5th Grade Newsletter - April 29, 2016

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Mary Hill

Teresa Doyle
(Social Studies)

Taunya Kolbinger 
(Language Arts)

Amanda Rausch (Math)

Brad Frank
(Math Long-term Sub)

Other 5th Grade

Shar Swanby

Chase Burkhart


Other 5th Grade
B.E.S.T. teachers: 
 Bev Halvorson
(Reading BEST)




(Math BEST)




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4645 Fourth Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55419





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Dates to Remember

30: Spring Fling

April 29, 2016


We have several important events coming up.  Tomorrow is the "Spring Fling."  We hope to see everyone there!  

The 5th grade fun day is on May 6th.  Students can start purchasing tickets ($2.00) on May 2nd.  This is an after school
 event.  Students will need to arrange a ride home before May 6th.  There will be no 
after school buses.

Note:  3rd quarter report cards will be mailed home on April 11.  Did you get the report for your child?  If not, let us know!

Notice:  Fifth Grade End of the year field trip

In order for students to participate in our end of the year field trip, the students  may not have any suspensions from school, for the rest of the school year.

Fifth Grade 101:

As the weather gets warmer, dress in layers! The building gets quite warm with many busy bodies moving around. 

  Another reminder, growing bodies need rest. 
Have a great weekend.
Smarter than a 5th Grader?
You will be by June!
 The Fifth Grade Team 

April 29, 2016

This the students completed notes on the Revolution.  On Thursday and Friday we reviewed, that leaves the test for Monday. Students have their notebooks and should review.

Spelling words to study are:  reign, revolution, independence, May, Philadelphia
Test will be on Thursday.

Amazing April is due on or before April 29.

What makes a good patriot citizen?

 Ms Doyle


This week we explored chapters 4-5 in Number the Stars. Students are annotating for themes and symbols of their own choosing. Many students will need to finish their chapter 5 reading and annotations as homework this weekend.

We put our research into action this week as students continued writing their rough drafts for their historical fiction research papers. Sloppy copies were due today, but will not be graded officially until Monday morning, so students may use the weekend to work if necessary. 
Please check the portal. Student grades are already slipping due to missing work. Ask your child if they've turned in their first two homework assignments.
Upcoming due dates:
4/29: Historical fiction sloppy copy due
5/4: Peer edit #1
5/6: To-two-too worksheet 
5/9: Historical fiction rough draft with edits
5/17: Peer edit #2 
5/20: Historical Fiction final draft 

For reasons beyond my understanding, I am sometimes unable to upload assignments to Weebly. Know that if you are hoping to download an assignment, but it's not there, I will try again later. Ugh, technology! 

Don't forgot to use the website in order to keep up on assignments, due dates, standards-based grading info., and other ELA related activities. 

Mrs. Kolbinger 

S.P.A.M.     4/29/16

(Science Promotes Academic Mastery)


Who knew we are so strong!!  We continue to use pulleys and levers.  It is amazing that so many complicated machines are just series of simple machines.  Incline plane, mechanical advantage and pulleys in series now pepper our vocabulary.

Our Home Project for spring was unveiled earlier this week.  The Rube Goldberg Machine Project lets kids use their imagination to build complicated machines to do easy, every day tasks.  A full page instruction sheet went home on a week ago Tuesday.  Due to testing schedules, students have a one week reprieve.  The rubric for the standards addressed is on the back of the home project sheet.  The new assignment due date is May 10th.  Lots of sighs of relief were heard when this was announced.

Have a great weekend!

p.s.- Do you have an old scrabble game sitting around- maybe missing tiles?  I am trying to complete more tile sets for our Scrabble boards.  I would be glad to take it off your hands!!!! :)



Ms Hill   




This week in math we worked on division with decimals.  It seemed the students were ready to get to new material after a couple of weeks of MCA review.  Next week we will be working on topics that are applicable immediately in the real-world:  discounts, sales tax and tips.  If you are shopping, talk to your student about calculating discounts or how much is paid in sales tax and tips. 
Some students are slipping with their homework.  Please ask each night about homework.  Generally, I will assign homework Monday through Thursday.  The plan is to "run through the finish line" and we are not going to take it easy because MCAs are done.  On Friday, May 5th we will have a quiz that will cover post-MCA topics.
Enjoy the weekend.  


If you have any questions, please contact me at Bradley.frank@mpls.k12.mn.us.
Mr. Frank

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From:  Student
 Council Announcements

5th Grade Fun Day
Friday, May 6 from 2:45 until 4:30.  The upper student council members are hosting a 5th grade fun day for all the fifth graders.  Tickets are on sale starting Monday, May 2 during lunch.  The cost is $2.00 and covers the cost of beverages and snacks.  There will be games in the gym, face painting and a DJ in the commons, and Just Dance in the media center.  Weather permitting there will be outdoor games also.  All activities are run by upper grade student council members.  They look forward to having positive, active interactions with the 5th graders to help transition them into becoming leaders in the school.  




Reading B.E.S.T.   books-apple-icon2.jpg 
April 22, 2016

This week in Reading B.E.S.T. students completed a Flocabulary Unit on Using Text Features in nonfiction text.  They practiced placing text features like headings, subheadings, and captions in an article about the earth's five oceans (Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic, and Southern).  On Friday students took the unit test on Text Features in Nonfiction Text.
Bev Halvorson
Reading Interventionist

AVID This Week 4/29/2016
The fifth grade is in the middle of having our school be certified as an AVID Elementary site.  We are working with the district to show what we are doing with AVID.  It is a big process, but we can see the end!

We continue working on marking text for deeper learning.  We have mastered numbering paragraphs and have been focusing on finding key words. 
Our students are using two-column and 3-column notes in several classes.  This is the first step to working toward Cornell Notes.  Ask your child if they understand these strategies.  We will be supporting students until they reach mastery.

We are also working on the AVID skill of note-taking and going back and rereading notes and using notes to help students better retain information.

Ms Doyle has been doing this all year- we are now pushing harder in science.
We are using a ton of skills!  Great job fifth graders! 


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