From the Nest

Posted by Jeffrey Marlow on March 13, 2020 (Comments Closed)

March 13, 2020

 

What a surreal week this has been for us this week with thoughts of the upcoming closure of our schools the next three weeks.

 

During this difficult time, we will be working diligently to try to find the best way to deliver meaningful lessons to your child.  PLEASE help monitor your child’s progress to ensure that they are making the best out of an unfortunate situation.

 

On Monday, we will plan and will continue to tweak our delivery as deemed necessary.

 

As an effort to keep our students engaged in some type of learning experiences from home, the district will post daily assignments for your child with the expectation they will be completed.  Most assignments will be posted on Google Classroom and other information may be added to “Haberny Hoots” throughout this time away from the classroom. We will certainly miss working with our children face to face, but realize safety is our biggest concern.  We will certainly check in with email daily during this time as well to address questions or concerns. 

 

Chromebooks, chargers, and instructions have been sent home with students today.  Please have your child keep the Chromebooks in a safe location and carry and in a bag if transporting as there is no case.  

 

Codes for Google Classroom if you haven’t already joined these classes:

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Gym

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Keyboarding

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Math

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Science 

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Recap of recent work at school:

Students completed the book, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.   We enjoyed this museum adventure and the discussion of this book.  Students were given an open book test and vocabulary quiz to wrap it up.  We will see the movie at the end of the quarter. We have been using our Performance Coach workbook to brush up on some reading skills for the upcoming AIR test in April.  Students are also reflecting on their experiences with the DARE program and writing a three paragraph essay.

 

Early civilizations is now “ancient history” as we move to chapter 3 in social studies.  Students will learn about the effects of European exploration and colonization in the Western Hemisphere.

 

Tuesday afternoon seemed like a perfect time to celebrate Olive Garden style.  Mrs. Haberny’s homeroom recently won the “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser by raising the most out of any middle school homeroom.  Students managed to bring in over $392 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students won a pasta lunch from this restaurant. So much food was delivered, students invited Mr. Marlow’s class for a special pasta treat.  A big thank you goes to Mr. Zenir for spearheading this fundraiser and personally delivering the food to us. What a special and unforgettable treat. We also show our appreciation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Olive Garden for making this treat possible.  

 

As we change our “focus” from lense and light on earth, we will look to the skies to study the reasons for the seasons, and cycles and patterns within our solar system. The standards for this unit include:

 

  • Earth’s revolution around the sun takes approximately 365 days. 
  • Earth completes one rotation on its axis in a 24-hour period, producing day and night. This rotation makes the sun, stars and moon appear to change position in the sky.
  • Earth’s axis is tilted at an angle of 23.5°. This tilt, along with Earth’s revolution around the sun, affects the amount of direct sunlight that the Earth receives in a single day and throughout the year. The average daily temperature is related to the amount of direct sunlight received. Changes in average temperature throughout the year are identified as seasons.
  • Standard: The distance from the sun, size, composition and movement of each planet are unique. Planets revolve around the sun in elliptical orbits. Some of the planets have moons and/or debris that orbit them. Comets, asteroids and meteoroids orbit the sun.

 

 

We will be utilizing the textbook to learn the above concepts. Be watching for any change via email and Google Classroom

 

In math, we will wrap up multiplying fractions.  We will be moving onto Measurement.  

 

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Posted by Jeffrey Marlow on February 14, 2020 (Comments Closed)

February 14, 2020

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Enjoy the long weekend. Presidents’ Day is Monday and there is no school.

 

We have been busy in language arts working on many reading and writing activities.  From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, students have been reading about the adventures of Claudia and Jamie at the MET.  In class, we have had some amusing discussions of how these two children are hiding out in the museum in NYC.  Students are also currently working on an opinion essay on whether or not they would make a good President of the United States.  We are using two articles that discuss some of the jobs of the President.  

 

Do you know the six characteristics of early civilizations?  Ask your child to tell you about some of them. We are learning about what makes up a civilization and will be looking at four specific ancient civilizations from the Western Hemisphere.  We listened to the fictional story, Weslandia and identified some of the characteristics of a civilization that Wesley created in his backyard.  

 

In math, we pressed pause because the students needed a little more practice.  After reviewing in class today and completing some extra practice problems, the kiddos should be more prepared for the Lesson 16 and Common Core 4 Today quizzes on Tuesday.  It would be a great idea to review multiplying decimals over the weekend.  We will then move into dividing decimals.  

 

With Presidents’ Day on Monday, we will take our sound assessment on Wednesday.  A study guide was assigned last 2/11. You can find the key here.

  • I can predict movement of sound as it travels outward from its source through different medium
  • I can explain the relationships between the pitch of a sound and the vibration rate of an object;
  • I can identify, predict and explain behavior of sound when encountering a new medium (e.g., absorption, reflection, pass or travel through);
  • I can recognize that light travels (much) faster than sound;
  • I know that object vibrating slowly produce a low pitch and those vibrating quickly produce high pitches.
  • I know humans can only hear a certain range of pitches

 

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Posted by Jeffrey Marlow on January 31, 2020 (Comments Closed)

January 31, 2020

 

We made it to 3rd quarter!  Report cards are posted online and honor roll/merit roll certificates went home with students last week.  Continue to use Progress Book to monitor late/missing assignments throughout the quarter, so that it does not become an issue at the end.  

 

In social studies, students are learning about timelines.  We are extending our knowledge of timelines from the previous grades, and have been learning about simple multiple-tier timelines in our workbooks..  We will also learn terminology dealing with BC and AD events and how they are placed on a timeline. We will be creating a timeline next week to practice our knowledge of the use of BC and AD.  A quiz will be next Thursday.

 

We are currently working on a multi-paragraph essay about Mt. Everest.  Students are writing about the risks and skills associated with climbing Mt. Everest, and how one could still enjoy the experience without as many risks.  We have a group of students wanting to organize a field trip to Mt. Everest to climb the highest mountain in the world. 

 

Would you ever spend the night at a museum?  We just started reading Newbery Medal book, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.  So far, students have enjoyed how the two main characters, Jamie and Claudia ended up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and they are making predictions of what will happen next!  Can’t wait to see what adventures lie ahead!

 

In math we took the Adding and Subtracting Fractions Assessment.   We will be taking a unit assessment which will cover everything we have covered in Unit 2 including adding and subtracting decimals, and adding and subtracting fractions.  It will be a major test.  We will then be moving into multiplying decimals.  I-Ready is an integral part of our math program and I am trying my best to give the students time either during class or during I/E to complete the requirements of 45 minutes and 2 lessons passed each week, however, there times when students need to complete the requirements at home.  I have seen HUGE GROWTH in the students who meet these requirements. Please encourage your child to meet the requirements.

 

I “hear” the kids enjoy studying sound using ”Science Court Sound.” This will be our shortest unit of the year and will last only 2 – 3 weeks.

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Posted by Jeffrey Marlow on January 24, 2020 (Comments Closed)

January 24, 2020

 

We made it to 3rd quarter!  Report cards are posted online and honor roll/merit roll certificates went home with students today.  Continue to use Progress Book to monitor late/missing assignments throughout the quarter, so that it does not become an issue at the end.  

 

In social studies, students are learning about timelines.  We are extending our knowledge of timelines from the previous grades and have been creating simple multiple-tier timelines in our workbooks..  We will also learn terminology dealing with BC and AD events and how they are placed on a timeline.  

 

Students have been spending a lot of time writing at school.  We responded to a MLK Jr prompt dealing with his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.  Students wrote about the events leading up to the March on Washington and how his speech affected those attending the march.  We will be writing a multi-paragraph essay about Mt. Everest.  

 

In math we took the Subtracting Fractions quiz.  Now we are Adding and Subtracting Fractions in word problems.  After that, there will be a unit assessment which will cover everything we have covered in Unit 2 including adding and subtracting decimals, and adding and subtracting fractions.  It will be a major test.

 

We will start studying sound.  We will be using a resource called ”Science Court Sound.” It is an interactive program which is much like watching cartoons on Saturday morning. However the good news is that the kids are learning about concepts of sound. This will be our shortest unit of the year and will last only 2 – 3 weeks.

 

  • I can predict the movement of sound as it travels outward from its source through different medium
  • I can explain the relationships between the pitch of a sound and the vibration rate of an object;
  • I can identify, predict and explain the behavior of sound when encountering a new medium (e.g., absorption, reflection, pass or travel through);
  • I can recognize that light travels (much) faster than sound;
  • I know that object vibrating slowly produce a low pitch and those vibrating quickly produce high pitches.
  • I know humans can only hear a certain range of pitches

From the Nest

Posted by Jeffrey Marlow on December 13, 2019 (Comments Closed)

December 13, 2109

 

Here is information regarding this year’s talent show!

We are gearing up for the Annual 5th Grade Variety Show. This year the theme is Class of 2027’s Got Talent! 

 

The 5th grade variety show is an opportunity for students to show off their Talents!! It could be singing, playing an instrument, doing a skit, demonstrating a sport, a dance routine, etc.  All performances must be 2 minutes or less. We will also need announcers and ushers (student volunteers) as well as parent volunteers to assist the co-chairs.

 

The Performance will be April 8th at 7:00pm with multiple rehearsals prior. 

 

To tryout, please sign up for one of the audition slots. The students will perform their act during this time. Please print and bring the Participation Sheet with you to your Audition. The enclosed Participation Packet is full of information and contains rehearsal times and an FAQ. The Packet is on the PSO Website.

 

Thank you & We look forward to seeing the Class of 2027’s Got Talent!!!

 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805084EACAA2B0-5thgrade

 

Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Kelly Ostroski at kelly.Ostroski@gmail.com or Laura Vasile at lauravas09@gmail.com

 

The momentum has really picked up as we study force, motion and Newton’s Laws of motion.  . The textbook offers a series of Vocabulary Smart Cards. It would be wise if your little owls reviewed those vocabulary cards.  Your child can begin to prepare a proof of review at any time and study a little each night so he/she is not cramming at the end.

 

In math, we are finishing up adding and subtracting decimals and will have a Decimal Test (Estimating/Rounding/Adding/Subtracting) on Tuesday.  There is no better time to practice fractions in the kitchen with your children as you’re preparing Christmas dinner because we’re moving on to adding Fractions.  Since we have been working with adding and subtracting fractions as part of our Common Core 4 Today bellwork and quizzes, the student should be more comfortable with the concept

 

In social studies, students finished a unit on how “Physical Environments Influence Human Activities”.  We learned that when we modify the land, there are intended and unintended consequences. We are presently learning about cultural groups of the Western Hemisphere.  Students are reading about tribes living in what is now Canada and the United States. We can conclude that they relied on their physical environment for shelter, clothing, and food.  

 

We are really enjoying the book HOOT.  Roy is finding out who this mysterious running boy is and how he is connected to the vandalism at the construction site.   Before break, we will finish some additional chapters of the book. We had our first vocabulary quiz over Chapters 1-6. We continue our study of Greek and Latin Root words.  Students are also creating preposition posters of their favorite winter place.  

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Posted by Jeffrey Marlow on December 6, 2019 (Comments Closed)

December 6, 2019

 

Biology?  Telescope? Hydrated? Aquarium? Fraction?  What do these words have in common? These words are all derived from Greek or Latin roots.  We are learning many of these popular roots and practicing how to use them to define newer words to expand our vocabulary.  We are continuing with Hoot, and participating in some deep discussions 

about honesty, the environment, and of course, the dreaded cottonmouth moccasin snakes.  What’s going on at that construction site anyway? Roy has found footprints and three plastic garbage bags there………what is that running boy up to anyway?

 

How do you adapt to this changing Cleveland climate?  We are finishing up Chapter 7 in social studies on “How Physical Environments Influence Human Activities”.  There is a quiz on TUESDAY. Review key terms and be able to use them.

 

In science, now that we are expert in force, friction and gravity, we will turn our focus to Newton’s Laws.  As we study Newton’s Laws, we will continue to explore many hands on activities to keep the students engaged.  Acceleration, inertia, and uniform motion are terms we will begin put into action as we “play.”

 

In math, we will be moving into subtracting decimals.  Overall, the students did very well on comparing and rounding decimals.  

 

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December 6, 2019

We are at the midway point of our second quarter.  Parents, please sign below to indicate that you have checked your child’s grades on ProgressBook.  We are not sending home a paper interim.

 

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Posted by Jeffrey Marlow on December 6, 2019 (Comments Closed)

November 22, 2019

 

We are thankful to be working with a wonderful group of students this year.  Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Last call for donations for the Yuletide Hunger Drive.  Please help support this worthy endeavor. It helps many people during the holiday months.  

 

Our wonderful PSO is also having a fundraiser to help finance special school activities and raffle tickets have been given to your child for purchase.  Consider buying some tickets to possibly win gift cards and $$$.

 

We wrapped up latitude and longitude this week.  Students started a brief chapter on “How Physical Environments Influence Human Activities”.  We will be discussing the ways we adapt, modify, and depend on our environment. Students will also think about the consequences of modifying the environment including intended and unintended results.

 

Do five paragraph essays BUG you?  In language arts, most students have completed essays on the benefits of insects.  Ask your child what they have learned on this engaging topic! When we get back after Thanksgiving, students will be reading a chapter book with assigned chapters at home, and working on skills/concepts involving Greek and Latin Roots and sequencing.  

 

In Math, we are finishing up comparing and rounding decimals.  The quiz will be on Tuesday due to adjusted schedule on Monday.  The we will move on to Adding and Subtracting Decimals.

 

Owl pellets are the talk of the town in 5th grade.  What are they? Where did they come from? What do you do with them?  Our lab on Monday will reveal all the questions answers and more.

Posted by Jeffrey Marlow on November 15, 2019 (Comments Closed)

November 15, 2019

 

Enjoy your weekend.   

Make sure you have earbuds or headphones that have your name on them.  Many students are reporting that they have lost their earbuds. These are used several times throughout the week.  

 

One of the best reviews my students have ever done is something we call, a “Proof of Review.” A Proof of Review is when the students make up a quiz, create a presentation, make a game, a video create video, or make a song using the terminology and concepts taught during a unit.  The students were assigned a proof of review for the Ecosystem Test on Tuesday. The final Proof of Review is due on Monday, November 18th. Here is a review for the test, but the kids can not solely use this as their POR.  The final Ecosystem test is Tuesday, November 19th. THERE WILL NOT be a redo for this test.  The terms “‘Proof of Review”” and “Here” are hyperlinks on the From the Nest article on my webpage.

 

Are you able to locate absolute locations without using a street address?  Students have been focusing on latitude and longitude this week at school. Using a “magic stick”, students are identifying where places are from the equator and the prime meridian.  There will be a quiz on Wednesday focusing on vocabulary of Chapter 5 and using latitude and longitude..

 

The students met Mr. Dull as they learned the patterns associated with multiplying and dividing by powers of 10.  Our objectives are: “I can represent powers of 10 using whole number exponents (10³ = 10 x 10 x 10 = 1000).  I can explain patterns when multiplying a number by powers of 10.  And I can explain the movement of the decimal point when multiplying or dividing by powers of 10.”  We will focus on Comparing and Rounding Decimals next week..

 

In language arts, we are working on five paragraph essays.  Students have several sources to use to locate information on the benefits of insects.  We have spent time discussing ways to write interesting topic and concluding sentences with the use of transition words.  

 

Don’t forget, our Yuletide Hunger Drive goes on until Thanksgiving Break.  Students have also brought home fundraising material that benefit our PSO and activities at the middle school.  Consider supporting both of these worthy drives.

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Posted by Jeffrey Marlow on November 15, 2019 (Comments Closed)

November 8, 2019

 

We made it through another week!  It is definitely feeling more winter than fall today!  Please remember to dress appropriately for outdoor recess.  We have a long wintery season ahead.  

 

In language arts, students are reading from Lewis and Clark and Me.  Each chapter is told from Seaman, the dog traveling on this famous expedition with Lewis and Clark..  Students have been working on sequencing, cause and effect, finding sensory details, and retelling the story.  We also discussed how when the story is told from the perspective of a dog, we get details about the adventure we might not have known.  We have also taken a two story assessment focusing on homographs and cause and effect.

 

Can you find your location using latitude and longitude?  This week in social studies, we learned some terminology about this skill and created “magic sticks” to help us practice finding places on a map.

 

Mr. Marlow will be back on Monday.   🙂

 

The Middle School’s Yuletide Hunger Drive starts next week.  The following items are most needed. Please consider donating to this worthwhile cause.  

 

CEREAL – Boxes •   

CEREAL BARS

JUICE – 46- or 64-oz. cans or 6-packs •           

TEA BAGS – Boxes, Any Size

PANCAKE MIX – Boxes •    SYRUP

TOILET TISSUE • PAPER TOWELS

 

• SOUPS – Cans

•TUNA FISH – Cans

•  MACARONI AND CHEESE – Boxes •   PEANUT BUTTER – Jars

•  PORK AND BEANS – Cans • JAM AND JELLY – Jars

•  DEODORANT •         SHAMPOO

•  SOAP (Bar or Liquid)

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Posted by Jeffrey Marlow on October 18, 2019 (Comments Closed)

October 18, 2019

 

We are finally having a little fall weather!  Enjoy the chill in the air and the sound when the heat kicks on!  Gather up those sweaters, jackets, and boots as we approach November.

 

Our Halloween parties are taking place on Thursday, October 31st at 1:25-2:10.  

Students may wear costumes to school.  Please no weapons, face paint, or gory decor.  

 

. The end of the quarter is October 24th.  Students will not have school next Friday, October 25 th, due to a record’s day.  We will be watching the movie, Wonder, auditorium with the entire 5th grade on the 24th  Should be a fun treat!

 

In social studies, we recently assessed geographic regions of North America.  This week we also discussed cultural and economic regions in the Western Hemisphere.  To wrap up this chapter, we will be focusing our attention on geographic features of South America.   Students are learning about the locations of the Andes Mountains, the Amazon Basin, and other unique features of South America.  We could still use some egg cartons-more mountains to make! Thank you.

 

The students took an assessment this week on dividing using different algorithms. We will take a unit test next week and then we will look at understanding decimal place value. The kids have been working hard and I’m very proud of them.

 

In science, we will take the symbiosis quiz on Monday. We will then spend the remainder of the week working on invasive species AKA non-native species.

 

Language arts students have been learning about famous explorers, Lewis and Clark.  We will be busy next week reading and completing activities using the book, Lewis and Clark and Me.   This is a story told from the perspective of their dog Seaman, a Newfoundland, who traveled with Lewis and Clark across the country looking for the Northwest Passage and the Pacific Ocean. It’s neat reading about how Lewis and Clark made their way through some of the geographical regions that we are talking about in social studies class.  

 

We are in the midst of creating our invasive species “Wanted Poster.”  We will be sharing our slides next week and reviewing for a final ecosystem test which will be October 30th.  Look for study guides and review materials next week.  

 

Red Ribbon Week starts next week for our district.  “Send a Message, Stay Drug Free!” Here are ways to participate:

 

October 23 (WED)  Wear RED “Red-y to Live a Drug Free Life”

                            Lunch Table Contest

 

October 24 (THUR) Emoji Accessories or Yellow  “Send a Message, Stay Drug Free”

 

October 28 (MON) Wear your pajamas  “Drugs End All Dreams”

 

October 29 (TUE) Hawaiian Clothes  “Catch the Wave, be Drug Free!”

 

October 30 (WED)  Homeroom Contest (Dress according to your HR’s theme) “Drugs are Despicable, BEE Drug Free”