5th Grade

What we are doing the week of January 20-24, 2020
*We always appreciate donated tissues and hand sanitizer.  The students go through them quickly!

REMIND Sign up Info 
If you have not signed up for our team Remind texts, please do so! All of the 5th grade teachers will be using the same account to keep you abreast of what is happening in our rooms. You can choose to have it sent to your email, as well. Here is the link:  https://www.remind.com/join/wv5thgrade . We also send a weekly email so please double check that your current email address is on file in Infinite Campus. Along with the email, we post the newsletter on the 5th Grade Webpage.

 Writing with Ms. McNeil (planner/agenda book says "Language Arts")

*This week, we will write our creative journal entry on Tuesday and share it.  Students will write a NARRATIVE as their on-demand this week.  It will be a passaged-based, 90 minute assessment that we will work on Wednesday and Thursday.  We will sing "Shake and Learn" to review the 8 parts of speech and review our spelling/vocabulary list every day to prepare for our "retake" assessment which will be Monday, January 27th from 8:50-9:25.  We will not have a NEW list of words this week, we will just continue practicing the correct usage of there/they're/their and your/you're.  
*We will continue studying a spelling/vocabulary list this week, and the retest will be on Monday, January 27th.  The words are:  there, their, they're, your, you're, form, saunter, escalate, discombobulated, and irksome.  We will be defining, writing, and applying the meanings of the words throughout the week.  Please have your child study and practice at home as well.  The Quizlet link to study is: https://quizlet.com/_7soyrw?x=1qqt&i=2fdrsa

*Work ethic grades are earned by the level of completion, neatness, effort, and correctness.  If a student does not receive a 100 on a work ethic assignment, he/she is encouraged to read the comments  that I write on the paper, complete the assignment as directed, and turn the assignment back in to be regraded.  Journals and writings are assessed on the amount of critical and creative thinking, the details and feelings included, and the use of effective vocabulary, transitions, sentence structure, grammar, mechanics, and spelling.  When a student receives a "1" on their writing, that is equivalent to "novice" and will be a 69 (or below) in the gradebook.  A "2" is equivalent to a  "apprentice" and a "C", a "3" is "proficient" and a "B", and a "4" is "distinguished" and equivalent to an "A".  

*This year in writing we focus on letters, articles, and narratives.  We will improve our vocabulary and focus on writing complete, interesting sentences.  I will be encouraging students to use their "voice" in their writing, while including as much detail, feeling, and evidence as possible to back up their opinion or main idea.

Reading with Mrs. Schlimm
This week in reading class students will continue reading Letters From Rifka, a story about a Jewish girl who is fleeing her home in Russia with her family in hopes of beginning a new life in America. We will also continue our unit on point of view, and how different perspectives can change a story. The quiz on point of view will be next Wednesday, January 29th. I have included a Quizlet link for the vocabulary part of the quiz below.


There will be NO reading homework this week!

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Math with Mrs. Heinrichs
This week we will be learning to add and subtract fractions by finding common denominators. We do not have math homework this week.

In Science, we will be learning about the atmosphere as part of our Earth’s Systems Unit. We will not have a quiz this week, but will be having one next week on Thursday over the Hydrosphere. Here’s a link to the vocabulary quizlet: https://quizlet.com/1880440/hydrosphere-water-cycle-flash-cards/

Social Studies
In social studies this week we’re polishing up our speeches and working on speaking in front of small to medium groups in the classroom.  Our goal is to get multiple opportunities rehearsing to decrease anxieties that may occur for the February 4H Speech presentations on February 3rd.  Each student should have their hard copy notes in their take home folder this week.  You should also be able see their work on Google Docs if they have lost their hard copy.  

 When not practicing, our time will be used to learn/discuss about the early colonies of the United States.  Specifically we’ll focus on resources that motivated immigrants to leave Europe and the impact on Native American tribes of those areas.  No tests/quizzes this week

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