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This last year of elementary school will be a year of huge growth for your child. Not only academically, but also emotionally and socially. Since technology has become such an integral part of our everyday lives, it is crucial that the lessons we teach translate over to students’ digital lives as well. Luckily, there are so many resources out there to help guide us.
In Enrichment, we will begin the year by completing lessons from Common Sense Media. These lessons will address password security, cyber bullying, managing our digital footprint, safe searching, and more. Since we have a 1:1 ratio for iPads to students, all students will complete these lessons before using technology independently.
In addition to the in-class lessons, I encourage you (and all parents/guardians/older siblings in your household) to sit down with your child and discuss your family expectations around technology use at home. To help begin these discussions, feel free to look through the Google Safety Center and the Family Online Safety Institute. Both have numerous articles geared toward specific age groups and topics. A few topics that are usually relevant for many students in 5th grade include safer gaming, Youtube videos, and being a “good friend” online.
The Internet, and technology overall, continue to change and enhance the ways in which we live and learn. However, it is not without its challenges and dangers. My main goal for your child’s online safety and security is an open line of communication between you and your child about what they are doing online. This way, when your child is faced with a tough decision or challenge, they will know exactly who they can go to for help and guidance.
So where do we start with this long and rapidly changing journey? The 7 Steps to Good Digital Parenting is a great resource to begin with. Start with step one and take each step at a pace that is comfortable for your family’s needs.
I look forward to being a part of this journey with you and your child!
The Fight for a Continent: Students will begin learning about why European nations and American Indians competed in North America. They will also learn how colonists and American Indians cooperated and what conflicts they had. Lastly, students will learn how American Indians were forced off their lands and what conflicts occurred among American Indians. Our test for Unit 3 will be on December 13th
We started a new science unit, the FOSS Mixtures and Solutions Unit. We will be studying basic concepts in chemistry, finding out how materials interact with each other. We will learn what happens when simple materials, like gravel, salt, and water, are put together. Students will also learn techniques for separating the resulting mixtures and solutions. As our studies continue, we will investigate combinations of materials, like baking soda and calcium chloride (the salt used to melt ice on roads), that react when mixed, producing new products, like chalk, carbon-dioxide gas, and table salt. Lastly, we will learn about the Periodic Table of Elements, how to write chemical equations and how to write the chemical equations when chemicals react. Note: Google Slides for all science investigations will be posted to my website when we complete the investigation and can be used to review the concepts. www.tinyurl.com/missho25