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.

Thanksgiving is almost here!

Parade – Our in-school Thanksgiving Parade will be on Tuesday morning. As a class we brainstormed about themes for a mini-float. We settled on using a turkey and a lion as our images and the theme of respect. A group of students were selected by lottery to plan and create the float. By the way, we are using A/V carts, not trucks and trailers!

Fall Festival – We look forward to our Fall Festival on Monday, followed by a viewing of Wonder!

Science – We are approaching the end of our geology and landforms unit. This week we explored weathering, erosion, and deposition. When you are out and about, look around for examples of weathering, erosion, and deposition. Our next lesson will focus on fossils in the state of Virginia.

Enjoy Your Thanksgiving!

Week of November 12

Veterans’ Day – We talked about the centennial of the World War I Armistice and the origin of Veterans’ Day. We also shared a book calle The Wall by Eve Bunting.

Science – After a week of exploring rock characteristics, there will be a quiz on Wednesday. We are not looking into types of weathering, erosion, and deposition. We look forward to a guest speaker making a presentation on rocks tomorrow.

Field Trip – Information about our field trip to the Capitol in Richmond on December 7 has gone home. If you are interested in being a chaperone, information is included in the packet. Chaperones with volunteer forms on file will be selected by lottery.

Things are Rocking!

Science – We “walked” through the rock cycle this week, exploring the types of rocks and the role of tectonic plates on rocks. Next week, we will learn to identify and describe rocks using observations and dichotomous keys.
Everyone is anxious to use their rock for science. I expect to be doing that next week.

Writing – There will be no PAW this week. Rather, the kids will use what they have learned in science and reading to write their own myths explaining the origin of a volcano. They will combine fact and fiction. This project will be completed in school.

Halloween – Students may dress as a favorite book character on Wednesday. Our class will be visiting and sharing a literacy activity with a second grade class. As usual, Halloween is a time for high spirits. Wish me luck!

This and That

We are finishing up our investigation of plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes by the early part of next week. I anticipate a quiz on items 9 and 10 in their science notebooks on Thursday, October 25. Then we will move into learning about the rock cycle. It might be helpful to talk with your child about what is a cycle and what are some examples of cycles in life. Fall is a great time to have this discussion.

In writing, students will complete at home a PAW on Halloween. In school the students have started a library and writing project on volcano myths, with the goal of writing their own myth.

Spirit Success Week continues on Monday with Jersey Day (your favorite sports team) and “Red Out” Day on Tuesday. Since picture day will be on Wednesday, October 24th this week, “Dress Like a PE Teacher Day (work-out clothes” will be on Thursday.

Look for a flyer about the SGES Book Character Day on Wednesday, October 31.