December in Fifth Grade

December 2, 2020 | Elizabeth Rachuri

December is a busy time at school!

Already, students are attending mini term electives, reading poetry, learning division, and researching water issues.

In Language Arts, students are preparing to lead the school’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.  They are learning about Langston Hughes and his poetry.  This month, they will choose one poem to analyze, memorize, and illustrate.  They will also write an original poem in the same style as the one they have chosen.  We are working with Ms. Buckley on the illustrations.

In math, students are beginning division.  This week, we’re looking at multiples of 21 and how that can help us conceptualize division.  At home, they are continuing work on Mathspace with multiplication.

In STEAM, the fourth and fifth grade students are collaborating on a new unit about water. Students are studying the big question “How can we have a healthier relationship with water?” Students are learning from their own research and from guest experts from the SUEZ water company. We are reflecting on the beauty of water and learning about how to care for it. Students will create PSA’s educating and encouraging their MSS and Hoboken community about water conservation and care.

It’s a busy month here!  Be sure to ask your child how it’s going.

Elizabeth Rachuri

Teacher, Grade 5

Elizabeth Rachuri has always wanted to be a teacher. She began her career as a five-year-old girl creating and grading tests for her friends. She refined her skills in college as she studied, among other things, how to help struggling readers. Mrs. Rachuri spent a semester in Guanajuato, Mexico, studying Spanish and eating pan dulce. After college, she traveled to Puerto Rico to teach at the Christian School and Chapel for the Deaf. There, she learned American Sign Language and how to kill poisonous centipedes.

Finally, Mrs. Rachuri arrived at Mustard Seed School. Since that time, she has been teaching in the middle school. Her favorite part about teaching at Mustard Seed is leading worship. She loves to tell stories and get people to think deeply about God.

When she’s not teaching, traveling, or learning new languages, Mrs. Rachuri loves to draw portraits, sew, and (believe it or not) clean her house. But her new favorite pastime is singing and dancing with her daughter!

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