Monday, December 17, 2018


Updates and announcements

What a wonderful time of year! I hope everyone’s weekend was restful and fulfilling. This weekend, the fifth grade teachers got together and made the kids holiday presents. They will be passed out today at the end of school.

This Wednesday, we will clean out the students’ desks and put the contents of their desks in a bag so the cleaning crew can move the desks easier for carpet cleaning. On Wednesday, please send in either a reusable grocery bag or 2-3 plastic grocery bags for students to put the contents of their desks in.

Our week in learning

This week, students will learn about the idiom “Read between the lines”.

In Literature, we will finish the year with a poetry unit. Students will learn about different literary techniques, such as alliteration, onomatopoeia, metaphors, personification, and symbolism. They will also find these literary devices in poems.

In Writing and Grammar, students compete with a fun diagramming wars activity.

We are finishing up our unit on plant and animal cells this week as the quarter draws to a close. Monday will be a hands on review day-students are very excited to build their own plant or animal cells out of candy components! Tuesday, students have a quiz over the plant and animal cells. Because it is so close to the holidays and this was a short unit, this quiz will be open notes. Students may use any of their study materials in their own science notebooks. If they are missing any notes, students should be sure to find a friend whose notes are complete before Tuesday.

This week in History, students will finish presenting their State Brochure projects. It has been a joy to hear those who have presented already, and we look forward to hearing from the remaining students.

In math, we will have our test over the unit on perimeter, area, and surface area on Monday. We will play review games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Monday, December 10, 2018


Updates and announcements

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Mine was full of candy making and eval writing. One of my favorite parts of the season is making candy for my private violin students and co-workers. I can tell the students are excited for the holidays coming up.

Check out the wish list! We are running very low on hand sanitizer and kleenex.

Please continue to let me know if you student will be out of school. My goal (same as every year), is to have my evaluations done before we all leave for Winter Break. My biggest obstacles are make-up assessments and we are all caught up as of today! I love getting to write about your children and I want to make sure they are a true reflection of your children’s hard work this year.

Our week in learning

This week, students will learn about the idiom “A penny saved is a penny earned”.

The roots test over #26-50 will be on 12/12.

In Literature, we will finish the year with a poetry unit. Students will learn about different literary techniques, such as alliteration, onomatopoeia, metaphors, personification, and symbolism. They will also find these literary devices in poems.

In Writing and Grammar, students will take their mid-year grammar test on Tuesday, 12/4. Throughout the week, we will finish our fun essay “Wait, wait, don’t shoot!”. The students will take on the point of view of a turkey around the holidays who is trying to convince the farmer to eat something else for dinner. Students will hand write their final drafts in class, then type them. Students will also have their first writing workshop of the year. On Wednesday, students will spend most of the day going through the writing process and getting feedback throughout the steps. This is in preparation for AZMerit, where students will be expected to write a 5 paragraph essay in one sitting in April.

Students will continue studying cells this week. We will learn about the organelles in the plant cell and how it differs from the animal cell, and learn about how cells divide in mitosis. On Thursday, students will do a cell cycle activity in to help solidify the steps of the cell cycle. Due to how short this unit is, students will have an open notes assessment on the 18th. We are looking forward to seeing all our families at the 5th grade science fair on Wednesday, December 12th from 5:00PM to 6:30PM in the Arete gym to display all of the 5th grades science projects!

This week in History, students will present two times. On Monday and Tuesday, students will present their group projects on feudal Japan. Chapters 1-3 will present on Monday, and chapters 4-5 will present on Tuesday. Wednesday there will be no History, as it will be a day for an extensive writing workshop. On Thursday and Friday, students will present their State brochure projects, which are all due on Thursday.

In math, we will continue our unit on Perimeter, Area, and Surface Area. We will look into the area of a parallelogram, and the surface area of rectangular prisms. The final test of the quarter will be on Monday, 12/17. Please note that we will have frequent quizzes in math. When a “b” quiz comes home for homework, that means there will likely be a quiz the next day. This means there will be frequent, low stakes math quizzes. There will be no math groups this week.

Monday, December 3, 2018


Updates and announcements

Can you believe we only have 2 ½ weeks left before Winter Break? Wow! Our students have grown so much and still have a lot to accomplish before then! If there are any planned absences, please let me know and I will accommodate tests for students to make up before they leave.

With the season of giving upon us, students in the past have enjoyed exchanging Secret Santa gifts. While this is sweet for the students to do, it does cause problems for the functioning of our class. We end up with the presents crowding the backpack area, some hurt feelings when some students are not included, then a whole new round of gift giving to fix the hurt feelings! I kindly ask that if students choose to do a Secret Santa exchange, it takes place outside of school. If students would like to give a present to everyone in the class, they may do so during our party on Wednesday, December 19th .

Our week in learning

This week, students will learn about the idiom “Out of the frying pan and into the fire”.

Students will recite “The Snowstorm” on 12/5. We extended the due date due to the complexity of the poem and our Thanksgiving break in the middle. PLEASE NOTE: though it is not long, this is a tricky poem to memorize last minute because it does not rhyme. Students should work a little every night to memorize this beautiful poem. Students picked groups in which to recite their poems together.

The roots quiz for last week’s roots will take place on Wednesday. Students will turn in their 2nd Quarter Roots Study Guide on Wednesday, 12/5, and review it in class. The roots test over #26-50 will be on 12/12.

In Literature, we will finish reading “Where the Red Fern Grows”. Students will continue their journal entries. For every chapter, students will write one 5-6 sentence paragraph about a virtue a character showed during that chapter. Notebooks will be collected on Friday, 12/7, so all journal entries should be done by then. Please note, the last two chapters are very sad and we may have some weepy students after school. They grow so attached to the story and the beautiful characters.

In Writing and Grammar, students will take their mid-year grammar test on Tuesday, 12/4. Throughout the week, we will learn about persuasive essays and begin work on the fun essay “Wait, wait, don’t shoot!”. The students will take on the point of view of a turkey around the holidays who is trying to convince the farmer to eat something else for dinner.

We will begin our study of cells this week with a review of the differences between prokaryotes and eukaryotes, with a deeper dive into the characteristics of each. We will also study the layout of plant and animal cells, and learn what each of their organelles does. Students should pay careful attention to their in class notes, as they will be able to use them on their assessment on the 18th.

This week in History, students will learn about feudal Japan by completing a group project. This unit has 5 chapters, and the class will be split up into 5 groups. Each group will be assigned a chapter, and create a presentation to share with the class. Presentations will take place next Monday and Tuesday (December 10th and 11th). All work will be completed in class. Students have also been individually assigned one of the United States, and will create a brochure on said State to present in class. Students will have some research time in class to work on this assignment, including an opportunity to do research on computers. The brochure is due on Thursday, December 13th, and presentations will take place that Thursday and Friday, as well as the following Monday (12/17).

In math, we will continue our unit on Perimeter, Area, and Surface Area. We will look into the area of a rectangle, and explore the reasons behind the equation for the area of a triangle. Please note that we will have frequent quizzes in math. When a “b” quiz comes home for homework, that means there will likely be a quiz the next day. This means there will be frequent, low stakes math quizzes. We will continue our normally scheduled math groups on Wednesday, 8:00-9:15.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018


Updates and announcements

I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving break! I had the wonderful opportunity to host my husband’s family, so my weekend was full of wonderful food and wonderful shopping.

As a whole, we have had a lot of absences in 5A in the past few weeks. It would be incredibly helpful if I could get a quick email letting me know if the absence is planned. Especially with the end of the quarter coming up, we need to stay on top of our make up quizzes and tests so my grades are accurate for writing evaluations, and I currently have 19 missed assessments to administer from the two days of school last week.

The spelling bee will take place on Thursday, November 29th. Information went home a couple weeks ago.

Our week in learning

This week, students will learn about the idiom “It’s never too late to mend”.

Students will recite “The Snowstorm” on 12/5. We extended the due date due to the complexity of the poem and our Thanksgiving break in the middle. PLEASE NOTE: though it is not long, this is a tricky poem to memorize last minute because it does not rhyme. Students should work a little every night to memorize this beautiful poem.

The roots quiz for last week’s roots will take place on Wednesday. Students will learn about the roots humus, folium, sal, and mare. There will be a roots quiz over these next Wednesday, following the same schedule as last year. Students should expect a similar roots quiz every Wednesday over the roots learned the previous week.

In Literature, we will continue reading “Where the Red Fern Grows”. Students will continue their journal entries. For every chapter, students will write one 5-6 sentence paragraph about a virtue a character showed during that chapter. We will read through chapter 17 by the end of the week. We will be looking out for foreshadowing and figurative language.

In Writing and Grammar, students will learn about dependent and independent clauses. We will pass our their mid-year grammar test study guide this week and their test will be on Tuesday, 12/4. On Friday, we will begin learning about persuasive essays and the difference between fact, opinion, and propaganda.

This week in science, students will have the opportunity to present their science fair projects to their peers. Students are expected to give a 3-5 minute presentation explaining the major components of their project to their class, as well as taking questions from their classmates. We will spend the rest of Quarter 2 studying differents types of cells, which will begin next week. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 5th Grade Science Fair, which is December 12th in the Arete Gym from 5:00-6:15PM. It will be a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase their hard work to their family and friends!

This week in History, students will finish their unit on England: Golden Age to Glorious Revolution. We will learn about the rule of Charles II of England, the “Merry Monarch”, and his brother, James II of England, as well as the Glorious Revolution. Thursday will be a review day, with study guides due that morning, and the test will be on Friday.

In math, we will finish our unit on Multiplying and Dividing Fractions. Students will work on word problems that deal with fractions and review for their test on Thursday, 11/29. We will begin our unit on area, perimeter, and surface area on Friday. Please note that we will have frequent quizzes in math. When a “b” quiz comes home for homework, that means there will likely be a quiz the next day. This means there will be frequent, low stakes math quizzes. We will continue our normally scheduled math groups on Wednesday, 8:00-9:15.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018



Updates and announcements

I apologize for the late blog! I was out sick today, so I am just getting to this.

I hope everyone enjoys their break!

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Our week in learning
This week, students will learn about the idiom “A miss is as good as a milel”.

Students will recite “The Snowstorm” on 11/28. PLEASE NOTE: though it is not long, this is a tricky poem to memorize last minute because it does not rhyme. Students should work a little every night to memorize this beautiful poem.

The roots quiz for last week’s roots will take place on Tuesday, due to the long break. Students will learn about the roots agon, dromos, and mons. There will be a roots quiz over these next Wednesday, following the same schedule as last year. Students should expect a similar roots quiz every Wednesday over the roots learned the previous week.

In Literature, we will continue reading “Where the Red Fern Grows”. Students will continue their journal entries. For every chapter, students will write one 5-6 sentence paragraph about a virtue a character showed during that chapter. We will read through chapter 15 by the end of the week. We will be looking out for foreshadowing and figurative language.

In Writing and Grammar, we will finish writing narratives on a time the students showed courage. They will share their final draft papers on Friday. We will learn about interjections and possessive possessive words. There will be a short quiz on Friday.

This week in science, students will finish our Classification Unit with their unit test on Monday. Science fair essays are due Monday, and poster boards will be due Tuesday. Students will present their projects to the class the week after Thanksgiving break, and should be prepared to give a 3-5 minute presentation that covers all the major components of their project and answer questions from their classmates. We will begin our next unit on cells after Thanksgiving break-stay tuned for updates!

This week in History, students will learn about King Charles I, and Oliver Cromwell, who succeeded him as Lord Protector of England after the civil war. Tuesday will be a catch up day. We will be taking our test on England: Golden Age to Glorious Revolution next Friday, November 30th. Study guides will be passed out on Friday, November 16th and are due the day before the test, on Thursday, November 29th. This will give students an opportunity to get caught up with what we’ve learned in this unit thus far, so they’re not tempted to do homework over our R&R Thanksgiving break. Students will also be given a writing assignment on Monday about King Charles I that is not due (in rough draft form) until Tuesday, November 27th but, again, they are not expected to work on this over break.

In math, we will continue with our unit on Multiplying and Dividing Fractions. Students will work on word problems that deal with fractions. Please note that we will have frequent quizzes in math. When a “b” quiz comes home for homework, that means there will likely be a quiz the next day. This means there will be frequent, low stakes math quizzes. We will not have math groups this week.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Updates and announcements

I hope everyone had a wonderful three day weekend! I am almost officially done with my classwork, so I rewarded myself with some quilting yesterday. I have so many projects “in progress”, it will be nice to get some finished up.

Our winter concert is this Wednesday! See you there!

Our week in learning

This week, students will learn about the idiom “Make a mountain out of a mole hill”.

Students will recite “The Road Not Taken” on 11/14. PLEASE NOTE: though it is not long, this is a tricky poem to memorize last minute because it does not rhyme. Students should work a little every night to memorize this. The students will learn about “The Snowstorm” and recite this poem on 11/28. The same note applies for this poem, it has proven challenging to memorize in the past, despite being short.

Students will learn about the roots cutis, cor, dorsum, and athlon. There will be a roots quiz over these next Wednesday, following the same schedule as last year. Students should expect a similar roots quiz every Wednesday over the roots learned the previous week.

In Literature, we will continue reading “Where the Red Fern Grows”. Students will continue their journal entries. For every chapter, students will write one 5-6 sentence paragraph about a virtue a character showed during that chapter. We will read through chapter 13 by the end of the week. We will be looking out for foreshadowing and figurative language.

In Writing and Grammar, we will finish writing narratives on a time the students showed courage. They will share their final draft papers on Friday. We will learn about interjections and possessive words. There will be a short quiz on Friday.

This week in science, students will review for their classification test. They will also go over how to write the science fair essay and be given some class time to work on it. Please note the project essay is due 11/19, and the poster board is due 11/20. The classification test is also on the 19th, so to avoid any stressful nights, your students should be studying some each night to prepare.

This week in History, students will continue our study of the Golden Age of England. We will discuss Queen Elizabeth I, England’s defeat of the Spanish Armada, and the English Civil War. Since we have learned about all 50 States and had our location test last week, we will be having regular lessons on Wednesdays going forward.

In math, we will continue with our unit on Multiplying and Dividing Fractions. Students will work on dividing a fraction by a unit fraction, dividing a whole number by a fraction, dividing a fraction by a fraction, and word problems. Please note that we will have frequent quizzes in math. When a “b” quiz comes home for homework, that means there will likely be a quiz the next day. This means there will be frequent, low stakes math quizzes. We will not have math groups this week.

Monday, November 5, 2018


Updates and announcements

The second quarter always feels like it moves so fast! We are already in week 4 and Thanksgiving is only a short 2 ½ weeks away!

Our 50 States Location test is this Wednesday. This site is a great resource for students (and adults ;) ) to quiz themselves: https://online.seterra.com/en 

5A is getting a little less time to work on the poem “The Road Not Taken”, so to make up for that, we will be reciting the poem together every morning before we go to our first special to give them class time to work on it.

The Fall Festival is on Saturday! I hope to see you there!

Our week in learning

This week, students will learn about the idiom “Lock, stock, and barrel”.

Students will recite “The Road Not Taken” on 11/14. PLEASE NOTE: though it is not long, this is a tricky poem to memorize last minute because it does not rhyme. Students should work a little every night to memorize this.

Students will learn about the roots rhinos, cornu, and derma. There will be a roots quiz over these next Wednesday, following the same schedule as last year. Students should expect a similar roots quiz every Wednesday over the roots learned the previous week.

In Literature, we will continue reading “Where the Red Fern Grows”. Students will continue their journal entries. For every chapter, students will write one 5-6 sentence paragraph about a virtue a character showed during that chapter. We will be looking out for foreshadowing and figurative language.

In Writing and Grammar, we will begin writing narratives on a time the students showed courage. Toward the end of the week, we will discuss how we classify and diagram interjections.

This week in science, students will continue their study of classification. We will continue studying the Protist “junk drawer” kingdom, and students will be introduce to the bacteria in Kingdom Monera. On Thursday, students will have a chance to practice hands on with a live earthworm and make observations! It will be a fun chance to see science in action. Please make note of the due dates in the science fair packets-students should be finishing their experiment design and gathering materials this week so they can begin trials. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 12th from 5:00PM to 6:30PM, as this will be our 5th Grade Science fair! Students projects will be presented and judged in the gym that night.

This week in History, students will have two tests. Since we need one more day of instruction for the Reformation, our test has been moved from Tuesday to Thursday (11/8). Study Guides are now due Tuesday (11/6), instead of Monday. On Wednesday (11/7), students will be tested on their knowledge of the location of all 50 States. Please encourage your children to study multiple days in advance for each. On Friday, we will learn about King Henry VIII and his multiple wives, in preparation for Unit 5: England: Golden Age to Glorious Revolution.

In math, we will continue with our unit on Multiplying and Dividing Fractions. Students will work on word problems that involve multiplying a fraction by a fraction, divide a fraction by a fraction, and divide a whole number by a unit fraction. Please note that we will have frequent quizzes in math. When a “b” quiz comes home for homework, that means there will likely be a quiz the next day. This means there will be frequent, low stakes math quizzes. We will have math groups this week, Wednesday, 11/7, 8:45-9:45. Note the change is due to our Winter Concert rehearsals.