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Week of March 18, 2019

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Tuesday, March 19 – Computation Quiz

Thursday, March 21 – Coordinate Grid Test

Thursday, March 21 – Wordly Wise Unit 17 Test

AR DATES:

1st book: March 29

2nd book: April 12

3rd book :  April26

4th book:  May 10

5th book – May 17

MILESTONES DATES:
5th Grade ELA – Wednesday, April 10, Thursday, May 11, and Friday, May 12

5th Grade Math – Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, May 23

5th Grade Science – Thursday, May 2

5th Grade Social Studies – Friday, May 3

 

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This week we will be reviewing using the first quadrant of a coordinate plane.   The x-axis always comes before the y-axis.

There will be a test on Thursday.

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This week we are comparing and contrasting characters, setting, and plots in stories, books, and dramas.

We will also be continuing to read books of choice in class and analyzing the story elements listed above.

Students should be reading a book of their choice every day during school and every evening at home.  This should be the biography book for their project this week.   They should have taken their 1st AR test or written letters by Friday, March 29th.

We are working on Wordly Wise Unit 17 this week.  The test will be on Thursday, March 21.

 

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This week we are reviewing parts of speech and grammar as well as working on writing an opinion essay based on two articles in a given amount of time.  Students should be reading the articles, choosing text evidence to support their opinions, and writing a solid 5 paragraph essay on the given prompt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week of March 11, 2019

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Wednesday, March 13 – Early Release

Wednesday, March 13 – ELA/Reading 3rd Quarter Touchstone Assessment

Thursday, March 14 – Volume Test

Thursday, March 14 – Wordly Wise Unit 16 Test

AR DATES:

 

5th book – 3/15/19

MILESTONES DATES:
5th Grade ELA – Wednesday, April 10, Thursday, May 11, and Friday, May 12

5th Grade Math – Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, May 23

5th Grade Science – Thursday, May 2

5th Grade Social Studies – Friday, May 3

 

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This week we will be finishing our unit on finding volume of rectangular prisms and compound figures with rectangular prisms.  Students will be using the formula for volume.  Students have been practicing deconstructing the compound figures into several rectangular prism sections to find a combined volume.  You can see these in the examples below.  There will be a test on Thursday.

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This week we are reading short articles in the same genre and comparing and contrasting the themes.   Students have been discussing the similarities and differences in things like mysteries and fairy tales.

We will also be continuing to read books of choice in class.  Students are reflecting on their books of choice and whether the books are stretching their reading in some way.  The books could be a new author, series, or genre.  They may be a challenging book for students because of vocabulary or text complexity.  We are working on being able to find books that we enjoy that are also a challenge in some way.

Students should be reading a book of their choice every day during school and every evening at home.  This should be the biography book for their project this week.   They should have taken their 5th  AR test or written letters by Friday, March 15.

We are working on Wordly Wise Unit 16 this week.  The test will be on Thursday, March 14.

 

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This week we are working on writing responses to questions after reading two articles on a similar topic.  Students have read President Roosevelt’s speech to Congress after the bombing of Pearl Harbor as well as an article about the Japanese internment camps.  They are using the RACE strategy to answer constructed response questions about the articles.

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Week of February 25, 2019

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Thursday, February 28 – Customary and Metric System Test

Thursday, February 28 – Wordly Wise Unit 14 Test

Thursday, March 7 – Biography Book Report Presentations Due – Book Report bottle person-1cdgjt6

AR DATES:

1st book – 1/18/19

2nd book – 2/1/19

3rd book – 2/15/19

4th book – 3/1/19

5th book – 3/15/19

MILESTONES DATES:
5th Grade ELA – Wednesday, April 10, Thursday, May 11, and Friday, May 12

5th Grade Math – Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, May 23

5th Grade Science – Thursday, May 2

5th Grade Social Studies – Friday, May 3

 

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Last week we worked with the metric measurement system.  Students have been making conversions and comparing measurements in the  system.  This week we will review  the customary and metric system, making conversions, and comparing. Students need to have memorized the conversion rates using their notes in their math journals.   There is a lot of memorization which goes with this unit.  Please encourage them to study the conversion rates at home to help them be prepared for class.

Several students did poorly on the metric system quiz before the break.  We will review this system and go over the quiz.  Please make sure students are STUDYING their notes and the charts seen below. We will review and have a test on Thursday.

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We will begin a novel study this week of Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.  This novel is set in Denmark during War World II, and the main character is a young girl living under the Nazi regime.  We will use this novel as our read aloud as we continue to read our own books of choice during our Reading Workshop time.

The Biography Bottle project will be completed at home.  Students should be prepared to present their project on Thursday, March 7.  The guidelines for the project can be seen here – Book Report bottle person-1cdgjt6

Students should be reading a book of their choice every day during school and every evening at home.  This should be the biography book for their project this week.   They should have taken their 4th  AR test or written letters by Friday, March 1.

We are working on Wordly Wise Unit 14 this week.  The test will be on Thursday, February 28.

 

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This week we will writing third person narratives based on Greek Myths.  Students will be grouped to read and perform 3 Greek myths for their classmates.  They will take notes during the performances and write the play into a third person narrative.

In addition, we will continue reviewing grammar and punctuation as we continue to strive to understand the proper use of commas in our writing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From the Public Library

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Need something to do over the winter break?  Staying home and relaxing?  How about reading books and visiting the library to get you out of the house?

 

The Cobb County Public Library is challenging students to read over the winter break.  Check out this flyer and the reading log.

 

Learn more about how your child can automatically check out five books at the Cobb library by just using their student ID number.

http://www.cobbcat.org/librarypass/

 

Sign up for a family library card if you don’t have one so everyone can enjoy taking home books!

http://www.cobbcat.org/using-the-library/library-card-account-information/

 

Explore your child’s account at Biblionasium at https://www.biblionasium.com by going to the “Login with Destiny” page and entering your child’s ID number for both the log in and the password.

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Week of February 11, 2019

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Thursday, February 14 – Metric System Conversion and Comparison Quiz

Thursday, February 14 – Wordly Wise Unit 13 Test

Thursday, March 7 – Biography Book Report Presentations Due – Book Report bottle person-1cdgjt6

AR DATES:

1st book – 1/18/19

2nd book – 2/1/19

3rd book – 2/15/19

4th book – 3/1/19

5th book – 3/15/19

 

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Last week we worked with the customary measurement system.  Students have been making conversions and comparing measurements in the  system.  This week we will be continuing the unit with the addition of the metric system.  They should be studying the measurements and conversions as we continue to add information to the journals.  There is a lot of memorization which goes with this unit.  Please encourage them to study the conversion rates at home to help them be prepared for class.

There will be a metric system conversion and comparison quiz on Thursday, February 14.  We will review and have a test after we return from the Winter Break.

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Our standard this week asks students to use digital and print resources to locate information quickly.  We will do a couple for webquests to practice finding information on the internet.  We will also be using print resources that are not reference materials and books to locate information.  This will include practice with things like menus, sales flyers, and advertisements.

The Biography Bottle project will be completed at home.  Students should be prepared to present their project on Thursday, March 7.  The guidelines for the project can be seen here – Book Report bottle person-1cdgjt6

Students should be reading a book of their choice every day during school and every evening at home.  This should be the biography book for their project this week.   They should have taken their 3rd AR test or written letters by Friday, February 15.

We are working on Wordly Wise Unit 13 this week.  The test will be on Thursday, February 14.

 

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Students have finished reading their biographies.  They will be using the notes they took while reading to write a five paragraph report following the guidelines which can be seen here –  – Biography Informational Report Guidelines-20vb3qj

This week we will be working with the Greek and Latin prefixes and suffixes in class.  The idea is that knowledge of the Greek and Latin vocabulary will help students with vocabulary and comprehension as they are reading.  An example of these can be seen below.

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Week of February 4, 2019

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Monday, February 4 – Second Greek and Latin Roots Quiz – see Reading section for list

Thursday, February 7 – Customary System Conversion and Comparison Quiz

Thursday, February 7 – Wordly Wise Unit 12 Test

Monday, Febuary 11 – Finish Reading Biography and take AR test

Thursday, March 7 – Biography Book Report Presentations Due – Book Report bottle person-1cdgjt6

AR DATES:

1st book – 1/18/19

2nd book – 2/1/19

3rd book – 2/15/19

4th book – 3/1/19

5th book – 3/15/19

 

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We have started our unit on measurement and making conversions and comparisons in the metric and customary systems.  Students have added vocabulary notes to the math journals.  They should be studying the measurements and conversions as we continue to add information to the journals.  There is a lot of memorization which goes with this unit.  Please encourage them to study the conversion rates at home to help them be prepared for class.

This week we will be working with making conversions and comparisons with the customary system of measurement.  The conversion rates can be seen below.  There will be a customary conversion and comparison quiz on Thursday, February 7.  Next week we will be making conversions and comparisons using the metric system.

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We are working on a unit on Tone and Mood in fiction literature this week.  Students are working to identify the tone of the author and the mood of a book or passage based on text evidence and how they feel while reading.

Students are working to finish reading their chosen biography for the 3rd quarter book report project.  The students should finish reading the book by Monday, February 11 and take an AR test.  Students have been asked to take notes on their book as they read to help with the written report we will begin in class on Monday, February 11.  The guidelines for the written report to help with note-taking can be seen here – Biography Informational Report Guidelines-20vb3qj

We will be writing the report in class.  The project will be completed at home.  Students should be prepared to present their project on Thursday, March 7.  The guidelines for the project can be seen here – Book Report bottle person-1cdgjt6

Students should be reading a book of their choice every day during school and every evening at home.  This should be the biography book for their project this week.   They should have taken their 3rd AR test or written letters by Friday, February 15.

We are working on Wordly Wise Unit 12 this week.  The test will be on Thursday, February 7.

 

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This week we will be continuing to work with the Greek and Latin root words in class.  We will be writing a narrative response to a Greek Myth as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week of January 21, 2019

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Monday, January 21 – No School – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Thursday, January 24 – Geometry Retest – students who earned less than 80% on last week’s Geometry Test

Monday, January 28 – First Greek and Latin Roots Quiz – see Reading section for list

Monday, February 4 – Second Greek and Latin Roots Quiz – see Reading section for list

Thursday, March 7 – Biography Book Report Presentations Due

AR DATES:

1st book – 1/18/19

2nd book – 2/1/19

3rd book – 2/15/19

4th book – 3/1/19

5th book – 3/15/19

 

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Students have been separated into two groups based on last week’s Geometry Test.  One group is working on an extension activity in which they find examples of the geometric figures we studied in real life using Microsoft Sway as a presentation device.  The scond group is working to review and study the geometric terms and figures that were on the test in preparation for the retest on Thursday.

Our next unit will be Measurement and making conversions in the metric and customary systems.

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Last week we learned about perspective and point of view in literature and fiction accounts. This week we will change our focus to non-fiction accounts of events.  The standard asks that students begin to look at different accounts of the same historical event or time period.  They will analyze how perspective and the point of view of the speaker or writer changes the way the event is perceived.  This week we will be reading and comparing the perspectives and point of view of several speeches given by women in different time periods on Women’s Rights including Sojourner Truth and Hilary Clinton.

Students should be reading a book of their choice every day during school and every evening at home.  They should have taken their 2nd AR test or written letters by Friday, February 1.

There is no Wordly Wise unit this week.  Students will be studying and using the Greek and Latin Roots that are glued in their notebooks.  Students will be expected to match the root with its meaning.  The quiz on the first list will be Monday, January 28th, and the quiz on the second list will be Monday, February 4.  The third list will be used for bonus questions.

A Biography book report will be assigned tomorrow.  The actual visual display and presentation will be due March 7, 2019.  We will read the biographies beginning Wednesday after our visit to the Media Center.  Students will be taking notes and using the biography information to write an informational report later in the quarter.

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This week we will be working with the Greek and Latin root words.  We will also be writing and informational essay on our Heroes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week of January 14, 2019

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  •  Kleenex
  • Candy for math – problem of the day (no peanuts or tree nuts)

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Thursday, January 17 – Geometry Test

Thursday, January 17  –  Wordly Wise Unit 11 Test

Friday, January 18 – 1st AR book due for 3rd quarter

Monday, January 21 – No School – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

 

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We will be completing our geometry unit this week.  Students have been exploring the attributes of triangles and quadrilaterals.  This is really a vocabulary unit in which students must identify and name two dimensional shapes based on the length of their sides and the angle measurements.  There will be a test on Thursday on this unit.

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This week we will be learning about perspective and point of view in passages and stories.  The standard asks students to reflect on how the point of view of the story impacts the way the story is told.  For instance, Little Red Riding Hood would be very different if it was written from the wolf’s point of view.

Students should be reading a book of their choice every day during school and every evening at home.  They should have taken their 1st AR test or written letters by Friday, January 18th.

The Wordly Wise unit this week is Unit 11.  There will be a test on Thursday, January 17.

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Last week students viewed primary source pictures of people from the Dust Bowl in the 1930s.  They wrote first and third person accounts of their characters.  This week we will finish this with the students writing dialogue between their “character” and a classmate’s “character.”

We will also be studying reference materials and which resource would be best for a given task.  Students will be practicing with print versions of the dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, and encyclopedia.

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Last two weeks of 2018

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Thursday, December 13 – Fraction and Mixed Number Multiplication and Division Test

Thursday, December 13  –  Wordly Wise Unit 10 Test

*******  Non-Fiction BOARD GAME due Monday, 12/17/18

Tuesday, December 18 – Reading and ELA Touchstone Test given in class

Friday, December 21 – 5th AR book due

 

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We will take the test on Multiplication and Division of fractions and mixed number on Thursday, December 13.

We will spend time during the last week of the quarter working on changing between decimals, percents, and fractions.

Third quarter standards will start with two-dimensional figures.

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BOARD GAME IS DUE MONDAY!
Students should use the questions created in class with their informational books to complete the book report for their  5th grade 2nd quarter Non-Fiction Board Game Project.  The project guidelines will be sent home this week.  You can also see the guidelines here.

We will be continuing our read aloud novel over the next couple of weeks.  The title is Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse.  The book is aligned to the Dust Bowl unit in the 5th grade Social Studies curriculum.

Students should be reading a book of their choice every day during school and every evening at home.  They should have taken their 5th AR test or written letters by Friday, December 21.

The Wordly Wise unit this week is Unit 10.  There will be a test on Thursday, December 13.  We will not have Wordly Wise the last week of the quarter.

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Students are working on typing a story with dialogue.  The goal with this assignment is that students use correct punctuation when using quotation marks as well as adequately including character movement and feelings, so the reader ca picture the story in their mind as well as “hearing” the characters talk.

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