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5th Grade

                                                 Welcome to FABULOUS FIFTH GRADE!!!!

Andrew Kohm

Chelsey Boswell

Rachel McKenzie

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Unit 2- Comparing and Contrasting Characters Across Texts

The focus of this unit includes critical study of character behaviors and response to challenges. Students will uncover how character point of view, as well as story setting, influence character behavior. Students begin this work of analyzing one character and then move to comparing one character to another. Students will use a variety of reading strategies that assist them in the process of sustaining comprehension through increasingly challenging text with complicated characters. Characters can be studied throughout a book as well as across books in a series for more advanced readers.

Unit 1- Adding & Subtracting Fractions

In this unit, students use equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers). Students will apply their knowledge of fractions to solve real world situations involving addition and subtraction of fractions using visual models and equations.


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Unit  1- Narratives of Personal Significance 

The focus of this unit is for teachers and students to establish a community of writers by setting structures and routines of a writing workshop. Students will write a personal narrative, focused on a small moment or event. Since students have had multiple opportunities to write personal narratives in the years past, as fifth graders, teachers will rally students to tackle stories of personal significance using various narrative techniques. Students will learn to manage not only conveying experiences and events precisely through elaboration and use of details, but the pacing of the events in their personal narrative. They will explore adjusting the pacing of an important event or section, slowing down, and grounding their writing in a wealth of specificity. Students will focus on writing events that help create a message, or lesson that they want readers to draw from their texts. In order to do so, students need to be clear on why they are telling the story, so that they make their craft decisions with a purpose in mind.

Unit 1 - Sifting, Sorting, & Separating 

Students will investigate how physical properties can be used to separate simple mixtures. This includes separating a variety of mixtures that involve a combination of solids, liquids, and/or gases. Some ideas for this unit may include: separating recycling, trail mix, salad, screws/nails/bolts, wood/iron mixtures, salt and water, and carbonated beverages. This unit only involves dissolving one solid into a liquid for the purpose of understanding that boiling is a way to separate dissolved solids from mixtures. Physical properties in this unit include: particle size, color, texture, magnetism, simple boiling point, and state of matter at room temperature. As a result of this unit, students will be able to use multiple physical properties to separate simple mixtures into their smallest parts.

Social Studies
Unit 1- The Roots of America 

Students understand that our American society evolved over time, yet it’s connected to our past. All nations have a beginning, and the “roots” of our nation’s social/political and economic institutions began with the mixing of Native American, European and African cultures. 



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Daily Schedule

7:45-8:05                           Breakfast

8:10-9:35                           Math 

9:35-10:20                         Specials

10:20-10:55                        Science/Social                                                     Studies/Community

11:00-11:40                        Lunch/Recess

11:40-12:00                        Refocus Time

12:00-1:30                          Reading/WIN

        *What I Need is an intervention time for students to build on skills that are needed for appropriate grade level development!*

1:30-1:40                          Brain Break

1:40-2:35                          Writing

2:45                                  Dismissal


Carefully follow directions
Hands, feet, objects to self
Oustanding effort
In the right place/right time
Complete all assignments
Everyone shows respect
Safe behaviors

Individual Paws are earned by students for displaying positive choices! Students will be able to "purchase" items from their class PAW Menu!

Class Paws
Class Paws are earned by the whole class going above and beyond expectations. TEAMWORK! The incentive for achieving a desired amount of Class Paws will be determined by the class. 

Marble Jar
As a class, students will receive "marbles" for following expectations and routines as expected of them.  Once the jar is full, the class will determine what type of party they will have to celebrate their teamwork, collaboration, and success.  
Behavior Success Criteria

ED-Effectively Demonstrates knowledge of rules

MD-Mostly Demonstrates knowledge of rules

ND-Does NOT Demonstrate knowledge of rules

To Live Your 
Ultimate Life

The 7 Mindsets are based on a three year research effort that began with the simple question: What do the world’s happiest and most successful people have in common? In search of the answer, we studied many of the happiest and most successful people who’ve ever lived. We reviewed the most extensive and important studies on personal achievement ever conducted. And we personally interviewed 400 leading experts, some of the most successful men and women of the 20th and 21st centuries. Our research revealed that the answer wasn’t related to gender, ethnicity, or where they lived in the world. It had nothing to do with being raised in a loving home or a broken one. It didn’t matter if their families were rich, middle class, or impoverished. It wasn’t even connected to how far they advanced in school or the skills they acquired along the way. In fact, it turns out that the gamechanging commonalities of happiness and success are based on how the world’s most successful people think. What emerged from our research was a set of seven mental habits foundational to an enriched life. The 7 Mindsets are a comprehensive blueprint for happiness, intentionality and success, written in simple, powerful language to teach and activate success strategies for people to live the lives of their dreams.

The Everything is Possible mindset provides an understanding that we are all capable of extraordinary lives. We learn that everything in existence was once just an idea, until someone believed it was possible and turned it into a reality. Embracing this fact allows one to envision a wonderful life, expect greatness, and effectively execute the process of making dreams come true. Don’t be a dream snatcher! Resist the urge to give your children reality checks, no matter what their dreams are. Dreams are precious, and represent the hopes and expectations we have for our lives. So every dream and positive vision of the future that your children have should be encouraged. Their dreams will inevitably change, but what matters is that they’re dreaming and believing. Constantly push your children to dream bigger, and never be the doubter or pessimist.
Para Vivir Su Vida Maxima

Las 7 Mentalidades son basadas en un esfuerzo de investigación durante tres años que empezó con una pregunta sencilla: ¿qué tienen en común las personas más felices y las que tienen más éxito? Para buscar la respuesta, estudiamos muchas de las personas más felices y de mas éxito que el mundo jamas ha conocido. Revisamos los estudios más importantes y extensos sobre el logro personal que jamás se hayan realizado. En adición, hicimos entrevistas con cuatrocientos expertos y líderes, algunos de los hombres y mujeres más exitosos de los siglos veinte y veintiuno. Nuestra investigación reveló que la respuesta no estaba relacionada con el género, la etnicidad, o el lugar donde las personas vivían en el mundo. No tiene nada que ver con ser criado en un hogar lleno de amor o en uno que fue roto. No importa si las familias son ricas, o de clase media, o pobres. También, no hubo una conexión al nivel de la educación o a las habilidades que una persona ganaba a lo largo del camino. De hecho, las cosas comunes de la felicidad y el éxito son basadas en la manera en que piensan las personas de más éxito. Lo que surgió de nuestra investigación fue un conjunto de siete hábitos mentales que son fundamentales en una vida enriquecida. Las 7 Mentalidades son un plan integral para la felicidad, la intencionalidad y el éxito, que es escrito en un lenguaje sencillo y poderoso para enseñar a activar las estrategias de éxito para que las personas puedan vivir la vida de sus sueños. 

La mentalidad de Todo Es Posible provee un entendimiento que todos tenemos la habilidad de vivir vidas extraordinarias. Aprendemos que todas las cosas que existen ahora eran una idea en el pasado hasta que alguien creía que era posible y lo hacía una realidad. Aceptando este hecho se permite visualizar una vida maravillosa, anticipar la grandeza, y hacer efectivo el proceso de convertir los sueños en realidad. ¡No sea la persona que robe los sueños de otros! No importa cuales sueños tienen, resista el impulso de dar a sus hijos un recordatorio de la realidad. Los sueños son preciosos y representan las esperanzas y expectativas que tenemos para nuestras vidas. Cada sueño y visión del futuro que tienen sus hijos deben ser fomentados. Los sueños de ellos van a cambiar inevitablemente, pero lo más importante es que ellos están soñando y creyendo. Constantemente, estimule a sus hijos a tener sueños más grandes, y no sea la persona que duda o sea el pesimista.


Monday 9/25
Ms.  Mck & Mrs. Bos OUT
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Tuesday 9/26
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Wednesday 9/27
Papa John's Night
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Thursday 9/28
Papa John's Night
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Friday 9/29
CHOICES assembly 1:45pm
Papa John's Night
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5th graders gain the opportunity to participate in an enrichment program at Gold Crown.  For 3 weeks during the school day (12:15-2:30), individual classes will take a bus to Gold Crown (150 S. Harlan St. Lakewood, CO 80226) and learn more enriching activities revolved around the arts and technology. This will serve as part of their technology grade on report cards.  This is a great opportunity for students to build relationships with their peers and to explore a variety of activities that stimulate their brain and engage them.  

Gold Crown also offers a Club House program that is available for students after school.  Please visit their website for more information!