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.

Week 28

March 18, 2018

This will be a busy week and will involve a lot of review as we head towards our third nine-week benchmarks.  We will take the math benchmark on Thursday, March 22, 2018.

Our science benchmark will be Monday, March 26, 2018, and our reading benchmark will be Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

We will finish the social studies Inventions PBA this week as well.

All homework is posted above under Weekly Homework, as always.


Week 27

March 11, 2018

This week we will work on the social studies’ PBA for the third nine weeks on inventions.  Students will create a movie proposal (for a documentary) and a movie poster with all of the four inventions (steamboat, steam locomotive, cotton gin, and the reaper.

In math, we will work on classifying and measuring angles (SOL 5.12).

In reading we will work on figurative language and complete an I Have Who Has, a paired concentration game, partner plays, and practice sheets.  On Friday, we will take a test on figurative language after extensive reteaching and reviewing.

There are stations on Friday, March 16, 2018, for those who contribute to the March of Dimes.

All homework is posted above, as usual.


Week 26

March 4, 2018

This week Interims will be sent home on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.  There are many students that are missing assignments at this point.  Please remember that the grade check for March Madness will be next week on March 15, 2018.  Please remind your student to check the new Missing Work lists that will be posted in the morning.

Please remember that “Missings” will be replaced in the grade book when assignments are turned in.

This week we will work on SOL 5.10 Circles in math, SOL 5.7 Layers of the Earth in science, and the Iditarod and comparing and contrasting texts and characters in reading.  In writing we will work on interjections and double negatives.

You have homework in reading and writing, science, and social studies.

Your Inventions projects for social studies is due Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

Last night’s Battle of the Books Final Round

March 4, 2018

Week 25

February 25, 2018

This coming weekend Iditarod 2018 will begin and we will be tracking it in class!  Get ready to choose your musher!

Congratulations to Oakland’s Battle of the Books team!  They will be moving on to the next competition this coming Saturday, March 3, 2018!

This Friday we will have a Reading Day in honor of Read Across America Day as well as Dr. Seuss’s birthday!

Get ready for a busy and fun week in room 517!

All homework is posted above, as always.

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.