We had a great week. Getting to know each other, playing at recess, and really getting into the groove of 5th grade. We have learned how to log in to our Office 365 accounts and will continue to practice this during the coming weeks. All student resources for reading, language arts, and social studies are posted in OneNote.
We racked up a TON of house points last week because SO MANY KIDS learned their capitals and abbreviations! Way to go Pirate leaders!
Our Pickett’s Mill Open House is next Tuesday, August 27th:
- 6:00 – 6:30 = Visit your child’s classroom
- 6:30 – 7:00 = PTA meeting
- 7:00 – 7:30 = Visit your child’s classroom
If you have multiple students at the Mill, visit with their teacher during either time. I hope you can stop in at one of the times for my presentation – we will play some games, review our curriculum, discuss BYOD policies, and ask questions. See you in room 318! Mrs. Mills is at a class that night, so I welcome those students in Mrs. Mills’ homeroom to join us as well.
This week at the Mill:
8/20 = Northeastern States Retest
8/21 = 5th grade Target Open House in Room 315 @ 7:00 AM – for current Target students
8/23 = Chicken Biscuit sales
8/23 = Midwest States Quiz
8/27 = Open House – see above.
8/28 = Early Release (12:30) & Lake Point Spirit Night
8/29 = Watch Dog Pizza Night
9/2 = Labor Day – No School
9/3 = BYOD begins
9/5 = Fall Pictures
9/6 = Progress Reports
Reading: Last week, we worked on marking up the text and began working on restating questions. We will continue using this strategy and students will learn more about restating and answering expectations. We will be reading about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. We visit the library on Mondays, and many students have finished their first books! Wow! Mrs. Mills’ homeroom has CRAFT journals due this week. Due dates (day of the week) are written on the front of student journals and also inside. See me for help if you need it! Expectations are found in student CRAFT journals and we discussed these in detail. Students have workshop time each week to complete the entry, and remember…you don’t have to be finished with your current book in order to develop your entry.
Language Arts: We wrote some great paragraphs last week and will continue to develop this skill. We used the term “well-developed” to describe 5th grade paragraphs. We related our paragraphs to burgers and discussed how the “bun” keeps the burger together (it’s hard to eat a burger without the buns). This week, we will look at several mentor texts to continue development of our writing. Our first area of focus will be narrative writing. Starting thinking about a “small moment” in your life that you’d have a lot to say about. We will discuss small moments in more detail this week.
Social Studies: We learned about the rights and responsibilities of citizens. We know that with certain rights, come responsibilities as citizens of a country. This week, we will look more closely at the Constitution and the process of amending it. The U.S. Constitution currently has 27 amendments. We will learn about many of them this year. Start your week off right, and earn house points….just show Mrs. Misinco your agenda with the #27 written on Monday 8.19 during homeroom! We’ve also learned almost half of the states! We will introduce the Midwestern states on Monday! Any students who need to retest the Northeastern states will take the retest on Tuesday, 8.20 during homeroom. Don’t forget – if you need to retest the Northeastern states, that will happen Tuesday morning during homeroom. Bring your signed retest form and study!