#### Mrs. Konrath's News

March 2, 2018

Good Afternoon,

Our school was celebrated at the school board meeting Tuesday evening.  Click the link below to watch the video that was presented.

The PTO carnival is also on Thursday, March 8th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help out in our hair painting booth. I will be sending home time assignments early next week.

Here is a look at what we have been up to:

Language Arts

Your child was introduced to the Underground Railroad this week through an inquiry activity. Each child worked on a top-secret question, and created a Google Slideshow. Groups presented their projects today. Ask your child which question they worked on and have them explain some of the other questions that were presented. This activity leads us into a study of American Slavery and ties into our next novel study that chronicles the lives of a slave family during the mid-1800’s.

After finishing history lessons on Westward Expansion, students moved right into a writing assignment where they used the information they learned to write a poem from the perspective of a Native living during that time period. Your child was encouraged to include figurative language in their poem like personification, similes, and metaphors. Ask your child about their poem. This writing project continues into next week.

We also started a short novel study on “A Boy at War” by Harry Mazer. The main character in this novel, Adam, is fishing with his friends in Pearl Harbor the morning of December 7, 1941 and his father is a lieutenant aboard the USS Arizona. This book will launch us into a discussion of the actual events that happened that day and how the event impacted the United States, one of which is the establishment of Japanese Internment Camps. This concept ties to the central idea of our current IB unit: Recognition of human rights by society can affect access to equal opportunities. This is a short novel that we will finish next week.

Math

Students started a geometry unit working with line plots, including both whole numbers and fractions. Later in the week, focus was placed on identifying polygons using a hierarchy of shapes, and identifying types of lines and angles. This unit continues into next week.

The accelerated class completed a volume unit by calculating the volume of composed figures. They started a 6th grade unit that focuses on calculating surface area of three-dimensional prisms. Next week the study shifts to calculating surface area of pyramids and solving problems related to volume.

Next week is a busy week:
Thursday, March 8th Track & Field Day 10:15 - 11:10 a.m.
Thursday, March 8th School Carnival 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 9th 3rd Quarter IB Assembly-5th Grade is performing at both the 3-4 Assembly (9:30 a.m.) and again at the 5-6 Assembly (10:20 a.m.)
Extra Early Release on Friday, March 9th at 12:00 p.m.