Mrs. Decker

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MICHELLE DECKER – FIFTH GRADE

  • Bachelor of Science in Education from SIUE
  • Has been teaching at Evangelical School for 6 years
  • Likes to spend time with family


 

As we draw to a close for the year, I reflect on the time I have spent with the students. I have many fond memories! I enjoyed the Camp DuBois field trip and getting to know the kids outside of the classroom and watching them grow and be willing to try new things even things that might have been a little scary, and the way they encouraged each other along the way.

As the year progressed I watched them grow academically and enjoy the learning process. I look forward to watching them as they continue on here at Evangelical in the Middle School!

Enjoy your summer and encourage them to read!

April is over after today and we are coming into the last month of school. We are down to 4 weeks or 19 days. In that time, we will have a musical, field day, a field trip to City Museum, end of year party, and talent show. I have enjoyed having the students this year and have learned much from them.

Schedule of Events

Early Dismissal Day – May 2nd

Musical – May 4th

Field Day – May 11th

City Museum – May 15th

End of year party – May 24th

Talent Show – May 25th

In a few short weeks, you will be parents of middle schoolers! Please remember that as they grow that they still need parents (even if they don’t think they do). Keep asking questions and remember that they are still experiencing firsts in life. Enjoy the moments and see the amazing young people you are raising!!! I am seeing it already!

 

 Here are your beautiful “Angels”!!!

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We enjoyed “spirit week” and are looking forward to Easter Break! Don’t forget that Terra Nova is the week we get back from Easter Break! Good healthy breakfasts and lots of rest!!!! The students are also working on the Spring Musical performance.

Well, we are in the final quarter of your child’s final year in grade school! They are nearly middle schoolers!!!! We have a lot that happens over the next couple of months. This month we will be finishing up fractions in math, looking at the planets in science, and experiencing the Civil War. In reading we just finished reading A Wrinkle in Time and hope to meet up with you to see the new movie with the same name!

At the end of this month we will start our Easter break and when we return it will be time for Terra Nova!!! The end of the year happens faster and faster as we move through the next few months! It will be over before we know it!

I am not sure where the month has gone or how I missed it, but boy has this month flown by! The children have been busy working on many different things. In Science, they have been working on their Trashformations.

 

In Social Studies, they have begun their journey to Oregon via the Oregon Trail.

As a class, we started reading A Wrinkle In Time and I hope to be able to meet the you and the students at the theater when the movie comes in March!

Math has brought us to the fraction/decimal chapters.

Yesterday was our Valentine’s Day Party and the students loved every bit of it. Thank you to all who helped to make the day special.

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Grandparents/Grandfriends Day is just around the corner! I always feel like this event triggers the end of the year craziness. I can’t believe we are nearly into the 4th quarter!

It is hard to believe that the school is half over!!!

We are currently studying about the Revolutionary War in Social Studies and will have guest speakers coming to talk to the classes about the Revolutionary War.

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In Science we are learning about the water cycle. The students created their own water cycles using a plastic bag, a plastic cup, ice, and a sunny window! The students observed over a couple of hours to a few days what the water did within the water cycle and my predictions about what would happen. They noticed that the ice melted, the water evaporated, then condensed on the inside of the bag, and finally some of the condensation was returned to the cup.

Next week we will begin reading “Chasing Lincoln’s Killer”. It is the book written based on the 12 day hunt for Lincoln’s killer and gives a lot of facts about the night it all happened. Please be sure to ask your students about who else was supposed to have died that night. They will also learn that John Wilkes Booth did not act alone! Many people were involved and helped him.

In Math, we are looking at how to interpret data and ways to organize that data into easily read tables and graphs!

 

In less than 5 months, you will have a middle school student! Enjoy the time with your student and please encourage them now to take on more responsibilities. Have a blessed day!

 

As we enter this Christmas season, we have been preparing for the Advent season by learning the story of the Candy Cane and how they tell the story of Christ.

In math we have been getting a glimpse into Algebra in math, in science we have learned about environments, food chains, food webs, and the part we play in changing the environment. We have been learning about how the colonies became states and what led to the American Revolutionary War. We have also begun working on Young Authors books.

I can’t believe that half the year is over and when we return in January, we will be on the downward slope of the year! You are very nearly parents of a middle schooler!

I hope you enjoy your Christmas break and some well deserved family time! I hope the children enjoy their well deserved break!!!!

Well, we are very nearly at the middle of the year!

In November, we have been learning about the various colonies and are now learning about the original 13 colonies and the events that happened there. We have been working on division in math and will begin touching on algebraic expressions. In science, we have been observing the life cycle of the Painted Lady Butterfly. We currently have 6 in the Chrysallis (Pupa Stage). We hope to have them in the classroom and feed them oranges for the length of the life cycle of the butterfly. In reading, we have been reading “Fever 1793″ it is about the yellow fever epidemic.

Wednesday will be the Thanksgiving Feast, and the next Tuesday will be our class “pig out” party! I can’t believe that we are almost at the mid year point.

Last week, the Fifth Grade students made their annual trip to DuBois Center! The students always enjoy themselves and this year was no exception! They built Burma bridges (bridges made of rope) and then crossed them with help and encouragement from their classmates. The horse riding was a hit! The students learn to work together to each goals and become closer friends! The chaperones are always appreciated and they had fun too!!!!