In reading, students are/will be:
- wrapping up a long-term project on Sign of the Beaver.
- developing a podcast based on books they are reading independently.
- starting a Benchmark unit focusing on author's point of view
- meeting in small reading groups
- reading both fiction & non-fiction to determine the author's point of view
It is time for our January Novel Writing Month (JanoWrimo) challenge. We've begun our pre-writing lessons this week and will begin writing the novel at the end of January onto the month of February. Students will edit/revise the novel in March. Once novels have been completed students will receive 2 free paperbacks versions that can be put on your bookshelf by Open House. If you'd like to order more books, please email your writing teacher for purchase costs.
Students are working on Module 3 this month. It covers addition and subtraction of fractions. Math videos for Module 3 can be found HERE. Math tips for parents newsletter for Module 3 can be found HERE. Duane videos can be found HERE.
Students are completing a final project based on region, resources, shelter, and customs of early American Indian tribes. Our next unit will teach us about study European explorers, who they were, and what they were in search for.
We are learning about the water cycle this month. Students are solving mysteries about how to conserve water and how the planet’s water is interconnected. Students will compare paths and draw visual models that explain how water moves through the water cycle. Finally, students will develop and design a device for water conservation focusing on a solution to recycle and reuse water.
Each year, Bel Aire School participates in the National Geographic Bee, which is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society. The Geo Bee is a wonderful opportunity to explore the world while testing your smarts, and all interested 4th and 5th graders are encouraged to participate!
Students must REGISTER ONLINE to enter the Geo Bee. You will find the registration form on the Library/Digital Media Webpage. Click on the MORE tab to complete and submit the registration form for your child. The deadline to register for the GeoBee is Friday, January 11, 2019.
All interested students must attend the mandatory information meeting on Friday, January 11 at lunch recess in Room A-3. At this meeting, your child will also have the opportunity to register for the Bee competition.
What's the best way to prepare your child for the Bee? Go to the Bel Aire Library website and click on the MORE link for study resources, lesson plans, and other activities from National Geographic Education. The Study Corner and Sample Questions sections are a good place for your child to begin learning more about topic areas that frequently appear in Bee questions. You can also download the GeoBee Challenge app on your mobile device!
5th graders are in need of your help for our upcoming Walker Creek Outdoor Education field trip. Currently, we don’t have enough parents cleared to go on this amazing learning adventure. The 5th grade team must have more parents as volunteers to be cabin leaders. If we don’t get enough parents as cabin leaders by March 1st, unfortunately, we will not be able go to the camp. All cabin leaders will need to be fingerprinted and that can take up to 2 months for the paperwork to be processed. Keep in mind, if you were fingerprinted in the last year for a different RUSD event, please contact your teacher or the school office. Those cleared fingerprints are acceptable for our Walker Creek trip! GOOD NEWS is that ALL adults go to camp for FREE :) If you are able and willing, please Click Here to learn more about what it means to be a cabin leader.
Camp Dates: Tuesday, April 2nd - Friday, April 5th
- Please email your teacher for Live Scan Paperwork
- Please click for Locations
- Cost: $70
- Could take as long as 2 months to process
Wednesday January 9, 8:30-10:00 am - PTA monthly meeting
Monday January 21 - MLK, Jr. Day, no school
Tuesday January 22nd - 5th grade seminars begin
Wednesday January 23 - Picture makeup day
Monday January 28-Friday February 1, 12:10-12:35 - Geo Bee competition in the MPR