Week 39

June 10, 2018

Fifth Grade Farewell is Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at 10:00 in the gym. There will be a printed schedule of events for the day included in the program.  Thanks to our PTA there will be Kona Ice, a photo booth, free Chick Fil A sandwiches for students, and a game of 4 Square Volleyball with students and staff (Thanks Mrs.McCoy!). Be sure to bring a change of clothes so that you can be comfortable after the Farewell ceremony.

Fifth graders are not required to come to school on Thursday, June 14, 2018, and report cards will be issued on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, after the Farewell if parents let me know that his/her student will not be returning to school on Thursday.

The last day of school is Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Remember to read this summer and to practice your math facts as you prepare for middle school.

I will miss you all!



Week 38

June 3, 2018

This week you have no homework!

Tomorrow you will begin to craft a writing reflecting on fifth grade.  What have you learned?  How have you changed?  How have you grown?  What was your favorite part?  What was your least favorite part?  Two writings will be chosen and blended together to be read by two students at next week’s Fifth Grade Farewell.  The writings will not necessarily be read by the authors.

This week you will complete your Fifty States and Capitals game.  You will also start working on some End of the Year Task Cards (when you are finished with all of your assigned and graded work!).

All missing work must be turned in by the end of this week (Friday, June 8, 2018).

We will read the nonfiction StoryWorks selection The Boy Who Fought Hitler and you will take a test based on the selection.  This will be your last reading grade of this fourth nine weeks.

Thursday, June 7, 2018, is the last day for A. R., so we will work to finish Bridge to Terabithia so that all students can hopefully take a test on the novel.

Our farewell practice will start on Friday, June 8, 2018, and we will finish practicing for this next Tuesday, June 12, 2018.  The Farewell is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. next Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

Paper copies of the information sheet on the Farewell as well as the Chick-Fil-A order form will be sent home tomorrow, Monday, June 4, 2018.


Week 37

May 28, 2018

Tuesday, May 29, 2018, is Field Day.  We will have a math review in the morning before we travel as a group to the Bounce House.  This will be our last review before the math SOL.

This Wednesday, May 30, 2018, we will take the math SOL test.  I would highly recommend using IXL to practice the skills that you may need to work on before this test.  Use the Student Progress and Trouble Spots under the Analytics section of IXL once you are logged in to see where you could benefit from additional practice.

The only homework for this week is in social studies.  A copy is posted on the homework link above and it is due on Friday, June 1, 2018.

We will begin working on our social studies U. S. states and capitals project on Thursday, May 31, 2018.



Week 36

May 20, 2018

This week we will take the science SOL test on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.  We will spend quite a bit of time on science on Monday and Tuesday, but will also continue to prepare and practice for the math SOL test which will be on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

This week you have homework in math, social studies, and science.  You have math homework only on Monday and Thursday nights (copies posted above).  Your science homework (copy posted above) is due Tuesday, May 22, 2018, and the social studies homework (copy posted above) will be due on Friday, May 25, 2018.  There is NO homework in reading or writing.

We will begin reading Bridge to Terabithia this week as our latest shared reading.  Below you will find a link to click on the project sheet/rubric for an IN CLASS social studies project that we will begin on Thursday, May 31, 2018.  Looking at this sheet now will help you to brainstorm and gather materials to use to create your 50 States gameboard.  Click on the link!

50 states game project


Week 35

May 13, 2018

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This week we will take our first SOL test, and the students in Room 517 are ready to ROCK the TEST!  Thursday, May 17, 2018, will be the date of our reading SOL.  We will work hard this week to prepare and will review SOL 5.4 Word Analysis, 5.5 Fiction Comprehension, and 5.6 Nonfiction Comprehension.  The reading homework for this week (copy above) will be due on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, so that we can review it prior to the SOL test.

In math, we will continue to work individually, in pairs, and in small groups as we work to review all skills.

In science, we will continue to review by completing the Scavenger Hunts (used with science study guides) provided by SAO.

In social studies, we will keep learning about the Civil War with reading passages, crosswords, and comprehension questions.  Some students are working on a Google Classroom set of seven units to build background on the Civil War.

There is homework in all subjects, with reading due Wednesday, May 16, 2018, and the remainder due on Friday, May 18, 2018.  It might be a good idea to complete homework ahead of time so that your brain can get a break after Thursday’s SOL test!


Week 33

April 29, 2018

On Tuesday of this week, the students will visit KFMS for a brief orientation.  We will leave the building at about 10:00 and be back by lunchtime.

On Thursday, May 3, 2018, the science instructional specialist, will visit the classes to work with the students on several skills.  She will be in room 517 from 12:55 – 1:55 p.m.

We will begin remediating tomorrow in both math and reading.  In reading, we will continue to work our way through our shared class reading Island of the Blue Dolphins as well as our guided reading group novels Shiloh, Holes, and Maniac Magee.

Students have homework in each subject this week, and the math homework will be due daily instead of all being due on Friday, May 4, 2018.  We will review the previous night’s homework each day Tuesday – Friday in class.

You can find copies of all homework above.

Week 32

April 22, 2018

This week we will begin working in small groups as we begin to prepare for next month’s SOL test in reading.  We will also continue to read our guided reading novels:  Shiloh, Holes, and Maniac Magee.  We will begin a new shared reading on Monday, Island of the Blue Dolphins.

In writing this week we will complete a narrative writing (going through all the steps from planning to final copy) using the following prompt: Your teacher gives you a camera and asks you to take pictures of three things you like at school. Explain what you take pictures of and why you like these things.

In math, we will finish elapsed time and work on prime and composite numbers, as well as even and odd.  On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, we have an assessment on elapsed time, prime/composite and even/odd numbers.  On Thursday we will take the NWEA math MAP test.  This will be our last formal assessment (diagnostic) prior to next month’s SOL testing.

There is homework in reading, writing, and science.  Copies/explanations of assignments are posted above.

Week 31

April 15, 2018

This week we will take our final NWEA Reading diagnostic on Thursday, April 19, 2018.  The expectation is that students will have achieved growth as compared to Fall testing.

In reading this week we will continue to work on locating evidence in informational passages and formulating opinions.  The focus will be on differentiating between fact and opinion.  We will review last week’s hashtag writing and work on a second opinion/evidence-based passage.  We will also focus on our three classroom novels (Shiloh, Holes, and Maniac Magee).  We will finish our shared reading of  Esperanza Rising.  Students will take an open-book assessment and then all take the A. R. test on the novel.  We will work on vocabulary, complete a portion of a practice released test, and read and respond to the article Invasion of the Jellyfish from StoryWorks.

In math we will continue with SOL 5.14 and assess subdividing figures while we learn about translations, reflections, and rotations.  We will begin SOL 5.11 Elapsed Time.

In science, we will work on reviewing SOL 4.2 Force, Motion, and Energy, SOL 5.1 Scientific Investigation, and review SOL 5.4 Matter vocabulary.

You have homework in every subject with the exception of social studies.  Copies/links to all homework is posted above.

Week 30

April 10, 2018

You may have noticed that I did not post this week.  My mother was in the hospital after a fall, so I was in Charleston helping out.  Last week was very scary, but yesterday she was able to leave the hospital and able to go home with the round-the-clock care.  I am thankful that things improved so much.

There is no homework for this week.

I will be back in class on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, and we will finish up the week with lots of evidence-based reading and writing, plus writing a letter to convince the Teeny Tiny Farm to visit Oakland (for free!) on Field Day.

In math we will be working on shapes –  SOL 5.14

  1. a) recognize and apply transformations, such as translation, reflection, and rotation; and
  2. b) investigate and describe the results of combining and subdividing polygons.

In social studies we will begin learning about the cultural differences and causes of the Civil War (US1.9).  Some students will begin working on individual, independent projects on the Civil War when finished with their assignments.


Week 29

March 26, 2018
There is NO homework this week in any subject.
This is the last week of the third nine weeks.
New Missing Work lists were posted this morning in class. Please remind your student to check the lists that were posted in all subjects.
All work must be turned in by this Friday, March 30, 2018.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, is picture day.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, we will take the Reading/Writing (10 questions) Benchmarks.
Friday is March Madness and the day is pretty much dedicated to watching/playing basketball.
Next week is spring break and there will be no school from April 2 – April 6, 2018.