# Fractions videos of the week

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Perfect to review class concepts and deeper understanding:

Fractions are decimals 5.NF.3: This video but doesn’t include the math modeling (students have many examples)

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=fractions+as+division+video&view=detail&mid=DF069ABA318CE206EEB6DF069ABA318CE206EEB6&FORM=VIRE

Factors and Multiples

Simplifying fractions

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=simplifying+fractions+online&adlt=strict&view=detail&mid=DFB25D4D7F5A079C6138DFB25D4D7F5A079C6138&FORM=VRDGAR

Adding and (subtracting rules are identical)  with same denominators

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=adding+and+subtracting+decimals+with+the+same+denominator&view=detail&mid=D4089B9A4FD4E39605CFD4089B9A4FD4E39605CF&FORM=VIRE

# Week of November 13th

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Happy Monday!

Important dates and reminders:

-There will be no school next week, November 20th-24th.  Enjoy the Thanksgiving Break with your family!

-Gobble Gobble Science Day is Friday. A big thank you to the parents who volunteered to help and to those who are donating supplies.  Please send in the supplies by Wednesday.  We are still in need of a few more supplies.  Here is the link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094eaaae2aa7f58-gobble

-Big  Shanty is hosting our Thanksgiving Feast this week.  Our day for the feast is Friday, November 17th.  Ms. Burke’s lunch time is 11:37-12:22.  Ms. Early’s time is 12:07-12:52.  The menu will feature traditional Thanksgiving food. The price for guests is \$3.75.  Tickets will be sold in the front lobby prior to the feast. Please allow time before students arrive for lunch to purchase tickets.  You may pay with cash or check.  GCI Portraits will be taking Family Pictures on stage during lunch as well.  The photographers will have order forms.

-Our trip to the Symphony will be on Tuesday, November 28th.  We have most permission slips, but a few are still missing.  Please return the form as soon as possible! Here is an attachment of a guide to the music that will be performed:  ASO_Study-Guide_The-Colors-of-Music_Single-Pages_2017-18-1y8edso

-4 1/2 week progress reports will be sent home in Thursday folders. Please review, sign, and return this paper. Also, please remember that you can log in to ParentVue at any time to see your child’s grades.

-Now that the weather has changed, please be sure to send your child with a jacket.  Even though the afternoons are warm, it is still pretty chilly when we go outside.  Thank you!

This week:

Reading: We will spend another day determining multiple main ideas and finding supporting details in a text. Main ideas in the complex nonfiction texts we are reading are often implicit, or hidden, and need to be pulled out.  This work is harder for students who are used to a text providing the main idea right in the paragraph or chapter.  We will then spend a few days diving in to vocabulary and how to use context and morphology of words to tackle the tricky vocabulary in nonfiction texts.

Writing: The students are so engaged in their expert articles.  We have worked to narrow down topics, and the students will spend another day researching before we begin drafting.  This week our drafting will focus on the introductory paragraph and elaboration of the body paragraphs.

Grammar: This week in grammar we will be doing a spiral review, which covers each of the 5th grade language standards.  We will take time to practice each of these standards together in class.

Math:  We are currently learning how to convert mixed numbers and improper fractions with models and using the algorithm.  Our fraction unit will continue through the week as we will be finding the GCF, LCM and combine fractions with the same and different denominators.  Problems solving and real world applications will be a strong part of our learning.  We will have a quiz on Friday to show what we’ve learned.

Science:  Physical and chemical changes are our focus in Science.  We will apply what we know on our “Gobble, Gobble Science Day.”  Watershed Wednesdays continue as we collect and analyze data for our land.

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS GOES OUT TO OUR 1ST PLACE IN FIFTH GRADE WINNERS!  Valeria M, Jayli D and Villo S collaborated to find out the effects of caffeine on heart rate.  I am so proud as these ladies spent hours on this!  Way to go!

# Week of November 6th

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Happy Monday!

Important dates and reminders:

-Food Drive- Wednesday is the last day of our food drive. Can we take over first place and win a pizza party?!?

-No School- Election Day is November 7th and there will be no school that day.

-STEM Night- November 9th, from 6-7:30 will be STEM Night! Stop by different classrooms to explore STEM related activities!

-Gobble Gobble Science Day- On November 17th, students will participate in activities to create physical and chemical changes, mixtures, and solutions.  This is always a kid favorite, but we need your help! Send us an email to volunteer to run a station. You can also sign up to donate items at this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094eaaae2aa7f58-gobble

-Thanksgiving Meals- Big Shanty invites you to celebrate with your child by coming to eat a Thanksgiving meal at lunch.  5th grade’s lunch will on November 17th. GCI Portraits will be in the cafeteria taking family pictures.  These are great pictures for the upcoming holiday cards/gifts.  The pictures will be available the first part of December.

-Thanksgiving Break- Cobb County Schools will be closed the week of Nov. 20th for Thanksgiving Break.  Enjoy the time with your family!

-Symphony field trip- 5th grade will be taking a trip to see a symphony on November 28th.  The Performing Arts permission slip signed at the beginning of the year acts as the permission slip.  We are still missing permission slips from a few students.  This must be signed and returned in order for your child to go on the field trip.

This week:

• We are beginning a nonfiction reading unit on Monday.  We will begin by looking deeper at nonfiction texts and their features, orienting ourselves with more complex nonfiction texts, and then spend some time with main idea.
• We will also begin our nonfiction unit in writing. Students will begin by generating topics for their project- something they are an expert on.  We will discuss how to organize our information and begin doing research.
• Math:  We are finishing up decimal operations and will have a test on WEDNESDAY, Nov.  8th!  Students were given a review study guide and I have worked out each problem with them.  I am also sending home student work TODAY so that students will have an opportunity to check work and clarify mistakes.   OUR NEXT UNIT is FRACTIONS.
• Science:  We are finishing up our study of Landforms and beginning our unit physical and chemical changes.  Please help by donating an item from our sign up genius.  GOBBLE, GOBBLE SCIENCE DAY will focus on these topics!

# Long Division and Partial Quotient resources

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The video below will parallel what we are learning in class about the standard algorithm.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=standard+algorithm+for+division&&view=detail&mid=31C02C5EE8790FFDF30631C02C5EE8790FFDF306&FORM=VRDGAR

The video below is the partial quotient method we learned last year.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=partial+quotient+division&view=detail&mid=C2342E7BF7B172086ACDC2342E7BF7B172086ACD&FORM=VIRE

# Week of October 30th

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Happy Monday!

Important dates and reminders:

-Food Drive- Thank you to the families that have donated!   We will continue collecting non-perishable food items that are then given to students right here at Big Shanty until November 8th.  Please be sure to check expiration dates and remember- no glass! Thanks for your help with helping our own families here at the school.

-Red Ribbon Week- We will participate in Red Ribbon Week this week.  Theme days:

Monday: Support a drug-free you and school- Wear a favorite team jersey or school spirit wear shirt

Tuesday: Sock it to drugs- Crazy sock day

Wednesday: Your future is so bright without drugs- Wear sunglasses

Thursday: Turn your back on drugs- Wear your shirt backwards

Friday: “Red-y” to say no to drugs- ear red shirt/clothing

-STEM Day- Friday will be our second STEM Day.  Students will get to explore chemical engineering.  It may be a little messy, but so much fun!  Please don’t wear your favorite outfit that day!

-No School- Election Day is November 7th and there will be no school that day.

-STEM Night- November 9th, from 6-7:30 will be STEM Night! Stop by different classrooms to explore STEM related activities!

-Symphony field trip- 5th grade will be taking a trip to see a symphony on November 28th.  The Performing Arts permission slip signed at the beginning of the year acts as the permission slip.  If we do not have a permission slip for your  child, another copy will be sent home.  This must be signed and returned in order for your child to go on the field trip.

This week:

• Reading this week will find us turning texts inside out.  We will compare theme across books, compare characters’ connections to a theme, and study the choices an author did not make in order to better understand the ones they did.
• Students will be writing final drafts of their current narrative, then will get to share them with classmates as well.  This will have them working on the speaking and listening standards.  We will also do a fun quick-write to show how well we can use the techniques learned in other ways.
• Math:  multiplying decimals multi-digits using area model and standard algorithm.  It is very important for students to understand and practice both types of processes.  the post below this gives some great places to visit to review materials.
• Science:  We have begun our year long STEM project, “Watershed Wonders” and adopted our land, collected data using a variety of tools, and will continue to monitor the conditions and how we can improve the area.  Wednesdays we will be going outside and so your child will need to dress warmly and wear shoes that can get messy!  We are using the scientific method and are going through the “science fair” process as a class.
• Science Fair:  Independent projects are due November 2nd.  Students do not need to create a display board until we have had a chance to be sure data, etc. looks clear and accurate.  Pictures are always a great visual.
• Social Studies/Science:  Landforms are our focus at this time.  Friday we will have a test over everything we have learned in student’s guided notes.

Let’s make this a great week!

# Must PRACTICE MATH Multiplication 411

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Today, I know students were a bit rusty as we went over the 4th grade standard to solve multi-digit numbers with and without decimals..  .

We will use last years strategy, the Area Model (partial product) as one way to solve multi-digit problems.  This is a great review.  You will need to copy and paste in your browser.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?    q=How+to+Teach+Multiplication+Area+Model&&view=detail&mid=24CBD46EC5F408A94C2924CBD46EC5F408A94C29&FORM=VRDGAR

We will also use the Standard “shortcut” Algorithm to multiply.  This is the way most of us learned it!

https://learnzillion.com/lesson_plans/8041-use-the-standard-algorithm-for-multiplication

# Week of October 23rd

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Happy Monday! Ms. Burke and I truly enjoyed getting to speak with all the parents at conferences last week.  We appreciate you taking time out of your day to come meet with us!

Important dates and reminders:

-The Food Drive begins this week.  We collect non-perishable food items that are then given to students right here at Big Shanty! Please be sure to check expiration dates and remember- no glass! Thanks for your help with helping our own families here at the school.

-The PTA Fall Dance is Friday! It will be from 6-8 PM.  Tickets are on sale now! You can also purchase pizza meal tickets in advance.  We hope you can join in on the fun!

-The Cherrydale Fundraiser will continue through Friday.  All orders are due then.  Was your child able to make his/her goal?

-Eagle Awards will be this Friday.  Ms. Burke’s class will be at 12:25 and Ms. Early’s class will be at 1:10.

This week:

-Students will be finishing up their first personal narrative this week.  They will get to take a look at how far they have already come as writers by comparing their most recent piece to their very first piece.  It’s amazing to see!  Then we will promptly begin writing a new narrative piece, this time learning narrative writing techniques found in wonderful mentor texts.  I can’t wait to see what they do after these lessons!

-Our mentor text for grammar this week comes from the book Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan.  We will focus on correlative conjunctions (either/or, neither/nor, not only/but also.)

-We will continue our work on theme and finding text evidence by forming an opinion and finding evidence in the book to support it.  We will also do more in-depth reading responses, discussing  themes found in the students’ independent reading books.  As students are finishing their books, they will be writing a summary and uploading it on the Chatterpix app.  If your child particiaptes in BYOD, please download this app onto their device. (May be found under the name Chatter Kid.)

Math- We are now using what we learned about decimals to add and subtract.  This week we will be working on multiplication and division of decimals.  The goal is to connect the meaning of place value and all that was learned last year to understand how this transfers to decimal numbers.

Please be looking in your child’s Thursday folder for our most recent assessment over decimals.  We spent today in class correcting errors.  However, if your child needs additional help, this assessment shows exactly what needs to be reviewed at home.  (Quiz Friday over +, -, x of decimal numbers.)

Science  –  We are continuing our learning about landforms and how they are formed.   All of the information we have been working on is shown on our  guided notes.  We will have a quiz on Wednesday over the basic information found in these notes.

Science Fair Project /Watershed Wednesdays

Our class has created a scientific question, possible hypothesis and will now be working on how to perform an experiment using variables.  Our data will be collected and documented over the next couple weeks.  The class project is due Nov. 2nd.  Students that are working independently have been given a timeline, and the experiment portion of the project will need to be done at home.

Have a great week!

# Week of October 16th

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Happy Monday!

Important Dates and Reminders:

This week is conference week.  All week will be early release.  Report cards will be distributed during conferences.  We are looking forward to meeting with each of you!

The Book Fair is here! The Book Fair will be running from Friday 10/13 – Friday 10/20.  Don’t forget all the special events going on thisweek!

Ms. Early’s Class: Please return the question sheet provided by our room mom so she has the information she needs. Thank you!

The Fall Dance ticket form was sent home last week.  The dance will take place on Friday, October 7th.  It is always so much fun! You won’t want to miss it!  If you are interested, please see the orange paper and return it to buy tickets. Pizza meals are also available for pre-purchase.

Boo Grams are on sale now! What a great way to treat a friend and help the school at the same time! Boo Grams will be delivered on Tuesday, October 31st.

Eagle Awards for the 1st quarter will be on Friday, October 27th.  Ms. Early’s class will be at 1:10 and Ms. Burke’s class will be at 12:25.  Invitations were sent home with those students who will be receiving awards.

Picture Retakes will be Wed. Oct. 18th

Our PTA fundraiser kickoff was yesterday, and students have all the information to win amazing prizes and make money for Big Shanty.

What we’re learning this week:

Writing: The personal narrative drafts are coming along so well! This week we will focus on the skills of adding scenes from the past or future and how to end stories.

Reading: We are going to develop bigger theories by linking smaller ideas and reading on to gather evidence.

Math:  We are beginning to multiply multi-digit numbers and decimals using both the standard algorithm and the partial product (area model).  Students MUST practice daily and will have detailed notes and examples.    We will apply this understanding to solving real world problems.

FIRST IN MATH STAR STUDENTS with most  stickers:  VALERIA M. leading the pack, TYLER C. is the close 2nd, COLE H and ANDRES W are giving them a run for the money!   I am so very excited that the math enthusiasm is contagious.  Our class average on number of stickers has leaped from 1,000 to 1,500.  Fi

Science:  We are working on our in school class science fair projects which we will complete by November 2nd.  Landforms and constructive/destructive forces will be our ongoing unit.  Next unit will be “States of Matter.”

Gobble, Gobble Science Day” – November 17th (parent volunteers needed.)

Social Studies:   We will focus on changes to the U.S. during the turn of the century.

# Week of October 9th

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Happy Monday!

Important Dates:

Our Mostly Mutts Drive is here!   Please help us help a great organization right here in our neighborhood!

Munchie Monday: Dog and cat treats

Trashbag Tuesday: Trash bags, poop bags. grocery bags

Washing Wednesday: Dog shampoo

Thirsty Thursday: Dog and cat bowls

Foody Friday: Dog and cat food, both wet and dry

Can your house color be the one to bring in the most?  Who will win?!?

October 12th is Early Release.

Conference week is next week, October 16th – 20th.  All week will be early release.  Please return the conference scheduling forms as soon as possible so we are able to rearrange schedules as needed.  Report cards will be distributed during conferences.

The Book Fair is almost here! The Book Fair will be running from Friday 10/13 – Friday 10/20.  Don’t forget all the special events going on that week!

Ms. Early’s Class: Please return the question sheet provided by our room mom so she has the information she needs. Thank you!

ROCKSTAR READERS:

Way to go to all the students who met the first Biblionasium challenge! I am very proud of you.  Keep reading!!

Jack

Reagan

Caleb

Olivia

Brianna

Villo

Naryah

Diana

Sean

Jayli

George

Tyler

Hudson

Daniel

Tyler

Cole

Noah

Ava

Valeria

Ici

Sherlyn

Justice

Chandler

Stephen

Braeden

Abby

Jack

Reagan

Tyler

Winnie

Andres

Way to go, readers!!

What we’re learning this week:

Writing:  The students have worked hard to gather multiple personal narratives.  Now, each student will pick one entry that they will work on for the next few weeks, strengthening it by revising and editing to prepare it for publication.  This week, students will work to bring out the true meaning of the story, work to develop the story arc, and elaborate  on important parts.

Reading: This week, the students will begin meeting in groups to have deep discussions about our mentor book, Home of the Brave.  They will learn to sharpen reading and thinking skills in these clubs.  Then, we will begin to think thematically, naming the problem a character faces and thinking about the lessons the character may learn.  Linking these lessons will help the students develop larger theories and interpretations.

Grammar: Hello, Harvest Moon is our mentor text.  The focus is personification, which is giving inanimate objects human qualities.  Example: The wind whispered through the trees.

MATH:  Decimals; comparing, ordering, adding and subtracting

SCIENCE: Students are finishing up their Science vocabulary presentations, some sort of visual…some students did powerpoints, chatterpix, and posters.

We are beginning our in class Science Fair projects.  Students may choose to do some of this project at home.  Our focus is to follow the SCIENTIFIC METHOD and focus on a TESTABLE QUESTION.

We are also starting to study landforms, constructive and destructive forces.

Let’s make this a great week!

# Week of October 2nd

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Welcome back! We hope everyone enjoyed Fall Break and had time for fun and relaxation!

Important Dates:

Patriot Day has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 3rd at 1:00.  Students should wear red, white, and blue as we honor our community members. Popsicles will be on sale for \$1 after the performance.

Our Mostly Mutts Drive will be happening the week of October 9th.  Please help us help a great organization right here in our neighborhood!

Munchie Monday: Dog and cat treats

Trashbag Tuesday: Trash bags, poop bags. grocery bags

Washing Wednesday: Dog shampoo

Thirsty Thursday: Dog and cat bowls

Foody Friday: Dog and cat food, both wet and dry

Can your house color be the one to bring in the most?  Who will win?!?

October 12th is Early Release.

What were learning this week:

Writing:  The children have been working hard to develop many drafts of narrative stories. There sure are some fuuny and interesting stories these children have! This week, students will learn to read other author’s words to speak ideas for their own story and then begin to write their experiences as if they are there-in the moment.  Finally, the students will take some time to assess their own work using checklists.  From there, they will set goals for their writing moving forward.

Reading: We will have some deep thinking going on this week! Students will learn to think analtically, thinking about how a subject or text is structured and then breaking it down from there.  We will then focus on improving their writing about reading by revising after  looking at examples.  Finally, we will launch book clubs.  Students will learn to sharpen their reading and thinking skills while working with a group.

Grammar: Gleam and Glow is our mentor text this week, and we will be focusing on similes.