• 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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  • What we're learning: Dec. 16-20, Jan. 6-10

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 12/16/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Here's what we're doing December 16-20 and January 6-10. Have a snowy and fun Winter Break! 


    Science

    • Are grizzly bears reading for delisting in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem?
      • Typing our final draft
    • Elk habitat project and Wolf Kill simulation
      • Analyzing the relationship between elk, wolves and the environment in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem?

    Homework: None planned

    Assessments: Grizzly bear project final draft due 12/18

     

    Math

    • Visual models and the standard algorithm for dividing whole numbers and decimals
    • Adding fractions

    Homework: None planned; please review multiplication facts at home

    Assessments: End of Unit assessment 12/18; Corrections due 12/20...if I get them corrected in time ;)

     

    English Language Arts

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

    Homework: Read for pleasure every night

    Assessments: Endangered species quick write due 12/20

     

    Social Studies

    • The causes, events and outcomes of the French and Indian War

    Homework: None planned

    Assessments: None planned


    Upcoming Events:

    Tuesday, 12/17: Band and Orchestra Concert at 3:00 - Parents, please come! 

    Wednesday, 12/18 and Friday, 12/20: No band and orchestra

    Friday, 12/20: Class Winter Break celebration (probably a movie or computer free time). Students should bring a coffee mug from home. Please let me know if you'd like to donate a healthy snack, like popcorn or crackers. 

    Monday, 12/23 to Friday, 1/3: Winter Break

    Tuesday, 1/14 and Tuesday, 1/21: Spark residency 

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  • SPARK Artist Residency: Allison Reintjes

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 12/2/2019 11:15:00 AM

    I am happy to announce that ceramic artist (and Rattlesnake neighbor) Allison Reintjes will be working with our 5th grades for this year's SPARK Artist Residency!

    Students will be creating ceramic Face Jugs, an African American art form brought to the American colonies along with slavery. Artist Allison Reintjes writes, "When we think of Colonial America, it's not the sort of artwork that initially comes to mind. But face jugs permeated American culture to such a degree that they remain an American folk art tradition from Appalachia to the east coast." Face jugs were originally used as grave markers to scare away evil spirits, but were later used by both black and white potters to keep young people away from the substances stored in jars. 

    We'll use our Artist Residency lessons to foster understanding about the issues and impacts of slavery on the formation of America. and students will create their own face jug. 

    Allison will be working with our class at the following times. It is imperative that students are present for these lessons if they want to create a face jug. It is not possible to make-up these lessons and absent students will have incomplete projects. 

    Wednesday, December 11, 10:30-12:00

    Thursday, December 12, 10:30-12:00

    Tuesday, January 14, Time TBD

    Tuesday, January 21, Time TBD

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  • What we're learning: Dec. 2-13

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 12/2/2019 11:00:00 AM

    Here's what we're doing December 2-13.

    Science

    • Are grizzly bears reading for delisting in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem?
      • Reading and analyzing scientific data
      • Graphing scientific data
    • Elk habitat project and Wolf Kill simulation
      • Analyzing the relationship between elk, wolves and the environment in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem?

    Homework: None planned

    Assessments: Grizzly bear project data sets and graphs due 12/11

    Math

    • Visual models and the standard algorithm for dividing whole numbers and decimals

    Homework: Module 2 Lessons 21-28 (if not completed in class)

    Assessments: Daily entrance tickets; End of Unit assessment 12/18

    English Language Arts

    • Writing opinion arguments
      • Are grizzly bears ready for delisting?
    • Using informational texts to describe how early Inuit people used natural resources to adapt to life in the Arctic

    Homework: Read for pleasure every night

    Assessments: None planned

    Social Studies

    • Slavery in colonial America
    • The events that led to the French and Indian War

    Homework: None planned

    Assessments: None planned


    Upcoming Events:

    SPARK! Artist Residency - December 11 & 12, January 14 & 21 (Please see email and blog post for more information)

    Band and Orchestra Concert for parents - December 17 at 3:00pm

    Winter Break - No School - December 23-January 3

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  • What we're learning: November 18-28

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 11/18/2019 3:30:00 PM

    Here's what we're doing November 18-29.

    Science

    • Movement of Energy in Ecosystems 
      • The Animal Kingdom
      • Food chains and food webs

    Homework: None planned

    Assessments: Yellowstone food web due 11/26 

    Looking forward: Elk and Wolf Perspectives project due early December

    Image result for yellowstone food web

    Math

    • Visual models and the standard algorithm for dividing whole numbers and decimals

    Homework: Module 2 Lessons 16-21 (one per night); test corrections due 11/21

    Assessments: Daily entrance tickets

    English Language Arts

    • Literary analysis of Esperanza Rising

    Homework: read for pleasure every night

    Assessments: Final essay due 11/25

    Social Studies

    • Colonization of the land now known as the United States:
      • Who were the colonists? 
      • Why was the land colonized?

    Homework: Reading assignment due 11/21

    Assessments: Reflection questions


    Upcoming events:

    11/26 - Paperclip Party! We've been earning compliments (keeping tracks with paperclip) and we've earned our first paperclip party. We'll celebrate with a PJ Cozy Day on Tuesday, 11/26.

    11/27-11/29 - Thanksgiving Break 

    12/11 and 12/12 - SPARK! Artist Residency (please make sure your child is here these days - it will be impossible to make up the SPARK residency!) - Look for more details coming soon!


    Help needed! Do you have woodworking skills? Our music teacher, Ms. Gibson, is looking for help building maypoles. Please let me know if you're interested. 

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  • What we're learning: Oct. 28 - Nov. 15

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 10/28/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Here's what we're doing October 28-November 15.

    Science

    • Movement of Energy in Ecosystems 
      • Roles in an ecosystem
      • Decomposers investigations
      • The Plant Kingdom

    Homework: None planned

    Assessments: None planned. 

    Looking forward: Yellowstone Food Chain project and Wolf Perspectives project due early December.

     

    Math

    • Visual models and the standard algorithm for multiplying whole numbers and decimals
    • Using multiplication in measurement word problems

    Homework: Module 2 Lessons 6-18 (one per night)

    Assessments: Daily entrance tickets; Mid-Module Assessment 11/14 (tentative)

     

    English Language Arts

    • Engaging in conversation about Esperanza Rising
    • Identifying theme, setting and character traits in Esperanza Rising
    • Identifying challenges to human rights in Esperanza Rising

    Homework: Read 1 chapters each night

    Assessments: Daily reflection questions; End-of-unit assessment and Two-voice poem due 11/14

     

    Social Studies

    • Colonization of the land now known as the United States:
      • Who were the colonists? 
      • Why was the land colonized?

    Homework: Reading assignments due 11/1 and 11/8

    Assessments: Reflection questions


    Conferences

    Conferences are the week of November 11. In order to best accomodate all 30 families, conferences will be student led and 10 minutes. Please select a time on Sign-Up Genius. 


    Upcoming Events

    Halloween Celebration: 10/31, 1:15-2:15. Please see my recent blog post about expectations.

    Picture Retakes: 11/6

    Book Fair: 11/12-11/14 in the Rattlesnake Library. The book fair will be open during conferences.

    Early out: 11/14 at 11:35 

    No School: 11/15! Enjoy the long weekend! 

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  • How should we prioritize homework?

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 10/28/2019 9:00:00 AM

    With the winter holidays approaching and schedules filling up, students and parents alike want to know, How do I prioritize homework? This is a great question because some assignments have later due dates, some assignments are absolutely necessary for our class discusion, and some assignments are just for practice.

     

    No need for excuses

    Here are some tips for priortizing homework:

    1. Check your Assignment Planner for due dates. For bigger assignments, like posters and projects, you usually have 3-5 days to work before it is due. Don't rush to finish it all the first night it's assigned. 

    2. Required reading is a must! We discuss and use the previous night's reading in class, so doing the required reading every night is a must. If you like to read right before bed, be sure to give yourself enough time to finish. Also consider using time during the school day, like transition time and Daily 3, to work on your reading homework. 

    3. Social Studies is a must too. We don't have social studies homework very often, so when it's assigned, that means its important. We'll use the social studies reading in class, so you need to have read it and done the required assignment. I'll always try to give you two days to finish social studies homework. 

    4. In a pinch, shorten (or skip) the math homework. If you're really tight for time, set a timer for 10-15 minutes and do only a portion of the math homework. Our math homework is for extra practice and, since we have math homework pretty much everyday, you'll be fine missing a day of math homework. Just make sure you communicate with me so I know what is going on, otherwise I'll record it in the gradebook as incomplete. 

    5. Use your classtime wisely. We have a fair amount of down time during the day, like transitions after specials and lunch, and independent time after you finish classwork. If you use this time to work on homework, you'll definitely have less to take home. 

     

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  • Halloween Celebration & Expectations

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 10/22/2019 8:00:00 AM

    We look forward to having a fun day on Halloween! We will celebrate from 1:30-2:15 with board games, crafts and socializing. Students may bring their costumes to school and change into costumes after lunch.

    A recent school-wide newsletter from Principal Wright outlined our costume expectations, which I've included here as a reminder for you.

    • Costumes must conform to the Rattlesnake School Dress Code.
    • Costumes may not be demeaning to any ethnic group, race, religion, nationality, disabilities, gender, or individual (staff or student) at the school.
    • Costumes may not cause a disruption or distraction to the school program.
    • No weapons, toy weapons, or props replicating weapons (sorry no light sabers either!) are to be brought to school.
    • No costumes are allowed that would completely hide the identity of the student, i.e. Hazmat suit, gorilla suit, "Scream" character. Face paint shouldn’t cover more than 50% of the face (again we want to know who you are).
    • No full face masks are permitted (they may not be worn OR carried)

     

    This school year, our District is focusing on consistent approaches to student health through the foods that are served during classroom parties and school celebrations. Please let me know if you'd like to provide any of the snacks listed below.  

    ~fresh fruit or fruit kebabs

    ~veggies & dip 

    ~cheese cubes & baked crackers 

    ~popcorn 

    Trick or Treat

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  • Accessing Google Suite at home

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 10/16/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Students are able to access Google Classroom and Google Documents at home. To do so:

    1. Go to www.google.com.

    2. In the upper right hand corner, click on the blue Sign In button. 

    3. Sign in using your school username and password (27_ _ _ _ _ _ @student.mcpsmt.org)

    4. Navigate to Classroom and Docs using the 9-square grid in the upper right hand corner. 

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  • What we're learning: Oct. 14-25

    Posted by Sara Ibis on 10/14/2019 1:00:00 PM

    Here's what we're doing October 14-25.

    Science

    • Is Rattlesnake Creek Healthy? 
      • Leaf pack investigation
      • Macroinvertebrate research project

    Homework: Macroinvertebrate poster due 10/21

    Assessments: Lab report due 10/28

    Placing packs in Rattlesnake Creek  

    Observing the creek prior to placing leaf packs.

    Math

    • Hotel Project: Adding, subtracting and multiplying decimals
    • Mental strategies for whole digit multiplication
    • Visual models for whole digit multiplication

    Homework: Module 2 Lessons 1-5 (starting 10/21)

    Assessments: Daily entrance tickets 

    English Language Arts

    • Engaging in conversation about Esperanza Rising
    • Identifying theme, setting and character traits in Esperanza Rising

    Homework: Read 1-2 chapters each night (starting 10/21)

    Assessments: Daily reflection questions

    Our artwork from the FGAE

    Our artwork from the art experience at the MAM.

    Social Studies

    • Colonization of the land now known as the United States:
      • Solving the mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke
      • Comparing perspectives on the Jamestown Colony

    Homework: Jamestown reading due 10/24

    Assessments: Reflection questions


    Upcoming Events:

    October 16: Traveling Classroom trip to Rattlesnake Creek (9:30)

    October 17 & 18: No school (MEA Conference for teachers)

    October 24: Family Fun Night with Animal Wonders (6-7:30)

    October 31: Halloween classroom celebration (1:30-3:00)  - Look for a Halloween expectations blog post next week

    November 13 & 14: Conferences - Look for an email on 10/29

    November 27-29: No School (Thanksgiving Break)

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