October 24

Heritage Project

Students will complete this cross-curricular project through classwork and homework in language arts and social studies. In this long-term project, students will be asked to interview members of their families to learn about their ethnic heritage. They will also research their country of origin. There are three parts to this project:

1) Construct and present a family tree (done at home): Due Mon, 11/6/17

2) Create and present a project board (done at home): Due Wed, 11/15/17

3) Write a report (done in class): tentatively Due Friday, 12/1/17

Students are being sent home the instructions today in class but they can also be found here on my blog.
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October 20

October 23-27th

I enjoyed getting to talk to all of my student’s parents this week! The kids had a great 1st Quarter and I know this quarter will be great too! I am so happy though to be on a regular schedule!

I told all parents that the Milestones will be taken on the computers this year for the very first time. It’s crucial that are students be exposed to as much typing as possible then. A way that students can practice their typing is to type their reading responses that are due every Friday in their Reading Journal. They can type their responses and then print and glue them in their Reading Journal. This is not required! However, it would be great practice for them.

I will also begin giving Spelling Tests on Wordly Wise words. The beginning of the year fifth grade elected not to do spelling tests. However, I have decided that I feel that spelling is something many of our students struggle with. I believe that testing the students on their spelling will really help them improve their writing.

What to put in your calendar:
Tuesday: Quiz on identifying sentence structure (compound, simple, and complex sentences). The first AR Test is due on Tuesday as well.
Wednesday: There will be a quiz on multiplying decimals.
Friday! This is a fun day! Foundation Dress Up! Students who want to wear their school appropriate costume to class may do so if they bring in a $2 donation. We will also have our Compliment Party as well! It’s going to be a great day!

Last week we introduced multiplying decimals. This week we will be reviewing it again and talking on how to multiply decimals with models and using the standard algorithm as well. This is a great Youtube video that explains how to multiply decimals with models: https://youtu.be/8B2CpiJO-uI . We will be having a quiz on multiplying decimals on Wednesday. Then Thursday and Friday we will work on dividing decimals using models.

Social Studies:
We are continuing talking about Reconstruction this week. Please ask your students about the Reconstruction Amendments (13th,14th, 15th Amendment). With early release last week we did not get to do the sharecropping simulation but we will be doing it this week. Friday they will work in class on their Reconstruction study guide and our test will be on Tuesday, October 31st.

Reading: We will be talking about how to compare 2 different passages making inferences on the character, setting, and plot. Then on Wednesday we will be introducing figurative language. Students will be discussing what a metaphor and simile is. Our focus this week will be similes. We will also be starting a novel study of Esperanza Rising. This is a great book that I can’t wait for the students to get to read.

ELA/Writing: Monday we will be reviewing sentence structure and then Tuesday students will have a quiz on identifying sentence structure of simple, compound, and complex sentences. Then our focus will be how to study and practice spelling. In writing we will be talking about opinion essays. Students will be reading passages that give them 2 different viewpoints and then they will write a short essay on what their opinion is on the topic using text evidence to support their argument.

Science: Matter! In class we will be talking about the states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. Then we will be discussing the physical changes in matter. We will have science lab on Friday!

October 18

Friday, October 27th!

This is going to be a fun day! Not only will we have our Compliment Party in class but it will also be Foundation Dress Up Day! Foundation Dress Up Day – students may wear school appropriate costumes for a donation of $2

ASP will be doing some fun things too that day! At 2:45 staff will be passing out treats to the ASP kiddos (I will be attending). There will also be ASP Trunk or Treat and Costume Contest / movie and popcorn @4:00 – regular $7 daily rate.

We will also be having The Foundation Halloween Dance 4-6 – students may attend with permission and $7 donation. I look forward to seeing our students there!

October 16


Our class earned a Compliment Party! We earn letters for the word compliment when other teacher and administrators observe us being good in either the hallways or classroom. We earned two letters today! We will celebrate with a lunch in classroom and a movie party on Friday, October 27th!

October 16

Quarter 2 AR Due Dates & Quarter 2 Reading Project

These dates should already be written in your students agenda.

October 24th: AR TEST 1

November 7th: AR TEST 2

November 28th: AR TEST 3

December 13th: AR Test 4

Second Quarter Reading Project directions are glued in your student’s Reading Journal but they are also here and in the Reading Requirements page on my blog. The project is to create a game on a nonfiction book. The due date for this project is Wednesday, December 6th. On December 6th we will have a game day where we will play everyone’s game and vote on the best game. Second Quarter Reading Project-1jwo4u9

October 15

October 16-20th

This week is Conference Week which means early release everyday! I am looking forward to getting to talk to y’all about your students progress.

Dates to Remember:

Friday there will be a Computation Quiz and Wordly Wise 4 Vocabulary Test.

Math: In math we will be talking about adding and subtracting decimals. Students will continue to have multiplication and division problems in their homework to review those concepts. Friday we will have a computation quiz.

Social Studies: In social studies were will be talking about the effects of the Civil War in the North and South and the Reconstruction of the South. Thursday we will have a sharecropping simulation where we will do an activity to show the effects sharecropping had on former slaves and poor farmers.

Reading/ELA: We will be focusing on inferring the setting in a passage and poem. Students will also be completing vocabulary activities in class as well. Friday we will have our Wordly Wise 4 Vocabulary Test. ELA we will be working on opinion writing. Students will be writing an opinion essay on a topic they have an opinion on. This week we will be talking about opinion vs. fact, and determining what we would like to write about. Topics could be ‘cats are better than dogs’ to ‘who is the best vlogger.’

Science: We will be discussing the 3 different types of matter and discussing physical change. Thursday we will have a small experiment in class where we will be seeing the different change in states in matter. Friday we will have Science Lab.

October 9

October 9-13th

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Here is what is going on this week:

Dates to Remember:
Wednesday is our Election Day! Students will vote for either Maricela, Joseph, or Sebastian to represent our class in Student Council.
Thursday is Early Release
Friday is our Civil War Test and Computation Quiz.

Math: We are going over place value of decimals and comparing decimals. Students will have a computation quiz on Friday.

Social Studies: The Civil War is almost over! It’s a long unit and we are almost done. We will be discussing Sherman’s March to the Sea and the end of the Civil War at Appomattox Court House. Students will receive their study guide on Wednesday and we will test on Friday.

Reading: We will be working on character traits this week. Students will read a passage and determine the best character traits to describe their character using text-evidence.
On Tuesday we will be taking the SRI again. Students will also be studying their Wordly Wise 4 Vocabulary words.

ELA: Students will be discussing the different types of sentence structure. We will be focusing this week on writing complex sentences.

We begin our unit of matter this week! We will be discussing the different states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. We will also be talking about what a physical change and a chemical change is this week.

October 4

Attendance Award!

I am so proud of our class! We are the H.E.R.O. attendance winners for the month of September. H.E.R.O. stands for

R-ready to learn
O-on time

We had the highest daily attendance among all of the 5th grade classes and won a PAJAMA day. Your student can wear school appropriate pajamas on Friday, October 13th .
Thank you, parents for sending your child to school on-time and ready to learn, every day they feel well!

October 4

Civil War Wax Museum Photos!

The students did great with their presentations yesterday! I was so proud of them. Here are photos I took of them in their costumes. Many of the students chose to have serious faces because photographs of individuals during the 1860-1900s were always serious. Not everyone chose to do that though. 🙂

October 1

October 2-6th

Happy October!

I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful break! I just got back from my fun trip to Little Rock, Arkansas which is why I am posting so late.

Monday your student will be bringing home your date and time for conferences next week. Please return them ASAP to confirm you are coming. If you cannot let me know so that we can reschedule.

Dates to Remember:
Tuesday is our Civil War Wax Museum! Our class will be presenting our costumes, props, and speeches from 8:30-9:00.
Friday we will have our Multiplication and Division Test and Constructive and Destructive Forces Test.

Math: We are continuing to finish up division of whole numbers. We will be reviewing multiplication and division of whole numbers on Thursday and Friday will be our test. Next week we will be working with decimals.

Social Studies:
Civil War Wax Museum is on Tuesday! I am so excited to see our students shine at this! Students will be dressed as their character. They will have 3 or more props to help describe their character and a pretend button. Parents will walk into our classroom and press the student’s button. The student will then come to life and present their speech. Please bring cameras and feel free to take photos or videos of your student.
The rest of the week we will be discussing the major battles of the Civil War and the ending of the war.

Reading: Students will have a reading comprehension grade this week. They will also be working in Reading Groups. Our small group time will be discussing summarizing a story. Students will also be working on their Wordly Wise vocabulary words. Our test will be next week.

Writing: Students will be completing their Constructive and Destructive forces booklets. They will be receiving a science and writing grade on their booklets and the last day to complete them will be Tuesday. The rest of the week we will be discussing compound and complex sentences and using a variety of sentence structure in our writing.

Science: We are completing our unit on Constructive and Destructive forces. Thursday we will play a review game and Friday we will test. Next week we will be starting our unit on Matter.