Monday, June 12, 2017

Finishing Up

The Final Days of Fifth Grade

I truly cannot believe how quickly this year has passed us by.  I have loved getting to know your children this year, and am so excited to hear about their future middle school adventures!

Here are some things that you might check with your children about:

Language Arts:

1) Finish up historical fiction book and projects (most students are done)
2) We will write poetry for the remainder of this week
3) Revolutionary Tea...parents invited...light refreshments will be served

Mr. Whaley's Homeroom:  June 20th at 10:30
Mrs. Edlund's Homeroom: June 20th at 1:20


1)Rockets Lab Report...Due Friday 6/16...60 points

Each lab report should include:


Here is the rubric:

Lab Report Rubric

Check out this story on NASA's new class of astronauts:

new astronauts

WWE team goes to Fort Williams on Thursday at 9:30
Edlund homeroom goes to pool on Monday 6/19 at 1:00

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Weeks of 5/22 and 5/29

GMRI:  This is an awesome place!

Festival of Curiosity:  Friday June 2nd  Mrs. Edlund will be in charge of Rockets!

Language Arts:

Students will be responsible for completing four tasks in response to their historical fiction book clubs.  They should have ample time to do most of the work in class, but may need to read a bit more at home.  I have included a pacing guide.    

This is the assignment: 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Week of May 8th, 2017

Coming Up:  Please be sure to have your child return the GMRI permission slip.

                       Freedom Trail Thursday, May 18th

Language Arts:

This week we are launching our American Revolution Book Clubs.  Students "sampled" books in a book tasting.  They will know what their book club book is by Friday.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Week of May 8th, 2017

Research Based Argument Essays Due on Tuesday.  I will accept essays until Friday, May 12.

Freedom Trail Information:

Important Information about our trip to
Departure and Arrival: Students must arrive at school by 7:45AM. We are leaving at 8:00AM sharp.  Depending on traffic, we will arrive back some time around 5:00PM. Please make sure that you are at CEMS no later than 5:00 PM to pick-up your child.

Dress: Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers (with socks) for walking outdoors ALL day.  No sandals or flip flops.  Make sure to bring an extra layer if there is any hint that the weather may be chilly. If rain is predicted, students should bring rain gear or an umbrella with them.

What to Bring: Daypack, filled water bottle, snack, lunch, sunscreen (apply beforehand, too), sunglasses/cap (optional), light jacket/sweatshirt, or rain coat- depending on forecast, and money for souvenirs/ice cream/treats. (~We recommend no more than $20).
Cameras and portable electronic devices are allowed, but you are responsible for them. You will carry whatever you bring in YOUR backpack, so only bring what you want to carry for the day.

Chaperones: Students will be assigned to a group with a parent chaperone.  Students will stay with their groups at all times, especially during our time at Faneuil Hall.  Chaperones will have a Freedom Trail packet, and cell phone numbers so they can contact teachers, if needed.  Classroom teachers and/or chaperones will carry medications needed for the day.

Overview of Our Day: We begin our tour at 10:15AM at the Boston Commons where we will meet our tour guides.  They will walk with us to Faneuil Hall, where we will have lunch around 12:00PM.  Around 1:00PM, chaperones will lead their groups along the remainder of the Freedom Trail and end up at Bunker Hill Monument.  The buses will meet us there and depart by 3:00PM.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Week of May 1, 2017

Language Arts

This week, we will wrap up our unit on writing a research-based argument essay. Students will be scored on their overall structure, development and language usage.  See the photo of the rubric below.


Tuesday 5/2/17 Students on the Walsh Whaley Edlund Team will take the MEA science test.  Your child you have a copy of practice items in his/her accordion folder.  We will wrap up our unit on the Sun and Planets this week.  Students will work together to build Mars Rovers as well as test out their solar ovens. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Week of April 3, 2017

Language Arts: 

 Students have been working in groups to complete a Google Slide Show presentation of the debatable topics they researched.  Your child may have to finish up during WIN or at home.  It is due on Wednesday 4/5/17.  Your child can show you his/her project by logging into Google Drive.

On Thursday, we will begin our next writing unit:  Research Based Argument Essays.


We will wrap up our mixtures and solutions unit with a special activity tomorrow.  Our next unit is phases of the moon.

March Madness Steam Challenge

Calcium Chloride and Baking Soda

Working on Debatable Topics in the PC Creation Station

Monday, March 20, 2017

MEA Week 3/20/17

This week, we will be taking MEA's.  Please see the modified schedule below.  Also it is Spring Conference week.  I look forward to talking with you and your children.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Week of February 28th

Welcome Back!

In Science:  We are beginning a unit on mixtures and solutions.  This week, students will build water filters.  Check back next week for photos.

In the mean time, enjoy this lovely song from our friend Mr. Edmonds:

Mixtures and Solutions Song

Language Arts:

IXL skills to practice:  VV 4, UU 1, UU2, MM1, MM2

We are working on using context clues and root words to enhance comprehension and word acquisition.  We will also focus on writing summaries of non fiction.

Before Vacation, we had a little fun in our classroom!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Week of February 6th

Saying Good Bye to Ms. Anugrah.  
Sadly, she has returned to India.  We had a wonderful time learning about her country and her culture.  

This week in Language Arts...
We will focus on tackling more complex non fiction texts.  We will practice two strategies: Previewing texts, and inferring main idea statements.

This week in Science:  We will wrap up our Living Systems Unit.  Students will turn in radish seed lab reports, and experiment with erosion.  

IXL:  Context Clue Practice:  VV. 3, VV4.  

Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017

This Week in Language Arts....

We will continue our study of non fiction texts.  Our focus will be identifying text structures and growing our own theories around the information that non fiction authors share.

IXL practice in class will be Cause and Effect (FF1)  and using context clues to find the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary  (VVI VV2) students can practice at home.

This week in Science....

We will look at how salt impacts plant growth by sprouting radish seed.  We will also evaluate how plants help prevent erosion.

Last Thursday the Edlund homeroom Conducted our second Mystery Skype with a sixth grade class from Ohio.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Weekly Updates, January 17th 2017

Language Arts: 
This week, we are diving into the reading of non fiction texts.  We will focus on expository writing, text structures, content specific vocabulary and identifying main ideas.  

Students will practice identifying main ideas during WIN time. 

I will not send home reading logs this week.  

Science: In science, we will finish up our unit on living structures and systems.  Students are focusing on organizing their science notebook entries.  
Constructing Food Webs in Science
Drawing Conclusions about light, plant growth and photosynthesis in science

Ms. Anugrah, from Taktse, India is a teacher in residence in Mrs. Edlund's class