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.