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 apologize for the lateness of this letter. Last week was so strange and crazy, with two indoor recess days and the Snow Day, and I admit, I'm haivng trouble getting back into the routine of school, much like the students!
Please be aware that report cards will be available online through Infinite Campus on Thursday, January 12, 2017. As always, please feel free to email me with any questions, comments or concerns.
Also, January 26 and 27, 2017 are Early Release Days for Winter Conferences. Please note that these conferences are by INVITATION ONLY! Students will be meeting with Mrs. Evers and myself, if we feel that we need to have a conference. If you receive an email from me, please also note that there will be a link to my Sign up Genius page as well as Mrs. Evers. You will need to sign up on BOTH pages, for the SAME time slot on each Sign Up Genius page.
Thank you to everyone who has sent in a monetary donation for our class auction basket. It is GREATLY appreciated! Also, I want to make you aware of a mix-up on my part. Mr. White and I are, in fact, doing our class basket as one, but it is not a Science theme as we had thought. Mrs. Evers is doing a Science-themed basket. Instead, we are doing a Young Children's Classics Silent Auction Gift Basket!! We want to include classics from such authors as Shel Silverstein, Eric Carle, Beatrix Potter, and Dr. Seuss, as well as nursery rhymes, and soft books. If you'd like to make a donation of any such books, which are NEW, please send them in with your student. Monetary donations already sent in will be used to purchase any books not donated.
In Math, we are moving into adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators. This will require students to find least common multiples and denominators, as well as greatest common factors. Our next unit of this quarter will follow on the heels of Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers, and we will focus on multiplying and dividing fractions.
In Science, we are learning about meteorology. We've begun taking the daily temperature outside, and will learn to graph that data in two ways. We will also learn about cloud formation, types of changes to the Earth's surface which are caused by weather-related events, and use data collection tools and measuring devices to gather, organize, and analyze data such as temperature, air pressure, wind, and humidity in relation to daily weather conditions.
Finally, next week is our Logic Academy Awards and Honor Roll assembly. If your student is getting an award, I will notify you by email this weekend. Our assemblies are always on a Wednesday, 8:10-9:00 AM.
Have a wonderful weekend! As always, let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns...
What We're Learning in Math
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!