5th Grade Newsletter - November 7, 2014

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Mary Hill

Teresa Doyle
(Social Studies)

Taunya Kolbinger 
(Language Arts)

Amanda Johnson (Math)
Other 5th Grade

Terry Mazig


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



Seth Leavitt

(Math BEST)




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Minneapolis, MN 55419





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5th Grade Rocks
  • Dates to Remember  
    • November 17:  Barnes and Noble fundraiser at Galleria
    • December 11:  Fifth grade trip to MN Zoo

November 7, 2014




The fifth grade team is moving along.  We have made the most of quarter one and now are ready to move ahead.


It is that time of year again- cold mornings and warm afternoons.  Please make sure that your child is not missing a lot of their wardrobes.  If so, check out our lost and found by Ms Hill's room and the school lost and found by the gym.


We are at the point in the year where we are running low on tissue. This is an important item as the cold/flu season is upon us.  If you are able, please send a box with your child!  Thanks



We are working on an AVID skill known as marking the text.  These skills help students understand more of what they are reading, and to find deeper meaning in the text.  You also may hear about 'One Pagers.'  This is a way for teachers to assess specific skills such as subject vocabulary or comparisons between two similar objects.


Fifth Grade 101:

Friends and not so much friends!


There has been a bit of drama on the fifth grade team these last few weeks.  Middle school is often a time of shifting friendships and alliances.  This can cause hard feelings and sometimes a little confusion.  Students can be friends in first hour, enemies in fifth and friends again by seventh period.  This is a good time to let your middleschooler know that it is ok to add friends to their groups.  It is not ok, however, to intentionally hurt someone's feelings.  This is not a school problem unless the drama has an affect on classroom learning.  Please talk with your  child if they are feeling confused or hurt.  We discuss this phenomena in Human Growth, which will start in December.








You will receive a hard copy of your child's first quarter grades in about two weeks.  This is sent from the district offices.


This is a great time for checking in with your child about their school supplies.  It is always good to start a new quarter ready to learn!






Have a great weekend.










Smarter than a 5th Grader?


You will be by June!




 The Fifth Grade Team 


This week, we ventured out of the poetry book a little bit. As you may have seen, your child wrote a haiku poem and a sonnet poem. We discussed the characteristics of each type, and the students were introduced to the poetry book they'll be making at the end of the unit. Through these poems, we also reviewed counting syllables, rhyme scheme, alliteration, and onomatopoeia. Students did continue to read and annotate Locomotion as well. 

As a reminder, many students are almost out of post-it flags. Please check in with your child over the weekend to see if they need more. We are all out in the classroom. If you would like to donate some to our class, we would gladly take them! :) 

We have been working closely with Scholastic, and students received login information for the Scholastic website. Students can begin logging their minutes online! :) If they are having trouble logging in, we'll work to correct their username and password next week. 

Students were assigned new grammar homework today. We are again covering quotation marks this week, and students are expected to write their own sentences correctly using the grammar rules. This quarter, students will receive one week to fill out the "Action Retake Plan" and revise any assignments. This homework is due next Friday, November 17th. 

Want homework reminders? Follow me on twitter @mrskolbinger for reminders, and other ELA related articles, jokes, etc. 

Please be sure to check out the website for updated information, scheduling, assignments, and grades. Also view the website for more information about standards based grading. 

 Cheers! Mrs. Kolbinger 
and Ms. Taylor

S.P.A.M.     11/7/14

(Science Promotes Academic Mastery)


The Environments Unit is coming to an end.  We have filled out our unit study guides and these, along with our folders will go home next Monday. The Test is set for November 18th and will include terrestrial and aquatic environments.


We will be going to the MN Zoo on December 11.  Our trip is sponsored by Target.  We will be studying the Biomes of Minnesota.


Homework this week:  One Pager on our Personal Optimal Environments.  Students were given a paper and a list of vocabulary that will form the border of the page.  Students should include everything that they would want and need in their 'Optimal Environment.'  There is a bit of whimsy as well as basic needs with this assignment.  Color is expected! Please, no markers or pens.  Color pencils and crayons work the best.


This assignment is due on Monday, November 10.


Ms Hill 






This week we started unit 3, Geometry and students explored surface area and volume of rectangular prisms.

Students created rectangular prisms with  blocks and nets on grid paper. This week was a fun and hands on week!


Today, students took a quiz on surface area and volume of rectangular prisms. Students will get their quizzes back on Monday and have an opportunity to retake their quiz next Thursday in Advisory if they complete an action plan.


We will be working out of the Geometry text book until Thanksgiving break. Students will have their final on the unit on Friday, November 21st.


Please continue using my website to find daily homework assignments and math websites to practice at home.


Thanks for all your support and have a wonderful weekend!


~Mrs. Rausch

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Social Studies

 November 7, 2014 


This week we learned about Native American Indian crafts and reviewed daily for the chapter 3 test, next Monday, November 10.  Keep studying over the weekend.   


Spelling test, TH November 13. The words are: mosquitoes, swamps, alligator, environment, artifacts. 



 Homework: study spelling words nightly!

  I look forward to filling our halls with our version of Native American crafts. 





Ms. Doyle 

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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In Reader's Workshop this week students finished a unit on the five elements of a short story - plot, characters, setting, conflict and theme. Students in the Black day group took a test on the unit on Thursday and the Teal day group has a test coming up on Monday.  Next week students will begin to work on the vocabulary exercises in Unit 3 - Dracula Junior from the Word Up Project. The Word Up Project vocabulary list was built from an analysis of difficult words that frequently appear on standardized tests. 

Students will take their second Words Their Way spelling test next week. They will study with a partner in class to prepare for the test by doing a Blind Sort. Students can take the word list home to study for the test.

Ms Hill's BEST classes are looking at lateral thinking and how that affects problem solving.

Mrs. Kolbinger's BEST is working on summarizing non-fiction texts using Prezi. 


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