Mrs. Whiteside's Class

Please read below for important information and curriculum updates.

Dates to Remember

  • January 21-No School/MLK Jr. Day
  • February 14, 15, & 18- No School

Upcoming Events/Information

Sami's Circuit

Before the holiday break, the students participated in an assembly presented by Sami Kader, a local fitness motivational speaker. On Tuesday, the students will actually participate in Sami's fitness circuit. They should wear appropriate clothing and shoes to school that day, for they will be moving quite a bit. A bottle of water is also a good idea. I've participated in Sami's Circuit before and it's a pretty good work out. There is also a family night on January 14th at 6 pm. See Mrs. Hladun's Colt Connection for more details regarding the family night.

Starstruck Performance

This year our Starstruck Performance will take place on February 28th. We will begin rehearsing this month on Thursday afternoons. Mark your calendars now for February 28th! You don't want to miss it!

Curriculum Updates


4th Grade-Fourth graders will be learning about dividing greater numbers with a one-digit divisor, interpreting remainders, and solving multi-step, multi-operation word problems during Topic 10. Additionally, they will continue to review and extend previously learned concepts through the use of Daily Math activities, Enrichment activities, and iReady.

5th Grade-Fifth graders will be learning all about adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators as well as simplifying fractions and regrouping mixed numbers. Additionally, they will continue to review and extend previously learned concepts through the use of Daily Math activities, Enrichment activities, and iReady.

Language Arts


We will begin this month with a review of all parts of speech including types of nouns, verbs, adverbs, pronouns, and prepositions.

Vocabulary-Roots and Affixes

Students will learn about both Greek and Latin roots and base words commonly found in English Language. Knowledge of these roots and affixes will help students to determine meaning of unknown words by being able to break down words parts. Students will be given their list of words on Monday (10 total) and a packet of activities to help them study. The activities will be assigned as homework, but they are also encouraged to make flash cards or engage in extra practice at home. They will test on their roots and affixes on Fridays.

Novel Unit

Our next Novel Unit is titled Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary. This is an excellent novel. Throughout the novel we will explore character development and traits, summarizing, comparing and contrasting, opinion, and using textual evidence as support for a claim.

Writer's Workshop

After a pretty successful (and rigorous) unit on informational writing, the students are very ready for some narrative writing during writer's workshop this month. They will be given mini lessons on the 6 traits of writing to help them develop their pieces and provide focus during our teacher conference sessions. The 6 traits of writing are organization, word choice, author's voice, conventions, sentence fluency, and ideas. Students will be taught how each of these traits are implemented in published work and how to effectively develop them in their own writing.

Social Studies

4th Grade-It's all about the Gold Rush! We begin our Gold Rush unit in January as well as our read aloud of By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Flieshman.

5th Grade- We are working our way to the American Revolution during the month of January. After learning about the foundation of the American Colonies, students will learn about the events that led to the revolution and the important battles along the way.

Genius Hour

Our first Genius Hour project will begin in January and take place on Friday afternoons. Stay tuned for more information!