What Are We Doing This Week?
Special Announcements and Reminders
***Newsletter was updated Friday, February 1st.
***I will tentatively be gone from February 25th-April 26th on maternity leave as long as all goes well. Prayers are most definitely appreciated as a I dive into this new season of life. :)
We will be working in chapter 9 which focuses on adding and subtracting fractions.
Students now have accounts for Prodigy Math. It is an online program that allows them to play a game against each other while reviewing math skills. I am asking that each student play Prodigy at least 15 minutes weekly. This can be done at school or home. I assign questions that are related to what we are learning in class as well as ILEARN practice questions.
***You should be seeing "Minute Math" sheets coming home in Friday folders. These sheets include 10 math problems that review different concepts. Students complete them alone in class, and then we go over them as a whole group. They will not harm the students' grades. However, I do challenge and encourage the students to do the best they can. This is simply a way for us to continue to review concepts after we have moved on to something else. ***Some students who need a challenge will be completing the 6th grade Minute Math sheets as well as the 5th grade sheets.
***We have started doing time tests every other Friday. All students start at 2s and 3s and work their way up to 12s throughout the year when they are ready. If this is something your child struggles with, practicing at home will be helpful. This is something they will need to have mastered before going on to higher level math classes!!
***Students can find tutorials for math concepts on the 5th grade webpage. The link is under "math" and "pageLinks" as well. I specifically suggest Kahn Academy for help! This is a good way for the kids to see how a concept is taught. Maybe they forget how to do a problem once they get home from school? Maybe they need to see problems completed a different way? Use this resource!
***Due to the snow days, we will be putting a pause on Wonder until Wednesday, February 6th. This is not ideal, however, I think it will be best overall. The multiple snow days threw me for a loop, and the kids will have a sub on Monday and Tuesday. They need to have Wonder read to page 99 by Wednesday. We will pick up with it then.
We will be starting Wonder by R.J. Palacio. I enjoy this unit a lot!!! Students will participate in liturature circles and complete activities over the book daily. This book allows us to dive into what it truly looks like to treat others with kindness.
***The third quarter ReadnQuiz assignment is due February 15th. Students need to read two 4th grade or higher leveled books and take two quizzes over their chosen books.
***We have started something new called ReadWorks. This program allows the students to read short stories and articles and then take quizzes. I can directly monitor the results. Students have created accounts, and I will be assigning quizzes weekly. These will count for a grade. They are only around 5-10 questions each, so it will not be too time consuming. This is something students need to complete at school. I like this program better than Read Theory because it allows me to pick the stories the students read and includes short answers. I believe this will be as close to ILEARN practice as we can get at this point.
***Each Friday we will have a reading comprehension test over the story we read on Wednesday and an English quiz over what we have learned for the week.
***Each Monday students get a new vocab list. This goes home on their spelling list. We talk about the words and typically play a game. Then, later in the week, students are asked to write a sentence about these words or finish a sentence that is already started. We work hard in fifth grade on making complete sentences and using the correct context for the words. Students are tested over these words on Fridays. Any help at home with this is always appreciated. :)
***Students have usernames and passwords for www.readtheory.org. This website can be used at home for extra reading and English practice. I can view student progress through the teacher account. It is a great tool for everyone!
***I don't like giving tests on Mondays, but in this particular case students will go ahead and take their chapter 9 test on Monday, February 4th.I don't want them to have to wait any longer. If there are any questions or concerns, students can e-mail me before Monday through their Google accounts or you can let me know. We reviewed a lot on Monday and Tuesday of this past week, and they have had their study guides for a week and a half at this point. The test will focus on the colonies breaking free from Great Britain. We learned about The Boston Tea Party, The Declaration of Independence, and started talking about The Revolutionary War.
We are going to continue learning about Confirmation.
We will continue in our unit on physical science. This week we will be exploring buoyancy and creating boats to test how much weight they can hold.
We will take our Week 1 Wonder spelling test on Friday, February 8th. Sorry for the inconvenience.