Week of March 11, 2019

Social Studies – We are finishing up our southeast state unit. Students will be creating digital postcards telling a friend about the features of the southeast region.

Science – This week we will begin investigating plant and animal cells.

Continue working on your science experiments. They are due on March 18 for presentations in class.

Important Dates:

Wednesday, March 13 – Family Life 11:30-12:30

Thursday, March 14 – Rock-a-thon 6:30-8:00

Wednesday, March 20 – Science Fair after school 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Thursday, March 21 – Science Fair during school 7:45 am – 9:00 am

Monday, March 25 – Reading MAPS

Thursday, March 28 – Math MAPS

Friday, March 29 – Student Half-Day, end of 3rd nine weeks

Week of February 25.

This week has lots going on.

In science, we end our unit on the ocean as we wind up with human impact on the ocean ecosystem. A unit test will be on Monday March 4. Students should study items 15 – 21 in their science notebooks. Be sure to check Schoology for PowerPoint notes.

In social studies, we will begin exploring the states of the southeast United States. Students will receive a map which includes states and capitals to memorize.

On Monday, we look forward to a science assembly on Monday thanks to the PTA. The last science assembly was a big hit!

Our Aquatics trip to the YMCA will happen on Friday, March 1. We will depart Shady Grove at 9:20 and will return by about 11:05.

Presidents’ Day Week

We are nearing the end of our oceans unit. There will be a quiz on Wednesday, 2/20 on ocean movements and zones. Then we will review 4th SOL standards with by revisiting food webs in the context of the ocean. Don’t forget science notes are available on Schoology: Science Notes

Each week, SOL review sheets are going home to be completed. These will be glued into the Science Review notebook. If you have not gotten a composition book, please do so. By the way, if you have an extra notebook around the house, that will be fine to use, even if it has some writing in it. We are gluing sheets on the pages.

In order to keep students on track for the science fair, I’m asking that parents help students with gathering their necessary materials for their experiment and then verify that this has been done by initialing the appropriate space on the checklist in their packet. I will be checking this on Friday, February 22.

Word Study will resume on Wednesday with the following words: vascular, optimistic, intend, and fascinating.

In class we will begin persuasive writing. There will be no PAW this week.

Fifth Grade’s Family Life Education FLElesson will be on Wednesday.

Spring pictures will be taken on Thursday, February 21.

Valentine’s Week

Students are designing and decorating their Valentine Boxes. Thanks to all who have sent in decorative supplies. They had a great time today. It was messy! A class list has gone home for those who will be bringing in Valentines to exchange. On Valentine’s day, we will have a short celebration with Valentine exchanges and a treat. Please let me know if there are any concerns with your child eating strawberries and Cool Whip.

In science we will be shifting from exploring ocean movement to investigating ocean zones.

Another SOL review sheet has gone home, “Life Cycle Niche.” It is due on Friday, 2/15. These review sheets will be glued into the composition book all students should have by Friday. This will be handy for SOL review.

Science Fair – Students should have gathered all necessary materials in order to run their science experiments by February 22. They should have a parent initial the appropriate line on the checklist in the packet.

Don’t forget to send in the aquatics field trip form. The forms are due on February 15 and the trip will be on March 1.

Happy New Year

Science – We are using inquiry strategies to understand the ocean on the surface of the Earth. and creating a model of the ocean floor.
Social Studies – Students will have an open-book test on the history of Henrico County up till the Civil War. Pages 8-12 in the Henrico book should be read and reviewed in preparation for the test.
Chorus – Rehearsals are continuing this and next week. The students will present their concert on Tuesday, January 8 at 6:00 PM. Students should arrive in class no earlier than 5:45 PM.
Geo-Bee – Congratulations to our classroom Geo-Bee winner, Owen Devitt. More information will be coming about the final round.

Winter Break Countdown!

This was certainly a short week.
Social Studies – We are taking a break from science while the kids create slides to teach their classmates about the history of Henrico County. The presentations are expected to begin on Monday. Prior to the presentations, students will have the opportunity to check their slides for accuracy, assess their work, and practice presenting information using a clear voice and eye contact.

Science – Our next science unit will likely start after the break. We will be learning about the oceans.

Our Winter Party will be on Wednesday, December 19. Be sure to return the treat permission slip that went home last week. Thanks to the parents organizing our activities.

Short Pump Middle School – A permission slip for our visit to Short Pump went home today. Please complete and return it as soon as possible, preferably before the Winter break.

Fifth Grade Concert – Due to the snow, the fifth grade concert has been moved to Tuesday, January 8. There will be a concert at 9:15 in the morning and at 6:00 PM that day. Fifth graders should report to their classroom for the evening concert no earlier than 5:45.

Geography Bee – We will have a National Geographic Geography Bee in our class the week of our return from Winter break. The first round will be in the classroom. The class winner will compete at a later date in a school-wide bee. This is not mandatory but can be fun!

Capitol Field Trip – Friday, December 7

Don’t forget our field trip on Friday, December 7. Chaperones were selected by lottery. If you were not contacted to be a chaperone, remember that more field trips are planned for the year.

Remember … on the day of the field trip, students should dress appropriately for warmth and comfort in Shady Grove spirit wear or in red. Pack a hearty snack and a bag lunch. No nuts please! We will depart at 9:15 AM and return to Shady Grove at about 12:45 PM.

November’s End

November was an eventful month, with lots of events. December looks to be eventful as well. Students are excited to be receiving their Chromebooks in early December. Additionally, our field trip to the capitol in Richmond will be on Friday, December 7. Picture re-takes will happen on Wednesday, December 5.

Science – We are nearing the end of our geology and land forms unit. This week we are exploring how fossils, specifically in Virginia, provide a window into the earth’s past.

An end of unit, post-test is planned for Tuesday, December 4. A study guide will go home on Wednesday, November 28.

Language Arts

Expect to see new word study words on Wednesday, November 28. They will be due on Wednesday, December 5.
Also, a PAW will be going home on Friday, November 30.

Spelling Bee – Our class will be participating in the school spelling be in early December.

Social Studies – Students are reading about the history of Henrico County prior to the Civil War. They will be working with partners to create a class slide show in order to share their learning and teach the rest of the class about their area of expertise from their reading.