5th/6th Grade – Rafter

January Newsletter

Teacher MessageSome students need to make sure to do their homework. We started off strong and need to continue. Students should be reading at least 15 minutes a day at home. They can read any book.

Thank you to everyone who brought in treats for our winter celebration party. The students really enjoyed hanging out and playing games in the afternoon.

Online Resources-The class loves reading with an orator. Many books are now available online. You can check out the books online through your public library. Kalamazoo Public Library allows you to check out and stream certain books. They also have electronic books that you can borrow and read from a tablet, phone or computer. Math Planet does an amazing job at presenting problems in Algebra with examples. There are even YouTube videos that explain every lesson. For Science, the Smithsonian Institution has a web page that allows people to find active volcanoes. Cells Alive is another great website to explore and investigate cells. For Social Studies, Time for Kids is a great website that has great articles on current events

Reading– We will continue to work on Daily 5. The class will continue to listen and read along with a fluent reader. They love reading with the c.d. We will be comparing different fictional stories. We will also practice foreshadowing.
Math– We will continue to create and read different types of charts and graphs. We will learn how to read box and whiskers diagrams.
Science- We will continue to investigate Earth Science. We will study the phenomenon of Plate Tectonics and the convection currents that create volcanoes and earthquakes.        Social Studies-We will study governments and different government types in the world. The fifth grade will continue to study the Revolutionary War.

PTO Meeting – The next PTO meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 16th at 5:00 p.m. Please come and join us.