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 good weekend, 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.
This Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 11:55 AM, our class will have Vision and Hearing Screening. This is an annual screening that we conduct to help ensure students vision and hearing are where they should be. If your student wears glasses or contacts, it is important for him or her to have them and wear them when we have our screening.
On April 11, 2017, 6:00-7:00 PM, 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, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM.
Students need to continue with MobyMax Math at home for homework, each night! Students are receiving grades for their completed work, so make sure they are practicing their math concepts nightly! I am also holding weekly contests, in which students will earn an extra recess for completing 100 minutes of Math practice in a week! While this may seem daunting, it is only 20 minutes of math practice each night, Saturday/Sunday through Thursday.
Spring Break is March 25-31, 2017! There will be a MobyMax Math Contest during Spring Break, in which students will earn a bigger reward for their math practice! Details of this contest to come later.....
In Math, we are working on finding volume, and capacity. See me Teacher Page for the Chapter 15 School-Home Connection, for ideas of how you can incorporate volume and capacity math practice at home!
In Science, we are continuing to work on identifying variables and observing, recording and graphing our data. be sure to ask your student how their paper airplane tests went and what we have done to further our tests.
Have a most blessed and productive week!
What We're Learning in Math
5th Grade Chapter 4 Math Re-Test on Wednesday,March 8th!
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!