5th and 6th Grade Fisher Cats
This is my fourth year teaching at Newbury Elementary School and my 6th year working at Newbury. I am excited to be working with your student and hope to have a fun and productive year. Please feel free to contact me with any concerns.
Please see below for the latest news about our class.
March 17, 2019
We finished our read aloud of "Small as an Elephant" a couple of weeks ago and the students seem to enjoy the book. Please ask them about it. We are now well into "The Outsiders" and so far everyone is interested. In writing, students worked on five word stories and wrote about why they feel they are lucky. These can be seen on the shamrocks displayed in the hall. This week we will be starting a Lucy Caulkins memoir writing unit. In science we worked on ecosystems, oceans, and exploring a variety of plant and animal life. Last week in social studies we finished up studying economics. Coming up this week we are going to look at Colonial America and how the United States got established. In sixth grade math we are working with negative numbers and ordered pairs on a coordinate grid.
We are actively planning our end of year activities so look for notices going home with details. The Town Meeting lunch raise about $600.00 towards the Boston trip. Shakespeare practices start at the end of April. It looks to be busy spring! Make sure everyone is getting enough rest.
February 8, 2019
The Fisher Cats have been busy since returning from break. We have been learning about Earth systems including the water cycle and ocean ecosystems. The students have been engaged in our read aloud book, "Small as an Elephant". Ask your student for details. We hosted a special guest in our classroom for a day last month. A woman that has been living with Cerebral Palsy came to talk to us about what it's like to live with a disability. The Fisher Cats had good questions and seemed to get a lot out of her visit. They came away with a better sense of empathy, compassion, appreciation, and respect for others.
The students earned enough rocks to do an activity of their choice for an afternoon. They choose a pizza lunch and sledding party at Checkeberrry Hill. I am happy to report there were no injuries and all had a great time.
Along with the Sea Turtles we have been busy planning our spring activities. Some notices went home today explaining our field trip to Boston and our participation with the BridgeUp program. Look for these and let me know if you have any questions. It should be a fun and exciting spring!
December 21, 2018
The Fisher Cats did a terrific job at our Learning Expo. Thanks to all who attended. They debated whether the government should regulate social media or not with good arguments on both sides. Students did their own research and formulated their opinions on their own. They also presented their views on a past or present political issue. This involved researching the topic, writing an essay and then presenting their opinion in one of three ways; a Tri-fold display, a WeVideo, or a slide presentation. Students worked hard for the last several weeks and had to deal with lots of distractions. Good Job Fisher Cats!
December 7, 2018
The Fisher Cats are busy! I want to remind everyone that our Learning Expo is coming up on Dec. 20th. from 9 - 10 am and again from 1:15 - 2:15 pm. During the afternoon session there will be live debates on bias in social media. Report cards are going home on Monday Dec. 10th. Let me know if there are any questions. We have also been working on our holiday song for the sing-a-long on Dec. 14th at 6 pm in the gym.
November 18, 2018
Wow! Time is flying. I can't believe we are already heading into Thanksgiving break. It was nice to meet with some of the parents of these terrific students last week. In the past month we have done some disgusting sandwich writing and had some interesting debates on issues that students seem to be passionate about (ask your student). As we head into the end of the marking period, we will be focusing on our Trimester Expo projects. These will center on political issues that students will have to support their arguments and opinions for or against. We have been learning about collecting evidence to support an argument and about examining issues objectively before making a decision. We have also been studying the U.S. Constitution and how those laws apply to contemporary issues.
October 24, 2018
It's Parent Teacher Conference time! Please sign up at www.signupgenius.com/go/70A084DA8AF29A3FE3-fisher if you would like to come in and talk about your student. Fisher Cats have been busy studying the U.S. Constitution and how our democracy works. In writing we are working on creating the most disgusting sandwich ever (ask your student). Hope to see you soon.
September 22, 2018
We are are off to a good start. Students have been busy building and learning about water rockets. Our tentative launch date will be on Thursday Sept. 27th. We have had several debates on some articles that we read. Ask your student how they feel about limits on violet media content or if school should be started after labor day. The students are enjoying reading "Maniac Magee" together as a class. Ask them about Maniac and why he is blind. The sixth graders are working on Ratios and Proportions in math. Please ask them to tell you the difference between the ratio, rate, and unit rate.
We are all working well as a community of learners and I feel luck to have such a good group. Please let me know if you have any concerns or questions about your student.