Mrs. Stone's Class

of Fabulous Fifth Graders!

9/26-9/30 Weekly Update

**This week the students will be participating in the AIMSWEB benchmark testing in Math and Reading. Today the kids took the Reading test and tomorrow they will take the Math test. This testing is used to benchmark current performance levels and determine specific goals and objectives for each child.

Picture Day is Friday, September 30th! Picture forms went home in Friday Folders

Parent Conferences will be during the month of October. I will be sending out a Signup genius this week along with the slideshow I presented at open house. Conferences can be conducted in person, over the phone, or via zoom. Your choice!

Math: The kids are working on a place value/decimal/rounding review. They will test on Unit 1 on Wednesday. Unit 2 will begin next Monday

Reading: Students will be taking the Reading AIMSWEB, and will be completing the DRA assessment. This assessment will be shared with you at parent conferences. Students read a passage aloud to me for a silent reading score, and then complete written comprehension questions. In addition, we are discussing non-fiction reading strategies, how to use text features and text structures to get information from texts.

Writing: We are working on writing fluency as we complete personal narrative paragraphs with topic sentence, supporting details, and concluding sentences. Our focus is on complete sentences with subject & predicate, compound sentences, and proofreading for run-on and sentence fragments.

Social Studies: This week we continue our study of the US Regions as we learn about culture & landforms of different regions. Students will have their Midwest states and capitals test on Thursday

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Week of 9/19-9/23

Happy second full week of fifth grade! It was fun seeing so many of you on the soccer field over the 3 days I was out there! I am really looking forward to meeting all of you at Open House on Wednesday!

Reading: This week the kids are taking a beginning of the year Reading test, a simple assessment in Fiction and Non-fiction to determine a current performance level and to guide my teaching. When they finish, they are working on being active readers, thinking about and recording their thoughts while reading. In the middle of the week, we will begin our non-fiction reading unit. We practice non-fiction reading strategies in Reading class AND apply what we are learning in our Social Studies text.

Writing: The kids are continuing their “Fifths” writing project, their “Headline article” for their All About Me poster, and paragraph writing in their paper bag project. We are working on proofreading for complete sentences, using exciting word choices, and complete paragraphs with lead, supporting details, and a conclusion.

Math: We are working on expanded form, standard form and exponential form for numbers to the millions and to the thousandths in decimals. This week we work on writing whole numbers, whole numbers with decimals to the thousandths, comparing decimals, rounding decimals, and applying place value concepts in word problems. The test on Unit 1 will be early next week.

Social Studies: We are working on our second region in the Hooray for the USA unit! This week we are working on the Southeastern states and capitals. The kids should be bringing home their project folder every day, practicing at home, and bringing it back with them to school the next day. In addition to this, we will be learning more about the landforms, culture and geography of the US regions.

Homework
1. Math-Work on for 20 minutes
2. Study SE states and capitals : Test Wednesday
3. Study spelling words: Test Friday
4. Read 20 minutes

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Week of 9/12-9/16

Happy Monday and welcome to the first full 5 days in fifth grade! I hope you all had a restful and/or fun weekend! The kids came back sleepy but ready for the day. Last week we spent quite a bit of time getting to know one another, experiencing the routines, learning various games that we will use throughout the year as brain/body breaks, and establishing the classroom community. We discussed the importance of managing our stress so that learning can occur, establishing good work and organizational habits, and how to collaborate well with a team. This week we will build on this solid foundation as we dive into many of our first work units.

Reading: This week we will continue reading from our class read-aloud book “Ungifted” which teaches us the lesson/theme that everyone is unique and we all have strengths and areas to work on. I use this first novel study to establish routines we will use throughout the year; guidelines for book discussions, how to dive deeper into the meaning in text and make deeper connections to our lives, how to be aware of and record our thinking about our reading. This week, we will begin to dive into our non-fiction genre study, which will be our focus throughout first trimester. We begin by looking at text features that give us clues about how to access important information in the text, and various text structures that authors use to craft non-fiction texts. From this, we learn that in fifth grade, authors use complex text structure combinations.

Writing: This week we are working on writing a “headline article” for a special event in our lives and completing our “All about Me” poster. We will be brainstorming a list of “Important events” in our lives that bring up a specific emotion. Students learn that good writing comes from the things we feel most passionate about. We are working on a FIFTH grade writing project and will also be working on developing paragraphs for our Paper Bag Autobiographies this week!

Social Studies: We will be testing on our NE States and Capitals on Wednesday this week! If they don’t like their grade on Wednesday, they can study until Friday when they will be allowed to re-test. Thursday they will get a new set of flashcards for the SE states. After the first quiz, I will be posting a Google Slides project for students to complete if they learn their state locations and capitals quickly. For this project, they will create a slideshow of researched facts about each of the 50 states; mottos, landforms, cultural and historic facts and anything else they learn that makes each state unique.

Math: Last week the students took a beginning of the year “quiz” to see what they remember about a few broad concepts in math. They also learned many games to practice their math facts and completed their first timed test. It is extremely important that the kids use time at home to practice their math facts, so that they will be able to apply more advanced concepts without focusing on recalling their facts. This week we are diving into Unit 1 (Place value) together as a class. During this unit, I will get to know the kids’ current performance levels in math as we review and practice whole number and decimal place value to the thousandths, exponents and rounding.

Homework: Today we talked about the fifth grade expectation for homework. In fifth grade, students are expected to do 30-45 minutes of homework a night. They will typically get math every night, Monday through Thursday and should work for about 20 minutes on it. If it is too hard for them to complete on their own, they are instructed to write a note on it where they left off, and bring it in to me so we can work on it together the next day. If the practice side of the HW takes less than 20 minutes, they should complete some (if not all) of the problem solving each night. Homework will be different for every child, depending on what their needs are. They should complete the work without frustration as a way to solidify and practice the skills we are learning in class. Parents ~you are welcome to support and help your child with homework if it works well for you both to do so. It should not require any parent help, so if they are having a tough time being independent, please let me know and I will gladly create a plan together with your child. In addition to math, students are expected to study/practice their spelling words (starting next week), work on any additional projects we are working on, and reading for at least 20 minutes every night. I will talk more about this at Open House!!

Homework this week:
1. Math (today place value work)
2. Paper bag objects due tomorrow
3. Practice NE states and capitals. Test Wed
4. Read 20 minutes. Record on book log, due Friday

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