Tuesday, October 2, 2018

SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
NEWSLETTER FOR SEPTEMBER (also sent via email with pictures)

Dear Parents/Guardians,
Happy Autumn and welcome to the first of our Grade 5 monthly newsletters. We intend to use these newsletters to pass along information about the curriculum we are currently working on, as well as sharing calendar updates.
Continue reading below for an update on specific subjects.

  • Work continues on place value concepts, including reading/writing decimals
  • Students have been introduced to exponential notation
  • We have also been working on rounding and comparing decimals
  • Unit 1 Test is scheduled for Friday, October 5th.
  • In October, we will be reviewing addition and subtraction concepts (focussing on decimals)
Social Studies
  • We are exploring what it means to be an upstanding citizen of the United States, Massachusetts, Wayland, and Loker School! We are discussing how this distinguishes our rights and privileges of members of those communities.
  • 5th grade historians have been transported to the Maya, Aztec, and Inca Civilizations, and are learning what it takes to sustain a thriving civilization. Students are learning how to take effective notes on the different aspects of each civilization, while utilizing web and literature based resources. These resources and notes will be used to create a final travel brochure- advertising a visit to each of the three civilizations respectively.                                                                                                                                                                         Science
  • The Solar System FOSS kit was broken in by the 2 classes. We explored concepts of Earth’s rotation/revolution around the Sun. Students had fun learning more scientific terminology about this topic. They will complete a Solar System report with a partner in upcoming weeks. We will study moon phases in detail.
  • The 2 classes enjoy using BrainPop as a content review resource

• Students have kicked off our writing workshop by reviewing grammar, sentence structure, and complex/simple sentences.
• October will begin our narrative writing until, where students will focus on:
  • Beginning their narratives with a catchy lead
  • Writing with descriptive language (show not tell)
  • Including dialogue in their writing while using the appropriate
  • Writing a meaningful ending to conclude their narrative
• We look forward to meeting you for the first round of conferences in mid- October. We generally use this meeting to set goals for the year. Please be expecting an e-sign up from your child’s homeroom teacher.
                                                                                                               Field Trip
• The first field trip of the year will be to the Harvard Peabody Museum on
Tuesday, October 16th. The focus of this trip will be to deepen students’ knowledge on ancient civilizations, specifically, the Mayans, which will be our focus of study in October. Permission slips will be sent out at the start of the month. We will be looking for chaperones, as noted on the permission slip.
Thank you so much for your support, and as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Mike Moynihan
Jen Sole-Robertson


Dear Parents,
I am using SignUp.com for fall conference sign up.

Please sign up for Fall conferences 2018!

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps: 

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/login/entry/255238044071 
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com) 
3. Sign up! Choose your spot - SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!  

Looking forward to meeting you to discuss GOALS for your son/daughter for the upcoming school year.
Thanks, Mr. M

Friday, September 28, 2018

Science fun outside with shadows

Students made many discoveries about shadows, as well as the rotation of the Earth. This is part of the Solar System FOSS unit.