5th Grade Newsletter - September 13, 2013

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Mary Hill

Teresa Doyle
(Social Studies)

Taunya Kolbinger (Language Arts)
Taunya.kolbinger@mpls.k12.mn.us www.mrskolbinger.weebly.com 
Amanda Johnson (Math)
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Terry Mazig

Ruth LeMay



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Tim Jungwirth

(Reading BEST)





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** Site Council meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of the month from 4:00 - 5:30 and are open to anyone wishing to attend.  If you have a topic to discuss you must be on the agenda prior to the meeting.  Please contact your grade rep. to be added to the agenda.



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Minneapolis, MN 55419

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  • September 16, Picture Day
  • September 18, 2013 -Environmental Field Trip
September 13, 2013

Welcome to the fifth grade!  After two weeks of attempting to get our newsletter out, the program is finally working!


We had a scattered first few weeks. between holidays and hot days, it seems as if we are a bit behind in our year.  We are working hard to catch up.  


We have our first environmental field trip on September 18, 2013.  We are going to Fort Snelling State Park and working with Wilderness Inquiry to find out about our natural world in Fall.  Parents, can you spend the day with us?  Be sure to let Ms Doyle know if you are able to join us for this exciting trip.


Fifth Grade 101:

In this column we try to help with the questions parents have about fifth grade.  Today's topic:  Lockers!

We love them, we hate them, we just have to deal with them.  Please keep extra items at home.  The locker space is small and needs to hold the materials they need now.  We try to keep students to this locker schedule:  Before school, before lunch (unless the student has a downstairs Advisory,) after lunch, and at the end of the school day.  Help you child figure out what they need before and after lunch.  This will make the  "But I forgot it in my locker" a thing of the past.



Smarter than a 5th Grader?


You will be by June!




 The Fifth Grade Team 

English Language Arts
This week we started our first unit, Tall Tales. Ask your child about Paul Bunyan. This week the first graded reading log was due (9/13). The next week's is green and is due 9/20. One thing students can improve on is bringing a choice book to class EVERYDAY, even to B.E.S.T. We visited the library last week, so all students have at least one book to read. Questions/comments  about ELA? Want to see our class/5th grade calendar? Need an extra copy of the reading log or other homework? Visit our classroom website at: www.mrskolbinger.weebly.com 

 Cheers! Mrs. Kolbinger 
September 13, 2013

Science Promotes Academic Mastery- Also known as SPAM!

The science room has been buzzing with flying pennies and lots of moving of bodies!  We have begun our first unit, Motion, Force and Models.

This is a new unit that combines lessons from other units.  We are isolating variables, testing the variables, and will graph our results.  Our next lesson is about energy and movement.


The homework this week is a response sheet.  It is on a half sheet of paper, and can be attached to a piece of notebook paper.  Please let your child answer the questions themselves.  The homework is due on Monday, September 16.


Ms Hill



The fifth graders have been doing a fantastic job in math. The homework completion is phenominal-- almost all students have turned in all their homework. Remember homework is assigned every night except on Fridays. Feel free to check the parent portal daily to see if your child is turning in their homework. 


Today we took our first test on all the topics we started since the first day of school. These topics were multiplication, division, story problems, estimation, and order of operations. After peeking at some of the tests it looks like the students are right on track! 


On Monday we will already move into the second unit which is on rational numbers. During this unit we will study fractions and decimals. At this rate your children will be ready for high school math next year! :) 


If you ever need to get in contact with me please email me at:



Have a great weekend.

~Ms. Johnson



Social Studies
Social Studies

 Our first topic is geography, and our vocabulary words are globe, ocean, continent, map, location, cartographer, symbols, legend, labels, physical map, relief, political map, atlas, & distance/ scale.  This next week will add longitude, latitude,  directions, cardinal directions, compass rose, intermediate directions, grid system, map index, parallels, equator,  hemisphere, meridians and prime meridian.


Review the course syllabus and sign the planner.


Weekly signatures will be explained this week. 




Ms Doyle 

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