Week 39 – Our last week!

June 11, 2017

Tomorrow you will work on two assignments with a partner. I think you will find them engaging!

On Tuesday, Mrs. Griffin will come in to help us with our Acceleration Nation activity.  You will make a race car and then test it out.

Our A. R. party has been moved to Tuesday, only because of expedited testing.  We will have ice cream and a drawing for prizes (three)!

Fifth grade farewell is Thursday at 10:00 a.m.  If parents let me know that their students will NOT return to school on Friday, June 16, 2017, report cards will be issued after the Farewell, otherwise report cards will be issued on Friday, June 16, 2017.  Remember, you do not have to come to school on Friday, it’s a special privilege for rising sixth graders!!

We will practice for Farewell Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoon.

Let’s enjoy our last week together!

Week 38

June 4, 2017

This is our last full week!  We will spend this week completing missing assignments (the list is quite extensive for some!), presenting 50 States and Capitals projects, playing the student-created games in small groups (AFTER missing work is completed), and working on items that we normally don’t have time to.  We will work hard to finish our book Esperanza Rising as our last shared reading for the year.

We will work on some end-of-the-year activities.

There is no homework this week!

Week 37!

May 29, 2017

This short week will be both fun and intense!  Tuesday, May 30, 2017, is Field Day, and promises to be both physical and enjoyable!

On Wednesday, May 31, 2017, we will work in math rotations all day long.  Students will work independently, in pairs, and with a teacher to complete math problems (task cards, IXL.com, worksheets) for practice and for a grade (PowerSchool mini assessment).

Our math SOL test is on Thursday, June 1, 2017, and will be completed in one day.

On Friday we will get caught up, and hopefully, read extensively from our shared reading, Esperanza Rising, which I think we are all enjoying immensely.

The only true homework this week is in writing.  A copy is posted above in weekly homework.  Your reading homework this week (as well as last week’s) is to complete the Google Classroom 50 States and Capital clues project created by Mrs. Griffin by this Friday, June 2, 2017.

Please spend Tuesday and Wednesday night reviewing math skills, either by using your textbook or notebook, or IXL math (Virginia fifth grade skills).  I will give an extra math homework grade of 100% to anyone that comes in with a parent signature on Thursday morning stating that his/her student studied/practiced math for thirty minutes on Tuesday AND Wednesday.  This math practice can be an hour of math on IXL.  Just let me know, so I can check IXLmath.com.

Don’t forget that the social studies’ 50 states and capitals games are due on Friday, June 2, 2017.  Students will be graded on the project and the presentation.  Scroll down for rubrics.

Rubric for presentation of 50 States Game

May 21, 2017

You will find below a copy of the rubric that will be used to grade the presentation of the 50 States Game.  Be sure to practice ahead of time so that you can get a presentation grade you will be proud of!

Final Rubric for 50 states game presentation


Week 36!

May 21, 2017

This week will be a BUSY week!  We will begin (and finish later in the week) our last formal writing tomorrow, Monday, May 22, 2017.  It will be a narrative, and I think it will be an enjoyable, appropriate, reflective end-of-elementary-school prompt.  We will use a template to simplify the format.

In math we will continue to prepare for June 1st’s SOL test in a variety of ways.

Monday and Tuesday will be spent reviewing much material for Wednesday’s science SOL test (May 24, 2017).

In Language Arts we will read about Titanic with a StoryWorks article and questions, as well as online and print leveled readers.  We will continue with our latest shared reading, Esperanza Rising,  as well.

Homework for reading for this week AND next is the reading that is required to complete the Google Classroom 50 States project created by Mrs. Griffin.  Completing this project is necessary by next Friday in order to receive a 100% on reading homework for this week (36) and next (37).  As we have been talking about ALL year long, it is impossible to research and locate answers without READING!

Your writing homework is posted above (WordWorks).

Homework for math is posted above.  This homework sheet of 15 problems is due on Friday, May 26, 2017.

Remember that your social studies 50 states and capitals create-a-game project is due on Friday, June 2, 2017.  You do not have any assigned homework for social studies.

Your science homework for Monday and Tuesday nights is to study for your SOL test using your gold Science Review packets or your IAN note pages or your textbook.  You MUST have a signature from a parent or guardian for studying 30 minutes each night (Monday and Tuesday).

50 States Game Project

May 18, 2017

Below you will find a copy of the rubric for the 50 States Game Project your student was assigned yesterday.  This project is due on Friday, June 2, 2017.  Students will create a game that includes information about the fifty states of America.  The game format is the student’s choice and may be fashioned after a game show on TV or a well-known board game.  This game will be graded with the rubric (social studies test grade) and students will also be graded on presenting the project (also with a rubric, which will be posted for a reading test grade).  Students have an online U. S. atlas they are working with in class in Google Classroom which may help with this project.

50 states game project

Week 35

May 14, 2017

Well, it’s finally here!  This week we will take our first SOL test on Wednesday and Thursday, May 17th and 18th.  We will have both parts of the reading SOL.

On Monday and Tuesday we will read about the wreck of the Titanic and complete and review a practice assessment.

In math we will continue to review and gain additional practice in all areas as we prepare for June 1st’s test.  This week’s homework will be to practice specific skills on IXLmath. com.  Students must work on the  Virginia fifth grade SOLs 5.1, 5.5, 5.2, 5.4 OR 5.6 for one hour’s time before class on Friday, May 19, 2017.  Students that do not have internet access will have the option of completing their time on IXL.com at school or may complete a worksheet in lieu of the online practice.  I will be able to monitor student’s time spent practicing.

In reading we will have an assignment on making predictions that is posted above.  This assignment will be due on Tuesday, so that we can review it before testing.

In social studies we will continue with USI.9 the Civil War.  This week students will also be assigned an at-home project in which they will create a game on the 50 states and capitals.  More to come on that! Students are also working on a Google Classroom assignment (courtesy of Mrs. Griffin) in which they use clues and an online U. S. Atlas to determine capitals and states.  Students will then post the clue numbers in each state (along with the postal abbreviations) on a printed map.

In science we will continue to review skills and will complete some Look Alike questions on PowerSchool and then review.  This week’s homework is posted above.


Week 34

May 7, 2017

This week we will focus on preparing for next week’s reading SOL test, as well as continue to prepare for the upcoming math and science tests.

Remember, the reading SOL test is next Wednesday and Thursday (May 17 and 18).  We will focus our instruction this week on character and plot (with our leveled readers) and with word analysis (specifically prefixes and suffixes).  

The science SOL test is on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, and the math test is on Thursday, June 1, 2017.

You have homework in all subjects, and it is all posted above.

Please remember that though the weather is beautiful and we are working our way towards summer, it is NOT here yet.  It is extremely important to focus in class, in all subject areas.  We have much to cover, a significant amount of material to review, and we do NOT have time to be off task.

Students are rewarded for being focused and on task with 10 minutes of additional outside/free time (weather dependent).

Week 33

April 30, 2017

Tomorrow is the day that we will visit KFMS for our sixth grade orientation.  We will leave around 9:50. The entire orientation should take no more than an hour.

Tuesday we will have an assessment on 5.8a-e Perimeter, Area, Volume and Customary/metric units.  Tomorrow we will review all content for this test.  We will begin SOL 5.14 (OUR LAST SOL) Probability later this week as we continue to remediate in preparation for the upcoming SOL test.

In reading we will focus on learning about the Blues with a basal story titled Mahalia Jackson and leveled readers on Pearson SuccessNet.  We will work on alphabetizing, guide words and dictionary skills, as well as take another 10 question (15 minute time limit!!) PowerSchool practice assessment.

We will have a Word Wall scavenger hunt this week from our classroom Word Wall (included in your weekly reading independent work).

In social studies will continue with USI.9 the Civil War, and in science we will continue with reviewing fourth grade skills (4.2 Force, Motion, and Energy and 4.3 Electricity and Magnetism) as well as SOL 5.1 Classification.  You will have a test on Force, Motion, and Energy on Friday, May 5, 2017.  Use your gold review packet(s) to study for this as well as your Interactive Notebook.

Above you will find homework copies for social studies and science.  You do not have math, reading, or writing homework this week.


Week 32

April 23, 2017

On Monday, April 24, 2017, report cards from the third nine weeks will be sent home.

This week you will also receive a permission slip for your student to attend the Middle School Orientation at KFMS on Monday, May 1, 2017.  Please sign this slip and send it back as soon as possible.  Students will not be able to ride the bus to the middle school without a signed permission slip.

This week will will work on equivalent measures and converting units from U. S. customary to metric units.  We will have a test on area, perimeter, and volume on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.  This work’s homework is a review of elapsed time. A copy of the assignment is above, and will be due on Friday, April 28, 2017. Our final MAP NWEA assessment will be this Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

In reading we will read about Mt. Vesuvius, Bethany Hamilton, and we will also read some Scholastic News articles in honor of Earth Day.  New vocabulary homework will be handed out on Monday, using 15 of the words that we have been working with in the classroom.  Students will have choices of assignments in both reading and writing selected from this menu.  All assignments will be due on Friday.  Students will choose activities that total a minimum of 30 points in reading and 30 points in writing.

In social studies we will continue with USI.9 (the Civil War). This week’s homework is posted above.

In science we will work to review the fourth grade skills of 4.2 Force, Motion, and Energy and 4.3 Electricity and Magnetism.  This week’s homework is posted above.

There is much to cover, review, and remediate as we head towards next month’s SOL testing.  Please remember that though spring has sprung, we have much to accomplish before we can act as if summer is upon us.