Thanksgiving Lunch Updates

Please see the photo below on information about the school’s Thanksgiving lunch celebration. This form will also be coming home with your child tomorrow in their Friday Folder. Our class will begin Thanksgiving lunch at 12:30, on Thursday November 16th. If you click on the picture you can see it in larger view!


This week your child should be working to complete:

-Week 9 of spelling: due Thursday

-STEMscopedia: This is a reading, background building resource for your child’s reference. They should spend time this week reading through the content. There are some interactive activities/conversation prompting questions at the very back for them to use at home with you or with anyone outside of school if they choose! I would highly recommend it.

-We will be starting division of multi-digit whole numbers tomorrow. Tonight your child has a quick 7 question homework page over division. They have had division problems on their spiral math HW all year, so this should not be something they can not complete. They can use whatever division strategy they are most comfortable with. Nightly math homework will take place of the spiral this week, and is due the next day at school each day.

-We will have an Earth Science unit test on Friday, covering the following standard:

S5E1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to identify surface features on the Earth caused by constructive and/or destructive processes.
a. Construct an argument supported by scientific evidence to identify surface features (examples could include deltas, sand dunes, mountains, volcanoes) as being caused by constructive and/or destructive processes (examples could include deposition, weathering, erosion, and impact of organisms).
b. Develop simple interactive models to collect data that illustrate how changes in surface features are/were caused by constructive and/or destructive processes.
c. Ask questions to obtain information on how technology is used to limit and/or predict the impact of constructive and destructive processes.
(Clarification statement: Examples could include seismological studies, flood forecasting (GIS maps), engineering/construction methods and materials, and infrared/satellite imagery.)

This week students should be spending time at home studying their interactive science journal, watching videos from the science tab on the blog, reviewing the many power points posted, and reading through the STEMscopedia to make sure that they have a full understanding of the concepts within this standard.

I hope that you all had a very relaxing Fall Break!! I know that the week off to rejuvenate was such a necessity for everyone! I have loved hearing all about the things that the students were able to do, whether it was appreciating the down time at home with family or cruisin’.

Here is a curriculum update, so that you are aware of all that is going on in the classroom!

Math – We will continue multi-digit multiplication through the rest of this week. In 5th grade, students are required to fluently multiply a three-digit factor by a two-digit factor using the standard algorithm. On Friday the students will take a test on multiplication using the standard algorithm, and next week we will move to division. Students will be working to master multi-digit division, specifically up to four digit numbers divided by two digit numbers.

*This is the time of the school year where the students’ math fact fluency really comes in to play, and can be the determining factor in their overall proficiency. As our daily math practice starts to increase in rigor, their basic math fact fluency is very important. We are already seeing quite a few students making calculation mistakes on a regular basis, so although they understand the math concepts we are learning their fluency in all basic operations covers up their true abilities and understanding. Students can practice strictly math fact fluency using all operations on Moby Max, and are encouraged to practice regularly at home.

Science: Thank you to everyone who has sent in materials for our STEM project next week. If you signed up for something but haven’t had a chance to send it in yet please do so soon so that we know what still needs to be purchased for the grade level to complete the activity. We are currently studying constructive and destructive forces in our Earth Science unit. Students will have an Earth Science Unit Assessment next Friday. This will cover landforms, how constructive and destructive forces change Earth’s landforms, weathering, erosion, deposition, and how technology is used to limit and impact the effects of constructive and destructive forces.

Reading: Students are working hard to continue building their reading abilities specifically focusing on fiction texts. We focused on identifying the theme by analyzing using specific details in the text. We will continue working on fiction reading skills and including constructed response practice for comprehension checks also.

Writing: We are almost done with our Narrative Writing unit, and the students have worked SO hard! It is so fun to teach them, because of their excitement and effort about their own writing. They soak up every detail of what they are taught and I can not wait to read the story that they have been working on perfecting over the last few weeks. We will take our post on-demand narrative writing next week.

Please, please, please make sure your child is spending a little bit of time each night reviewing what we worked on at school. Even if it is nothing more than talking to you about the different things we are working on, that time is critical to their performance and growth. Also, all students have accounts on Moby Max and Front Row, two educational websites that they can practice all standards/skills/subjects on. I would love to see each student use these educational opportunities regularly outside of school.



Starting tomorrow, Wednesday 9/6, through Friday 9/15, our daily schedule will be altered due to testing in the building.

Specials: 11:15 – 11:55 AM

Lunch: 12:18 – 12:48 PM

Recess: 1:40 – 2:00 PM

Please keep this in mind as you plan to visit your child during these days. No visitors will be allowed in the building until testing has concluded for the day, each day.

Curriculum Update

Thank you so very much to everyone who donated sweets and treats, materials, or anything else that made our first STEM Day possible! Please be sure that you do not detach any of the graded work from your child’s weekly report. I keep all work for instructional purposes, but anything that you may want copies of I will be more than happy to provide for you if you just write a note on the front of the weekly report. If your child was at school today but did not return their graded work packet please return it with them tomorrow!

Math: This week students will continue diving deeper into their understanding of place value. In 5th grade students learn more about decimal place value to the thousandths place, and a strong understanding of all place values (whole number values and decimal values) helps them excel when we start adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals.

Social Studies: This week we will finish up our Civil War unit, and students will quiz on the Civil War on Friday of this week. Students should be using the blog, their textbook, and interactive journal to prepare for Friday’s assessment. The quiz this Friday will cover:

SS5H1 The student will explain the causes, major events, and consequences of the
Civil War.
a. Identify Uncle Tom’s Cabin and John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry, and
explain how each of these events was related to the Civil War.
b. Discuss how the issues of states’ rights and slavery increased tensions between
the North and South.
c. Identify major battles and campaigns: Fort Sumter, Gettysburg, the Atlanta
Campaign, Sherman’s March to the Sea, and Appomattox Court House.
d. Describe the roles of Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant,
Jefferson Davis, and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
e. Describe the effects of war on the North and South.

Writing: We will continue Narrative writing, and will work on this skill through out the entire quarter. Students will be striving to write personal narratives full of action, emotion, internal thought, and dialogue. Their writing has already grown tremendously from the beginning of the year, and soon students will pick one of their drafts to edit and strengthen to the highest level. I can not wait for you to read their final drafts!

Reading (AC):  We will be starting our class novel study this week. Students will be analyzing characters, settings, and events throughout the book, as well as focusing on the figurative language within the author’s writing to strengthen their understanding of the deeper meaning embedded within the book. The book is full of rich vocabulary, that every student will benefit from. I will give you one hint… poetry is also aligned with our first class novel study!!

I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend! Today was our first day of true instruction, and it was a full one at that! Here is what we are focusing on in class:

Math – Students are learning how to solve math problems that include multiple operations, following the order of operations. Please refer to the Math Resources tab for videos that can help you with homework/practice! ALL students should be bringing their math journal home each night for homework assistance.

Social Studies – Today we introduced the Civil War by discussing the differences between the North and South in the mid 1800’s. We will learn much more about those differences and the reasons for the tension between the North & South this week. Students will have a quiz over the causes of the Civil War on Friday of this week, and we will begin learning about the actual Civil War next week. This is a 2 week unit, and students should be reading/reviewing nightly to ensure they are developing a full understanding of what is covered in class.

Reading & Writing: We will take this week to instill routines and procedures as readers and writers and get student’s notebooks set up in order to get the year started effectively and efficiently. In writing, the first genre we will focus on is Narrative writing.

Spelling: Students received their first spelling packet last week, and it is due this Thursday. Week 1 spelling test will also be this Thursday. Spelling Tests are not illegible for ‘request to retest’, so it is important that students are taking the time throughout the week to complete their weekly spelling packet requirements, study, and be prepared for weekly assessments. Students should know how to spell AND apply (understand the meaning of/context of) their spelling, vocabulary, and content words.

Tonight’s Homework:

Math- Pizza Slices (Order of Operations)

Social Studies – Read pages 140-151 in textbook

Spelling: Packet due & Week 1 test Thursday.