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Week 38

Only two weeks to go!

This Friday, June 9 is the final day to meet your AR goal and turn in any assignments.

No more homework!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Week 37

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, is Field Day.

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,, worksheets) for practice and for a grade (PowerSchool mini assessment).

Our math SOL test is on Thursday, June 1, 2017.

You do have homework this week in writing.

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

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.

Week 36

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

In math we will continue to prepare for June 1st’s SOL test.

We will begin, and finish later in the week, our last formal writing tomorrow, Monday, May 22, 2017.

In Language Arts we will read about Titanic with a StoryWorks article and questions, as well as leveled readers about the Titanic.

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, other than to continue to work on this.

Attached is a rubric for the presentation for the 50 states project.  Final-presentation Rubric-for-50-states-game-presentation


Week 35

This week is your first SOL test in Reading on Wednesday and Thursday, May 17th and 18th.

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 remediate all skills for the upcoming SOL test on June 1.

For reading homework we will have an assignment on making predictions, and it 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 similar to what students will see on their science SOL test next week.


Week 34

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 and 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.

Week 33

Monday  we will visit KFMS for our sixth grade orientation.

Tuesday we will have a test  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 Probability later this week, and also continue to review/remediate for the SOL test coming up.

In social studies will continue with USI.9 the Civil War.

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.

There is a great deal of students who are not getting their work completed in a timely manner, even after giving them class time to complete.  Reminding you that these assignments will be counted as zeros in the gradebook, until turned in.  Please remind your child of the responsibility of getting his or her work completed.

Week 32

Report cards for the third nine weeks will go home Monday!

This week a permission slip will go home to attend the Middle School Orientation at KFMS on Monday, May 1, 2017.  Please sign and return it as soon as possible.  Students will not be able to ride the bus to the middle school without a signed permission slip.

This week we 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 Monday, April 24, 2017.   Wednesday, April 26, 2017, we will have our last NWEA math test.

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 (reading/writing) 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).

In science we will work to review the fourth grade skills of 4.2 Force, Motion, and Energy and 4.3 Electricity and Magnetism.

Week 31

Hope that you all had a wonderfully enjoyable Spring Break!

This week we will continue with SOL 5.8 in math with perimeter and area, and then move on to the area of triangles  We will also begin to start to remediate all of our previously learned skills to prepare for the upcoming SOL test!

In science we will review the benchmark, as later in the week conduct an experiment where we will have a real competition of boys vs. girls!

In social studies we will begin to talk about the Civil War and the differences of the North and South.  You will have a quiz on this information on Friday.

In reading we will work with a paired text (a ReadWorks poem and nonfiction passage), and also read a StoryWorks story titled The Choice.  We will take the NWEA reading assessment on Thursday, April 20, 2017 to measure how much growth you have made since the beginning of the year.

Week 30

Happy pre-Spring Break week!

This week will be the last week for the third nine weeks, and Friday will also be the last day to meet your AR goal as well as March Madness!

All missing work must be in to me by Tuesday afternoon.  Any missing work that is not in by Tuesday will remain as Missing in the gradebook, which means an average of zero for each missing assignment.

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, we will have the third nine weeks’ science benchmark.

In math we will finish Elapsed Time (SOL 5.10), and begin SOL 5.8 Perimeter, Area, and Volume.

In reading we will cover the elements of plot with a story titled In the Days of King Adobe.  We will also work with a poem and a paired nonfiction selection as we begin our reading SOL reteaching/remediation.

Week 29

This week you will take the reading and writing benchmark, on Monday and Tuesday.  On Friday, we will practice taking the Reading CAT test (which is a new format for the reading SOL test for this school year).

In math we will begin SOL 5.10, Elapsed Time, and we will begin remediating as we review the last benchmark, and begin to prepare for the upcoming SOL.

In science we will continue with SOL 5.7 (specifically, the rock cycle), and will review the fourth grade skills (SOL 4.9) as we prepare for next week’s science benchmark.

We will use the rest of our time to to FINISH the social studies PBA (yay!) on the Louisiana Purchase.