Week 34 - May 9th

  • Happy Monday! I felt so much love during teacher appreciation week last week, thank you all so much!
     
    Upcoming: 
    5/9: Start of Boosterthon Fundrasier! Student Code: 624791
    Boosterthon Fundraiser Registration Link: https://mybooster.com/ 
    5/10 - 5/12: SBAC Language Arts Assessment - Sign up to help provide snacks!
    5/17 - 5/19: SBAC Math Assessment 
    5/20: Fun Run (1:00-2:00)
    5/23: Band/Orchestra End of the Year Tour/Experience (1:30-2:15)
    5/24: Mt. Jumbo Field Trip (11:45 - 2:45)
    5/25: Middle School Visit for 5th graders
    5/30: No School - Memorial Day
    6/7: 5th Grade Field Day 
    6/9: 5th Grade Graduation (more info to come)
    6/10: Last day of school 11:00 am dismissal
     
    Math: This week students are learning to multiply fractions to find the area of rectangles. They will apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to multiply and divide fractions. This week we will also start learning to convert from one measurement to another. They will convert measurement units within a given measurement system. 
     
    Reading & Writing: This week students are continuing The Inuit Thought of It with a focus on how the Inuit people of Canada use the natural resources available to them to meet their needs. We will also explore how the ideas conveyed through an information text like this help us understand complex relationships. Students will be developing a well-crafted opinion essay in order to take a position on the issue: Should the Inuit community on Baffin Island approve the Mary River Iron Mine proposal?
     
    Social Studies: This week students are continuing their study of what happened after the American Revolution, and what were the major events and people of interest during this time. We have created a timeline of events between the American Revolution, leading up to the Civil War. Some of the events include The Bill of Rights, The Lousiana Purchase, The War of 1812, The Battle of the Alamo, The Trail of Tears, The Mexican American War, The California Gold Rush, etc. They will also choose an explorer to study and will write an opinion piece on whether their explorer was more of a hero or villain with evidence to support their choice.
     
    As always, please reach out with any questions. I greatly appreciate all of you so much! Thank you!
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 33 - May 2nd

  • Happy May!

    Upcoming: 
    5/6: 5th Grade Solo Day for Band/Orchestra 
    5/10 - 5/12: SBAC Language Arts Assessment - Sign up to help provide snacks!
    5/17 - 5/19: SBAC Math Assessment 
    5/20: Fun Run (1:00-2:00)
    5/23: Band/Orchestra End of the Year Tour/Experience
    5/24: Mt. Jumbo Field Trip (11:45 - 2:45)
    5/25: Washington Middle School Visit for 5th graders
    5/30: No School - Memorial Day
     
    Math: 
    This week students are learning about how fractions and division are related. We will explore multiplying fractions. Students will apply and extend their previous understanding of multiplication and division to multiply and divide fractions. 
     
    Reading & Writing: 
    This week students are continuing The Inuit Thought of It with a focus on how the Inuit people of Canada use the natural resources available to them to meet their needs. We will also explore how the ideas conveyed through an information text like this help us understand complex relationships. 
     
    Social Studies:
    This week students are continuing their study of what happened after the American Revolution, and what were the major events and people of interest during this time. We will create a timeline of events between the American Revolution, leading up to the Civil War. They will also choose an explorer to study and will write an opinion piece on whether their explorer was more of a hero or villain with evidence to support their choice.
     
    Thank you so much and please reach out with any questions! 
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 32 - April 25th

  • Happy Monday!
     
    Upcoming:
    4/26: International Wildlife Film Festival Field Trip (12:00 - 2:45)
    5/3: 5th Grade Solo Day for Band/Orchestra
    5/10 - 5/12: SBAC Language Arts Assessment - Sign up to help provide snacks!
    5/17 - 5/19: SBAC Math Assessment 
    5/20: Fun Run
    5/23: Band/Orchestra End of the Year Tour/Experience
    5/24: Mt. Jumbo Field Trip (11:45 - 2:45)
    5/25: Washington Middle School Visit for 5th graders
     
    Math: This week students are learning to analyze patterns and relationships with numbers. They will be able to write and interpret numerical expressions as well as graph points on the coordinate plane. 
     
    Reading & Writing: This week we are starting our next unit on The Inuit Thought of It. We will be exploring how people adapt to their environments and use the available resources to meet their needs. We will also explore how the ideas conveyed in informational texts help us understand complex relationships. Students will also be developing a well-crafted opinion essay in order to take a position on the issue: Should the Inuit community on Baffin Island approve the Mary River Iron Mine proposal? 
     
    Social Studies/Science: This week we are continuing our study of what happened after the American Revolution. Students will read from multiple texts to gain varied perspectives on the events after the American Revolution and leading up to the Civil War. 
     
    Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you so much!
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 31 - April 18th

  • Happy Monday! Our field trip yesterday to Home Resource with ZWAP was interesting, informative, and engaging! 

    Upcoming: 
    4/18: Field Trip to Home Resource with ZWAP (8:45 - 11:15)
    4/21: BOB Book Battle #3
    4/26: International Wildlife Film Festival Field Trip (12:00 - 2:45)
    5/3: 5th Grade Solo Day for Band/Orchestra
    5/10 - 5/12: SBAC Language Arts Assessment - Sign up to help provide snacks!
    5/17 - 5/19: SBAC Math Assessment 
    5/20: Fun Run
    5/23: Band/Orchestra End of the Year Tour/Experience
    5/24: Mt. Jumbo Field Trip (11:45 - 2:45)
    5/25: Washington Middle School Visit for 5th graders
     
    Math: This week students are learning to solve problems by graphing points in the coordinate plane. Students will be able to recognize the coordinate plane as a two-dimensional space determined by the intersection of a horizontal and vertical number line. Students will be able to identify the x-and y-coordinates of a point on a coordinate plane. Students will be able to plot a point on the coordinate plane given its x- and y-coordinates.
     
    Reading & Writing: We have finished reading Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich. We have been discussing some heavy topics in relation to this text like smallpox, starvation, loss of a family member, growing up, cultural importance, and connection. We have powerful discussions and written responses in reference to these topics as well as how the characters have shown growth and change through challenges. Students are creating a final project to show the challenges and responses to challenges in each season of the year. They will extend this to include challenges and growth in themselves in the last year. 
     
    Social Studies/Science: We are studying physical and chemical changes in science. We are studying what happened in the years after the American Revolution and leading up to the Civil War. 
     
    Please reach out with any questions or concerns. I appreciate you!
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 30 - April 11th

  • Happy Monday! The CFWEP field trip on Friday was fun & fantastic!

     
    Upcoming: 
    4/13 - 4/15: SBAC Science Assessment - Sign up to help provide snacks!
    4/18: Field Trip to Home Resource with ZWAP (8:45 - 11:15)
    4/26: International Wildlife Film Festival Field Trip (12:00 - 2:45)
    5/3: 5th Grade Solo Day for Band/Orchestra
    5/10 - 5/12: SBAC Language Arts Assessment 
    5/17 - 5/19: SBAC Math Assessment 
    5/20: Fun Run
    5/23: Band/Orchestra End of the Year Tour/Experience
    5/24: Mt. Jumbo Field Trip (11:45 - 2:45)
    5/25: Washington Middle School Visit for 5th graders
     
    Face Jugs: Please send a few grocery bags or a soft bag to school with your student so they can take home their fragile face jugs!
     
    Reminder about CELL PHONES AND CELLULAR DEVICES from the student handbook as we prepare for SBAC testing: 
    Bringing cell phones including smart watches that use cellular data (i.e.
    gizmo phone watches, apple watches, fitbits etc.) to school is strongly
    discouraged. If it is essential that a child bring a cellular device to school, it
    must be turned off and stored in a backpack from the time the student steps
    onto school grounds until the student leaves school grounds. Any student
    who is using the cell phone/smart watch during the school day will have the
    phone/smart watch confiscated and it will be the responsibility of the parent
    to come to the office to retrieve the phone/smart watch.
     
    Math: This week students are learning how to use ordered pairs of numbers to find a location on the coordinate plane and to identify locations on the coordinate plane with ordered pairs. They will recognize the coordinate plane as a two-dimensional space determined by the intersection of a horizontal and vertical number line. They will identify the x- and y- coordinates of a point on a plane as well as plot a point on the coordinate plane given its x- and y- coordinates. 
     
    Reading & Writing: This week we are wrapping up our novel study of Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich. We will focus on the challenges that Omakayas faces, how she responds to those challenges, and how she changes over time. We will explore how characters change and develop over time as well as how their relationships change. Students will create a final project comparing and contrasting various elements from the four seasons of the book. 
     
    Science/Social Studies: This week students are investigating the properties of matter by dissolving everyday chemicals to make solutions and by exploring simple yet surprising chemical reactions. Through these investigations, students begin to build conceptual models for the particulate nature of matter.
     
    Please reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you so much!
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 29 - April 4th

  • Happy Tuesday! Lots of important information in this email!

     
    Upcoming: 
    Band/Orchestra Info: 5th Grade Solo Day - May 6th (a specific schedule will come closer to the event) and End of Year Pizza Tour/Experience - May 23rd (students will turn in district-owned instruments for the summer).
     
    Field Trip Dates and Info: Friday, April 8th - Milltown State Park with CFWEP (Clark Fork Watershed Education Program) from 10:00 - 1:30. Students will need to dress warmly for the weather, bring a water bottle, and bring a sack lunch (unless you ordered one from the school).
     
    SBAC Testing Info: Science SBAC practice test this week, with the actual testing starting next week on April 13th and 14th from 9:15 - 10:45. Here is a sign-up to provide snacks!
     
    Face Jugs: Please send a few grocery bags or a soft bag to school with your student so they can take home their fragile face jugs!
     
    Pennies from pre-1982: For an upcoming science experiment about chemical reactions, we are needing about 30 pennies from pre-1982 if you happen to have any!
     
    Math: This week students took the mid-unit test for geometry. Students were asked to classify two-dimensional figures into categories based on their properties. They were also asked to convert like measurement units within a given measurement system and to represent and interpret data. We will start the next unit on Algebraic Thinking and the Coordinate Plane. This unit extends students' understanding of interpreting numerical expressions and introduces students to the coordinate plane. 
     
    Reading & Writing: This week we are continuing our novel study of Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich with a focus on figurative language that the author uses to strengthen the story. Students are identifying the challenges the main character, Omakayas, faces and how she responds to those challenges. We also explore how characters change and develop over time as well as write detailed chapter summaries. 
     
    Science/Social Studies: Students are learning about the Clark Fork Watershed through guest lectures and the field trip this Friday! We are also investigating the distribution of water on Earth and exploring how it affects human societies. 
     
    As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you!
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 28 - March 28th

  • Welcome back from Spring Break! It was so great to chat with each of you during conferences and I hope everyone had a restful break! 

    Upcoming: 
    We had a change of plans for one of the field trips and I have made that change on the 5D Important Spring 2022 Dates which is attached below. I will also send home a paper copy of this tomorrow. Thank you for offering to chaperon on any of our upcoming field trips! 
     
    Math: Students are continuing to learn to classify two-dimensional figures into categories based on their properties. The focus of this week is to understand that attributes belonging to a category of two-dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category as well as to classify two-dimensional figures in a hierarchy based on properties. Please check that the green homework pages are being done! 
     
    Reading & Writing: Students are continuing our novel study of Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich. It is a vocabulary-rich historical fiction novel that follows the life of Omakayas, the challenges she faces, and how she responds to those challenges in the Ojibwe community beginning in 1847 near present-day Lake Superior. 
     
    Science: Students will use estimation and graphing to discover the surprising difference in the amounts of fresh and saltwater on Earth. Students will map the world's water by recording the amount of fresh, frozen, and saltwater found in their assigned area of the world. Then students calculate and graph how much of each type of water is present on the planet.
     
    Please reach out with any questions. Thank you so much! - Andria Donovan
    --
    5D Important Dates Spring 2022:

    April 8th - Field trip to Milltown State Park with CFWEP (10-1:30)

    April 13th-15th - SBAC science assessment

    April 18th - Field trip to Home Resource with ZWAP (8:45-11:15)

    April 26th - International Wildlife Film Festival Field Trip (12-2:45)

    May 10th-12th - Language Arts SBAC

    May 17th-19th - Math SBAC

    May 20th - Fun Run

    CHANGE: May 24th - Mt. Jumbo Field Trip (11:45-2:45)

    CHANGE: May 25th- Washington Middle School Visit for 5th graders

Week 27 - March 14th

  • Happy Parent-Teacher Conference Week!

    Upcoming: 
    3/14 - 3/17: Parent-Teacher Conferences (11:00 dismissal on 3/17)
    I will send a Google Meet link the day before your scheduled conference that can be joined via video or audio.
    3/18: No School
    3/21 - 3/25: Spring Break
    Important Spring 2022 dates are attached below!
     
    Math: This week is an introduction to geometry. Students will understand that attributes belonging to a category of two-dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category. For example, all rectangles have four right angles and squares are rectangles, so all squares have four right angles. They will also be able to classify two-dimensional figures in a hierarchy based on properties.
     
    Reading & Writing: This week we are continuing our novel study of The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich. This historical fiction novel is the first in a series of five known as The Birchbark series. It is a story that follows the life of Omakayas and her Ojibwe community beginning in 1847 near present-day Lake Superior. 
     
    Social Studies: This week students are continuing their study of the Revolutionary War with a focus on key events, battles, and people from this time. 
     
    Please reach out with any questions or concerns. I am looking forward to meeting with each of you virtually this week!
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 26 - March 7th

  • Happy Monday!
     
    Upcoming: 
    3/14 - 3/17: Spring Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences
    Sign-Up Genius Link for Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences:
    (I will send out a Google Meet Link the day before your scheduled conference that can be joined via video or audio.)
    3/18: No School
    3/21 - 3/25: Spring Break
    Band/Orchestra Concerts: Here’s the info! 
     
    Math: This week students are reviewing multiplying and dividing decimals and preparing for the mid-unit test. They will use place value understanding to connect patterns in decimal division and whole number division. They will use visual models and the relationship between multiplication and division to divide decimal numbers by whole numbers, tenth decimals, and hundredth decimals. 
     
    Reading: This week students are comparing and contrasting various nonfiction and fiction texts about the universe. Students will be able to explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a scientific text based on specific information in the text; Students will be able to determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text. 
     
    Writing: Last week, students submitted their science fiction masterpieces, and this week, we will be starting the Golden Eagle Project. Students are challenged to research and write their own pieces to help spread awareness about golden eagles and other migrating birds and the dangers facing them. With the help of MPG and RVRI scientists, they will learn about Golden Eagles, habitat, and risks.
     
    Social Studies/Science: This week students are continuing their study of the causes and effects of the Revolutionary War. They will be creating a timeline of events leading up to the war. 
     
    I look forward to meeting with you all again for conferences next week. Please reach out if any of the conference times do not work, and we can schedule something outside of those times. I cannot wait to share your student's strengths and growth from this year!
     
    Best,
    Ms. Donovan
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 25 - February 28th

  • Happy Monday!
     
    Upcoming: 
    3/3: Spring Conference Sign-Up sent out
    3/14 - 3/18: Spring Conferences
    3/21 - 3/25: Spring Break
     
    Math: 
    This week students are learning to divide decimals to hundredths and they will be able to explain the reasoning used. They will use place value understanding to connect patterns in decimal division and whole number division. They will use visual models and the relationship between multiplication and division to divide decimal numbers by whole numbers, tenth decimals, and hundredth decimals. 
     
    Reading: 
    This week students are starting a new text study on Our Mysterious Universe. We will focus on how the author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in the text, and identify which reasons and evidence support which point(s). We will also focus on the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in this scientific-based informational text. Students will continue their vocabulary, prefix/suffix, and summary assignments based on this text. 
     
    Writing: 
    This week students are finalizing their science fiction masterpieces with a focus on editing and publishing. Students will share masterpieces on Friday!
     
    Social Studies/Science: 
    This week students will create a presentation on an influential figure from our Black History month studies and share it with the class. We will also be starting a Golden Eagle project this week where students are challenged to research and write their own pieces to help spread awareness about Golden Eagles and other migrating birds and the dangers facing them. Students use Google Earth, videos, and vetted resources in their research.
     
    Please reach out with any questions and I hope everyone has a wonderful week!
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 24 - February 22nd

  • Welcome back from a long weekend!
     
    Upcoming: 
    2/23: BOB Battle #2
    2/25: Pajama Day!
    3/3: Spring Conference Sign-Up sent out
    3/14 - 3/18: Spring Conferences
    3/17: 11 am Dismissal
    3/18: No School, Conferencing Day
    3/21 - 3/25: Spring Break
     
    Math: 
    This week students are learning how to multiply decimals. Students will estimate products of decimals, including identifying whether the product is greater than or less than one of its factors. They will multiply decimals to hundredths, with products to thousandths. They will also explain the reasoning they used to multiply decimals. 
     
    Reading: 
    This week students are continuing the text study of Jess and Layla's Astronomical Assignment. Our focus will be on quoting accurately from the text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. Students are continuing their weekly vocabulary, prefix/suffix pages, and summary assignments in reference to this text.
     
    Writing: 
    We are continuing our science fiction masterpieces with a focus on revising our falling action, resolution, strong word choice, and story transitions. 
     
    Social Studies/Science: 
    We are continuing our study of the location of Earth in relation to the sun, solar system, galaxy, and universe. We will focus on using evidence or models to support the claim that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distance from Earth. We will graph the daily changes in the length, shape, and direction of shadows; lengths of day and night; and the seasonal appearance of select stars to communicate the patterns of Earth's movement.
     
    Please reach out with any questions and have a wonderful week!
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 23 - February 14th

  • Happy Valentine's Day!
     
    Upcoming: 
    2/17: 5th-grade art show in the library - please sign up for a time! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054daaa92da5fe3-multicultural 
    2/21: No School - Presidents' Day
    2/23: BOB Battle #2
    3/3: Spring Conference Sign-Up sent out
    3/14 - 3/18: Spring Conferences
    3/21 - 3/25: Spring Break
     
    Math: Last week we finished our Unit 2 math test on adding and subtracting fractions and decimals. This week we start our unit on multiplying decimals by a whole number. Students will be able to multiply decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations; they will be able to relate the strategy to a written method and explain their reasoning that was used.
     
    Reading: Last week we finished our novel study on George's Secret Key to the Universe and will now be reading other informational and fictional texts to compare and contrast with the novel. Our focus will be on quoting accurately from the text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. Students are also working on their weekly vocabulary, prefix/suffix pages, and summary assignments that relate to our readings.
     
    Writing: Students are continuing their science fiction writing pieces. Last week we focused on solidifying their characters, settings, and lead paragraphs. This week we will focus on their rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. Next week we will dive into strong word choices, story transitions, and writing conventions. 
     
    Social Studies/Science: We are continuing our study of the location of Earth in relation to the sun, solar system, galaxy, and universe. The unit this week focuses on using evidence or models to support the claim that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distance from Earth. We will also graph the daily changes in the length, shape, and direction of shadows; lengths of day and night; and the seasonal appearance of select stars to communicate the patterns of Earth's movement.
     
    Thank you all so much for your continued support and please reach out with any questions!
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 22 - February 7th

  • Happy Monday!

    Upcoming
    2/7 - 2/11: Super Bowl Food Drive - Information in the attached flier
    2/14: Valentine's Day - Students may bring 26 valentines for the whole class
    2/17: 5th Grade Art Show in the Library 2:30-5:30 (sign up for a time please)
    2/21: No School - President's Day
    2/23: Battle of the Books #2
     
    Math: Students are reviewing Unit 2 - focusing on adding/subtracting both decimals and fractions as well as practicing estimation strategies to prepare for the end of the unit test on Friday.
     
    Reading: Students are continuing the novel study of George's Secret Key to the Universe - focusing on summarizing the text, identifying figurative language, comparing and contrasting settings, and character development. 
     
    Writing: Students are continuing their science fiction narrative masterpieces - focusing on setting goals for their writing, and developing a strong hook/lead for their introduction using sensory details. 
     
    Social Studies/Science: Students are learning about the location of the Earth in relation to the sun, solar system, galaxy, and universe. They will use evidence or models to support the claim that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distance from Earth. They will also graph the daily changes in the length, shape, and direction of shadows. We will be using a combination of lessons derived from both NASA and Mystery Science to study these concepts. 
     
    Please reach out with any questions!
     
    Take care,
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 21 - January 31st

  • Happy Tuesday!
     
    The Fraction Baking lesson on Friday went really well and was so much fun! Thank you to those who were able to bring supplies and/or volunteer. Sewing with Rose also went wonderfully and now the students have a beautiful piece of fabric and some base knowledge of sewing/quilting to take home with them!
     
    Upcoming:
    2/1: MCT Day 1 Improv & Acting
    2/4: MCT Day 2 Improv & Acting

    2/14: Valentine's Day - Students may bring Valentine's for the entire class, we have 26 students. 

    2/21: President's Day - No School
    2/17: We are so excited to invite you to our 5th-grade art show! We have some wonderful projects inspired by people from different cultures and people of color. We are thrilled to share these pieces with you. We will have our art on display during the month of February to honor Black History Month. We will be opening up the library to 5th-grade families on February 17th. In an effort to keep everyone safe and healthy we are asking families to sign up for a time that day they will be coming to view the art. - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054daaa92da5fe3-multicultural 
    Show & Share: Every Friday two students will have the opportunity to bring something to class to show and share. 
     
    Math: Students will add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators to solve word problems. Students will add and subtract decimals to hundredths to solve word problems. They will use benchmark fractions to estimate fraction sums and differences. They will use rounded decimals to estimate decimal sums and differences.
     
    Reading: Students are continuing the novel study of George's Secret Key to the Universe with a focus on comparing and contrasting various events from the story and how these events fit into the overall craft and structure of the novel. We will also be analyzing the text for how the author's choice of figurative language and use of dialogue shapes the meaning of the text. 
     
    Writing: Students are working on drafting their own science fiction narratives. This week the focus is on establishing a situation, characters, setting, and the problem and solution. 
     
    Science/Social Studies: Students are finishing up the French and Indian War study this week, focusing on how did the conflict end and what were the consequences. 
     
    As always, please reach out with any questions! I appreciate you all so much.
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 20 - January 24th

  • Weekly Update!
     
    Upcoming:
    1/27 & 1/28: Sewing with Rose, one of our lovely custodians
    1/28: Fraction Baking Lesson
    2/1: MCT Workshop
    2/4: MCT Workshop
    2/14: Valentine's Day
    2/21: No School - President's Day 
     
    Updates:
    - We are planning a baking lesson where students can utilize practical life skills to measure, compare, and adjust the recipe while using their fraction addition and subtraction strategies. I think this will be an amazing way to wrap up our fraction study and celebrate!
    SignUp Genius for the fraction baking lesson:
    - I would also love a parent volunteer or two that would be available on 1/28 at around 9:30-11:30 to be in charge of baking the muffins in the FCC.
    - Any parent volunteers willing to help organize our Robotics closet and kits?
     
    Math: Students are continuing to practice adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators using various addition and subtraction strategies.
     
    Reading: Students are continuing the novel study on George's Secret Key to the Universe with a focus on character comparisons, summarizing the text, and what elements make this a science fiction text. We are continuing to meet in small groups for IRLA check-ins.
     
    Writing: Students are starting science fictional writing this week. Students will focus on establishing a situation, setting, and characters. 
     
    Social Studies/Science: Students are continuing the French and Indian War study, focusing on who was involved and for what reasons.
     
    Thank you all so much and please reach out with any questions!
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 19 - January 18th

  • Welcome back! I hope everyone had a relaxing & rejuvenating weekend!

    Upcoming: 
    1/19: Final Clay Lesson with SPARK Artist
    1/27 & 1/28: Sewing with Rose, one of our lovely custodians
    2/1: MCT Workshop 
    2/4: MCT Workshop
    2/14: Valentine's Day
    2/21: No School - Presidents' Day
     
    Math: Students are learning to subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent difference of fractions with like denominators. Students will be using strategies they learned during our fraction addition unit to help them.
     
    Reading: This week we are starting a novel study on George's Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy and Stephen Hawking. We will be focusing on character comparisons, determining themes, summarizing the text, character point of view, vocabulary, and overall sequencing and structuring of the text. Students are meeting in small groups for IRLA and are working on various genre studies/literature circle discussions. 
     
    Writing: This week we are refining and finalizing our opinion writing masterpieces. They have been working very hard to present their opinions in an organized and convincing manner. We are starting science fiction writing next week to connect with our novel study.
     
    Social Studies/Science: MLK/Civil Rights Movement discussions. French and Indian War study.
     
    As always, please reach out with any comments, questions, or concerns. I value each and every one of you! 
     
    Best,
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 18 - January 10th

  • Happy Monday!

     
    I hope everyone enjoyed the snow this past weekend! Last week we completed our STAR Reading and STAR Math assessments, and I was so happy to see all the growth and progress from our 5th graders! Over 90% of our students increased their scores in either reading, math, or both! Great work!
     
    Updates: 
    These first few weeks back from winter break have been full of excitement and have come with some adjustments, and we have been reviewing routines, procedures, and 5th-grade expectations as a whole class. I have attached the Rattlesnake Expectation Matrix and I would greatly appreciate it if you could have a conversation about 5th-grade expectations at home to help reinforce this information.


    Upcoming: 
    1/10: iReady Math Diagnostic
    1/17: No School MLK Day
    Scholastic Book Club Code: YG7ZM
    Any parent volunteers willing to help organize our Robotics closet and kits? Please reach out!
     
    Math: We are starting to add fractions! Students will use equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions. Students will be able to, when given two fractions with unlike denominators, write equivalent fractions with a common denominator. They will also use visual models to represent adding fractions and use equivalent fractions to add fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators. Please make sure that students are completing the two assigned green homework pages.
     
    Reading: Real-Life Superheroes by Alison Hawes. This informational text uses timelines, captions, fun facts, and images to detail various traits of real-life superheroes who have helped people in some way. This text features Richard Martin, Thomas Barnardo, Raoul Wallenberg, and Rosa Parks. Students are practicing finding the main idea, key details, and summarizing an informational text.
     
    Writing: Students are continuing their opinion masterpieces. This week we are working on perfecting our introductions, conclusions, transitions, word choice, and editing. 
     
    Social Studies/Science: Wolf Perspective Project - Students will continue reading information from various resources about the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park and will write an opinion statement and support their opinion on this topic using reasons and examples from their research.
     
    Thank you all for your flexibility, patience, and kindness throughout this ever-changing school year. I appreciate you all so much! 
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 17 - January 3rd

  • Happy New Year!
     
    I am so excited to be back in the classroom with our wonderful class! I hope everyone had a restful, fun, and rejuvenating break. I was able to visit a friend of mine who is teaching on the Big Island in Hawaii and I spent lots of time with my friends and family!

    Upcoming: 
    1/3: Star Reading Assessment
    1/5: Star Math Assessment & SPARK Face Jug Art Lesson
    1/17: No School MLK Day
     
    Math: We are continuing our decimal understanding by starting to subtract decimals to the hundredths place using a variety of strategies. Students need to have the prerequisite skills of understanding place value, writing decimals in expanded form, recalling basic addition and subtraction facts, and comparing and rounding decimals. 
    *Two homework sheets will be sent home this week.*
     
    Reading: The Road to Freedom by Lesa Cline-Ransome. This historical fiction text focuses on the courage and strength of a mother and daughter who are escaping their slave master to reach freedom and safety in the northern United States. We are focusing on these essential questions; how do readers summarize texts and how do writers support opinions with evidence?
    *Please make sure your student is reading at home every night for homework*
     
    Writing: We are continuing to revise and edit opinion drafts, giving detailed reasons & specific examples to support their opinion. 
     
    Social Studies/Science: Wolf Perspective Project - Students will read information from various resources about the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park and will write an opinion statement and support their opinion on this topic using reasons and examples from their research.

    Thank you all so much for your thoughtful cards, gifts, notes, and messages over this holiday season. I have felt so much love and appreciation from students and families, so thank YOU! 
     
    Please reach out if you have any comments, questions, or concerns.
     
    Best,
    Ms. Donovan

    --

    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 16 - December 13th

  • Happy Monday!
     
    Sock exchange! Please have your student bring a pair of gender-neutral socks wrapped for the exchange on Friday the 17th! We will have extras if needed.
    Science snack! Here is the SignUpGenius link if anyone is willing to provide some supplies for our celebration on Friday the 17th: 
    Thank you so much very much!
     
    Pen Pals! We are writing our first pen pal letters this week to Mr. Donovan's 4th grade class in Polson, Montana. Mr. Donovan is my father and has been a teacher for over 20 years! 
     
    Math: This week we are reviewing concepts: multiplication, division, volume, adding, rounding, and comparing decimals.
     
    Reading: This week we are continuing our novel study of Chains. We are taking notes on plot events, unknown words/phrases, character traits, and how characters respond to challenges. 
     
    Writing: This week we are starting to write an opinion draft. We will work on opinion writing structure and how to provide reasons and specific examples to support their opinion. 
     
    Social Studies/Science: This week we are continuing to learn about the transatlantic slave trade and slavery in the 13 colonies. 
     
    Winter Break: December 18th - January 2nd
     
    Please reach out if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. I hope everyone has a wonderful last week before Winter Break!

    --

    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 15 - December 6th

  • Greetings!
     
    Math: This week students will learn to add decimals to the hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction. They will be able to relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.
     
    Reading: This week we are starting the novel, Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson. This is a historical fiction novel detailing the story of a young girl who is sold as a slave and her fight for freedom and liberation. This goes along with our social studies unit on the transatlantic slave trade.
     
    Writing: This week students are starting to write their draft opinion papers. They have chosen a topic based on a favorite of theirs or something they really want. We will work on writing a strong opinion statement, providing strong reasons for the opinion, and providing detailed examples for each reason.
     
    Social Studies/Science: This week students are learning about the transatlantic slave trade and how slavery expanded rapidly in the English Colonies during the 1700s, especially in the Southern Colonies. 
     
    Winter Vacation is December 18 - January 2nd.
     
    Please reach out if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. Thank you so much and I appreciate each of you!
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 14 - November 29th

  • Welcome back from break! 

     
    Update: Winter Vacation is December 18th - January 2nd
     
    Math: Compare and Round Decimals - Students are working on reading, writing, and comparing decimals to thousandths, as well as using place value understanding to round decimals to any place.
     
    Reading: Starting to read Chains, a historical fiction novel, based on a story of strength and fighting for freedom during the upheaval of the Revolutionary War that divided America.
     
    Writing: Two-Voice Poems that highlight two different perspectives of characters from Esperanza Rising and starting opinion writing this week.
     
    Social Studies/Science: Practicing presenting and sharing 13 Colony slideshows and providing constructive and positive peer feedback. Exploring and researching influential Indigenous People.
     
    Please reach out if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. Thank you so much and I appreciate you!
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 13 - November 22nd

  • Happy Thanksgiving Week!
     
    Updates: No school Wednesday the 24th - Friday the 26th for Thanksgiving break.
     
    Math: Review various strategies this week like multiplication, division, volume, powers of 10, and decimal place value understanding.
     
    Reading: Finish Esperanza Rising and write a two-voice poem, showing two different perspectives. 
     
    Writing: Finish informative reports, practice peer editing, and type a final draft.
     
    Social Studies/Science: Learn about the real Thanksgiving story, and create a 13 colonies slideshow on their assigned colony to share with a small group.
     
    Please reach out if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. Thank you so much!
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 12 - November 15th

  • Week 12 Updates!
     

    Field Trip: Thursday, November 18th from 8:30-2:00 - students bring Library cards and/or register for one beforehand on the library website. If you filled out a volunteer form you can meet us at the Missoula Art Museum at 8:50. We will walk to the library after an art project and lunch. We will leave the library at 1:45 to return to school. Your student will need to wear comfortable and warm clothes for the weather, bring a water bottle, and a lunch from home unless you previously indicated to order a sack lunch.

     
    Thanksgiving Break: November 24-26
     
    Math: Read and Write Decimals - Students are learning to read and write decimals to thousandths using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. 
     
    Reading: Students are reading Esperanza Rising and using text evidence to identify themes, character challenges, and character development.
     
    Writing: Students are editing their Informational Reports, working on adding details, transition words, introductory and conclusion sentences in each paragraph, as well as editing for spelling and punctuation.
     
    Social Studies/Science: Students are learning about tribes of North America and the founding of the 13 colonies.
     
    Homework: Math homework will come home each week, only 2 or 3 pages per week, and are due at the end of the week. Students should also be reading for 30 minutes at home each day.
     
    Accessing Clever at home:
    Go to mcpsmt.org > Click WebConnect > Click Clever 
    Login using username starting with 29---@student.mcpsmt.org (students should know their passwords)
    From here they can access iReady, BrainPop, Google Classroom, etc.
     
    Please reach out if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. I really enjoyed talking with each of you during parent/teacher conferences, thank you so much!
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 11 - November 8th

  • Week 11 Update!
     
    Parent/Teacher Conferences & Report Cards:
    Thank you for signing up using the SignUpGenius Link and updating if you prefer a video call or phone call. I will send you the Google Meet invite the day before your scheduled conference and you can join via phone or video. 
     
    Students will be bringing home their report card folders to go over with you before and to reference during the conference. Please take out the materials, and return the folder to school so that we can reuse them for next time. Conferences are Nov 8th - Nov 11th, with a half-day on the 11th (school out at 11:05) and no school on Friday the 12th.
     

    Nov 18th Field Trip: 

    If you would like to volunteer to join, please fill out a volunteer form in the office and we will see you at the Missoula Art Museum on the 18th! The trip is from 8:30-2:00. 
     
    Thanksgiving Break:
    No school November 24-26.
     
    Green/Homework folders: check for math homework! 
     
    Math: Understand Powers of 10 - Students will explain patterns in the number of zeros of the product when multiplying a number by powers of 10, and explain patterns in the placement of the decimal point when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10. Students will use whole-number exponents to denote powers of 10.
     
    Reading: Esperanza Rising - Students will use text evidence to support ideas about the setting, character development, and different perspectives.
     
    Writing: Informative Report - Students are revising and editing each subtopic, which will each be its own paragraph. Students are adding a topic sentence, concluding sentence, and in-text citations to each paragraph. 
     
    Science/Social Studies: Community Map - Students will analyze data to trace the flow of contaminants in groundwater and conclude that past solutions, developed with the best intentions, may create contemporary problems. 

    Please feel free to reach out if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. Thank you!
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 10 - November 1st

  • Happy Monday Updates!
     
    Conferences are virtual this year. Please use the SignUpGenius link to sign up for a conference time. They are held Nov. 8th-11th. 
     
     
    Please indicate in the SingUpGenius if you would prefer a video call or phone call. I will send out the Google Meet invite the day before your scheduled conference. We will also be sending home report cards later this week or early next week in a folder with each student. We ask that you take out the materials and return the folder back to school so that we can use them for the next report cards. 
     
    Field Trip coming up on Nov. 18th - if you would like to volunteer, please fill out a parent volunteer form in the front office.
     
    Picture retake forms are going home with students tomorrow, please reach out if you have any questions or email Sarah Smith ssmith@mcpsmt.org. 
     
    Math: This week we are exploring place value in whole numbers and decimal numbers. Understanding place value helps learners think about and use different ways to add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers. We will be working on recognizing that in a multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.
     
    Reading: We are continuing to read Esperanza Rising and looking for text evidence to make inferences about characters. We are studying how different characters respond to challenges in the story. 
     
    Writing: Students are drafting their informational reports on a topic they chose to research. We are practicing organizing our research and using a table of contents to help organize writing. Students will be completing research and drafting their reports this week.
     
    Science/Social Studies: We are starting an Elk Case Study, where students read short narratives, based on scientific research data, about the puzzling question of why some elk live substantially longer than others in certain areas on Yellowstone National Park. Each narrative provides more clues to solving this puzzle, and students are encouraged to ask questions, examine the evidence, and design possible research studies to find answers to the question of elk mortality, like scientists do!
     
    Please reach out if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. Thank you so much and I look forward to having a conference with you next week!
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 9 - October 25th

  • Happy Monday! Just a few updates...
     
    Report Card Info:
    Teachers will fill in the Characteristics of a Successful Learner section of the report card in Infinite Campus for trimester 1. 
    Teachers will share with parents that we are working on standards throughout the year with students and will be reporting on proficiency levels in the final report card of the year on these standards at the end of trimester 3.
    Teachers will share data from iReady, IRLA, and STAR with parents.
    Teachers will send out a SignUp Genius link for virtual parent/teacher conferences this Thursday. Conferences will be held the week of Nov. 8-12.
     
    Math: We are continuing to practice division this week. Students are practicing solving multi-digit division problems using an area model or partial quotients to show their understanding. We are doing math center activities this week to further reinforce these tricky division concepts. 
     
    Reading: We are starting to read Esperanza Rising this week. We are building background knowledge on the time this book was written, during the Great Depression, and the place this book was written, in Aguascalientes, Mexico. 
     
    Writing: Students are researching and drafting their informative writing pieces this week. We are practicing how to paraphrase information and put facts into our own words to avoid plagiarism.
     
    Social Studies/Science: Students are presenting their research on a Montana tribe this week. We are also starting the Lost Colony of Roanoke Mystery where students are to read historical clues and find out what happened to this lost colony.
     
    Field Trip Reminder: Thursday, November 18th we are going to the Missoula Art Museum and Missoula Public Library. If you are willing to be a parent volunteer, please let me know and we will see what we can do! 
     
    Thank you all so very much, I appreciate you!

    --

    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 8 - October 18th

  • Happy short week!
     
    Reminders: 
    - We only have school on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week for Professional Development Days for teachers.
    Please continue to check your child's green/homework folder with them each night. I send home important information and student work in these folders. We are practicing this responsibility of bringing the green/homework folder home each day and to school each day.
    - Missoula Art Museum field trip information forms please return this week!
     
    Math: We are continuing to practice multi-digit division. This is a complex and challenging skill to master in 5th grade, it will take a lot of practice trying different methods. We have been practicing dividing using the area model, partial quotients, and standard long division. 
     
    Reading: We are reading a book called Rain Forest Food Chains where students are challenged to pick out academic vocabulary, define it, and describe how that word relates to ecosystems. We will be comparing and contrasting this book with the one we read last week, Washed Up!
     
    Writing: We are practicing writing informative reports. Last week, students wrote their first informative report on a topic they know a lot about. For the next few weeks, we will be practicing each aspect of writing an informative piece, and students will be creating their own, very detailed, informational writing reports on a topic they research. 
     
    Social Studies/Science: We are doing research on the people who inhabited North American before the European settlers arrived. Students are asked to research a tribe and create a slideshow or poster with all the information they found about their chosen tribe. We will share these with our class on Wednesday.
     
    Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. I hope everyone has a wonderful week!
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 7 - October 11th

  • Happy Monday! With a few reminders and information:
     
    Our school-wide Halloween celebration will be Pajama Day on October 29th.

    Math: This week we are starting to explore dividing multi-digit numbers. I sent home a "Dear Family" flier today that details what we are learning about and how we are teaching division. Please check your child's green folder with them daily!
    Reading: We are starting a new short book this week called Washed Up, and by the end of the week students should be able to compare and contrast settings and characters' experiences in this book with Night of the Spadefoot Toads.
    Writing: We are starting to write informative reports, where students are practicing research and how to present that research and facts to their readers.
    Social Studies/Science: We are reading about Explorers of Spain from multiple perspectives, and comparing how different people experienced this exploration. We will also be starting a tribal research project at the end of the week.
     
    Acceptable Use/Technology Permissions - Please complete online or we can provide paper copies, many were sent home Friday.
    Snack - Please remember to send your student with a snack for our read-aloud/snack time. 
    Scholastic Book Club Code: YG7ZM
    If you order any books online or use the paper copy I sent home last week, please enter our class code to earn books for our classroom! Last month's orders should be here any day...
     
    Please reach out if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. Thank you so much and have a wonderful week!
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 6 - October 4th

  • Happy Monday!
     
    Math: This week we are moving on from volume and are now learning multiplication of multi-digit numbers. We are practicing doing this with partial products and the area model, which will lead into the standard algorithm. 
     
    Reading: We finished reading our class novel, Night of the Spadefoot Toads, and are working on a final project this week. Students were given the option to choose a character comparison, setting map, figurative language hunt, create a movie trailer, or theme assignment to show their learning.
     
    Writing: We are in the revising and editing step of writing our personal narrative stories. Students are working on adding dialogue, sensory details, transitions, and more character development into their stories. They will start to type their final drafts this week. 
     
    Science/Social Studies: We started the Grizzly 399 Project that is posted in my Google Classroom. Students are learning about grizzly bears and what kinds of factors help and harm them in the wild. Their end goal is to create a comic strip detailing what is harming grizzly bears and to come up with a solution.
     
    Acceptable Use/Technology Permissions:
     
    Dear Rattlesnake parents and guardians,

    Please follow the link below to the MCPS Infinite Campus Parent Portal to update your students annual permission forms. These forms will need to be completed ASAP as the district will disable your students' use of their online accounts on October 11th if we do not have your permission to continue computer use on file.

    https://missoulamt.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/missoula.jsp

    Having trouble? Follow these instructions:
    After following the above link, select "Campus Parent"
    Because this is a brand new system you probably don't have an account. Please click on "New User"
    You will be prompted for an Activation Key. Please email eberryman@mcpsmt.org and we will get back with you asap with your activation key.  Do not call the office! Each parent has their own activation key that we need to distribute and will do so via email. Thank you for your understanding. You may also request a paper form from the office.
     
    Please reach out if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. Thank you so much and have a wonderful first week of October!
     
    Ms. Donovan
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 5 - September 27th

  • Welcome back to week 5!
     
    This week in math we are continuing to explore volume and how we can find volume using unit cubes. I sent home an information page about this with your student today, please check their green folder!
    We are finishing up our class novel this week; Night of the Spadefoot Toads. We will be starting a final project on plot and students will get a choice to further explore setting, theme, character development, or figurative language. 
    In writing, we are continuing our Personal Narrative Writing about a specific moment when they felt an emotion, did an action, or interacted with someone new. This week we are really practicing adding dialogue and developing characters. 
    In science, we have been exploring Mystery Science lessons on Ecosystems and Food Webs. Next, we will start a project where students are asked to identify a problem that occurs in a place in the natural world, describe a character, and how that character helps to solve the problem.
    Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. Have a wonderful week!
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 4 - September 20th

  • Happy Monday!
     
    This week we are starting our math unit on volume. On Friday, I sent home an Understanding Volume information page that I asked students to review at home over the weekend. We are continuing to read Night of the Spadefoot Toads, and learning about Plot and Character Motivation. This ties wonderfully into our science unit on Ecosystems and the Food Web. Students created posters about an assigned ecosystem and did a wonderful job sharing them today! For writing, we are continuing to work on writing a personal narrative, and we are really paying attention to writing as much detail as possible and focusing on a more specific idea to write about. Students also really seem to be enjoying band and orchestra which is so great! 
     
    Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. I appreciate you and thank you so much!
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 3 - September 13th

  • Welcome back to week 3 of school!
     
    This week we are really starting to dive into our curriculum! Students have completed the iReady Diagnostic which will give us an idea of where they are in their math learning and they can now follow a personally created path of math practice for each student. We are starting our math lessons on volume and measurement as well as reviewing place value, multi-digit multiplication, and division. In writing, we are focused on writing personal narratives and practicing organizing our writing and the steps of the writing process. We are starting to read Night of the Spadefoot Toads, which ties wonderfully into learning about ecosystems and their functions in science. 
     
    Band and Orchestra start this week! Please do not worry if your student does not have an instrument yet, they can still go to class and learn until they do have one. If you would like support in getting an instrument please do not hesitate to reach out to me, our band teacher (rjzschaechner@mcpsmt.org), or our orchestra teacher (dbelski@mcpsmt.org), or Stacy Jehle (sjehle@mcpsmt.org), and we can get that taken care of! 
     
    Please remember to send a snack with your student to school for our snack time in the afternoon, and just a reminder that every Thursday is early out at 2:30.
     
    I am asking for students to bring their green homework folder to school and home each day. In this folder, I will send back student work and other important announcements from the school so please check this folder with your student each night and send back any notes or anything for me in that folder. For homework, we are asking that students read for 30 minutes each night. We will send homework in the green folder if students did not get something done during the school day. 
     
    Please let me know if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. I hope you all have a fabulous week!
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

Week 2 - September 7th

  • Welcome back to week 2 of school! 
     
    This week we will work on continuing to establish classroom routines and procedures, including classroom community building. We are reading Holes and using the Daily 5 framework to independently read, study vocabulary, read with a partner, and practice writing. We are taking the iReady Diagnostic, which is an adaptive test to determine what students have learned in math, and what they have yet to learn. It will create a personalized path for each student to follow and work through math problems at their pace and at their level. 
     
    If you would like to order any books online from Scholastic here is our Class Code: YG7ZM. I will also be handing out hard copy book order forms this week.
     
    Band/Orchestra Update: Students will explore and choose an instrument in class this week! MCPS Instrument Rental on Thursday info:
     
    If you would like support with renting an instrument, please let me know or Stacy Jehle (sjehle@mcpsmt.org) know and we can get that taken care of! 
     
    Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or celebrations and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Thank you so much!

    --

    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary

     

Week 1 - August 31st

  • Hello!
    What a whirlwind of fun and business today! I had such a wonderful day getting to know your students, we have such a great class! Today we worked on getting to know each other, our classroom, and routines and procedures. I plan to continue with community-building activities, practicing and teaching routines and procedures, and starting to incorporate curriculum materials this week. Next week I will send an email update with the standards and targets we are working on. Just a few updates:
    • Headphones: For whatever reason, our classroom supply list was not updated.  If you are able to, can you please have your student bring a pair of headphones to school?  I have some extra pairs for student use, but not enough for every student.
    • Snack: We will have a snack every afternoon.  Please send your child with a snack.  I will have extras in case they forget.
    • Orchestra/ Band: We have been in contact with the orchestra and band teachers and they have asked us to attach some information about what that will look like for your student (instrument pick up info). If you have any questions regarding this, feel free to email them (rjzschaechner@mcpsmt.org and/or dbelski@mcpsmt.org), or relay your question to me and I can touch base with them as well!
    Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or celebrations and I would be happy to respond. Thank you so much!
    --
    Andria Donovan
    5th Grade Teacher
    Rattlesnake Elementary