Weekly Report

I really enjoyed seeing everyone for Parent and Teacher Conferences! You should be very proud of your children!

This week students have chosen their informational writing topics and have begun to research. We learned how to cite our research information by learning how to make bibliographies! We are almost finished with plotting all of the volcano points on our class map. There are great patterns that are showing up already!! Please encourage you child to continue to research locations of earthquakes and tsunami locations within their group areas! I am looking forward to learning with our class about the areas and topics that they chose. Many students have chosen quite complex topics, and I have no doubt that they will succeed in their research! In the process, we will be looking up what National Geographic Explorers and possible school contacts and other experts they can contact to help them find more information on their chosen topics!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I cannot wait!

We are finishing up our unit on multiplication and division of decimals this week and will be testing on our unit next week. I am proud on how well my students did on their first real-life Exemplar today! Lots of students took up the challenge to work independently to solve the complex word problem to explain and show which of the three jobs will earn them more money over time.

In reading, we have been working on nonfiction texts. We learned about context clues and boxes and bullets with the main ideas and details from our own texts. We even identified our books’ text structures.

Science has been our focus this week with our topic research as well as finishing plotting our volcano and natural disaster points. We will be traveling back into time for Social Studies soon to focus on picking up from where we left off on Immigration.

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Thank you for those who volunteered for Ellis Island. It was a huge success!!

Students have been working on their Reading Assessments for Quarter 1 and shared their recorded Garage Band songs from their book clubs! They were absolutely fantastic. We have delved into our nonfiction reading unit beginning with text features and learning about main ideas.

In writing, students finished their Ellis Island letters and we will begin to learn about how to research and explore our informational research topics.

In science we have been working on chemical and physical weathering lab experiments. Last week, students did a STEM lab on creating Seismographs. We have begun our National Geographic project on researching volcanoes in particular areas and graphing them on our group maps. We are learning about patterns of active volcanoes in our group areas and will be graphing them on our group maps this week.

In math, we have finished our unit on adding and subtracting, rounding, and comparing decimals and now are on to dividing and multiplying decimals. I was proud to see my students “Adult” when they learned how to balance a checkbook and checking account with money! ๐Ÿ™‚

I look forward to seeing everyone for their parent conferences.

Weekly Report

I hope all of you are having a wonderful, restful break!

It was a busy week with finishing up IOWA testing!

In reading, we finished up our book clubs. We are working on our celebration for the end of our book clubs by writing theme songs for our book club books. Our focus in our song will cover the problems (not solutions), symbols, themes, main characters and their traits, and author’s craft with the techniques and goals that they used to make our books so interesting! After writing their songs and getting them approved, students will work on GarageBand to record and create their own music beats to their own theme songs (if they have extra time). I have several students that are in the finishing touches with finalizing their GarageBand songs. We will be presenting these to our classmates in a week or two after break. I cannot wait to hear the finalized pieces! Talk about lots of creativity!! ๐Ÿ™‚

In writing, we finished up our personal narrative pieces before we left for break. When we return, we will be practicing quick writes for narratives, as well as introducing our next unit on Informational writing!

In Science, we have been delving into the Earth’s Layers, looking at Plate Tectonics and why the crust moves, and looking at constructive and destructive landforms. Our introduction to Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition on Thursday and Friday is preparing us for what is ahead for after break. (Don’t forget those hand movements that go along with those terms!)

In math, our Adding and Subtracting Decimals unit is on a roll! Our class has mastered comparing, ordering, and rounding decimals and is on an awesome start to learning how to model adding and subtracting decimals on hundredths grids! I am also very impressed with many students who have been working on mastering their math goals on iXL! If you have time over break and are itching to get ahead in your learning, you can begin to look at the iXL practice on Multiplying and Dividing Decimals.

I have sent out Conference emails to everyone, so please do not forget to sign-up for Fall Conferences!!

I look forward to seeing everyone after break! Enjoy!

Homework: 9/17-9/21

Bring Home: Agenda, Comment Card, ELA Morning Work, Math Morning Work, Book Club Book, RIN (Reading Notebook), SCIN (Science Notebook), MIN (Math Notebook)

Monday:ย Comment Card sent home (Sign and Return tomorrow). Review vocabulary words on Quizlet. At least 20 minutes of iXL practice this week (Parents will sign agenda once 20 minutes minimum are completed. Focus for week is on NBT1,2,3,4 &7.). IOWA Testing today!

Tuesday: Comment Card due signed. IOWA Testing today! Review SCIN, Vocabulary and Morning Work ELA & Math.

Wednesday: Morning Work Quizzes on ELA and Math. Vocabulary Quiz. Study SCIN!

Thursday: Study MIN. Science Quiz today! Review Perspectives/Point of View, Theme and Character Traits in RIN for Q1 Reading Assessment tomorrow! 20 minutes of iXL practice due!

Friday: Q1 Reading Assessment today. Study MIN & SCIN!

**Book Club meetings will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students will have time in class on Monday & Tuesday/Wednesday to complete their assignments (WAR โ€“ Writing About Reading entry and Sticky Notes and Book pages). Students signed their Book Club Contracts last week after determining their Book Club responsibilities and length and quantity of their WARs and SN. It is their individual responsibility to complete all unfinished work at home if they did not finish the work in class. All students should be able to finish their work during the given class time. **

Ellis Island Experience Parent Volunteers Needed

If you did not get a chance to sign up during Open House for volunteering for helping out with our Ellis Island Experience, please sign up using this link.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4DA8A629A57-5thgrade

If you did not get a sign-up email, go ahead and resign up to help out!

Each student will receive a name of an immigrant that traveled through Ellis Island and will be rotating through the stations just like immigrants did when going through Ellis Island.

The Date is October 5th!

Homework: 9/10-14

Bring Home: Agenda, Comment Card, ELA Morning Work, Math Morning Work, Book Club Book & RIN (if unfinished), SCIN (Science Notebook), MIN (Math Notebook)

Monday:ย Comment Card sent home (Sign and Return tomorrow). Math Test Study Guide due tomorrow. Review MIN. At least 40 minutes of iXL practice this week (Parents will sign agenda once 40 minutes minimum are completed. Focus for week is on OA1&2, NBT1,2,5 &6.). Word Sort.

Tuesday: Comment Card due signed. Read 20 min (Sign agenda). Math Test Study Guide due. Review MIN. 10 Vocabulary Sentences (1 vocab word per sentence).

Wednesday: Review words on Quizlet. Math Test today on Order of Operations, Place Value, Multiplication and Division! Get a good night’s rest for IOWA Testing tomorrow!

Thursday: IOWA Testing today! Morning Work and Vocabulary Quizzes will be given next Wednesday.

Friday: IOWA Testing today! Morning Work and Vocabulary Quizzes will be given next Wednesday.

**Book Club meetings will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students will have time in class on Monday & Tuesday/Wednesday to complete their assignments (WAR โ€“ Writing About Reading entry and Sticky Notes and Book pages). Students signed their Book Club Contracts last week after determining their Book Club responsibilities and length and quantity of their WARs and SN. It is their individual responsibility to complete all unfinished work at home if they did not finish the work in class. All students should be able to finish their work during the given class time. **