4.1 Winterhaven School 5th Grade Student Web Page (April 12- April 16)

Mr. Thompson’s 5th grade class has recently completed a mandala art
project. Their beautiful work is now on display at the Open Space Cafe
(2815 SE Holgate Blvd, formerly The Funky Door, www.openspacecafe.com)
No purchase required to gaze at the fine works of art!
Important Dates:
12- OAKS Testing in reading, 9:00 -10:15 practice tests
13- OAKS Testing in math, 9:00- 10:15 practice tests
14- OAKS Testing in science, 9:00-10:15 practice tests
15- OAKS Testing in social studies, 9:00-10:15 practice tests
15- MAC Attack Run (2:15-3:00)
19- Two hour late opening
28- Write Night  5:30-7:30
30- MAC Attack sponsor sheets and pledges collected
19- Two hour late opening
25- Bull Run watershed field trip
31- Memorial Day- No School
1- Japanese Garden field trip
Current classroom topics
OAKS State Testing

Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies
Writing-students will write a persuasive letter as a Patriot or Loyalist using the information from recently completed research papers.
Socratic Seminar– students will examine discuss the archetype unintended consequences after watching a short video from Food Inc.
Engineering- hands on activities and challenges
Group Presentations- students will prepare for and present a “real life” situation in Japanese.

OAKS Testing- Practice Tests (optional)
Spelling packet- due Thursday April 15
Writing- Work on persuasive letter
Ongoing writing opportunities (optional):

  • Newspaper contributions are accepted weekly.  Make sure your final copy has been edited by a second person, saved to your google.docs account, and sent via email to your student editor.  Please send written text only to student editors. If you need to add a picture I, Mr. Thompson, can help you with that.
  • Present a research report during our morning chautauqua.  You can make a slide show using google.docs.
  • Create a file on google.docs and add your work to your writing folder titled “Writing 2009-2010″

Some ideas…

  • Inanimate object papers/Creative Writing
  • Haiku/Poetry
  • Book review/Summary
  • Sharing something you know well or recently learned/Informational Article
  • Systems Thinking connections you made/Interdependence
  • An important influence in your life/Biography
  • A memorable experience/Memoir
  • Anything you are passionate about

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