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224 | 5th Grade | Ms. Julie Kolkmeyer, NBCT

Student Council Representative and Alternate
Julian Reiss & Molly Moran
Important Dates:
March 13 - 3rd Quarter Progress Reports 
April 2 - End of 3rd Quarter (grades finalized)
April 3 - No school (Professional Development)
April 6-10 - Spring Break!
April 16 - No School (Report Card Pick-Up)
May 8 - Robert Crown Center field trip (free)
May 25 - No School (Memorial Day)
June 16 - Last Day of school
Students will be taking a paper/pencil version of the PARCC test from 3/9 through 3/13 from 8:15 to 10:00.  Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will be focused on reading and Thursday and Friday will be focused on math. Students will have an opportunity to practice an online version of both tests during the school day on 2/26.  While students will take the paper/pencil version of the test, a link to an online version of the test (that was partially completed on 2/26 during school hours) is given above.
Emails:  Please note that it is often difficult for me to check my email during the teaching day. I check my email before school between 7 and 7:30 and again at the end of the day. Issues that need an immediate attention (such as changes to where students should go after school) should be called in to the office to ensure the message is received. 
SOAR Student of the Month
December - Lesly Gonzalez - Responsibility
January - Art Korkuchanskiy - Ownership
February - Dean Wilkinson -Responsibility
March - ???
No-Name Papers:  If your child is sure he/she turned in an assignment and it is labeled as "msg" (missing) in the gradebook, please remind him/her to check and see if it is included on the No-Name board.  At this time, I have a LOT of papers looking for their owners!

Fast Facts: The 5th grade goal is for students to accurately complete 30 multiplication facts in one minute.  This assessment will take place on the last school day of each month.  Having fluency with basic facts is extremely important. I'm attaching a good website game for practice. Simply click HERE.
Student Portal and Parent Portal: Students should regularly check student portal and be aware of their graded work and/or missing assignments.  Remember, by clicking on the letter grade, you can see an itemized list of all assignments and grades that have been entered.
Graded Work: Graded work folders are sent home each Friday.  Please remove all papers, read your child's reflection, and sign, notifying me that you have seen and discussed the graded work with your child. Empty folders should come back to school with your child each Monday.
Agendas: Students will have responsibility for recording all homework accurately when it is given at the end of every period.  
Reading and Social Studies information can be found on Ms. McIlvain's webpage.   
Late Work: Late work (homework) is not accepted. Students are responsible for coming to school each day with their homework in order to receive credit.  Absent work is not considered late, and students will have the same number of days to make up the work as number of days they were absent.  
Absent Work:  Daily homework assignments for math and science are written on our classroom homework calendar.  If a student is absent, it is their responsibility to look at the homework board to record and complete the missed work.  If an assignment was passed out on that day (not already in the student's possession), I will be sure to give the student a copy of the missed assignment when they return. Typically, these pages will be hanging next to the homework board with the student's name. 
Homework: Homework is given in math daily (M-F) with the exception of progress report days, report card days, and test days.  Science homework is occasionally given, but typically no more than once each week.  Students should use their agendas to keep track of assigned homework.  As a guideline, CPS recommends 45 minutes each night for teacher-directed homework and 120 minutes per week of parent-directed activities.  Typically, I assign about 20-25 minutes of math/science homework each night (total).  Students occasionally begin their homework in class if they finish their other work early so it's possible that they will have even fewer minutes to complete at home. Students are always encouraged to bring homework home (even if it was completed in class) so that it can be reviewed by an adult.  The CPS homework policy with further explanation can be found here. 
Specials for 3rd Quarter
Monday - PE
Tuesday - PE 
Wednesday - Library 
Thursday - Art
Friday  - Computers
Grading Scale:
100-90 = A    (greatly exceeding standards)
89-80 = B   (exceeding standards)
79-70 = C    (meeting standards)
69-60 = D   (below standards)
59-0 = F

Math Topic 9
Adding and Subtracting Fractions
Topic Test is 2/26
(Fast fact test is 2/27)
IXL help for topics 9 and 10 can be found in sections
L and M.
 Essential Understandings
  • 9-1 The same fractional amount can be represented by an infinite set of different but equivalent fractions. Equivalent fractions are found by multiplying or dividing the numerator and denominator by the same nonzero number. 
  • 9-2 A fraction is in simplest form when 1 is the only common factor of the numerator and denominator. 
  • 9-3 Mathematical explanations can be given using words, pictures, numbers, or symbols. A good explanations should be correct, simple, complete, and easy to understand. 
  • 9-4 Fraction sums and differences can be estimated by replacing fraction with the closest half or whole. 
  • 9-4 A number line can be used to determine the nearest half or whole a fraction is closest to. 
  • 9-5 All nonzero whole numbers have common multiples, including at least one. Sometimes the least common multiple of two numbers is one of the numbers. 
  • 9-6, 9-7, 9-8. 9-9 Fractions with unlike denominators can be added or subtracted by replacing fractions with equivalent fractions with like denominators. The product of the denominators of two fractions is a common denominator of both. 
  • 9-10 Information in a problem can often be shown by using a diagram and used to solve the problem. Some problems can be solved by writing and completing a number sentence or equation.
Common Core Standards
Number and Operations: Fractions

CCSS.Math.Content.5.NF.A.1 Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators. For example, 2/3 + 5/4 = 8/12 + 15/12 = 23/12. (In general, a/b + c/d = (ad + bc)/bd.)

CCSS.Math.Content.5.NF.A.2 Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. Use benchmark fractions and number sense of fractions to estimate mentally and assess the reasonableness of answers. For example, recognize an incorrect result 2/5 + 1/2 = 3/7, by observing that 3/7 < 1/2.

Online Support/Activities
Click on any link
Third Quarter

Students will begin learning more about the scientific method and how scientists ask questions and collect data in order to find possible answers to their questions about the world. This unit will help to prepare the students for the science fair that will take place in the 4th quarter.  
Subpages (1): Number Talks
Julie Kolkmeyer,
Aug 29, 2014, 3:34 PM
Julie Kolkmeyer,
Aug 26, 2013, 3:02 PM