5-506 March Newsletter
Hi, this is our 3rd newsletter. Yay! We are so happy that we get to keep doing newsletters. By “we” we mean Mirella Pyatkovskiy, Kaia Vincent, and Emerson Lee. We are going to be writing our plans in class from March 7 -April 1. We hope you raised a good amount of money from the Jump-Rope-A-Thon!
In writing we’re mostly writing in our writer’s notebook using strategies we learned in the beginning of the year. We’re doing this because soon we’ll be writing another published piece of our choice. It can be a story or something that happened in real life. It can be about anything. We’re writing to get ideas and it feels like forever since the class wrote in our notebooks. Now most of us picked a topic. Now we’re developing our topics by doing writing strategies.
In reading students started book clubs! Some are just 2 people but it’s still a book club. Hope you like your book club group and book. Make sure you read the correct amount of pages a day. You don’t want to fall behind. Also make sure you understand the book. Make sure you’re reading 30 minutes at home everyday and improving your reading skills. Soon we’ll start our next read aloud book. The thing is Kyla never tells us the book until the day we start so nobody knows what the book is.
We are solving math problems using our math tool kits. What is in your math tool kit? We are learning how to multiply decimals with whole numbers. Some things in our tool kits are, know and don’t know T-charts. Another is SLOWING DOWN so you understand the problem more. We are also going over some strategies we have learned in the past to remember them and how to do them.
We are making a timeline from 1625-2018. In the timeline it includes maps from a certain time, jobs, and what was happening during that time.We are learning archeology.We are also read different texts about objects people found. Sara,an archeologist came on march 16 to explain and teach about what she and other archaeologists found under our school.We are continuing building our structures with Tim in center for architecture. We are so excited for the celebration!
Interview with Michele, the music teacher.
Q: What is your favorite topic to teach in music ?
A:I love teaching composition. And I Like working with band and playing different instruments.
Q: Why did you decide to be a music teacher?
A:I’ve always loved music as a kid and adult. I found out working with kids was very fun. So I decided to become a music teacher.
Q: Why did you want to work at Peck Slip school?
A:Well, I knew I wanted to become a music teacher.I did research on the peck slip school and loved it and Maggie. When i heard they needed a music teacher, I quickly stepped up.
Q: If you could teach any other subject what would it be?
A:”oooooh band? Does that count? No it’s part of music so Probably Reading”.
Q: What is your favorite class/grade to teach?
A: “ What do you want me to say?! 5th grade. I love each grade for different reasons.”
Q: What is your favorite instrument and activity to play with your students?
A:My favorite instrument is ukulele with 4th grade and recorder with 3rd grade. I like playing different instruments with students. “Oh and band. Especially the flute.”
3/29 History of Peck Slip Celebration🎉
3/29 March Birthday Celebration🎉🍰🎂
3/30 Passover 🕯️🕍
3/30 SPRING BREAK!!💐🎈🎉
4/1 EASTER! 🐰🐣
4/1 April fools😆😂
Ok, that’s all for this newsletter. We hope to see you soon because we will be making more newsletters. Our next newsletter will be released soon. See ya later!😁
Mirella pyatkovskiy, Emerson Lee and Kaia Vincent
Hello, Shalom, Ni Hao, Bonjour, hello in all languages! Welcome to our 2nd newsletter! We hope you liked our 1st newsletter and we hope you will like this one too! Have a fun Mid Winter Break!
In math we are multiplying whole numbers by fractions. We are also looking at the relationships of people’s status when training for the marathon race. Also seeing why people have the same rate. We are still doing stations with Kyla, Peter and an activity. We are working with our math partners to complete tasks too. Besides that everything else is the same.
This month in reading we will continue reading our read aloud book called “Freak the Mighty” by Rodman Philbrick. Right now Killer Kane is trying to prove to Max he is not a killer. He had taken Max to Iggy and Loretta’s house to live their. So far Max doesn’t trust Killer Kane and Killer Kane doesn’t trust Max. 506 is really excited to find out what will happen next. Continue reading your book club books. Other than that everything else is the same. Keep reading and writing thinkmarks!
In writing we are getting ready for our press conference with the parents during the content study celebration! We each got signed a question based on our colonial job. We are drafting our answers and getting ready to revise. Parents are going to pick a question from a bin and read it aloud then the student with that question is going to stand up and answer there question so students must be ready at any time because you never know when you will have to answer. Also your parent might not get your question. We hope that all the parents and students are really excited for the celebration and other studies we’re doing this year!
In content study we are learning about Benjamin Banneker. Benjamin Banneker was a very smart man whose parents were freed slaves. He sent a letter to Thomas Jefferson stating how blacks are not being treated fairly and how slavery should be banned. We are going to have a celebration like mentioned in the writing part. We are learning about the missing parts in the Declaration of Independence and who’s voice wasn’t mentioned and why.
2/14 Valentines Day ♡
2/16 – 2/26 Mid Winter Break
2/16 Chinese New Year 🐶
2/28 Field Trip to donate to the homeless shelter- we will be making hygiene kits for people in the homeless shelter and bringing it to them. It will be greatly apprenticed if you bring in full sized toothbrushes, toothpaste and soap.
3/1 First day with the Center For Architecture
3/2 All homework from February choice board due- all homework must be uploaded on seesaw to Kyla. Please bring in a original copy on loose leaf of your specials homework instead of uploading it.
Interview with Gabriella
Q: What are you excited about this year in gym?
A: “I am excited about the end of every unit. I get to see how my students grew over the beginning of the unit to the end. I love to see my students progress.”
Q: What are the next units in gym?
A: Next month we’ll get ready for the fitness gram. Then we’ll do health and nutrition. Our next sport unit is probably soccer
Q: What is your favorite part with working with students?
A: My favorite part with working with students is that they trust me and I trust them. Also I they learn from me and I learn from them.
Q: Why did you want to become a gym teacher?
A: For movement, to challenge students, get students to think that they don’t have to be good at the sport.
Q:Why did you want to come to peck slip?
A:” I was not happy with the school that I had before.I checked peck slip school’s website ad I really enjoyed the program. Then I met Maggie and loved the school even more. When I was offered the job I was so excited. I screamed and almost cried of joy!”
Thank you Gabriella!
We hope you enjoyed our second newsletter! Thank you for reading this months newsletter. See you next time, Emerson Lee, Kaia Vincent and Mirella Pyatkovskiy:) ♡ Happy Valentines Day ♡
506 class newsletter: January 2018
Hello! Hola! Nihao! Bonjour!, in all languages, welcome to our first Newsletter! We are so glad you are reading this. The talent show is coming up soon! Do you have a talent? Well anyway we hope you enjoy our Newsletter!
This month in reading we will continue “Freak,the Mighty” by Rodman Philbrick. It is a realistic fiction book about two boys named Max and Freak that start their friendship on the wrong foot. But toward the end they become best friends.We have started book clubs and you will have to finish your book by February 14. The rest is the same so keep reading your books and keep making thinkmarks.
In writing we are working on drafting our diary entrees. Each of us has a colonial job and name that matches the colonial person. We are writing diaries based on their lives. Some important parts are the french and indian war and The Stamp Act. We are including what are reaction to The Stamp Act is. We made goals with our writing groups and reflected on our old goals. Soon we’ll be publishing our pieces. We are also adding if we are FOR or AGAINST the King.
In math we are working on fractions! We are working on finding a common whole so it will be easier to add and subtract fractions. In addition we are using the models double number line,ratio table,and money. Also finding equivalent fractions to solve fractions with different denominators. We just learned how to play a new math game.This is how you play: 1st you pick up a card from the deck. Next you read the card and solve the problem. Finally if you get the question correct then you spin the wheel and see how many spaces you have to move forward or backwards. Then it’s the next person’s turn. Whoever gets to the finish line first wins! We are continuing stations with Peter. The stations are Peter (like we mentioned), Kyla, and two activities.
In content study we are towards the end of our content study unit. As you know we’re doing the diary entries based on a character we created. We are reading texts and figuring out based on the clues if that person was a patriot or a loyalist. In addition we’re adding it to our chart of 1773-1775. We finished organizing our binders. We are preparing for our content study celebration. We are so excited to share our knowledge with our parents! We hope everyone is excited to find out the next content study unit.
Interview with Peter:
Q) What do you want 5th graders to leave with when they leave Peck Slip?
A) Apart from a lot of money? I want them to be confident, curious and excited about what comes next.
Q) When did you decide to be a teacher?
A) I decided to be a teacher when I was seven, but it took a long time to carry out this fiendish plan.
Q) Why did you want to be a teacher?
A) Some of the most interesting people I knew were teachers. My 7th grade teacher had even eaten lamb eyeballs for dinner when he was a child. That was before Veganism had become popular!
Q) Do you have a secret talent?
A) I have no secrets. I can bend my thumbs way back, however.
Q) Tell us a fun fact about yourself
A) One of my children is a teacher. His students call him Mr. Levin. My students call me Peter. My Son thinks this is funny.
Thank you Peter for letting us interview you!
Important Dates and reminders
1/26 Family morning. We will have family morning on 1/26 starting at 8:30 and ending at 10:00. We hope all the parents come. 🙂
1/31 Jazz concert. Jazz at Lincoln Center will be performing for us. Hope you are excited.
2/2 Homework due. The new choice board will be up on SeeSaw on February 5 and will be due on March 2. All homework must be uploaded by February 2. (We hope you did your homework).
2/10 Talent show. Are you participating in the Talent Show? If you are what is your talent?
2/15 Colonial New York Celebration
Thank you for reading our Newsletter! We hope to make more in the future. So remember us Emerson Lee, Kaia Vincent and Mirella Pyatkovskiy.
Interview Questions for Kyla
Written by Jackson Foord
Q: What are we doing next in writing?
A: We are creating a collection of informational texts about life in colonial days. We will be presenting these in our colonial nyc celebration in February.
Q:Is it ever hard being a teacher?
A:Yes, but the reason that I became a teacher is because everyday is different. I know that each day. When I come to work I know it will be different from the day before because kids are different everyday.
Q: How is homework doing?
A: Homework is great, however so many people have been turning in their homework that I can’t write comments fast enough.
This month in writing we are publishing our drafts on our Colonial New York jobs. We have given job descriptions, what it was like to have our jobs and all. We will present them to familys on our colonial New York celebration day.
In math we’re learning how to add fractions and how to order them although most of our math is in stations which is when peter comes in. Along with that we play math games and kyla does a stat but funion there too. Kyla usually teaches us fractions and peter almost always gives us brain teasers to challenge ourselves which to me is pretty hard but at the same time super fun
In social studies we are having a debate on the British taxing of the colonists in the 1760s.Just imagine being a colonist that is being tortured by taxes.If you were a colonist you wouldn’t be able to nothing about the taxes because the parliament was in control of everyone and everything. If you were the British you would not be pleased because the colonists are beginning to rebel…
Math in November
In math we are working on volume and dimensions of boxes which requires knowing what your factors are and multiplication to find out the cubic units inside of the object. In this unit we are also learning different strategies on how to and formulas to calculate the volume of a shape(only ones. For example one of the strategies we use to find the volume of an object is to simply split the object if it’s in a different shape of a box. We are also learning the order of operations which is multiplication and division from left to right then you do addition and subtraction from left to right as well. Another thing that we do is stations with peter which happens once in awhile.
Writing in November
We have just finished our writing drafts!!! We have drafted, published, and all. This month we are moving on to elements of writing to help our Colonial New York essays get better. We will do that by reading a bunch of Non-Fiction books, finding things that they have in common based on the way that it is written, gathering information about Colonial New York, and putting them all together. For example, if we read a non-fiction about sharks, we wouldn’t pay attention to what the book is telling us, we would pay attention to how they are telling us. We have worked so hard on this so far we really hope all of our work pays off.
Reading in November
In the month of November we are working on several subjects.Such as reading, and that is what i’m going to talk about with you. In reading we are learning how Non-fiction writers organize their writing. One thing I found was that they have general idea and they have chapters that have different ideas or things about the general idea. For example my book was about how fishes protect themselves and the chapters were about each fish. That is what our class has been doing in reading for the month of November.
We have finally started our first social studies unit!!! It is all about life in colonial New York. We have been working and we are so excited to show you our published work in a few months. Get ready to hear all about it!!! Right now we are reading Non-Fiction books, finding common literature, and putting it into our own words in reading responses. We are also reading a lot of articles from different sources and then talking about what we understand and are confused about. That is what we are learning about in social studies.
October 2017 5-506 Newsletter
Written and Typed by the 506 Reporters Daryl, Jackson, Julian and Quinn
Links to Learning
Ken Ken is a website that we may sometimes do in class. You have to solve the puzzles accordingly to the problem. The link to that is www.kenken.com
Teachers have established that your child should be doing DreamBox 20 minutes, 3 days a week. Dreambox is a learning site that will your child in class. The link to that is www.dreambox.com
Seesaw is the app that we will be able to turn in our homework on. You will be able to upload on it by simply taking a photo of your finished work in the seesaw app, pressing your name, and then click done. Simple right? It’s an easy and efficient way to hand in homework so if you finish your work before the due date, you can just snap a pic, and send it in. You can also take videos and do voice recordings. Pretty cool right? Other classmates will not be able to see your work. Only your parents and teacher(s) will be able to see your work. In order for your parents to see your work, after you post your work, your teacher(s) must approve it. Just in case it is inappropriate or not your best.Every student in each class will be able to see their teachers photo, like, and comment on it. To log in to seesaw, you must get the seesaw student app, press the I’m a student button, scan your barcode that you will get from Kyla, and VOILA!!! You are into seesaw.
In school we are working on math,reading,writing and social studies,the normal subjects. In math we are working on constant difference and comparing 2 different fractions or 2 problems.Constant difference is an easy way to make your math problems easier,by subtracting the same number to both numbers and the answer will be the same.
In social studies we are learning about different perspectives of what it felt like to be a slave in the 1700s.For example you can be a non-slave owner,a slave owner,a slave,and a free African.Then you write about what your character would,say or do in that situation. We are also learning about indentured and comparing them to slaves.To compare the two we got a list of laws that were made for slaves and a contract for an immigrant indentured servant. We also got a noticing paper to take notes. Colonial times is a mature and fun thing to be studying.
In writing were pulling ideas out of our writing notebook and,soon we are going to publish them.Also were learning different ways to write the same same topic.Another thing we are learning is tactics for revising and editing.Writing is a fun subject,although at the same time it is a challenging thing to do.
Homework is here! So what is your opinion Homework is definitely different than last year. Last year homework had to be done in one week but now you get three weeks to do it also like every year homework gets harder and harder because you’re getting bigger which means you get smarter so you can take bigger challenges. You have to do two reading, writing and math assignments. Also this year we get to use an app called seesaw and instead of writing we can type up our homework which we could not do last year. I think that seesaw is innovative because instead of handing in homework we get to post our homework on seesaw which means we post our homework on iphones and ipads. Remember homework is due November 3rd!
In reading we are doing something called ‘’think marks’’ The reason we are doing think marks is so we can keep track of what’s happening in our book and so we can understand the deeper meaning in sentences and words in our books. Another reason why we do think marks is because in order to understand our books, sometimes we may have to ‘’make a movie’’ of the scene in our mind and so that is what we are also doing with think marks. You should also get at least 30 minutes of reading every night.