November and December Edition
Written and edited by the students in Room 2
Current Curriculum Topics
Math- Best Buys and Ratios
Reading- Short Stories
Writing – Literary Essays
Social Studies- Exploration and Early
Serious Talk- Understanding Us
Math- Games, Standard Algorithm, Division
Do you want to know what we have done in math? Well so far we have done games, standard algorithm, multiplication fact practice on the computers, partial quotients, and we just started geometry.
Some games we learned is multiplication top it, rounding to the nearest hundredths, division dash, and many other games like multiplication race, division dash and first to 100. You play multiplication top it by flipping two cards from a deck then you multiply those numbers and whichever partner has a bigger product wins all the cards. In rounding to the nearest hundredths you flip five cards and put a decimal in between the second and third card then you round to the nearest hundredth. In division dash you flip three cards, then you make a division problem that will give you the biggest quotient, then you solve the problem and your quotient is how many points you get. If you have a remainder you get the amount of points the whole number is.
A little while ago we learned standard algorithm. We learned how you start with the ones place and make your way up to the tens and hundreds place we also learned the turtleneck strategy to help us learn standard algorithm easier. We also learned partial quotients and how using easier numbers are better and you have to estimate first so you know if it’s right or probably wrong.
We just started geometry a few days ago. First, we sorted shapes on a piece of paper like right triangles, rectangles, parallelograms, and a rhombus then we made our own quilt to decorate out of the shapes we already drew. We also worked on acute, right, obtuse, and straight angles. We are also learning how to use a protractor to figure out the degrees of an angle. These are some things we have learned in math.
Community Camp Challenge
By: Vatan and Ben
In math we have been working on a math challenge called the Community Camp Challenge. It is all about creating a Summer Camp. We have to make a budget for our camp and decide how much to charge our campers. Did we tell you we also have to hire a staff and pay them too. The goal is to get a profit of $1,000!The hardest part of this challenge is paying the camp director and the counselors. For example the counselors get paid 15.75$ per hour. If they work for 8 hours in a day for 10 days how much money would you have to give them?
The problem is that it is a lot like in real life because we have create a budget and decide how to best spend our money. One thing to consider is we can either buy pizza from Alexander’s or we can buy pizza from Lexington House of Pizza for the campers. It may seem simple but you have to calculate which would be cheaper. And with the shirts, if you buy 101+ shirts the price for each shirt get cheaper but the smaller amount of shirts you buy it costs more. That is an example of one of the question but it isn´t always math.
We get to design the camp too. You can make it a sports camp or a whatever you want camp. If you make it a sports camp, then you have to add a football field and a soccer field etc. You can plan a map for your camp too, you have to make a proposal to the staff, directors, and kids showing how much money each thing costs. You need to find out how much each kid will pay you. If there are 30 kids and they have to pay you $500 for their stay then 30x500 is $15,000. So now $15,000 will be your budget. With that $15,000, you have to pay for the t shirts, the pizza and the director and counselors, the cheaper the price the better.
As you can see this camp adventure has been a big success and it gave us a great real life example that we had to use our math problem solving skills.
Reader’s Workshop- Research Groups
By Noor and Rylee
This unit in readers workshop we have been doing research groups. Research groups are when a few people get together and research debatable topics. There are lots of different groups like are extreme sports worth the risk, should we study space exploration or water exploration, then Rylee is in should we protect sharks from humans or humans from sharks, and Noor is in,should animals be kept in zoos?
In our mini groups we took turns having a flash debate. We said our reasons and evidence and which side of the argument we thought was the strongest. We read paper printed articles or we can read books about our topics to gather more evidence for are argument. So far we have been practicing which side of the argument we take based on which one is the strongest. For example ,in should we keep animals in zoos Noor took the side that animals shouldn’t be kept in zoos and Rylee took the side that we should protect sharks from humans. We made a T chart and on one side is pros and on the other side is cons. So basically if we have more convincing evidence on one side then that is the side we take. We have to keep a open mide and we chose the side that has the most evidence not the side that we have our own opinion for. So as you can see we have been really busy in readers workshop!
Writer’s Workshop- Argument Writing about Chocolate Milk
By Brendan and Aidan
In writing we are writing persuasive essays on chocolate milk one side of the argument is that chocolate milk should be banned from school and the other side is that chocolate milk should be served at school. We have partners at the rug and we share what we have done or what are plan is for the day. When we are at the rug, our teacher gives us instruction then we write at are seats for 25 minutes at the end of the 25 minutes we share are side to the conversation then do a flash debate with are partner.When we write and argument essay, we say it like baking the perfect cake. Here is why, the right amount of icing is is the right amount of thinking and explanation,and the right amount of cake is the right amount of researched evidence.
Here are some of the steps we take to write an argument essay. First we state our claim, for example , one claim would be,”students at Bowman school should be served chocolate milk in school. Then we give all our strong reasons to convince the reader. In our second paragraph we state our claim again and then we give our first reason. After that we give all of our carefully selected evidence for that reason. Then we give our second or our last reason and then give our evidence for that reason. To finish it up we write a conclusion were we restate our claim and then maybe we give the reader something strong to leave off on.now in writing we started a new topic and gathering new reasons and evidence.
Some of the topics, we are arguing are should animals be kept in zoos, are sharks or humans more dangerous, should extreme sports be allowed, should we research the ocean or space, should we use plastic.
Setting Up Our Ecosystems
In science we made ecosystem out of plastic bottles and we filled it with dirt, gravel, water, crickets, snails, and isopods. We also planted seed such as the mustard seed. It grew in three days. Then we planted duckweed and elodea, but we not add algae because it makes water green. We observed the snails climbing up and getting out of the water. The crickets are struggling to get through the mustard plants. We will soon have mosquito fish. We also made and shared posters about the different organism in our ecosystem: crickets, snails, isopods, and mosquito fish. We became expert on our topic and taught other members of our classroom.
By: Borneil & Justin
Have you wondered what we did on our 1st unit of science? Well this 1st unit of science we did ecosystem experiments. We studied effect of different human & nature impacts different ecosystems.
My group did acid rain, another group did road salt, even another group did lack of sunlight and water, and finally the last group did fertilizer.
For the acid rain group (Our group) we put vinegar (this was our acid rain) in our ecocolumns. Over time all the elodea(The green aquarium plants) turned white and brown and all the mosquito fish died and the snail’s shells cracked.
We then did a poster called the “Flow of energy” in partnerships, to meet success on the poster, we had to include 3 living and nonliving things that were in our ecocolumns, explain how they were important, and we had to label each organism. Also, we had to add arrows to show the “flow of energy”, we had to show what ate what, and finally have creativity.
September and October Edition
Written and edited by the students in Room 2
Current Curriculum Topics
Math- Number and Operations in with Multiplication and Division
Reading- Researching Debatable Issues
Writing – Argument Writing (Researching Debatable Issues)
Serious Talk- Understand Our Identity
By: Brendan and Borneil
This year so far we have done lots of exciting things in math. Like making figure me out posters, practicing multiplication with arrays, math games, and decimals!!
We spent the first week learning about our Math Mindset. We learned about how our brains learn. Each day we had different math puzzle or challenge to tryout. Our favorite was the cube challenge!
Every day in math, we have a lesson altogether were we learn about a new topic or strategy, then we break in partners or groups for centers. Some days centers are math games, independent journal work, or Xtra Math (computer game). We also do a challenge choice some days to help us think critically and problem solve. These problems can sometimes take 2 or 3 days to solve!
Figure me out posters
The figure me posters were the first math project we did this year. We made math problems that the answers related to stuff in our lives. Then we drew a picture of ourselves in the middle of the poster then you have to… figure me out!
This year we have done multiple math games. The math games we have done this year are, multiplication top it, factor captor, multiplication race, and name that number.
It was an awesome month in math. We got to do lots of things including figure me out posters, multiplication, decimals, and math games.
By: Rylee & Ella
This year we have learned lots in Reader’s Workshop. We have learned to take charge of our reading life. Which means that we have to set reasonable goals for ourselves and make sure that we continue to learn.
Another example of what we’ve learned so far is about different types of jots. One kind of jot is a theme or life lesson. For example, if there is repeating symbols we can make big ideas which can lead us to a few themes or life lessons. A way we could find themes and life lessons in the middle of the book or in the end.
In read aloud, we are reading the book: Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate. We have looked at the book to practice to finding themes, symbols, the author’s use of figurative language and making debatable topics. For example, “Is Ganwar a good influence or is he a bad influence on Kek (the main character). We practiced taking different sides of the argument by finding evidence from the book.
Another thing we are doing in Reader’s Workshop are book clubs. In book clubs, we write and discuss about our book and come up with bigger ideas by adding on to each other. The books we have been reading are called: Amina’s Voice, Inside out and Back Again, Wishtree and Mrs. Bixby’s Last Day. Most of the groups have finished their books and starting new books.
This is what we have been doing in Reader’s workshop.
By: Justin & Benjamin
Have you ever stared at a blank piece of paper and don’t know what to do? Well, this week in Writer’s Workshop, we’ve been writing small moment stories, (Personal Narratives) about an important time in our lives. Ms. Gallardo teaching us to write with more detail, each day we get around 30 minutes to write. Sometimes we draft, revise, or edit.
A strategy that we’ve been using is to make relive the story with us (Envision it). To plan out our writing, we use story mountains that help us map out our stories. Also, when we write, we want our readers to see our moment with us, we want to show not tell. We also want to elaborate on important parts by adding internal thinking, actions, and dialogue. In addition, we want to show the reader a life lesson, that tie to the big meaning. Sometimes we even read other authors’ writing to get ideas, for example, we read the story “Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros, and we used ideas from her story to put into our stories. We hope to share with you some of our amazing personal narratives soon!
By: Breana and Carli-Enna
Do you ever wonder what happens in 5th grade social studies? If you wondered keep on reading even if you haven’t you can learn something new. So far what we have learned about the Constitution of the United States. Did you know it was created almost 300 years ago and James Madison and George Washington were involved?
Anyways let’s get back on track! First, let’s talk about the Constitution. Since we were learning about the Constitution, we made our own constitution for our classroom, these are classroom rules. We created the rules all together in order have the best year possible. We all signed it like they signed the Constitution.
Also, we learned about a part of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights. These are different. It was fun because we did groups and made up another way to say amendments that had really huge words and make them into posters. Each pair taught the class what our amendments means, showed a picture and definition of the amendment and they would go in front of the class why the people watching write about what we learn.
By Aidan and Vatan
Have you seen our new playground.!? There are new swings, a big new play structure it is the best. On the new playground there are drums and a color circle that you can turn, and a rope wall. There is a steep slide more monkey bars no more wiggly bridge but it was moved to a new location. There also a spiderweb. You can climb up the ropes and jump down. And there is a tire swing that is a lot of people's favorite. But in my opinion the new roller slide is the best. There is also a new bar for us to climb on there is another wired zipline where you hold onto a black circle thing and you walk on a wire.
Come check out our new playground, we think you will have a blast!
We’ve been doing many things in specialists. On Mondays, we have art. In art we did drawing with markers to make shapes. We also made a splotch of paint into a picture I made one into a treehouse.
On Tuesdays, we have gym. In gym we’ve been doing teamwork exercises. One example is called lifeboats. You are put into a team with a little wheelie, a rope, and the choice of a big or small paddle, you have to get your whole team to the other side of the gym. There is an island in the middle you can stop at if you want.
We have chorus on Wednesdays. Chorus is new I’ve never done it before. We just started to sing one song and a warm up song. The warm up song has three versus and the song we learned is called shake the papaya down, we just learned a new song we didn’t sing
The year in leadership we have been busy bees. So far we have been going to leadership seminars with the entire 5th grade. During the seminar, we talk about being a 5th grade leader and what makes a good leader. Like following directions, the first time and being role models for the younger grades. Also in leadership we got put into groups with different teachers there are like 7 students in each group. Every time we go to leadership we get into those groups and do the activity. We even learned a cool leadership song at the end of leadership and we sing it every time at the end of leadership.
As part of 5th grade leadership some students decided to write letters to Ms. Gallardo to go in the raffle for student council. 4 people got picked. 2 from today to February and 2 for the rest of the year (the Fall shift and summer shift). The student council will come to each classroom and announce the school activities like spirit day and stuffed animal day! The student council picks when the fun days are like they pick the date for spirit days and crazy hair day! So anyway we have been super-duper busy in leadership.
*Written and Edited by the Students in Room 2
Dear 5th Grade Families,
Welcome to Grade 5! My name is Ms. Gallardo and I am excited to be your child’s teacher this year. I am fortunate to be joining the fifth grade team and Bowman Community. For students, grade 5 will be full of new learning discoveries, increased independence, peer collaboration, and growth. I am eager to begin this new learning journey with your child.
This is my 5th year teaching. I previously taught 3rd and 5th grade in Somerville. I graduated with my Bachelors Degree from the University of Massachusetts in Psychology and Art History. I received my Masters Degree in Elementary Education and English as Second Language from Lesley University. While completing my Masters, I completed a full year teaching internship at the Argenziano School in Somerville. As an educator, I am enthusiastic about continuing to seek new professional learning opportunities such as project-based learning, mindfulness for classroom, or new classroom technology. In fifth grade, I hope to implement some of these practices this school year.
On the first day of school, August 28th, your child should bring the following:
Your child is welcome to bring their own writing utensils if they would like.
Please feel free to email or call with any questions or concerns. I believe by working together your child can have a successful fifth grade experience. Enjoy the rest of the summer and I look forward to great school year!