What We Are Learning

Check this page weekly for information related to our current focused units of study.

September 25, 2017

We are so excited to be back to school after the storm and have been busy getting back on track with our routines. Before Hurricane Irma, we were beginning our unit on Severe Weather. One of our standards during this unit is to identify emergency plans and procedures for severe weather. Once back in school, we discussed the thousands of men and women who worked tirelessly to help with recovery efforts. We spent all last week writing, coloring and painting thank you notes to first responders and city workers from Hollywood, FPL storm crews from Miami and Palm Beach, cell tower workers, and linemen who traveled from New Jersey to assist. In all, our class wrote 211 thank you notes.

Updates from our September 3 post:

  • We are reading a few pages from WONDER each day. We read about Auggie’s first day in school and Mr. Browne’s September Precept. The students illustrated pictures of ways to “choose kind” which will be added to the WONDER bulletin board in the cafeteria.
  • Thanks to your donations, we shipped two boxes worth of supplies to our adopted Houston classroom.
  • We mailed our first class note and illustrations to our new friend and pen pal, Ely. We can’t wait to hear back from him!

September 3, 2017

“When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.”

We had a great second week of school. As we enjoy this long weekend, we are planning ahead for the upcoming week.

  • We will begin reading WONDER this week. The theme of the book is “Choose Kind” which we have adopted as our classroom theme this year. Last week the students and I discussed ways we can be kind to others and ways we can “pay it forward” with kind acts. Our first Service Learning Project of the year is….
  • Adopting a Houston, TX classroom. We have been matched with a 4th-grade classroom in Houston, TX through the #AdoptaTXClassroom program. The teacher has requested school supplies (composition notebooks, pencils, glue sticks, markers, crayons, scissors) and uniform items (red or blue M-XL polo style shirts and jeans size 8-14). If you are able to donate, please send these items to school with your child this week. We will be sending our care package out on Friday. Additionally, if you are unable to donate items or are out of the area and would like to help, please consider donating an Amazon gift card to me which I may use to purchase additional school supplies.
  • As a “WONDER Certified Kind Classroom” we have also been matched with a pen pal through the Children’s Craniofacial Association. Our pen pal has already sent us his first letter. We will be writing with him throughout the year as we read the book and learn more about ways to Choose Kind.

August 22, 2017

Welcome back to a new school year!

The first day of school was a fun (and very exhausting) one! We are working on learning the procedures and routines of the class and following them independently. Parents, please remember to complete and return the first-day paperwork.

Attention! Our class will have a separate Open House this year. Our class Open House will be held on Thursday, August 31 from 6:00-6:30 pm. We look forward to meeting you all then!

Looking forward to a great year!

-Ms. Valliere, Ms. Nunez, Mr. Fletcher and Mrs. Ramirez (student teacher)

February 7, 2016

We just completed our science unit on the Solar System. The kids learned the names and order of the planets, facts about each, and information unique to the inner planets and the outer planets. We now line up in “planet order” to leave the classroom, and practice orbiting the sun on a daily basis. This is helping some of our students understand staying in their lane, in preparation for our Special Olympics Track & Field competitions.

Our English/Language Arts focus skill for the month of February is Point of View. As we read, we will think of the point of view of the narrator or speaker in Literature, and analyzing multiple accounts of the same event in Informational Text. Remember to visit our Learning Goals and Scales page each month to see the goal we are working toward so you may practice at home!

In the area of math, we will continue our unit on 2D and 3D shapes and figures, including identifying similar attributes and lines of symmetry. In science, our focus will be on Big Idea 8: Properties of Matter and Big Idea 9: Changes in Matter.

Here are some exciting events coming up in February and March:

  • February: Black History Month
  • February 8: Chinese New Years
  • February 9: Mardi Gras
  • February 12: Jump Rope for Heart (during Specials time) & Friendship Celebration in class
  • February 15: No School – President’s Day
  • February 25: Early Release Day
  • March 2: Spread the Word to End the Word
  • March 5: Special Olympics Broward County Summer Games at Cardinal Gibbons HS

December 7, 2015

Every student completed the Hour of Code this morning. Their certificate of completion will be coming home with them. We are very proud of their hard work and focus! They had a great time coding and testing their codes in the game. If you would like to try it at home with your child, visit www.code.org to find more 🙂


December 3, 2015

We kicked off our Holiday Unit this week and have been busy learning all about different holidays celebrated this month. We kicked off the unit by going to see A Christmas Carol performance at Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Monday. The kids all had a great time! This week we have read about Las Posadas and Kwanzaa. Next week we will learn about Hanukkah and Christmas. As we read, we are making text-to-self connections, thinking of how we celebrate the holidays with our families and how we are similar to the characters in the stories.

Our English/Language Arts focus skill of the month is VOCABULARY. As we read, we are thinking about unfamiliar words, and trying to use the context of the story and the pictures to help us figure out the meaning of the words. Ms. Valliere will be creating a new page for the site, showing our Learning Scale for each month. This way we can practice our targeted skills at home too!

Our class celebration will be in the morning on Friday, December 18. We will spend the afternoon (11:30-1:30) at Field Day!

Here’s some exciting events coming up in December!:

  • December 9: Bright Smiles, Bright Future Colgate Van
  • December 10: The K-2 classes will perform at the Holiday Show at 6 PM. We are invited to come watch them.
  • December 15: Holiday TShirt Day- Wear your favorite Holiday shirt!
  • December 17: Field trip to Parkway Middle School to see their Holiday Show
  • December 18: Classroom Holiday Celebration (9:30-11:00) and 5th Grade Field Day (11:30-1:30)

November 22, 2015

We sure have been quite busy lately! We finished our unit on severe weather in October, and have been hard at work learning all about the Human Body this month. We have studied the senses, and internal and external organs. We learned where major organs are located, and why they are important to our bodies. This week is a short week. We are celebrating Thanksgiving, and preparing for our December unit on Holidays. Throughout the month of December we will learn all about different holiday season traditions in different cultures. We will focus on Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas. Before winter break, we will have a celebration in class, including foods traditionally served during these holidays. Parents, you may join us! Just make sure you’re a registered volunteer. Invitations will be coming home soon!

October 9, 2015

This week we began our unit on Hurricanes! Our vocabulary words are: vapor, eye, tornado, gas, storm surge and satellite. We viewed video footage of the floods in South Carolina caused by Hurricane Joaquin. Ms. Valliere has been in contact with a teacher whose school has had severe damage due to the floods. Next week we will be writing letters to the students and sending them a care package of school supplies. Parents, if you would like to send supplies to include in our care package, please send them to school with your child by Wednesday, October 14.

September 9, 2015

This week we began our center rotations for Reading and Math. The children are adjusting well to their independent work stations. We also began our first Science unit of the year, Storms. We will be spending the next 3 weeks learning about the 4 seasons, their weather, and the water cycle.

Don’t Forget!!: Open House is next Wednesday, September 16 at 6:00 PM. Open House will be split into two sessions. I will be available during the second session to discuss any questions you may have about our Special Olympics program.

August 29, 2015

We had a wonderful first week of school! We were busy learning new routines, getting to know our new friends, and learning what 5th grade is all about. Many of the students also completed their beginning of year assessments with me. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who was in bed by 6PM every day!

Thank you to the parents whom have returned all of the papers in the first day packet. There were a LOT! More papers will be coming home next week that are specific to our classroom and activities available for our students.

The kids all had a great week, working hard to earn their Dojo points. If you haven’t already, please log into Class Dojo with the unique access code I sent home in your child’s folder, so you may keep track of their behavior throughout the day. I hope everyone has a restful weekend. See you on Monday!

-Ms. Valliere

Back to School! August 2015

Our first unit of the 2015-2016 school year will focus on severe weather. We will be learning about hurricanes, tornadoes, and other severe weather storms that effect our friends and family around the world.

Parents – Please be sure to fill out the volunteer application online if you’d like to join us on any of our field trips or help out with projects in the classroom this year!

Week of May 11, 2015

This week we begin our new STEM unit – Let’s Be Healthy! We will learn about foods and exercises that will help to keep us healthy. In addition, we will be collecting data about healthy foods and exercises with tally marks and creating bar graphs. Our new vocabulary words are in this weeks homework packet.



Week of April 20, 2015

This is our third week learning about the Life Cycle of Bats. We have been recalling information we learned during our plant life cycle unit, and comparing it to animal life cycles. We have been reading informational texts about bats and have made observations about text features.

 This week we will take our unit comprehension test & vocabulary test.


Our bat observations


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Animal life cycle texts and bat bubble map at our Science center



Reviewing our bat vocabulary words at the Work On Writing center.


Reviewing the life cycle of plants: peas, apples and grass