
  • Winter Party: We are looking forward to celebrating the season with a class party on December 19th!  Thank you to the families that volunteered to send in goodies!  You should have received an email from the PTO this week reminding you what you signed up for.  If you have any questions about the party, please reach out to PTO President Mrs. Cronin at evieloucronin@gmail.com.

November 30, 2018

A new season is upon us and we are rolling into December with excitement! Check out all the fun this we did this week and be sure to check the Next Week Calendar! 

On Friday, those students applying to the IB program took their writing test. Good luck to everyone who took the test!

Science

5th: In science this week we students reviewed ecosystems and living things. They explored levels of an ecosystem and how organisms interact through a niche in which they are individually adapted too. Check out this video we watched for a great summary! Students then took a closer look at animal adaptation: behavioral and physical. They began their creation of their own organism. Look for pictures on Instagram next week!

 

4th: 4th graders did an in depth study of Mars this week as we celebrated the landing of the InSight robotic rover, which landed Nov. 26th! Students compared Earth and Mars as well as explored various rovers that have landed on Mars. We watched the live feed of the InSight landing and students brainstormed/created their own rover! We look forward to testing them on Monday!

Math

5th: This week students learned how to add and subtract fractions with uncommon denominators. After practicing this skill students were presented with a challenging magic square puzzle! They did a create job adding fractions to make equal rows and columns. If you would like to check out a traditional magic square watch this video and try the 2 problems below. Next week we will be exploring multiplication and division of fractions!

  

4th: This week students division! They learned two methods of solving long division style problems: standard algorithm and partial quotient. They explore both methods by doing practice problems and playing various games both with partners and independently Students will have a quiz on division next week!

Looking for another way to support your child in math? Check out Trevvett’s new YouTube channel! Click here to see step-by-step math tutorials and K-5 tips to try at home!  We will update with new videos at the start of each new math unit this year.

NEXT WEEK @ A GLANCE

5th Grade
MATH: M3 Fractions: Multiplication and Division
SCIENCE: Living Things: Cells

4th Grade
MATH: Division: What do you do with remainders?
SCIENCE: Earth/Moon/Sun Relationships

EVENTS AND REMINDERS NEXT WEEK

  • Saturday, 12/1: PTO Night at Ashland Skateland 5:30-7:30
  • Wednesday, 12/5: PTO Waffles with Santa Event 4:30-7:30
  • Friday, 12/7: YMCA Field Trip
    • NEWS & EVENTS:

Box Tops: PTO is running a classroom – to – classroom contest for Box tops this year. Families submitting Box Tops need to put MY name on the Box Tops you are submitting. The class with the most box tops turned in by February 22 (one week before our March 1 submission) will win a Pizza Party from the PTO.

November 16, 2018

Lots of big events happened this week! 

On Monday, we celebrated students’ exceptional behavior in Quarter 1 with a visit to Hermitage HS to see the play Junie B Jones Is Not a Crook. Way to go, Tigers!  Keep displaying those PAW values!

On Tuesday, we honored Veterans’ Day with a patriotic performance from our fourth graders and a visit from Mr. Brown, fifth grade teacher Miss Brown’s father.  Mr. Brown shared about his career in the army and enlightened students about the meaning of Veterans’ Day, how uniforms have changed over the years, and even taught us to “Hooah!”  Thank you Mr. Brown and all active military and veterans for your service!

On Wednesday, 5th graders had an outstanding time on their field trip to Luray Caverns and JMU.  We walked through over a mile of incredible underground caverns.  Students learned how this natural wonder formed and awed at the impressive stalactites, stalagmites, columns, mirrored pools, and more! We hope you checked out some of the pictures on our Instagram account!

Science

5th: In science this week we finished up our review of weather. Students explored clouds, fronts and extreme storms. Students researched one of three storms (tornadoes, hurricanes or thunderstorms) and created a Flipgrid mini video to share their knowledge with the class. We will watch these on Monday!

4th: 4th graders started their new unit on the Solar System! We had a blast this week learning about special characteristics of each planet. Students also explore the differences between a planet and a dwarf planet. While being smaller in size dwarf planets have not yet ‘cleared their neighborhood’, making them not full fledged planets (sorry pluto). Students read an article and watched this video to understand a little more about America’s favorite little dwarf planet!

Math

5th: This week we we completed lesson 2 of our M3 unit! Student explored mixed numbers and improper fractions by analyzing a frog jumping competition. Students practiced converting between the two as well as comparing various fractions and mixed numbers with uncommon denominators. Next week we will have our own frog jumping competition!

4th: This week students focused in on practicing those multiplication strategies we learned last week. They played games like war and bingo, as well, worked independently and completed guided practice with me through out the week. Students took their quiz on this material on Friday! Next week we will dive into division!

Looking for another way to support your child in math? Check out Trevvett’s new YouTube channel! Click here to see step-by-step math tutorials and K-5 tips to try at home!  We will update with new videos at the start of each new math unit this year.

NEXT WEEK @ A GLANCE

5th Grade
MATH: M3 Fractions
SCIENCE: Scientific Method

4th Grade
MATH: Division Strategies
SCIENCE: Solar System

EVENTS AND REMINDERS NEXT WEEK

    • Today: PTO Spirit Night at Panera – Don’t forget to bring the flyer!
    • Monday, 11/19: SOL 4.6 Weather Science Flashcard Quiz
    • Tuesday, 11/20: Report cards and awards will come home.  You are welcome to join us for a brief presentaion of awards in our classroom from 1:30-1:45 PM.
    • Wednesday, 11/21-Sunday, 11/25: NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Holiday
  • YMCA Field Trip: On December 7th, our class will travel to the Northside YMCA for an aquatic safety lesson to support Mr. Holscher’s PE content.  Please return signed permission forms (sent home on Wednesday) and the $4 fee by next Friday, 11/16.  Contact me with questions.  Chaperones are welcome (for FREE)!

November 16, 2018

Lots of important event coming up next week. Be sure to check the Events and Reminders section at the bottom!

Science

5th: In science this week we began our review unit on the Weather! To kick it off students were able to hear guest speaker Megan Wise, meteorologist from NBC channel 12. She explained the different data meteorologist collect, how they use the green screen and why it is important we know what type of weather is coming our way! Students then completed a review foldable on the different types of tools a meteorologist uses to study the weather. Next week we will begin collecting weather data!

4th: 4th graders started their new unit on the Solar System! We are very excited to delve into the unit! Students used prior knowledge to show what they know on a KWL and so we could collect questions to research as a class. Students also learned about different astronomers and their contrabutions to our understanding of the solar system. Students learned about one of the grestest astronomers Tycho Brahe and his missing nose. Check out the TED ed video about him we watched in class.

Math

5th: This week we started our first M3 (M cubed) unit. These units are geared to a higher level thinking about math and not just computation of factors. Students will walk through fractions, not only learning how to compute but also gaining a strong understanding for why things work out the way they do in math. They will learn how to articulate what they are doing and how to work through the process. Check out the website for M3 if you’d like to learn more!

 

4th: This week students have been practicing various strategies for 2×2 multiplication. Students learned how to do the traditional stacking method and why we add a place holder zero, lattice, box and cluster and partial product. Students ended the week with a logic puzzle involving 2×2 and 3×1 multiplication skill!

Looking for another way to support your child in math? Check out Trevvett’s new YouTube channel! Click here to see step-by-step math tutorials and K-5 tips to try at home!  We will update with new videos at the start of each new math unit this year.

NEXT WEEK @ A GLANCE

5th Grade
MATH: M3 Fractions
SCIENCE: Weather

4th Grade
MATH: Multiplication
SCIENCE: Solar System

EVENTS AND REMINDERS NEXT WEEK

  • Monday, 11/12: PAW Achievement Trip to see Junie B Jones play at Hermitage HS!   This is a FREE trip, but students need signed permission forms (sent home Wednesday). Parents are welcome to chaperone.  Please contact me if interested!
  • Tuesday, 11/13: Veterans’ Day Assembly
  • Wednesday, 11/14: Field trip to Luray Caverns and JMU!  Please note these reminders (sent home today).
    Friday, 11/16:

    • Forms and $4 Fee for YMCA Trip Due
    • IB Applications Due
    • PTO Spirit Night at Panera
  • YMCA Field Trip: On December 7th, our class will travel to the Northside YMCA for an aquatic safety lesson to support Mr. Holscher’s PE content.  Please return signed permission forms (sent home on Wednesday) and the $4 fee by next Friday, 11/16.  Contact me with questions.  Chaperones are welcome (for FREE)!
  • Christmas Mother: Trevvett is collecting non-perishable food items November 12-16 to support Henrico Christmas Mother. We need canned food, crackers, cereal, pasta, and peanut butter. Please send in what you can!  Click here for details.

November 2, 2018

We can’t quite believe we are already in November!

Thank you to everyone who donated games for our indoor recess! We can wait to playing them! Also huge thank you to the 5th grade parents who made salt dough. Students had a blast making their salt dough ocean floor maps!

5th graders Tigers Lead Leadership Seminar was Tuesday. Guest speaker, Dr. Kate Cassada, Associate Professor of Education & Assistant Chair of Graduate Education for Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at University of Richmond discussed the characteristics of a great leader. Students designed T-shirts to show how their role acts as a leader in the Trevvett Community.

Science

5th: In science this week, we continued our exploration of the ocean! Students explored tides and currents. We preformed a demonstration to see the effects of temperature and salinity on water. Students learned how the density of water changes based on amount of salt or an increase in temperature. These varying changes in the oceans causes currents. Students also explore the various zones on the ocean and how life exists in the deep. We created food webs and chains to understand the different relationships and roles plants/animals place in the ocean. Check out this video to understand much of what was discussed about food chains/webs.

4th: 4th graders worked to finish up their unit on watersheds this week. We learned about soil, water and forest resources and how our economy depends on theses resources. Students were able to compare and contrasted natural verse cultivated resources as well as explore various ways we use resources in society.  We also figured out Trevvett’s watershed address by tracing the rivers in which drain water from Trevvett to the Chesapeake Bay!

Math

5th: Students started their decimal project this week. Their task was to create a shopping flyer for a store of their choice (clothing, bakery, sporting goods). They had to display the cost of 8 items as well as the sale the store was offering. We will be calculating the new cost of each item using the % off sale when students “shop” each others stores next week! Students have been very creative and have done a great job illustrating their flyers.

4th: Students have continued to build upon their fractions knowledge by practicing recognize equivalent fractions both greater than and less than the fraction given. We continued to work with visual models for multiplication/division strategies in converting decimals to fractions. Students were introduced to ZEARN. A learning too that will allow them to progress at their own pace through a series of missions related to the current topic.

 

Looking for another way to support your child in math? Check out Trevvett’s new YouTube channel! Click here to see step-by-step math tutorials and K-5 tips to try at home!  We will update with new videos at the start of each new math unit this year.

NEXT WEEK @ A GLANCE

5th Grade
MATH: Finish Decimals Project/Percents/Fractions
SCIENCE: Oceanography:  Assessment 11/6

4th Grade
MATH: Decimal and Fraction Equivalents/Equalities
SCIENCE: Watersheds: Assessment 11/9

EVENTS AND REMINDERS NEXT WEEK

  • Monday, 11/5:
    • Quarter 1 ends
    • Bookfair Preview
  • Tuesday, 11/6:
    • NO SCHOOL –  ELECTION DAY
  • Thursday, 11/8:
    • NBC12 Meteorologist Megan Wise Visits!  Look for a photo of our school on the morning news on Friday!
  • Bookfair: Support MTES by shopping the book fair next week!  Students will preview and create wishlists on Monday.  Students may shop during the day all week and families are invited for afterschool shopping on Wednesday and Thursday.  Click here for details.

October 26, 2018

We cannot believe it is almost the end of the quarter! Please be sure to check Powerschool for any missing assignments. Students are reminded of these and can get extra copies but it is their responsibility to get them turned in! Also if you have not yet signed up for a conference please do so by clicking this link!

Science

5th: In science this week, we explored the ocean! We began by exploring the ocean floor through a webquest using Google Earth. Students were able to see the various mountains and trenches that cover the ocean floor. Students also learned that the ocean moves in three main ways – waves, tides, and currents.  We diagrammed a wave to investigate the various parts – crest, trough, wavelength, wave height and amplitude.   Finally we Skyped with Jeremy Lomax, marine biologist from Brown University!  He shared a wealth of information about animals he studies–all while holding his snake Regina!

 

4th: This week in science 4th graders have been exploring watersheds. We discussed various resources obtained from the Chesapeake Bay watershed and students collaborated to discuss positive and negative effects these might have on the Bay or other areas in Virginia. To understand how water flows in a watershed students completed the crinkled paper lab. Check out the photos on instagram!

Math

5th: Students worked on expanding their decimal skills by learning how to multiple and divide. Students challenged their skills using large numbers and divisors with decimals. We will continue to work on them next and incorporate percentages into our decimals project! Check out this video for a summary of all decimal operations.

4th: This week students have been learning all about fractions. Using visual models and multiplication/division strategies students have been converting decimals to fractions and determining equivalent fractions. Students learned the benchmark fractions and how to determine greater than or less than when presented with a fraction to place on the number line.

Looking for another way to support your child in math? Check out Trevvett’s new YouTube channel! Click here to see step-by-step math tutorials and K-5 tips to try at home!  We will update with new videos at the start of each new math unit this year.

NEXT WEEK @ A GLANCE

5th Grade
MATH: Decimals Project
SCIENCE: Oceanography: Currents/Waves/Tides
 Assessment 11/6

4th Grade
MATH: Equality
SCIENCE: Earths Resources: Watersheds

EVENTS AND REMINDERS NEXT WEEK

  • Tuesday, 10/30:
    • Tiger Lead Leadership Seminar (9:15-10:00 AM) – Mrs. Broudy and Mrs. Rhoden have invited guest speakers for our fifth grade leaders each quarter!  Next week Kate Cassada, Associate Professor of Education & Assistant Chair of Graduate Education for Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at University of Richmond, will visit to motivate our fifth grade leaders and lead a t-shirt designing activity!
    • Big Blast Costume Inflatable Jam (12:00-2:00 PM) – Students that raised $50 or more for the Big Blast fundraiser may wear a costume to school and spend the afternoon in inflatables!
  • Friday, 11/2:
    • Reading Summative Assessment
    • SOL 5.6 Science Flashcard Quiz
    • Fall Bookfair Starts
  • Halloween – Remember, HCPS policy does not allow students to wear Halloween costumes to school or bring Halloween treats. However, they are welcome to dress in something festive AND we have the perfect place for that extra candy!  Our “Treats for Troops” candy drive!  Please send in candy donations for troops before Nov. 3rd!  They will be shipped to veterans and active military through Soldiers’ Angels!
  • Field Trip: Forms and fees for the Luray/JMU field trip are past due.  Please send in as soon as possible and arrange transportation for a 7:00 AM drop off and 5:00 PM pick up on Wednesday, Nov. 14th.
  • PTO wants your boxtops!  PTO is asking parents to please collect Box Tops labels and:
    1. Check the dates.  Expired box tops can make our entire submission get tossed out.
    2. Put them into groups of 50 in a ziploc baggie with the number 50 on the outside or use the collection sheet sent home. (Contact me for an extra!) Bonus Box Tops Certificates cannot go into the baggie of 50 or be attached to a collection sheet–send those separately.
    3. Send the baggie to school with Poland on the outside.

October 19, 2018

Hooray for Learning!

Science

5th: We rocked our 5.7 Rocks Summative Assessment on Monday. Students took those home in their folders Friday. Students practiced excavation skills using a chocolate chip cookie to model fossils in the Earth. They then created their own mold or trace fossil and wrote a narrative about their excavation experience and the fossil they ‘found’. We also started our oceanography unit!  Students learned that the ocean floor is not flat–it’s covered with mountains, trenches, plains, and more!  Students used Nearpod to view 360 degree panoramas of the ocean floor.  We saw sea mounts, volcanoes, trenches, and tons of marine life!

4th: We had a great time in science this week! As part of Physical Education week, we were visited by a personal trainer from Onward Fitness. She taught students a series of exercises and they made prediction about how many they could do in 30sec. Students worked in pairs to count each other reps. We graphed the data and compared our predictions to our accomplishments! We also started our Va Watershed’s units. Students explored the different natural resources and we discusses the human-made resources we are able to make from them. Students also compared which were renewable and non-renewable, and which we depended more heavily on.

Math

5th: We started off our new math unit of decimals this week. To review students played Number Line Races, were they had to place the numbers (with decimals to the hundredths) on the number line in the correct order. They were then challenged to round them to the nearest whole number. After reviewing rounding, students showed their skill adding and subtracting decimals by completing a fun activity using Chic-Fil-A. We then moved into multiplying decimals which is a new skill for 5th graders. We will continue to work on this skill as well as introduce dividing decimals next week. Check out this video that helps review all the operations.

4th: In math this week students have been bridging to fractions. We have been making comparisons to fractions and decimals using visuals and practice problems. Nest week students will be focusing on making equivalent fractions and understanding the benchmark fractions on a number line. Fractions can be tricky so keep practicing!!! Also this week, students received their IXL login and password. They were challenged for homework to spend 30 minutes on the program from Wednesday to Friday. Each week I will give students a minute challenge (typically 50 mins) to use IXL math to review our current topic and/or to review previous topics or basic skills! If you have questions about the program let me know, it is website based but can also be downloaded as an app on ipad and iphone and Android devices.  Click the picture to go to the website!

Looking for another way to support your child in math? Check out Trevvett’s new YouTube channel! Click here to see step-by-step math tutorials and K-5 tips to try at home!  We will update with new videos at the start of each new math unit this year.

NEXT WEEK @ A GLANCE

5th Grade
MATH: Decimals: Multiplying/Dividing
           Sum Assess: October 26, 2018
SCIENCE: Oceanography

4th Grade
MATH: Fractions
           Sum Assess: October 26, 2018
SCIENCE: Earths Resources: Watersheds

EVENTS AND REMINDERS NEXT WEEK

  • College and Career Awareness Week – Click here to see each day’s theme!
  • National School Bus Safety Week – Let’s show our bus drivers some love!
  • National School Lunch Week – Let’s show our cafe staff some love!
  • Sunday, Oct. 21:
    • PTO Spirit Night at Chipotle and Bruster’s (4-8 PM) – Be sure to bring the blue flyer sent home on Friday!
  • Monday, Oct. 22: 
    • Rounding Quiz
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23: 
    • PTO Meeting and International Night (6-7:30 PM)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24: 
    • Luray/JMU Field Trip Forms and Fees Due
  • Friday, Oct. 26: 
    • Math Summative Assessment
    • Skype a Scientist with Dr. Lomax, marine biologist at Brown University
  • International Night Next Tuesday: We are so thrilled to once again celebrate the many diverse cultures at Maude Trevvett Elementary School! On October 23rdat 6pm, we want all Tiger families to come out to share and learn more about each other’s culture. We are asking ALL families to bring various items like photos, maps, stamps, crafts, and even food dishes to create a display table for our multicultural fair. And don’t forget to wear your native attire! There will also be live entertainment including an Arabic, Spanish, and Nepali speaking interpreters. You don’t want to miss this exciting event! Return the RSVP form saying YES, you want to represent your culture!

October 12, 2018

It’s finally feeling like Fall!

What a week!

Science

5th: Even though it was a short week, we still got a lot accomplished. Students began focusing on individual rock types. They observed each type of rock and tried to come up with characteristics of each. After a discussion students completed two rock labs where they analysed samples to determine rock type and used key characteristics to determine rock sample name. They really enjoyed using their reasoning skills to analyze the samples. Check out pictures on Instagram! We also began talking about fossils and excavation!

4th: We finished up our weather unit this week and students presented their Extreme Weather projects. They did a great job! We will complete our weather data graphing activity on Monday to tie together science SOLs involving weather/data analysis and math SOLs with graphing. Next week we move on to Watersheds!

Math

5th: In math this week, we finished our exploration of order of operations.  Students learned to tackle tricky, multi-step problems that included exponents using PEMDAS.  On Thursday, we reviewed for our math summative with a fun game. Students practiced prime/composite, even/odd, order of operations, and word problems. However, due to the cancellation of school on Friday, this summative will be moved to Monday 10/15. Next week, we’ll dive into decimals! This week marks the half-way point of quarter one.  Take some time to view your child’s grades in PowerSchool and contact me and Ms. Harris with any questions or concerns.

4th: In math this week students wrapped up our unit on decimals. We played a fun game on Thursday where students placed various decimals on a number line… check on the pictures on Instagram! The summative scheduled for Friday 10/12 has been moved to Monday 10/15. We will begin converting fractions to decimals next week!

Looking for another way to support your child in math? Check out Trevvett’s new YouTube channel! Click here to see step-by-step math tutorials and K-5 tips to try at home!  We will update with new videos at the start of each new math unit this year.

NEXT WEEK @ A GLANCE

5th Grade
MATH: Decimals: Rounding, Adding/Subtracting, Multiplying/Dividing
           Sum Assess: SOL 5.3 SOL 5.7 October 15, 2018
SCIENCE: Finishing Fossils, Mining
            Assessment: Earths Layers, Boundaries, Rock Cycle October 16, 2018

4th Grade
MATH: Decimals to Fractions
           Sum Assess: SOL 4.14 SOL 4.3 October 15, 2018
SCIENCE: Earths Resources: Watersheds

EVENTS AND REMINDERS NEXT WEEK

Bring Your Parent to PE Week!  Our class has PE Monday at 1:00 and Thursday at 12:30.  Hope you can join us!

Tuesday, 10/16: IB Open House at Moody

  • IB Open House: The IB Program Open House is at Moody Middle School on October 16th. The Open House is designed for parents and students alike to attend.  There are two identical hour-long sessions (4:30-5:30 and 6:00-7:00) that give families a choice that works with their schedule that evening.  Each session kicks off in the auditorium to provide a brief overview of the ins and outs of the program, then MMS IB students and teachers have curated a showcase of IB experiences throughout the building for families to explore on their own. If your child is considering applying to IB, this is a night you won’t want to miss!