5th Grade Newsletter - September 7, 2012

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Teresa Fernandez
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Susan McNaughton
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Mark Usem 
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Jonathan Doten




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Tim Jungwirth

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Minneapolis, MN 55419

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5th Grade Rocks
September 7, 2012 
Week two has flown by!  This week we added BEST classes that meet on an every-other-day rotation.  ABC-Black or Teal.  We think the adults get more confused than the students!

By now, all release, emergency information, and other beginning of the year forms should have been turned into the main office.  If you still have forms at home, please send them to school as soon as possible.
Fifth Grade 101:  BEST

BEST stands for Basic Skills Enrichment Time.  It is the only time during the day that students are grouped by test scores in Math and Reading.  Each student has a Black BEST class and a Teal BEST class.  These classes are designed to meet the student at their current level and work to increase their skill levels in both Math and Reading.  Ask your child about their Black and Teal classes!
Fort Snelling State Park
Our amazing Fall Environmental Field Trip is next week.  Did your child turn in a signed permission slip?  Dress for the weather, including closed toed shoes for walking.  Send home lunches in disposable bags so they are easier to bring on the buses.

The Fifth Grade Team

Language Arts


We have started our Folk Tales unit with Tall Tales.  Students discovered the traits needed to make it the the frontier.  Many agree that bravery, determination and willingness to work hard are still ideal traits in our lives today.  We have found humor in the exaggerations.

Today, I introduced Write to the End, an activity we will do each Friday.  We ran out of time to record our Reading Log scores so we will catch up on Monday.

Next week we will look at fairy tales and other folk tales from around the world.  Students will explore the similarities and differences stories in depending on time and place.

Students will have a Word of the Day for each day of school.  Help your child review these words frequently.  You'll be surprised where they start finding them.  Bona fide (WOD #6) may be heard on TV from time to time and all of us hope to stand on terra firma.


A special compliment to Period 2 who ALL have turned in the Language Arts Syllabus sign-off slip.

September 7, 2012

Science Promotes Academic Mastery! (Also known as SPAM!)  

Welcome to the world of Science!  We are Microscopehaving a great year!


We have completed two units.  Your child should know what to should an emergency arise in the science classroom. We learned how to use the sink as an eye wash station, and the safety features of our science classroom.


Our second unit was a quick look at  some of the measurement tools  used in science experiments.  Our vocabulary words include:  triple-beam balance, Celsius, cubic centimeter and beaker.

Our next unit, Tracks and Balls, is a fun look at potential and kinetic energy.  We learn how to harness the energy to be used for different tasks.  Ball bearings fly down tracks at amazing speeds!

This week's homework is a Science Safety Poster.  On an 8.5X11" paper, write a safety slogan and draw an illustration that shows the slogan in action.  The poster is due on Monday, September 10.

Math Logo 1

Sept 7, 2012


Things are progressing in 5th-grade math. We've been working very hard at getting our classroom practices and procedures down this last week.  The students are finding that its much different experience at school when you're moving from class-to-class, and having to deal with lockers, but they're finally starting to figure it out and hit their stride.


Students received a 2-page syllabus and class information sheet for math class this week. Make sure that they've shown it to you and that you've seen it. (It does not need to be returned... as I want you and your child to have this info available throughout the year.) Necessary math class supplies are listed in the document.  The most important item that all students need is their 3-ring binder (I'm recommending a 1" binder, that will handle all of our material, and yet will not overload a backpack or locker) that will be devoted just to math class. A set of at least 5 divider pages will make this an even more useful tool for y

our children. This 3-ring binder will actually become their "math text" as we insert different units one at a time. All students need to have this with them on MONDAY, Sept 10th, and MATH EVERY CLASS after that.


We didn't have any homework assignments this past week, but you should be seeing more as we begin working this next week with our text materials.


 - Mr. Usem


Social StudiesSocial Studies


 September 7   


 This week students have learned to take notes.  We have 9 vocabulary words (globe, oceans, continents, map, location, cartographer, symbol, legend, labels) Students should be memorizing these words.


Planner Signature for Social Studies:  Parents please review the planner at least weekly.  Discuss the activities happening in school with your child.  Talk about Social Studies topics that we are studying in class, world events, or politics.  Review class notes nightly 5-10 minutes or 40 minutes on the weekend.  Sign planner to confirm that your child has discussed events or studied class notes.  


Ms Fernandez   


Watch this space for upcoming events!
We have our first field trip on Thursday, September 13, 2012.  We are going to Fort Snelling State Park, to the Snelling Lake area.  We will be joined by Wilderness Inquiry.  Therefore the permission slip is two sided.  Please return on Tuesday, if you still have one.







Dates to RememberDates to Remember:
  • September 13 - Environmental Field Trip to Fort Snelling State Park
  • Thurs, Oct 11, 3:00-7:00 Conferences
  • Tues, Oct 16, 3:00-7:00 Conferences
  • Wed, Oct. 17, 7:30 am- 3:00 pm Conferences (No school for students)
  • Thurs-Fri, Oct. 18-19:    NO SCHOOL (Education MN Teacher's Conference)






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