Thursday, December 8, 2016

Hot Dog Lunch / Ice Skating Party




We will be having a hot dog lunch here at school before we head over to  The Edge Ice Arena on Dec. 22nd.  Please see this link, or click the link in the email for signing up to donate food items.
Remember you are invited to come and skate with us!  Just bring your own skates or $2.50 for skate rental!  We will have the ice from 1pm to 1:50pm.
Remember those hats, gloves, and or mittens!  We are collecting them for Blackwell Institute this year in conjunction with our Quincy mitten/hat drive.  If we could get them in by Dec. 15th that would be fantastic! 
We will be taking our unit test on Systems and Survival next week, as well as an online version of the Unit 1 ReadyGen assessment that covers all of the language arts skills we’ve been learning this year so far.
I can…
Explain relationships and interactions between two or more individuals and events in a scientific text based on specific information in the text.
Determine the meaning of general and domain-specific words.
Explain how the selected body systems work together to perform life activities.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Tree Ship Learning / Celebration




Our classroom will be honoring the spirit of giving on Friday Dec. 22nd with a donation of mittens or hats (brand new only) to His Harvest Stand a local nonprofit organization.  In the past H.H.S. has reported they are in need of these items later in the winter.   We will box them up and give them to H.H.S. in February, as they are typically flooded with goods at Christmas time but running low during the latter part of winter.

During the last week before break we will learn about the Rouse Simmons, better know as the Christmas Tree Ship.  The Rouse Simmons was a famous schooner that brought thousands of Christmas trees each Christmas season to Chicagoans, and gave a portion of its trees away to needy families.  Unfortunately, a strong gale hit Lake Michigan on November 23, 1912, which encased the Rouse Simmons in ice and she sunk near Two Rivers Wisconsin with all hands and cargo.  Today, the U.S. Coast Guard carries on the Rouse Simmons tradition by bringing trees to Chicago’s needy families at Navy Pier.

So, honoring this giving tradition in our own fifth grade way we would like to make a mitten & hat donation to His Harvest Stand in lieu of a gift exchange.  We will be having a little “ceremony/party” on the 18th when we hope to fill a box full of mittens/hats to give to the needy of our area this Christmas seasonWe will be viewing a fantastic History Channel Storm Stories episode on the famous Christmas Tree Ship on Lake Michigan.  If any parents would like to donate a few 2 liters of soda and some Christmas cookies for our party, it would be greatly appreciated.  Please email me bbraymer@zps.org


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sturgeon Arrival, Gold Fish Breathing Rate Lab




This week we looked at adaptation of characteristics.  Specifically, we collected some data of gold fish breathing rates when they are in room temp water and then in much cooler water. 
The kids formed their hypothesis and then collected the data, we complied this data in our conclusions and graphed it.  We still have some gold fish that need a good home!  Shoot me an email if you’d like one!
Next, Friday Oct. 28th will be our pumpkin carving party, and annual costume parade here at Quincy! 
We won first place at Dancing with the Teachers last Saturday!  Thank you to all who came out to support!
I can…
Analyze how visual elements contribute to the meaning, tone, and beauty of a text.
Determine the meaning of and use academic and domain specific words in a text.
Recognize that behavioral characteristics of an organism can be inherited or learned.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sturgeon Learning, DWTT, and Pumpkin Carving




This week kicked off with our widely successful Reading Marathon!  Thank you so much to all who donated!  We definitely doubled our money from last years fundraiser!

This week we spent learning all about our lake sturgeon coming to class very soon.  The kids did a great job, and we are excited to get the fish here!

Dancing with the Teachers is October 15th at DeWitt, we need some amazing crowd participation just like in years past!  It’s always a great time!  We hope to see you there!

Our pumpkin carving party will be Oct. 28th before the costume parade.  See attached note in the email.
I can…
Determine meaning of words and phrases as they used in a text.
Write an opinion piece and create logical ideas to support author’s purpose.
Generate questions about why and how sturgeon became an endangered species in the Great Lakes.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friends Good Will , and Bike Trip




What a day we had yesterday at the Friends Good Will.  The sailing was awesome, but it was a long day.  Thank you for your patience as we were later than planned.  Hopefully, that got us in shape for the bike trip coming up next Thursday!  It should be another great memory for the fifth graders.
Remember we meet at Upper Macatawa Natural Area  1300 84th Ave, Zeeland, MI 49464  at 9am.  Pick up time will be 2:30pm at the same location.
I can…
Determine theme in a story using details from the text.
Use narrative techniques like dialogue, and sensory details to write narratives.
Compare and contrast physical and behavioral characteristics of animals in

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Welcome to Fifth Grade!


Welcome back to school everyone!  We had a great first week here in fifth grade.  The students have been practicing all our procedures, and learning to switch classrooms. 
We are planning a Parent Meeting Thursday Sept. 15th at 5:30pm.  We will be going over important information for our upcoming field trip “Friends Good Will Tall Ship” visit, The Bike Trip, and the Camp Pendalouan Fundraiser.   We will keep it brief, but the information will be helpful for the upcoming year. 
We are looking forward to a great school year with your students!  We are excited to be back in session!
I can…
Celebrate my first week of school and my time with friends new and old!
Compare and contrast two or more characters in a story.
Use narrative writing techniques to compare two or more characters in a story.
Compare and classify plants and animals.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

End of the Year 2015-16






Well that's a wrap. Thank you again for sending your child to Zeeland Public Schools!  I truly enjoyed teaching and spending time with your kids.  We made some great memories!  I hope they will come and visit us soon and often!  Thank you for everything this year.  Have a fantastic summer!