Mrs. Maxim's

5th Grade


  • March 16th-31st: IAR Testing
  • March 18th: Jenner Campus History Fair Showcase, 4-6 P.M. in the Global Design Lab
  • March 24th: PTO Meeting held at West Campus, 5:15 P.M.
  • March 24th: LSC Meeting held at West Campus, 6 P.M.
  • March 27th: Ogden Soiree, 7-11 P.M. at Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse

March 9 - March 13

3/9 - Read for 20 minutes/vocab packet (due Thursday)/

3/10 - Read for 20 minutes/

3/11 - Read for 20 minutes/

3/12 - Read for 20 minutes/

3/13 - Read for 20 minutes/

Remember to practice on IXL 2 hours weekly.

Homework Policy -

There will be homework Monday – Thursday.

Anyone that turns in all of that will have no homework over the weekend.

Anyone that does not complete the homework will have until the following Monday to turn it in for full credit.

No homework will be accepted after the Monday deadline.

Classroom Wish List:

  • Classroom set of clipboards

Set of 6 colorful clipboards

  • Floor chair with back support red or blue

Floor Chairs for comfortable seating

Skill: Figurative Language

We will determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

We will learn and identify the 7 types if figurative language: simile, metaphor, idiom, personification, alliteration, hyperbole, Onomatopoeia.

We are reading Hatchet. We are just starting to learn about the main character Brian and what happens as he becomes stranded in the Canadian Wilderness. Please talk with your child about what they are reading. I'm sure after we start they will be happy to summarize what we have read.

Weekly Words

Unit 16:

  • The Nature of the Beast











Research Papers

As we prepare for exhibition, the students are writing a research paper. They have all selected an inventor that they will be researching and learning more about. They will take the information they have researched and turn it into a paper they will share with their class.

Multi-Digit Whole Number and Decimal Fraction Operations

In Module 3, students' understanding of addition and subtraction of fractions extends from earlier work with fraction equivalence and decimals. This module marks a significant shift away from the elementary grades' centrality of base ten units to the study and use of the full set of fractional units from Grade 5 forward, especially as applied to algebra.

We will be working on word problems and multiple step problems with adding and subtracting fractions.

Student's should be practicing in IXL:

  • D.1 - D.15
  • J.1 - J.6
  • Z.1 - Z.24

Students will be given lessons to practice to push their RIT score from where they are to the next band. Let me know if you need these lessons for your child.

Chemical Magic

Why do somethings explode?

This week...

In this Mystery, students investigate and model how gases cause explosions. In the activity, Bag of Bubbles, students experiment by combining baking soda and vinegar inside a sealed bag and observe how the gas bubbles produced cause the bag to inflate–and sometimes pop!

How We Organize Ourselves

We are wrapping up our third unit

How we organize ourselves.

An inquiry into:

-How different government systems function

-How governmental decision-making impacts citizens

-Global impacts of a government

Students will creating a utopian society based on what we have learned about government.

Enrichment Schedule

Monday – Physical Education

Tuesday – Art

Wednesday – Spanish

Thursday – Music

Friday – Physical Education

5th Grade Grading Categories

In Class Work - 30%

Homework - 10%

Class Participation - 10%

Assessments - 25%

Projects - 25%

5th Grade Grading Scale

100% - 90% = A

89% - 80% = B

79% - 70% = C

69% - 60% = D

59% and below = F