So, after a couple of sites failed me I’ve finally found a way to link to our winter party sign up.


You shouldn’t have to register for anything. Just sign up to bring one or more things to our Holiday Party next Wednesday! I’m so excited!! πŸ™‚ Click here or on the button below!

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on
1) Click this link to see our SignUp on
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please text me and I can sign you up manually.

Having Fun in Room 151!


We are in the middle of several big units right now!

Writer’s Workshop – Informational Essays on Famous Inventors

Reader’s Workshop – Informational Text Structures and the Rainforest

Math Workshop – All Things Fractions

Science – Matter

Social Studies – the Black Cowboys of Texas, the Great Western Cattle Trail, the Chisolm Trail, and the transcontinental railroad


I’ll be back soon to highlight some resources for social studies, but I wanted to give you all some great links for fractions.

Equivalent Fractions:

Melvin’s Make a Match

Equivalent Triplets

Adding and Subtracting Fractions:

Math Play Add and Subtract Fractions


Speedway Fractions – Adding Only!


Khan Academy is one of my favorite resources. Their videos are quick and simple. I’m linking a few of them that I think are helpful!

I know this is a long post with a LOT of “stuff” but I’m hoping it’s helpful to you at home!


Mrs. S

Information on our Inventors!

I’ve been looking for a few extra resources for our informational writing project on inventors. I love that so many of you have chosen contemporary and diverse inventors. I’m linking to some TED talks and other sites you can use to do more research if you need it!


If your inventor isn’t in this post, it’s because there are TONS of resources at your fingertips. I wanted to make a few of these a little easier to find!


Deepika Kurup’s TED Talk


Good News Network Feature on Deepika Kurup


CNN: Temple Grandin “What It’s Like to be Autistic”
Temple Grandin’s TED Talk
Madam CJ Walker: The First Female Self-Made Millionaire!
Hope these are helpful! I’ll come back to this post and add more links as we need them!

Don’t Fear Decimals! :)

Hey Spann Clan!


Here are the videos you can use to help with rounding decimals. The first one is from Math Antics. It’s a little long, but if you’re struggling to remember the steps for rounding it’s worth a watch. πŸ™‚



We’ve also used the chant from this video in class. Don’t worry about learning to round to the nearest thousand – we don’t have to learn how to do that in 5th grade – unless you’d like a challenge, of course! πŸ˜‰ You only need to be able to round to the nearest hundredth.



On IXL, I’d love to see you complete D.1 through D.7. See me at school or have your parents message me if you need your login and password.


For extra practice give this game a try!

Decimal Soccer Rounding

If you’d like to try some extra credit, let me know!

Division Helps

Happy Friday, Spann Clan!

I hope you’re as excited to see the weekend as I am!

We’ve been working on Multiplying and Dividing large numbers in Math Workshop. Β Tell your parents not to stress when you show them how to use the area model to solve multiplication and division problems. πŸ™‚ We’ll start partial quotients next week, and then the traditional algorithm.


I found a few really helpful videos on YouTube…

  1. Area Model with Long Division!

2. Partial Quotients with Long Division!


I would love to see more of you practicing at home on IXL. You can complete:

  • A.1 through A.5
  • V.1 through V.5
  • E.1 through E.3
  • C.1 through C.10, C.12. through C.18
  • D.1 through D.8

See you Monday! Enjoy your weekend!




Mrs. S

Hello 5th Grade!

Hey Spann Clan!


It’s been an awesome first week of 5th grade with you! You are already 22 of my favorite people on the planet! πŸ™‚


Every Student. Every Day.

We’re kicking off all of our workshops this week – Reader’s Workshop, Writer’s Workshop, and Math Workshop. You’ve already done an incredible job showing me what you learned last year in 4th grade. I cannot wait to dive into Story Elements, Narrative Writing, Order of Operations, Civil War, and the Scientific Method with you this month.


Keep earning Dojo points so we can have a class celebration at the end of the month – more info on that coming soon!


Hang on to your Panther Pause – our first “trade” day is coming up on Friday, August 11. Or, you can keep saving to use them in one of our school-wide drawings or rewards.


Let me know how I can help YOU have your best year yet!!


XO –


Mrs. Spann