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Week of April 15, 2019

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Thursday, April 18 – Wordly Wise 19 Test

AR DATES:

1st book: March 29

2nd book: April 12

3rd book :  April 26

4th book:  May 10

5th book – May 17

MILESTONES DATES:
5th Grade Math – Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 23

5th Grade Science – Thursday, May 2

5th Grade Social Studies – Friday, May 3

 

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This week we will be reviewing the standards we covered earlier in the year. These include place value, powers of ten, order of operations, rounding, simple expressions, comparing decimals, and measurement conversions.

There will be no computation quiz this week.

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This week we are working on a Research Based Question (RBQ) as part of the AC curriculum.    Students will come up with their own research question, complete the research in class, and prepare a presentation in class.  Their presentation can be in any format they choose.

Students should be reading a book of their choice every day during school and every evening at home.    They should have taken their 3rd AR test or written letters by Friday, April 26th.

There will be a Wordly Wise test on Thursday on unit 19.

 

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This week we are organizing and doing a Kincaid Elementary School Book Drive as a community service project.  The students will work in groups to create flyers, film commercials for the Kincaid News, decorate book boxes, and prepare to present to classes.  The book drive will provide additional books for classroom libraries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donors Choose Project for Classroom Books

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Good morning,

Please help us build our classroom library.  We have a new project on Donors Choose for classroom books if you would like to donate.  You can also share this with anyone you think would like to contribute.  Thank you for all you do for your kids and school!

Graphic Novels, Mysteries, and Other Books

Week of April 8, 2019

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Tuesday, April 9 – Computation Quiz

 

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 working on writing constructed responses for math problems.  Students will be practicing restating the question with an answer and using math vocabulary to explain the process they took to solve the problem.

We are also still working on computation skills and working carefully and accurately.  Little mistakes are our biggest problem as students understand the processes, but they are still making careless errors.

There will be a computation quiz on Tuesday.

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This week we are discussing independent reading goals.  Students will complete a Reading Reflection Survey which will help guide their note taking and conferences as we discuss their books of choice.

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, April 12th.

There will be no Wordly Wise this week since we will be Milestone Testing.

 

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This week we are discussing and practicing using graphic organizers for planning informational and opinion essays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week of March 25, 2019

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Tuesday, March 26 – Computation Quiz

Thursday, March 21 – Wordly Wise Unit 18 Test

Monday, April 1 – Friday, April 5 – Spring Break

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 working on writing constructed responses for math problems.  Students will be practicing restating the question with an answer and using math vocabulary to explain the process they took to solve the problem.

We are also still working on computation skills and working carefully and accurately.  Little mistakes are our biggest problem as students understand the processes, but they are still making careless errors.

There will be a computation quiz on Tuesday.

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This week we are comparing and contrasting characters, setting, and plots in dramas.  We will be reading short plays and discussing the story elements and how they affect the plot.

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 18 this week.  The test will be on Thursday, March 26.

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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