• Week # 14

    Posted by Erik Acanfora on 12/7/2018

     

    IMPORTANT DATES:

     

    12/20

    Thursday

    Enterprise Day

    Today is the day everyone!  All students will be “setting up shop” to sell their designed products to their peers and other adults in the building who may come on down to shop. Documents that came home several weeks ago are posted in the important documents section.

    12/18

    Tuesday

    Enterprise Day PREVIEW speeches

    Today students will gather with Mrs. Walsh’s homeroom and take a few minutes to show and explain their designed product that they will be “selling” during our annual enterprise day on Thursday 12/20.

    12/12

    Wednesday

    Starbase Field Trip paperwork

    Parents, please fill out all paperwork needed for this amazing set of learning opportunities with the Starbase teaching professionals.  Last week I sent home two informational packets with required information to be completed for EWSD and the Starbase program itself.

    11/15

    Thursday

    REMINDER THAT ...

    Montreal Field Trip paperwork was due

    Parents, please fill out the permission form with both parent/guardian signatures on it, send in a copy (or send in original & I will copy it) of student’s birth certificate, and fill out the lunch form.  These were handed out during parent/teacher conferences or placed in your student’s mailbox to go home if you did not attend a conference.

     

    Academics:

    Math

    • Students are continuing to learn in our new math unit of study: Fractions.
    • At the start of the week we quickly reviewed the names of fraction parts (numerator, denominator) as well as what fractions really represent (parts of whole).
    • A new layer of learning for students centered around students making connections between money (100 cents) and fractions (whole = 100 % of).  Students worked through multiple practice challenges asking them to write specific given amounts via decimals and fractions to make their connections stronger.
    • Students also continued working on how to partition area models to reflect given fractions.  This week students focused on using clock faces vs just using simple square or rectangle open area models like last week during our introductory lessons.
    • At the end of this week students progressed to understanding how to add and subtract fractions with like denominators.  Students who showed proficiency with this moved into working to understand solving addition and subtraction of equations where the fractions had unlike denominators.

     

    Reading

    • Book clubs are ongoing. Students are engaged and working more smoothly each session. Students are also   
    • Book clubs are currently working towards completion of their piece of literature for prior to the winter holiday break.
    • Main focus areas continue to include reading to understand, practicing reading aloud (Fluency), recognizing character roles in the story, character traits, setting & setting changes.



    Social Studies

    • Students are continuing to learn about different regions, peoples, landforms, and human-environment interactions/impacts.  
    • During our Visits with Mrs. Jablonski in the learning center, over the next few weeks, she will also be integrating her read alouds into our study! So far we have been able to enjoy making connections from our classroom reading & learning to books about habitat loss in South America to how the environment and insects interactions help maintain cocoa production in Costa Rica found in Central America.
    • Students are starting to wrap up their work on their reading comprehension and finding/citing evidence from the text to support their answers on practice assignments. To date students have explored specific texts such as understanding maps and globes, all about South America, and a kid version of an atlas to practice the above mentioned skills  
    • A reminder that students have been sent home with information regarding our annual enterprise day event. If your student has misplaced their informational packet, I have posted them below in the Important Documents Section. Please review the important dates section to the blog posts to help manage your student’s time wisely for this project to be successful. Most students have had their business plans approved so that they can begin work on the overall design, building, revamping, developing final products to “sell” during our enterprise day event.  Please continue to check in with your student regarding their progress.

     

    Important Documents:

    🌟NEW🌟

    Enterprise Day Learning Project Information:

    This document was handed out and reviewed as a whole class.  It outlines the project based learning experience as well as provides a template for students to brainstorm and develop their business plan.  Students will need to complete their business plan, hold a conference with Mr. Acanfora (revise if necessary), earn approval for the business & product making to begin.  Please email Mr. Acanfora if you have any follow up questions.

     

    🌟NEW🌟

    Montreal Field Trip Information & Permission:

    This set of documents was handed out during parent/teacher conferences.  If you are in need of another set please click on the link above to print, fill out, and return with your student by Thursday November 15th, 2018.

     

    Multiplication Pathways game boards:

    The link takes you to a folder where all Multiplication Pathways game boards are housed as mentioned during our parent/teacher conferences.  Everyone was provided with a set of game boards for the multiplication facts 2’s through the 12’s, as well as a 12 sided die to play the game.  Students have been very successful playing this as a partner game in the classroom and are ready to challenge you in the home. Please let me know if you have any trouble viewing the folder

     

    Acanfora Homeroom Open Technology Passwords for Students:

    This document is a VERY important resource for students in Mr. Acanfora’s classroom.  This is a living document that will continually be added to throughout the school year. The learning & practice websites that students can navigate to and log into are listed in no particular order as they are all important and used throughout our academic weeks. Please contact directly should there be any issues with signing in and navigating these sites.

     

    Fall 2018 Word Study Schedule & Choice Board:

    This is the document that each student will use on a weekly basis.  The first page gives a clear schedule of expectations for each day of the week. The second page is the Choice Board grid of activities and points earned for each when completed per expectations modeled and practiced during class time.

     

    2019 International Field Trip Survey:

    This digital survey was sent to all current parent email addresses that are on file for students in the classroom as well as the email address that parents have provided to me for addition to the communication list.  Family members please do not fill out the form more than 1x per student.

     

    Student & Parent summer letter, supply list, and classroom wish list:

    I want to send a big THANK YOU for all who have already sent in anything off of the classroom wish list.  At this point we could use a few more canisters of the Clorox clean wipes if anyone is still thinking of donating.

     

    Copy of Visit Vermont Independent Bookstores (PDF file):

    Use this link to download a copy for your use.

     

    Important Links:

    EWSD web page

    Founders Memorial School web page

    Mr. Acanfora’s web page

     

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  • Week # 13

    Posted by Erik Acanfora on 11/30/2018

    IMPORTANT DATES:

     

    11/15

    Thursday

    REMINDER THAT ...

    Montreal Field Trip paperwork was due

    Parents, please fill out the permission form with both parent/guardian signatures on it, send in a copy (or send in original & I will copy it) of student’s birth certificate, and fill out the lunch form.  These were handed out during parent/teacher conferences or placed in your student’s mailbox to go home if you did not attend a conference.

     

    Academics:

    Math

    • Students have now started new learning within our second unit study: Fractions.
    • As a basic review students learned the names of fraction parts (numerator, denominator) as well as what fractions really represent (parts of whole).
    • Next week students will be working closely with representing fractions via area models and partitioning (breaking up) various forms of area models into equal parts.
    • Towards the end of next week our goal is to move into understanding concept behind adding and subtracting fractions in various forms with like and unlike denominators.

     

    Reading

    • Book clubs are ongoing. Students are engaged and working more smoothly each session.  
    • Students are all currently through between β…“ to ½ of their group’s piece of literature.
    • Main focus areas to date include reading to understand, practicing reading aloud (Fluency), recognizing character roles in the story, character traits, setting & setting changes.
    • Students will be finished with this round of book clubs prior to the winter holiday break.

     

    Social Studies

    • Students are continuing to learn about different regions, peoples, landforms, and human-environment interactions/impacts.  
    • During our Visits with Mrs. Jablonski in the learning center, over the next few weeks, she will also be integrating her read alouds into our study!
    • One of our main focus areas during this unit study will have students continue to work on their reading comprehension and finding/citing evidence from the text to support their answers on practice assignments. This is an essential Literacy Common Core skill that students will practice through the remainder of the school year in both Social Studies and Science blocks.
    • A reminder that students have been sent home with information regarding our annual enterprise day event. If your student has misplaced their informational packet, I have posted them below in the Important Documents Section. Most students have had their business plans approved so that they can begin work on the overall design, building, revamping, developing final products to “sell” during our enterprise day event.  Please continue to check in with your student regarding their progress.

     

    Important Documents:

    🌟NEW🌟

    Enterprise Day Learning Project Information:

    This document was handed out and reviewed as a whole class.  It outlines the project based learning experience as well as provides a template for students to brainstorm and develop their business plan.  Students will need to complete their business plan, hold a conference with Mr. Acanfora (revise if necessary), earn approval for the business & product making to begin.  Please email Mr. Acanfora if you have any follow up questions.

     

    🌟NEW🌟

    Montreal Field Trip Information & Permission:

    This set of documents was handed out during parent/teacher conferences.  If you are in need of another set please click on the link above to print, fill out, and return with your student by Thursday November 15th, 2018.

     

    Multiplication Pathways game boards:

    The link takes you to a folder where all Multiplication Pathways game boards are housed as mentioned during our parent/teacher conferences.  Everyone was provided with a set of game boards for the multiplication facts 2’s through the 12’s, as well as a 12 sided die to play the game.  Students have been very successful playing this as a partner game in the classroom and are ready to challenge you in the home. Please let me know if you have any trouble viewing the folder

     

    Acanfora Homeroom Open Technology Passwords for Students:

    This document is a VERY important resource for students in Mr. Acanfora’s classroom.  This is a living document that will continually be added to throughout the school year. The learning & practice websites that students can navigate to and log into are listed in no particular order as they are all important and used throughout our academic weeks. Please contact directly should there be any issues with signing in and navigating these sites.

     

    Fall 2018 Word Study Schedule & Choice Board:

    This is the document that each student will use on a weekly basis.  The first page gives a clear schedule of expectations for each day of the week. The second page is the Choice Board grid of activities and points earned for each when completed per expectations modeled and practiced during class time.

     

    2019 International Field Trip Survey:

    This digital survey was sent to all current parent email addresses that are on file for students in the classroom as well as the email address that parents have provided to me for addition to the communication list.  Family members please do not fill out the form more than 1x per student.

     

    Student & Parent summer letter, supply list, and classroom wish list:

    I want to send a big THANK YOU for all who have already sent in anything off of the classroom wish list.  At this point we could use a few more canisters of the Clorox clean wipes if anyone is still thinking of donating.

     

    Copy of Visit Vermont Independent Bookstores (PDF file):

    Use this link to download a copy for your use.

    Important Links:

    EWSD web page

    Founders Memorial School web page

    Mr. Acanfora’s web page

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  • Week # 12

    Posted by Erik Acanfora on 11/16/2018

    IMPORTANT DATES:

     

    11/15

    Thursday

    Montreal Field Trip paperwork due

    Parents, please fill out the permission form with both parent/guardian signatures on it, send in a copy (or send in original & I will copy it) of student’s birth certificate, and fill out the lunch form.  These were handed out during parent/teacher conferences or placed in your student’s mailbox to go home if you did not attend a conference.

    11/16

    Friday

    Comfy Cozy Day

    CANCELLED Due to Snow Day. 

    A special day for an excuse to come on into school with your coziest pajamas or clothing.

     

    HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY BREAK WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY ! ! ! 

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  • Week # 11

    Posted by Erik Acanfora on 11/9/2018

    IMPORTANT DATES:

    11/15

    Thursday

    Montreal Field Trip paperwork due

    Parents, please fill out the permission form with both parent/guardian signatures on it, send in a copy (or send in original & I will copy it) of student’s birth certificate, and fill out the lunch form.  These were handed out during parent/teacher conferences or placed in your student’s mailbox to go home if you did not attend a conference.

    11/16

    Friday

    Comfy Cozy Day

    A special day for an excuse to come on into school with your coziest pajamas or clothing.

     

    Academics:

    Math

    • Students have now finished their Math Unit # 1.  We will continue working towards proficiency with our division understanding and computational accuracy leading up to the Thanksgiving break.  Students will also be introduced to a few fraction conceptual understanding mini lessons and practice activities to aid in review and launching into Math Unit # 2 directly after the Thanksgiving break.

     

    Reading

    • Book clubs have continued and are running really well.  We take a great amount of time teaching, modeling, and practicing how to “be” a book club so that everyone is involved. Students have begun using sticky notes to independently make notations about their current book club piece of literature, write reflective or research needed questions, learning new vocabulary, etc.  This is a practice that most adults naturally do in their mind when reading for learning or enjoyment. We are using the sticky notes to aid students in this process with the hope that the practice turns into a natural reading habit for each student when reading for enjoyment or learning in the classroom setting.

     

    Social Studies

    • Students are currently learning about different regions of South America, the people, natural resources, land features, etc.  
    • Students are using various nonfiction books compiled from our learning center to continue working on reading comprehension and finding/citing evidence from the text to support their answers on practice assignments.
    • Students have also been sent home with information regarding our annual enterprise day event.  Please take the time to review this with your student and ask any follow up questions you may have.  Students will have class time to work on this as well through the coming weeks after Thanksgiving break.

     

    Important Documents:

    🌟NEW🌟

    Montreal Field Trip Information & Permission:

    This set of documents was handed out during parent/teacher conferences.  If you are in need of another set please click on the link above to print, fill out, and return with your student by Thursday November 15th, 2018.

     

    🌟NEW🌟

    Multiplication Pathways game boards:

    The link takes you to a folder where all Multiplication Pathways game boards are housed as mentioned during our parent/teacher conferences.  Everyone was provided with a set of game boards for the multiplication facts 2’s through the 12’s, as well as a 12 sided die to play the game.  Students have been very successful playing this as a partner game in the classroom and are ready to challenge you in the home. Please let me know if you have any trouble viewing the folder

     

    Acanfora Homeroom Open Technology Passwords for Students:

    This document is a VERY important resource for students in Mr. Acanfora’s classroom.  This is a living document that will continually be added to throughout the school year. The learning & practice websites that students can navigate to and log into are listed in no particular order as they are all important and used throughout our academic weeks. Please contact directly should there be any issues with signing in and navigating these sites.

     

    Fall 2018 Word Study Schedule & Choice Board:

    This is the document that each student will use on a weekly basis.  The first page gives a clear schedule of expectations for each day of the week. The second page is the Choice Board grid of activities and points earned for each when completed per expectations modeled and practiced during class time.

     

    2019 International Field Trip Survey:

    This digital survey was sent to all current parent email addresses that are on file for students in the classroom as well as the email address that parents have provided to me for addition to the communication list.  Family members please do not fill out the form more than 1x per student.

     

    Student & Parent summer letter, supply list, and classroom wish list:

    I want to send a big THANK YOU for all who have already sent in anything off of the classroom wish list.  At this point we could use a few more canisters of the Clorox clean wipes if anyone is still thinking of donating.

     

    Copy of Visit Vermont Independent Bookstores (PDF file):

    Use this link to download a copy for your use.



    Important Links:

    EWSD web page

    Founders Memorial School web page

    Mr. Acanfora’s web page




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  • Week # 10

    Posted by Erik Acanfora on 11/2/2018

    IMPORTANT DATES:

    11/2

    Friday

    1st All School Read In

    Students are welcome to bring in literature from the home or use their in class reading materials for this first all school read in of the year.

    11/16

    Friday

    Comfy Cozy Day

    Just announced!  A special day for an excuse to come on into school with your coziest pajamas or clothing.

     

    Academics:

     

    Math

    • Students spent time this week understanding basic story based problems.  They had to work through the skill of reading to understand the problem, choosing what operation was needed to solve, solve accurately, and appropriately label their answers.  Ask your student to bring home their work to show you all of their hard work to date.

     

    Reading

    • Book clubs have started and students are excited!  After spending time developing classroom and group expectations when being an active participant in their respective book club. Students will also be utilizing their reader’s notebook to use for mini lessons, group & independent work, & communication back and forth between students and myself.

     

    Word Study

    • Students are now excelling with their weekly word study work.
    • Students have been aware of which choice board activities are required to be typed and which are not.  Please contact me if you have any questions regarding this.
    • Please continue to remember that Wednesday night your student needs to complete their pretest with an adult and handed in on Thursday Mornings.
    • Also please remain in the habit of checking your student’s work throughout the week to ensure they will earn the required 50 points worth of practice work due each Friday.

     

    Social Studies

    • Students reviewed the concept of latitude and longitude. They were introduced to a battleship style of game to reinforce movement on the coordinate plane and relevance to reading maps.
    • Students will move onto exploring with Google maps online to navigate through a location (absolute & relative) based scavenger hunt, as well as create their own for others to navigate.
    • We will then be moving on to understanding human/environment interactions in various locations with the lens of economy as we gear up for our annual team enterprise day learning project.  Stay tuned for this information to come home during the second week of November.

     

    Important Documents:

    🌟NEW🌟

    Montreal Field Trip Information & Permission 

    This set of documents was handed out during parent/teacher conferences.  If you are in need of another set please click on the link above to print, fill out, and return with your student by Thursday November 15th, 2018. 

    🌟NEW🌟

    Multiplication Pathways game boards:

    The link takes you to a folder where all Multiplication Pathways game boards are housed as mentioned during our parent/teacher conferences.  Everyone was provided with a set of game boards for the multiplication facts 2’s through the 12’s, as well as a 12 sided die to play the game.  Students have been very successful playing this as a partner game in the classroom and are ready to challenge you in the home. Please let me know if you have any trouble viewing the folder

     

    Acanfora Homeroom Open Technology Passwords for Students:

    This document is a VERY important resource for students in Mr. Acanfora’s classroom.  This is a living document that will continually be added to throughout the school year. The learning & practice websites that students can navigate to and log into are listed in no particular order as they are all important and used throughout our academic weeks. Please contact directly should there be any issues with signing in and navigating these sites.

     

    Fall 2018 Word Study Schedule & Choice Board:

    This is the document that each student will use on a weekly basis.  The first page gives a clear schedule of expectations for each day of the week. The second page is the Choice Board grid of activities and points earned for each when completed per expectations modeled and practiced during class time.

     

    2019 International Field Trip Survey:

    This digital survey was sent to all current parent email addresses that are on file for students in the classroom as well as the email address that parents have provided to me for addition to the communication list.  Family members please do not fill out the form more than 1x per student.

     

    Student & Parent summer letter, supply list, and classroom wish list:

    I want to send a big THANK YOU for all who have already sent in anything off of the classroom wish list.  At this point we could use a few more canisters of the Clorox clean wipes if anyone is still thinking of donating.

     

    Copy of Visit Vermont Independent Bookstores (PDF file):

    Use this link to download a copy for your use.



    Important Links:

     

    EWSD web page

    Founders Memorial School web page

    Mr. Acanfora’s web page

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  • Week #9

    Posted by Erik Acanfora on 10/26/2018

    IMPORTANT DATES:

     

    10/31

    Wednesday

    Pumpkin Day

    If you have yet to send your student in with their pumpkin and carving kit, please do so prior to this date.

    11/16

    Friday

    Comfy Cozy Day

    Just announced!  A special day for an excuse to come on into school with your coziest pajamas or clothing.

     

    Academics:

    Math

    • Over the past two weeks students have continued our spiraling back to basic multiplication facts.  Students are using these to solve more complex equations with flexible and efficient strategies for accuracy.  Please continue to use the multiplication pathways game handed out during parent/teacher conferences in the home to practice all basic multiplication facts 2-12’s.
    • Students have also moved on from just practicing finding volume of rectangular prisms via the use of cubic units to using this gained knowledge to solve more complex, multiple step story based problems for volume and surface area.  
    • The third skill students have been introduced to and practiced is reading to understand a provided data set to be able to graph points on a coordinate plane. Students then progressed to collecting data via our October number corner calendar activities and create their own double line graph on a coordinate plane. Next week students will further extend this practice when we collect a large set of data to graph during our pumpkin day activities on Wednesday 10/31.

    Reading

    • Students have exited out of their nonfiction text features mini unit study.  This was also the first round of independent practice using their new 5th grade Google Classrooms.  These can be logged into at home anytime should you want to check how your student is doing with these exercises.  Students really showed that they came away with a solid understanding of how nonfiction text features help readers determine what is important to the text they are reading and to themselves. Their writing practice during this study was focused on clear thought development and the ability to convey their thinking and reasoning via detailed writing.
    • Book clubs have started to meet with the initial goal of working towards common ideas, agreements, overall group expectations when working together.  Student groups have tackled this in a very thoughtful manner and are excited to dive into reading their books together next week! Ask your student what piece of literature they have been assigned to start this process that will continue through the remainder of the school year.

    Word Study

    • Students are back in action with their word study work.
    • Please remember that Wednesday night your student needs to complete their pretest with an adult and handed in on Thursday Mornings.

     

    Important Documents:

    🌟NEW🌟

    Montreal Field Trip Information & Permission 

    This set of documents was handed out during parent/teacher conferences.  If you are in need of another set please click on the link above to print, fill out, and return with your student by Thursday November 15th, 2018. 

    🌟NEW🌟

    Multiplication Pathways game boards:

    The link takes you to a folder where all Multiplication Pathways game boards are housed as mentioned during our parent/teacher conferences.  Everyone was provided with a set of game boards for the multiplication facts 2’s through the 12’s, as well as a 12 sided die to play the game.  Students have been very successful playing this as a partner game in the classroom and are ready to challenge you in the home. Please let me know if you have any trouble viewing the folder

    Acanfora Homeroom Open Technology Passwords for Students:

    This document is a VERY important resource for students in Mr. Acanfora’s classroom.  This is a living document that will continually be added to throughout the school year. The learning & practice websites that students can navigate to and log into are listed in no particular order as they are all important and used throughout our academic weeks. Please contact directly should there be any issues with signing in and navigating these sites.

    Fall 2018 Word Study Schedule & Choice Board:

    This is the document that each student will use on a weekly basis.  The first page gives a clear schedule of expectations for each day of the week. The second page is the Choice Board grid of activities and points earned for each when completed per expectations modeled and practiced during class time.

    2019 International Field Trip Survey:

    This digital survey was sent to all current parent email addresses that are on file for students in the classroom as well as the email address that parents have provided to me for addition to the communication list.  Family members please do not fill out the form more than 1x per student.

    Student & Parent summer letter, supply list, and classroom wish list:

    I want to send a big THANK YOU for all who have already sent in anything off of the classroom wish list.  At this point we could use a few more canisters of the Clorox clean wipes if anyone is still thinking of donating.

    Copy of Visit Vermont Independent Bookstores (PDF file):

    Use this link to download a copy for your use.

    Important Links:

    EWSD web page

    Founders Memorial School web page

    Mr. Acanfora’s web page

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  • Week #7

    Posted by Erik Acanfora on 10/12/2018

    IMPORTANT DATES:

     

    10/18

    Thursday

    Parent Teacher Conference Day

    REMINDER - Schedule for this day is completely full.  Please mail Mr. Acanfora should you still need to schedule.

    10/19

    Friday

    No School

    No school today

    10/23

    Tuesday

    Picture Retake Day

    Students will have the opportunity to have picture retakes at parent request.  

     

    Academics:

     

    Math

    We are up and rolling with our October Number Corner activities.  Ask your student about our carrot weighing activity (they are starting to look gross!).  Also ask about our weekly calendar activity that has students think critically about surface area, faces, and building irregular shapes from the classroom omnifix cubes.  

    Throughout the week students spent time focusing on math fact practice and accurately calculating multi operation equations via following the rules for Order of Operations (P-Parenthesis, E-Exponent, M-Multiplication & D-Division, A-Addition & S-Subtraction)for our review theme.  In computation practice, students focused on learning and practicing the flexible and efficient strategy for multiplication called Doubling & Halving.

    To round out our new learning for the week students focused on 2-dimensional vs 3-dimensional and how surface area is different than volume.  We will continue our surface area and volume student next week as well as introducing another flexible and efficient multiplication strategy.

     

    Reading

    Students continued practicing their understanding and application of nonfiction text features.  They used their reading Google Classroom to work on an independent assignment that tasked each student to read from a plethora of nonfiction books Mrs Jablonski put together for the class, identify various nonfiction text features from their binder resource, and ultimately tell through their detailed writing how the feature in a particular book helped them understand what they were reading.  This also practiced their writing in clear detail for communication understandings and thoughts to readers.

    Students were also introduced to their new book club books.  I choose relatively easier pieces of chapter literature to start the year as students need a lot of practice in how to come prepared, share their thoughts, agree/disagree with peers in the group and to simply know how to function in a higher level learning situation such as this.  Students will be talking as a group to set up expectations with each other during our short week 10/15-10/17.



    Word Study

    There is no word study during our short week next week (10/15-10/17).

     

    Social Studies

    Students have been introduced to the first of the 5 themes of geography - Location.  Students learned about Absolute & Relative location and completed a few different activities with google maps online as well as with a few different print resources from our Learning Center.  Since next week is short, students will be spending time reviewing the theme of Location and extending their understanding with latitude & longitude with a few partner games.

    During our next full week of school (10/22-26) students will be focusing on the next two themes of geography called Place and Region.

     

    Important Documents:

    🌟NEW🌟

    Montreal Field Trip Information & Permission 

    This set of documents was handed out during parent/teacher conferences.  If you are in need of another set please click on the link above to print, fill out, and return with your student by Thursday November 15th, 2018. 

    🌟NEW🌟

    Multiplication Pathways Games

    By clicking the above link you will be directed to a zip file folder that holds the Multiplication Pathways gameboards for all basic multiplication facts from 2 - 12's which are required for 5th grade mastery.  Students have played this game already in the classroom for practice and are ready to challenge parents, siblings, or other family members in the home setting!  

    During our parent/teacher conferences I will also be providing everyone with a paper copy set, one of each of the game boards that are printed front and back.  I will also be providing parents with a 12 sided die to keep in the home in order to play the game.  

    Please click on the link above.  You will be directed to complete the unzipping and download of the files.  Each multiplication fact set has their own gameboard/file inside of the zipped folder.  These are safe files to open and download as they were all created by Mrs. Walsh and myself in our school google documents. My suggestion would be to download them to your desktop so it is easy to navigate to should you run out of the paper copies I provided to you at parent/teacher conferences. Please contact me via email should you experience any issues with opening and downloading the files.

     

    🌟NEW🌟

    Acanfora Homeroom Open Technology Passwords for Students:

    This document is a VERY important resource for students in Mr. Acanfora’s classroom.  This is a living document that will continually be added to throughout the school year. The learning & practice websites that students can navigate to and log into are listed in no particular order as they are all important and used throughout our academic weeks. Please contact directly should there be any issues with signing in and navigating these sites.

     

    Fall 2018 Word Study Schedule & Choice Board:

    This is the document that each student will use on a weekly basis.  The first page gives a clear schedule of expectations for each day of the week. The second page is the Choice Board grid of activities and points earned for each when completed per expectations modeled and practiced during class time.

     

    2019 International Field Trip Survey:

    This digital survey was sent to all current parent email addresses that are on file for students in the classroom as well as the email address that parents have provided to me for addition to the communication list.  Family members please do not fill out the form more than 1x per student.

     

    Student & Parent summer letter, supply list, and classroom wish list:

    I want to send a big THANK YOU for all who have already sent in anything off of the classroom wish list.  At this point we could use a few more canisters of the Clorox clean wipes if anyone is still thinking of donating.

     

    Copy of Visit Vermont Independent Bookstores (PDF file):

    Use this link to download a copy for your use.



    Important Links:

     

    EWSD web page

    Founders Memorial School web page

    Mr. Acanfora’s web page





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  • Week # 6

    Posted by Erik Acanfora on 10/6/2018

    IMPORTANT DATES:

     

    10/18

    Thursday

    Parent Teacher Conference Day

    Parent Teacher Conference schedule will be sent via mail for parents to sign up in the most convenient time slot of the day to attend.

     

    10/19

    Friday

    No School

     

    No school today

     

    10/23

    Tuesday

    Picture Retake Day

    Students will have the opportunity to have picture retakes at parent request.  

     

    Academics:

     

    Math

    Students have been practicing their 4-7 multiplication facts over the past week via our Multiplication Pathways game.  Students were practicing finding different solutions to rectangular prism volume tasks. They also extended their understanding of surface area.  Next week students will be focusing on a couple of efficient multiplication strategies to solve more complex equations centered on surface area and volume.

     

    Reading

    This week students had two great learning experiences in the Learning Center.  Mrs. Jablonski continued to show students how extensive the online book finding “Overdrive” and how to put books on hold so they can get them delivered when they come back into the Learning Center’s circulation.  Next week during our 5th Orientation of the year students will be reviewing audiobooks, play-a-ways, and books on MP3 players. During our second session Mrs. Jablonski helped all students be successful with a literature genre activity.  She compiled several boxes of books across all genres for students to explore with. Students were able to read, skim, etc. any books of their choice. They were provided with a bullet point list of characteristics for each of the genres they were looking for.  Once students determined what genre the book was, they wrote down the title, the genre, and reasons/proof why they were correct in corresponding columns.

    We will be continuing our mini nonfiction text features unit study through the end of next week. Students will also be starting to use their readers notebook next week now that we have spent time to start the year working on routines and expectations during our reader’s workshop.

     

    Word Study

    We have now completed our second week of Word Study!  A celebration is that the majority of students handed in their pretest on Thursday morning.  I will be in touch with parents whose students may not have handed in the pretest or any portion of their weekly choice board practice activity items this Friday.  A reminder that students are handed back the Word Study work and weekly assessment at the beginning of the following week. In most cases it will be Monday, no later than Tuesday.  Please be looking for this work to come home. Take a moment to view your student’s overall handed in work for the week and the comments/suggestions I have made where applicable.

     

    Social Studies

    Students are slowly being introduced to the 5 Themes of Geography via review and some great new learning.  

    The 5 Themes of Geography include:

    1. Location
    2. Place
    3. Region
    4. Movement
    5. Human/Environment Interaction

    Starting next week with the first theme of Location, students will be studying to understand their position on Earth’s surface. Students will learn about Absolute and Relative location being two ways of describing the positions and distribution of people and places on earth’s surface.  This is truly a fun and exciting start to this unit study. Be sure to stay up to date with your student’s learning during this first social studies unit study.

     

    Important Documents:

    🌟NEW🌟

    Acanfora Homeroom Open Technology Passwords for Students:

    This document is a VERY important resource for students in Mr. Acanfora’s classroom.  This is a living document that will continually be added to throughout the school year. The learning & practice websites that students can navigate to and log into are listed in no particular order as they are all important and used throughout our academic weeks. Please contact directly should there be any issues with signing in and navigating these sites.

     

    Fall 2018 Word Study Schedule & Choice Board:

    This is the document that each student will use on a weekly basis.  The first page gives a clear schedule of expectations for each day of the week. The second page is the Choice Board grid of activities and points earned for each when completed per expectations modeled and practiced during class time.

     

    2019 International Field Trip Survey:

    This digital survey was sent to all current parent email addresses that are on file for students in the classroom as well as the email address that parents have provided to me for addition to the communication list.  Family members please do not fill out the form more than 1x per student.

     

    Student & Parent summer letter, supply list, and classroom wish list:

    I want to send a big THANK YOU for all who have already sent in anything off of the classroom wish list.  At this point we could use a few more canisters of the Clorox clean wipes if anyone is still thinking of donating.

     

    Copy of Visit Vermont Independent Bookstores (PDF file):

    Use this link to download a copy for your use.



    Important Links:

     

    EWSD web page

    Founders Memorial School web page

    Mr. Acanfora’s web page

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  • Week # 5

    Posted by Erik Acanfora on 9/28/2018

    IMPORTANT DATES:

     

    10/18

    Thursday

    Parent Teacher Conference Day

    Parent Teacher Conference schedule will be sent via mail for parents to sign up in the most convenient time slot of the day to attend.

    10/19

    Friday

    No School

    No school today

    10/23

    Tuesday

    Picture Retake Day

    Students will have the opportunity to have picture retakes at parent request.  

     

    Academics:

    Math

    Students continued to review factors, multiples, and common benchmark fractions through our number corner daily practice to close out the month of September.  Students continue to build their conceptual understanding of three dimensional attributes for rectangular prisms. We introduced surface area, faces, edges vocabulary to add to the already introduced concepts of area, base, volume.

    Students spent the end of this week learning different divisibility rules, being guided through a few challenge tasks with the concept, and finally working through some independent practice to further solidify understanding or work with me independently or in a small group for review.

     

    Reading

    This Monday students will be moving into their 4th Learning Center orientation with Mrs. Jablonski.  Ms. Jablonski has put together a wonderful collection of nonfiction books for the classroom to use during our mini nonfiction text features unit study. Tuesday the class will also be visiting the Learning Center to participate in a book genre learning and activity session to refresh student’s understanding of and ability to identify different genres of literature.

     

    Word Study

    We have completed the first week of Word Study!  Students understood by the end of this week how important it is to follow the Classwork & Homework schedule each week to ensure they will have the total required 50 points earned from completing activities from their choice board. I would like parents/guardians to also be involved with this process to help their student attain this weekly goal.  Also in the schedule students are to take a practice pretest on Wednesday with an adult. This should be signed and students to write each incorrectly spelled word 5x’s each on the back. Please see Classwork & Homework schedule document (Wednesday homework section) for these requirements.

    Students get their paper copy of words each Monday.  The lists are also posted to the website Spelling City by each Monday. Students have seen me model how to get to the site and find their specific group’s word list.  Students have also practiced how to get to their group’s word list and should be able to show you in the home or navigate to them should they forget their paper word list (should come home with binders) here at school.

     

    Social Studies

    Students have a wonderful opportunity next week to participate in a “Mystery Hangout.” In 5th grade our teaching and learning focus is specifically within the Western Hemisphere.  I worked with Ms. Williams (our Technology coach/teacher) to coordinate a specific time and date for the hangout to happen. Please take a moment to read a quick but thoughtful article about different types of mystery hangouts HERE.

    The classroom that we will be “visiting” via video chat will be in the Western Hemisphere, and more specifically in South America!  How Exciting!

    Students will be using some of their “macro & micro” thinking & writing skills to come up with a set of geography based questions to ask the classroom in order to determine where exactly in the Western Hemisphere they are located.  The Mystery Hangout classroom will do the same with our students to determine where in the Western Hemisphere we are located! This is a wonderful activity to get student’s wheels spinning as we launch into our first Social Studies unit study based on the 5 themes of geography, with the focus on the Western Hemisphere.

     

    Important Documents:

     

    Fall 2018 Word Study Schedule & Choice Board:

    This is the document that each student will use on a weekly basis.  The first page gives a clear schedule of expectations for each day of the week. The second page is the Choice Board grid of activities and points earned for each when completed per expectations modeled and practiced during class time.

    2019 International Field Trip Survey:

    This digital survey was sent to all current parent email addresses that are on file for students in the classroom as well as the email address that parents have provided to me for addition to the communication list.  Family members please do not fill out the form more than 1x per student.

    Mt. Philo Field Trip information, chaperone interest, and permission form:

    This will be our first class field trip of the year and will be going with Mrs. Walsh’s class.  We are looking for chaperones so please read that section of the form and consider coming along to help out.

    Student & Parent summer letter, supply list, and classroom wish list:

    I want to send a big THANK YOU for all who have already sent in anything off of the classroom wish list.  At this point we could use a few more canisters of the Clorox clean wipes if anyone is still thinking of donating.

    Copy of Visit Vermont Independent Bookstores (PDF file):

    Use this link to download a copy for your use.

     

    Important Links:

    EWSD web page

    Founders Memorial School web page

    Mr. Acanfora’s web page

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  • Week #4

    Posted by Erik Acanfora on 9/21/2018

    IMPORTANT DATES:

     

    9/27

    Thursday

    FMS Open House

    Check with classroom teacher for open house time.

    9/28

    Friday

    FMS PTO Fun Run Event

    Please make sure that any of your student’s run pledges are transported in the folder sent home. Send your student in with comfortable running shoes and clothing for this event.

    10/18

    Thursday

    Parent Teacher Conference Day

    Parent Teacher Conference schedule will be sent via mail for parents to sign up in the most convenient time slot of the day to attend.

    10/19

    Friday

    No School

    No school today

    10/23

    Tuesday

    Picture Retake Day

    Students will have the opportunity to have picture retakes at parent request.  

     

    ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE FMS MAIN OFFICE:

     

    “Please contact the front office if there are changes to after school plans by 2:00 PM. We need to know all after school plans to ensure the safety of 420 students. Please review your child’s after school plans with them each morning.”

    Academics:

    Math

    Students have reviewed factors, multiples, and common benchmark fractions through our number corner daily practice.  Students are building their foundational understanding for a transition to working closely with finding the area of the base to a rectangular prism and ultimately extending that knowledge to working with the base area to find the overall volume to a given rectangular prism.  Students will also be gearing up to review and practice divisibility rules to make their work with finding factor pairs more efficient as we move on to working with larger numbers.

     

    Reading

    This Monday students will be moving into their 3rd Learning Center orientation with Mrs. Jablonski.  Guided reading groups to start next week with the genre of nonfiction. This will be a fun mini unit of study to review with students what the genre is all about!  Students will also be reviewing different strategies of how to go about choosing a just right book for their independent reading in both nonfiction and fiction genres.  

     

    Word Study

    Students have finished up their final preliminary word study assessments.  Reminder that the first week of word study will start on Monday September 24th.  Students will find out which groupings they will start in on that morning. Thank you to all the parents who replied about being a possible parent volunteer helper with a word study/vocabulary study group when needed.  I will continue to touching base with interested folks as the need to lead a Monday group arises. Please check in with your student’s word study work each afternoon to ensure their required weekly choice board assignments are completed on time to hand in each Friday morning.  I have posted a 2 page document below in the Important Documents section below that includes students weekly word study learning and practice schedule as well as the fall choice board activity items.

     

    Science

    Students are continuing to learn about the design process in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields.  They continue to learn how to independently think, work in a collaborative group setting, and design or work through various challenges. All students participated in a table team challenge Thursday 9/20.  This challenge centered on building a bridge structure out of toothpicks and gumdrop candy. Teams were provided with 50 gumdrops and 100 toothpicks. Their bridge structure needed to span a 6” wide ravine and support increasing weight added to the structure.  There were several amazing designs! I am still working with the districts technology team to resolve continuing issues with images appearing in the blog not in an upright position. Please stay tuned for pictures of this.

     

    Important Documents:

     

    Fall 2018 Word Study Schedule & Choice Board:

    This is the document that each student will use on a weekly basis.  The first page gives a clear schedule of expectations for each day of the week. The second page is the Choice Board grid of activities and points earned for each when completed per expectations modeled and practiced during class time.

     

    2019 International Field Trip Survey:

    This digital survey was sent to all current parent email addresses that are on file for students in the classroom as well as the email address that parents have provided to me for addition to the communication list.  Family members please do not fill out the form more than 1x per student.



    Mt. Philo Field Trip information, chaperone interest, and permission form:

    This will be our first class field trip of the year and will be going with Mrs. Walsh’s class.  We are looking for chaperones so please read that section of the form and consider coming along to help out.

     

    Student & Parent summer letter, supply list, and classroom wish list:

    I want to send a big THANK YOU for all who have already sent in anything off of the classroom wish list.  At this point we could use a few more canisters of the Clorox clean wipes if anyone is still thinking of donating.

     

    Copy of Visit Vermont Independent Bookstores (PDF file):

    Use this link to download a copy for your use.



    Important Links:

     

    EWSD web page

    Founders Memorial School web page

    Mr. Acanfora’s web page

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