5th Grade Newsletter - February 26, 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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5th Grade Parent Reps






** Site Council meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of the month from 4:00 - 5:30 and are open to anyone wishing to attend.  If you have a topic to discuss you must be on the agenda prior to the meeting.  Please contact your grade rep. to be added to the agenda.



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Minneapolis, MN 55419





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5th Grade Rocks
Dates to Remember
Wednesday, March 2- Field trip to Northrop Auditorium.
February 26, 2016
The Field trip for Alvin Ailey's Dance Company is Wednesday, March 2.  This is a totally free field trip.  Please sign and return the slip ASAP! Chaperones welcome, please contact Ms. Doyle. 


Fifth Grade 101:


Please go over school expectations with your child.  We have had a rash of non-Field like behavior.  95% of the students are+




  Another reminder, growing bodies need rest. 


Have a great weekend.


Smarter than a 5th Grader?


You will be by June!



 The Fifth Grade Team 

February 26, 2016
This week we are continuing to use the History Alive! curriculum, chapter 8, Facing Slavery.  In addition to learning about Life Styles of West Africans in 1500s, we have been discussing the Middle passage. How Africans were treated on the voyages to the Americas. Also, we had a spelling test on Friday. Official and February were the most misspelled words, they will appear again in a month.

Fantastic February was due today, Friday, February 26.

Make sure I have graded chapter 5 & 6 notebooks, before you throw the old notebook away.
Your child needs a pencil everyday.  Some students still need a new notebook, please check with your child.

 Ms Doyle


This week we spent most of the time writing our 5 paragraph essays responding to the question, "Did Mae make a good choice?" Thurs. we had a shared inquiry discussing that topic- students had great evidence from the text to support their opinions! Ms. Bender and I will be grading those over the weekend, and hope to have everything done by Wed. Please check the portal by then to see if your child did the work. I did contact home for those who didn't have in turned in Thurs. 

Friday we moved on to Ch. 20, and annotated for symbolism, theme, or foreshadowing. As stated below, Chapter 21 will be homework for the weekend. 

Upcoming due dates:
2/29: Ch. 21 with 3 annotations and SigMo 
3/4: Dem root of the week  

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.     2/26/16

(Science Promotes Academic Mastery)


Parts of the field trip to the Richardson's Nature Center was successful. Each student practice lighting a match, each group built a shelter, and listened to nature.






This week's Homework:


'An Ode to Chocolate' due Feb. 25.  The students have what guidelines are needed for this assignment in their Science Notebooks.  I will also continue to talk about the assignment until it is due.


You can find complete directions on my website.




The 5th grade team REALLY needs disinfecting wipes-  and lots of tissue for lots of runny fifth grade noses.  Thanks!



My website is finally up again and I have learned how to attach worksheets from my computer.  It works on my end, I hope it does on your side of the website!


Ms Hill's Web Site 







Ms Hill   




As you likely know, Mrs. Rausch had her baby, a boy named Owen.  Mom and baby are doing great and we wish the whole family well. 
I have picked up where Mrs. Rausch left off, and I'm working to maintain the same classroom routines.  This week, we focused on dividing with fractions.  We started with drawing pictures to show conceptually what happens when we divide with a fraction in the equation.  Then we moved to number lines and finally we reviewed the algorithm where you can change division to multiplication and flip the fraction.  You can ask your child about "Keep - Change - Flip."  Clearly, the students found this the easiest method, but the conceptual foundation should help them in their understanding and application. 
As a brief introduction, I was a student-teacher in this class last fall, so I am familiar with the students, the culture, and the routines.  I am a career switcher, having spent 25 year in marketing, and for most of the last 10 years, I had a focus on education. 
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 
February 26,  2016

This week in Reading B.E.S.T. students continued to read about Indonesia's Rain Forests.  They played a Memory card game to learn the new vocabulary words.  On Thursday and Friday, we read a problem-solution article about saving Indonesia's Rain Forests. Students will complete a problem-solution map from the article.
Bev Halvorson
Reading Interventionist

AVID This Week

We are working on marking text for deeper learning.  We have begun numbering paragraphs and finding key words. 

Our students are learning to use 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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