• 3/23-3/27 Update - Student Action Needed

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 3/23/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Dear Parents and Students,

    Due to the mandatory closure of school this week, 3/23-3/27, the district has created a webpage for parents and students to access educational materials.  You can access the material by visiting the Remote Learning Page

    During this week, I will be working on a plan to continue our learning in case the school closure continues. Students can make sure they are prepared by doing the following:

    1. Learn how to access my website from home.
      1.  www.mcpsmt.org/rattlesnake 
      2. Staff Webpages
      3. Ibis, Sara
    2. Learn how to access Google Classroom from home. Here is a video that will guide you through the steps needed to log into their account.
      1. Username example: 27rundog@student.mcpsmt.org 
      2. Password: same as you use to log into Chromebooks at school
    3. Once in Google Classroom, make sure you have access to
      1. STEM Classroom (join code: p7qbxyf)
      2. ELA 19-20 Classroom (join code: vw2glyz)
      3. Social Studies Classroom (join code: azg64sd)
    4. Join the 5-Ibis Homeroom Classroom (join code: xv4tvok). Here is a video that will guide you through adding a new Classroom on Google Classroom. 
    5. Use the join code to access any classrooms that you currently don’t have. 

    If school closures continue next week I will use Google Classroom to help us organize our online learning. Students should check the “5-Ibis Homeroom” Google Classroom every morning to see what we’ll be doing that day. I will post a maximum of 3 lessons per day that should take about 45 minutes per lesson for students to complete. Additionally, I will post a weekly overview of the week’s learning on the class website. Finally, I hope to be available daily for virtual discussions and I will have more information about virtual meetings soon. 

    This is a new experience for all of us and I recognize that things may not go smoothly at first. We will all need patience and support while figuring things out.  Parents, I deeply appreciate all that you are doing to support your child in learning during this hectic time! You can contact me through email if you have any questions or concerns.

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  • COVID-19 Resources

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 3/10/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Here are two tremendous resources for kids about COVID-19:

     

     

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  • What we're learning: March 2-13

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 3/2/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Here's what we're doing March 2-13!

    Science

    • Earth systems: How do the earth’s systems interact together?
    • How does human activity impact earth’s systems?
      • Point source pollution investigation
      • Erosion investigation
      • Flint, MI engineering challenge
      • Ocean cleanup engineering challenge

    Homework: None planned

    Assessments: Daily exit tickets

    Math

    • Visual models for multiplying and dividing fractions

    Homework: Module 3 Lessons 13-17; test corrections due 3/3

    Assessments: Daily exit tickets

    English Language Arts

    • Science writing
      • How do scientists communicate their work?
    • Conference presentation preparation

    Homework: Read for pleasure every night

    Assessments: None planned

     Social Studies

    • The American Revolutionary War (1763-1770)
      • Slavery during the Revolution
      • Important figures of the Revolution

    Homework: Biography presentation due 3/12

    Assessments: None planned

    Home Resource


    Upcoming Events:

    Tuesday, 3/10: Fifth Grade music performance at 10:30 (students in younger grades will see an all-school performance at 8:45. Please do not pull younger siblings from class for this performance)

    Monday, 3/9-Thursday, 3/12: Conferences

    Friday, 3/13-Friday, 3/20: Spring break

    Wednesday, 3/25: Science CRT test 

    Friday, 3/27: Traveling Classroom trip to the Landfill (no chaperones needed)

    3/31, 4/2, 4/6, 4/8: Guest teachers from Clark Fork Watershed Education Program

    Friday, 4/10: Traveling classroom trip to Milltown State Park (3-4 chaperones needed)

    Tuesday, 4/14: Guest teacher from Missoula County Extension Office / Leave No Weeds

    Wednesday, 4/22: Internet Safety Presentation with Detective Katherine Peterson (see the blog post from earlier today)

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  • Internet Safety Presentation

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 3/2/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Save the Date

     

    Internet Safety Presentation with MPD Detective Katherine Petersen 

    Wednesday, April 22

    5I: 9:20-10:05

    5K: 10:10-10:55

    5L: 11:00-11:45

    Please join us for an important discussion about internet safety with Det. Katherine Petersen from the Missoula Police Department. Det. Petersen will present information to students about staying safe online and while using social media. We’ll discuss how to keep information private, how personal information is used once it’s online, the consequences of cyberbullying and oversharing online, and how to stay safe from online predators. You are encouraged to join your child’s class for this discussion, but you are welcome to join any class depending on your schedule. We’d love to have you in attendance!

    Mobile phone

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  • Traveling Classroom trip to Home Resource

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 2/24/2020 9:00:00 AM

    We're headed to Home Resource on Friday, 2/28. We'll depart school at 9:35 and return around 1:30. Students should bring a sack lunch, wear close toed shoes and dress in layers. We'll be learning about what we can do to reduce, reuse and recycle and how those actions can positively impact our Earth Systems. 

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  • What we're learning: Feb. 17-28

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 2/18/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Here's what we're doing February 17-28!

     

    Science

    • Earth systems: How do the earth’s systems interact together?
      • Biosphere: Identifying biomes
      • Hydrosphere: Water cycle and erosion
    • How does human activity impact earth’s systems?
      • Traveling classroom trip to Home Resource on 2/28

    Homework: None planned

    Assessments: Daily exit tickets

     

    Math

    • Visual models for multiplying and diving fractions

    Homework: Module 3 Lessons 7-14

    Assessments:Daily exit tickets

     

    English Language Arts

    • How do people use natural resources?
      • Using evidence from a non-fiction texts to craft opinion arguments
      • ZWAP! Guest speaker and traveling classroom trip to Home ReSource
    • Science writing

    Homework: Editorial essay due 2/24

    Assessments: None planned

     

    Social Studies

    • The American Revolutionary War (1763-1770)
      • Slavery during the Revolution
      • Key battles of the American Revolution

    Homework: None planned

    Assessments: None planned


    Upcoming Events:

    Wednesday, 2/19: Traveling Classroom trip to the landfill - POSTPONED TBD

    Friday, 2/28: Traveling Classroom trip to Home ReSource (see blog post for more information)

    Tuesday, 3/10: Fifth Grade music performance at 10:30 

    Monday, 3/9-Thursday, 3/12: Conferences

    Friday, 3/13-Friday, 3/20: Spring break

    Wednesday, 3/25: Science CRT test 

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  • Valentine's Day

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 2/3/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Valentine's Day is a relaxed affair in 5th grade. Students may bring cards and non-food treats for all students if they wish, but it is not required. We'll spend about 10 minutes handing out cards at the end of the school day. We do not make or use mailboxes, and we do not celebrate with food. Any special gifts or cards need be handed out before entering school or after leaving school and should not be a distraction during the day. 

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  • Our Class Vision

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 1/31/2020 10:35:00 AM

    Field trips, testing, puberty - oh my! Spring is the busiest time of 5th grade. We're taking our learning to a higher level with in-depth projects and investigations, going on numerous Traveling Classroom trips, welcoming in guest teachers, sitting through a few rounds of standardized testing, and navigating the emotional and physical changes of puberty.

    Our class has been discussing what they expect of one another during this busy time. They generated a list of behaviors, words, actions and feeling they want more of and less of, and brainstormed ways to hold each other accountable for uplifting our classroom community. This list was their vision for our classroom. Please use this list as a springboard for discussion at home to help your student through the lows and highs of the coming months. 

    More Of Less Of

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  • What we're learning: Feb. 3-14

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 1/31/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Here's what we're doing February 3-14!

    Science

    • How do organisms adapt to fire?
      • Adopt a Species project
      • Fire Lab traveling classroom trip on 2/5
    • Robotics and Automation
      • Inputs and Outputs
      • Robot Design Challenge

    Homework: Adopt a Species project due 2/7

    Assessments: None

    Math

    • Visual models for adding and subtracting fractions
    • Visual models for multiplying fractions

    Homework: Module 3 Lesson 14-16; Module 4 Lessons 1-3 (one per night - majority of homework will be completed at school)

    Assessments: Module 3 end of unit assessment 2/7

    English Language Arts

    • How do people use natural resources?
      • Using evidence from a non-fiction texts to craft opinion arguments
      • ZWAP! Guest speaker and traveling classroom trips to the landfill and Home ReSource
    • Writing opinion arguments

    Homework: Read for pleasure every night

    Assessments: None planned

    Social Studies

    • The American Revolutionary War (1763-1770)
      • Slavery during the Revolution

    Homework: Reading assignments 2/6 and 2/13 

    Assessments: None planned


    Fire Lab

    Upcoming Events:

    Wednesday, 2/5: Traveling Classroom trip to the Missoula Fire Sciences Lab and Smokejumpers Center (9:15-12:10)

    Monday, 2/10: No School for Staff Development day

    Friday, 2/14: ZWAP! Guest speaker (9:30-10:30)

    Monday, 2/17: No School (President’s Day)

    Tuesday, 2/18: Traveling Classroom trip to the landfill (time TBD)

    Friday, 2/28: Traveling Classroom trip to Home ReSource (9:30-1:30)

    Tuesday, 3/10: 5th Grade Music Concert for parents at 10:30

    Monday, 3/9-Thursday, 3/12: Parent-Teacher conferences (look for details via email on Feb. 24)

     

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  • What we're learning: Jan. 13-24

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 1/13/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Here's what we're doing January 13-24!

    Science

    • Robotics and Automation
      • Robot research project
      • Toy Design Challenge and Commercial
      • Inputs and Outputs

    Homework: Robot research due 1/14

    Assessments: Toy Design commercial due 1/21

    Math

    • Visual models for adding and subtracting fractions

    Homework: Lesson 4-12 (one per night - majority of homework will be completed at school)

    Assessments: Mid unit assessment 1/17

    English Language Arts

    • How do people use natural resources?
      • Using evidence from a non-fiction texts to craft arguments
    • Writing opinion arguments

    Homework: Read for pleasure every night

    Assessments: None planned

    Social Studies

    • The causes of the American Revolution (1763-1770)

    Homework: Road to Revolution flipbook due 1/21

    Assessments: None planned


    The MCT Residency begins on February 3! If your child would like to audition, please return the yellow permission form by this Friday, 1/17! 


    We’re taking a Traveling Classroom trip to the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory and Smokejumpers Center on Wednesday, February 5. I’d love for 1-2 parent chaperones to join us. Please email me if you can come along.


    Upcoming Events:

    Tuesday, 1/14: SPARK session at 10:30

    Monday, 1/20: No School for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Tuesday, 1/21: SPARK session at 10:30

    Wednesday, 2/5: Traveling Classroom trip to the Missoula Fire Sciences Lab and Smokejumpers Center

    Monday, 2/10: No School for Staff Development day

    Friday, 2/28: Traveling Classroom trip to Home ReSource (look for details in a later blog post)

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