Week 24

February 18, 2018

Report cards will be sent home on Monday, February 19, 2018.

This week we will begin a new class novel, return to reading our novels in guided reading, and work on nonfiction cause and effect/compare and contrast in reading.  Students that have not completed their Environmentalist PBA Task 2 will complete their formal writings.

In math, we will begin SOL 5.8 Area, Perimeter, and Volume.

In science, we will continue with oceans (SOL 5.6) on Monday and Tuesday, and take a quiz on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

In social studies, we learn about Westward Expansion and inventions.

There is homework in every subject other than social studies. Copies/links are posted above.


Week 23

February 11, 2018

On Monday, February 12, 2018, we will take the NWEA MAP reading diagnostic assessment.  Fortunately, this will be our last formal testing for a while.

In math this week we will finish line plots, stem and leaf plots and review mean, median, mode, and range.  On Friday, February 16, 2018, we will complete a graded assignment (test grade) on these SOLs (new 5.16 and 5.17).

This week’s language arts focus will be to complete Task II of the writing Performance Based Assessment.  Students will use their Environmentalist Packets completed in the second nine weeks to complete a writing on positive and negative impacts humans have on ecosystems.  We will go through the entire writing process to complete this task.

In science, we will work on SOL 5.6 oceans.  Mrs. Griffin will complete an activity with the students on Thursday.

There is homework posted above in all subjects other than math.

Week 22

February 4, 2018

This will be a busy week!

In math, we will begin learning about line plots, graphs, and stem and leaf plots (SOL 5.16).  On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, we will take the math NWEA MAP test.

In reading, we will work on character’s perspective or point of view as well as cause and effect.  In writing we will write from a character’s point of view and rewrite the ending to Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

In science, you will be assigned a plant cell project that will be due next Tuesday, February 13, 2018.  You can find more details (and a rubric) under This Week’s H.W. above.

In social studies, we will talk about the Articles of Confederation and the weak government they created.

Friday we will go to King’s Fork High School to see the Virginia Symphony.  We will return at approximately 12:45, and will then have lunch in the cafeteria.

Week 21

January 28, 2018

This week’s focus will be on completing the social studies Road to the Revolution Performance Based Assessment and taking the science benchmark on Thursday, February 1, 2018.

I have prepared a Google Doc that I think will help students build a bit more background knowledge as they prepare to write their children’s book on the American Revolution.  We will read and discuss this in class tomorrow. All social studies’ PBAs must be completed by Friday, February 2, 2018, as this is the last day of the second nine weeks.

We will learn about vascular and nonvascular plants as well as vertebrates and invertebrates and review fourth-grade skills as we prepare to take Thursday’s benchmark.  A good review link for matter is the student’s study site (Student Zone) on the link included here from Jefferson Lab:


Your student’s Science Review packets are good study tools as well.

There is no homework for this week other than the science review assignment which is posted above under This Week’s Homework.  This assignment is due Thursday, February 1, 2018.

All missing assignments must be turned in by this Friday, February 2, 2018!  Remind your student to check the Missing Work lists posted in the classroom.


Week 20

January 21, 2018

This will be a busy and probably a LONG week compared to the short past two weeks.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, we will take the math benchmark.  On Wednesday and Friday, we will forge ahead with Probability.

In reading, we will finish reviewing text structures and organizers and figurative language.  We will also finish with prefixes and suffixes as we prepare for Thursday’s reading and writing benchmarks.

In writing, we will finish working with punctuating dialogue and work on sentence fragments and run-ons.

In science, we will continue learning about plant and animal cells (SOL 5.5), and in social studies we will dig into the social studies PBA with some resources that will help students build background and understand the content as they write children’s books about the American Revolution.

There is NO homework this week in any subject!

Snow Day Review

January 16, 2018

Here is the assignment that was emailed tonight for students to complete as a benchmark review.

Pdf copies can be accessed by clicking on the link below:

Snow Day Math Review revised

Complete the following problems on each page:

Page 106 Order of Operations – all problems (15 total)
Page 171 Subtracting Mixed Numbers – all problems (6 total)

Week 19

January 16, 2018

The homework for this week is the same as last and is all due this Friday, January 19, 2018.  Check the tabs above for the Weekly Homework as well as the Math H.W.  There are pdf copies of all if needed.

The benchmark schedule has been revised and at this point is as follows:

Math – Monday, January 22, 2018

Reading/Writing – Thursday, January 25, 2018

Science – Thursday, February 1, 2018

This week we will begin the Road to the Revolution Performance Based Assessment in social studies.  Students will write a children’s book about the American Revolution.

In math, we will review all skills from the second nine weeks as well as work with multiplying fractions by whole numbers.  We will hopefully have time to review all skills from the first nine weeks as well.

In reading, we will work on text structure with some passages taken from the American Revolution as well as review figurative language and work on prefixes and suffixes. In writing, we will work on punctuating dialogue and identifying sentence fragments and run-ons.

In science, we will continue with SOL 5.5 plant and animal cells and review fourth-grade skills as we continue to prepare for next week’s benchmark.

Family Life is this Friday, January 19, 2018, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Week 18

January 7, 2018

Well, I’m sure everyone has enjoyed these extra days out of school, but we have to hit the ground running when we get back!  Our math benchmark is on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, so we have work to review, new work to cover, and lots of classwork and small group practice, practice, practice. We will have a math test on the skills we have learned thus far this week on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.  This would include Order of Operations (5.7), Patterns (new 5.18, old 5.17), Variables (new 5.19, old 5.18), Fractions as well as comparing and ordering fractions and decimals (5.2), and Fraction Word Problems (5.6).

I have posted the weekly homework above (all subjects), which will all be due on Friday, January 12, 2018.

We will begin the Road to the Revolution PBA, and, hopefully, finish it this week.  Students will create a book for children based on the American Revolution, which must include a diary entry from both King George III and George Washington.

In reading, we will continue to prepare for the benchmark on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, and will work on text structure as well as read a fictional selection from StoryWorks as we continue to work on character traits, motivations, and plot. We will begin new small group novels and continue with our class novel (and Battle of the Books entry) Making Bombs for Hitler.
In writing we will work on adjective comparisons and quotation marks in dialogue.

Week 17 – Happy New Year!

January 1, 2018

This week will be busy, but you do have a break on homework.  The only homework you have is in math.  There is a pdf copy of both workbook pages above.

In math, we will review fractions and mixed numbers (adding and subtracting with unlike denominators).

In social studies, we will begin the Revolutionary Performance Based Assessment, and in science, we will begin 5.5 Living Systems.

In reading, we will begin a new class novel as well as new small group novels.  We will work on character traits and plot development while reading Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters.  We will read a story from StoryWorks and will also read two poems to learn about five types of figurative language.

Week 16!

December 17, 2017

This will be our final (short) week before our holiday break.  We have full days Monday – Wednesday.

On Monday, December 18, 2017, we will have a quiz on 5.6a – adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators.  I will be giving students note pages (with detailed examples) to glue into their math notebooks tomorrow and will allow students to use the pages to complete the quiz.

Copies (pdf) of the full pages (which have been reduced for student notebooks) are above under a new tab I created (Math resources).

On Tuesday we will have a test on SOL 5.4 Matter.  Tomorrow, Monday, December 18, 2017, we will take and review a quiz as a warm-up for Tuesday’s test. Students will present their Element Wanted posters either Tuesday or Wednesday.  Homework credit has been given, and the posters will be graded with a rubric as a quiz grade.  There were some awesome products made by students!

Tomorrow we will finish our Environmentalist Packets and slide presentations for the Writing PBA, and all students will present on Tuesday with the individual or group member they chose previously.  All students will be graded on the PBA packet, visual presentation, and oral presentation of Task I.  These packets and presentations will be used to complete Task II (a formal writing) at the beginning of the third nine weeks.

In social studies, we will learn about the important individuals involved in the American Revolution.

There is NO homework in any subject this week.

A new Missing Work list will be posted for math tomorrow morning.  Please encourage your student to check the List.  As I previously emailed, when we return in January 2018, students will begin receiving 3 point deductions per day for assignments that are turned in over one week late.