5th & 6th Grade STEM
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I'm Mrs. Farquhar! I really enjoy teaching Math and Science! Although I have a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with an emphasis in History, and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in Reading, my passion is helping students realize that everyone is good at Math! When I'm not teaching, I enjoy reading, crocheting, traveling and spending time with my family.
I trust you all had a relaxing 4-day weekend with your students, enjoying the beautiful and unseasonally warm weather! This week, we've got a busy week, but we're building a good foundation as we head into Spring Break in a month.
If you haven't already purchased your tickets to this year's Gala and Silent Auction, please the school's website for more information about ticket availability and to purchase your tickets online. Thank you, also, to those whose generous contributions to our collaborative basket (with Mr. White's class) completed our class auction basket, "Young Reader's Classics". We couldn't have done it without you!
On April 11, 2017, we are having our annual Learning Showcase! Please note that student attendance at this event is MANDATORY! We will be highlighting Capstone projects at that time, as students have spent many weeks researching a topic of interest to them. Students will share their research findings through a research essay and a visual presentation. Please plan now to attend this event! Although it is on a Tuesday, it is for just one hour.
In Math, we are continuing to learning how to multiply and divide fractions and mixed numbers. See my Teacher Page for the "School-Home Connection" for this unit, and suggestions of ways to help your student learn these concepts. The test for this chapter will be on February 28, 2017.
In Science, we have concluded our unit on body systems and cells, including mitosis, diffusion and osmosis, and the four types of tissues. Ask your students to share what we have learned and recorded in our Cells Booklet! Also, please look for information on my Teacher Page around the "Cells" project. This project will be due on February 28, 2017. Students received this information in class on Monday, February 13, 2017.
Next, are you in need of filling those volunteer hours?? Ms. Zinck has a HUGE need for parent volunteers to hang student artwork at the Carbon Valley library. Please contact Ms. Zinck at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help. Since the library requires us to hang and remove our own artwork for the art show, Ms. Zinck desperately needs all the help she can get.
Finally, on March 3, 2017, the 5th grade will present "A Midsummer Night's Dream", their grade-level musical production. Please note that it is MANDATORY for ALL students to attend this production. Please contact Mrs. Hricko or Ms. Verbyla if you have any questions or concerns about your student's participation in this production.
Have a most blessed and productive week!
What We're Learning in Math
5th Grade Chapter 4 Math Test on Wednesday, February 28th!
FIFTH GRADE ONLY: Think Central
Fifth-grade students now have access to online resources for Math at www.thinkcentral.com. At this website, your student can view such online resources as Mega Math and Virtual Manipulatives, to further complete their understanding and mastery of the concepts we study, as well as the Student Editions of both the textbooks and workbooks.
To log on, students will use the first initial of the first name and their last name, all lowercase, for their User ID. Their passwords will be their first names, all lowercase.
For example, Joe Smith's user ID is jsmith and his password is joe.
SIXTH GRADE ONLY: Students who attended Imagine as 5th graders will still have access to the 5th-grade material through Think Central, if they would like to review past concepts and skills. The log in and password are the same as when they were 5th graders.
Students also received their Math in Focus user name and password in class today. This will give students access to the textbooks (A & B) online, in case students forget to bring textbooks home for homework. Click the link below and enter the student's user name and password to access this online textbook:
Chapter 3 Test on Tuesday, December 13, 2016!!!
In Quarter 2, we have focused on dividing fractions, and multiplying and dividing decimals. We'll conclude this quarter with a Cumulative Review of Chapters 1-3.
In Quarter 1 of 6th Grade Math, we have focused on Positive Whole Numbers. As we conclude this chapter, we move on the Negative Whole Numbers. Feel free to have your student look ahead at this concept, in preparation for the upcoming instruction around it.
What We're Learning in Science
2016-2017 5th Grade: Year-Long Plan*:
August: Scientific Inquiry
September: Animal Classification, Adaptation, Food Webs
October: Cells & Plants (Reproduction and Photosynthesis)
November: Elements, States of Matter, Physical & Chemical Changes
December: Earth Systems, Renewable & Non-renewable Energy
January: Weather, Changing of Earth's Surfaces
February: The Human Body, Organs & Systems
March: Electromagnetic Spectrum & Energy Transfer
April: Science Fair
May: Astronomy, Human Reproduction
*Subject to change
2016-2017 6th Grade: Year-Long Plan*:
August: What is Science? (Scientific Inquiry and Measurement)
November: Force & Motion
February: Earth - Land
March: Earth - Water
April: Science Fair
*Subject to change
6th Grade Science Homework--Friday-9/2/2016:
On pg. 30 in the online Science textbook (link below), students will watch three TV commercials and read three ads in magazines. They will record the claims each advertisement made. Next, students will classify each ad as being vague, misleading, reliable and/or scientific. Students should be prepared to turn in their written results on Tuesday when we return to school.
News and Notes
We enjoy celebrating birthdays in class and will do so usually at the end of first Core (plan for 12:15 PM), just before lunch. Treats are welcome, but optional. Students celebrating will be appreciated by each student in the class, and then we will hand out treats on the way out the door for the day. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend! Please let Mrs. Farquhar know a day or two in advance if you plan to attend and/or bring treats. Please also note, we do have some students with severe nut allergies and specific dietary restrictions, so by letting me know in advance, we can keep all of our students safe and included in our celebrations.
Scholastic Book Orders
If you would like to order Scholastic books, you may order online, (website: scholastic.com/bookclubs) using our Class Activation Code LLT8C. Let me know if you have any questions!