Category Archives: Grade 5 2016-2017

Dear 4th and 5th Grade Families – Spring Concert on Wednesday, May 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium

DSC_0585Happy Spring!


We are pleased to announce the 4th and 5th grade orchestra and choir Spring Concert on Wednesday, May 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium.  Please be aware that the school-wide assembly for students in grades K-3 will also take place on this date at 1:45pm.

The students have worked very hard throughout the year and they are eager to share what they have learned with you.  I am proud of the students’ hard work and appreciate your parental support in their music-making journey during this school year.

For the evening performance, students are to report to the music classroom (M35)  by 5:30 p.m. for tuning and to set up the stage.

The dress code for the evening performance is as follows:

  • Boys: Black pants, white collared dress shirts (black ties/bowties are encouraged), and dark dress shoes
  • Girls: Black skirts/dresses and white blouses or dress shirts, and dark dress shoes

We encourage all students to participate in our annual concert, so please mark this date in your calendar!  If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at

As always, thank you for the support of the Music Program.


Ms. Kim

Middle School Update!

Hello everyone. I know that everyone is very eager to find out about Middle School. I wanted to let you know that all fifth grade families will be notified sometime in late April, after the Spring break. There is no specific date at this time.

Thank you,
Joshua Goldstein
School Counselor
Lower Lab

Grade 5 March Happenings


Our Reading Like A Fan-Author Study Unit has just drawn to a close. We tapped into some of the power of knowing, loving and studying an author’s work. Throughout the month, we eagerly anticipated reading many works by ‘our author’, and were enriched by the craft and life lessons these author’s books provided.


We thought about and noticed:

  •    The topics and theses that the author tends to address
  •    The similar and different ways that an author approached the same theme throughout his or her writing


We really are fans & are thinking about our own writing in brand new ways!



We recently completed our literary essay unit. Students published three writing pieces. They deepened their literary skills by writing from a digital source, a short text and developing a persuasive speech, petition et al.

Social Studies:

We recently completed our study on European Exploration. Students completed an organized outline that displayed their understanding of an explorer.


Test Preparation: Beginning this week, we will begin test preparation. This “test prep” work creates a bridge between our authentic work, and the specific language and structure of the upcoming NYS ELA exam.



In order to deeply understand the test passages, students will benefit from reading each passage two times. The first read is to get “the gist” and the second is to return and have a “closer read.” Students will be “road mapping” and annotating the text.

Ask your child to share their special bookmark with you, and explain how it helps them  remember the road-mapping skills for annotating a text.

Throughout the month… We will look carefully at:

  •      Connecting thoughts to build interpretations
  •      Character’s traits/feelings/motivations
  •      Character’s  perspectives/relationship questions
  •      Setting questions
  •      Central message/theme /main idea
  •      Vocabulary questions
  •      Part to part/ part to whole questions
  •      Nonfiction ~ including narrative & expository
  •      Poetry, Folktales and other genres


One of the fun things we will engage in each week is a “reading marathon.” During this time we will channel students to read a variety of texts for long stretches of time. (Approximately 90 minutes!)

Throughout the month ahead, students will work on strategies to successfully answer multiple choice, short response, and extended response questions. Once a week we will devote to center activities that will deepen this important work.

Social Studies

Moving West…

We’re jumping into a horse covered wagon headed west!


Westward Expansion

We recently began looking at the African American’s experience during Westward Expansion. In March we will study the women’s experience during the time of Westward Expansion. (As time allows) Following the ELA state exam, we will embark on a month long study of Westward Expansion. This research work will be woven into our reading and writing units of study.




We are fraction experts now!  Students should be comfortable adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions and the week before break we completed a mini unit on calculating a fraction to a percent and finding a percent of a number (tip: first, use your knowledge of place value to find 10%, then use that to find 1%, 5%, 22% etc.).  


During the month of March we will focus on volume and measurement.  Students will use their knowledge of area and perimeter to think about volume of cubes, rectangular prisms and irregular prisms (for example, ‘L’ shaped figures).  We are collecting boxes (shoe box size or smaller) to conduct some hands on volume experience so if you have some boxes, send them to Room 218!  During our measurement work, students will practice and memorize conversions within the customary and metric system and use them to problem solve in a variety of ways.




Our work in Landforms continues with topographical map making and reading.  Our recent science lab introduced the vocab words elevation, sea level, contour line, contour interval, base and summit through studying Mount Shasta in California.  If you have any topographical maps at home to share with your child or our class, please do!


Science Fair has begun!  Ideas are due Thursday, March 2nd through Google Classroom.  I have asked the students to share their documents with you so when I leave comments and questions, they should be visible to you as well.  


Thank you for all your  continued support, please email with comments or questions!

We look forward to meeting with you next week during parent teacher conferences.

Middle School Info


“Hello. Just wanted to send out a reminder that the New Middle Schools Application is due tomorrowMarch 1. These applications were sent home with your child the week before February break. As stated in the letter that your child sent home, you only need to fill out the application and send it back if you are interested in one of the new schools on the application.” 
Thank you,

NEST+M Interviews

You should have received an email from Josh if your child has been invited by NEST+M  to take the admissions entrance exam. Unfortunately, the school does not test every student that applies to the school.  You can contact Melissa Hernandez, the parent coordinator at NEST+M,  if you have further questions regarding the process at<> or 212-677-5190 ext. 2505.<>

Dear Prospective NYC Lab MS Families

Dear Prospective NYC Lab MS Families,

NYC Lab MS for Collaborative Studies will be holding admissions testing the Week of January 23rd.  All families must sign-up using the EventBrite system (link included below and on our website).

Testing dates:

Tuesday, January 24th    8:15 – 11:15 am
Thursday, January 26th   8:15 – 11:15 am
Friday, January 27th       8:15 – 11:15 am
Continue reading Dear Prospective NYC Lab MS Families

5th Grade Middle School Alumni Night

Screen Shot 2016-11-07 at 11.44.19 AM.pngDear Lower Lab 5th Grade Families,

Save the Date! Our Annual Middle School Alumni Nite will be on November 21st

6:00 PM @ PS77 Cafeteria

  • Are you still unsure of what Middle Schools you would like to rank on your child’s application?
  • Do you still have some burning questions left unanswered?

Come listen to our alumni’s point of view! Alumni from the following schools have been invited to speak about their experiences on this very special evening. Yorkville East, Wagner SP, Salk, Lab Middle, ESMS, SOF, Anderson, Nest and Clinton.

Hope to see you there!