## Week of January 20-24

Hope everyone had a great long weekend and are staying warm! We are moving into some of the toughest standards of year this quarter. Please make sure if your child is absent, have them come see me as soon as they return. I have a special folder for make-up work, so I will help them find it and come up with an appropriate date to have them return it.

#### OUR WEEK IN A NUTSHELL

This week we are learning how to determine equivalent fractions with and without the use of models. Students will be also be learning how to simplify fractions and explain how they know if a fraction is simplified.

Homework will be coming out of the math book this week. Please check your child’s agenda and math folder to check for the homework.

Students will finish the first part of operations with fractions. We have been adding/subtracting like and unlike fractions and mixed numbers. Last week, students completed a math lab where they made a map and found all of the required posts would be along the trail. This map needs to be turned in no later than Wednesday.

Homework: Chapter Review- Math Book pg.695-697 (due at the end of this week)

Math Test: Adding/Subtracting Fractions will be on Thursday or Friday depending on what day your child’s homeroom has Target. Students should have written which day the test will be given in their agendas.

## Week of January 6-10

Happy New Year!!! I hope everyone had a wonderful break and were able to enjoy time with family and friends. This school year is going by so fast. I can’t believe it is already the last stretch of the year. We still have A LOT  to cover, so we will hit the ground running.

#### OUR WEEK IN A NUTSHELL

We are finishing our division unit this week by learning how to divide by 2-digit divisors. Students will have a division quiz on Friday. This will cover the two division methods we have used to divide (partial quotients and standard algorithm). Students also need to make sure they know the different parts of a division problem (dividend, divisor, quotient, remainder).

Homework: Complete a daily column of weekly review. Any classwork that is not completed during class will be taken home to complete.

We are started our fractions unit this week by reviewing fundamentals of fractions. We will be practicing simplifying fractions and finding equivalent fractions. Students will also learn two different ways to convert fractions to decimals. There will be a quiz on Friday that will cover what we have practiced this week.

Homework: Complete a daily column of weekly review. Any classwork that is not completed during class will be taken home to complete.

## Week of December 16-20

### Happy Holidays!!

Can you believe it is already that time of year? That went by really fast. I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday season and break. Please take time creating memories. I am looking forward to hearing about all the adventures and funny stories that happen while we are away.

We are not having homework or tests this week. (We are just too busy being little.)

#### When We Return…

We will be continuing our division unit by expanding to larger numbers both in the dividend and divisor. This will finish up the unit before we move into fractions.

We will be starting our new unit…wait for it… FRACTIONS. Students will be solving problems that involve all operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing).  One way to be a step ahead is to practice finding common denominators and simplifying fractions.

## Week of December 2-6

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. I have enjoyed hearing all of the stories about what the students did over the break. My family had a restful break, but I was ready to come back and see everyone.

### OUR WEEK IN A NUTSHELL

This week we are beginning our division unit. Students will be learning how to estimate quotients and divide 3 digit dividends using the partial quotients method. There will be several opportunities to practice and master this method. It will help prepare them for using the standard algorithm.

Homework: Students have been given a Weekly Math Review. Please have them complete the appropriate column each night and return the next day. There are times where students will have time in class to work on homework, but it will need to be checked by someone at home that night.

We are continuing operations with decimals and practicing for mastery. Students will also begin solving multi-step problems that involve operations of decimals.

Homework: Students have been given a Weekly Math Review. Please have them complete the appropriate column each night and return the next day. There are times where students will have time in class to work on homework, but it will need to be checked by someone at home that night.

## Week of November 18-22

### Happy Thanksgiving!

Just wanted to take a few moments to tell you how grateful I am for your kiddos. Each day is something new and exciting. I appreciate their effort, amazing attitudes, and fun personalities. I love their stories they share and the ideas they bring to class. They are the reason I LOVE my job!! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving break making special memories.

### Hair Raising Math Lab

Last week 5th grade calculated how many strands of hair it would take to suspend their weight from scaffolding. We are shocked with the results!

### OUR WEEK IN A NUTSHELL

We are continuing multiplying large numbers (3 digit by 3 digit) using the standard algorithm. Students will be completing a Thanksgiving math lab this week. For homework, they have a nightly review sheet practicing multiplication of larger numbers.

Students are practicing solving a variety of problems using the operations of decimals. They will have a test on Wednesday that will cover all operations of decimals. Students will only have homework on Monday and Tuesday. This will be a short practice of dividing with decimal numbers.

## Week of November 4-8

Have you checked out these amazing videos and resources for parents from the Cobb Academic Division? This site contains amazing explanations and examples for each of the standards. It is also a great place to check out the standards your child will be learning next year. 4th and 5th grades are currently in Unit 2.

### OUR WEEK IN A NUTSHELL

This week will continue to master multiplying multi-digit numbers using the standard algorithm. We will have several opportunities to practice. There will be a small quiz on Friday that covers multiplication of larger numbers.

This week students will completing two math labs! In the first lab, students will be planning a family trip and keeping up with a budget.  The second lab will consist of an experiment and a lot of calculations involving decimals.

## Are You All In?

### Are you “ALL IN?”

Now is your chance. If you haven’t considered making a donation to the Mt. Bethel Foundation, tomorrow is the last day. The MBES Foundation has provided so many learning opportunities, trainings for staff, amazing programs, and much, much more!

Check them out on Instagram and on their webpage!

## Week of October 27-November 1

What an exciting week we have planned! We have officially kicked it into high gear, and the students have been so excited to share different strategies they know to help others. I love seeing the excitement in their eyes when they are putting it all together.

This Wednesday is a Walton Cluster Family Night. Enjoy the extra time of no homework making amazing memories together. I also hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!

### OUR WEEK IN A NUTSHELL

We are transitioning to using the standard algorithm to multiply multi-digit numbers. Students will discuss the connection between the area model, distributive property, and the standard algorithm. They will be playing games and solving multi-step word problems that involve multiplication. There will be a multiplication test next Wednesday/Thursday (depending on your child’s Target day).

Students have been using all operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing) with decimal numbers. This week they have learned how to divide numbers when the decimal is found in the divisor. There have been several practice activities in class to help reach mastery.

Next week students will have TWO math labs back-to-back! Wow!! In the first lab, they will be planning a family vacation to Orlando with a given budget. The second lab requires a classroom experiment, so attendance is critical. Students will find it much easier to complete if they are able to rely on their group members.

## Week of October 21-25

#### Congratulations!

Big shout out to 5th graders, Aaron and Minh!! They attended the Walton Math Fest this past weekend and placed in the Top 10. We are so proud of you!!

#### OUR WEEK IN A NUTSHELL

We will learning how to multiply large whole numbers using the area model and partial products. Be expecting a little more homework this week starting on Tuesday for extra practice. Students will be having a short quiz on Friday to check for understanding.

We are dividing large whole numbers with multi-digit divisors. There will be a little more homework this week for extra practice. Depending on their Target day, students will be having a short quiz on Thursday or Friday to check for understanding.

## MBES Foundation Patron Drive

The Foundation Patron Drive is here!

Last week your child should have received the 2019-2020 Patron Drive Packet from Mt. Bethel’s Foundation. I encourage you to review the information to see how your donation works to support your student’s elementary experience.

The Foundation provides Mt. Bethel with enrichment programs, STEAM and technology instructors, teacher training, and technology not covered by the Cobb County budget.