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Week of April 15 - April 20

Science! It's science testing week and then we are finished! Our schedule schedule will change a little this week:

- Specials 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
- Science Testing 10:00 - 11:45 a.m.
- Lunch (stays the same) 12:40 - 1:20 p.m.

Math: We began a new unit yesterday on "Art is Everywhere: How math is incorporated into Art." Our new project will lead us into the end of the year and will cover scaling, ratio and percentages. The kids will create a unique and original art piece, based around a theme of the classes choice (based on surveys from the community). The art piece will be created by each student, painted on a canvas, and could potentially be exhibited as a mural somewhere on Southmoor's Campus!

We have had a lot of group projects this year, but as our last math project of 2018, this will be independent and personal, and will really allow the kids to express themselves as individuals. I cannot wait to see what they come up with!

Reading: We are continuing our study of the…

Week of April 9 - April 13

Week 1 of Literacy Testing complete! On to week 2 with Math! 
Reading:We will begin our unit on My Brother Sam is Dead. The students have a reading schedule to follow, as well as comprehension/response questions located in Google Classroom. The calendar is a guide for the students to follow. They will be meeting with their group each Friday, to discuss the book, so weekly assignments should be completed by then! 
Writing: Thank you to all the parents who helped edit your child's opinion prompt! I hope it allowed you to get a better understanding of what is expected in persuasive writing, and allowed you both to share in some thoughtful discussion!  On Friday, the students will be writing an opinion piece either for or against state standardized testing. We will spend the week looking at academic articles covering the topic, and create a plan. Friday, they will write! 
Math - Math review on Monday and Friday - Create a robot using area and perimeter centimeter cubes. 
Science - We will…

Southmoor's Got Talent!

Hi, Calling all 1st-5th Grade musicians, singers, dancers, rappers, comedians, actors, etc. Come share your talents at the Southmoor Talent Show on April 30th at 5:30 PM. Individuals, pairs, or groups are welcome. We also need “stage crew” and emcees.
Auditions will be held April 17 and 18 after school. (These are updated/new audition dates) 
See the flyer for more details and to sign up on the googleform by April 13th: https://goo.gl/forms/QnuvU43ZhIhViyLC2  You will be contacted about a more specific audition time once you sign up. We cannot wait to see everyone’s talent!

Erika Lee

Welcome Back!

Welcome back! Hope everyone had a great spring break :) Testing begins this week. Please see below for the testing schedule and this week's focus in each subject area. Testing is after lunch, so make sure your child is eating a well-balanced meal, and so he or she won't have a sugar crash in the middle of testing!

Testing Week of 4/3: Literacy 1:00 - 2:50 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Lunch at 11:45
Testing Week of 4/9: Math 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Testing Week of 4/16: Science 10:35 - 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

This Week's Focus

Math: We will cover a few quick lessons reviewing area, perimeter, volume and angles of different polygons. Students will have a practice assignment each day, as well as a fun activity to complete. Work may reviewed at home if needed.

Science:We will be studying the elements of weather this week, and focusing specifically on global and local winds and how they occur.

Literacy/Social Studies: Due to testin…

Spring Break

Congratulations to Kennah, Annecy, Sam, Isaac, Jonah, Lydia, Georgia, Wesley, Trianna, Leela and Adrian for meeting their February page goal of 2,000 pages! (We are a little behind!) Our February Lunch Bunch celebration will be Friday, March 23rd.

An extra special congratulations to Leela, who was the top reader during the month and almost doubled her goal! She read over 2,500 pages during the month of February!

All students should be reading 1 book, of their choice, over break. They will have their next page count goal due on Tuesday, April 4th :)

Students can also practice for the math and language PARCC test online, by visiting HERE. Make sure you click Grade 5 on the left hand side!

Have a great Spring Break!

Week of March 19th - March 23rd

Monday
Social Studies: Continue working on Travel brochure for the 13 colonies
Science: How does energy transfer through Earth's water cycle?
Math: Peer Review of rough draft of project; Begin final draft
Literacy: Create a Political Cartoon based on an article from Junior Scholastic and finish essay

Tuesday
Social Studies: Continue working on Travel brochure for the 13 colonies
Science: How does energy transfer through Earth's water cycle?
Math: Continue working on Final draft; review for unit test
Literacy: Primary Sources - Desperate to Escape

Wednesday
Field Trip to see A Wrinkle in Time 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Social Studies:Travel brochure for 13 colonies due
Math: Coordinate Plane Unit Test and continue working on final draft


Thursday
Social Studies: Lesson 10 in Social Studies Alive on tensions between colonies and Britain
Science: How do we measure weather? Elements of weather
Math: Final Draft of project due
Literacy: NF comprehension with Junior Scholastic 

Friday
Social Studies: Lesson …

Week of March 12th - March 16th

Literacy (Vocabulary): Students took their Wordly Wise 10 Test this week. List 11 will start AFTER spring break. 
Literacy (Opinion Writing): Our genre focus this trimester is opinion/persuasive writing. This week we will be focusing on using primary/secondary sources to extract evidence to support our opinions. Literacy (Non-Fiction Text ) Students are still continuing to work weekly on their Junior Scholastic Magazine and assigned comprehension assignments for homework. We are continuing our American Revolution unit this week learning about life in the 13 coloniesFor the remainder of the week, students will be working on a 13 colonies travel brochure. The brochure will be completed in class, and should NOT have to be homework. The students will need to include a Works Cited page as well. I shared THESE directions with the students to help them create their Works Cited page on Google Docs. We will begin My Brother Sam is Dead as a class book after spring break, as well as our class read…