There are so many amazing things happening at Smith Elementary this month. Fifth grade students continue to research the Earth, moon and the Sun while comparing and contrasting to the planet of Mars. Our computer lab will assist our students with their research using http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=790991&backurl=/shelf/my . We will share our new acquired knowledge on Skype with JPL worker Dellon Strommen to learn more about his job supporting the Mars Rover program. Next our physical education teacher Coach Teri Lucky will excite our students with a Texas line dance getting them ready for the Houston Rodeo. We will share our dance with our ePal friends in the Czech Republic to support our Multi-cultural Day in May. Fifth grade classes at Smith are excitedly exploring probability using sweet treats and Google forms to collaborate with other schools on Twitter. We will be finishing the project with a histograph. Our Purple Martins have returned to Smith Elementary from Brazil and we already have 6 birds happily building nests. Fifth grade students will start their egg and bird counts to continue helping scientists working along with the Purple Martin Conservation Society. Students continue to amaze us at Smith with their writing skills. Currently we have students preparing their first articles for the Fort Bend Herald. Students are almost finished with the draft of the class book to be published on bats. We continue to enjoy our novel, Bridge to Terabithia, and we will soon learn how to use our geometry skills to create the strongest bridges in our annual bridge competition. Today teachers had an amazing time with Principal Mark Melendez. We were so excited to learn about more available iPad apps and we can’t wait to use them on our new math measurement unit.