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Week 24

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.

Week 23

On Monday, February 12, 2018, we will take the NWEA MAP reading diagnostic assessment.

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.

Week 22

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, which details are posted under the Science HW page on the right hand side.

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

This week in math we will continue with 5.15 Probability-Sample Spaces, Outcomes, and Tree Diagrams.  In reading we will continue reading our three chapter books in our small groups as well as our class novel of A Long Walk to Water.

This week we mostly devote to science and social studies.  In social studies we will continue and complete the 2nd Nine Weeks PBA- Road to the Revolution.

In science we will focus on reviewing for your benchmark, which will be on Thursday February 1.  It will be a cumulative test, so can cover anything taught from the entire year, but will specifically focus on skills from this nine weeks, which are 5.4 Matter, 5.5 Living Systems, 4.5 Living Systems, and 4.4 Plant Anatomy and Processes.

Friday, February 2, is the end of the nine weeks.  It is the last day to turn in any assignments and meet your AR goal!

Week 20

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, we will take the math benchmark.  On Wednesday and Friday, we will move  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 continue with 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!

Week 19

Our math benchmark is Monday, January 22, 2018, so tomorrow we will continue to review as much as possible to prepare for the cumulative test.  The math homework that you have will be due on Friday.


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 Thursday, January 25, 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 continue with our new chapter books in small groups and continue with our class novel (and Battle of the Books entry) A Long Walk to Water.

In writing we will work on adjective comparisons and quotation marks in dialogue.

Week 18

Due to the snow and us only have two days this week.  We are working on getting caught up on last week’s assignments.  As far as I am aware, the benchmark schedule has not been changed, so our Math Benchmark test will still be on Wednesday, January 17.

The Reading Benchmark will be on Tuesday, January 23, and Science will be Wednesday, January 24.

The only homework this week is to complete the math homework assigned last week.  Look under the math homework page on the right hand sidebar for that assignment.

Week 17 Welcome Back from Winter Break and Happy New Year!

The only homework you have is in math this week.

In math, we will review fractions and mixed numbers (adding and subtracting with unlike denominators). And move on to multiplying and dividing fractions and whole numbers.

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

This week is going to be a short week with our Winter Break starting on Thursday!

Monday, we will have a test in math on 5.6 Adding and Subtracting Fractions, Mixed Numbers, and Whole Numbers.

The test from Friday was pushed to Monday, so we will also have a test in Science on 5.4 Matter, which includes atoms, molecules, elements/compounds, and mixtures/solutions.

In social studies we will continue to learn about the American Revolution and start the Road to the Revolution Performance Based Assessment when we return from break.

In language arts students will present their Environmentalist Writing Performance Based Assessment visual, which are Google Slides presentations in groups/pairs, and we will also finish our class novel of Esperanza Rising.


Changing Science Test to Monday

I have decided to change the science test on 5.4 Matter to Monday, instead of Friday.