January 3

Welcome Back

Welcome Back!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year! We will beginning quarter 3 tomorrow. Wow! Can’t believe the school year is halfway done.

Tomorrow we will have ART as our enrichment and Friday we will have PE.

Report Cards will be sent home on Friday.
There will be a change in the due date on Reading Journals. They will be due on Thursdays the rest of the year instead of Fridays. The first Reading Journal log is due on Thursday, January 11th.

AR Tests! Students should be reading books that are a 4.8 or higher in AR.
AR Due Dates are the following:
#1 January 19th
#2 February 2nd
#3 February 16th
#4 March 9th
Quarter 3 Book Project will be on a Biography. Directions and Due Date will be announced soon.

December 15

December 18-20th

We’re almost there to Christmas Break! Don’t forget that Tuesday and Wednesday will be Early Release! Students will be dismissed at 12:30 on Early Release days.

Put in your calendar:

Monday: 5th Grade Christmas Party in Cafeteria @ 12:30-1:30. Feel free to check out your student after. We will have recess directly after the Christmas Party.
Wednesday: Social Studies and Science Test!

This week we will be focusing on finishing our Esperanza Rising book and completing our Immigration unit and Electricity Unit. Students will work on their study guide in class on Monday. We will review Tuesday and test on Wednesday. There is a Quizlet ready for students to use to study over the weekend!

December 11

Attendance Winner!

I am so proud of our class. We were the winners of last month’s attendance contest. We won a pajama day, which we will have on December 20th! Thank you for your continued support of your student by reinforcing the importance of good school attendance. I hope we will win again next month!

December 11

Dec 12-15

Hello! I hope everyone had a nice 3 day weekend! I am in awe by how much snow we received. I counted 8 inches where I live. I do not remember a time ever getting that much snow before. With the craziness of Friday we did not get to our Vocab and Spelling test so we will do that tomorrow. Two more weeks till Christmas break!

Put in your calendar:
Tuesday: Vocab & Spelling Test
Friday: Spelling Bee @ 8:15 in the gym.
Multiplication of Fractions Quiz

Math: We are going to be multiplying fractions by fractions using the scaling method first. Then multiplying fractions without scaling (the regular way). Students will have a quiz on multiplying fractions on Friday.

Social Studies: In social studies we will be talking about corporations, labor strikes, and immigration. The chapter we are going over is chapter 8 in our social studies book. We will test on the chapter next week.

Reading: Students will be reading Esperanza Rising in class and as homework this week. Students will be answering comprehension questions in class and doing activities on the book. The goal is to finish Esperanza Rising before Christmas Break!

Writing: We will be focusing on how to use commas correctly. We will be talking about using commas in a series, in an introductory clause and using commas after yes and no. We will begin working on Wordly Wise 7 words when we come back from Christmas Break.

Science: Students will be studying the differences between conductors and insulators. Then we will be talking about magnets and how they relate to electricity. Our test on Electricity will be next week.

December 2

December 4-8th

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! I am looking forward to this week and getting to play our students wonderful games on their non-fiction book! Tuesday students will have time to work on their projects in class. They should bring whatever they have to work on their games and I will help them with questions they may have. This doesn’t mean they should wait till Tuesday to begin working on it. Hopefully they have already started. It’s an hour to work on whatever they need help or haven’t finished yet.

I am also working harder on being technologically savvy! Students will be working closely with their Office365 account. If your student is having trouble logging in at home let me know. I can ask Ms. Parish to work with them on logging in. I am putting homework on their OneNote titled Floyd Homework. They will get paper copies from me in class, but if they forget their copy in class it will be on their OneNote. There may be some things I won’t be able to put on OneNote, but whatever I can put there I will. Western Expansion Study Guide is already up for the students to find under Content Library.

Put in your calendar:
Monday: A photographer will be taking our homeroom photo for the yearbook.
Tuesday: Work day on game projects!
Wednesday: Reading Game Projects Due! & Western Expansion Test
Friday: Vocab and Spelling Test
Human Growth and Development will be on Thursday and Friday!

Math: We are focusing on multiplying fractions. We will work on multiplying fractions by a whole number using scaling methods with pictures, and then multiplying fractions without the model.
This is an example of what we will be going over.

Social Studies: Monday students will receive their study guide for our test on Western Expansion. We will play a fun game of Grudge reviewing what we have learned. Our test will be on Wednesday.

Reading/ Language Arts: There will be no inner/outer circle this week for Esperanza Rising because of Human Growth and Development. Students will be reading Esperanza Rising in class and at we will have a packet they will be working on. Wednesday and Thursday we will be playing our Non-fiction book games. Tuesday we will have an hour in class for students to work on them. Students must bring their supplies to be able to work on their games.
Students will also be working on verb tenses in class too. We will also be studying our Wordly Wise words. Our Wordly Wise 6 Vocab and Spelling test will be on Friday!

Science: In science we will be continuing studying electricity. Students did really well learning about static electricity. We will be studying circuits this week. We have science lab on Friday.

November 27

November 27-Dec 1

Good morning!
I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving Break!

Things to put in your calendar:
Tuesday: 3rd AR Test is due! & Math Extra Credit Project Due!
Thursday: Science Quiz on Positive and Negative Charges
Friday: Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers Test.

Math: In class this week we will be reviewing adding & subtracting fractions with unlike denominators and then adding & subtracting Mixed Numbers. Students will receive a studyguide on Wednesday and we will be reviewing on Thursday. The following week we will be learning about multiplying fractions.

Social Studies: Our focus this week is the Cattle Trails that were created in the west and the Black Cowboys. We will test on this subject next week.

Reading: In class we will be reading Esperanza Rising and students will be creating a powerpoint comparing two characters from the book. Wednesday and Thursday they will have independent reading on Esperanza Rising. Friday we will have our Inner/Outer circle discussion on the book. The last Inner/Outer Circle discussion we had was amazing! I was so proud of the thoughtful questions the students came up with and the debate they had on the book.

ELA: Our focus this week will be working on verb tenses: past, future, and present. Students will be working on identifying the correct verb tense needed in a paragraph then focusing on making sure they are writing in the correct verb tense. We will also be working on spelling our Wordly Wise 6 words.

Science: We will be discussing electrical charges in class this week. Students will learn what a negative and positive charge is and how that relates to static electricity. There will be a 10 question quiz on Thursday to review and Friday we will have Science Lab.

November 14

November 13-17th

What’s going on this week! I hope everyone can make it to the Thanksgiving Lunch! Our lunch time will be at 11:45-12:15!

Dates to Remember

Thursday: Science Test & Progress Reports
Friday: Fractions Quiz & Their, There, They’re Quiz

Math: We are talking about adding and subtracting fractions with unlike fractions. On Friday we will have a quiz. The quiz will have fraction vocabulary and adding and subtracting like and unlike fractions. I will be assigning an extra credit project in math. Students can create a poster explaining how to add fractions with unlike denominators. It should be step by step process on how to add fractions with unlike denominators, and the poster should be visually appealing. The poster is due on Tuesday, November 28th.

Social Studies: We are continuing our unit on Western Expansion. Specifically talking about Exodusters and sod houses.

Reading: We are working in our Reading Groups. Students are working on a reading on Western Expansion. In small group we are working on comparing and contrasting two different stories themes. Thursday students will be creating their own discussion questions to Esperanza Rising that we will use for our inner/outer circle discussion Friday.

Writing: We are completing our Opinion Writing Essays. I am really excited for parents to get to read your student’s essay on SeaWorld. The kids have worked really hard and I’m very proud of them. Friday we will have a quiz on the correct use of Their, There, and They’re.

Science: We are completing our unit on Matter this week. Tomorrow students will get a study guide on Matter. Wednesday we will play a review game and then Thursday we will have our test. When we come back from Thanksgiving Break we will start our unit on Electricity.

November 5

November 6th-10th

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Extra-credit Family Tree Projects are due tomorrow. This is what is going on this week!

Put in your Calendar:
Tuesday: No school! Students will have MobyMax homework.
Wednesday: Worldy Wise 5 Vocab Test
Esperanza Rising Quiz
AR Test 2 Due
Thursday: Multiplication and Division of Decimals Test.
Physical vs. Chemical Change Quiz
Friday: Foundation Friday, Patriotic Day!

Math: We are finishing reviewing the dividing decimals and reviewing multiplying decimals. Thursday we will Test on multiplying and dividing decimals. Friday we will begin our unit on fractions.
Social Studies: We have begun our unit on Westward Expansion. We will be talking about the transcontinental railroad in class.

Reading: We are reading Esperanza Rising. Monday students will be assigned to read chapter 4 of Esperanza Rising as homework. They will have a quiz on Wednesday on their reading. There will be a Wordly Wise 5 Vocab Test on Wednesday too. There is a Quizlet made to help students review. Student’s 2nd AR test is due on Wednesday too.

LA/Writing: Students will be getting new words to study spelling this week. The test on this list will be next Friday. In class we will be working on finishing our opinion essays on Sea World. Students will be finishing their ‘sloppy copy’ this week and then typing their final draft. The final day to work on this writing will be next Monday.

Science: We will be discussing the differences between a physical change and chemical change. Students will have an activity where they will be sorting whether particular items are physical or chemical changes. They will also have the notes in their Science Journal. On Thursday they will have a quiz identifying whether a change is physical or chemical.

October 31

Heritage Project Cancelled

The Fifth Grade Team has made the decision to cancel the Heritage Unit Project which includes the family tree, heritage board, and heritage celebration on Thursday, November 16. The goal of this project is to celebrate diversity and learn about one’s own family ethnicity. This unit correlates with the Fifth Grade immigration standards.
Students that have completed any parts of this project may present it to their teacher for extra credit.
Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.