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Donors Choose Update

November15

Dear Friends and Family,

I want to make sure my students have what they need to succeed, so I just created a DonorsChoose.org classroom project request. Click the link below to see what my students and I are up to:

iPad Wanted – Help Us Reach the 21st Century

Early contributions are critical, and any amount helps. Thank you so much for taking a look and considering a donation. I am so excited to bring this project to life!

With gratitude,
Mrs. Gillett

P.S. If you know anyone who may want to show their support for public schools, please pass this along.

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Week of November 26, 2018

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I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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Monday, November 26 – 3rd AR test or letter completed (or first 200 pages of book of choice completed)

Thursday, November 29 –  Wordly Wise Unit 8 Test

Thursday, November 29 – Fraction and Mixed Number Multiplication Quiz

Non-Fiction BOARD GAME due 12/17/18

 

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Our current unit is multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers and division of fractions and whole numbers.  We will finish the section on multiplication which includes modeling and calculations.  There will be a quiz on Thursday, November 29th on the multiplication skills.

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Students have chosen an informational book that they will be reading in class this week.  They will be using the book to develop questions and answers that meet certain standards during class.  These questions will be the beginning of their 5th grade 2nd quarter Non-Fiction Board Game Project.  The project guidelines will be sent home this week.

Students should be reading a book of their choice every day during school and every evening at home.  They should have taken one AR test or turned in a letter about their book following the guidelines on the AR link on my blog by last Friday and be working on their 2nd book.  The third book should be completed by Monday, November 26, 2018.  All but 7 students have already completed the third book test or letter.

The Wordly Wise unit this week is Unit 8.  There will be a test on Thursday, November 29.

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We are working on writing Informational Essays to answer a specific question based on a passage.  Students will be reading an article and writing a 5 paragraph essay including an introduction, body paragraphs including the RACE strategy (see below), and a conclusion paragraph.  The goal is for students to clearly answer a question following a 5 paragraph essay format sharing specific details and information from a passage which they have read in class.

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Login to Office 365

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Here is a link to a document with all the logins for student access to textbooks, Office 365, Conceptua Math, and other programs that we use at Kincaid. – 3rd – 5th Digital Resources-vndvi2

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Kincaid STEM Club

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Week of November 5, 2018

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Thursday, November 8 –  NO Wordly Wise this week

Thursday, November 8 – Passion Projects Presented in class

Friday, November 9 – 5th Grade Symphony Field Trip

Friday, November 9 – 2nd AR test or letter completed (or first 200 pages of book of choice completed)

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We completed our STEM erosion project this morning.  Students used the building materials to make measurements to the 1/2 inch to use in line plots tomorrow.   We will use the data collected to create and analyze line plots.  We will continue studying line plots, and there will be a test next Thursday including analyzing line plots to the eighth of an inch.

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This week we have started reading an informational book about the study of the rain forest canopy called The Most Beautiful Roof in the World.  We are using the text to analyze informational text, answer text dependent questions, identify text structure and use context clues for new vocabulary.

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Students should be reading a book of their choice every day during school and every evening at home.  They should have taken one AR test or turned in a letter about their book following the guidelines on the AR link on my blog by last Friday and be working on their 2nd book.  The second book should be completed by Friday, November 9th.

There will be no Wordly Wise this week since Tuesday is a student holiday for Election Day.

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One of the requirements of 5th grade AC Language Arts is that students complete a Research Based Question (RBQ) project each semester.  We are going to do our RBQ over the next couple of weeks.  This semester, I am asking students to complete a “Passion Project.”  The idea for this type of project is that the student comes up with their question, designs the project based on their research and ideas on how to best answer the question in a meaningful way, and shares their project with the class.

Students will present their projects on Thursday during class.

This week we are also finishing our study of using commas appropriately in writing.  There will a Comma Test next week.

 

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Week of October 29, 2018

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Tuesday, October 30 – Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers with unlike denominators test

Thursday, November 1 – Wordly Wise Test Unit 6

Friday, November 9 – 2nd AR test or letter completed (or first 200 pages of book of choice completed)

Wednesday and Thursday, November 7-8 – Passion Projects Presented in class

Thursday, November 8 – Wordly Wise Test Unit 7

Friday, November 9 – 5th Grade Symphony Field Trip

 

 

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We have covered all the adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers standards.  We will review on Monday and have a test on Tuesday.

Our next standard is presenting and analyzing fractional data in line plot form.  We will complete STEM project in class to collect our data this week on Wednesday and Thursday.  We will use the collected data to develop line plots for analysis next week.

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This week we will hopefully be completing Esperanza Rising as our read aloud.  We have enjoyed using this book to introduce the topics we are working on in class.  This week we will be using the book to create Stop and Jot notes which show independent thinking using information from the text.  Students will also be writing summaries of what they are reading.

Students should be reading a book of their choice every day during school and every evening at home.  They should have taken one AR test or turned in a letter about their book following the guidelines on the AR link on my blog by last Friday and be working on their 2nd book.  The second book should be completed by Friday, November 9th.

We have started unit 6 in Wordly Wise.  The test will be Thursday on unit 6.  We are completing a Wordly Wise unit every week this year instead of every two weeks as we did last year.

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One of the requirements of 5th grade AC Language Arts is that students complete a Research Based Question (RBQ) project each semester.  We are going to do our RBQ over the next couple of weeks.  This semester, I am asking students to complete a “Passion Project.”  The idea for this type of project is that the student comes up with their question, designs the project based on their research and ideas on how to best answer the question in a meaningful way, and shares their project with the class.

Students will spend this week on researching their question, following their step by step research plan, compiling a Review of Literature, and developing their presentation.  The presentations will be in class on Wednesday and Thursday, November 7th and 8th.

The final project will be a presentation of their research and an idea for something they can do to support their passion.  For instance, maybe their passion has to do with football and the risk of concussions.  They may research this topic, develop an idea for a new helmet, and present their ideas.  If their passion is animals they might research animal shelters, work on collecting items or towels for shelters, and present their project by making a public service announcement or video commercial.

The final product is really up to the student.  We will talk about lots of different options in class, but maybe your child has a different idea that would be perfect for them.

 

 

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Week of October 22, 2018

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Thank you all so much for coming  in for conferences last week.  I love being able to share with parents how their children are doing in 5th grade.  Please feel free to email or send a note at any time if you have questions or concerns.

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Wednesday, October 24 – Identify Passion Project Question – see writing below

Thursday, October 25 – Wordly Wise Test Unit 5

Friday, October 26 – 1st AR test or letter completed (or first 200 pages of book of choice completed)

Tuesday, October 30 – Fraction and Mixed Number Addition and Subtraction Test

 

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Thank you to those of you who sent in some items.  We are still a little low on dry erase markers and extra snacks if anyone would like to donate them.

Thank you!

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We started our fraction unit last week.  Students are very confident with finding common denominators in order to add and subtract fractions.  This week we will be working with adding and subtracting fractions which should be a fairly easy addition to what we are already doing.  The hardest part in this unit is the regrouping with mixed number subtraction, but we will practice for several days to master the skill.  We will be also be working with two step word problems which use fractions and mixed numbers. Students will be expected to simplify all fraction answers.

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There will be a test next Tuesday, October 30th on addition and subtraction of fractions and mixed numbers.  We will them spend a week on designing, creating, and playing Fraction and Mixed Number games which the students will be making in class.  They may need to bring some supplies from home depending on what type game they are creating.

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This week we will be completing Esperanza Rising as our read aloud.  We have enjoyed using this book to introduce the topics we are working on in class.  This week we will be using the book to introduce writing implicit and explicit questions using information from the text.  Students will also be writing summaries of what they are reading.

Students should be reading a book of their choice every day during school and every evening at home.  They should have taken one AR test or turned in a letter about their book following the guidelines on the AR link on my blog by Friday.

We have started unit 5 in Wordly Wise.  The test will be Thursday on unit 5.  We are completing a Wordly Wise unit every week this year instead of every two weeks as we did last year.

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One of the requirements of 5th grade AC Language Arts is that students complete a Research Based Question (RBQ) project each semester.  We are going to do our RBQ over the next couple of weeks.  This semester, I am asking students to complete a “Passion Project.”  The idea for this type of project is that the student comes up with their question, designs the project based on their research and ideas on how to best answer the question in a meaningful way, and shares their project with the class.

Students will spend this week identifying a topic that they are passionate about, developing a question about this topic that they can research, designing a step by step process for researching the question, and working on a Review of Literature with print and internet resources.

The final project will be a presentation of their research and an idea for something they can do to support their passion.  For instance, maybe their passion has to do with football and the risk of concussions.  They may research this topic, develop an idea for a new helmet, and present their ideas.  If their passion is animals they might research animal shelters, work on collecting items or towels for shelters, and present their project by making a public service announcement or video commercial.

The final product is really up to the student.  We will talk about lots of different options in class, but maybe your child has a different idea that would be perfect for them.

 

 

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Week of October 15, 2018

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Early Release all week for conferences!

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Monday, October 15 – Finish Decimal Multiplication and Division Quiz

Tuesday, October 16 – Decimal Test (naming, rounding, comparing, all operations)

Thursday, October 18 – Wordly Wise Test Unit 4

Thursday, October 18 – Computation Quiz

 

October 15 – 19 – Book Fair and Conference Week – I will be having conferences with your homeroom teachers.  You will schedule with them.

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We are running low on dry erase markers and extra snacks if anyone would like to donate them.

Thank you!

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Students did not finish the multiplication and division of decimals quiz on Thursday because we went to the Book Fair preview.  We will finish the quiz and review all decimal standards Monday and take a Decimal Test on Tuesday.

There will be a computation quiz on Thursday.

Our next unit will be Fractions.  We will be starting with finding common denominators in order to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers.  We will be also be working with two step word problems which use fractions and mixed numbers. Students will be expected to simplify all fraction answers.

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This week we will be continue using Esperanza Rising as our read aloud.  Students are enjoying this book about the life of a young Mexican girl in the 1930s as a migrant worker.

This week we will also be talking about the level of books students have been choosing to read.  Each student will be asked to reflect on and analyze the levels of the books they read 1st quarter.  Many of them will find that they are not pushing themselves in their choice of reading to increase their vocabulary and reading level.  My hope is that this analysis will help them choose better books and push themselves in their reading.

Students will be required to read an appropriate book every 2 weeks this quarter for their total 5 books.  They may either take an AR test or write a letter to show evidence of their comprehension of the books.  We will find out this week what each child’s reading level is.

We have started unit 4 in Wordly Wise.  The test will be Thursday on unit 4.  We are completing a Wordly Wise unit every week this year instead of every two weeks as we did last year.

 

 

 

 

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Week of October 8, 2018

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Monday, October 8 – Book Report Due

Tuesday, October 9 – Typed Country Opinion paper due (in class assignment)

Thursday, October 11 – Early Release and Book Fair Preview

Thursday, October 11 – Decimal Division Quiz

Thursday, October 11 – Wordly Wise Test Unit 3

 

October 15 – 19 – Book Fair and Conference Week – I will be having conferences with your homeroom teachers.  You will schedule with them.

Wednesday, October 17 – Decimal Test (naming, rounding, comparing, all operations)

 

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We have been studying decimals.  We have covered all the decimal standards for 5th grade AC math except dividing with a decimal as the divisor.  We will finish decimal division this week and take a Decimal Division Quiz on Thursday.  We will review all decimal standards next Monday and Tuesday and take a Decimal Test on Wednesday.

Our next unit will be Fractions.

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This week we will be continue using Esperanza Rising to introduce our standards.  We will be working on answering explicit and implicit questions using text evidence to support our answers.

Explicit questions are questions that the answers can be found directly in the text.  Implicit questions are questions that require the reader to use information from the text as well as information from themselves such as inferences, feelings, or personal thoughts to answer the question.

The last day of the quarter is Wednesday.  Students  should have 4 AR books and 1 book report book completed by Wednesday is they are planning on being including in the 5th grade reading reward.

We have started unit 3 in Wordly Wise.  The test will be Thursday on unit 3.  We are completing a Wordly Wise unit every week this year instead of every two weeks as we did last year.

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Students have started typing their final opinion paper on their country of choice.  These will be completed and shared on Tuesday.  This week students will be working on writing or typing scary stories which include lots of description, imagery, visualizations, and suspense.

 

 

 

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Week of September 17, 2018

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Wednesday, September 19 – Wordly Wise Test Unit 1

Thursday, September 20 – Math – Decimal Quiz

Friday, September 21 – Heritage Day for 5th grade

Fall Break – September 24 – 28

October 15 – 19 – Conference Week – I will be having conferences with your homeroom teachers.  You will schedule with them.

 

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We have been studying decimals.  We have covered all the decimal standards for 5th grade AC math except dividing with decimals.  We will review these standards this week and take a Decimal Quiz on Thursday.  We will work with the division standard after Fall Break.

 

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This week we will be using Esperanza Rising to introduce our standards.  We will be working on making inferences as well as introducing other reading strategies that we use as good readers.  This week we will be practicing making Stop and Jot notes where students stop during their reading and make notes about what they are reading.  They will tying the reading strategies into their Stop and Joy notes.  The reading strategies are things like Making Inferences, Making Predictions, Asking Questions, Visualizing the Setting, and Personal Thoughts and Connections.

Students should be reading books to completion.  There are several students that have been reading the same book since school began.  They should be finishing these books and moving on to new books.

We have started unit 1 in Wordly Wise.  The test will be Wednesday, September 19 after the IOWA testing is complete.

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Students will be working on their opinion paper for their country research.  This week, we will be organizing our notes and beginning our Introduction paragraphs.

 

 

 

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