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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
March 16-20-PARCC Testing
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)
April 20-24 - Spirit Week!
  • Monday = Crazy Hair
  • Tuesday = USA Day
  • Wednesday = Polka Dots and Stripes
  • Thursday = Throwback Thursday
  • Friday = Falcon Pride
April 23 - Family Night (Duct tape a teacher to the wall)
May 8 - Robert Crown Center field trip (free)
May 25 - No School (Memorial Day)
June 16 - Last Day of school
Practice Test is HERE (click)
Students will be taking a paper/pencil version of the PARCC
test from 3/16 through 3/20 from 8:15 to 10:15. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will be focused on reading and Thursday and Friday will be focused on math. 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. Students can practice online or you can print a paper and pencil version for them to use.

Absent Work:
When students are absent, it is their responsibility to check the monthly homework calendar. Classwork that was given on each day is also recorded. Additionally, any handouts that the student needs are hanging next to the board. A student should not need to ask me for any work, as it is all provided here. Students have the same number of days absent to complete the absent work. For example, if a student is absent on Monday and returns on Tuesday, the work is to be done on that day and is due the Wednesday. If a student is absent Monday and Tuesday and returns on Wednesday, the work should be completed on Wednesday and Thursday and is due Friday.

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.

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. Because homework is often reviewed in class with answers given, students who do not have their homework completed will receive a msg (missing) in the grade book. 

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.  

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 10
Test is 3/11
Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers
An optional practice test has been assigned on
 IXL fraction help/practice can be found in sections
L and M.
Essential Understandings
  • Students will be able to write improper fractions as mixed numbers and mixed numbers as improper fractions, and they can place them on a number line.
  • Students will be able to estimate sums and differences of fractions and mixed numbers by rounding to the nearest whole number.
  • Students will be able to use models to add and subtract mixed numbers.
  • Students will be able to use models and computational procedures to add mixed numbers.
  • Students will be able to solve more complex problems involving the addition and subtraction of mixed numbers.
  • Students will be able to draw a picture and write an equation in order to accurately solve a problem.
Common Core Standards
Number and Operations: Fractions

Use equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions.


5NF1. 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.)


5.NF.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