Sunday, February 11, 2018

February 12-16

Welcome back!  We are ready for another week of fun and learning!





Notes for the week...

** On February 14, Wednesday, we will be having a small "Friendship Celebration" for Valentines Day. If you would like to send treats, please feel free--we have 15 students in our class.  Students should still bring a lunch or buy one in the cafeteria as they normally do.

**While I do understand that many students like to celebrate special friendships they have with other students by bringing particular gifts for certain friends, we ask that they share these gifts off campus to avoid others feeling excluded.  We ask that students who would like to bring Valentines Day cards, treats, or gifts bring enough for the entire class.  Thank you for your support in helping us maintain a kind, inclusive community!

**NO SCHOOL on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents' Day holiday.

** In order to help you keep updated with special classes, I have posted the links to the blogs for Spanish, Spanish Social Studies, Music, French, and PE in the right-hand sidebar under "My Blog List."  These blogs are updated every week, just like our class blog, so be sure to check in regularly to stay up-to-date on these classes as well!


This week in class...

Language Arts
This week we'll be finishing our class novel Holes by Louis Sachar and beginning our final group projects for the novel.  We will continue working on our graphic novel representations of Greek myths using a cool new tool Buncee.com. We'll also be analyzing words with the Greek/Latin roots manu, oct, ped, pop, cycl. One assignment will be due on Tuesday with the rest due on Friday.  Students are expected to take charge of their own learning and practice words independently in addition to completing Spelling City assignments if they need extra practice before Friday.

Math
This week we'll continue to investigate fractions and what they mean. We'll be comparing and ordering fractions and mixed numbers, as well as converting fractions into decimals and vice versa. Next week there will be a math test over fractions on Wednesday.

Social Studies
We'll be finishing up our unit on Ancient Greece and beginning our culminating project to create museum exhibits showcasing what students have learned about Ancient Greece.

Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week!

All the best,
Ms. Amy

Sunday, February 4, 2018

February 5 - 9

Welcome back!  We are ready for another week of fun and learning!




Notes for the week...
** In order to help you keep updated with special classes, I have posted the links to the blogs for Spanish, Spanish Social Studies, Music, French, and PE in the right-hand sidebar under "My Blog List."  These blogs are updated every week, just like our class blog, so be sure to check in regularly to stay up-to-date on these classes as well!


This week in class...

Language Arts
This week we'll be continuing our class novel Holes by Louis Sachar. We'll be discussing themes in the novel and using textual evidence to support our ideas in class discussions.  We'll also be analyzing words with the Greek/Latin roots chron, dec, therm, uni, and tract. One Spelling City assignment will be due on Tuesday with the rest due on Friday.  Students are expected to take charge of their own learning and practice words independently in addition to completing Spelling City assignments if they need extra practice before Friday.

Math
This week we'll continue to investigate fractions and what they mean. We'll be creating, using, and evaluating equivalent fractions, comparing fractions with unlike denominators, and expressing fractions in simplest form (lowest terms).

Social Studies
We'll continue our unit on Ancient Greece, focusing on the similarities and differences between two
of Ancient Greece's most famous city-states: Athens and Sparta.  We'll also continue using the Compass to uncover the complexities of Ancient Greek society.

Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week!

All the best,
Ms. Amy

Monday, January 29, 2018

January 29 - February 2

Welcome back!  We are ready for another week of fun and learning!



Notes for the week...
** In order to help you keep updated with special classes, I have posted the links to the blogs for Spanish, Spanish Social Studies, Music, French, and PE in the right-hand sidebar under "My Blog List."  These blogs are updated every week, just like our class blog, so be sure to check in regularly to stay up-to-date on these classes as well!



This week in class...

Language Arts
This week we'll be continuing our class novel Holes by Louis Sachar. We'll be practicing ways to fix run-on sentences and sentence fragments in our writing.

Math
This week we'll continue to investigate fractions and what they mean. We'll be working with mixed numbers, improper fractions, placing fractions on a number line, and estimating fractional amounts.

Social Studies
We'll continue our unit on Ancient Greece, focusing on the political and social structures of city-states.  We'll also be analyzing elements of Ancient Greek society and how they relate to one another by using a critical thinking tool called the Compass, created by the organization Compass Education.  You can find out more about this tool at compasseducation.org!


Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week!

All the best,

Sunday, January 21, 2018

January 22 - 26

Welcome back!  We are ready for another week of fun and learning!


Notes for the week...

** In order to help you keep updated with special classes, I have posted the links to the blogs for Spanish, Spanish Social Studies, Music, French, and PE in the right-hand sidebar under "My Blog List."  These blogs are updated every week, just like our class blog, so be sure to check in regularly to stay up-to-date on these classes as well!

** This Friday will be an early dismissal at 11:45 for staff professional development.  The following early dismissal days previously scheduled into the calendar for  February 23March 23April 27 and May 23 will now be full school days per last week's Monday Memo.


This week in class...

Language Arts
This week we'll be continuing our class novel Holes by Louis Sachar. We'll be practicing ways to fix run-on sentences. In addition, students will have spelling/vocabulary words this week which highlight words using the affixes in-, im-, un-, and -ful.  One Spelling City assignment will be due on Tuesday and the rest on Friday.  Students are also expected to take charge of their own learning and do additional practice at home if there are words they are struggling with.

Math
This week we'll be finishing up our division unit with a test on Tuesday, and then we'll begin with
fraction concepts on Wednesday.  Students should be using Xtramath.org every night to keep up-to-speed with their multiplication and division facts!

Social Studies
We'll continue our unit on Ancient Greece, focusing on timelines, geography, vocabulary, and the political and social structures of city-states.


Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week!

All the best,
Ms. Amy <3

Monday, January 15, 2018

January 16-19

Welcome back!  We are ready for another week of fun and learning!



Notes for the week...

** Our field trip to see the movie Wonder has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 17.  We will be leaving the school at 9:15am and returning before lunch.  

** Please note:  the Creative Writing Club sponsored by me will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school, NOT on Wednesdays and Thursdays as indicated in the flyer.

** In order to help you keep updated with special classes, I have posted the links to the blogs for Spanish, Spanish Social Studies, Music, French, and PE in the right-hand sidebar under "My Blog Links."  These blogs are updated every week, just like our class blog, so be sure to check in regularly to stay up-to-date on these classes as well!


This week in class...

Language Arts
This week we'll be continuing our class novel Holes by Louis Sachar. We'll be looking at language concepts such punctuating titles and fixing run-on sentences. In addition, students will have spelling/vocabulary words this week which highlight words using the prefixes re-, non-, over-, and mis-One Spelling City assignment will be due on Wednesday and the rest on Friday.  Students are also expected to take charge of their own learning and do additional practice at home if there are words they are struggling with.

Math
We'll extend our knowledge of division to analyze unit pricing and dividing with decimals.  Students who have not yet graduated from Xtramath.org multiplication and division should also be completing a session every night.

Social Studies
We'll begin our unit on Ancient Greece, focusing on timelines and geography.


Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week!

All the best,
Ms. Amy <3

Sunday, January 7, 2018

January 8-12

Welcome back!  We hope you had a wonderful break!


Notes for the week...

** This Friday is an early dismissal at 11:45 to allow time for parent conferences on an as-needed basis.  Students will bring home a note this week indicating whether or not I recommend a conference.  Feel free to request a conference if you would like to meet!

** There will be no school next Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King holiday.

** Our field trip to see the movie Wonder has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 17.  Stay tuned for more detailed information!

** In order to help you keep updated with special classes, I have posted the links to the blogs for Spanish, Spanish Social Studies, Music, French, and PE in the right-hand sidebar under "My Blog Links."  These blogs are updated every week, just like our class blog, so be sure to check in regularly to stay up-to-date on these classes as well!


This week in class...

Language Arts
This week we'll be introducing our new class novel Holes by Louis Sachar. We'll be looking at language concepts such punctuating titles and fixing run-on sentences. In addition, students will have spelling/vocabulary words this week which highlight the differences between adjectives and adverbs.  One Spelling City assignment will be due on Tuesday and the rest on Friday.  

Math
We'll begin the new quarter reviewing long division using the standard algorithm, and then we'll be moving on to dividing decimals, applying these skills with money and in other problem-solving situations.

Science
We'll be doing a final review of our Ecosystems unit, including concepts such as the interdependence of organisms, biotic and abiotic elements in ecosystems, photosynthesis, the needs of plants, and invasive species.  We'll have a final quiz on Friday.


Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week, and our best wishes for a wonderful 2018!

All the best,
Ms. Amy <3

Monday, December 11, 2017

December 12-15

Welcome back, and thanks for checking in this week!


Notes for the week...

** This Friday we'll be having a holiday celebration including a movie and hot chocolate and lunch at 12:30 featuring some traditional food from countries such as Mexico, Costa Rica, Bosnia, Italy, and Honduras.  If you would like to know what to contribute, please check the 5th grade parents Whatsapp chat or check the sign-up sheet I sent to each student's Google Doc account! Students may bring or wear pajamas that day (appropriate for the weather) and bring pillows or stuffed animals to get comfy while we watch our holiday movie.

This week in class...

Language Arts
This week we'll be finishing up The Egypt Game and having our final discussions about the novel.  We'll also be studying the subjects and objects of sentences as well as using subject pronouns and object pronouns correctly.  In addition, students will have spelling/vocabulary words this week which highlight the differences between adjectives and adverbs.  One Spelling City assignment will be due on Tuesday and the rest on Friday.  

Math
We'll continue practicing long division with 2-digit divisors this week along with solving multi-step word problems.  We'll also be reviewing what we've learned so far in Chapter 4, and will be doing a semester review as well.

Science
We'll be finishing up our ecosystem unit by making observations and recording data in our plant experiment along with observing and identifying relationships in the ecosystem models we built.  We'll also be learning about the role of decomposers in an eosystem. There will be an open-notebook test on Friday.


Thanks so much for checking back in with us this week, and have a lovely holiday vacation!  We'll see you in 2018!