week of nov 13

One more week until Thanksgiving break!

We have our Friends and Family Thanksgiving lunch on Thursday at 12:25. I hope to see you all there!

Social Studies

This week we are finishing up learning about the how America changed at the turn of the century. We will be discussing the impact of technological advancements on American lives. We will have our Turn of the Century Quiz on Friday. I will send home study guides on Monday, and as always these can be turned in for extra credit. I will post the study guide on the blog Monday.

AC Language Arts

This week we will be discussing and working with Ch. 1-3 of A Wrinkle in Time. Students will be completing activities, vocabulary squares, and a reading response throughout the week. Please make sure the ch 1-3 comprehension questions are ready to turn in on Wednesday.

Homework: begin reading ch. 4-6, and completing comprehension questions. These will be due after the break.

In writing we are starting out first DBQ. On Friday, we had a verbal debate about whether or not a series of events would be a justifiable cause for going to war. Over the next several weeks we will be analyzing a series of historical documents analyzing the question “What were the underlying causes of WWI?” This week we will complete a close reading of the background essay, and begin our document analysis.


This week we’re continuing to work with fractions; hopefully much of this is a review of material from 4th grade. We will be learning about comparing fractions, finding the least common multiple, and relating fractions and decimals. We will have a quiz on friday over the concepts from the week.


mon – p. 581-582

tues – p. 587-588

wed – p. 593-594

thurs – p. 599-600

fri – fractions quiz


week of nov 6-10

Reminder: No school Tuesday for Election Day.

Ellis Island Day was such a success on Friday. Thank you so much to parents and students for participation and cooperation! I hope you all learned a lot about the early 20th century immigrant experience by walking in their shoes for a day.

Last week we set up our Office365 accounts in class, and I want to make sure students are becoming well acquainted with this system.

Office365 student log in information

username: firstname.lastname@students.cobbk12.org

password: same password you use to log in to computers at school

Social Studies

This week we will be discussing the Industrial Revolution and the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt (this includes American imperialism and the Panama Canal). We will have a test on the Turn of the Century later next week, date TBD.

AC Language Arts

We are beginning our first novel study with A Wrinkle in Time! Students will be responsible for reading ch. 1-3 and completing comprehension questions by next Monday. Our vocabulary and reading response journals will be based on this novel for the rest of the semester, so we will not have either of those this week as we are getting settled into the routine.

If any students do not have their book on Monday, please be sure to bring it to class as soon as possible. Students may also use kindles, ipads, etc. to read as well.


This week we are working to understand the concept of equivalent fractions through greatest common factor and simplifying fractions. We will have a quiz Friday on the fraction concepts we have covered so far.


mon – 561-562

wed – worksheet

thurs – 567-568

fri – fractions quiz

week of oct 30

Hello and happy Sunday! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. We had an awesome time on our field trip Friday. I was so impressed with our group’s engagement and thoughtful questions throughout the entire day.

Tuesday will be PJ day for the entire school. Please bring $1 if you would like to participate, all funds raised go to United Way.

Social Studies

Friday is Ellis Island Day!!! As you know, we will be completing an immigration simulation from the turn of the century. This week we will be writing our autobiographies for Ellis Island. We will begin them on Monday and type them on Tuesday. Please complete for homework on Monday if you haven’t finished in class.

Parents volunteering…thank you ahead of time! We are still in need of flat sheet donations. Any size, any pattern, any help is appreciated.

Students remember for Friday you need to know your identity, to bring a food item from your country to share, to bring an image of money from your country, and a costume! Remember this costume is specific to the early 20th century–not necessary to your country. I will show you some examples in class this week.

EXTRA CREDIT: To learn more about the immigration experience, complete this interactive tour. Complete all ten steps and answer the corresponding questions for extra credit. This is due next Monday. 

Ellis Island Extra Credit Activity

AC Language Arts

We are working on 3 Halloween themed plays in class. On Monday groups will continue rehearsing their skits, and will need to coordinate for any costuming, props, etc. I would encourage each group to make and edit a video of their performance. This, of course, will be optional, but I would like to see everyone get as creative as possible! We will be performing for each other and some other classes on Tuesday and Thursday. If you are using props or costumes, make sure to make those arrangements with your group.

Most students have finished typing their personal narratives to turn in. Those who still need to do so will have an opportunity to do so on Monday.

We will also be having doing the unit 4 vocabulary that slipped through the cracks last week!


monday – unit 4 match the meaning, prepare for halloween plays tomorrow

tuesday – unit 4 synonyms and antonyms

wednesday – unit 4 completing the sentences

thursday – unit 4 word association

friday – vocabulary & Time for Kids quiz, Moses class reading response due.


On Monday, we have a quiz on multiplying and dividing decimals. If you are still struggling to remember the procedure for solving these problems, please review these videos.

multiplying decimals

dividing decimals

On Tuesday, we will be completing a Halloween mystery math activity, and on Wednesday we will begin working on fractions. Understanding and using fractions are a huge part of the 5th grade math curriculum, and we will be working with them for the next few months 🙂


monday – none

tuesday – none

wednesday – finish multiplying/dividing decimals candy shop activity

thursday – p. 555-556


week of oct 23

It was so great seeing all parents and students at conferences last week. Thank you for taking time out of your schedules to meet!

We’ve got tons going on right now…

First of all,  thank you SO MUCH to those of you who have donated to the Education Enrichment Campaign already!!! We are currently in 3rd place in the school, but still have not met our goal. Click here to donate!

We are also selling Chick-fil-a calendars to help raise money for our 5th grade activities. Order forms were in last week’s Tuesday Tracker.

We have our Marietta Square field trip this Friday! We will be visiting the Root House Museum, Marietta History Museum, and taking a tour on the Marietta Trolley. Make sure to pack lunches in a paper bag.

Ellis Island Day is next Friday, Nov. 3. The 5th graders will travel back to the year 1908 to participate in an immigration day simulation. This is one of the most memorable experiences of the year and a fantastic learning opportunity. Parents, please sign and return the Ellis Island letter as soon as possible. Please email me if you have any questions about this.

Click to download a new copy of the parent letter.

Social Studies

We are continuing to learn about how America changed at the turn of the century and prepare for Ellis Island day. This week we will begin writing our autobiographies.

AC Language Arts

In writing we are at the final stages of writing our personal narratives! We will finish editing/revising and hopefully publish our writing this week. In reading, we are beginning a reader’s theater activity. Students will receive their scripts on Monday, and will have assigned roles on Tuesday.


mon – unit 4 vocabulary match the meaning, finish rewriting your narrative draft.

tues – unit 4 vocabulary synonyms and antonyms

wed – unit 4 vocabulary completing the sentences & word association

thurs – unit 4 vocabulary quiz

Parents, please make sure your child has their copy of a Wrinkle in Time by November 6.



we are working on dividing decimals by decimals, whole numbers, and powers of ten.


mon – p 447-448

tues – p 459-460

wed – worksheet

thurs – diving decimals quiz

week of oct 16


  • Early dismissal all week for conferences
  • Book Fair all week! – we will not be going as a class, so students are free to go individually
  • Marietta Square Field Trip is Oct. 27! There are several people who still have not returned permission form/payment. Please do so as soon as possible.

Social Studies

We are studying how the country changed during the turn of the Century. This week we are discussing European immigration in preparation for our Ellis Island Day simulation that will take place on Nov. 3! Information about Ellis Island will be in the Tuesday Tracker this week!


This week we are finishing up our personal narratives! We are in the revising/editing phase of the writing process, and will soon be publishing our works.

  • Reading Response due Friday
  • no vocabulary this week


This week we are learning how to divide decimals. We had a quiz on decimal multiplication last Friday, and some people need to complete test corrections. All information will be in the Tuesday Tracker this week.

  • Monday – p. 415-416
  • Tuesday – p. 465-466
  • Wednesday – p. 447-448

week of september 13

Well that was an eventful weekend! Hope everyone was able to stay safe and dry in the storm. Due to missing school, we will begin IOWA testing on Thursday 9/14 and continue into next week. Thank you to those of you who volunteered to bring snacks for testing!

Math Homework

wednesday – p. 173-174

thursday – p. 179-180


week of september 4

I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend. We’ve officially finished our first month of 5th grade! Due to the long weekend, tuesday trackers will go home Thursday this week. Progress reports will be in folders Thursday; parents, please be sure to sign and return one copy of the progress report.

Social Studies

We will have a quiz over the causes of the Civil War on Thursday. Please be sure to study everything on your study guide (including vocabulary!) Remember that completed study guides will be accepted for extra credit.

AC Language Arts

We are continuing to study the story devices writers use to make their works more interesting. On Friday we will have a quiz over identifying foreshadowing, flashback, suspense, and cliffhanger. Be sure to study the practice activity I am passing back this week. Our vocabulary will be on the root geo as well as the prefixes ab- and dys- There will be a quiz on Friday over these terms. We’re also setting up our CommonLit accounts and completing the first assignment this week. If you haven’t created your account yet please do so (link in AC ELA tab).


tuesday – vocabulary activities 1-2 (p. 226-227)

wednesday – vocabulary activity 3 (p. 228)

thursday – vocabulary activity 4 (p. 229)

friday – story devices quiz, vocabulary quiz


This week we are working on multi-digit multiplication, and continuing to review decimal place value and operations.


tuesday – p. 135-136

wednesday – multiplication worksheet

thursday – p. 141-142

friday – multi-digit multiplication quiz



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