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    Week of September 9th
     
     
    Hola mi familias.
    I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I am writing this Saturday morning, so I am not sure if the patriots started the NFL season off on the right foot, but I am sure they did:)
    There is a lot going on now in C-12 and the kids seem to really be coming together as a community. I really enjoy watching them interact together, collaborate with each other, advocate for each other, and make positive choices together.
    Enjoy the weekend and I hope to see you all sometime soon.
    Here is a look at the week ahead:
     
    Math: POW #4 will go home graded on Monday.
    POW #5 will be discussed in class on Tuesday, go home, and is due by Friday. There is a physical component to this one. See if you and your child can stay up with the pattern for a few days:)
    We took our topic 2 test on Friday. They will go home Monday and need to be signed and returned by you the parent.
    We will start Topic 3 on Monday which focuses on multiplication (multiple methods).
    If students were to forget their book at school, they have access through Pearson realize at home to use the online text book. Students will be able to log on through their Google account using Clever.
    We will do another mean-median-mode, and this will be our first week of this year's Quarterback Club!!! GO PATS!
     
    Language Arts:
    Grammar rule #3, sentence structure, will go home on Monday and is due by Thursday. There will be a quiz on Friday.
    We pushed this back due to the math test on Friday. We will quiz on these words on Tuesday. Our Greek/Latin root -mal and -male went home last Wednesday so we did not quiz on the words. We will do activities in class this week on the words.
    We will do another Idiom of the Week.
    We finished Freak the Mighty and I think most of the kids really appreciated the book. Ask your kiddo about the story. Students are creating a one pager about setting/charcater development/scene creation in class. They will also take an end of the book short answer quiz on Monday. There is a movie about this book and the students will watch that later this week. It is PG and has a few "strong" words in the movie. Here is the trailer if you want to view it. Please email if you have any concerns about your child watching it. https://youtu.be/NUm_Xg8ZuPo
    We started with our figurative language unit, and our focus this week will be understanding, identifying, and using simile, metaphor, personification, and hyperbole. We did not quiz on these aspects yet.
    We will start our narrative writing this week. The first direct lessons will be on "showing" rather than "telling" in our writing. Ask your kiddo about it.
     
    Science:
     Sun, planets, stars, answering daily phenomenon: here we come.
    Students are working on understanding why we have day and night, the seasons, and our solar system.
    A sunrise/sunset activity will go home. It is due back by Wednesday. I hope you enjoy the moment it may create with your kiddo. It is meant to make them wonder and ask questions.
    Sun outline due on Wednesday.
    Students will rotate out to Ms. Battershell's class 2 or 3 times a week to get their direct social study lessons. During that time, her students will come in to receive their direct science lessons from me.
     
    Social Studies:
    Heritage Project is up and rolling. Presentations will start the week of September 16th, which is next week. Two more one hour in class sessions to finalize their presentations. If your child needs more time, they need to work on this at home. Presentations are to be between 3 to 6 minutes in length. Some students have started to practice their prez. in class and time them. Be an audience at home:)
    Students have a quiz with Ms. Battershell on Wednesday.
     
     
    Odds and Ends
      • Field trip forms went home for Chabot Space and Science Center on 10/10. We have 10 seats so far (5-Voyce and 5-Lee). We need at least 26. Also there is a requested $12 donation fee with this to cover entry fees.
      • 2:04 Dismissal Monday-Wednesday....3:04 dismissal Thursday and Friday
      • Green Team and Graden Club are up and rolling:)
      • All band this week. If you need more info contact Mr. Silva            silvasteve@dublinusd.org
      • Music Tuesday
      • Library Wednesday
      • PE Thursday and Friday
      • Heritage party potluck 9/20 more details to come
      • 10/1 stargazing event @ Green. Forms to go home this week.
    Week of September 3rd
     
    August is history. September is a mystery, but here we go:)
    The word of the week is symbiotic. If your kiddo wants some extra "swagger" this week, have them look up the definition and I will do something for it later in the week.
    Here is a look at the week ahead:
     
    Math: POW #3 will go home graded on Monday.
    POW #4 will be discussed in class on Tuesday, go home, and is due by Friday.
    We will continue with topic 2 this week. We will work through the topic lessons this week and test on the topic next Tuesday since it is a short week.
    If students were to forget their book at school, they have access through Pearson realize at home to use the online text book. Students will be able to log on through their Google account using Clever.
    We will do another mean-median-mode, and this will be our first week of this year's Quarterback Club!!! GO PATS!
     
    Language Arts:
    Grammar rule #2, sentence structure, will go home on Tuesday and is due by Thursday. There will be a quiz on Friday.
    Our Greek/Latin root -mal and -male went home las Wednesday so we did not quiz on the words. We will do activities in class this week on the words, but students should also work on the words at home. We will quiz this Friday.
    We will do another Idiom of the Week.
    We will continue in our introduction book, Freak the Mighty. It crosses many themes and life lessons throughout the book. We will use the book to understand expectations for nightly reading responses from books read independently by the students. We will also use the book to get an understanding of expectations for our Literture Circle groups for our core literature books that we will read throughout the year.
     We started with our figurative language unit, and our focus this week will be understanding, identifying, and using simile, metaphor, personification, and hyperbole. Quiz this Thursday.
    We will start our narrative writing this week. The first direct lessons will be on "showing" rather than "telling" in our writing. Ask your kiddo about it.
     
    Science:
     
    Sun, planets, stars, answering daily phenomenon: here we come.
    Students are working on understanding why we have day and night, the seasons, and our solar system.
    A sunrise/sunset activity will go home. I hope you enjoy the moment it may create with your kiddo. It is meant to make them wonder and ask questions.
    Students will rotate out to Ms. Battershell's class 2 or 3 times a week to get their direct social study lessons. During that time, her students will come in to receive their direct science lessons from me.
     
    Social Studies:
    Heritage Project is up and rolling. Students should have conducted their interviews, written up the Q and A, and turned in the Q and A and a quick reaction summary of the interview. In class last week, students started gathering research for their presentations. We will continue on with this week. Presentations will start the week of September 16th.
     
     
    Odds and Ends
    • 2:04 Dismissal Monday-Wednesday....3:04 dismissal Thursday and Friday
    • Green Team and Graden Club are up and rolling:)
    • All band this week. If you need more info contact Mr. Silva            silvasteve@dublinusd.org
    • No Music Tuesday It is a make up day for Monday music.
    • Library Wednesday
    • PE Thursday and Friday
    • Heritage party potluck 9/20 more details to come
     
    Week of 8/26-30
     Here we go with another week of this 2019/20 school year. We are off and running now, and we have set most of our procedures and expectations for the classroom and for 5th graders around our campus. 
    It was fantastic to meet most of you on Wednesday for our BTSN. Thank you for etching time out in your busy schedules on such short notice. For those who volunteered, I will be reaching out to you this week to start in those areas. It looks like we ar going to have a lot of support from you the parents, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. 
    The word of the week is copacetic. Any C-12 student reading this should look up the definition, try to remember the spelling, and it may just pop up as extra credit later in the week:)
    Here is a look at the week ahead:
     
    Math: POW #2 will go home graded on Monday.
    POW #3 will be discussed in class on Monday, go home, and is due by Friday.
    Students will review on Monday for their topic 1 test which will be given on Tuesday. When tests are returned, they are to go home, be corrected, signed by a parent, and returned to me within the designated time assigned.
    If students were to forget their book at school, they have access through Pearson realize at home to use the online text book. Students will be able to log on through their Google account using Clever.
    We will do our first "Mean-Median-Mode " this week which uses data sets, music, and statistics. We did not get to this last week, so we will start this sometime this week.
     
    Language Arts:
    Grammar rule #1, sentence structure, will go home on MOnday and is due by Thursday. There will be a quiz on Friday.
    A Greek and Latin root word list will go home on Monday as well. We will do some activities in class throughout the week that focus on these rotts and the words assigned. There will be a quiz on Friday.
    We will do another Idiom of the Week.
    We will continue in our introduction book, Freak the Mighty. It crosses many themes and life lessons throughout the book. We will use the book to understand expectations for nightly reading responses from books read independently by the students. We will also use the book to get an understanding of expectations for our Literture Circle groups for our core literature books that we will read throughout the year.
     
    We started with our figurative language unit, and our focus this week will be understanding, identifying, and using simile, metaphor, personification, and hyperbole. 
     
    Science:
    We willcontinue our dive into answering questions by determining whether or not the size of a student's thumb matters in the THUMB WAR ARENA.
    We will also begin our solar system unit.
    Students will rotate out to Ms. Battershell's class 2 or 3 times a week to get their direct social study lessons. During that time, her students will come in to receive their direct science lessons from me.
     
    Social Studies:
    Heritage Project is up and rolling. Students should have conducted their interviews, written up the Q and A, and turned in the Q and A and a quick reaction summary of the interview. In class last week, students started gathering research for their presentations. We will continue on with this week. Presentations will start the week of September 16th.
     
     
    Odds and Ends
    • 2:04 Dismissal Monday-Wednesday....3:04 dismissal Thursday and Friday
    • Band will start up this week for violin and flute. If you need more infor contact Mr. Silva            silvasteve@dublinusd.org
    • Music Tuesday
    • Library starts this Wednesday
    • Picture Day on this Wednesday the 28th
    • PE Thursday and Friday
    • Picture Day August 28th
     
     
     
     
     Week of 8/19-23
     
    Welcome back to our second week of school. It was fantastic to get to know the class last week. A lot of focus was placed on developing procedures, creating mutual expectations, fostering community at many levels, and just plain having fun to come out of summer with a bang. It can be hard for many kids to make the transition from the summer routine to the daily school routine. I think we were quite successful. They all kept coming back.....not that they had much of a choice (wink wink). 
    This is another year of a classroom filled with so many different personalities, and it is one of my jobs to guide them to work together collaboratively and cooperatively. We have some dancers, some athletes, some singers, many musicians, some astronomers, some gardeners, and so on.... I can't wait to see what we get into as a class:)
    I am sorry we missed BTSN. There will be a rescheduled date ASAP. I will let you know when I know.
     
    For now, enjoy the week and I look forward to meeting you all. Here is a look at the week ahead:
     
    Math: Problem of the Week #1 will be returned on Monday. We did the first one together in class so the students would understand the expectations. POWs are designed to get the kiddos thinking why they are thinking a certain way. Very process driven and really fun. The kids know they can seek help at home if need be. If you work with them, try to guide them and not give them.
    POW #2 will go home mOnday and is due on Friday.
    We started topic 1 last Friday. It works on place value and understanding numbers. We will have a lesson a day, and students will be assigned nightly homework from their book. Most of the time they will be able to get the lion's share of the HW done during independent class work time. 
    If students were to forget their book at school, they have access through Pearson realize at home to use the online text book. Students will be able to log on through their Google account using Clever.
    We completed a math fact fluency in class this week. I will develop a side group, called "Valnut Crushers," who will work on strengthening their facts throughout the year.
    We will do our first "Mean-Median-Mode " this week which uses data sets, music, and statistics. Ask your kiddo about it.
     
    Language Arts:
    Students will get their first grammar packet on Monday. We will go over the rule and these packets are due every Thursday. This week will focus on direct quotation usage. We will quiz on Friday.
    We will start our Idiom of the Week this week. This will be extra credit on the grammar quiz this Friday.
    We will start a book I love to read to my classes at the beginning of the year. It is called "Freak the Mighty." It crosses many themes and life lessons throughout the book. We will use the book to understand expectations for nightly reading responses from books read independently by the students. We will also use the book to get an understanding of expectations for our Literture Circle groups for our core literature books that we will read throughout the year.
    Figurative language will be our first main focus for reading comprehension lessons. We will touch on it this week.
    Students will have the narrative genre as our first writing unit, and they will do a quick write preassessment this week.
     
    Science:
    We will start this week and our first unit is our solar system and stars. I love this unit and so do the kids.
    But before we get into this, I like to start off with a few experiments to get the kids into their science"lenses." We will have a class competition to help us understand the scientific method and a STEM lesson as well.
    Students will rotate out to Ms. Battershell's class 2 or 3 times a week to get their direct social study lessons. During that time, her students will come in to receive their direct science lessons from me.
     
    Social Studies:
    Our Heritage Project will be introduced on Monday or Tuesday.
     
    Odds and Ends
    • 2:04 Dismissal Monday-Wednesday....3:04 dismissal Thursday and Friday
    • Garden Club and Green Team sign ups were last week. I will be developing those schedules this week.
    • Music Tuesday
    • PE Thursday and Friday
    • BTSN make up ????? TBD
    • Picture Day August 28th
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    August 13th, 2019 and OUR FIRST DAY OF WHAT IS TO BE AN AWESOME YEAR!!!

     

     

     

    Dear Students and Families,

     

               Welcome to room C-12.  This is going to be an outstanding year!!  For those of you who have not met me, here is a brief introduction.  I have been an educator for twelve years, a soccer player for life, and a soccer coach for twenty-one years.  I helped found and have been running the Green Garden Group for the past eight years and this will be my sixth year running Green's Recycling Program.  My educational background is in earth and environmental science and I look forward to integrating much of this field into our curriculum this year.  Here at Green I am one of the lead teachers in moving our science curriculum over to the Next Generation Science Standards.  Last year our 5th graders took the NGSS 5th grade state test. NGSS is a shift in the philosophy of how true learning takes place and involves a lot of exploration for the students. It also involves moving away from some of the science concepts previously introduced in the 5th grade. Some materials overlap and I welcome the challenge on how to successfully combine learning from the past to this new methodology and material.  Should be fun.

    Over the years my classes have worked closely with a group called StopWaste.  Our main mission is to educate our classroom on ways to lighten their personal impact on Earth, and empowering the kids to create a community action plan to help educate our student body.  In the 2016/17 school year our action project was a video we created on how to lessen food waste.  It was amazing.  We came in 3rd place in an international video competition and we were recognized by the  UN Environment and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America for our work in creating the video, https://youtu.be/tBoQYxwN1dQ and reaching so many people.  We will once again work with the amazing staff from StopWaste, and who knows what this next group will create.  One thing is for sure, your child will take a closer look at "things" at home:)

    Last year my class worked closely with Ms. Battershell's class in creating an action project, along with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Ocean plastic Pollution Summit, which focused on reducing Green's use of single use plastic water bottles. The students created grade level oriented presentations, collected weekly audits, held raffles and prize events, and basically got the word out about the global plastic epidemic. The project culminated in 6 lead students getting to spend the night at the aquarium and present our results in a tabling event with other classrooms from all over the west coast. We look to have this next group carry the torch.

    We have some new faces on our 5th grade teaching team. Also we have an added class to bring the 5th grade up to 7 classes. Together, your 5th grade “teaching team”, myself along with Mickey Shannon, Holly Battershell, Jeannie Gray, Lauren Tajihan, Danya Tutino, and Jackie Paul have planned some amazing experiences for the children this year!

                In the upper grades, we have a “team” approach to teaching and believe that we can tailor our instruction to better meet specific learning needs if we work together.  I am proud to say our 5th Grade Professional Learning Community was recognized by the district a few years ago for our ability to work as a collaborative team and provide the best opportunity for all students to learn and achieve.  Given this philosophy, your children will also be working with the other fifth grade teachers on some special projects throughout the year.  Given this structure, please stop by and introduce yourselves to the other members of the fifth grade team.  Parent-student-teacher collaboration is very important to us. Our doors are always open.

                In the classroom, on the playground, and in the community, we have high expectations for our students.  We look for their best effort, a positive attitude, and personal responsibility for learning.  We want our students to be enthusiastic, confident, inquisitive, and independent learners.  During the year, your kiddos can expect  driven instruction in written language, science, social studies, mathematics, technology, community development, and reading comprehension strategies.  Students will concentrate on organization (please make sure your child has a binder and a homework planner ASAP), study skills (see our link on the web page), and time management.  They will also focus on oral presentations, research reports, large-scale math projects, and throughout all this work a great emphasis will be placed on developing each student's ability to work in small group settings.  I want to help students be the best team player they can so group projects go smooth and the final products are detailed, point driven(specific to instructions), and they show real learning has occurred. One of the most important components of elementary school is ensuring the kids are having fun and really want to come to school to be with their peers and the faculty of Green.  I look forward to inspiring and exciting your child to move forward in life.

    This is our second year using the ELA program named Benchmark Advance.  It is a reading, grammar, vocabulary, and writing curriculum that is very thorough and involves whole group activities and lots of small group time to really focus our school day. Last year was a year to get used to combining aspects of this new curriculum and lessons and ideas from past years. I look forward to the challenge and I know the kiddos will do great.

     Here is the link to look at the Common Core Standards: http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy and http://www.corestandards.org/Math  I will have each standard posted throughout the year and the students will have their own individual checklist to ensure we handle all of the 5th grade required standards.

     

                Homework consists of reading (20 minutes and evidence of a comprehension strategy), Accelerated Reader, math, and science Monday-Thursday. Over the weekend, I expect each student to have read for at least one hour.    Reports and writing projects have longer deadlines and will be assigned accordingly throughout the year.  A newsletter will be posted on my teacher website every week to detail the items planned for that coming week (tests, math concepts, projects upcoming, etc..).  You should sit down with your child every Monday for a few minutes and look over the weekly newsletter.  I will plan to have it posted every Sunday night.  If you need to contact me, email is the quickest. We check phone messages at the end of each day. Please don’t hesitate to notify us if we can help.

                I look forward to working with your children and having a terrific year! More detailed information will be provided at Back-to-School Night on Thursday, August 15th. Until then, please stop by and say “hello."

                                                        See you soon!

                                                                    Mr. Ewing

     

     
Last Modified on September 7, 2019