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Week 7

This week, we will take our first Benchmark test in math on Thursday, October 19, 2017.  It will be on  SOL 5.1 Place Value and Rounding, SOL 5.4 Single and multi-step word problems, SOL 5.5 Decimal addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division computation, as well as 5.19 Distributive Property.  We will begin the Order of Operations on Friday, October 20, 2017.

In Language Arts we will continue with our class novel, Island of the Blue Dolphins, read some picture books focusing on context clues, antonyms, synonyms, and homophones, and continue to read novels in guided groups.  We will also focus on writing this week – sentences, paragraphs, and will work to draft, edit, and create final copies of Book Reviews.

In science, we will finish SOL 5.3 on light, and have a test on sound (5.2) and light (5.3) on Friday, October 20, 12017.

In social studies, we will focus on US1.4b European and Native American interactions.

Look on the right hand sidebar for copies and directions of homework.

Picture Day is Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

Week 6

This week in math we will begin working on SOL 5.5 – adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals.  Our Math Benchmark test will be next Thursday, October 19, 2017.

In Language Arts this week we will focus on writing, beginning with sentences, then paragraphs, and ending with a Book Review that should persuade readers to read your recommended book.  You will need to tell me the title of the book you will write your Review on tomorrow.

In science, we will continue with SOL 5.3 Light.

In social studies, we will begin learning about five of the Native American tribes.

Students have homework in each subject this week.  Look on the right hand sidebar under each specific’s subjects for copies and further instructions.

Week 5

Progress Reports (Interims) will go home this Wednesday, October 4.  Please be sure to look at my individual comments, sign, and return them.

In reading we will work on analyzing characters and will continue to hone the skill of making inferences (5.5i) using a selection from October’s StoryWorks.

In math, we will work on SOL 5.4 word problems using the 8 Simple Steps for solving word problems.  You will have an assessment on this Wednesday, and Thursday and Friday we will work on 5.5 computation of decimal numbers.

In science  we will start 5.3 Light and in social studies we will learn about USI.2c Important water features and their significance to early America and USI.3a Archaeological sites in North America.

Students have homework in each subject this week.  Look on the right hand sidebar under each specific’s subjects for copies and further instructions.

Week 4

This week we will complete the NWEA MAP math diagnostic assessment on Wednesday.

This week we will take our NWEA math assessment.

In reading, we will be working on summarizing the beginning, middle, and endings of the chapter(s) we will finish reading this week.  We will work on writing sentences with splendid synonyms and antonyms in writing, and will learn about plural nouns.  Students will continue to work with new vocabulary using dictionaries and writing sentences with five parts of speech using that week’s vocabulary word. We will practice making inferences with picture books and have an assessment on Friday on inferences.

In math, we will work on SOL 5.4 word problems using the 8 Simple Steps for solving word problems

In science  we will continue to focus on SOL 5.2, sound, as well as 5.1 Scientific Investigation. You will have a quiz on Friday, September 29, 2017.

In social studies we will continue with the USI.2b the 8 geographic regions and we will have  a quiz Friday on the regions’ locations and characteristics.

Students have homework in each subject this week.  Look on the right hand sidebar under each specific’s subjects for copies and further instructions.

Week 3

This week in math we will work on solving single and multi-step word problems in math (SOL 5.4) after working on long division.

In reading, we will work on making inferences and conclusions (SOL 5.5i, 5.6g), as well as summarizing using the beginning, middle, and end of chapters from novels we will be reading in small groups. We will also continue with our shared reading of Island of the Blue Dolphins

On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, we will take the NWEA MAP reading assessment.  This is a diagnostic tool that will assist in determining where students currently are in reading comprehension and vocabulary.

In science, we will continue to learn about sound (SOL 5.2) and scientific investigation (SOL 5.1).

In social studies, we will continue learning about the eight geographic regions and their locations/characteristics, and students will work in groups to create maps.

There is homework in reading/writing, social studies, and science, which will all be due on Friday, September 22, 2017, and math homework will be given on Tuesday and due Thursday.  Copies are posted on the right hand side bar under this week’s homework.

Week 2

This week we will create our Class Contract as a whole group.


Don’t forget that Open House is Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. after the PTA meeting.


Reading/writing homework starts this week.  Look on the right hand side under “This week’s reading and writing homework” for specific directions.


There isn’t any math, social studies, or science homework this week.

Welcome to 5th Grade!

Welcome to fifth grade!

I am very excited to meet all of you on the first day of school.  I hope that you are ready for a new and fabulous year of learning!

Make sure to take the forms home to your parents and return them once they are filled out.

You will have homework in math for the first week, which is to finish your Math About Me collage for your Math Notebook.  It will be due Friday.

I am looking forward to a great year!

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