week of jan 16

Happy long weekend…for the second week in a row!  Again, Tuesday Trackers will be going home on Wednesday. No field trips, no holiday parties, no health classes…believe it or not, this is the closest we’re coming to a normal school week than we’ve had in a long time!

social studies

continuing with the 1920’s. We’ll be learning about Henry Ford’s assembly line and it’s impact on production as well as Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight.

AC language arts

this week we’ll be learning about hyperbole, personification, onomatopoeia and idioms. On Friday we’ll take TFK quiz. In writing, we’re continuing our DBQ about WWI.

Students, please remember to keep up with your reading log! i will be checking at the beginning of each week.

We’ll be starting our next novel study next week. Fortunately, the county provides a copy of this one for all students, so no need to purchase the book!


this week we are continuing to multiply fractions. We’ll have a short quiz on Tuesday to review last week’s concepts, and then we’ll be moving on to modeling a fraction x fraction for the rest of the week.


tues – none 🙂

wed – p 717-718

thurs – fraction action worksheet.

week of jan 8

CONGRATULATIONS to Allessia, Robert, and Bryce for killing it in the Spelling Bee last Friday. All three of you did so well, and I am so proud of you!!!


Welcome back to reality! This second semester is going to FLY by, so let’s make it a great one.

  1. Report Cards – went home Friday. Please review all information inside and return signed envelope Monday.
  2. Field Trip – we will be going to see the Atlanta Symphony perform at Lassiter on Friday. Students will need to dress nicely for this trip (no sweats/gym clothes). If I do not have your performing arts permission form from the beginning of the school year, I will send home a new copy in the Tuesday Tracker this week.
  3. Jekyll Payment – the next payment is due Friday. If you still have a balance, I sent home a reminder in the report card envelope. The entire balance must be paid in full by February 16 to secure your spot on the trip.

social studies

Now that we finished up World War I, we will be learning about the Roaring 20’s! This week we’ll be discussing the boom of the post-War economy as well as new inventions of the time period.

AC language arts

We’ll be learning about figurative language. This week we’ll be discussing simile, metaphor, hyperbole, and personification. There will be an activity about these 4 types of figurative language due Thursday.

Since we aren’t beginning our next novel for the next few weeks, all students must have a book they are reading independently. There’s a reading response journal due this Friday. I will return all reading journals and reading response journals tomorrow.

In writing we are continuing the document analysis process for our World War I DQB.


we are beginning to multiply fractions. This week we are focusing on how to determine fractional parts of a number and discovering what happens to a whole number when it’s multiplied by a fraction.


mon – p 711-712

tues – p 717-718

wed – p 723-724

thurs – p 729-730

fri – quiz: multiplying whole numbers and fractions


First of all, our Holiday party was an absolute blast! Thank you to all volunteers; you’ve really outdone yourselves!

Don’t forget tomorrow is our secret pal gift exchange! We have most presents in already, but if there is any reason you will not be able to bring your gift tomorrow PLEASE let me know ahead of time so I can make arrangements.

Also, students are invited to wear any holiday pajamas or tacky holiday clothes tomorrow.


week of dec 18

Last school week of 2017!

can you believe it?? 5th grade is almost half way over…where did the time go?!

We are tying up lots of loose ends this week before the break. Don’t forget Secret Pal gifts need to be brought to school by Wednesday. These gifts need to be new and wrapped!

Monday – we have our Holidays Around the World classes for all of 5th grade.

Tuesday – Early Release. Holiday Party

Wednesday – Early Release. Secret Pal reveal and gift exchange.



CONGRATULATIONS to Allessia, Robert L, and Bryce for winning our classroom spelling bees! These 3 will go on to represent our class in the Eastvalley spelling bee on Jan. 5!

holiday activity

On Monday, 5th grade will be participating in a holidays around the world activity, and are in need of some materials for a few of the activities. Please take a look at the sign up, and donate if you can. We really appreciate it! 🙂


week of dec 11

Friday may have been a little chaotic, but we had SO much fun!

We will draw names for Secret Pal on Tuesday, and we can begin the activity on Wednesday.

Social Studies

We’re finishing up World War I. This week we will be discussing the end of the war and the Treaty of Versailles. We will have a test on Friday, and study guides can be turned in for extra credit.

WWI Study Guide

AC Language Arts

We’re finishing up A Wrinkle in Time this week. I have been so impressed with everyone’s hard work throughout this novel study; I am so grateful for all the hard work! This week we’re discussing ch. 10-12.

As usual, discussion questions, vocabulary and reading response is due Friday. Due to snow days and health class, we will have less time to work on these in class, so please make sure everything is ready to turn in by the end of the week!

ch 10-12 comprehension questions


Students have done an excellent job with adding and subtracting fractions. We will be finishing up this skill this week!

Secret Pal

To celebrate classroom community, our class has chosen to participate in a Secret Pal gift exchange. This is a fun and exciting way to bring holiday cheer into the classroom and provide opportunities to encourage one another.


Each student will draw a classmate’s name and will be responsible for providing a kind or encouraging note to that student at least 3 times between Dec. 11-19. In addition, we will have an optional gift exchange on Wednesday Dec. 20.


If the student is going to participate in the gift exchange please bring a wrapped new gift ($15 limit) with only the receiver’s name on it.

Notes can be brought at any time during the school week and secretly distributed by Ms. Pluta.  The wrapped gift can be brought to school any time on or before December 20th and stored in the classroom.

Permission letters (for the gift exchange portion of the activity) were in the Tuesday Tracker, CLICK HERE for a new copy!

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