November 13-17, 2017

Thank you to our parents and volunteers for helping with our book buddy feast!

Our canned food drive is still going on.  If you can, please donate!  Don’t forget to place a tag on your bag with your name, teacher, and number of items.

Class Thanksgiving feast is Wednesday, November 15th from 12:00-12:45.

Academics for the week:

Reading:  We will complete activities about the Wild Robot.  We will take an open book test Thursday/Friday.  Unit 6 Vocabulary Test is Tuesday, Nov. 14th.

Language Arts:  Introduction to spelling sort 6 (test Nov. 29th); Thankful Writing; how to elaborate on a topic

Math:  Continue to divide decimals, review multiply decimals; test on Nov. 14th (Test will cover multiplying and dividing decimals).

Science:  Continue to collect data on our hydroponic system

Social Studies:  We will be reading from chapter 7 and completing the workbook and atlas pages throughout the week.  Workbook and atlas pages will be done in class.  Students have been assigned videos on Discovery Education to supplement.  Continue to use the Edmodo folders for additional resources to help review.  The unit vocabulary is due Nov. 16th.  Please make sure definitions and pictures are complete.

Thank you all for a great week!  We enjoy teaching each and every kid.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!



November 6-10, 2017

Important Notes for this week:

Thank you for the BIG HEAD donations!  We met our school goal!  We exceeded our class goal as well (106%)!  Thank you for your generosity!  We can’t wait to share the transformation of our learning commons with you!

Tuesday, Nov. 7th is a teacher work day.  Enjoy your day off!

Friday, Nov. 10th we will have our Thanksgiving Feast with our 1st grade Book Buddies from 9:45-11:00.    Be on the look out for a sign up genius from our room mom.  Thank you so much for your help!  We look forward to spending time with our little friends!

Finally, don’t forget about our Thanks 4 Giving food drive!  Let’s continue to do a great job of helping those in need in our community.

Academics for this week:

Reading- We will complete the Wild Robot, Begin Unit 6 Vocabulary (test Nov. 14th)

Language Arts- Continue to revise and edit “Chocolate Milk”; grammar review

Math- Divide Decimals, Bellringer — Our test on will be Nov. 16th (This will cover multiplying and dividing decimals).

Science- Review chp. 6 and 7; Our test will be Nov. 10th.  We went over the study guide today in class.  The answers will be posted on Edmodo in the event a student was out.  New plants have been added to our hydroponics system and the students constructed a tool to help prevent algae from growing.

Social Studies- We will begin our next unit Changing Nations.  The new learning contracts will be give out Wednesday.  The vocabulary will be due Thurs., Nov. 16th.  All other due dates will be given to students via their social studies notebooks.

October 30- November 3, 2017

Hi parents!

We thank you for all of your donations to our Big Head Campaign.  We can’t wait to share the final results with you.  Remember, this money will be kept locally at our school to provide additional laptops for our Learning Commons.

Tuesday, Oct. 31st in Halloween!  We will meet with our Book Buddies.  Students are allowed to dress up for $2 (for Foundation).  Remember no masks or toy weapons.

A HUGE thank you to Mrs. Lewis (Mason’s mom) and Mrs. Steinlight (Ava Pearl’s mom) for setting up and bringing in breakfast treats to those that made their  25 book goal during the first nine weeks.  We hope to see all students at our next reward.  We also want to thank all of the parents that came out to make the 5th grade lock-in a huge success!

Academics this week:

Reading- We will continue reading, discussing, and analyzing the Wild Robot.  We will introduce Vocabulary Sort 6 on Thursday.  That test will be Thursday, Nov. 9th.  This nine weeks students need to obtain 7 stickers.  Remember every 150 pages = 1 sticker.  Happy Reading!

Language Arts- We will continue working on our drafts of “Chocolate Milk.”  We are proud of the progress students are making.  Sort 5 words were introduced on 10/27.  The test will be Friday, Nov. 3rd.  See spelling city or our blog for various ways to practice.  Spelling City Link

Math- We will continue working on multiplying decimals with and without models.  Please have your child review the notes in their notebook.  We complete many of the models in class together to make sure students have a good understanding of what they need to practice.  Don’t forget to review the Bellringer.

Science- We will begin discussing learned and inherited traits this week.  Students may refer to chapter 7, lessons 2 and 3 (we will read those in class).  We have been working on the workbook pages in class, and students are doing great with those.  Continue to review the notes in the notebook to prep for the end of unit test.  A study guide will go home this week and will be due Thursday.  The test will cover chp. 6 and chp. 7 will be November 7th.  The study guide and notebook will be the best way to prepare.

We thank you all for your support in pushing your students out of their comfort zone in order to achieve high standards.

Have a great weekend!

October 23-27, 2017

Hi parents and students!

We hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather!  Thank you all for a wonderful conference week.  It was great meeting with you all about your children.  We hope this was a meaningful time and you have a good idea of what fifth grade and the school year is like.

This week is busy!

Monday begins our big head campaign.  As you know we love our technology in 5th grade!  The money raised from our campaign will go right to our learning commons where 15 additional new laptops will be purchased.  Another great part of this is we get back 10% of our class total.  This means 10% of what our class raises, will be given right back to what we need in our own classroom!  We thank you in advance for any and all support.  Please click on the link to donate.

Tuesday is our musical!  The students will have two practice performances during the day.  One at 8:15 and one at 9:00.  Students need to wear their 5th grade t-shirt.  Please have your child bring another shirt, so they can change out of their 5th grade shirt for the rest of the day at school.  We don’t want the shirts to get dirty before the performance that night.  The musical will be at 6:30 in the gym.  Students may arrive and report to our room at 6:15.  Don’t forget your sunglasses!

I will be out Tuesday for the Teacher of the Year events.  I know the kids will do great at the musical.

Friday is the 5th grade lock in in the gym from 6:30-10:30.

Academics for the week:

Reading- Please make sure your child has copy of the Wild Robot.  We began reading this on Monday.  It is important for them to go back and re-read the chapters at home.  Unit 5 Vocabulary test will be Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

Language Arts- We will continue our opinion writing this week.  We will continue working on good introductions, hooks, conclusions, and body paragraphs.  We will also focus on how to elaborate and add details.

Math- We have an addition and subtraction decimal test on Monday.  Students brought home their math notebooks to study.  We will begin multiplying decimals this week.  We will teach this with the models and with the traditional algorithm.

Science- We will wrap up chapter 6, which is classifying plants and animals.  Please make sure your child begins to study their vocabulary.  We will add a quizlet for practice, but the definitions are in their notebook.  Please begin with that to study.  The test will be Friday, Oct. 27th.  Continue to review notes in the notebook as well.  We will not have an accelerated option for this chapter.  Workbook pages are being completed in class.

Social Studies- Our next social studies unit will be changing nations.  Here are some of the standards we will cover.  I suggest picking one of the topics and reading a book or watching a video.  Have some conversations with your child so they can have some background knowledge of what we will be doing.

SS5H3 – The student will describe how life changed in America at the turn of the century.

SS5H3.a -Describe the role of the cattle trails in the late 19th century; include the Black Cowboys of Texas, the Great Western Cattle Trail, and the Chisholm Trail.

SS5H3.b – Describe the impact on American life of the Wright brothers (flight), George Washington Carver (science), Alexander Graham Bell (communication), and Thomas Edison (electricity).

SS5H3.c – Explain how William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt expanded America’s role in the world; include the Spanish-American War and the building of the Panama Canal.

SS5H3.d – Describe the reasons people emigrated to the United States, from where they emigrated, and where they settled.

SS5H3.e –  Describe the impact of westward expansion on Native Americans; include the Battle of the Little Bighorn and the relocation of Native Americans to reservations.

We look forward to a great week.

Don’t forget about our Big Head Campaign!

Enjoy your weekend!

Oct. 16-20, 2017

  • This week is conference week.  We look forward to meeting with you all.  Students are dismissed at 12:30 this week.

Reading:  We will begin our novel study on The Wild Robot.  It would be great if your child has their own book as we do not have a class set.  Students will be introduced to Vocabulary Unit 5 on Wednesday.  The test will be Wed., Oct. 25th.

Language Arts:  We will continue begin drafting our opinion essays this week.  We will focus on taking our evidence to build a good introduction, body, and conclusion.

Our spelling test (sort 4) will be Wednesday, Oct. 18th.  Please use spelling city to practice.  Remember, there is no username or password required to practice.

Math:  We will move on to adding and subtracting decimals.  We will focus on word problems and models this week.  There will be no bellringer this week. We will have an adding and subtracting decimals test on Monday, Oct. 23rd.   Please continue to review and maintain previous taught skills.

Science:  We harvested some lettuce and herbs from our hydroponics system on Friday.  Next time, we will make a salad!  We will work on solving some problems we came across this time planting.

We will be moving right along with our classification unit.  We will continue reading chapter 6 and taking notes as we read.  The unit vocabulary was given out last week and will be due this Thursday, Oct. 19th.  Please do not forget to color the pictures.  We will have the vocabulary test on Thursday, Oct. 26th.   For this unit, we will assign the workbook pages to complete in class.  This will be one less thing for students to do at home.  We will give enough class time for student to work on these pages.  From now on, we will separate the workbook pages into lessons instead of the entire chapter.

Social Studies:  The Civil War projects look amazing!  Students recorded their presentations on their classdojo accounts.  We will show those videos this week to the class.  Students will have a chance to get in front of the class with their project to answer any questions from classmates or teachers.    Once students present, they will be allowed to take their projects home.  If the projects are not bus friendly, you can pick it up after your conference.

Here are some of the projects.  Some files were too large to attach and we are waiting on a few more students to upload. Thanks for encouraging your child to do their very best!

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Oct. 9-13, 2017

Hi parents and students!

Here are some events for next week:

Monday- Ford Spirit wear day

Tuesday- wear candy corn colors (orange, yellow, and white)

Wednesday- Wacky Tacky Day

Thursday- Boots, bows, and bandanas

Friday- Plaid is rad

Thursday we have early release.  Students are dismissed at 12:30.  There are NO afterschool clubs this day.

Fall Festival is this Friday (6-8:30)!  We hope to see you all there!  The book fair will be going on during the Fall Festival (5:30-7:00).  Be sure to stop by and take a look!

Academics this week:

Reading- We will review “theme” with the story Thank You Ma’am.  Unit 4 Vocab Test will be Tuesday, Oct. 10th

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the book The Wild Robot by Peter Brown.  We will begin reading it Oct. 16th.  The book is in stock on  with price ranges from $7.99 to $13.96.

Language Arts- Students will be taking the write score assessment Monday and Tuesday.  We will continue to collect evidence to build a strong opinion piece.  Students will work on building strong statements, introductions, a solid body, and a good conclusion.

Math- We will continue to review place value through the thousandths.  We will work on ordering, comparing, adding, and subtracting decimals.  Please have your child log on to Conceptua and Prodigy to review skills if they need extra practice.  We will continue with our Bellringer this week.  Please review.  Thursday we will have a math test covering information we have learned from the first nine weeks.  This includes order of operations, expressions, and so forth.  Please refer to the math notebook for notes to practice.

Science- We will introduce students to Chapter 6 (Multicellular Organisms).  Unit vocabulary will be given out on Wednesday.  This will be due Oct. 18th.

Social Studies- We will wrap up Civil War and Reconstruction this week.  Our test is Wed., Oct. 11th.  We went over the study guide in class together.  Please use the study guide and this quizizz to help study.  Please click this link  on quizizz or (scroll down) and type in this code:  100766  Students need to use their first and last name (no nicknames please) to play.  The accelerated option is due Friday, Oct. 13th.  There are no extensions past this date, so please be on time.  Thank you!

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns!


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October 2-6, 2017

Hi parents and students!  We hope you all had a wonderful break!

Don’t forget to turn in your box tops!  If you are interested in purchasing any books from scholastic, I am extending the deadline to this Friday.  Please click on this link to order:

Our next novel study will be on the book The Wild Robot by Peter Brown.  We currently do not have a class set of these.  It would be great if you can purchase your own book or donate one.  Please try to have your books by Thursday, Oct. 12th.  We will begin the novel on Monday, Oct. 16th.  

Here is what we will be working on next week:

Reading- Scholastic Good News for Grizzlies – we will be reading, citing evidence, and forming opinions based on the articles; We will begin vocab Unit 4 (plan on the test being Oct. 10th)

Language Arts- Argument/Opinion writing- Is Chocolate Milk more harmful than helpful?

Math- Continue to review order of operations, multiplication, division; Introduction to place value and decimals; This week prepare to work on an Edmodo Decimal snapshot (Thursday night); Bellringer 6 (quiz will be Friday)

Science- We will collect data and analyze the growth of our plants

Social Studies- Continue to review battles and figures of the civil war; review reconstruction; Study guide will go home Tuesday and is due Friday

Please plan accordingly for the Civil War test- this will be on Oct. 11th.  The accelerated option is due Oct. 13th. If you have questions about the AC option, please refer to your child’s social studies notebook.  On the learning contract page that was signed by parents, there is a list of options for students to chose from.   These are both major grades.

If your child has permission (BYOD signed form), please make sure they bring their charged device this week.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us!

Have a great week.

September 18-22, 2017

Thank you parents for the testing snacks!  The students work so hard and it is nice to see them relax and enjoy an snack once testing is over.

A few reminders:  Early release is Tuesday.  Please make sure you have signed and returned the performance arts form.  Check your child’s blue folder as this was sent home last Friday.

Reading- We will complete Hatchet this week.  Please make sure you are re-reading chapters from Hatchet each night.  This will help with the chapter quizzes.  Please see the agenda this week for specific chapters to read each night.

Language Arts- We will review commas.  Sort 3 list was given out on Friday.  The test will be Friday, Sept. 22.  Please visit spelling city to help study.  We will work on one descriptive and one opinion piece of writing from Hatchet.

Math- We will continue reviewing division strategies.  Bellringer Week #6 will be given out this week with a quiz on Friday, Sept. 22.  Continue to practice math fluency and problem solving on Prodigy, Edmodo Snapshots, and Conceptua.

Science- Our seedlings have sprouted!  Students have filled the hydroponic system and we will transplant the pods on Monday.  We will be sure to let you see how the plants continue to grow.

Social Studies- Workbook pages are due Monday, Sept. 18th.  The civil war vocabulary test will be Tuesday, Sept. 19th.  We will continue discussing Civil War leaders, battles, and reconstruction.  Be sure to begin reviewing notes in the notebook (specifically causes and battles).  We will discuss the Accelerated Option on Monday.  Look over the different options in the social studies notebook with your child.  After you have decided, please sign the contract (in the social studies notebook).  As of now, the tentative due date is Oct. 13th.

Here is a power point students will need to review.  This gives all the info students need to know about the key events of the Civil War.  At the end of the presentation, there is a practice quiz, so pay attention.  🙂

**The quiz questions will only work on a desktop or a laptop…they will not work on a mobile device (iphone, ipad).  Sorry for the inconvenience.