February 4-8

Important dates for next week:

February 7th- 4-H will visit

February 8th- SweetHeart Dance

Coming up soon:

February 12- Field trip to the Holocaust Museum at KSU (Make sure permission slip is turned in)

Progress reports go home

February 14- Human Growth and Development (Make sure permission slip is turned in)

February 15- Human Growth and Development

Picture Day

Six Flags Reading Log is due

February 18-22: Winter Break!


What are we learning next week?

Math- We will move into measurement conversion this week.  We will look at how to change 300 centimeters into 3 meters and 3 feet into 36 inches.  We will start with the metric system and then start looking at customary units by the end of the week.  There is practice for this skill on IXL under “Units of Measurement”.

Reading- We will be focusing on context clues next week.  Being able to use clues around a word to figure out its meaning is such a necessary reading skill!  This helps students comprehend what they are reading and make inferences.  (Of course, this is also a good test taking skill to have up your sleeve!)

Writing- We are moving into opinion writing this week.  This is always one of my favorite units because students have a lot of opinions!  The key is finding evidence and research to back up those opinions!  We will start the week by just looking at some types of opinion writing (book and movie reviews, advertisements, articles, etc) and then study some pieces to see how author’s use facts to support their points of view!

Social Studies- We are continuing to study World War II.  This week we will specifically look at V-E day, the U.S.’s decision to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and V-J day.  We will also look at what Americans were doing during the war and study Rosie the Riveter.


Please let me know if you have any questions about what we are learning or events coming up!

January 28-February 1

Important Dates for next week:

Monday, Jan 28- Wear crazy socks/hair (Crazy about Kindness)

Tuesday, Jan 29- Wear bright clothing (Shine bright for kindness)

Wednesday, Jan 30- Sports attire (Team Kindness)

Thursday, Jan 31- Rock star attire (Kindness Rocks)

Friday, Feb 1- Pajama Day (Dreaming of Kindness); Movie Reward Day for January

What will we be learning?

Math- We are continuing to learn all about two-dimensional figures.  This week we will look at quadrilaterals.  We will also be reviewing line plots and other fraction skills.

Reading- This is our last week of close reading poetry.  This week is all about Maya Angelou.

Writing- We will try a few more types of poetry this week, and then pick one of those poems to revise/edit and publish!  We have also been working on Quick Writes to practice writing in a timed setting.  Then we are meeting with a peer to take a look at the grammar.

Social Studies- We are continuing our unit on World War 2.  We have enjoyed some really powerful picture books on the Holocaust so far.

January 22-25

This week we will be working on…

Math- We are starting geometry by classifying 2-dimensional figures.  We will be focused on vocabulary this week such as congruent, right angles, scalene triangles, quadrilateral, etc. Please continue to use ixl.com to review past skills!

Reading- Today we close read Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech.  The rest of the week we will be close reading poetry by Robert Frost.

Writing- We are continuing to write different types of poetry.  We are also implementing daily “quickwrites” to practice responding to a prompt and getting used to timed writing.

Social Studies- We are kicking off World War 2 this week.  This is a dense unit with a lot of key terms, places, and people.  I will be using a lot of literature and children’s books to supplement this unit and give students context for this time in history!

Jan 14- Jan 18

We had a great first week back of 2019! We reviewed and went over routines and procedures and had a great 4-H lesson on microorganisms.

Here’s what we will be doing next week:

Math- We will focus on line plots with fractions next week.  We have touched on this some, but it will be the focus of our work next week.  Students will have a quiz on this on Friday the 18th.

Reading- We will continue working on poetry by reading some Langston Hughes poetry.  These tie in well with our Social Studies standards.

Writing- We will also continue exploring poetry by trying out sonnets, ballads and concrete poems.  We will continue studying figurative language.

Science- We will finish our unit on Cells and Microorganisms for a test on Thursday, January 17th.  Friday we will start to preview our next Social Studies unit: World War II.

Welcome back for 2019!

I am excited to see everyone back after the break! We will be doing some review and assessment this week and hit the ground running next week!

Important dates this week:

Thursday, January 10: 4-H Visit

Friday, January 11: WriteScore Assessment (Students will take an online assessment that mirrors the ELA writing section of the End of Grade test).


What will be learning?

Math- Fractions Review of all operations and word problems

Reading and Writing- We will be doing a poetry unit for the month of January.  We will focus on many different types of poetry and students will be writing some poetry as well.  We will start with a poem by Eloise Greenfield.

Science- We will kick off the year with a science unit on cells and microorganisms.  Specifically, we will look at plant and animal cells this week.


Thanks for your support and I’m looking forward to a great 2019!

Last week of 2018!

Important Dates this week:

Monday, December 17- Holiday Character Day

Tuesday, December 18-Candy Cane (Red and White) Day

Wednesday, December 19-Holiday Hat Day

Thursday, December 20- Holiday Sweater Day, Early Release (12:30)

Friday, December 21- PJ Day, Sing-a-long, Class Breakfast Party, Early Release (12:30)


What are we learning?

Math- Reviewing fractions (adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, line plots, etc)

Reading- Studying Jan Brett books to see how illustrations enhance our writing

Writing-Finishing and sharing our informational holiday books with Ms. Hill’s class

Social Studies- Wrapping up Great Depression and the New Deal


Thanks for a great first half of fifth grade!

December 3 – December 7

Important Dates for the week:

Thursday, December 6th- World War I and Roaring 20’s test

Friday, December 7th- Students will take the RI for the second time this year

Dinner with Santa

What will we be learning?

Math- We will be moving on to dividing fractions.  Students will now be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions and mixed numbers.  We will also start solving some word problems with fractions.  We will have an end of unit test Monday, December 17th.

Reading- We will continue reading Esperanza Rising.  Students have really enjoyed this story so far and it ties really well into our Social Studies unit.  We will be focusing on author’s craft and her use of description.

Writing- Since we are studying informational writing, students will be working in groups to research a holiday from around the world.  Students will eventually be creating a mini-book and activity to match.  We will share these with our second grade reading buddies at the end of December.

Social Studies- We will be finishing and reviewing our unit on World War I and the Roaring 20s.  Students received a study guide today to help them prepare for the test.  A copy of a completed study guide is here:


October 29-November 2

Important Dates:

All Week-Book Fair!  Students can shop every morning from 7:15-8:00

October 31st- Skype Mystery Readers (We will be tuning in to Skype to listen to some Mystery Readers)

November 1st- 4-H Visit and Escape Room at Pitner

November 2nd- October Behavior Celebration

What are we learning?

Math- We are continuing to work on adding and subtraction fractions with unlike denominators.  We will also be using math stations to review operations with decimals, division, and play review games.

Reading- As we continue reading Promises to Keep we will try looking at multiple accounts of events and comparing the author’s perspectives.  We will also take a look at a poem about Jackie Robinson.

Writing- We are continuing to work on our biographies.  Students will start drafting the different sections of their bio-books this week.  Make sure to ask them who they decided to write about!

Science- This week we are doing a STEAM project where students have to create a hybrid animal.  They have to build a model of a new animal that combines two classes (fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, or mammal).  They are working in groups and have to communicate and collaborate to pick one model and make a plan.  I’m looking forward to the results!