Friday, October 9, 2015

Getting off to a great start in F3!

Even though school got off to a late start this year, our class is going full steam ahead!!  Here are some updates:

Students are currently working on multiplication of whole numbers, for example- 129 x 45.  We're learning to do the problem using the standard algorithm and then check the work with estimation.

English Language Arts
I'm so excited about our curriculum this year: we are using Engage NY.  This curriculum is highly engaging and highly demanding of students.  Their vocabulary is growing by the second!  We are reviewing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and having excellent discussions about the importance of those rights.

Students are testing out experiments in their model stream tables and learning about flooding, erosion and deposition.

Social Studies
Our F3 Constitution is already on its way to being completed.  We'll have Constitution Wednesdays in which we will work on its completion and adding necessary amendments.  This week we started learning about the First Peoples of North America, and soon we'll learn about the encounter between these early peoples and the first European explorers.

Also:  Remember that Multi-ethnic Dinner Night is October 22nd, and our field trip to the Cedar River Watershed is the next day on the 23rd.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Welcome to F3!!!

Hello! I am Marcia Ventura, and I will be your child’s fifth grade teacher this year. I have taught in the Seattle School District for twelve years, and this is my 9th year at Maple, and I love it here deeply!

Families: come visit often!  You are ALWAYS welcome.  We are located in Portable 3 on the north side of the main building.  Don't forget to sign in first at the office. 

Fifth grade is a very exciting year for students. At this moment they are one year from starting middle school, and as such, it is critical that throughout the year, students become academically and socially ready for that transition. Instruction, especially in the areas of reading, writing, and math, will be rigorous to ensure that readiness. 

What will students learn this year? In science, they will work with microscopes, learn about erosion and ground water, and even become engineers.  In social studies, your child will learn about early US history and the principles this country was founded on.  

Homework will be given Monday through Thursday. Students should be spending about 30 minutes on homework, and thirty minutes reading a book of their choice.  I expect homework to be done completely independently. If your child is asking for help often with the homework, or is completing homework very quickly, please let me know. All homework given in class will be directly related to what was taught during that school day.

Coming up very soon will be fourth and fifth grade camp!!   Most of the students are already signed up and paid for. If you are not, you'll be receiving a phone call from me very soon :). Camp is very exciting and will be taking place at Camp Seymour in Gig Harbor from September 23-25. 

Please visit the blog often!  Also, the kids will get started on podcasts soon.  They will be their reading stories over "the air" and you will be able to listen to their weekly KOF3 radio shows.


Ms. Ventura