5th Grade Newsletter - April 8, 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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Minneapolis, MN 55419





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5th Grade Rocks
Dates to Remember

18: Hygiene Drive kick off

20: Plant sale orders forms due.

23:  Landscape clean-up

April 8, 2016
Still missing winter gear? Check out lost and found on 1st floor.

Our hallways are looking clean and bright due to fresh paint.  Let's keep it that way!

Note:  3rd quarter report cards will be mailed home on April 11.


Fifth Grade 101:


Talk to your child about how he/she can be an upstander. What ways can students help prevent bullying?   If everybody gets on board, think of how great every day will be!




  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 8, 2016

In Americas history we are moving toward a revolution.  A revolution is a complete and sudden change in government.
Is your child's notes legible? When reviewing nightly, take  look at their notes. You judge their penmanship.

Spelling test: Tuesday, April 11:  debt, rein, April, soldier, Britain

What makes a good patriot citizen?

 Ms Doyle


This week students worked hard on the MCAs. Preliminary results will be out next week, and I hope to give that information to students then. 

Friday we discussed the beginnings of the research paper, which is due May 20th. We will spend the 4th quarter writing our historical fiction research papers and reading Number the Stars. If students have their own copy of the book, they will need that by Monday. Ask your child about their top 3-4 historical events they want to research. Topics will be announced Monday. 

Upcoming due dates:
4/11: Historial fiction topics
4/12: Key words for research
4/15: post- prefix of the week
4/22: ALL research done 
4/26: Historical fiction plot diagram 
4/29: Historical fiction brainstorm 
5/5: Peer edit #1 
5/9: Historical fiction rough draft 
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.     4/08/16

(Science Promotes Academic Mastery)


What is a Newton? (The science kind, not the cookie!)  It is a measure of force.  We used Newton Scales to lift, drag and push.  Each value was in 0.1(N) to the scale limit of 5(N.)  We then used a ramp to document the effect of height on the amount of force produced by rolling a ball bearing.  We kept our data on a T-chart, and then drew conclusions from our data.

Next week we will complete this unit using mystery boxes.

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   




We went back in the time machine this week, as we have been focused on getting ready for the math MCA test, which starts after next week.  We've had lots of review and I find that with a little practice, the confidence level for the previous learning improves quite a bit.  You can ask to see the review sheets we've been working on and see if you are smarter than a 5th grader.  Speaking of TV game shows, today we played MCA Prep Jeopardy.  It was a lot of fun and we covered a lot of topics.  If your student didn't know the Jeopardy song, they should now. 
I encourage you to check the gradebook each week.  If your student is missing a homework, it will be marked with an x.  They can and should make up the homework and they will get partial credit for late work.  As the weather gets nicer, it's good to stay on top of homework assignments. 

There have been technical issues with the 5th grade math website.  I'm experimenting with different ways to post the homework to get around the issues, while we try to get them fixed.  Currently, homework is posted on the Google calendar, but I understand there are some access issues.  For the next week, HW will be a packet, so remind your student to bring the packet home. and of course, I'll do the same. 

If anyone is looking for something fun to do on Saturday, you can go to the Dog Olympics https://sites.google.com/site/umndogolympics/home.  This should be a lot of fun.


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

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Reading B.E.S.T.   books-apple-icon2.jpg 
April 8, 2016

This week in Reading B.E.S.T. students finished reading their National Geographic book about Giant Pandas. The comprehension strategy they practiced was understanding key concepts in the text. Next week students will take an Open Book Test on Giant Pandas. 

Students also received feedback on their March data from the myOn.com independent online reading program. Everyone has been working very hard to improve his/her Lexile reading score!
Bev Halvorson
Reading Interventionist

AVID This Week 3/25/2016
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.


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