Greetings from Teacher Devon!
We are coming upon the home stretch and we are making sure we cherish every moment of the end of our time as fifth graders at GFS! I can’t believe it’s the end of the school year already …where has the year gone?!?
In true fifth grade tradition, the graduates will diligently be working on their graduation speeches and song in preparation for graduation day on June 5th. Their farewell words will be heartfelt, full of individual character, and speak to the experiences our students have here at Goshen. You will not want to miss hearing their speeches at graduation!
Weekly reading of the Time for Kids publication.
Language Arts – In reading we are continuing to follow the life of Bud in the novel Bud, Not Buddy. The story takes place during 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but he's on a mission. His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: posters of Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression! Bud holds all the remnants of his once loving home in a cardboard suitcase: some flyers advertising Herman E. Calloway and various bands, a few mysteriously labeled rocks and his blanket. Bud gets an idea that those posters will lead to his father. Once he decides to hit the road and find this mystery man, nothing can stop him.
There are, of course, many set-backs on the way and many people who lend a hand. At the mission where Bud is too late for the evening meal, another homeless family pretends thatt he's with them. A very kind man who turns out to be a labor union organizer finds Bud hiding at the side of the road near a very intolerant town and takes Bud home to his own family before transporting him to his supposed father.
Bud's irrepressible good nature, his innocence and his survival skills make him memorable. His literal interpretation of language, his belief system which includes vampires, tokens and ritual behavior all serve to allow us to see the world through the eyes of a ten year old. The students can relate to Bud because of his age and are really getting in to his character (primarily because he speaks a lot of slang and has a best friend named Bugs). With the setting of the book taking place in the 30s and the small tastes of racism that the author weaves in so skillfully make this book a springboard for bigger topics that are a part of our social studies curriculum, such as the Depression and Civil Rights Movement.
Science – Fifth graders are currently working on their final unit in science: the human body. In this unit, students learn about the structure and function of the respiratory system and excretory system. Students will also learn about the causes, spread, and prevention of communicable diseases. Students will identify noncommunicable diseases and how they can be treated. Finally, students learn how to achieve a healthy lifestyle through nutrition; exercise; and not using alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. The major concepts addressed during this unit are that the human body exchanges oxygen for carbon dioxide and removes waste through the excretory system; and that some diseases are communicable while others are not. Lifestyle choices such as eating right and exercising help people stay healthy.
Math – Students are currently learning about making a line plot to display a data set of measurements in fractions of a unit (1/2, ¼, 1/8). We will also move into understanding that attributes belonging to a category of two-dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of the category, while being able to classify two-dimensional figures in a hierarchy based on properties. Finally, fifth graders will end the year with a geometry unit. Students will use a pair of perpendicular number lines, called axes, to define a coordinate system, with the intersection of the lines (the origin) arranged to coincide with the 0 on each line and a given point in the plane located by using an ordered pair of numbers, called its coordinates. They will be able to understand that the first number indicates how far to travel from the origin in the direction of one axis, and the second number indicates how far to travel in the direction of the second axis, with the convention that the names of the two axes and the coordinates correspond.
Playing math games during free time!
Upcoming events:Friday, May 1st – In-service Day: No School for Students Tuesday, May 12th – Special Friends Day for LS and Clothesline Art Show Wednesday, May 13th – Kids’ Care Thursday, May 21st – Spring Concert Monday, May 25th – No School: Memorial DayThursday, May 28th – Game Day! June 5th – Fifth Grade Graduation at 10:00 am and LS Picnic follows (1:00 pm dismissal)
Building a bridge to Toobeez with Tr. Phyllis
FIFTH GRADE GOALS FOR 2015: "My goal for 2015 is to read 1,750 pages and to improve in my homework." - Jack "My goal for 2015 is to get to green belt in karate." - Molly "My goal for 2015 is to learn more and please others with things I do." - Grace "My goal for 2015 is to make more friends and include others." - Pete "My goal for 2015 is to improve my writing skills." - Andy
ON GOING FIFTH GRADE PROJECTS:
This year, in conjunction with Learning Pathways, the fifth (and fourth) graders are continuing with the independent study project that was started last year. An independent study is a student-centered project that involves students working individually to investigate self-selected topics. These topics are connected to the curriculum and the students’ personal interests. Differentiating the curriculum remains at the center of our continued initiative – Learning Pathways. An independent study project is the most effective strategy to use in addressing the needs of all learners in the group. It provides an opportunity for students to study topics of interest in-depth while learning and practicing a variety of skills.
An independent study meets the needs, readiness, interests and learning preferences of students. It also allows students to experience learning beyond the classroom and encourages independence. Additionally, it teaches research skills and improves reading, writing and presentation skills. The semester-long project provides opportunity and time to explore in- depth topics. The fifth graders came to school in September with a chosen topic to study, and hit the ground running on their research and planning. Click here to view the timeline of due dates and the in-school work session schedule.
The goal of having the student’s conduct an independent study project was to:
The outcome of the independent study project is to create a formal writing piece at the completion of this assignment, as well as a presentation that reflects the child’s learning preference. Focus topics that were chosen by the fifth graders include leading a healthy lifestyle, mythology and its influence in our history and more present pop culture, the megalodon shark, Thurgood Marshall, and sea turtles. The fifth graders did a wonderful job of presentig their information during the final presentation!
Stemming from our all-school theme, Celebrating You and Me, during the 2009-2010 school year, International Week has traditionally been a time for the Goshen community to come together to honor and celebrate the diverse families we have here within our student body. Former alum, Jonathan K., said it best when asked why we have International Week, "We have International Week to learn about cultures other than ours, to have fun, and to understand other country's people, food, and traditions." This year's International Week will take place on Monday, April 27th - Thursday, April 30th, and is the culmination of the studients' yearlong study of three focus countries. This year students are focusing on Ireland, Puerto Rico (US Territory), and Thailand. International Week will be filled with guest speakers, activities and quite often culinary treats! International Week concludes with the One World Cafe, an on campus potluck featuring the cuisine of the countries studied, music and other activities.
Fifth Graders will specifically be focusing on PUERTO RICO throughout the school year!
FIFTH GRADE RESOURCES:
Click on the picture for a copy of the Fifth Grade Specials Schedule.
Click on the picture to familiarize yourself with the Playground Rules.
Click on the picture to read about the ABC’s of Tr. Devon.
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