Weekly Update 1.14

Here’s the 411 on this week! 🙂

Reminders

  1. Guided reading responses are due Jan 17th. Book club entries due Jan 24th.
  2. Please return signed field trip permission slip forms and monies for our upcoming KSU field trip (going home today) AND the Chattanooga one (ASAP).
  3. Check Bloomz for last minute updates and communication. 🙂
  4. Behavior is now documented on Bloomz versus paper copies. Notifications are sent out at 6 p.m. daily. If you are not on Bloomz, I will contact via Synergy, if there is a behavior situation. 🙂
  5. Have your child check out the video sections on our blog for content-related information.

Dates:

 

Jan 15: Math Inventory Assessment (5th Grade)

Jan 21: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (NO SCHOOL)

Jan 25: Science Project Due (Cell Model)-See blog post prior to this one

February 1st: Behavior Celebration Day

 

Content

Math– We are classifying triangles by sides and angles, reviewing classifying 2-D polygons, and analyzing line plots with fractional parts.

Reading– We are continuing our poetry unit and will continue for the next 3 weeks. 🙂 Students are learning to mimic certain structures to create their own poems and learning how to utilize figurative language devices (metaphors, similes, alliteration, onomatopoeia, personification, hyperbole, irony, denotation/connotation, allusion, oxymoron)

Science- We are studying organisms and cell structure of plant and animals. We will also start our study of microorganisms as well.

Writing– Students are writing poetry and using figurative language in their poems

Cell Model Project (Due January 25th)

AT HOME CELL MODEL PROJECT

DUE DATE:  January 25, 2019

THIS WILL BE WORTH A TEST GRADE. 

Part 1.  ANIMAL   OR PLANT CELL MODEL: Create a model of an animal or plant cell.  Here are some ideas for creating your   animal or plant cell model:

  •   Draw a poster with a picture of your cell.
  •   Create a model out of clay or other materials.
  •   Make an edible cell. 🙂  You can bake a cake, make it out of Jello – use your imagination.
  •   Check with your teacher if you have another idea.
  •   PLEASE NOTE:    YOU MAY NOT MAKE PHOTOCOPIES OF AN ANIMAL OR PLANT CELL AND GLUE THEM TO A POSTER.  YOU MUST CREATE YOUR OWN MODEL.

 Your   model needs to be neat and colorful and as realistic as you can make it.

 

Part 2.  Written Explanation: Write a paragraph telling me the parts of your cell.    You should also describe each part and tell me what they do to help   the cell work.

  •   Somewhere on your model there should be flags or arrows or a key to identify each of the parts you labeled.

 

  •   Animal Cell – Should include the following parts… cell membrane, cytoplasm, vacuole,   nucleus, mitochondrion

 

  •   Plant Cell – Should include the following parts… cell wall, cell membrane, cytoplasm,   vacuole, nucleus, mitochondrion, chloroplast, and chlorophyll

Check your written explanation carefully for spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.

 

Below you will find the rubric which will be used to grade your project.

PLANT      ANIMAL WOW! (4) ALMOST THERE   (3) ON THE WAY (2) NEEDS WORK (1)
COMPLETENESS Project   had all of the required information. Project   had almost all of the required information. Project   was missing several pieces of information. Project   had too much missing information.
ACCURACY OF   INFORMATION Information   was correct. Only   a few mistakes in information. Many   mistakes in information. Too   many mistakes in information.
SPELLING AND   CAPITALIZATION All   words were spelled and capitalized correctly. Most   words were spelled and capitalized correctly. Many   mistakes in spelling and capitalization. Too   many mistakes in spelling and capitalization.
NEATNESS  AND ORGANIZATION Project   was extremely neat and easy to read and understand. Project   was pretty neat and easy to understand. Project   was a little messy and hard to understand. Impossible   to understand project because it was so messy.

Score: _______________                                           Grade: _________________

Weekly Update 1.7

Here’s the 411 on this week! 🙂

Reminders

  1. Guided reading responses are due Jan 17th. Book Clubs will resume next week.
  2. Please return signed field trip permission slip forms and monies for our upcoming KSU field trip (going home today) AND the Chattanooga one (ASAP).
  3. Lots of club forms are going home today, along with a book order form (due tomorrow)
  4. Check Bloomz for last minute updates and communication. 🙂
  5. Behavior is now documented on Bloomz versus paper copies. Notifications are sent out at 6 p.m. daily. If you are not on Bloomz, I will contact via Synergy, if there is a behavior situation. 🙂
  6. Have your child check out the video sections on our blog for content-related information.

Dates:

Jan 11: Write Score Standardized Testing (5th grade)

Jan 11: Report Cards go home

Jan 10: 3rd Quarter Pre-Assessment

Jan 10: 4-H day and presentations (Jason and Ellie)

Jan 14: Math Inventory Assessment (5th Grade)

Jan 21: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (NO SCHOOL)

February 1st: Behavior Celebration Day

 

Content

Math– We are starting 3rd quarter content on geometry (parallel/perpendicular lines, parallelograms/quadrilaterals, categorizing polygons (by angles and sides), angle types

Reading– We are starting our poetry unit and will continue for the next 4 weeks. 🙂 Students are learning to mimic certain structures to create their own poems and learning how to utilize figurative language devices (metaphors, similes, alliteration, onomatopoeia, personification, hyperbole, irony, denotation/connotation, allusion, oxymoron)

Science- We are studying organisms and cell structure of plant and animals

Writing– Students are writing poetry and using figurative language in their poems.

12.10 Weekly Update

Here’s the 411 on this week! 🙂

Reminders

  1. Guided reading responses are due Dec 20. And as a small holiday token, only 3 are due instead of 6. Book club packets #2 are due tomorrow. Book club packets #3 will be due by next Thursday.
  2. Please bring wrapped books in as you have them ready. We currently only have 2. 🙂
  3. If you signed up to donate to our 12 Days of Cheer, please send in items anytime before the day you signed up for, so it can secretly appear on their desks before they arrive to school. 🙂
  4. Check Bloomz for last minute updates and communication. 🙂
  5. Behavior is now documented on Bloomz versus paper copies. Notifications are sent out at 6 p.m. daily. If you are not on Bloomz, I will contact via Synergy, if there is a behavior situation. 🙂
  6. Have your child check out the video sections on our blog for content-related information.

Dates:

Dec. 11th School Store (please bring money in form of cash) $20-$25 should be more than enough.

Dec. 12-13th Math Inventory Testing

Dec. 12th Social Studies summative on WW1 and the roaring 20s, along with the Great Depression (no study guide, will be open notes)

 

Dec 14- Mrs. Dean STEAM lesson; Behavior Celebration afternoon; PBIS celebration as well

Dec 18th- Holidays Around the World w/ our Book Buddies in Mrs. Cobb’s 2nd grade class

Dec 20- EARLY RELEASE

Dec 21- EARLY RELEASE/ Holiday Celebration/ Book Exchange

 

Content

Math– We are finishing our review stations and taking the math inventory. Mrs. Dean is coming in Friday for a STEAM lesson. 🙂

Reading– Our focus for reading will incorporate reading strategies and WW1 via the reading of War Horse.

Social Studies– We are finishing the final portion of roaring WW1/roaring 20s/Great Depression this week.

Writing– Holidays Around the World presentation/poster/tri-fold preparation from our research/notes and creating stations for next week’s activities

11.3 Update

Here’s the 411 on this week! 🙂

Reminders

  1. Guided Reading responses were due last Thursday/Friday (Except book club group). Entries turned in tomorrow will have a highest grade of 85. Each day afterwards will have 10 points deducted. Book club packets are due Thursday. We welcomed two new members last week!!! 🙂
  2. Please bring wrapped books in as you have them ready. 🙂
  3. Check Bloomz for last minute updates and communication. 🙂
  4. Behavior is now documented on Bloomz versus paper copies. Notifications are sent out at 6 p.m. daily. If you are not on Bloomz, I will contact via Synergy, if there is a behavior situation. 🙂
  5. Have your child check out the video sections on our blog for content-related information.

Dates:

Dec. 4th Spelling Bee

Dec. 5th ELA Touchstone 3-county assessment

Dec. 6th counseling session

Dec. 7th RI- county assessment and holiday store preview; Dinner with Santa PTSA

Dec. 11- Holiday Store

Dec 12-13- Math Inventory- county assessment

Dec 14- Mrs. Dean STEAM lesson; Behavior Celebration

Dec 20- EARLY RELEASE

Dec 21- EARLY RELEASE/ Holiday Celebration/ Book Exchange

 

Content

Math– This week, students are participating in review stations, and Mrs. B and myself are assisting where needed. Next week, are taking our Math Inventory for the county, which will be split into two days. We are also fortunate to work with Mrs. Dean (today), next week, and the last week before the break for some exciting STEAM lessons with an emphasis on technology and math! 🙂 We did an intro to coding activity today. Next week, Mrs. Dean and I will collaborate to combine our learning of fractions with technology, possibly robots! 🙂

Reading– Our focus for reading will incorporate reading strategies and WW1 via the reading of War Horse.

Social Studies– We completed our study of WW1 today and will be working on a project the rest of the week with our quiz being Friday.

Writing– We are continuing our study of informational writing. I am grading informational biographies throughout the week. Students will pick a new topic this week (of their own choosing) to complete a final informational piece. 🙂

11.26 Update

Here’s the 411 on this week! 🙂

Reminders

  1. Guided Reading responses are due this Thursday (Except book club group). Book club will resume Wednesday, and packets are due NEXT Thursday.
  2. Check Bloomz for last minute updates and communication. 🙂
  3. Behavior is now documented on Bloomz versus paper copies. Notifications are sent out at 6 p.m. daily. If you are not on Bloomz, I will contact via Synergy, if there is a behavior situation. 🙂
  4. Have your child check out the video sections on our blog for content-related information.

Content

Math– This week, we are working on creating line plots and interpreting line plots. Next week, we will move onto categorizing polygons (by edges, angles, categories (i.e. quadrilaterals, etc.). The last 8 days of school will involve a preview of 3rd 9 weeks and review stations for the 2nd nine weeks. 🙂

Reading– Our focus for reading will incorporate reading strategies and WW1 via the reading of War Horse.

Social Studies– We are completing our study of WW1 and the roaring 20s.

Writing– We are publishing our biographies in sections this week. All biographies will be completed by Friday and turned in via One Drive. Next week, students will work on informational writing pieces on a topic of their own choosing, so start brainstorming now! 🙂

11.12 Weekly Update

Here’s the 411 on this week! 🙂

Reminders

  1. Next due date for Guided Reading responses is Nov 29th for the next 6 entries (except book club group).
  2. Check Bloomz for last minute updates and communication. 🙂
  3. Behavior is now documented on Bloomz versus paper copies. Notifications are sent out at 6 p.m. daily. If you are not on Bloomz, I will contact via Synergy, if there is a behavior situation. 🙂
  4. Have your child check out the video sections on our blog for content-related information.

Content

Math– We are learning how to multiply and divide fractions, and differentiate whether to use + – x / in word problems. Quiz on Friday will be on multiplying and dividing fractions (Prodigy).

Enrichment group will work on a choice board project this week.

Reading– Our focus for reading will incorporate reading strategies and WW1 via the reading of War Horse.

Social Studies– We are studying WW1 and its causes on through the roaring 20s.

Writing– We are drafting our biographies in sections this week. Publishing will not take place until after Thanksgiving break. 🙂

10.29

Here’s the 411 on this week! 🙂

Reminders

  1. Next due date for Guided Reading responses is Nov 8th for the next 6 entries (entire class).
  2. Check Bloomz for last minute updates and communication. 🙂
  3. Behavior is now documented on Bloomz versus paper copies. Notifications are sent out at 6 p.m. daily. If you are not on Bloomz, I will contact via Synergy, if there is a behavior situation. 🙂
  4. Have your child check out the video sections on our blog for content-related information.
  5. Mystery Reader day is Oct. 31st! Thank you for those who volunteered to come read! 🙂 We are spend the day focusing on reading, sharing books we love, and sharing our published narratives with each other. 🙂

Content

Math– We are continuing to learn how to add/subtract mixed fractions with unlike denominators this week with a focus on word problems. Students need to be able to find the LCM (Least Common Multiple) to determine the LCD (Least Common Denominator). Then, they can convert the fractions to have the same LCD and perform the operation (Add/subtract). Finally, they need to simplify to the lowest terms. Students also need to understand the 5/8 is the same as 5 divided by 8 and perform long-division.

The enrichment group is working on multiplying fractions this week, including word problems.

Mini quiz on Friday will be on prodigy. 🙂

Reading– We will starting our next nonfiction text, Promises to Keep. Our focus for reading will be on nonfiction texts, which correlates to our focus in writing. Grades will be from Reading Response Journals. 🙂 Mini quiz on Friday on Main Idea and dealing with the book.

Science– We are studying animal (Vertebrae vs.  non-vertebrae) and plant classification (flowering vs. nonflowering). We are also going to start on inherited vs. learned traits/behaviors and genes.

Writing– We are starting informational writing this week and using INFORM as a guide. (Opening paragraph with topic that briefly lists the subtopics, 3 body paragraphs for the 3 subtopics and details for each, closing paragraph). It has been decided that we will focus on biographies of important historical people instead of animal classification.