5th - Team

This week was very busy, but a very fun departure from our normal routine.  We had two end of unit projects that allowed students to demonstrate their learning and understanding.

To summarize our Social Studies unit on the Renaissance, 5th grade hosted a Renaissance Fair for kindergarten and first grade.  We had bankers and wool merchants (the two industries that helped Florence prosper), humanists who printed core virtue cards, Monks who helped patrons decorate their core virtue printings, and artists who helped our patrons complete a picture of the Mona Lisa (Leonardo's most recognizable painting) and sculpt with clay.

At the end of our Reading Street story Wings for the King, students were placed into groups to plan and perform a Reader's Theater puppet show.  We then performed our plays to entertain the other fifth graders.  Students performed either: Wings for the King, The Chocolate Touch, or Ro Bo Cleaner.  It was fun to see the put together final product as students had to utilize character traits to create a puppet representation of their character, visualize the story and create scenery to match the action, and read fluently to perform their story for others.

In writing, we have been using our 5 senses to create details that build an emotion or a mood and transform what we literally see into what we could smell, taste, feel (with touch or with emotions), and hear.  We have been practicing "reading" famous paintings to create sensory poems.  Our first poem was based upon Tiger in a Tropical Storm by Henri Rousseau.
During science, students have been applying their understanding of the rock cycle, to create a cartoon illustrating the life of a rock.  Students are required to use all 3 stages of the rock cycle and related terminology, but can begin anywhere in the rock cycle and can be as creative as they want in telling the story.

Current Homework
Spelling Homework - will resume after Thanksgiving Break, with spelling packet 3.2 due on Thursday December 5th.
Math - students should be up to lesson 4.7 in GoMath and lesson 20 in Simple Solutions (as of Friday November 22).
Book Project - Our next book project will be send home after Thanksgiving Break.

Content Covered
Reading - Reader's Theater
Math - Multiplying Decimals
Writing - Sensory Poems
Social Studies - The Reformation
Science - Earth's Systems, the rock cycle
Core Novel - Sherlock Holmes

Upcoming Dates to Remember
November 25th - 29th: Thanksgiving Break, NO SCHOOL
December 10th: First round enrollment opens through Jeffco Connect
December 19th: End of 2nd grading quarter
December 20th: Teacher In-service, NO SCHOOL
January 3rd: Teacher in-service, NO SCHOOL

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We have had a busy couple of weeks! 

First we circled back to the Revolutionary War when reading The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.  We used several strategies to help us comprehend this classic poem.  First we read the poem several times.  Good readers can pick up details they might have missed when they re-read familiar text.  Then we watched an illustrated version of the poem.  Good readers visualize the events in the text, and comparing our mental pictures with the pictures of others can help us ask questions about what we are reading.

Next we read a play, Wings for the King.  This play uses literal and figurative ideas to help a King solve his problem of being bored and wanting to fly.

Content Covered the Week of November 4th
Reading - Sequencing Events
Math - Adding and Subtracting Decimals
Writing - Sensory Poems, favorite color and favorite season
Grammar - Subject Verb agreement
Science - Earth's Systems, the biosphere and plate tectonics
Social Studies - The Reformation
Core Novel - Sherlock Holmes

Content Covered the Week of November 11th
Reading - Cause and Effect
Math - Multiplying Decimals
Writing - Sensory Poems, "reading" a painting
Grammar - Past, present, future tense
Science - Earth's Systems, the biosphere and the rock cycle
Social Studies - The Reformation
Core Novel - Sherlock Holmes

Current Homework Assignments:
Spelling Homework - Packet 3.1 went home in Friday Folders.  It is due Thursday November 14th and spelling test on Friday November 15th.
Go Math - We are up to lesson 3.12 as of Monday November 11th.  Chapter 3 test scheduled for Wednesday November 13th.
Book Project - Due November 18th
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Even with the early arrival of some winter weather, we still had a busy week!

Content Covered
Reading - Fact versus Opinion
Math - Adding, Subtracting, Rounding, and Comparing Decimals
Writing - Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How
Grammar - Main and Helping Verbs
Science - Earth's Systems, the hydrosphere
Social StudiesThe Renaissance in England and Europe
Core Novel - Don Quixote

Current Homework Assignments:
Spelling Homework - Packet 2.5 went home on Thursday.  It is due Thursday November 7th, and our Spelling Test will be Friday October 8th
Go Math Books - One Lesson a day.  Students took their Mid Chapter Test on Thursday.  We will pick up at Lesson 3.7 on Monday
Book Project - Biography book projects are due Monday November 18th

Upcoming Dates and Reminders:
Friday November 1st - NO SCHOOL, teacher in-service


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Friday marked the end of the first grading period.  Final grades are posted for the first quarter.  Go to the Jeffco family portal to view posted grades.


Several exciting things are happening over the next couple of weeks.  First, Trunk or Treat is scheduled for after school on Friday October 25th.  Although this is also a free dress day, students may not come to school dressed in costumes.  Class Halloween parties are scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday October 31st.  Students need to arrive at school in their uniform, and will have time after lunch to change into their costumes.  Please save any appearance altering (such as masks or makeup) and accessories (such as weapons) for trick-or-treating, and remind your student to leave these components at home.


Current Homework Assignments:
Spelling Homework - 2.3 went home on Friday.  It is due Thursday October 24th, and Spelling Test is Friday October 25th.
Go Math Books - One Lesson a day, Lesson 3.1 starts on Monday
Simple Solutions - Two lesson a week, students should be up to lesson 12
Book Project - Our next book project will be "A Slice of Life".  Students will construct a timeline, after reading a biography or an autobiography, of 8 important events in a person's life.  Project details will be sent home in Friday Folders on Friday October 25th.


Content Covered Last Week:
Reading: Story - Passage to Freedom
     Comprehension - sequencing
Math: Chapter 2 review and end of chapter test
Writing: Personal Narratives, including dialogue
Social Studies: The Renaissance
Science: Biomes
Core Knowledge Novel: Don Quixote
Virtue: Diligence
Core Knowledge Saying: Where there is a will, there is a way
Upcoming Dates:
Friday October 25 - Free Dress 
Thursday October 31 - class party, 1:00 pm
Friday November 1 - NO SCHOOL


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Due to the short week, there is NO SPELLING next week.  (Woohoo!)
There are 2 weeks left in this first grading period.  All corrections and missing assignment are due by Tuesday October 15th.  I will be sending home a list of missing assignments and copies next week.
In Friday Folders, you should find a note from our music teacher, Ms. Jacobson, with details regarding our recorder unit that we will soon be starting.
Important Dates to Remember:
Monday October 7th - Book Projects Due
Thursday October 10th - Noon Dismissal
Friday October 11th - NO SCHOOL
Friday October 18th - End of 1st quarter
Content Covered:
Reading: Reading Street Story Inside Out
Comprehension Strategy:  Asking and answering questions to compare how a character changed throughout the story.
Writing: Begun compiling our “Anthology of 5th Grade” writing books
Science: Ecosystems and Biomes
Social Studies: Fall of the Aztec, Inca, and Maya civilizations
Core Novel: Don Quixote
Core Knowledge Poem: from Opposites
Poetic Element: Rhythm
Core Virtue: Diligence

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Book Projects are due in one week.  We are excited to see all the items needed to survive in the books everyone read.


Thank you is not a big enough word to show how much we appreciate everyone who contributed to the PTO's Giving Apple!  


Due to the short instruction week, with Field Day on Friday, this week's spelling tests is on Thursday October 3rd.


Content Covered
Reading - Shutting Out the Sky
Comprehension Strategy - Cause and Effect
Writing - Personal Narrative (Small Moment stories)
Math - Long Division
Social Studies - Maya, Aztec, and Inca Civilizations
Science - Energy in Ecosystems: Consumers, Producers, and Decomposers
Core Novel: The Secret Garden
Core Knowledge Saying: Taking the Bull by the Horns


Upcoming Dates to Remember:
Conferences are beginning this week
Friday October 4th - Field Day
Thursday October 10th - 12:00 Dismissal
Friday October 11th - NO SCHOOL
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Conferences are scheduled for the first part of October.  Please click on the Sign-up Genius link to sign up for a time.  In preparation, we will be filling out reflection sheets over the next two weeks and sending them home in Friday Folders.  This will allow fifth graders an opportunity to think through academic and socio-emotional learning when setting personal goals at their conference.  We look forward to meeting with you!


Our first book project is due on October 7th!  If your child needs another copy of the project expectations, please let me know.


Elementary Field Day has been rescheduled for Friday October 4th.  Mrs. Best is in need of volunteers to help with field day events.  If you are available to help, please let her know.


Content Covered Week of September 16th:
Reading: Satchel Paige
Comprehension Strategy: Sequencing
Spelling: Adding -ed and -ing
Writing: Descriptive Writing, Show Don't Tell
Poetic Element: Personification
Grammar: Complex and Compound sentences
Math: Chapter 1 Review and Test
Social Studies: Aztec Civilization
Science: Investigating Matter Unit Review and Test
Civics: 3 Branches of Government Checks and Balances
Core Novel: The Secret Garden


Important Dates to Remember:
Friday October 4th - Field Day
Monday October 7th - Book Project Due
Thursday October 10th - 12:00 Dismissal
Friday October 11th - NO SCHOOL
Friday October 18th - End of First Quarter

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What a full week!

We took our first Social Studies test on Lakes of the world, and even had a chance to extend our learning into writing by comparing two lakes.  Our first science test has been postponed until Tuesday in order to give us a chance to fully review and make sure we are ready.  A study guide and vocabulary sheet is in purple Take Home Folders.

In The Secret Garden, we have reached the climax (when the main character faces the most important problem), and are eagerly reading on to find out if Colin will find the will to live.  We have predicted that he will, but the fun part is now we get to find out how he will discover the "magic" of the garden.

Homework:
Spelling packet 1.4 due Thursday September 19th 
Spelling test on Thursday September 19th
Students should be working on their book project due Monday October 7th


Content Covered:
Reading comprehension strategy: Visualizing the setting through sensory details
Reading Street Story: Island of the Blue Dolphins
Writing: Descriptive writing, compare and contrast
Math: Multiplication and Division
Science: Review Investigating Matter
Social Studies: Unit 2 - Maya, Inca, and Aztec Civilizations
Core Novel: The Secret Garden
Core Knowledge Saying: Taking the Bull by the Horns


Important Dates to Remember:
Friday September 20th - NO SCHOOL, teacher in service day


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Week three is done! 


It is crazy how fast this school year is going.  We will have our first Social Studies test on Tuesday and our first Science test on Thursday.


For those of you that were not able to join us for Back to School Night, please let me know if you would like a paper or emailed copy of the handouts.


A quick reminder as graded papers are beginning to come home - any assignments with a grade below a 70% are expected to be corrected and resubmitted, however any assignment turned in on time can be corrected for a higher grade.  In-progress grades are entered into Campus on a weekly basis.  When an assignment is flagged as "Missing", the program automatically enters a "0" as the score.  Missing assignments can have a dramatic impact on overall percentages.  This can be immediately resolved when the missing assignment is turned in and a grade is entered to replace the "0".


Please reach out to Mrs. Deeter with any math questions, sdeeter@rmae.org as all fifth grade students switch for reading and math instruction.   


Content Covered:
Reading: Reading Street Story Thunder Rose
Genre - Tall Tale
Comprehension Strategy - Cause and Effect
Writing: Compare and Contrast
Math: Multiplication Patterns
Science: Conservation of Matter
Social Studies: Lakes of Eurasia 
Government and Civics: Constitutional Government, Rights vs. Responsibilities
Core Novel Study: The Secret Garden
Core Knowledge Poem: A Wise Old Owl
Random Acts of Kindness: complements
Core Virtue: Responsibility


Homework:
Spelling Packet 1.3 (unit 1, week 3) - having spelling homework turned in by Thursday of each week is very helpful.  This allows us to use study hall time to get students caught up and ready for their spelling test on Fridays.
Science Chapter 3 - students should read the science chapters to reinforce lessons and concepts presented in class.  Reading these chapters will help prepare them for the end of unit test, and act as a study guide.
Math should be completed up to lesson 1.6 (Chapter 1, lesson 6) in Go Math workbooks, and up to lesson 3 in Simple Solutions.


Important Dates to Remember:
Friday September 20th - NO SCHOOL, teacher inservice
Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for the first part of October


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Week of August 26th

I can not believe another week has already come and gone!


5th Grade Back to School Night has been rescheduled for Tuesday September 3rd at 6:00 pm.  We look forward to meeting with you and sharing an overview of the year.  
We had an amazing class discussion around our Core Virtue of Respect.  Students gave very thoughtful answers about what is respect, how we show respect to others, and why it is important to show respect.  Some answers were: 

Respect keeps us safe.

Being kind and respectful makes you feel amazing.

Respect is being kind physically and mentally.

Being respectful helps you be responsible because you will know what to do.

Not respecting is kind of like bullying.

Respect is important because others feel equal to you.


After thinking it through, we realized that respect is a component of teamwork.  We all have a part, we have to work together, mistakes are going to happen, and we cheer each other on.  


Homework:
A new spelling packet has been sent home in Purple Folders.  Students will be taking a spelling test over these words on Friday.
Our first book project is due Monday October 7th.  The requirements and grading rubric have been sent home.  Students should have an Adventure or Survival book picked out by Friday September 6th.


Content Covered:
Reading - Frindle
Comprehension Strategy - Character and Plot
Writing - Parts of a Paragraph
Math - Place value
Core Novel - The Secret Garden
Science - Properties of Matter
Social Studies - Lakes of the World
Core Virtue - Respect
Core Saying - Well begun is half done

Important Dates:
Thursday September 5th - Picture Day 

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Week of August 19th
First week of school!

Welcome to Fabulous Fifth Grade!  We are working hard to build our community of learners, and have a great year ahead of us.  Our first Random Act of Kindness unit focuses on Respect, which is also one of our Core Virtues for September.

Content Covered:
Reading: Character Traits, Summary versus Retell
Math: Beginning of the year testing
Writing: What Makes a Good Friend?
Science: The Scientific Method
Social Studies: Maps and Globes
Core Novel: The Secret Garden

Important Dates:
Monday September 2nd - NO SCHOOL, Labor Day
New Time Tuesday September 3rd - Back to School Night 6 - 7:30 pm