5th Grade Newsletter - November 2, 2015

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Mary Hill

Teresa Doyle
(Social Studies)

Taunya Kolbinger 
(Language Arts)

Amanda Johnson 
Other 5th Grade



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














Field Community School
4645 Fourth Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55419





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5th Grade Rocks

Dates to remember:

10/29, 10/30 No School
End of quarter, and record keeping.

11/2 Quarter 2 starts

11/3 Election Day

11/6 Picture retake day

11/6 50th day of school- Back to the Fifties Day!!

11/25, 11/26, 11/27 No School (Thanksgiving break)




October 28- November 2, 2015 
Fifth grade 101:
Grades go in on Friday, it could take up to 2 weeks for you to receive your child's report card from the district. Be patient.  Remember these are progress grades for quarter 1.  Semester grades are the final grade. 

  Have a great weekend!
Smarter than a 5th Grader?
You will be by June!
 The Fifth Grade Team 


As most parents and guardians already know, ELA classes are preparing for our next big writing project, an essay about Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson, due Dec. 3rd. We are writing reflections of tales and poems now. The reflections are on handouts that say the 5 W's and H: What? When? Who? Where? Why? and How. This work is designed to help students overcome anxiety about the writing project, since an essay is basically a summary or reflection on the text (Locomotion in this case). 

As many of you already know, I sent a letter home with students with the rubric (the standards by which the essay will be graded). Parents can help by buying a copy of the book for their children and discussing the book and eventually the rubric with their child. We will start reading the book in class Tuesday November 3rd. Many students will notice that the characters draw on qualities such as bravery and determination. These qualities are apparent in many tall tales and in the stories developed by students, so students can reflect on similar themes throughout fall term. 

All the best,
Jackie Stocker


 Cheers! Mrs. Kolbinger 



Science promotes academic excellence!




Let's get wet!  We are working on Aquatic environments.  Some of our vocabulary words include aquatic, pesticide, and leopard frogs.


Look for  more later this week!




Ms Hill







In this short week we covered order of operations and students did a fantastic job at understanding how to use PEMDAS and solve multi-step problems! We even watched a music video to reinforce the concept! They loved this! Students went to the lab on Tuesday and were introduced to an online game that involved solving equations using order of operations. Students can continue to use this website at home and on their free time to practice!


Next week we start quarter 2 and will be on our fourth unit of the year, Geometry. Students can empty out their math sections of their binders over the weekend and come back on Monday with their red math notebook and empty red math folder. Students will get their Geometry book on Monday so all other books can be left at home. 


My BEST students will be introduced to Khan Academy during BEST this week. We will be spending time in the lab each day watching videos and practicing upcoming and/or reviewing previously taught Geometry topics. Students will have access to their accounts at home as well. Students not in my BEST class that are interested in getting signed up can contact me for a user name and a password! 


Please continue using my website to get homework assignments, math resources, and math games to practice at home!


Have a wonderful weekend! 


Amanda Rausch

Social Studies
October 28, 2015
This week we completed our first written assessment, some of your children are
very talented.

October (me page) is due October 28, don't be late with it.
-Ms. Doyle 



Are you a stock wizard?  Do you understand the inner workings of a publicly owned business?  Ms Hill's BEST classes will be forming stock groups next week.  We could use your expertise as well as any stock information such as quarterly reports from different companies.  Email Ms Hill if you are able to lend a helping hand!



Reading B.E.S.T.            books-apple-icon2.jpg
Bev Halvorson
Reading Interventionist

We have had a great start for our students.  Expect great things to come!  


We have begun the skills of 'marking the text.'  Numbering paragraphs helps identify where an unknown vocabulary word, a new and exciting idea, or a claim to support an important question may be found.  Students can practice this skill with any piece of printed text such as a newspaper or magazine article.  All paragraphs are counted, regardless of how long or short.  The entire article is counted continuously, even if there are sub-headings.

Try making this a family quick-school-helper for your child. 


Next we will work on finding claims and evidence to support claims in non-fiction articles.











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