5th Grade Newsletter - March 25, 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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5th Grade Rocks
Dates to Remember

March 18, Friday forum at 7:50 am, at Field.

March 24, 3rd Quarter ends

March 25, No School, record keeping day
March 25, 2016
We asked your children to empty their lockers this week.    Anything left in the hall will be put in lost and found and may end up being donated.


Fifth Grade 101:


Talk to your child about how he/she can be an upstander. What ways can students help prevent bullying? 




  Another reminder, growing bodies need rest. 


Have a great weekend.


Smarter than a 5th Grader?


You will be by June!



 The Fifth Grade Team 

March 25, 2016

We spent the week looking at Williamsburg and the trades that people worked at.  Some are very different from today.  Ask you child about cobblers going to college.

Some students still need a pencil or a new notebook, please ask your child.

After break we move to pre-revolution.
March 18, 2016
This week we "tour" Williamsburg.
We looked at the schools that were available, and learned how to do a "Sampler".  We will explore all kinds of trades that were available.

I will collect notebooks next week for grading (Chapter 8 and 9).
Your child needs a pencil everyday.  Some students still need a new notebook, please check with your child.

 Ms Doyle


This week we focused on building more background knowledge around WWII and Denmark. Students read a poem and an article, and had to compare and contrast the two pieces of text. Students are also working on becoming better summarizers through 5 key term summaries. They are learning they need to include more of their own words when summarizing texts. 

Over spring break students are to complete the poem MCA practice, and read, read, READ

Please check out the MCA practice website below, and help your child prepare for our reading MCAs.
MCA reading test will take place April 4-7! 

Upcoming due dates:
4/4: Ebony MCA practice due
4/4-4/7: Reading MCA

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.     3/25/16

(Science Promotes Academic Mastery)


We found out which swinging variable worked-  length of string.  We used the accepted testing protocol we call 'fair experiment.'  We controlled all variables and changed only one variable at a time.  This gives us valid data, and allows us to look at 'outliers-' data that appears out of place.


We sent two objects flying in the air- from our leaf-spring catapults.   We looked at force and motion using these items.  



We have some lovely animal house guests that went home on Wednesday, March 23, and will return on April 4th.  Thank you to those that  volunteered to help with our zoo.

Go outside!  Breath spring!!  Play! Rest!  Come back ready to learn!



Ms Hill   




This week we continued work on multiplying decimals and estimating, and we finished the week with a quiz.  Next time you are in the supermarket with your child give them a problem like 'if I bought 3 pounds of bananas for the price that is listed, what is the estimate for how much I'll need to spend?'  Estimation helps with mental math and developing number sense, so try to use show your child how we math in everyday situations. 
When we get back from break, we are going to spend 2 weeks reviewing for the MCA exam, which will be the week of 4/18. 
Enjoy spring break. 

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 
March 24,  2016

This week in Reading B.E.S.T. students continued to work on a National Geographic Science Theme Set (Life Cycles). They learned more information about Giant Pandas. Students also did a book search on myOn.com and found 6 books about Pandas to read independently. The comprehension strategy they practiced is understanding the key concepts in the text.
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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