Welcome to Mrs. Basford's
5th Grade Class!
        Contact information: Blacklick School 614-759-5100
 Important Dates

November 10 - Veterans' Day Assembly in Gym @ 8:45am

November 10 - Harry Potter Movie #2 after school. Pick up outside the modulars at 5:15.

November 13 - Report Cards sent home today

November 14 - Game Club 2:30 - 3:40; PRIDE Partners PTO Meeting @ 7:00pm in the library

November 17 - Cooks' Day

November 18 - Blacklck Shopping Bazaar - 9am - Noon in the gym

November 20 - Cultural Night - 5:30pm in Gym

November 21 - GLHS Orchestra 1pm

November 22 - No School, Teacher Conference Comp Day

November 23-24 - No School, Thanksgiving

November 28 - Game Club 2:30 - 3:40pm

December 12 - Game Club 2:30 - 3:40pm

December 21 - First Day of Winter Break for Students; Teacher Professional Development/Work Day

January 3, 2018 - First day back to school

  Blacklick Expectations
We are
    Happy Fall!
November 8, 2017
Dear Parents,
    Happy fall! The weather in Ohio really fluctuates this time of year. During recess kids are either sweating in big heavy coats, or freezing in shorts and Tshirts. I suggested to them that they should get into the habit of checking the weather forecast to see what appropriate dress for the day might be. I also told them to put an old sweatshirt in the cubby to use on those in-between days!
    The first trimester ended on the 3rd. Grade cards will be sent home in PRIDE folders on the 13th. Remember that no Social Studies grade is given for the first trimester. Please keep the grade card, sign the envelope, and return it to school the next day or as soon as possible, 
    You are all invited Blacklick on Friday of this week to honor veterans on  Veterans' Day. This is one of my favorite PRIDE Talks of the year. The kids do such an amazing job with it. Hope to see you there!
    Game Club has been going well. The kids love it! If you would still like your child to join the club, please send a note to let us know. Also, the first Harry Potter movie was a big hit. We are showing the 2nd on on Friday, the 10th, right after school. Kids may wear their HP gear and bring a treat to eat during the movie. The first meeting during lunch period starts next week. 
    A new event, The Blacklick Shopping Bazaar, is scheduled from 9:00am - Noon on Saturday, November 18, in the Blacklick gym. So many creative and cool tables will be set up with many items on display for purchase. A sampling of some of the tables are: Kelley Girl Headbands, Matilda Jane Clothing, Mary Kay, Origami Owl, Usborne Books, Four Seasons Wreaths, Pampered Chef, Lularoe, Beauty Counter, Norwex, Young Living, Tupperware, Stella and Dot, Lipsense, Thirty One, Dot Dot Smile, KEEP Collective, Jamberry, Doterra, Scentsy, and many tables loaded with hand made items for your shopping pleasure! Coffee and food trucks will also be available. I'm going to be there. I hope you will be, too!
    If you have never attended the Blacklick Cultural Night, you should check it out. It is an amazing evening of good company, delicious food, and an opportunity to share our different cultures. I always learn so much and have a wonderful time. Hope to see you there!

    We have begun new units in both math and science. Check out the info about them below! 

Happy Thanksgiving.  
Paulie Basford

What we are doing in
 Class this Week and Next
Language Arts  Mrs. Henry (or Mrs. Nicholson)
Most of your kids will receive English Language Arts instruction from Mrs. Henry and/or Mrs. Nicholson. They leave my room after specials each day and go to her room from 10:20 until Noon, and again after recess from 12:45 - 1:15.  They will keep you informed on what the students are learning/doing each week and what their classroom expectations are.    
        Image result for clip art fractions addition and subtraction         Image result for clip art fractions addition and subtraction         
Welcome to math, the coolest subject around!  We believe that if you can do math, you can do ANYTHING!!

The main goal of Investigations Unit 3 is to learn how to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators. In order to do so accurately, students will learn a variety of strategies for determining equivalent fractions and finding common denominators. They will also compare and order fractions. These skills will be used to solve word problems involving fractions and mixed numbers. Students will also create line plots, picture graphs, and bar graphs with a given set of fractions, then use the data from the graphs to solve problems. We are about a week into this unit, and so far, the kids are doing a great job. I am so proud of their positive attitudes about math even when the work is challenging!

        Image result for clip art science force and motion       Image result for clip art science gravity
The students did a great job on their life science tests last week. It was challenging, but they hung in their, read questions carefully, thought their way through them, it gave great answers backed up with evidence. I'm proud of them! 

We have now begun a physical science unit starting with force and motion. I hope you had a chance to look over and sign the learning targets your child brought home last week. Today the students used ramps and toy cars to investigate the forces of gravity. They will complete more activities with the ramps, then use ideas from Mystery Science to build "bumper coasters" using foam pipe insulation and marbles. These are only a few of the many activities we will be doing to help students discover and understand the laws of force and motion. This is a highly active unit. Be sure to ask your child to share what s/he did and learned each day in science!
Social Studies 
The fifth grade team share the teaching of 5th grade social studies topics.
Students will not have a formal social studies unit during the first trimester. We will incorporate many fifth grade geography topics in our life science studies. During the second trimester, students will study history within their ELA classes Mrs. Henry. Third trimester will have Mrs. Rogers and I teaching economics, while Mrs. Henry and Mr. Henry teach the rest of the topics.           

The best way to contact me is through email.  My address is basfordp@gjps.org  
 Parents may also send notes to school with their children or write a note in the planner. 
Most specials are scheduled between 9:20am and 10:20 am
A: Music    
B: PE and Library
C: Art 
D: Music
Note:  Our guidance counselor at Blacklick is Mrs. Jenkins. She meets with our class once a month throughout the year.