Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Updates and announcements

Our first week is down in the books! Our students are officially closer to being 6th graders than 4th graders. We will continue our school year with an emphasis on responsibility and time management.

The Daddy Daughter Dance is this Saturday.

Our week in learning

This week, students will take a short quiz over Indirect Objects on Wednesday.
They will begin the week in language arts researching their explorer using computers. Students will need at least one book source next week as they begin putting together their resources to form their essay. On Friday, students will create a sentence outline for their three body paragraphs, and should have their research largely completed by next Monday.

Students will read through chapter 10 of The Secret Garden and continue adding to their character charts and journal entries. Journal entries are assigned every chapter or every other chapter, and are expected to be a full paragraph in length (5-9 sentences). These will be collected for a complete grade at the end of the book, and should be neat, showing good effort, with complete sentences.

In science this week, students will continue taking notes on plant structure and adaptations. They will specifically focus on vascular and nonvascular plants. Students will be placed into groups and research a type of vascular or nonvascular plant to present to the rest of the class. All research and group work will be completed in class, and will be presented next week.

This week in history, students will continue to learn about the age of exploration. We will cover the questionable virtue of Christopher Columbus, the Spanish Conquistadors, how the connection between slavery and encomiendas, and Magellan’s voyage around the world. Please note that we will be covering slavery and the middle passage later in the unit. I encourage discussion at home on this sensitive topic.


In math this week, we will take a short quiz on our ratio unit, then move on to decimals. Students will learn about comparing, rounding, estimating, adding, subtracting and multiplying decimals. Graph paper is very helpful to line up decimals and keep their work organized. We will be using some in class, but it might be useful to have some at home to use with homework. There will be no math groups this week because we are starting a new unit, however we will start math groups next week, 1/24.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Please see the following note regarding the Bard competition.

Archway Arete Students and Families,

Throughout Western civilization, bards have been keepers of tradition, reciting the poetry of their people and passing on oral history. At every grade level, our students practice memorization and recitation of poems in the classroom. This year, we will again be joining our fellow Great Hearts schools in holding a Bard Competition for our 3rd through 5th grade students, whom we will challenge to memorize and recite poetry. Over the course of two rounds and two poems, we will winnow the field to find our school’s most skillful bard. That student will be named School Bard for the year and will represent Archway Arete at the Great Hearts Archway Bard Competition in the spring.
           If your student is interested in competing, you can download the competition guidelines and registration form attached to this e-mail. These forms will also be available through the School Office or your student’s teacher. Whether your student participates or not, we invite all of our Archway families to join us for these public recitations, which promise to be engaging reminders of this oral tradition.
           If you have any questions about the Bard Competition, please contact Mrs. Bowers at kbowers@archwayarete.org.
                                                                                      Regards,
Kellie Bowers

Third Grade Teacher 
Updates and announcements

Ms. White and I would like to thank you all for the wonderful gifts! Our hearts are full and we greatly appreciate the support from all of you. It takes a village and we couldn’t do what we do without the support from home.

Welcome back! Our sleepy students are shuffling into class as I write. They had a well-earned break and are ready to start our third quarter!

Please check the calendar for important dates and wish list for things we may need.

Our week in learning

This week, students will review their knowledge of classifying and diagramming skills, and add a new skill to their toolbox: identifying and diagramming indirect objects! They will have a homework packet sent home on Monday from which they should select two whole problems to complete each night, turning it in each day to show completion, and due Thursday for a full grade.

Additionally, the beginning of the third quarter also marks the beginning of our next project! Our fifth graders will embark on their first research paper at the end of this week! Students will randomly select an explorer to research and write about. We will be researching on computers over the next few weeks, but students will also be required to use at least one book as a source, and they will need to bring that research to class daily throughout the duration of this project. They should have their assignments by this weekend. Please look out for a project packet and signature page coming home this weekend.

In science this week, students will begin their quarter-long unit on plants. We will begin by reviewing parts of the cell that students are familiar with, and taking notes on organelles unique to plant cells. Students will make flashcards for homework this week and will be allowed to use their flashcards on their plant cell quiz on Thursday.

This week in history, students will start to learn about the age of exploration. We will cover the importance of the Spice Islands, ways explorers were able to navigate, and the Portuguese explorers. Please note that we will be covering slavery and the middle passage later in the unit. I encourage discussion at home on this sensitive topic.


In math this week, we will begin with a review of semester one, then move on to a very brief unit on ratio. There will be no math groups this week.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Updates and announcements

Welcome to our last week of the quarter! Students have worked so hard and have earned their time off. I am especially impressed with all of the state brochures. Students went above and beyond, creating beautiful brochures that capture the beauty of their state.

We will be doing our class spelling bee today. It is different than years past-students do not get the list to study ahead of time, so there is no preparation. Students can volunteer to compete, but do not have to. Ms. Canfield was kind enough to offer to proctor our class bee during grammar.

Our class celebration is on Wednesday. Thank you for all who are volunteering time and donations!

Our week in learning

In writing and grammar, students will be competing in our class spelling bee.

In Literature, students will finish up the class poetry unit.

This week in science, students will conclude their lab with Ms. Chaudhury and review the parts of the cell in preparation for our plant cells unit that will begin next quarter.

This week, students will finish their State Brochure Presentations.


This week in Math, students will take their last math test of the quarter on Monday, December 18th. There will be no math groups this week.Updates and announcements

Welcome to our last week of the quarter! Students have worked so hard and have earned their time off. I am especially impressed with all of the state brochures. Students went above and beyond, creating beautiful brochures that capture the beauty of their state.

We will be doing our class spelling bee today. It is different than years past-students do not get the list to study ahead of time, so there is no preparation. Students can volunteer to compete, but do not have to. Ms. Canfield was kind enough to offer to proctor our class bee during grammar. 

Our class celebration is on Wednesday. Thank you for all who are volunteering time and donations! 

Our week in learning

In writing and grammar, students will be competing in our class spelling bee.

In Literature, students will finish up the class poetry unit.

This week in science, students will conclude their lab with Ms. Chaudhury and review the parts of the cell in preparation for our plant cells unit that will begin next quarter.

This week, students will finish their State Brochure Presentations.

This week in Math, students will take their last math test of the quarter on Monday, December 18th. There will be no math groups this week.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017

Updates and announcements

This is our last full week! If your child is going to be absent next week, please let me know so they can take any last assessments before they leave.

Our Where the Red Fern Grows celebration will take place next Wednesday.

Students will be cleaning their desks next Wednesday, but will not need to empty them as in years past. There is no need to send bags to hold their supplies this year.

Our week in learning

Students will finish their final drafts in class on Tuesday. On Wednesday, students will spend the day composing an essay by themselves as part of our writing workshop! I look forward to seeing what our students will produce. On Thursday and Friday, students will review their persuasive essays for the most effective arguments.

Students will take their 50 word roots test on Friday.

“The Snowstorm” recitations will take place this Wednesday, 12/13.

This week in science, students will review for and take their mitosis quiz, which will take place on Tuesday. Students will be expected to know the order of the stages of mitosis and what happens during each stage, as well as how mitosis differs from binary fission. On Thursday and Friday, students will conduct a bacteria-growing lab in which they will practice their scientific investigation skills.

This week in History, students will be presenting their Feudal Japan chapters as a group on Monday and Tuesday.

Students have finished the 50 states unit and will demonstrate their knowledge by creating a brochure for a randomly chosen state. States will be chosen and information given on Monday. Their final brochure is due for presentation on Wednesday, 12/13. We will present on their states until Winter break. We will present on a volunteer basis, so students who will be absent the last week of school must present on Thursday or Friday.


This week in Math, students find the area and perimeter of odd-shaped figures, explore the area of a triangle (½ x base x height), parallelograms, and the surface area of rectangular prism, cube, and cuboids. Their last test of the quarter will be on Monday, December 18th. There are no math groups this week.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Updates and announcements

Winter break is fast approaching and students are working hard to get to the finish line.

In our class, we have been discussing the homework and project work for the last few weeks. We talked about how if the projects and large assignments are done a little bit every night, they will not go over the recommended amount of time for homework. This is especially true when students do not have Spalding homework, or if there is no math homework. Students also know to prioritize (finishing the 100-point project first, then worrying about the state brochure assignment later). This is a great exercise in time management.

On Thursday, I will be working off-campus. Students will be in good hands with Ms. White.

Our week in learning

Students will take their mid-year grammar test on Tuesday.
Students will begin their next writing project this week on Persuasive Writing. They’ll write an essay as a turkey to a farmer entitled “Wait, wait! Don’t Shoot!” As pre-writing and rough drafts come home, please help your child edit for spelling and grammar errors.

The 100-point project is due on Thursday this week.

Students will have their weekly roots test this week.

This week in science, students will consider the benefits and harm that eukaryotic protists can potentially bring to mankind, incorporating these viewpoints into a class discussion. Students may use this web site as a resource for the discussion worksheet: https://www.ck12.org/biology/protists-and-disease/lesson/Protists-and-Human-Disease-BIO/

Additionally, students will learn about how prokaryotic organisms choose to live together in a colony. Finally, students will be introduced to the stages of mitosis. They will take a short quiz over mitosis next week.

This week in History, students will take their “Golden Age to Glorious Revolution” test on Monday. Starting on Tuesday, students will begin their work on an in-class Feudal Japan project. In groups, students will be assigned a chapter from the book and design a lesson to teach their peers. They will create a poster board in class as well. There will be no homework for this project, everything will be done in class. As a group, students will teach their chapter on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

Students have finished the 50 states unit and will demonstrate their knowledge by creating a brochure for a randomly chosen state. States will be chosen and information given on Monday. Their final brochure is due for presentation on Wednesday, 12/13. We will present on their states until Winter break.


This week in Math, students find the area and perimeter of odd-shaped figures, and explore the area of a triangle (½ x base x height). This is the last week of math groups for the quarter! We will have math groups from 8:00-9:00.