5th Grade Newsletter - October 6, 2017



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Teresa Doyle
(Social Studies)

Taunya Kolbinger 
(Language Arts)
Amanda Rausch (Math)
Other 5th Grade Advisory Teacher: 

Kim Hotchkiss




October 6, 2017
With October upon us, it can mean only one thing:  Conferences! October 12th and 17th are evening conferences, and the morning of October 18th is the daytime option.  Email your child's 1st hour teacher for any available slots.
Missing clothing or water bottles?  The lost and found is in the commons by the west door to the playground.
Fifth grade 101:
Then snapshots of your child's grades are coming.  If you have questions, please start with your child.  Is a missing assignment stashed in a trapper keeper?  Also, look at the planner to help figure out assignments.
Smarter than a 5th Grader?
You will be by June!
October 6, 2017
Welcome to Social Studies.
We had our first test this week.  The test had some true & false, multiple choice, fill in the blank, draw, and matching.  Students had their first homework this week, a crossword puzzle which made a great vocabulary review for the test.
Next week we start our geography projects for Dance.  Our Spotlight day is November 21.  It will be in the commons during 2nd hour.  Hope to see you all there.
Parents/Guardians, please review and sign the planner  weekly.  One of the classes had almost 75% of the planners signed, last week.  You can help us out on this one.
Next week is dance lesson 8 & 9.  So far we know the Merengue, Foxtrot, Rumba, Heel Toe Polka, and Tango.  As always we are practicing:  
team work, elegance, and respect.
 Ms. Doyle
This week students have been plugging away on their tall tale stories. Most kids are either writing the rough draft or moving on to a peer edit with a student in class. Peer edits are done via Google Docs, where they comment within the document. Students are also expected to fill out a more detailed peer edit form, making sure the author has all the components of a tall tale in their story, along with the criteria that's on the rubric- sensory details, dialogue, a solid plot, etc. 
I have extended the final draft due date based on the needs of the kids. Peer edits need to be completed by Friday the 6th, and the final draft will be due Tuesday the 10th. For those who will be finishing early, they will need a choice book for independent reading. 
Our next unit on poetry will begin on 10/11. Ms. Millin, our student teacher, will begin to take over the lesson planning, and getting the kids pumped up for poetry! I like to recommend that kids get their own books for our novels so they can annotate right in the copy, just like one would do in college. Cheap copies can be found on Amazon or from Half Price Books. This of course is not required, and a school copy will be given to the student, but post-it flags will be required. Our novel for the next unit is Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson.
The online reading log system is not ready yet. Scholastic is having some issues with getting our classes registered. If this is the norm after Oct., we will stick to paper reading logs and forget the online system. 
Due Dates:
Brainstorm: 10/2
Rough Draft: 10/4
Peer Edit: 10/6
Final Draft: 10/10
Tall Tale action plans: 10/9
Oct. Reading Log: 10/31
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 & Ms. Millin
Science Grade 5!  10/6/17

Farming is proving to be an interesting  job.  Within one week, we have crops growing!  Ask your child about their closed environment.
We have just begun finding out what happen with natural systems when humans are involved.  We are using nonfiction text to learn about what is happening to frogs when they are exposed to pesticides.
NO homework this week.
Fall is my favorite time of year!
Ms. Hill
MATHEMATICS 10.6.17 --------
This week we studied fractional number lines. Students worked really hard this week and have really deepened their understanding of number lines. Students are able to read story problems and model them/solve them on number lines. Which bridges next week nicely since we will be studying adding and subtracting fractions in story problems. 
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
-Tuesday, October 17th: Final Fraction Test
-Monday, October 23: Start Decimal Unit
Have a great weekend! 
Thanks for your support.
Mrs. Rausch & Mr. Saindon
AVID This Week
How do you approach a nonfiction text?  We are learning about scanning the text before reading.
What are two column notes?  These are a 5th grade level stepping stone toward Cornell Notes that are used in middle school, high school and many colleges.  We are beginning our journey toward being ready for grades 6-8 and beyond.
How do you get the most out of reading a non-fiction article? In science we used a two column note taking skill that gets the students a place to put the most important information.
Students completed two and three column note in core classes.
What skills do you need to collaborate?  We will be working on these skills as a focus in our classrooms.


(Gay Straight Alliance)
Mrs. Kolbinger is one of the advisors for GSA. GSA will meet after school once a month with 5th-8th grade. 
Next meeting is Oct. 9th for our first meeting as a whole school. We're really looking forward to the GAS field trip this week, Oct. 2nd, at the U of M! (6th-8th only)
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