Winter Celebration

5th Grade Winter Celebration

Tuesday, December 18

 The 5th grade is having a Winter Holiday Market during Language Arts! 

Each class will be setting up a “booth” for our market in the common area of the orange deck.   Two classes at a time will visit our Winter Holiday Market and enjoy the activities or refreshments provided at each of the booths.  (See schedule below.)


Ms. Edwards/Ms. Hughes & Ms. Gardner             8:50 – 10:00

Ms. Brown & Ms. Glennon                                    11:20 – 12:30

Ms. Holmes & Ms. Wadsworth                              12:40 – 1:50

Please keep an eye out for a sign-up genius from your room mom with more details, items needed for your class booth and volunteer opportunities. Though this event is for the students, we will need parent volunteers to help manage the booths. We hope you can join us!

Holiday Market Booths:

Ms. Glennon – Cozy Cocoa Corner

Ms. Brown – Wonderful World of Waffles

Ms. Edwards / Ms. Hughes – Charles Dickens’ Photo Booth

Ms. Gardner – 12 Days of Cookies

Ms. Holmes – Science of Making Snow

Ms. Wadsworth – Reindeer Games

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Math Study Guide Unit 4

Happy Wednesday!
Please check Edmodo for a unit 4 study guide – test tomorrow 🙂

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Thanksgiving Feast

This is just a reminder that the money for our 5th grade feast is due this coming Friday November 9, 2018. 

Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher if you did not receive a letter with envelope yet.

Thank you for helping make this a memorable year! 🙂

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Literature in Language Arts

During the first quarter, we worked on mostly informational text standards.  Now in the second quarter, we have moved into a study of literature.  In fifth grade we will focus mostly on stories and poems.  Our first goal is for students to explain story structure, or how a story is built with story elements such as characters, settings, events, climax, and resolution.  Another learning goal is for students to be able to compare and contrast characters, settings, and events in stories.  For the next 3-4 weeks, we will be reading the novel, Tuck Everlasting, in class to explore these topics in depth.  However, we are also using short films, picture books, and poetry to cover the standards.  In addition, students will be able to apply what they are learning about literature to the books they are reading independently.

Our first test for this work, focusing on explaining story structure, will be on Friday, November 2.  Please be sure and have your check the Edmodo planner for assignments daily and the Language Arts Edmodo page for the Story Structure Quizlet.

This study of story structure aligns perfectly with our current writing focus, personal narratives.  All students are working on writing a true story about themselves and learning what to include for fifth grade level writing, such as sensory details and lessons learned.

LAFS.5.RL.2.5  Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

LAFS.5.RL.1.3  Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

LAFS.5.RL.1.2  Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

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Social Studies News

In Unit 3, we will be learning about the Age of Exploration!  During the 1400s, European explorers traveled east to Asia by land and sea. There they found exotic spices, fabrics, and jewels. The trip to Asia was very long, very dangerous, and very expensive. Some people thought it might be faster to get to Asia by traveling west across the Atlantic Ocean. In this unit, you will learn about the explorers who headed west and the results of their journeys. As you read, think about how the actions of Europeans affected the land and people of both the Americas and Europe.


SS.5.A.3.1-Describe technological developments that shaped European exploration.
SS.5.A.3.2-Investigate (nationality, sponsoring country, motives, dates and routes of travel, accomplishments) the European explorers.
SS.5.A.3.3-Describe interactions among Native Americans, Africans, English, French, Dutch, and Spanish for control of North America.
SS.5.A.4.1- Identify the economic, political, and socio-cultural motivation for colonial settlement.
SS.5.A.4.2– Compare characteristics of New England, Middle, and Southern colonies.

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Fraction Math

We are continuing this week with adding and subtracting fractions this week.  The Unit 3 test on Fractions will be Monday, October 22, 2018.

Next week we will begin working with decimals.

5.NF.1.2- 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 numbers sense of fractions to estimate mentally and assess the reasonableness of answers.

 Read and write decimals to thousandths using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form, e.g., 347.392= 3 X 100 + 4 x 10 + 7 x 1 + 3 x (1/10) + 9 x (1/100) + 2 x (1/1000).


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Science Update

We are kicking off Unit 6, in which we are learning about energy, including potential, kinetic, and mechanical energy. We are also exploring electricity and how we use electricity. In Unit 7 we will be learning about electric circuits, conductors, and insulators. Our unit of study focuses on these Sunshine State Science Standards and vocabulary terms.

Unit 6  Forms of Energy and Unit 7 Working with Electricity

SC.5.P.10.1 Investigate and describe some basic forms of energy, including light, heat, sound, electrical, chemical, and mechanical.
SC.5.P.10.2 Investigate and explain that energy has the ability to cause motion or create change.
SC.5.P.10.3 Investigate and explain that an electrically-charged object can attract an uncharged object and can either attract or repel another charged object without any contact between the objects.



Investigate and explain that electrical energy can be transformed into heat, light, and sound energy, as well as the energy of motion.



Investigate and illustrate the fact that the flow of electricity requires a closed circuit (a complete loop).
SC.5.P.11.2 Identify and classify materials that conduct electricity and materials that do not.


·     energy

·     potential energy

·     kinetic energy

·     chemical energy

·     reflection

·     refraction

·     vibration

·     insulator

·     mechanical energy

·     electrical energy

·     static electricity

·     absorption

·     heat energy

·     circuit

·     resistor

·     conductor

·     electromagnet

·     conduct

·     conduction

·     sound energy

·     light energy

·     pitch



To stay up-to-date with our progress, ask about what’s happening in science class often. Talk about and use the unit’s vocabulary words whenever you can.

To reinforce what we’re doing, try these activities with your child.


Your child is learning words that name different forms of energy. Use the words to play an Answer-Question game.

·     Give an “answer sentence,” such as “A book on the top shelf of a bookcase represents this form of energy.” Challenge your child to ask a question that goes with the answer, such as “What is potential energy?”

·     Answer sentences can also name a form of energy, such as “This is potential energy,” with an appropriate question containing an example of potential energy, such as “What is a book on the top shelf of a bookcase?”

·     To begin, work with your child to write answer sentences on slips of paper.

·     Put the papers in a bag.

·     Then, take turns drawing answer sentences from the bag and asking questions.

·     Invite the whole family to play!

Your child is learning about circuits that conduct electricity.

·     Ask your child to explain what an electrical circuit is and how a circuit conducts electricity. Then, see for yourself.

·     Together, take apart a battery-operated flashlight.

·     Observe the interior of the flashlight, its light bulb, and the batteries. Talk about the features that are part of an electrical circuit.

·     Work together to create a diagram that shows how the flashlight works.

·     Follow up with print and digital research to confirm your diagram. A key-word search for “how flashlights work–diagram” yields promising results.

·     Share what you’ve learned with the whole family!


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Unit 8 Science Test Wednesday

Hello parents! This is just a reminder that the last test for the first quarter in Science is Wednesday, 10/10/2018.  Students should have brought home their Benchmark Review that we did in class today to study.  They also need to study the vocabulary that is in their binder and on Edmodo in the folder labeled  Quizlets.  Thank you for helping your child prepare for this assessment!

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In the Land of Language Arts

Writing: As we approach the end of the first quarter (Oct. 12), this week we will launch Kidblog, a safe website where students can publish their writing for the classroom community.  Over the last couple of weeks, students worked through the Writing Process and now they will get to share.  After they have typed and submitted their writing, the students will be able to login at home and share with you, too.

Reading:  On Sept. 21 students took a reading test on Edmodo assessing their ability of using multiple sources of fifth grade level non-fiction text to find answers to questions.  Although the questions were digital, students used printed text to read and mark-up when finding the answers.  Students may ‘VIEW RESULTS’ by scrolling to the test post on the Edmodo Language Arts page.  It is important to look over what was missed because we all know that we learn from our mistakes.  Using text features was the reading strategy associated with this standard. Please take a few minutes to have them login and show you how they did.  During these last days of the quarter, we will move on to the essential standard of quoting the text, which lines up with the reading strategy of asking questions before, during, and after we read.

Word Study: We are wrapping up a study of the prefixes re-, de-, ex-, and in-.  Students should have completed their word study homework last week, which will help them to do their best on a quiz this week as we continue to allow students to use their notebooks at this point in the year. 

Reminders:  Please remind your child to bring their notebooks and books for independent reading back to class each day if they bring them home.   Check in with your child to see what they are reading and ask them how they are doing in reaching their AR goals.  If you didn’t get a chance to read the previous posts from the Science and Math teachers, please check them out, too.


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September 28 – Math Update

We are still working on division in math this week.   The division test that was scheduled for this week has been rescheduled for next Tuesday.   Videos will be posted in Edmodo for division for your children to practice on.

We will start fractions at the end of next week where we will be adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators in the unit.


NF.1.1; 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.

5.NF.1.2; Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike fractions to estimate mentally and assess the reasonableness of answers.



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