Week of November 12th

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Welcome to the last week before Thanksgiving break! Time flies in fifth grade! 🙂

Reminders:

On Thursday our classroom is having Thanksgiving lunch at 12:05 pm! No school next week!

Our learning objectives this week…

In math, we are starting adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators.  Students will have homework Monday-Thursday in their math workbook! 

In reading, we are continuing different informational text structures.  We will have a test on Thursday on the different text structures. We are focusing on chronological order and comparing and contrasting and then we will review and a Study guide will come home on Tuesday! Reading log Monday-Thursday for 20 minutes each night. 

In writing, we are building our informational writing stamina and focusing on writing detailed paragraphs.  On Thursday, we will begin typing our best paragraphs from this unit.

In science, we are visiting the science lab on Wednesday! Wear closed toed shoes! 🙂

In social studies, we are starting a new unit on World War 1.  We are learning about the causes of WW1 and modern warfare.

Have a great Thanksgiving break!

Here are some fun pictures from our Flashlight day last week!

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Week of November 5th

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Welcome to the first week of November! We have many fun events to look forward to this week!

Reminders for this week:

  • Tuesday 11/6- No School/Election Day
  • Thursday 11/8- Math Night at Kincaid
  • Friday 11/9- Performing Arts Field Trip- Dress up!

Our learning objectives this week…

In math, we are wrapping up multiplying and dividing decimals and beginning our fraction unit.  Students will take a touchstone on Monday and a Fraction Pre-test.  Students will have Math Practice Sheets for homework Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  

In reading, we are studying informational genres including the different text structures and their purposes. Students have a reading log for 20 minutes Monday through Thursday.  Reading log needs to be signed by Friday morning.  Weekly Reading Responses are due on their assigned day and grades can be viewed in their reading response notebooks.

  

In writing, we are focused on crafting well-structured and supported informational paragraphs.  We are also experimenting with different text structures as we write on different topics.  No Wordly Wise this week! 

In science, we are beginning a new unit on Inherited Traits.

In social studies, we are wrapping up our Turn of the Century Unit! We will review Monday and Wednesday and test on Thursday! Study Guide will come home on Monday and will be due on Thursday morning! 

Have a wonderful week!

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Week of October 29th

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It’s the last week of October! We have a busy and fun week ahead!

Our learning objectives this week…

In math, we are working on dividing decimals.  Towards the end of the week, we will begin reviewing multiplying and dividing decimals.  We will have a test next Monday. Homework for this week is: Mon: p. 447-448 Tues: p. 453-454 Wed: p. 459-460 Thurs: Mixed Review Study Guide.

In reading, we are working on identifying figurative language and determining its meaning.  Reading responses are due on book club days, grades are in the reader’s response section of Reading Notebooks.  Reading logs are due on Thursday mornings!

In writing, we are examining the different text structures of informational writing.  We are also continuing to work on typing.  If you have a desktop or laptop at home, it would be great to allow typing practice time.  Students will take the Milestone online this year and are working on building their typing stamina to prepare! Wordly Wise test will be on Friday!

In science, we are learning how plants grow and reproduce and will visit the science lab on Wednesday.  We will have a classification test on Thursday!

In social studies, we are starting a Battle of Little Big Horn and Trail of Tears Choice Activity.  Students will close read 2 passages on Monday and then chose 3 activities to show what they have learned.  Those activities will be due the following Monday.  Students will 3 days to work in class, anything not finished in class should be completed at home! 

Have a great week and a Happy Halloween!

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Week of October 22nd

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It was a wonderful parent-teacher conference week! I enjoyed sharing my students’ progress and I feel so lucky to have such a supportive and engaged group of parents.  Thank you for coming, and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach me through email or call me.  I don’t want our conversations to stop at conference week!

Reminders for this week:

On Tuesday we will have STEM lab.  The kids will be planting tulips and should wear clothes that can get dirty. On Wednesday, we have a guidance lesson with Mrs. Weitnauer and a typing lesson with Mrs. Perisino!

Our learning objectives this week…

In math, we are continuing our decimals unit.  We are working on strategies when multiplying decimals.  Make sure your child is bringing home their math notebooks with the daily lesson to help with homework.  Homework will be assigned Monday (p. 389-390), Tuesday (p. 395-396), Wednesday (p. 401-402), and Thursday (p.407-408).

We enjoyed playing “trashketball” to review adding and subtracting decimals!

In reading, we are beginning our figurative language unit.  Students will review common idioms, work on identifying figurative language, and work on determining what it means this week.  2nd quarter reading responses have begun! Last week we reviewed the requirements, which include adding their thinking to their detailed summaries and using text evidence to support their thinking.  Check the reading response section of their notebooks for their weekly grade.  Homework: Read for 20 minutes Monday-Thursday. Sign by Friday morning!

In writing, we are beginning informational writing with a fun Monster Project.  This writing project will be done at school and does not have any take home components! We are also working on our typing skills.  We are working on increasing our typing speed and using correct paper formatting.

In science, we will have an animal classification quiz on Tuesday.  We will review on Monday and students should study their notes in their science interactive notebook.

In social studies, we are continuing our immigration unit with a virtual field trip to Ellis Island!

Have a great week!

 

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Week of October 15th

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Conference week reminders!

  • Early Release from Monday-Friday, students will be dismissed at 12:10pm.
  • If you can’t make your conference, please email me at [email protected]
  • If possible, I would like for your child to attend their conference also.
  • Conferences will last 20 minutes, and I have many scheduled back to back.  Please arrive on time so we can stay on schedule.

Our learning objectives this week…

In math, we are continuing adding and subtracting decimals.  Students will have homework every night except Friday night.

In reading, we are on chapter 5/6 of The Giver and are learning new strategies to compare and contrast.  For homework, read for 20 minutes each night, reading logs are due on Friday morning!

In writing, we are working on typing and writing about literature through our thoughtful reading responses.  Students are adding details from the text and their own thinking to strengthen summarizing skills.

In science, we are continuing animal classification.

In social studies, we are reviewing Turn of the Century vocabulary.

Have a great week! I look forward to seeing everyone!

 

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Fun Friday!

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Happy Friday! As always, we had a fun week!  I am so proud of our class, we had the highest attendance in the entire school for the month of September. We love being attendance H.E.R.O.’s!

Thank you for having your student…

Here

Everyday

Ready to Learn

On-time!

YOU PARENTS ROCK! (and so do your sweet children!)

My boys wanted to share their awesome Fortnite dances! Enjoy your weekend!

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Week of October 8th

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I can’t believe we have reached the end of the first 9 weeks! Time flies when you are having fun! Next week (October 15-19) is parent-teacher conference week and students will be on an early release schedule! I will update the blog with more details as they become available!

Our learning objectives this week…

In math, we are working on 2 digit divisors and will have a quiz on multiplication and division on Friday.  Students will have homework Monday though Thursday and a mixed review study guide to complete.

In reading, we have our Quarter 1 touchstone on Monday on RL1-RL3 and RI1-RI3.  Students should review their reader’s notebook to help them prepare for the touchstone.  Reading logs will go home on Monday and need to be signed Thursday night!

In writing, we are editing and revising our Small moment narratives.  On Friday we will publish them in the computer lab!

In science, we began animal classification and are learning about dichotomous keys.

In social studies, we are studying turn of the century immigration through Ellis Island and Angel Island.

Have a great week and I look forward to our conferences soon! 🙂

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Week of October 1st

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I hope everyone had a wonderful break and enjoyed the week off! October is finally here! I love the colder weather, pumpkin spice everything, football fun of this month!  Not to mention Halloween! Not only do we have those fun things to look forward to, we also have conference weeks in October!  I am sending scheduling forms home on Monday and need them back by Friday. Please feel free to reach me through email if you have any questions about scheduling our conference.  I am so excited to share your child’s progress so far and set goals for fifth grade!

Heritage day was a huge success.  I loved seeing the looks of pride and happiness on everyone’s faces.  The kids worked really hard on their projects and I was blown away by their presentations and by the delicious food! Thank you for your participation and support!

Our learning objectives for this week…

In math, we are beginning multiplication using the standard algorithm.  Students will have homework every night except Friday in their workbooks.  If students need help with their homework, the lesson of the day is glued into their math interactive notebook.  Reviewing the lesson at home will help students come to class prepared and ready to learn.

In reading, we are reading chapter 3 of The Giver and working on learning new strategies when comparing and contrasting.  We are also working on supporting our answers with evidence from the text.  Reading Responses are not due this week due to the Book Report which is due on Friday, October 5th.  Read for at least 20 minutes each night and reading logs will be checked on Thursday morning! 

In writing, we are finishing up our narrative unit with a “Small Moment” personal narrative.  Students will be working on building their writing stamina through flash drafting and will be revising their narratives to bring out dialogue and key events.  I look forward to reading them!

In science, we are testing on our first unit Constructive and Destructive forces on Thursday! Study guides are coming home on Monday! Review notes in the science interactive notebook to help prepare for the test!

In social studies, we are integrating non-fiction reading strategies as we learn about the Spanish-American war.

Let’s finish the first nine weeks strong and focused! Have a great week!

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Week of September 17th

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I can’t believe next week is Fall Break! August and September have flown by! On Monday and Tuesday we are continuing Iowa testing.  Help your student prepare for testing by making sure they get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast!  Thank you parents for donating testing snacks! The kids have loved the fruit snacks and Cheeze its!

I am looking forward to seeing the heritage boards on Wednesday, September 19th!  Heritage Presentations will be on Wednesday and Thursday.  Friday, students will bring in a dish that comes from the country they researched and you are invited to join us too! Invitations were sent home in the VIP folder on Thursday. *Please remember that dishes need to be peanut and tree nut free.  (Tree nuts include almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, brasil nuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios,  and pine nuts.)

International Day of Peace

Friday, September 21st

 

Next Friday, September 21 is the International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”).  Peace Day is observed around the world each year on September 21. Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.  To celebrate this wonderful day, Kincaid staff and students are participating in several activities.

 

  • Teachers will be delivering lessons and activities to promote kindness and acceptance.
  • Students and staff are encouraged to wear “Peace” themed clothes to school. Break out your tye-dyes, headbands, bellbottoms etc. to celebrate peace at Kincaid and in our larger world.
  • Rausch will create “Pinwheels for Peace” with all students to display outside on the front lawn.  These pinwheels will be put out on the afternoon of September 20th. You and your student are welcome to view the display on the evening of September 20th or on September 21st

    Specials Schedule:

    Monday-Music

    Tuesday-Art

    Wednesday- Math lab

    Thursday- STEM Lab

    Friday-PE

 

Our learning objectives this week…

In math, we are finishing place value and beginning powers of ten and exponents.  Students will have homework Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night.  

In reading, we are diving deeper with theme this week and examining how character’s face challenges.  We read a lot of great books this week including Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller and Decibella and her 6 Inch Voice by Julia Cook.  Check the reading response section of reader’s notebooks for reading grades weekly.  Students are doing an excellent job on their independent reading!  Reading logs will come home on Monday and need to be signed Thursday night! 

In writing, students will assess their growth as narrative writer’s and set new goals for their small moment narrative.  Students will begin generating ideas for a story about an important moment of their life.  We are working on determining when to change paragraphs in a story.

In science, we are reviewing earthquakes and volcanoes.  Students will have an earthquake science lab on Wednesday! Wear closed toed shoes! Students will have 2 study guides: one on volcanoes and one on earthquakes that are both due on Wednesday.  Students will have class time to work on them but may need to finish them at home.  

In social studies, we are learning about the causes of the Spanish-American War.  We are studying  President McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt’s contributions to the Turn of the Century.

Have a wonderful week!

 

 

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Week of September 10th

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It was another great week last week and this week is sure to be even better than the last!  Thank you for returning the progress reports and the inclement weather forms to me so promptly! I really appreciate it!

Reminders…

IOWA testing is Thursday and Friday this week!

Specials Schedule

Monday-Art

Tuesday-Math Lab

Wednesday- Stem Lab

Thursday- PE

Friday-PE

Our learning objectives this week…

In math, we are working on place value, expanded form, and starting decimal place value.  Students will not have homework on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday!

In reading, we are on chapter 3 of The Giver and it has started some great discussions about the importance of choices and learning about our histories. We are also learning about inferences and theme this week.  On Monday, students will have 2 hours of research time for their heritage projects.  The rest will need to be completed at home! I am looking forward to seeing the heritage boards on Wednesday, September 19th! Reading logs will come home on Monday and need to be signed Thursday night! 

In writing, students finished their Found narratives on Friday and are starting a new opinion piece.  They are writing their opinion on which would be a better invention: a helper robot or a flying car.  Students are working on strong leads and adding details into their writing.

In science, we are reviewing constructive forces, destructive forces, earthquakes and volcanoes.  Students will have task cards, writing activities, and a fun review game to prepare them for their quiz on Thursday.  

In social studies, we are continuing with inventors and innovations this week.  Students will have a quiz on Wednesday on inventors and cattle trails.

Have a great week!

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