5th Grade Class Blog

September 21, 2018

Hi All, I hope you're enjoying your day off today!

k12: Its FINALLY all set up. I went in and skipped a few more units in literature and adjusted everyone's plan one more time (the calendar is finally correct!). I also created a progress guide for k12 which will give you an idea of where you should be at any point during through the year.

Eco Trip: Please be sure to get your paperwork and money submitted this coming week!

Classroom Pictures: I'll try to take pictures through out the year, if you hover over the 5 up top, you'll see a link that says class photos. Check out what I've uploaded so far!

water bottles: We've been wasting an incredible amount of time walking to the drinking fountain and waiting in a line 8 kids deep. I've told the kids if we can get 100% water bottle attendance I'll give them an EXTRA 10 minutes of recess--why not spend that regained time on something they really value?

math: On Monday, the enVision math lesson is to review for the topic 2 assessment. I sent home the reteach and vocabulary reviews with students yesterday. Last topic, we did the evens as a review. You could choose to do the first couple from each section, the odds, all of them--you decide what you need to do to review. Many students also have reteach assignments in envision that have been assigned to them based on performance in previous lessons. And as always, Khan Academy is a great resource as well! We will be taking the topic 2 assessment in class on Tuesday.

Enjoy your weekend! I'll see you Tuesday!

September 12, 2018

We're off to a great start. We've made it through JumpStart and all of our beginning of the year assessments! WOOHOO! We're getting to know each other and getting in our groove. There is a ton of information below--I know its a lot, but please read it all!

eco trip: It's coming up quickly! Its going to be a great trip, I'm excited about it, but your kids are even more excited! I'm hoping to have all the paperwork, including medication forms back by September 21st and money by October 1st. Please let me know what questions you have!

movie night: Tuesday, September 18th. 3:30-5pm. 4th and 5th graders donate and sell concessions as an ECO Trip fundraiser. Please sign up here to help!

daily checklist: I sent home a paper copy of this, but in case you'd like a digital copy, here it is!

k12 stride: This is brand new, its not actually set up yet. I'm working on it. I'll let you know when its available. This will be an optional resource this year. It is not required but it looks like it could be a great resource. An engaging, gamified way to practice literacy skills.

math: We just finished topic one and over all I feel like it was very successful. There are a lot of lessons still "in progress." Would you please go through and "turn in" all of the lessons you have completed? Just a reminder, you don't have to do all of the components of every lesson, just what is on that daily check list!

khan academy: Khan is an amazing math resource, we are doing a khan challenge this year. My goal is for every student to complete all of k-5 missions. This will ensure that every student walks into middle school prepared for middle school math. It is a great way to fill any holes that kids might have, and review past math standards. I have a number of prizes that will be distributed through out the year. I will also be plugging in some MAP scores into Khan, which will give each child an individualized plan that will target their individual needs!

writing: Thank you for helping instill a love of writing in your children. This unit really is about getting kids excited about writing and building their stamina. Our next Unit will be narrative writing starting around the first of October. PLEASE make sure students bring their writing notebooks back to school EVERY DAY!

spelling: Mrs. Sharp is front-loading with the children the Orton-Gillingham spelling fundamentals.This method basically teaches ways of combining the 71 written sounds (phonograms) in the English language and the 47 rules that go with them. Once the students are familiar with these basics, they no longer have to memorize lists of spelling words, but can innately organize the words into syllables and sounds in their brain and should be able to spell any word, whether it is familiar or not.

After that time there will be Google classrooms that post the list of 4-7 words that were taught in class that day. The following blurb will always accompany that list and explains how the words should be practiced and why. The word lists are short and are intended to help the students practice all the rules and phonograms, not just to be memorized.

"Say and write each of the words and the markings (that you saw in class) that go with it, 4 times.

It is important that you write the whole list once, and then do it again at least three more times.

When you say each syllable and the sounds of the phonograms as you write them it imprints into your brain and helps you learn the rules as well as the words and their written sounds, themselves.

Please know the meaning of the Greek or Latin root. The words that go with it should be practiced the same way you practice the normal spelling words.

This practice is assigned, but the homework does not need to be brought to school or turned in.

We will know if you have been practicing the words by how well you do on the quiz you take each Tuesday or Thursday."

August 30, 2018

writing: Today your children came home with a packet that will be used for the next four weeks for writing! I truly want to share writing with you this year. I gave you a copy of every lesson plan for the unit. You can see the lessons that come before and those that follow what you are teaching. Students will be bringing their writing notebooks back and forth between home and school DAILY. In the packet you will find an overview of what a writers workshop should look like, as well as information on conferencing. There is also a block schedule letting you know which lessons will be taught each day. Then for each lesson you will have a lesson plan! Please let me know what questions arise around teaching writing! Your first lesson called Create and "ideas" page will be taught tomorrow! 5th graders do not need to do any more JumpStart writing prompts now that we are starting our actual writing curriculum!

August 29, 2018

In an effort to make announcements easy to find, I'll be updating this page weekly with our class announcements. We may have some guest bloggers (aka students) through out the year that will do some sharing as well!

We've had a busy start to the year, learning new platforms, meeting new friends, getting to know each other! I know it still feels chaotic, but it will seem normal soon!

math: We did enVision training last week, everyone seems to be cruising with it! A few clarifying questions that have been asked: do we need to turn in workbook pages? Nope, you keep those at home. Unless you are struggling and need help, I don't need those back. Do we need to return the manipulative? Yes please! At the end of the year we will be asking for those back, we can't afford to buy more every year! Also please don't forget to turn in the lessons when you are done! Otherwise they'll build up in your "in progress" tab. And there is something thrilling for a kid to check that box!

k12 accounts: I have gotten in and started adjusting some plans. You'll see that I hid a couple of courses, skipped a couple of units, moved lessons to only Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Unfortunately K12 hasn't loaded our school calendar yet, so the projected end dates aren't correct and I may still need to make some minor modifications. Hopefully that will be updated soon. If you have no idea what I'm talking about--that's okay! Your mentor will talk to you about it in your upcoming meeting.

art homework: Mrs. West sent home art homework on Tuesday, please help your child get it back to school next Tuesday!

CMAS results: These went home with students yesterday. If you have any questions please let me know and I can help you decipher them! (These were from the state test taken last spring, if your child was at another school last year, they should be mailed home!)

social studies learning coach training: 3rd and 5th Grade Learning Coaches will have a TCI Social Studies training on Thursday, September 6th from 2:30-3:30

ECO TRIP!: The most exciting 5th grade event of the year! We will be taking an overnight trip to CSU's Mountain Campus October 10-12. Please come to an eco trip parent meeting on Thursday, September 6th at 3:30 (right after the TCI training). It will be quick! I will give you more details, permission slips, and more! The cost of the trip is $80 per student, this includes two nights lodging, six meals, and hours of programming! Please let me know if this will be a financial hardship on your family, there are some scholarship opportunities.

water bottles: Please have your child bring one. Kids seem to be asking to go get a drink constantly, its still warm out, we live in a desert climate, I'd love for your kiddos to stay hydrated. They are welcome to keep them at their desk.

remind app: I added you all to the remind app, this essentially works as a text message. I will sometimes shoot out a group reminder (I will in just a minute to tell you to check these messages) but it's also usually the quickest way to get a response from me too--especially on Mondays and Fridays!

my schedule: Speaking of Mondays and Fridays, for those of you who don't know, I am on a part time contract. I am at school full days Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday every week. I am contracted for very limited hours on Mondays and Fridays--hence remind being the quickest way to get a response! :)

Thanks for a great start to the school year, I'm really looking forward to getting to know my students and their families this year.