February 11

February 12th

This week at the Mill:

Used Book Drive 2/12 – 2/19.  Used books for K-2 donate in media center.  Used books 3-5 donate in Mr. Verity’s classroom.

TUESDAY

  • static electricity lab due.  Many kiddos told me they had fun with this – glad to hear!

WEDNESDAY

  • Valentine’s Day. We will exchange Valentine cards before Lunch.  Class List is on the yellow sticky note in the corner.
  • 7:00-8:00- Donuts with Dads (Last Name A-L)
  • Candy Grams delivered

THURSDAY

  • 7:00-8:00- Donuts with Dads (Last Name M-Z)
  • Well Star Program
  • Chorus Field Trip- Report to Ms. Grebe at 8:50.

FRIDAY

  • Chick-Fil-A Biscuits for sale
  • JEANS if you paid
  • Symphony Field Trip- Dress for Success
  • Bounce U 5th grade Social

Next week:  FEBRUARY BREAK – no school


On Friday, we try to do symphony trip 2.0!  Our trip was cancelled back in December because of snow.  We will be leaving after 9:00 on Friday and returning early afternoon.  This is a dress for success event.  We will return to school in-time for specials, so students may bring a change of clothes and tennis shoes for PE.

In reading this week, we’ll be reading about the Titanic!  Also, our RAZ kids data shows that we could use some help in analyzing characters, so we will focus on that skill this week.  Students will be working on a WANTED poster related to Number the Stars.  They will receive the information in-class on Monday.  This will be due after the break.  We will also finish our novel this week!

In Language Arts – we will continue video taping our career portfolio videos.  Students also started working on a fun writing in response to a video we watched.  As we wait to shoot our videos, we will be working on this adventure writing.

In Math, students will become the teacher as they participate in a PROBLEM BASED LEARNING Task!  Mr. K and Mrs. M will be working in small groups all week, so be prepared with questions about all things fractions!  This week will be a great time to get extra help with any of the skills we’ve learned so far this year.  Utilize this time and ask for help!

In Science, we learned how to create a closed circuit last week!  This week, we will take a look at series vs. parallel circuits.  Students will create both.  We will plan for a science quiz after break.  For now, just review your static electricity and circuit notes when you can.

In social studies, we are working on our Great Depression projects.  Students are working in teams, at school to create some very cool things!  We will share the digital projects when we are finished and the groups who created posters will have them on display in the hall.  We just got started last week – but nothing needs to be done at home.  We will finish these up after break.

 

Have a great week and a wonderful break!

February 4

February 5th

This week at the Mill:

Candy Grams for Sale – 7:15 in the lobby

Wednesday = Super Specials – no specials

Thursday = Super Specials for 5th grade

Friday = SkyZone school night 3 – 8pm

 

Coming up:

Wednesday 2/14 = Delivery of Candy Grams

Valentine exchange = 12:00 – see class list posted on separate page (see yellow sticky note)


Reading:  this week we will continue our novel study of Number the Stars.  We will read chapters 7-10 this week.  Question sets are due on Wednesday and Friday  this week.  We will also read about the Roaring 20s and the Great Depression.  We will also begin the PEAK reading challenge and compete against the other homerooms this week!  This will last several weeks and there’s a very motivating prize for individuals who reach the PEAK!

Language Arts:  We will work on daily language each day this week.  We will also play some grammar games this week to gear up for the Winter Olympics.  We have finished our career essays and we will begin video taping this week.  Students should have printed a copy of their essay and place it in their binders.  They should practice reading this aloud – they want to be VERY familiar with their essay so that they do not have to continuously look at their paper during taping!  We encouraged them to have someone at home record them or record themselves so they can listen to it.

Math:  We will learn how to analyze fraction line plots this week and even enjoy a fun scavenger hunt!  We will continue to master all operations with fractions and mixed numbers.  Review quiz this week.

Science:  We will begin looking at electric forces this week and begin learning about circuits.  Students will be participating in a GIANT construction project related to math and science.  We will need cardboard boxes of various sizes.  Cereal boxes, shipping boxes, etc.  Please send these in as soon as you can.  We hope to start building next week.

In Social Studies:  we are learning about the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression.  We will start a group project in-class this week.  Students will be working in teams to create a technology centered presentation.  They have several choices, such as a poster with QR code links, a SWAY presentation, a silent movie, etc. to share their learning with the public.  Student will be given a rubric for the project as well.  This will take us a week or two to complete, but I look forward to seeing what students create!  Edpuzzles are posted on Sundays for the whole week.  Students can view these as they wish, but before the due date.  There is only 1 question typically, but we ask that students use their deep thinking to create grade-appropriate responses using several sentences.   Students can see my feedback on their responses when they log-in to Edpuzzle.

Don’t forget to check the homework page each day.

Have a great week!

~Mrs. M

January 31

Extra Info for Static Electricity Lab

Good evening,

students have been learning about the build up of electrons and static electricity.  This week, students were introduced to a self-guided investigation.

We provided students with some supplies to complete the investigation on their own.

  • Zip-loc bag for their objects
  • Small zip-loc bag for tissue paper pieces
  • plastic spoon (optional)
  • straw (optional)

Students will choose 10 objects to test with.  This should be items that they readily have available around the house.  We gave lots of examples in-class and some students decided to take advantage of the plastic spoons and straws that we offered in class.  These can be anything that students “think” might hold an electric charge.

Next, students determined 2 materials which they think will “charge” the objects they chose.  We suggested materials like carpet, fuzzy blankets, different fabrics, etc.  The 3rd material they will test with is their hair.

To test their object, the will charge it with a material (ex: fuzzy blanket) then slowly pass the object over their pile of tissue paper.  They will count how many pieces the object will pick up.  The more tissue pieces, the better!  Of course, students may pick objects that do not pick up any tissue pieces after being charged.  That’s okay!  We talk a lot about how scientists learn just as much from what doesn’t happen than when things go the way they predict.  Just record the data and test the next object on the list with the same material.

Once they test all objects with material 1, they will repeat the process with material 2 and then material 3 (hair).

Students have 2 weeks to complete their independent investigation.  The length of time is needed because electrons transfer best when it is cold and dry.  We also encouraged kids to start early because if the weather doesn’t cooperate, they don’t want to be stuck the last few days before it’s due with poor weather for static electricity experiments.

Finally, we would love any short videos or pictures you want to share!  You can tag us on twitter @teammisinco. Or feel free to email them to Mrs. M. [email protected]

Have FUN!  Have a great week, and as always – please feel free to contact me with any questions!

~Mrs. M

January 28

January 29th

This week at the Mill:

Thursday 2/1 = STEM NIGHT / PTA meeting 6PM.  This is always a fun event for families and our kids love STEM!

Box Top Competition – send in those box tops!

Science Fair projects for 5th graders who participated are due Wednesday 1/31

Coming up:

Super Specials = no specials on Wednesday – Super Specials on Thursday

Friday 2/9 SKYZONE PTA night = 3pm – 8pm

Thursday 2/16 = Symphony Field Trip – rescheduled from December.  DRESS FOR SUCCESS


Last week, I added a new page to our blog called “Weekly Assignments”.  You can find this on the yellow sticky note in the corner.  As we are in our 2nd half of 5th grade, our rigor and expectations increase even more.  There are often several assignments going on at any time.  I update this almost every day – it’s just a helpful tool to make sure you have written everything correctly in your agenda.  Rather than post what’s due in two places, from now on I will put all current assignment information there.  This will hopefully be  useful resource for you.  Here you will find current information on new assignments and what we’re working on this week.

Reading:  We will read Chapters 5-9 this week in our novel.  Students are doing great so-far.  Keep reading and don’t fall behind.  Question sets are due on Wednesdays and Fridays.  These question sets will aid students in the tests that take place after every 6 chapters or so.  We will have our first test on Friday over Chapters 1-6 in Number the Stars.  Students will also be reading on RAZ-kids, working on constructed responses, and working on improving our identification of text structure.

Language Arts:  We are drafting and typing our career essays.  Students have worked hard researching – now they’ll be typing up their speeches and practicing for their videos.  We also resume daily language this week.  Daily Language Quiz on Friday.

Math:  We will complete some real-problems this week, utilizing the skills that we’ve learned over the last few months.  We will have an independent practice assignment this week over simplifying fractions.  This will be due on Friday.  Students will have some class time to complete the assignment, but if they are pulled out of homeroom to clubs or news crew they will need to make sure they stay on-top of this.

Science:  We are learning about static electricity and the build-up of electrons on the surface of some objects.  We experimented a bit in class last week with plastic wrap – we’ll be doing some more this week!  New independent assignment this week related to static electricity.  We will introduce in-class, give work time on several occasions, and students will complete on their own.

Social Studies:  We are investigating the Roaring Twenties more this week and leading up to the stock market crash of 1929.  See assignment page for dates and videos on Edpuzzle.  I also loaded another PPT in Edmodo that will allow students to complete notes.  We will work on this in-class this week, but if students do not finish, they will have the resource at home.  It will also be a helpful tool for studying.

Many students did a good job last week handling the increased work-load and independence.  We are building up to the 5 academic teachers = 5 possible assignments per day reality of middle school.  I want students to have the organization and study habits necessary to make them successful next year.  If your child is struggling to complete assignments or is spending HOURS on homework each night, please let me know so that I can discuss some strategies with them.  Classmates talked together last week about their strategies for handling several assignments – I loved hearing how they prioritize and decide what they need to do first!

 

January 21

January 22nd

Welcome back!  It’s hard to believe, but we’ve only had about 7 days of school since December!  Wow!  Hopefully, mother nature won’t mess with our schedules any more!  If you’re like me, you’re hoping the Groundhog cooperates next week as well.  Spring can’t come soon enough for this outdoor family!

Since we didn’t get to do much school work last week, much of this week’s post is the same as last week – with just a few changes.

Please take a minute to create a student account in Edpuzzle.  Class code is devofki if the link doesn’t take you straight there.

The link will take you to our class’ page.  Students will be watching short videos this week in Edpuzzle (a safe student directed video platform).  It will save us a TON of time if you guys can create an account ahead of time.  We will watch our first video on Tuesday night.  Those who can’t set up an account ahead of time can get it done tomorrow.

Parents / Students:  I’ve posted a mid-year survey to help me guide the instruction and learning experiences for the remainder of the year.  There are only 8 questions and opportunities for you to give honest and anonymous feedback.  I appreciate your participation!  Click the underlined link to enter the survey.

This week:

Monday = Jump Rope for Heart during Specials

Monday = Turn in Science Test corrections for more credit

Monday = Science Fair Applications Due – forms went home last week.

Thursday = 5th grade class picture.  This is the large photo that appears in the yearbook with all 5th grade classes.  Wear your class t-shirt!

Friday = Math quiz

Looking Ahead:

5th grade science fair projects due : Wednesday 1/31.  I’ve offered extra credit in a subject of your choosing if you participate in the science fair this year!  Projects don’t have to be complicated, fancy, or cost money.  The best science fair exhibits are usually the simplest ones.  I have lots of great books with tons of ideas – you are welcome to borrow, but there’s also lots of great ideas out on the web.  Please let me know if you need help!  Applications are due this week.


This week’s learning:

We will be reading about World War I Propaganda during guided reading.  We’re also reading an article in Readworks.org about the roaring twenties and great depression. We will begin reading Number the Stars on Monday, setting up our reading schedule and expectations for reading, and creating a tab for the book in our CRAFT journals for the book.  On Monday, we will read chapter 1.  Students should read the chapter and be prepared to discuss.  Every 2 chapters, students will have a question set to complete with vocabulary studies.  It will be VERY important that students stay on-track with the novel because we will move quickly.

In math, we’ve learned how to model and read models for multiplying fractions.  This week, we’ll focus on division of fractions with models, then we’ll learn a strategy for dividing fractions through computation.  A lot of 5th grade standards refer to models in math.  Students often ask why they have to model them and my “GO-TO” response every time is that if you can model what’s happening with the numbers, then you have a deeper understanding of the math involved.  It helps know if your computation is reasonable and so much more.  We’ll likely start another contest this week based on our homework data.

In science, We will begin our study of static electricity this week.

In social studies, we’ll work on our WWI notes.  Students glued these in their SS IAN last week (it says QUIZ on the top, but we’re not using it as a quiz – just helpful study information).  If you don’t have one of these, please see me Monday morning.

Have a great week –

~Mrs. M.

 

January 17

ANOTHER SNOW DAY!!!

Good morning class!
Congratulations on your snow day!

Here’s a breakdown of the assignments you could work on today!

Readworks.org – reading assignment. Code is QESMPH

Social studies presentation – previously loaded in Edmodo: Today is the last day to do so.

Science Lab: map your earthquake data. On the back of the data sheet, make your claim based on the data. Remember that scientists use complete sentences and appropriate capitalization and punctuation. If it looks like ALL your data points are in one central location, look back at the site again to see if that’s still true before you make a claim that Earthquakes ALWAYS happen there. Explain your reasoning (what did you know already, what is true based on the data, what can you predict in the future?).

Correct your science test.

Read & complete your CRAFT journal for reading: group 4 & 5 should have already turned in for the week. Group 2 & 3 are due when we return to school.

Today is also a great day to make sure that your supplies are ready for the semester. Make sure you have pencils, a glue stick, and your scissors in your pencil pouch. If you are out of sticky notes, let your parents know. Wipe down the outside of your binder to kill the germs! Clean out the parent section and any papers that are stuffed in the front pocket can be organized into the correct sections.

Our TN field trip is 3 months away – remind parents if you haven’t sent in your field trip $. That’s a big check to send all at once. I have more forms to send home when we return to school as a reminder as well.

Enjoy your day – know that you don’t have to complete all of these things today, but being a little proactive and putting first things first today will make the rest of the week easier.

Finally, IF YOU HAVE NOTHING left to do… IXL is there for you to practice fractions. Multiplying fractions is M.14 & M.15.
~Mrs. M

January 15

January 16th

I hope you all enjoyed another 3 day weekend!  Please take a minute to create a student account in Edpuzzle.  Class code is devofki if the link doesn’t take you straight there.

The link will take you to our class’ page.  Students will be watching short videos this week in Edpuzzle (a safe student directed video platform).  It will save us a TON of time if you guys can create an account ahead of time.  We will watch our first video on Tuesday night.  Those who can’t set up an account ahead of time can get it done tomorrow.  

 

This week:

5 Guys Night = Thursday 4-8

Science Test  = Tuesday

Friday = Math quiz

Looking Ahead:

5th grade science fair projects due : Wednesday 1/31.  I’ve offered extra credit in a subject of your choosing if you participate in the science fair this year!  Projects don’t have to be complicated, fancy, or cost money.  The best science fair exhibits are usually the simplest ones.  I have lots of great books with tons of ideas – you are welcome to borrow, but there’s also lots of great ideas out on the web.  Please let me know if you need help!

 

This week:

We will be reading about World War I Propaganda during guided reading.  We’re also reading an article in Readworks.org about the roaring twenties and great depression.  It turns out that Mrs. Bintliff’s class wants to read Number the Stars with us, so we’re holding off a day or two.  We’ll be getting familiar with the book, setting up our reading schedule and expectations for reading, and creating a tab for the book in our CRAFT journals during the earlier parts of the week.

In math, we’ve learned how to model and read models for multiplying fractions.  This week, we’ll focus on division of decimals with models, then we’ll learn a strategy for dividing decimals through computation.  A lot of 5th grade standards refer to models in math.  Students often ask why they have to model them and my “GO-TO” response every time is that if you can model what’s happening with the numbers, then you have a deeper understanding of the math involved.  It helps know if your computation is reasonable and so much more.  We’ll likely start another contest this week based on our homework data.  Donuts for Decimals is likely our next challenge.  Make sure you can multiply and divide by powers of ten!

In science, we’ll take our Matter test (this has been the longest unit ever), on Tuesday.  Students completed study guides last week.  Near the end of the week, we will begin our study of static electricity with some fun science labs.

In social studies, we’ll work on our WWI notes.  Students glued these in their SS IAN last week (it says QUIZ on the top, but we’re not using it as a quiz – just helpful study information).  If you don’t have one of these, please see me on Tuesday morning.  Students have an assignment from last week in Edmodo.  15 students still need to complete this.  However, I understand that last week felt like a whirlwind – so I’ll extend this assignment to Wednesday.  Please make sure you’ve viewed the presentation in Edmodo.  You wrote down your edmodo log-in information in the front of your agenda at the beginning of the year.  If you cannot log-in, it is your responsibility to tell someone.

Have a great week –

~Mrs. M.

 

 

 

January 8

January 8th

Well, we tried to come back to school, but the threat of mother nature over-ruled!

Events this week:

Chorus Performs at Allatoona Basketball game

Thursday: SS Quiz – causes of WWI and effects at home

Friday:  Math Review Quiz

Coming Events:

See flyer above for the STEM Cobb Lego Competition @ Baker Elementary

Jan 15th = MLK Day – No School

Jan. 16th = Science Test:  Study guides go home Tuesday, Jan 9th


Reading

This week, we will be focusing on finishing our current independent books and completing reading counts quizzes.  In guided reading groups we are reading about World War I.  Students have a question set to complete on The Zimmerman Telegram.  This will be due on Wednesday (given last Thursday and Friday).  We have had class-time to complete these questions and will have a bit more on Tuesday.  We are focusing on a response strategy called RACES (Restate the question, Answer the question, Cite evidence, Explain, Summarize).  Students should answer in complete sentences with correct punctuation for maximum credit.  We will likely begin reading our new novel Number the Stars the week of the 16th.  During this unit, student CRAFT journals will be focused on this book and typical entries will be replaced with comprehension and vocabulary activities.  We will create a tab in that notebook behind which all work for the unit will be stored.  If you do not have a coppy of the book, you have a few more days to order.  Several students have checked the novel out from local libraries – thank you!  Look for that to come home next week.

ELA

Students began research for their Career Portfolios last week.  Each student has a tab in their ELA OneNotebook for their research.  We will continue to research and begin planning our essays this week.  Students already have access to the rubric for their essay in their OneNotebook.

Math:

We have been working hard to master addition and subtraction of fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators.  We will continue developing this skill for the remainder of the year.  This week, we will focus on multiplication and division of fractions.  Homework will be given as we return to school.  We will have a review quiz this Friday which includes :  Order of operations, multiplication of decimals, division of decimals, and addition/subtraction of all types of fractions.  Start the quarter off strong with a geat quiz score!

Science:

We will complete our science study guides on Tuesday and students will glue them into their science IAN.  The unit test will be January 16th (next Tuesday).  In between units, we will review some Earth Science from quarter 1 and complete a C-E-R (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning) lab about Earthquakes.  Some components of this will involve an independent assignment.  Students will be working on this Wednesday – Friday of this week.

Social Studies:

We are finishing up our study of World War I.  We will have a quiz on the causes of WWI and the effects of the war on people in the United States.  This week, we will be focusing on the use of propaganda campaigns during the war and how the workforce changed.  We will also discuss this time as the Progressive Era in which American industry began to change.  Some examples include labor unions, labor laws, and women in the workforce.  Students have an assignment in Edmodo to complete this week related to these topics.  EVERYTHING in the presentations shared on Edmodo will help you with the quiz – so view the slides as many times as you like!

Have a great week Pirates!  I can’t wait to learn with you this week!

~Mrs. M