February 23

February 26th -March 2nd

February 26th -March 2nd
Wow that break went by fast! The weather for Winter break felt like what Spring Break should feel like. Hopefully that won’t be reversed when we get to April for our Spring Break.
I am excited to see the kids. I’d love to see some pictures and hear some stories of what everyone did over break. March is a very busy month. March 14th is the end of the 9 weeks and we will soon be entering Quarter 4!

I have entered all my current grades into the Parent Portal. I am missing several students 3rd AR test. I let them finish or review their books over the break and take it first thing Monday. I did allow students to count our read aloud Wonder as one of their 4 AR tests. So if your student is missing a 3rd AR test (or even a 4th) please encourage them to take an AR test on Wonder.

Here’s what you should put in your calendar:

Tuesday: Social Studies Test on Roaring 20s and The Great Depression (Quizlet made)
Wednesday: Science Quiz on naming the seven steps of the Classification pyramid and the five Kingdoms of living things.
Thursday: Customary Lengths Math Quiz & Vocab Spelling Test on Worldy Wise 9 words. (Quizlet made)
Friday: Foundation Dinner.

Don’t Forget!
•Biography Project due Monday, March 5th.
•4th AR Test Friday, March 9th 5th Grade Biography Project-1gxopjy
•HALF DAY is Wednesday, March 14th (Why they scheduled it on a Wednesday and not Friday is beyond me).
•Report Cards go home Wednesday, March 21st.

Here’s what we’re learning in class:

Math: 2-D shapes are out and converting measurement is in! In class we will be talking about customary and metric measurement. We are going to have a quiz on converting customary measurements on Wednesday. There will also be a few computation problems on the quiz too. Students receive math homework every day. Please make sure they are doing it because that will really help them when completing theses quizzes.

Social Studies: In class on Monday we will be working on our Roaring 20s and The Great Depression study guide. Whatever is not completed in class should be finished at home and studied. There is a Quizlet already made to help them review. Tuesday we will take our test and then begin our unit on World War II. This is the unit students are the most excited about, so I am very eager to FINALLY get to answer questions about Hitler and Pearl Harbor. If your student has a veteran family member who has some war stories during World War II please share them with your kids. I’d love to hear some firsthand or secondhand stories of World War II.

Reading: We will be reviewing informational text-structure in class and then Tuesday quiz on it. Students will read a passage and determine what type of text-structure the passage is written in. We will be reviewing our Worldy Wise 9 words. Then Thursday we will have our spelling and vocab test on Worldy Wise 9. There is a Quizlet made to help students review.

In reading we will also be analyzing multiple accounts on the same topic, noting similarities and differences in the point of view they represent. We are preparing to begin a big unit next week on comparing different account of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Writing: Our class has done a really insightful job of preparing writing a memoir. In class we have talked about different moments in our lives that have shaped us. Small seed stories that have taught us lessons. I really enjoyed getting to listen to students share stories of important moments that they learned lessons from. This week we are going to be picking one of those seed stories and using it to write a short memoir. We will be reading different memoirs and looking at their structure to help influence our own writing too.

Science: We will begin our unit on Classification. We are going to be reviewing the five kingdoms:
1. Bacteria
2. Protist
3. Fungi
4. Plant
5. Animal
We are also studying the classification pyramid in depth. A pneumonic device may be helpful to students to remember this: King Phillip Can Order Fabulous Green Spaghetti.
There will be a quiz on students memorizing this on Wednesday. The rest of the week we will be talking about the differences between and invertebrate and vertebrate.

February 11

February 12-16th

Happy Sunday!
Thank you so much for the sweet get well emails and notes I received! I am happy to say that I am feeling so much better and ready to bring on the last week before break!

We have a busy week, here’s what you should put in your calendar:
Monday: Cells Test
Wednesday:
*Grade Level Valentines’ Exchange.
Students may bring a decorated box to exchange valentines or just a bag. If students want to exchange valentines to anyone in our classroom they need to bring a valentine for everybody. They do not need to do that if they want to exchange valentines with students from other classes.
*Reading Comprehension Quiz
Thursday:
* WW II Presentation from 9:45-10:45 in the Media Center. Permission forms are required for all students who attend.
*Cell Project Due!
*Math Test
Friday:
*STEM Day! My class will be presenting with Mr. Bridges class from 9-9:10. Our Lunch time has changed too for that day. We will have lunch at 12:22-12:52.

Math: Monday and Tuesday we will be discussing the hierarchy or Triangles. We will be classifying triangles based on their attributes. Wednesday we will be reviewing 2-D shapes and Thursday we will test.

Social Studies: Monday we will be finishing learning about the Roaring Twenties and The Harlem Renaissance. The rest of the week we will be discussing the Great Depression, Dust Bowl, and The New Deal. We will test on the Twenties and The Great Depression when we get back from break.

Reading: We are working on our Wordly Wise 9 vocab words. I have to say I was so impressed by our Vocab Tests from last week. The students did a great job studying for that test. While working on our new vocab words we are also going to be identifying text structure for problem and solution and cause and effect. These two we are going to study together because many students get these mixed up. Students will have a reading comprehension quiz on Wednesday.

Language Arts/Writing: In class we are going to be studying memoirs and then writing our own. I am very excited to get to read what the students write about themselves.

Science: Monday we are going to take our Cells Test. Thursday we will be presenting our Cells Project. In class we will be beginning our unit on Classification of Organisms. Students will be introduced to the systems of classification that we use to determine relationships between organisms.

February 4

February 5-9th

February 5-9th
This winter has been harsh! With our snow days and flu/virus’s going around it’s been tough on everyone. The flu is very serious, so if you’re student has a fever please keep them at home. There were many students out last week because of sickness. Hopefully this week we will be back to winning perfect attendance like we normally do.
Put in your calendar:

Monday: 2nd AR Test Due
Tuesday: Simpson/Dodgen Middle School Field Trip
Our lunch time on Tuesday will be at 11:37-12:07
Thursday: Reading Journal Due, Math Computation Quiz, Vocab & Spelling Test

After our quizzes on Thursday we are going to have our COMPLIMENT PARTY! The students received 10 compliments from people around the school. Our party will be during 11:30-1:40. Students will get to watch a movie in class and get to play with all the things that are banned from the classroom (Slime, fidget spinners, ect..). They definitely deserve the party! They have worked very hard and I am proud of them.

Math: It’s Quadrilateral Time! We are going to be identifying types of quadrilaterals and their attributes. Thursday we will have a computation quiz. This quiz will be review of everything we have learned. Fractions and decimals will be on the quiz.

Social Studies:
We’re studying the Roaring 20s/Harlem Renaissance! This is one of my favorite eras of history. We will be talking about the booming economy after World War I, interest in the stock market, and the Harlem Renaissance.

Reading:
In reading groups students will be talking about identifying passages written in the text-structure Compare & Contrast. Students will also be working on their reading comprehension, and vocabulary. Our Wordly Wise and Spelling Test will be on Thursday. There is a Quizlet ready for Wordly Wise 8 words. I suggest using this to help students study for their test.

Language Arts: This week will finish studying perfect verb tense. The end of the week students should be able to identify the different types of perfect verb tense: future, present, and past.

Science: This week will be finishing studying Cells and Microorganisms. Students should be close to finishing their Cells Projects and be ready to present them next week. Students will work on their study guide for their test on Thursday. Our test for Cells and Microorganisms will be on Monday, February 12th.

January 29

January 29-February 2nd

January 29th-February 2nd
Put in your calendar:
Thursday: Math Test
Friday: Biography Bottle Decision Due & World War I Test

Math: Students are working on reading line plots and answering questions based on line plots. We will be working on a study guide on Wednesday and Thursday we will test.

Social Studies: Students should know the MAIN reasons World War I started. Please ask them! We will be working on our study guide on Wednesday and then test on Friday. After that we will be studying the Roaring 20s.

Reading: Today we introduced our new Wordly Wise 8 words. There is a Quizlet made for students to use to study. The test for that will be next Thursday. The rest of the week we will be working in our reading groups identifying description text structure and then compare and contrast text structure.

Writing/Language Arts: Today we worked on creating an outline for our writing using the graphic organizer for chronological order. Monday and Tuesday night’s homework is to complete their short story. It should be at least 3 paragraphs on a soldier or nurse during World War I. In class we will be working in groups identifying perfect verb tense.

Science: Students should be working on their cell project at home. We are going to be talking about microorganisms this week. Discussing how they are harmful and beneficial to others. Our test on cells will be next week.

January 19

January 22-26th

I really thought we were going to have school today. However, the week off (basically) has been very fun.
Here is what’s going on next week:
Put in Calendar
Monday: 1st AR Test Due and Math Test!
Tuesday: Vocabulary & Spelling test on Wordly Wise 7 words
Thursday: Reading Journals Due

Social Studies: We are studying the Great War. World War I is a very fun unit that I’m excited for the kids to learn about. We will be talking about the MAIN reasons World War I started. The M-A-I-N acronym refers to – militarism, alliances, imperialism and nationalism. Wednesday we will be talking about Eddie Rickenbacker, please ask your student about him.

Math: Our math test on fraction division will be on Monday. We will review the studyguide and then take our test. Tuesday students will take a pre-test on Q3 math, and then we will begin our short unit on line plots.

Reading: We will review our Wordly Wise words on Monday and then our Vocabulary and Spelling test on Wordly Wise 7 words will be on Tuesday. There is a Quizlet on those words for students to use to study. The rest of the week students will be working in reading groups. In our reading groups we will work on identifying description text structure, working on Wordly Wise 8 words, and our reading comprehension.

Writing/ELA: The snow days keep extending our Spanish- American War newspapers. Students will be finishing that up on Monday. The rest of the week we will be working on verb tenses. Students will be having some homework on identifying verb tenses and their shifts.

Science: I hope students are taking advantage of the snow days to begin their Cell Project that is due February 16th. The cell planning sheet on function should hopefully be filled out. We will be working on memorizing the different cell functions. I have created a Quizlet to help students on that. The awesome song for cells is also here in this link.

January 12

January 16-19th

January 16-19th
We had a great time watching the Atlanta Symphony. I hope everyone has a wonderful 3 day weekend. We did not get to take our 5th grade yearbook photo because of the rain. We will take it on Friday, the 19th.

Put in your calendar:

Tuesday, Quiz on Spanish American War/Panama Canal
Wednesday: Fraction Division Test
Thursday: Reading Journals Due, Vocab Test/Spelling Test
Friday: Taking 5th Grade Yearbook Photo. Students wear red or 5th grade t-shirt.

Social Studies: On Friday students received a study guide with answers on it to review for their quiz. They will have a quiz on Tuesday on it. On Wednesday we will begin our unit on World War I.

Math: Tuesday we will be reviewing fraction division and then test on Wednesday. We will take our pre-test for Quarter 3 math on Thursday and then begin our short unit on line plots.

Reading: We are working on reading informational books and identifying their text structure. Last week we worked on Sequence/Chronological Order Text Structure. This week we will be working on Description Text Structure. We will be also studying our Wordly Wise 7 words. Our test vocabulary and spelling test will be on Thursday. A Quizlet is made and ready to use for those words.

Language Arts/Writing: Students will be finishing their Spanish-American War Newspaper writing on Wednesday. The rest of the week and next week we will be working on identifying the perfect verb tenses in Language Arts.

January 9

January 9-12th

I’m sorry to be posting this on Tuesday morning. I try to get my weekly posts on Sundays but realized Sunday afternoon that I had left my laptop at work. :/
I hope everyone had a great ‘ice’ day!

Things to put in your calendar:
Thursday: Reading Log Due
Friday: Orchestra Field Trip. I sent home extra permission slips to students I hadn’t received it back from yet. Please have those to me as soon as possible. Your student cannot attend Friday if I do not have a signed slip.

Math: This week we will be working on dividing unit fractions by a whole number with models. There will be no quiz this week.

Social Studies/Writing: We are completing studying about the Spanish American War. Students will be creating their own newspaper where they will have to write two articles on the Spanish American War. One article will be as a serious news reporter and the other using yellow journalism.
This week in Social Studies we will also be studying the Panama Canal. There will be a quiz on Spanish American War and Panama Canal next Tuesday.

Reading: Students will be working on reading informational texts and determining their text structure. This week we will be working in reading groups on reading informational texts with sequence text structure. Students should also be working on their Wordly Wise 7 words. Our vocab test will be next Thursday. Reading Project information will be coming home today. It is due on March 5th.

Science: Students are studying my favorite subject which is cells. We will be identifying the organelles that are in a plant and animal cells. We will also be studying what makes a plant and animal cell different. Information on the cell project will be coming home today. The cell project is due on February 5th.