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Almost half way through the year! That is just crazy!

Here is the curriculum update for these three weeks before break:

Math- We are mastering adding and subtracting fractions.  We will have a quiz on Friday (12/1) for equivalent fractions, and a test on Monday, December 18 on adding and subtracting fractions.

Reading- We are finishing up Esperanza and working on the remainder of our literary standards. We will focus on figurative language, point of view, comparing and contracting stories, and the elements of a drama. We will have a reading test on Monday, December 18.

Writing- Wrapping up our opinion pieces on whether or not fifth graders should have cell phones…these writing pieces are impressive! They write their final drafts on Monday, 12/4!

Science- We are working on chemical and physical changes, and have some fun experiments planned! See the link below to sign up for sending in materials for the experiments. We will have a science test on Tuesday, December 12. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0444a9ae2aa4f58-5thgrade

Dates to Note:

12/1- math quiz

12/8- Parent Preview for Human Growth and Development (More info to come)

12/12- Science Test

12/14-15- Human Growth and Development (More info to come)

12/18- Math Test, Reading Test

12/19- Stem Day, Early Release (alternate daily schedule- our lunch is 9:56-10:26)

12/20- Holiday Party, Early Release, Last day before break! (alternate daily schedule- our lunch is 9:56-10:26)

Thank you all for all you do!

Mrs. Rodebaugh



Upcoming Tests

Hey Parents,

Just wanted to inform you of three tests coming up to wrap up 4.5 weeks of standards we have been mastering.  Next Friday (November 17), your child will test in Social Studies, Math, and Reading.

Social Studies- This will cover the “Turn of the Century” unit that we have been working on for four weeks now.  It will cover cowboys/cattle drives, inventors and inventions that impacted life in America, America’s expanding role in the world, and the impact of immigration pertaining to further development of the United States. A study guide went home with your child today, and it is important that they review it every day until next Friday, as well as all of their notes in their interactive journals.

Math- This will cover adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals.  They will review all homework items, classwork items, and homework next week to assure that they are prepared.

Reading- This will cover Reading standards RL1, RL2, and RL3…quoting from the text, making inferences from the text, discussing theme, and comparing and contrasting elements from the story. They will be working off of passages given to them (This is not a test on Esperanza)

They will also receive their spelling packet tomorrow to prepare for their spelling test which will be on Thursday (the 16th).


BUSY BUSY WEEK! Thank you for your assistance in helping them prepare at home!


WOW I cannot believe it is November!

We have had quite a few busy weeks since the second quarter has begun.  Here is a curriculum update for you as well as some scheduling bits:

Math- We have wrapped up multi-digit multiplication and 4 digit by 2 digit division.  The kids rocked these standards, and we will  continue practicing throughout the whole year as these style problems will be incorporated in all kinds of other lessons.  We worked last week on adding and subtracting decimals, and multiplying decimals this week.  They are understanding these concepts wonderfully, and we will have a quick assessment check on Friday to assess their knowledge and understanding.  Next week will be dividing decimals, and then the following week we will practice both multiplying and dividing.

Reading- We are currently on chapter 5 of Esperanza Rising, and they are LOVING these class discussions on this book.  Thank you so much for reinforcing their reading so that we can have deeper level thinking discussions and really hit our reading standards on quoting from the text, making inferences from the text, discussing theme, and comparing and contrasting elements from the story.  This has been a really fun reading unit! Friday, November 17, the kids will be assessed on these standards mentioned above (RL1, RL2, and RL3)

Writing- We are about 5 lessons into our Lucy Calkins research based argument essay unit.  Tomorrow the kids re-draft their argument letters on whether or not fifth graders should have cell phones by using all of the evidence that they have collected and taken notes on.  These letters should be very conniving! 😉

Social Studies- We are in the middle of studying the Turn of the century.  Last week we touched on the cattle drives and the famous Black Cowboys, and this week we are studying some famous inventors and their impact on American life.  The kids are currently making a paper “Instagram” account for an inventor and they are cracking me up! They will have a brief assessment on Friday to check their knowledge and understanding of these inventors.


Some Dates to Note:

Tomorrow, November 2 – 3rd,4th,5th grade Family Walk the Track Day

Tuesday, November 7- Kids off of school

Thursday, November 9- End of 4.5 weeks

Friday, November 10- Fall book fair starts

Thursday, November 16- Thanksgiving Lunches- Our class eats at 12:40- see former blog post for details

Friday, November 17- last day before Thanksgiving Break, kids out the entire following week


Thank you all so much for being the most wonderful parents to these kids, I love them so much!




Curriculum Update and Red Ribbon Week Schedule

Hey Parents! This week is Red Ribbon Week, and below are the dress themes for the week: Monday: Proud to be Drug Free!
Wear red to kickoff the week
Tuesday: One Way to Play, Drug Free
Wear your favorite team colors or jerseys
Wednesday: From Head to Toe, I’m Drug Free
Crazy Hair & Sock Day
Thursday: Your Choices are the Key to your Dreams
Wear pajamas
Friday: Have the POWER to say NO!
​                                   Super Hero Dress up day



Math- We finished up multi digit multiplication and are about to wrap up division as well.  Your children will take an assessment tomorrow (Tuesday the 24th) to wrap up both skills.  They  have learned multiple strategies in commuting division including the standard algorithm.

Reading- We started a novel study on Esperanza Rising today.  The study will incorporate numerous fifth grade reading standards and the kids are excited to read it. They will be reading in the book each night and will have short quizzes on the book every few days.

Writing- We started the Lucy Calkins research based argument unit and the kids were so funny today on our topic: should fifth graders have cell phones in school.  They will learn how to research topics appropriately and form opinion essays on the matter.

Social Studies- Today we began a new unit on the fifth grade standard SS5H3: Students will describe how life changed in America at the turn of the century.  This unit will be broken down into parts, this week specifically focusing on the role of the cattle trails in the late 19th century; include the Black Cowboys of Texas, the Great Western Cattle Trail, and the Chisolm Trail.  The students will have an assessment on Friday.

Thanksgiving Lunches

It’s that time again!

We will have Thanksgiving Lunches on November 15 and November 16. Our lunch specifically will be Thursday, November 16 at 12:40. Tickets will be sold October 16-November 8. We will not be selling tickets on the days of Thanksgiving Lunches. You will have to turn in the bottom portion of the form with their payment. The window to purchase tickets closes on November 8. We will send tickets home shortly thereafter.

Curriculum Update

We have had an excellent week back from break! I adore these kids, and our class works SO well together.  We have a busy schedule to finish out this first nine weeks!

Writing- We are finishing up our Narrative Writing unit, and the students have worked SO hard on these drafts!  Ask them what their narratives are about and what they have learned so far when it comes to leads, elaboration, and their story arcs.  It’s incredible to watch how the writing lesson goes each day.  They will even tell you that they typically start with a *subtle little eye roll, and by the end of the lesson they actually beg me to let them keep writing. 🙂 We will take our post on-demand narrative writing next week.

Reading- The kids are working hard to continue building their reading abilities specifically focusing on fiction texts. This week we focused on identifying the theme by practicing analyzing specific details in the text. We discussed the difference between theme (moral, message, or lesson of a story) and main idea (what the story is mostly about). We will continue working on fiction reading skills and including constructed response practice for comprehension checks.

Science- Thank you to everyone who has sent in materials for our STEM project next week. I will link the sign up genius on here as well. If you signed up for something but haven’t had a chance to send it in yet please do so soon so that we know what still needs to be purchased for the grade level to complete the activity. We are currently studying constructive and destructive forces in our Earth Science unit. Students will have an Earth Science Unit Assessment next Friday. This will cover landforms, how constructive and destructive forces change Earth’s landforms, weathering, erosion, deposition, and how technology is used to limit and impact the effects of constructive and destructive forces.

Math- We will continue multi-digit multiplication through the rest of this week. In 5th grade, students are required to fluently multiply a three-digit factor by a two-digit factor using the standard algorithm. On Friday the students will take a test on multiplication using the standard algorithm, and next week we will move to division. Students will be working to master multi-digit division, specifically up to four digit numbers divided by two digit numbers.



Progress Report Note

September 8th…wow! This year is absolutely flying by.  Your kids have been such joys to get to know, and they are all so funny in their own ways.  They are all such bright, hysterical, sarcastic, and truly caring 10 and 11 year olds.

Progress Reports go home today.  Please be aware that being that we are only 4.5 weeks in, there will be few grades in some of the subjects so far.  Grades will start rolling in at a more steady pace with time.  Please sign and return the report ASAP.


IOWA Testing 9/11-9/14

We will be taking the IOWA test next week!

The IOWA is a norm referenced test. Norm-referenced tests measure basic concepts and skills commonly taught in schools throughout the country. These tests are not designed to measure a specific curriculum, but rather the knowledge generally taught at a particular grade level. Results from a norm-referenced test compare a student’s performance to a national reference group (the “norm”) of students at the same grade. The reason that we have to follow strict guidelines in administering the tests is so that everything will be the same as it was with the norm group.

The IOWA tests mastery of the academic skills found in the elementary curriculum. The purpose of these tests is to provide information about student progress in a curriculum that expands in breadth and depth with each additional grade level. There will be items on the test that have not been taught yet, because the IOWA measures the entirety of the elementary curriculum.

Our test days schedule will be a bit different, and lunch will be later.  Please send a healthy and filling snack with your child that they can have right when testing is over each day.  Please get your child here on time and well rested!

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