News and Academics

Oct - 05 2018 | no comments | By

Happy Friday!  It has been a great week here at Ford.  We are moving right along, quickly approaching the end of the first quarter!  You will receive your child’s first report card this week during conferences.  We will be sending out a Signup Genius link that you can use to sign up for Conferences the week of October 15-19.  If you have multiple children at Ford, a conference time has already been assigned to you.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have about conferences.

Important Dates:

October 10 – End of the First 9 Weeks

October 11 – Early Release – 12:30 for elementary school

October 15-19 – Early Release – 12:15 for elementary school

October 15-19 – Conference Week

Upcoming Academics:

Reading – We will continue working on using SQRR for close reading and constructed responses.

ELA – Spelling – We will complete our narrative essays and practice peer review and feedback.

Math – We will be taking our Unit 1 Test next week.  A study guide was given out yesterday and we will continue to practice these concepts in class.  We encourage you to work with your child to review the information covered in the first 9 weeks.  This test will be cumulative to the beginning of the school year.

Science – We will begin our new Science unit Classification – please review the learning contract with your child when it comes home next week.  All unit standards, requirements and due dates will be detailed on this contract.

We have added a live link into the class resources page on the blog that gives login information for everything the county provides in online resources.  It is titled Intermediate Digital Learning Resources –  please utilize these at home as needed.

Please let us know if you have any questions!  Have a great weekend!

Upcoming Academics

Sep - 21 2018 | no comments | By

Happy Friday!  We have had a great few weeks and are looking forward to some rest and relaxation next week over break.  When we return from break here is what you can expect.

Reading: Scholastic News – we will be looking at using primary sources and working with paired texts.  We have been using the SQRR strategy to work through our reading.

ELA: We will be continuing narrative writing by completing our rough drafts, peer and teacher conferencing and beginning to develop our final draft.  Ask your child about their topics, they are so good!!

Math: We will be moving into rounding numbers and comparing decimals.

Social Studies:  We will be completing our Turn of the Century unit and we hope to test on Wednesday, October 3.  The study guide went home today and we have asked that the students work on this some throughout the week if they can.

Please let us know if you have any questions.  We hope you have a fun and safe week!  See you on October 1!


IOWA Testing Information

Aug - 30 2018 | no comments | By

Good morning!  Below is some information about our upcoming IOWA testing in September.  We will send out reminders of this as the start date approaches.  We hope you have a wonderful Labor Day!

Iowa Assessments and Cognitive Abilities Test Information

Testing Dates

September 5-September 7

1st and 3rd grade CogAT assessment dates


September 13- September 18

3rd and 5th grade IOWA assessment dates


About the Iowa Assessments and Cognitive Abilities Test

The Iowa Assessments and Cognitive Abilities Test help determine how students are performing on nationwide standards. The Cognitive Abilities Test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities in three areas that closely relate to success in school; verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and nonverbal reasoning. The Iowa Assessments measure achievement in several important content areas including Reading, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

The tests help teachers identify a student’s strengths and areas that may need additional emphasis. The Iowa Assessments also measure student growth and progress in the content areas assessed from year to year and may provide information about college readiness for older students. The assessments produce information that enables sound decision making and provides a focus for teachers to evaluate instruction.

Each test includes sample questions to help students become familiar with the content and format of the tests. Samples help students understand what to do—how to mark answers and move from question to question.

For most tests, students read the questions and mark their answers by filling in a circle for each question. All test questions are multiple choice, and the tests last about 10 to 35 minutes.


How your child can prepare for test taking—and what you can do to help

A student who is well rested and well fed and has a positive attitude about testing is best prepared for testing. You can help your child do his or her best by considering these tips:

     Make sure that your child is in school and on time on test days.

     Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before each day

of testing.

     Remind your child that these tests are only one measure of what he or she has learned.

Emphasize that you have confidence in his or her ability to do the best job possible.

     Remind your child to listen to the directions and read each question carefully during testing.

Encourage your child to ask the teacher for help if he or she does not understand the directions.

Score reporting and how we use test results

The school will receive test scores in about 6-8 weeks and parents will receive an individual student score report for the Iowa Assessments. These scores will indicate how your child performed on the tests compared with students across the nation in the same grade.

Thank you very much for encouraging and supporting your child during testing. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Shay Kappel at [email protected].

News and Upcoming Studies

Aug - 24 2018 | no comments | By

Happy Friday!  We have had a great first few weeks with your child in our class.  Just a few reminders as we move into next week:  Wednesday, August 29 is Early Release.  Students will be dismissed at 12:30.  If your child is a bus rider, please be aware that the arrival time of their bus may differ slightly than normal.  Next Friday, August 31 is our first Bingo Night and PTSA Budget Presentation beginning at 6:15 in the cafeteria.  Please continue to look over your child’s agenda nightly and remember to sign the Bellringer each night that it comes home.  This helps to ensure your child is studying for their weekly test and reviewing anything that might be challenging for them during class.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns please reach out to us via Remind or Email.  We appreciate your continued support and communication.  Have a great weekend and we will see you Monday!

Reading:  Continue reading Hatchet – we will be working through this novel for the next couple of weeks.

ELA: Finish up teaching and practicing the RACE strategy; we will begin Vocab Unit 2 – Test Friday, August 31

Science: Wrapping up Constructive and Deconstructive Forces – Test TUESDAY

Social Studies: After the Science unit we will begin “A Changing Nation” Unit that covers the late 1800’s into the turn of the century.

Math: Continue teaching multiplication – we will be introducing the standard algorithm and working with this moving forward.


Open House Information

Aug - 13 2018 | no comments | By

Happy Monday!  Below we have linked the PowerPoint from Open House.  This highlights important information regarding our fifth grade year.  If you have not yet, please join our Remind Class – the class code is located at the end of the presentation.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you!

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Weekly News – August 6-10

Aug - 03 2018 | no comments | By

Hello parents and students!  We had a great first few days and are looking forward to kicking off our first full week on Monday.  We are diving into academics next week so please be sure to keep up with your child’s agenda for any homework assignments or changes to our schedule.

If you have not already, please turn in any paperwork for the year and join our Remind group for messages and updates.  The code to access our remind page is: – you can follow this link to join our class directly.  You may also text @h6bggc to 81010.  This will add you to our group as well.  If you have any questions please let us know.

We hope you all have a great weekend!  We will see you Monday!

Reading: Jr. Grade books “Charles” short story Movie Readwhat we will be covering: Directed Notes, Interpreting Words, Shared Inquiry Discussion, Creative Writing, Evaluative Writing.

ELA: We will be incorporating writing assignments from “Charles” during our ELA segment this week.  We will also begin our bi-weekly Vocabulary Workshop unit on Monday.

Our class will complete both Vocabulary and Spelling units this year.  Students will alternate these units with bi-weekly vocabulary and spelling words to grow language and vocabulary.  Words will be given each Monday with correlating homework assignments throughout the week.  Our class will complete each unit on Friday with a spelling or vocabulary test to conclude the unit and begin a new one the following Monday.  Details of homework and tests will be recorded in your child’s agenda.

Math: We will begin studying the Order of Operations in Math.  This will incorporate learning from fourth grade by applying concepts to our fifth grade standards.  Initially, this can be a challenging unit to begin with.  Please support your child in completing nightly homework assignments and encourage them to check in with us as needed for additional support.  Homework will be detailed in your child’s agenda.

Science: We are beginning our year with Constructive and Deconstructive Forces in Science.  A learning contract detailing the standards, expectations and activities will be glued into your child’s Science notebook.  This will be sent home on Monday for you to review with your child, sign and return on Tuesday.

Flipgrid Homework Assignment

Jul - 31 2018 | no comments | By

Welcome back fifth grade students!  We enjoyed getting to meet you all at Sneak a Peek!  We are looking forward to a great year.

Please remember to bring or wear tennis shoes, pack a healthy snack and bring your school supplies on Wednesday morning.  We will see you all then!

Flipgrid Homework Assignment

To kick off the new school year we want to start by learning about YOU!  We have created a Flipgrid for you to share who you are and something that makes you smile.

Directions to access the Flipgrid are listed below – have it completed by Thursday, August 2, so you can share it with your new classmates.

We have recorded our own responses so you can learn a little more about us too!

Follow the link below: – to access the grid once you arrive to the web address you will have to provide a password, ours is Plunkert313.

When you get to the main page, read the directions for your post and decide what you would like to share.  When you are ready to record, push the GREEN plus button to add to the grid.  A popup window will be displayed and you will be able to see yourself on the screen.  Press the red button at the bottom center of the screen to record your response.  Once you hit submit, we will review and approve your video before you will be able to see it within the grid.

We can’t wait to learn about you!

One Week Left!

Mar - 23 2018 | no comments | By

Spring break is almost here.  We are continuing to roll on.  In math we have finished volume and are now learning to make conversions with customary and metric measurements.  In science we will be starting to learn about Constructive and Destructive Forces next week.  Now that we have finished WWII and the Cold War, we are studying the history of the U.S from the 1950’s-present day.  Finally we will continue reading, writing and figurative language while doing our Wonder  book study.  Have a great weekend!



March Madness is Upon Us!

Mar - 16 2018 | no comments | By

This would definitely describe our current pace.  They are learning so much, but as always, we want to have them ready for testing.  We will be starting our next science unit on Monday.  It will be on Constructive and Destructive Forces.  In social studies will be finishing our WWII and Cold War unit and then moving on to the1950s-Present Day.  In math, we will learning how to find the volume of composite figures and then we will learn customary measurement conversions.  How fun is that?


Important Dates-

3/21- Kindergarten Registration

3/21- Report Cards go home.


Moving Right Along

Mar - 09 2018 | no comments | By

This week has been another busy week.  We now are experts on polygons, and headed toward volume.  We have continued our Novel study of Wonder.  The kids love the book.  Also we are deeply entrenched in our study of WWII and the Cold War.  In science we concluded our unit on Electricity and Magnetism.  It’s shocking how much they learned.  Next up, is a ground breaking study of Earth’s constructive and destructive forces.  I’m looking forward to it.

Important Dates

-3/9- Bingo Night

-3/9-3/16 Scholastic Book Fair

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