5th Grade Newsletter - May 26, 2017

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Mary Hill

Teresa Doyle
(Social Studies)

Taunya Kolbinger 
(Language Arts)

Amanda Rausch (Math)


Other 5th Grade Advisory Teacher: 

Kim Hotchkiss





May 26, 2017

May 26, 2017

Spring fever has officially hit!

Flying Wild!
We had a great family turnout for our event.  Thank you to all family members that help with setup, in the booths and clean up.  We couldn't have had such a huge event without your help.  We all learned so much about our feathered friends.

Please leave toys at home!  
Cell phones are not allowed to be out of lockers during the school day!  We have quite a few repeat offenders that have had objects confiscated. We are still seeing toys (sometimes called fidgits) with children that do not have an IEP or 504 plan that says they can use them.  
GSA Information:
What resources does MPS provide?
Check out the Office of Student, Family, and Community Engagement at osfce.mpls.k12.mn.us 

Smarter than a 5th Grader?
You will be by June!


May 26, 2017

This week we learn about the role that Churches, Women, Native Americans, and Africans had in the Revolutionary War.

I have implemented a way for students to earn a point for being responsible, respectful, and ready.  Each day students will get 1 point, if they are not being
responsible, respectful, and ready. Otherwise they earn a zero, this will be recorded nightly on the portal.  This way you can monitor your child's behavior. 

There will be a TEST on Chapter 8, the Revolution, Wednesday, May 31. There will be a crossword puzzle for vocabulary review, due the same day.

We will end the year with Documents of Diplomacy and the branches of government.

 Ms. Doyle


Students were busy, busy, busy with peer edits and revisions to complete a final draft this week. I loved how involved, detailed, and helpful kids were towards each other in order to help one another become better writers. We talked in depth about how specific feedback is much more useful to an author than vague or generic feedback ("I saw sensory details describing sight and sound when the volcano exploded" vs. "good imagery"). 

Stories will be graded over the weekend and into next week. Actions plans are due June 6th. Students who turn stories in past the deadline will not have the opportunity to do an action plan. 

After Memorial Weekend we will focus on finishing up Number the Stars and extension projects.  

Due Dates:
5/24: peer edit 
5/26: final draft ; extension book completed (extension group only)
6/6: historical fiction action plan 
6/9: character charts; extension projects (extension group only) 
6/13: final 

My website is a great tool to use in order to keep up on assignments, due dates, standards-based grading info., and other ELA related activities. 

Mrs. Kolbinger

Students were excited while making and exhibiting their bird booths.  Thank you to all parents that came to support their child and the event.

We will have a quiz next week on what we have learned from the Flying Wild curriculum.

Our next unit is YOYO Physics.  Watch out for flying orbs!  

Have a great holiday weekend!

Ms. Hill
MATHEMATICS 5.26.17 --------

This week we studied how to divide decimal numbers. On Thursday we played a board game that allowed students to practice this skill. Today we took a short quiz on dividing decimals.

Next week we will jump into Investigation 4 and learn all about percentages. This Investigation allows students to practice finding sales tax, tip, discounts, and several other real life examples that are associated with percentages. 

The next test won't be until the second to last day of school (June13th) and will cover all of the Learning Targets from the unit.

Reminder: There will be daily homework Monday-Thursday until the last day of school. My website is a nice resources to check in with what the homework is and to double check your child completed it.

Thanks for your support.
Mrs. Rausch

AVID This Week:
How do you make sure everyone feels part of a collaborative group?  Do people feel 'invited in?'  Some students are choosing to do the Science Home Project in a small group.  This is an excellent opportunity to give each participant a role.  

If groups are having problems, see Ms Hill sooner than later.  We can work together to make this a great collaboration for all group members.

Mrs. Kolbinger is advising the 5th/6th GSA.

Next meeting (May 30th) we will have a guest speaker who will give resources out as requested! 
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