Last update!

Thank you for your continued support this year! I loved having each and every one of your children in Room 29 this year. I will surely miss them all:)

As this is the last update of the year, please make note of important events this last week. Some days are free dress and others are dress uniform.

LAST WEEK

MONDAY: Students will be completing a post-writing assessment, heading to 6th grade for Bump Up Day to learn more about middle school, and creating summer/math plans.

TUESDY: Students will compare their pre & post writing assessment and see their growth, complete their final Achieve article of the year, and send off the 8th graders at the assembly.

WEDNESDAY: All things cleaning! Students may wear free dress if they have donated to Charity Water. We will also celebrate mass at 8:30am as a class. Please join us!

THURSDAY: Field Day (9-12:30pm) @Sandel Park. ALL students need a lunch & can wear free dress.

FRIDAY: Last day of 5th grade! Mass @9am. Dress Uniform. Report Cards Go Home.

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

(book blurbs from amazon and Good Reads)

New in a series this summer: Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas Positively Izzy (sequel to Invisible Emmie and Babysitters Club # 6)

WishTree – Katherine Applegate [Fantasy, Community]

If you liked The One and Only Ivan, this is a great new novel by the same author. “Warm and thoughtful, this story is told from the perspective of an ancient oak tree who has seen it all. Bestselling author Katherine Applegate gets readers rooting for the old tree, along with the people and animals who come to depend on it. The shorter length and strong plot are appealing for middle grade readers who are growing into novels with less illustrated narrative and more complex subject matter.” – Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor

Welcome to Wonderland: Home sweet Motel – Chris Grabenstein [Mystery, Fiction, Humor]From the bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and co-author with James Patterson of I Funny, House of Robots, and Treasure Hunters, comes a hilarious illustrated series about all the wacky things that happen when you live in a motel! Eleven-year-old P. T. Wilkie may be the greatest storyteller alive. But he knows one thing for a fact: the Wonderland Motel is the best place a kid could ever live! All-you-can-eat poolside ice cream! A snack machine in the living room! A frog slide! A giant rampaging alligator! (Okay, that last one may or may not be made up.) There’s only one thing the Wonderland doesn’t have, though—customers. And if the Wonderland doesn’t get them soon, P.T. and his friend Gloria may have to say goodbye to their beloved motel forever.

FunJungle series – Stuart Gibbs [Humor, Mystery]

Stuart Gibbs does it again! If you’re a fan of his other series, Spy School, this is the one for you. Twelve-year-old Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt Fitzroy has murder on his hands and trouble on his tail. He believes that Henry, the hippopotamus at the brand-new FunJungle, has been murdered. The zoo’s top brass claim the hippo went belly up the natural way, but Teddy and his feisty friend Summer McCraken have other ideas. Could the culprit be FunJungle’s animal-hating head of operations? Or is it FunJungle’s owner—Summer’s dad—a man who is much more concerned about money than animal welfare? The deeper Teddy and Summer dig, the more danger they’re in—because when it comes to hippo homicide, the truth can’t be caged!

Cleopatra in Space – Mike Maihack (Graphic Novel, Fantasy]

A funny, action-packed graphic novel featuring a young Cleopatra — yes, THAT Cleopatra — who’s transported to the future and learns it’s up to her to save the galaxy!

Ms. Bixby’s Last Day – John David Anderson [Realistic Fiction]

For fans of sad and touching books like Out of My Mind or Wonder, this one is for you! Everyone knows there are different kinds of teachers. The boring ones, the mean ones, the ones who try too hard, the ones who stopped trying long ago. The ones you’ll never remember, and the ones you want to forget. Ms. Bixby is none of these. Topher, Brand, and Steve know this better than anyone. And so when Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she won’t be able to finish the school year, they come up with a risky plan, more of a quest, really, to give Ms. Bixby the last day she deserves. Through the three very different stories they tell, we begin to understand what Ms. Bixby means to each of them—and what the three of them mean to each other.

The Magic Misfits – Neil Patrick Harris [Fantasy]

When street magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find friends and magic in a sleepy New England town. But like any good trick, things change instantly as greedy B.B. Bosso and his crew of crooked carnies arrive to steal anything and everything they can get their sticky fingers on.

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground – Rita Williams Garcia [Realistic Fiction, Family]

From beloved Newbery Honor winner and three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Rita Williams-Garcia comes a powerful and heartfelt novel about loss, family, and love that will appeal to fans of Jason Reynolds and Kwame Alexander. Clayton feels most alive when he’s with his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd, and the band of Bluesmen—he can’t wait to join them, just as soon as he has a blues song of his own. But then the unthinkable happens. Cool Papa Byrd dies, and Clayton’s mother forbids Clayton from playing the blues. And Clayton knows that’s no way to live.

Orphan Island – Laurel Snyder [Fantasy, Adventure]. For fans of The Giver, this is a completely one-of-a-kind novel about nine children who live on a mysterious island. On the island, everything is perfect. The sun rises in a sky filled with dancing shapes; the wind, water, and trees shelter and protect those who live there; when the nine children go to sleep in their cabins, it is with full stomachs and joy in their hearts. Only one thing ever changes: One day, each year, when a boat appears from the mist upon the ocean carrying one young child to join them it takes the eldest one away, never to be seen again.

The Wild Robot – Peter Brown [Fantasy, Adventure]

Can a robot survive in the wilderness? When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is–but she knows she needs to survive. After battling a fierce storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island’s unwelcoming animal inhabitants.

Short – Holly Goldberg Sloan [Realistic Fiction]

In this heartwarming and funny middle-grade novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Counting by 7s, Julia grows into herself while playing a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz. Julia is very short for her age, but by the end of the summer run of The Wizard of Oz, she’ll realize how big she is inside, where it counts. She hasn’t ever thought of herself as a performer, but when the wonderful director of Oz casts her as a Munchkin, she begins to see herself in a new way.

Wish – Barbara O’Connor [Realistic Fiction]

When 11 year old Charlie is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her secret wish will ever come true. That is, until she meets Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all.

The Jumbies – Tracey Baptise [Scary, Fantasy]

For fans of Took: A Ghost Story. Corinne La Mer claims she isn’t afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. They’re just tricksters made up by parents to frighten their children. Then one night Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden forest, and shining yellow eyes follow her to the edge of the trees. They couldn’t belong to a jumbie. Or could they?

Enjoy the weekend!

-Mrs. Ahern

Update 5/21-5/25

We are coming up on our last full week of school! There is still lots to do before sweet summertime. Thank you to all those who have volunteered or will be volunteering on field trips. There are still some slots available for field day, 6/7, if you are free!

DATES

5/24: 5th grade Auction Project @3:00pm

5/25: Tiger Mountain Field Trip

5/28: NO SCHOOL

5/31: Stewardship @ Sammamish State Park

6/7: Field Day

6/8: Last Day of School/Mass -DRESS UNIFORM

CURRICULUM

Math:  Tomorrow, Tuesday, 5/22 there will be a final quiz on converting units of measure.

SS: A final study guide was given on Wednesday, 5/16. The test will be on Wednesday, 5/23. This is the final test for SS this trimester.

Reading: Students are striving for 75% or higher on all Achieve articles! Students have an incentive to make it to 10+articles with this score before the end of the year.

Science: Last week, we had guest speakers introduce the importance of the use of land in the greater Seattle area. This Friday, students will have the opportunity to go further in depth with this concept at Tiger Mountain. They will study different species and the effect that building on forest lands has on the environment.

Writing: Students began writing their final essay of the year on an either harmful or helpful invention. They have chosen interesting topics!

Have a great week,

Mrs. Ahern

Update 5/14-5/18

We had a great Colonial America day! Students really dressed the part and had a blast participating in crafts, ice cream making, and games.

DATES

5/16-5/18: Book Fair After School

5/24: 5th grade Auction Project @3:00pm

5/25: Tiger Mountain Field Trip

5/28: NO SCHOOL

5/31: Stewardship @ Sammamish State Park (Need parent volunteers)

6/7: Field Day

6/8: Last Day of School/Mass -DRESS UNIFORM

CURRICULUM

Math:  This week we will cover converting metric units and elapsed time. Next Tuesday, 5/22 there will be a quiz on converting units of measure.

Science: We will begin a new unit, Earth’s systems, this week. We will focus heavily on gravity.

SS/Writing: Our Storypath simulation is coming to a close this week with a final debate from the Loyalists v. Patriots. Students studied the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, and now moving into causes of the Revolutionary War.

A final study guide will be given on Wednesday, 5/16. The test will be on Wednesday, 5/23.

Reading: Students have finished their Colonial Boston books and are working on their final book report.

*We are striving for 75% or higher on all Achieve articles! Students have an incentive to make it to 10+articles with this score before the end of the year.

Religion: We are studying the importance of the rosary and specifically learning about the Joyful Mysteries. A quiz will be on Wednesday, 5/16.

Mrs. Ahern

Update 5/7-5/11

With the sun out, it has been a nice change of scenery! We are more than half way done with testing and are moving into the final weeks of school. Please send me an email or use the link below to sign up for field trips.

IMPORTANT DATES

5/8-5/10: ACRE/ MAP Testing

5/11: Colonial America Day (Need parent volunteers) 12-3pm

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084daca92ca75-colonial

5/25: Tiger Mountain Field Trip (Need parent volunteers)

5/31: Stewardship @ Sammamish State Park (Need parent volunteers)

CURRICULUM

Math: We started Ch. 11 units of measure last week. We focused on customary units of measure: length, weight, and capacity. This week we will cover converting metric units.

Science: We will begin a new unit, Earth’s systems, this week. We will focus heavily on gravity.

SS/Writing: Our Storypath simulation has been a blast so far. Students have studied the French & Indian War, the 13 colonies, taxation, and confrontation with Britain. We will study the Boston Massacre and causing leading to the Revolutionary War this week.

Reading: Students will finish their Colonial Boston books this week. There will be an end of book unit test and a brief book report.

Religion: Last week, we celebrated the Crowning of Mary. We are studying the importance of the rosary and specifically learning about the Joyful Mysteries.

Mrs. Ahern

Update 4/23-4/27

This week was eventful! Students ROCKED their nutrition projects. Their meals and reports clearly showed how much they have learned and taken away from our unit. These next few weeks will be busy with MAP testing. Students should eat a healthy breakfast and get rest!

IMPORTANT DATES

4/23-5/10: ACRE/ MAP Testing

4/25: Poem in your Pocket Day

4/26: Spring Concert @7pm-Students be here at 6:50pm

4/26: Progress Reports Go Home

5/1: May Crowning

5/11: Colonial America Day (Need parent volunteers)

5/25: Tiger Mountain Field Trip (Need parent volunteers)

5/31: Stewardship @ Sammamish State Park (Need parent volunteers)

CURRICULUM

Math: Our last lesson in geometry next week will cover finding the volume of irregular shapes. The practice test will go home Wednesday followed by the actual test on Friday, 4/27.

Science: Students received a nutrition study guide for the final which will be Wednesday, 4/25. This study guide covers topics, terms, and review questions to prepare.

Nutrition Study Guide

SS/Writing: Last week, the class worked hard to create a frieze of Colonial Boston! It truly looks amazing.

In families, students created a character they will use for the simulation. As students learn more about Colonial Boston and important events, the simulation will unfold. This week students will be writing back home to England describing their new lives.

Reading: This week, we will begin the Colonial Boston Literature Groups. Students will read a variety of novels set during this time period. Each day, there will be required reading and comprehension questions. Later in the week, they will meet with their group members to discuss plot, theme, characters, and setting of the book.

Religion: Students will be preparing for the ACRE test (4/24) this week by reviewing key terms and teachings of the Church.

Enjoy the week,

Mrs. Ahern

Update 4/16-4/20

I hope you all have a great weekend! Be sure check Powerschool as progress reports go out next week.

IMPORTANT DATES

4/17: Nutrition Project Due

4/19: Jump Rope For Heart Kick-off Assembly

4/23-5/10: ACRE/ MAP Testing

4/26: Progress Reports Go Home

5/1: May Crowning

5/11: Colonial America Day (Need parent volunteers)

5/25: Tiger Mountain Field Trip (Need parent volunteers)

5/31: Stewardship @ Sammamish State Park (Need parent volunteers)

CURRICULUM

Math: We are continuing our work with geometry. We will cover polygons, irregular shapes, volume and more.

A mid-chapter review will be on Monday, 4/16.

Science: The nutrition project is due 4/17. Students will bring their meals into school that day for lunch!

Nutrition project 2018

SS/Writing: Students have finished all but the campaign speeches which will be held next Tuesday, 4/17. We begin our work with the Colonial Boston simulation where students are put into families and live out some of the same experiences during that time period.

Reading: We are continuing to read about the events and experiences leading up to Colonial Boston.

Religion: Students will be preparing for the ACRE test (4/24) this week by reviewing key terms and teaching of the Church. The spelling list this week covers important vocab.

Enjoy the week,

Mrs. Ahern

Update 4/9-4/13

Welcome back from a great spring break! It’s crazy to think we only have 8 weeks left of the 5th grade. With that said, there are several upcoming projects in different subject areas. See below for instructions.

IMPORTANT DATES

4/17: Nutrition Project Due

4/23-5/10: ACRE/ MAP Testing

5/1: May Crowning

5/11: Colonial America Day

5/25: Tiger Mountain Field Trip

 

Math: This week we are beginning our work with geometry. We will cover polygons, irregular shapes, volume and more.

Science: We will be continuing our work with nutrition. We have covered our study of fats and sugars and will be moving into reading food labels and other food experiments.

The nutrition project is due 4/17. Students will bring their meals into school that day for lunch!

Nutrition project 2018

SS: Over the past week, students have been learning about government, the elections process, and working in groups to get their candidate elected. Students are working on their campaigns this week and their final speeches will be early next week.

Reading: There will be heavy reading this week on Colonial Boston. There is an assigned Achieve articles due by Friday.

Religion: Students have learned about Sacraments of Initiation and will be covering Healing and Service this week.

Enjoy the week,

Mrs. Ahern

Update 3/26-3/30

Happy Spring to you all! Although the weather doesn’t show it, we are close to enjoying spring break in a short week. We have started some engaging units this past week!

IMPORTANT DATES

3/23: Siblings Stations of the Cross @2:30pm

3/26-3/31: Holy Week– Good Friday Stations @2pm

4/1: Easter

4/2-4/6: Spring Break

4/17: Nutrition Project Due

CURRICULUM UPDATE

MathOur chapter 8-dividing fractions test is on Tuesday, 3/27. We will be moving into geometry- 2D & 3D shapes on Wednesday.

Science:  Our nutrition unit is underway! We are completing several experiments testing fats, sugars, and acids. We will be using choosemyplate.gov to research appropriate nutrients and exercise this week. Details of the nutrition project will be given on Wednesday. 

https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/foodapedia.aspx

Reading/SS: Achieve articles this week will focus on government and nutrition. Students have been put into groups to cover the major political parties. This week students will write a briefing paper, learn about the electoral college, and being campaigning.

ELA: Work on commas will wrap up this week. A quiz will be on Wednesday, 3/28.

Religion: We are continuing our Lenten journey through prayer, donating to CRS Rice Bowl and St. Vincent de Paul, and fasting. We are focusing on the Sacraments of Initiation and Healing.

Have a great week,

Mrs. Ahern

Update 3/19-3/23

It’s hard to believe we started our final trimester of 5th grade this past week! A major shift in this last trimester is preparing all students for the transition to middle school. Expectations ramp up, organization and time management are key, and of course we get to enjoy some much needed sunshine:)

This trimester we will complete our final round of MAP testing, ACRE testing, and start some fun science and social studies units.

IMPORTANT DATES

3/21: Reconcilation

3/23: Siblings Stations of the Cross @2:30pm

3/26-3/31: Holy Week– Good Friday Stations @2pm

4/2-4/6: Spring Break

CURRICULUM UPDATE

Math:  We are starting Ch. 8-Dividing Fractions this week. It is a fairly shorter unit to cover as we have spent many weeks covering the basics of fractions.

Science:  Our nutrition unit is underway! This is one of the highlights of the year. We are starting out with a basic foundation of what nutrition is and what that means for each student. We will be using choosemyplate.gov to research appropriate nutrients and exercise this week. Details of the nutrition project will be given soon.

Reading/SS: Achieve articles this week will focus on government. Students will begin a simulation this week on the election process, understanding our government, and working in teams to mock an actual election. It is also a highlight!

ELA: Work on commas will begin this week.

Religion: We are continuing our Lenten journey through prayer, donating to CRS Rice Bowl and St. Vincent de Paul, and fasting.

Have a great week,

Mrs. Ahern

Update 3/5-3/9

I hope you all had a great week and have a relaxing weekend! Students prepped the garden this week by weeding, replanting vegetables, building a new soil bed, and more. Our nutrition unit starts in a few short weeks!

 

IMPORTANT DATES

 

3/7: Mass @9am- DRESS UNIFORM

3/9: End of Trimester 2

3/15: Noon Dismissal/ Report Cards Go Home

3/16: No School

CURRICULUM UPDATE

Math:  We wrapped up adding/subtracting fractions and our next unit will cover chapter 7-Multiplying Fractions.

Science:  Students completed review questions in class about matter. On Wednesday, 3/7, there will be a test covering matter, mass, volume, periodic table, elements, and molecules.

Reading/SS: Students are finishing their book units on the Great Depression. There are three novels, Out of the Dust, A Long Way From Chicago, and Bud, Not Buddy, that tie into this time period. There is daily reading in class and students meet in lit groups to discuss.

The Watson’s Story in a Bag project is due Tuesday, 3/6.

There is a short quiz on the Great Depression on Friday, 3/9.

Religion: Students did a wonderful job leading stations of the cross! We are continuing our Lenten journey through prayer, donating to CRS Rice Bowl and St. Vincent de Paul, and fasting.

Have a great week,

Mrs. Ahern