5th Grade

What we are doing the week of January 27-31, 2020
*We always appreciate donated tissues and hand sanitizer.  The students go through them quickly!

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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 Monday and share it.  Students will write am INFORMATIVE LETTER as their on-demand this week.  It will be a letter to Miss Clinkenbeard, who is a substitute that they students know, and she presently lives in Thailand.  We will sing "Shake and Learn" to review the 8 parts of speech.  We will receive our second spelling/vocabulary list on Tuesday, with our test being next Wednesday, February 5th. We will practice language mechanics skills in our DEUILI warm-up, and learn about the root JECT.  
1. where
2.  were
3.  are
4.  our 
5.  there
6.  their
7.  they're
8.  your
9.  you're
10.  exhilarating

*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 be 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 be discussing point of view, and how different perspectives can change a story. The quiz on point of view will be this Thursday, January 30th.


This week’s homework will be “More Miracles for Helen Keller.” Homework is assigned on Monday and due Friday, however late work is always excepted, but points will be taken off. Extra copies of homework are in the absent folder in the front of the classroom, or homework can also be found on Google Classroom.

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Math with Mrs. Heinrichs
This week we will be practicing adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators. We will have a quiz on Tuesday February 4th.

In science, we are studying the distribution of water on Earth and tying it into the water cycle. Quiz retakes for the Hydrosphere foldable vocab will be Wednesday.

Social Studies
In social studies this week we are comparing the first 3 settlements of the English colonies (Jamestown, Roanoke, Plymouth).  Students will be analyzing the Mayflower Compact for basic government elements of safety and maintain order as one of the first examples of self-government.  As we get closer to our government unit in March we’ll compare documents such as the Declaration of Independence and Constitution to the Mayflower Compact and look for ideas that connect.  A reminder that next Monday February 3rd Mrs. Watkins from the 4H Boone Co extension office we’ll be here for the students’ speech presentations.  We are polishing up our presentation skills this week by giving the students time at the beginning of each class to practice in front of both small and large groups.

This Friday Jan 31st we’ll have a quiz over the 1st page (front side) of our Key Terms for the early American colonies.  The students will be making flash cards in class and will have a study guide to go home starting tonight.

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