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Week of September 17, 2018

September17

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.

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.

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.

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.

Week of September 10, 2018

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Wednesday, September 12 – Computation Quiz in math

Thursday, September 13 – Tuesday, September 18 – IOWA Testing (lunch and specials stay the same)

Wednesday, September 19 – Wordly Wise Test Unit 1

We have been studying decimals.  This week we will continue with decimal multiplication and division.  This includes modeling decimal multiplication and division with base ten models as well as calculating decimal multiplication and division problems.

The test on the decimal unit will be after the IOWA testing.  The test will include reading and writing decimal numbers to the thousandths place, comparing and ordering decimals, rounding decimals, and all four operations with decimals to the thousandths place.

There will be a computation quiz on Wednesday before the IOWA test starts on Thursday.

This week we will be using Esperanza Rising to introduce our standards.  We will be working on making inferences when reading as well as continue our discussions on character traits and how setting affects the books we read.

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.

Students have finished their typing of the Author’s Choice writing.  They will be sharing these this week.  We will then be working on researching our country of choice for the Heritage Project and writing an opinion paper on our countries of choice.   These papers will be completed in class.

In addition, we are working on verb tense and comma placement this week in grammar.

Week of August 27, 2018

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Tuesday, August 28 – Unit 1 Math Test – see below for details

Wednesday, August 29 – Picture Day and Early Release

Thursday, August 30 – Computation Quiz in math

Monday, September 3 – Labor Day – no school

We will review the standards we have covered this year on Monday, and there will be a test on Tuesday.

The test will cover number forms (standard, word, expanded with powers of 10), simple expressions, order of operations with braces, brackets, paragraphs, multiplication, and division.

Our next unit is understanding decimals to the thousandths place.  We will be naming numbers with decimals in standard, word, and expanded form as well as comparing and ordering decimals.  We will also be completing addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with decimals.

The second computation quiz will be on Thursday.

This week we will be adding a Read Aloud with Esperanza Rising to our Reader’s Workshop.  I will use the read aloud book to teach the skills we are working on such as plot, theme, and character traits.  Students will then read their chosen books to practice using the skills.

Students will continue to work on an Author’s Choice piece of writing.  They have chosen the type of writing and the subject matter.  This piece of writing will be taken through the Writing Process including Planning, Drafting, Editing, Revising, and Publishing.

Week of August 20, 2018

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Tuesday, August 28 – Unit 1 Math Test – see below for details

Wednesday, August 29 – Picture Day and Early Release

Thursday, August 30 – Computation Quiz in math

This week we have been working on mastering long division and multi-digit multiplication.  Students have been working on these skills independent, in small groups with the teacher, and with partners.  We will review the standards we have covered this year on Monday, and there will be a test on Tuesday.

The test will cover number forms (standard, word, expanded with powers of 10), simple expressions, order of operations with braces, brackets, paragraphs, multiplication, and division.

The second computation quiz will be on Thursday.

The students are loving the Reader’s Workshop model.  We are continuing to work on reading stamina, and we are able to read without interruptions for a long period of time.  This week I will begin meeting and conferencing with students about their books and their book choices.  These conferences will lead to each student having an independent goal for their reading.  Some students may be working on understanding story elements while others are working on theme or making inferences.  The model is designed to help each student work on the reading skills that they need instead of everyone working on the same skill at the same time.

We “closely” read a couple of poems this week by John Mayer and Robert Frost.  This allowed the stents to really delve into the meaning behind the words and why writers choose the words and format they do to share their beliefs.  Ask your students what they thought about the poems.

We will continue our Writing Workshop model this week with reflection and book reviews.  Students will then have an opportunity to work on an Author’s Choice piece of writing.  They can choose the type of writing and the subject matter.  This piece of writing will be taken through the Writing Process including Planning, Drafting, Editing, Revising, and Publishing.

Donors Choose Update

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I want to make sure my students have what they need to succeed, so I’ve created a classroom project request through DonorsChoose.org, an award-winning charity. Donations of any size will help my kids.

Today only, any contribution you make to my project will be 1.5x matched by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For example, a \$10 donation will turn into a \$15 donation. Your donation will brighten my students’ school year, and you’ll get heartfelt thank-yous from my class and photos of your gift in action.

Here is my classroom request:

To have your donation matched 1.5x, just make a contribution on that project page — donations will be matched 1.5x automatically, but only while funding lasts.

If you know anyone who is passionate about education, please pass this along. My students and I greatly appreciate your support.

Week of August 13, 2018

August13

Thursday, August 16 – 5th Grade Parent Night – AC Parent Night will start at 7:10 after the homeroom meetings

Thursday, August 16 – Computation Quiz in math

Friday, August 17 – First Day of Target – Non-Target students will still have math and ELA with Mrs. Gillett

This week we will be covering 3 standards which are mostly review with a new piece added.

Students will be reviewing Order of Operations.  The 5th grade standard has students recognizing the order of calculations using brackets, braces, and parentheses.  They should already have mastered the basic order of operations in 4th grade.

Students will be recognizing simple expressions and how number sentences relate to real life problems.  For instance, 3 + 7 can be read as 7 more than 3.

We will also be reviewing multiplication of multi-digit numbers.  Students should fluently be multiplying 4 digits by 1 digit, 2 digits by 2 digits, and 3 digits by 2 digits.  They should be using the traditional method of multiplication.

The first computation quiz will be on Thursday.

Reading Workshop is moving right along.  The AC students seem to love the model because they are able to read books that are interesting to them for an extended period of time.  This week we will continue talking about finding “just right” books.  We will discuss text complexity and how students should be striving to read books with text complexity to increase reading ability.  We will also talk about book talks and book talk accountability to teach students how to talk about the books they are reading.

Please come Thursday at 7:10 pm to hear about the reading requirements.  I will also send a paper home with the requirements clearly explained.

We will continue our Writing Workshop model this week by looking at 4 of the reasons people write.  These two weeks we will cover the 7 reasons for writing.  Students will discuss the reasons and begin writing each type of writing.  At this point, we are not finishing pieces of writing, but we are writing every day to increase our writing stamina.

Week of August 6, 2018

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I was so excited to have your students in class this morning.  They are an amazing group, and I am so lucky that I will be spending the year with them.  Please see below for important information and dates to help them start the school year on a positive note!

Tuesday, August 7 – ELA students take Reading Inventory in computer lab

Friday, August 9 – Math quiz – whole number forms, expanded form with scientific notation, comparing and ordering numbers

Thursday, August 16 – 5th Grade Parent Night – AC Parent Night will start at 7:15 after the homeroom meetings

This week we are reviewing naming whole numbers to the millions place in standard form, word form, and expanded form as well as comparing and ordering these numbers.  We will also work on understanding scientific notation to be able to write numbers in expanded form with fewer zeroes as seen here.

There will be a quiz on Friday on these skills

This year we will be using a Reading Workshop model for reading instruction.  This means that students will be choosing books on their reading level that are interesting to them.  They will be given time each day to read their own book and make connections with the reading standards we are covering in class.

The first three weeks of Reading Workshop will be helping the students figure out how to find books that are good choices for them as independent readers.

Please click on the Reading Requirements link above to make sure that you and your student are aware of what is required this year.

In writing this week we will be working on a couple different personal narratives.  This is just a way to get the students to write rather than sitting around trying to figure out what to write about.

Next week, we will begin Writing Workshop.  This model allows students to work at their own pace and write narratives, opinion pieces, and informational essays that of interest to them.  This model allows students to improve their writing craft, spelling, and grammar within the writing process instead of separate lessons.

Welcome Back

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I am so excited to be teaching Advanced Content Math and/or Language Arts.  AC Math will meet daily from 8:00 – 9:00 in my classroom – K11.  AC English Language Arts will meet 9:00 – 11:00 daily.   We will begin class on Monday.  This year we will be using higher order thinking, problem-solving, and communication to cover the course material in reading, math, and language arts.

Materials and Supplies:

Your students should have the materials needed for the AC classes from their school supply list.  Please make sure they have one composition book for math and two for ELA.  They will need to bring their agenda and a book to read every day as well as a pencil pouch with pencils, glue sticks, and scissors.

Donations Needed:

• Extra snacks for the class
• Hard candy

Snacks and Water Bottles:

Please make sure your child has a healthy snack and a water bottle every day.  Please do not send cookies, cupcakes, or juices.

All 5th grade students will be required to read 20 minutes every night ad have a reading log signed.  If your child is in AC ELA then they will be getting their reading log signed in their agenda.  I will explain this to them on Monday.

All 5th grade students are also required to read 5 books on their reading level every quarter.  Students will be assigned a book report for one of the books.  More information about the reading requirements will be shared at parent night.

Parent Night:

There is a 5th grade informational meeting scheduled for 6:30 pm on August 16.  Please plan to stay after at 7:15 pm for a short meeting to answer any questions you have about your child’s AC class.

Communication:

I am always available with any questions you may have.

EMAIL – My email is [email protected].

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May 3, 2018

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Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
Thursday, May 3 – Water Safety Presentation
Friday, May 4 – End of Year Math Inventory (online in the computer lab)
Monday, May 7 – End of Year Reading Inventory (online in the computer lab)
Monday, May 7 – Ecosystems open book test
Tuesday, May 8 – Computation Quiz (math)
Friday, May 11 – Wordly Wise 13 Test – Vocabulary and Spelling
Tuesday, May 15 – Animal Adaptations – open book test
Tuesday, May 15 – Computation Quiz (math)
Wednesday, May 16 – FIELD DAY
Friday, May 18 – Civil War and Reconstruction Test
Tuesday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 23 – Early Release Days
AR test #1 due – March 28
AR test #2 – April 11
AR test #3 – April 25
AR test #4 – May 9
AR test #5 – May 22
*******  Make sure you are reading for AR.  Most of you should be reading books that are 5th grade or higher.  Only books that are 4.8 or higher count this quarter, but I truly believe you should be pushing yourself to read at a higher level than that.

We will be reviewing the math standards we have covered.  There will be a computation quiz on Friday.

Students will be working on Unit 13 in Wordly Wise for these two weeks.  The test will be on Friday, May 11.

We are continuing our novel study on The Mostly True Adventures of Honer P. Figg which takes place during the Civil War which is our Social Studies unit.  We will use the novel to review the reading standards we have covered this year.

Students should be reading for the AR requirement. This quarter students should be reading books that are a 4.8 reading level or higher.  I encourage them to choose books that are higher level to increase their comprehension and vocabulary.

We will finish the Oregon Trail simulation this week.  Beginning Monday students will be working on a Research Based Question project for the next two weeks.  They will decide on a question, research the question, and prepare a presentation for the class.

Student handwriting and writing conventions are much more important.  I have explained to students that they will be rewriting work that is not neat.

Students completed the Ecosystems Power Point presentation this week.  We are completing our study of ecosystems and there will be an open book test on Monday, May 7.  The last unit for science is Animal Adaptations which we will finish on Tuesday, May 15 with another open book test.

All notes for science will be kept in your students’ Science notebook.  Ask your child to bring their notebooks home to show you what we are covering.  The notebook is also what students should be studying as tests and quizzes occur.

We have started our unit on the Civil War.  We have covered the causes and events leading up to the war.  We are now studying the battles.  We will end with the results and the Reconstruction era including Jim Crow Laws, sharecropping, and the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments.  There will be a test on Civil War and Reconstruction on Friday, May 18.

All notes are being kept in the Social Studies notebooks.  Students could begin studying now.

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Field Day Volunteers Needed!!!

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Field Day – we still need volunteers!!

Third, fourth and 5th grade field day is Wednesday, May 16th. We need many many more volunteers!   Hours are approximately 8:00 – 12:00.  Volunteers are needed to staff games and make sure the students have an awesome day.  These fun-filled days take many volunteers!  If you can help, please contact Kim McMasters at [email protected]