Important Dates

October 2 Count Day & Free Dress Day

October 11    First Quarter Ends

October 25        Noon Dismissal

Parent Teacher Conferences from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Last appointment at 5:40

October 26        No school

                       Parent Teacher conferences from 7:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. Last appointment
       at 2:00.

October 27-30   Fall Break

November 7       5th Grade Field Trip to Denver Museum 

:   During the warm days at the beginning of the year, our classroom routinely reached 85 degrees in the afternoon. Yikes! It was hot! As the days are becoming cooler, it’s much harder to predict whether our room will be hot, cold, or in between. Many kids shivered in our classroom during the last week of September. Please consider sending your student to school with an extra layer (a sweater or a hoodie) in approved school colors to wear if our room is chilly.

Reading: We continue to practice on spelling as well as reading comprehension and fluency. We’re exploring a variety of texts this year. During August and September, our reading theme was Perseverance. As we move into Unit 2, our theme will be Cycles in the Natural World. This piggybacks very nicely with new unit in Science.

Math: We continue to review previous concepts in math as we are slowly introducing new concepts and skills. We are ready to begin doing time drills in division facts. Throughout this month we will be working on fractions, multiplication, division, angles, triangles, and quadrilaterals. We have a test after every fifth lesson, and we have an Investigation, during which we explore a larger math concept, ever tenth lesson .

Writing and Grammar: In writing, we are working on how to develop good ideas and how to structure paragraphs and narratives. Students continue to write a letter to me every Friday in response to a letter I’ve written to them. In Grammar we will continue to explore nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives and prepositions. We will also begin to explore subject/verb agreement.

Science: We have just switched over from a unit on Chemistry to a Biology unit on the Classification of Living Things. We will be learning about the Five Kingdoms of Living Things. We will then take a more in depth look at various groups of vertebrates. Expect to see students come home with a poster project soon, for which they will research a specific species and make a presentation to the class.  

History: We have recently completed our study of the Maya, Inca and Aztec in Mexico, Central America, and South America. We have turned our focus to European history as we begin a unit on the Renaissance. Students will also do a short research project on a figure from the Renaissance.  I’m particularly excited about our October history studies because we will be studying the Reformation toward the end of the month and it just happens to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the door on October 31, 1517—certainly a remarkable date in history. We will celebrate the event in our classroom.

Character: For the month of October, our character trait will be diligence.