6th Grade Life

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Welcome to 5th Grade!

Welcome! I am so excited to work with you this year! Please refer to this site often. The very top has tabs you can access for information about schedules, our classroom brochure and also a little bit about me. I will post once a week. I usually do this on Sunday nights… but I had time tonight to send you a few news.

We started the new school year with a bang! I saw great thinking, problem solving and collaboration when I presented our 5th grade scientists with the mystery tube. Make sure to ask your 5th grader about it and why it is important for scientists to create models of things we can’t experience (like traveling to the center of the earth!). Make sure to check out the pictures of a few of our scientists trying to figure out the mystery!

Your 5th grader has probably told you about our 40 Book Challenge. Yes, 40 is a great number, but we basically want to encourage more reading from our kids. The best thing your child can do to prepare for just about anything at school is READ!!! This is why the only homework your child will have is reading everyday, and responding to their reading once a week. We do a lot of talk about books and promote reading everyday in class. As I take the 40 Book Challenge myself, I am right there with all of the kids, experiencing what they experience.

Edomodo will be used a lot this year! We hope to promote discussions, spark curiosity and share information with your child in a safe, online experience.

Study Hall starts NEXT WEEK!!!! Please note the times (also in our brochure):

Ms. O’Brien – Tuesdays after school until 4:3o pm

Mrs. Marlatt – Thursday mornings – 7:30 am to 8:15 am

Mrs. Sander – Thursdays after school until 4:3o pm

Your child is encouraged to come to one or all of these “tutoring” opportunities. These times are for catching up on school work, getting an extra 1-1 help with the learning, more practice, technology access or just time to read. We hope you take advantage of these times.

Remember to send a water bottle (water only please) and a light snack with your child everyday. The rigorous work they do will benefit from a little break and some nutritious food!

Please email me if you have any questions or concerns. I am always available through email and will respond to you right away.

We will be taking some glorious adventures this year, and your 5th grader’s life will be transformed. I am blessed to go alongside each one of them in this journey.

Thank you for sharing your children with me!

Ana Marlatt

 

Welcome to May!

 

Track Meet

Track Meet

We had a great time on Friday during our Track Meet. I was truly impressed by our kids – their grit and sportsmanship. The weather cooperated and we had a beautiful day! I have added a few pictures to the blog, but have kept the best ones for our video!!!!

Please notice a list of events below. I know this is last minute, but would one of you be willing to provide a snack for Tuesday? We have PARCC testing all day and I know kids will appreciate something special. Please look below for events:

May 4 – PARCC testing (ELA). Morning only. I am providing donuts.

May 5 – PARCC testing (MATH) – Morning and afternoon.

May 8th – Special speaker (information coming home tomorrow) in the morning and “The Talk” in the afternoon. Have you sent the permission slip back for The Talk?

May 15th – Field Day. Our 5th graders run the show.

May 19th and 20th – Teddy Talks (more information on this soon!)

May 21st – half day and The Walk!

As you can see, there are lots of events coming up. Please watch out for emails and office notifications for more information soon.

Thank you for sharing your children with me!

Ana Marlatt

Pendulums, Track Meet and CMAS testing:

Swinging time!

Swinging time!

We started the week with a new Science unit – Variables! In this unit, students will learn the ins and outs of creating a good scientific experiment. We start the unit by making pendulums and collecting data on how they swing. This is a great way to end the year in science… lots of hands on work and group work!

Our Track Meet in This FRIDAY! Parents are welcomed to come – stay for the day or come hang out for a bit. Make sure to check the weather and send your child prepared. We will be out all day and there is no shelter. Send appropriate clothing, sunscreen, etc. Your child will also need a disposable sack lunch and (possible) snack money. Prairie View High School has a snack bar and it will be open for the event. Please see Mr. Keefe’s note sent home a couple weeks ago (the one you had to sign to give your 5th grader permission to attend). All students must ride the bus. Parents can meet us there. This is usually a great memory making day!

We completed CMAS training this week (a few keep will be finishing their test tomorrow due to absences). We had a very “boring” test prep time. I embarrassed myself by creating a movie for the kids. I also provided all the snacks this time. We had donut holes on Thursday and my daughter baked special fortune cookies for the kids on Friday. We also had a dance-off, yoga and some other “boring” test prep. Our students did a great job all throughout the test. They showed grit and perseverance. They made me very proud!

These last weeks are PACKED with information. There is a lot going on!!!!! Please read everything the office sends. Please read my notes and don’t hesitate to ask questions. We will all finish off the year in style!!!

Thank you for sharing your children with me!

Ana Marlatt

P.S. – Please send your child’s baby photos this week! Thank you!

The Beginning of the End…

Solar Oven Challenge Champs!

Solar Oven Challenge Champs!

I know, the title of this post is a little sad, but it is true. When we return form Spring Break, time flies by, and soon the end is here. There will be a lot of information coming at you, so please follow the news carefully, and don’t reset to ask questions when you are confused.

* Are you checking Infinite Campus often? This is the best way to keep up with your child’s progress. Remember what we established in the beginning of the year: Late assignments lose one letter grade. After a week, late assignments are a zero. Help your child stay current on everything. Check IC and your child’s planner daily if you can.

* Did you get both papers sent home Friday? One was for a t-shirt we will be getting to wear for all upcoming events 5th graders have an important role in (Track Meet, Field Day, The Walk, etc). Please send the information and money back to us as soon as you can, but NO LATER than Wednesday (April 15th). Time is short and we are in need of a quick turn around. All students will draw a stick version of themselves for decorate the t-shirts. This has been a 5th grade tradition! The second paper is a permission slip for Track Meet (May 1st). Your child is not allowed to come without the permission slip!

*Last request: My daughter and I put together a DVD with all special moments for your 5th grader. This is a gift for the end of the school year. I always include a baby picture of your 5th grader in it. We have a large class this year, so we will be asking for NO MORE THAN 1 baby picture from each student. Please send this to me by email if possible. If your favorite picture is not in digital form, please send it to me anyway. I will scan and send back to you. The DVDs are best when everyone send a picture, so let’s start looking for those treasures!!!!

It is hard to think of the end, but what a year this has been! So much growth and so many memories. We can all enjoy the fact that our kids will all be superstars in 6th grade, wherever they go!

Thank you for sharing your children with me!

Ana Marlatt

Week of 3-09-15

Spring Break’s Eve…

 

 

March Madness!

March Madness!

As we prepare for conferences, students are doing a lot of thinking and reflection about their learning. We are excited to meet with you and share all of the fun and learning so far! If you have not signed up for conferences yet, please do so.

We have been doing our own March Madness – reading style. It has been fun to battle for our favorite books. We hear friends speaking about books dear to their heart and get to collect new titles we were not aware of yet! Check out some of the pictures of our bracket…!

When we return from Spring Break our work continues. In Science, we will have some fun learning about energy (our last standard to be covered). We will also learn about Variables and experiment with pendulums and airplanes! And we will, of course, finish our CMAS and PARCC testing for 2015.

My husband and I will be taking off for  Brazil the day after conferences. We will be visiting my parents and enjoying the sunny beaches. I look forward to my time “back home”. I hope you all have some fun and rest planned for Spring Break!

Thank you for sharing your children with me!

Ana Marlatt

Welcome March!

Research wall for grolar bear mystery

Research wall for grolar bear mystery

Have you heard about the mystery of the grolar bear? We have been researching this in science and the findings are amazing! By researching the grolar bear, our students have been reintroduced to animal adaptations. We will continue to explore this theme this week, and delve a little deeper into how animals adapt for survival.

The month of March will come and go in  hurry. There is a lot happening this month, so please read on:

This coming week: NO READING RESPONSE DUE!!! Students have been working on writing a memoir and will be very busy putting the finishing touches to their pieces. In order to not overwhelm students, I have decided to call off reading responses this week. Please make sure your student is reading everyday! Memoirs will need to be typed and are due on Tuesday, 3/10/15

Next week: NO READING RESPONSE DUE again! This is PARCC testing week, and that will be enough. I would love to get your help for this week. I usually try to make testing as fun time for kids – something they will remember as a special time instead of being nervous or stressed about the test. I do this in different ways: I play fun music before the test. I also share inspirational videos with the kids to get them in the spirit of grit, trying hard and perseverance. We do “yoga” and fun brain exercises to get going. And… we have fun and special foods to eat. That’s where you come in. Testing will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday OF NEXT WEEK. We would love to have special foods like donuts, handmade goodies or anything else you can think of to celebrate our testing time. I am looking for volunteers who can sign up to bring one treat a day for the class (just our homeroom kids). I need one volunteer Tuesday, one Wednesday and one Thursday. You can send the treats with your child or drop it off each morning. If you are available to help, please email me and we will set up a schedule.

Final week of March: NO READING RESPONSE DUE!!! This is conferences week. Have you signed up for a time yet??? Students will share their learning, and will read their memoir with you. Don’t miss your child’s last elementary school conference!!!! 🙂

Reading responses will resume in April. I can’t stress enough how important it is for your child to CONTINUE READING!!!! Read, read and read some more!

Please email me if you have any questions about any of the information here. We are looking forward to a busy few weeks ahead, but they will also be fun and memorable! I hope yo hear from some of you about testing week and goodies!

Thank you for sharing your children with me!

Ana Marlatt

The End of Mixtures and Solutions

Pancake mixing!

Pancake mixing!

We have officially ended our Mixtures and Solutions unit with our pancake breakfast. I now can say that I have flipped 174 pancakes! Throughout our unit we learned many interesting concepts about mixtures, solutions, chemical and physical changes and chemical reactions. The experiments we had in class were created to leave a lasting impression.

We have a couple more standards to cover before the end of the year. Renewable and Non Renewable energy is a big one and will be the last concept we cover in 5th grade. I will also do a quick recall on animal adaptations. This is not a 5th grade standard, but it is usually covered by our state assessments, so it is always good to review.

In the weeks to come before Spring Break, we will cover some of the Animal Adaptations review as well as testing for PARCC (our new state assessment for literacy and math) and preparing for conferences. We will be busy. Please check your child’s Friday Folders so that you stay up-to-date on office information.

One last thing we will do before conferences is a big writing project. We started looking at memoirs last week, and will actively work on this during this coming week. All students were asked to think about a “seed moment” (if you are wondering what this is, ask your child!!!!). This seed moment will be the subject of their memoir writing. The published piece will be shared at conferences. Please do a quick check with your child and make sure he/she has an idea to share tomorrow!

Please make sure you pick your time for conferences by going to the sign up genius link. Spaces are filling up quickly! Please let me know if you need more clarification on how to sign up.

Thank you to all parents who so kindly contributed to our pancakes. I have posted some pictures of the kids having fun. Make sure to check them out.

Thank you for sharing your children with me!

Ana Marlatt

 

Finally back!

Healthy Hearts T-Shirts!

Healthy Hearts T-Shirts!

I am finally able to post again. Boy, we sure get used to being connected and take it for granted… until we can’t connect anymore. But here we are again!

This week’s post brings you just a few news:

1. Pictures are this Thursday at 11:45 am. We will have class and spring pictures this time. Remind your child to dress appropriately!

2. We will have PARCC testing practice this Wednesday. We are hoping to have a smooth practice time. This time will allow our students an opportunity to practice the math test we will be taking soon. Our practice time will be from 10:30 am to 12:20 pm.

3. Please sign up to contribute to our pancake breakfast this Friday. This is the way we will end our Mixtures and Solutions unit. The sign up genius link is on the reminder email. I will not include it here because last time I tried that, it didn’t work. A huge thank you to Susan Neef for creating the links for all 3 classes!

4. Please check out a few fun pictures of the kids!!

Thank you for sharing your children with me!

Ana Marlatt

Saying goodbye to 2014

Check out these brainiacs!

Check out these brainiacs!

I apologize for the late post. I am getting ready to go celebrate my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary in Florida, so I took the day off today to get some of the million and a half things I have to get done before Saturday. As fate has it, I went to bed early feeling ill. So I am glad I stayed home but am wondering when will everything get done… Oh well!

Let’s move on to funner things. This is our last week of school in 2014. It is crazy to think we have done so much already. The new year will bring lots more fun in learning (Ameritowne, new testing in computers, lots of fun science experiments) and many lasts (our 5th graders will be leaving West Ridge…). It is all exciting and sad at the same time. I look through the pictures of the kids, and I can see them growing before my eyes. You can’t stop the growing (thank goodness for that), but I hope the growing is good!

We will close the year with lots of fun in science. If all goes according to plan, tomorrow will be a fun day of experiments. We will design catapults to toss “snowballs” and also design an experiment to see how much milk certain cookies can absorb. Wednesday will be a short day, as we have early release and also our party. Our time together in the am will not be so much science-minded, but it will be very literacy-minded. We will spend the time reading all of the picture book nominees for the Colorado Children’s Book Awards. It should be a fun and easy end of the week.

Thursday and Friday are assessment days. Please send your child… we will use the data to help guide our instruction in the future. We will also clean up cubbies, folders and our work areas, so that we can start 2015 fresh!

Please check out the pictures for this week. We tested out lung capacities and also played a hilarious game of digestive  system relay. The pictures are priceless…

Thank you for sharing your children with me!

Ana Marlatt

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