A Peek At Our Week: August 28 – September 1

Reading: We will be starting a new piece of literature in class this week called Espiranza Rising. This unit will focus on the lessons we can learn about human rights through literature and life.

Math: We will focus on different strategies we can use to multiply 2 digit by 2 digit numbers and 3 digit by 2 digit numbers. These strategies include the array model, the area model (your student may have called it the Box Method in the past), Partial Products, and Standard Algorithm. Our standard we must master this year is to fluently multiply 3×2 digit numbers using the Standard Algorithm. TEST ON MATERIAL UP TO THIS POINT THURSDAY.

Writing: We will continue working on writing narratives, both real and imaginative. We will practice writing our narratives with different types of leads and trying to be more descriptive in our writing. For example, we will ban the word “said” from our narratives and discuss other ways to describe how the character spoke: yelled, whispered, joked, screamed, laughed, argued, interrupted, ordered, grunted, thanked, mumbled, pleaded, etc.

Social Studies: Students will be learning about the North and the South before the Civil War, the causes for the Civil War, famous Civil War battles, and important people of the Civil War.

Grammar: Students will be reviewing how to identify subjects and predicates in a sentence.

Spelling:  The lesson for this week is long i spelled y, i-consonant-e, or i.  Also, long 0 spelled 0-consonant-e, ow, or o. They will have three homework assignments (their choice from their board) due on Friday and a spelling test on Friday.

Spelling Connections

Parents and Students,

This year we are using a new spelling program titled Spelling Connections.  We will have new spelling words every week related to a particular spelling pattern.  The words your child receives will be based on a pretest score, and will come home with a letter to you showing how you can help them study.  Spelling test will be given on Fridays (unless holidays or other special circumstances are involved).  The students will have classwork to help them learn the word patters each week in class and a spelling homework menu to choose three assignments from per week (homework is due every Friday).  Also, if students have a device with a QR Reader app, they can scan the QR Code, and Zaner-Bloser will provide a Spelling Tutor to help students study their words.  (See www.zaner-blosser.com/system-requirements if you have problems.)

The students are bringing home their first spelling test this Thursday, but they should have come home with new words (Unit 2) yesterday.  The lesson for this week is long i spelled y, i-consonant-e, or i.  Also, long 0 spelled 0-consonant-e, ow, or o.  The Zaner-Blosser’s research indicates word sorts can be a very effective way to learn the spelling of words.  Therefore, I have suggested to the students that they write their words on index cards, and sort them in various ways.  I will send home the various ways to sort them, and an Open Sort is for students to derive their own way, and have another person determine the type of sort.  So far, the students have done well on the first posttest!  It wouldn’t hurt to set up a reward system at home too!


Sharon Reid

A Peek at Our Week: August 14-18

Reading: We will be focusing on the 5 story elements this week and identifying them in picture books and short stories. The 5 Story Elements are: Plot, Characters, Setting, Theme, and Conflict.

Math: We will continue to work on whole number place value (ones to hundred millions), Powers of Ten, and Order of Operations.

Writing: We will be working on writing a personal narrative about a time we experienced strong feelings. We will make sure our personal narrative has a beginning, middle, and end (plot). We will also incorporate our other story elements in our narrative (characters, setting, theme, and conflict).

Social Studies: Students will be learning about the North and the South before the Civil War, the causes for the Civil War, famous Civil War battles, and important people of the Civil War.

Updated Resources

Hi Parents,

I have added the Math Unit One Standards and some helpful information about the material we are covering in Math Unit 1 (Place Value, Order of Operations, Multiplication, and Division) to the Resources Page on my blog.

I’ll be updating the other subjects soon!


Ms. Reid

Week of 08/07/2017

Hello Parents,

Last week we worked on routines and procedures to ensure that we all have a successful year. Tomorrow is open house and I look forward to seeing each of you at 6:00 PM. We will start our session in Ms. Drake’s room at the front of the 5th grade hall (Room 146). Last year’s Milestones Scores will be sent  home in your student’s blue folder TUESDAY.

We have a busy week ahead of us as we dive into our 5th grade standards. Each lesson will be driven by an Essential Question (EQ). EQ’s for this week are as follows:

  • Math: How does the place of a digit relate to its value in a whole number?
  • Science: What is the Scientific Method? How can I use the Scientific Method to
  • Social Studies: What were the causes of the Civil War?
  • Reading: What is Reader’s Workshop?
  • Writing: What is Writer’s Workshop?
  • ELA: What kinds of words are common and proper nouns?
  • Health: How does positive thinking and goal setting help establish a healthy and realistic self-concept?


MATERIALS: Please make sure that you have sent in SIX (6) composition notebooks with your student by the end of this week. We will be using each of these notebooks. We will also need more sticky notes and dry erase markers very soon. Each student will be using dry erase boards in math and will need a marker.


Our Mission: Every Student. Every Day.

Our Vision: Cultivating life-long learners through engaging experiences!

Welcome to 5th Grade!!!

Hello students and parents! I am glad to have you all joining my class this year. This will be a location to find topics and resources that we are working on in class throughout the year. Please let me know if you ever have any questions about the blogs. I want to start off the year by putting a list of supplies that will be needed this school year. If you would do your best to have these materials by the end of the first week of school, August 4th, that would be helpful.

5th Grade Supply List
(1) binder (1 inch only)
(1) pack of dividers for binder (8 tabs)
(2) packs of wide rule paper (200 ct each)
(4) dozen Ticonderoga pencils (#2)
(1) pack pencil top erasers
(4) Plastic pocket folders
(1) Sharpie marker
(6) Mead Composition books (no spirals)
(2) Highlighters
(1) 10 count Crayola wide marker
(1) 10 count Crayola thin marker
(1) 24 count Crayola colored pencils
(4) Jumbo glue sticks
(2) White poster boards
(4) boxes tissues (175 count or larger)
(1) Clorox wipes
(1) box sandwich Ziploc bags
(2) bottles hand sanitizer
(1) Fiskars 5 in. pointer scissors
(1) large pink beveled eraser
Post it notes
Hand held pencil sharpener w/cover