## Wednesday, January 17, 2018

### Math Update

As of now we have completed the following Units
• Place Value with Decimals
• Multiplying and Dividing whole numbers and decimals by Powers of 10
• Rounding, comparing, expanding Decimals
• Whole number multiplication and division
• Order of Operations and expressions
• Decimal Computation
• Fraction Computation
We still have the following units to finish and we will start with Line Plots on Monday..
• Line Plots
• Volume of Rectangular Prism and Additive volume
• Measurement- metric and customary
• Numerical patterns and rules
• Ordered pairs / Coordinate grid
• 2D Classifications (Quadrilaterals and Polygons)
We will have the fractions unit test on Thursday 1/18/18(or the day we return to school:)). We have gone over all the work assigned so far and students had the opportunity to fix the mistakes in the class. Students should have the following finished assignments in their binder for a binder check tomorrow. This will be considered as a classwork grade. (ALP students who turned in the word problems on Tuesday will get it back tomorrow)
1. Fraction Assessments (packet) (25%)
2. Constructed response problems (Stuffed by pizza and Autumn fun) (25%)
3. Word problems (1-20) (25%)
4. Fraction Word Problems (10 problems that were planned first and then solved) (25%)
5. Fraction Strategy sheet should be filed in the math binder.
Students worked on Conceptua Math last Friday and loved it. Students can continue to work on it at home. I have assigned Fraction multiplication and division assignments for them on Conceptua Math. The username and password should be written in their agenda. It can also be found on the fifth grade page - Online Resources
Start reviewing units already taught so far. I found these awesome videos for each of the units that could be used to study.
Math Videos for each Unit

## Tuesday, January 9, 2018

### Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!! It is hard to believe that we are already in the first week of January of 2018!!  We are very excited about what the new year will bring for our 5th graders!!

Here are some important dates for you to add to your calendars for the month of January:

January 12:  Science Fair Projects are due!
January 12:  School-Wide Spelling Bee @ 8:30 in the Cafeteria
January 15:  MLK Holiday/No school for staff and students
January 18: Science Fair/STEAM Night from 6:00-7:30
January 22:  4H Club will meet from 2:30-3:30 in Mrs. Westbrook's Classroom

Science Fair and STEAM Night Information:

Science Fair Projects are due this Friday, January 12 at 8:30 a.m. to the Learning Commons.  If your child has completed a project, please have them take their project to the Learning Commons where teachers will direct them where to put their projects according to grade level.

We encourage each of you to join us next Thursday, January 18 for our 1st Annual STEAM Night and Science Fair!  There will be many opportunities for you to explore the wonderful world of science!  Here are some things to look forward to:

* STEM Activities
* Mathnasium Events
* Coding
* Science Fair Projects

Please see the Addison website for additional information, rules, and guidelines for the Science Fair Projects. (These were sent home with the students, but the information has been posted for your review).

This week in reading we will be continuing with Figurative Language. We reviewed smilies and Metaphors last week and we are moving on to Idioms this week. We will continue Idioms through next week and then move onto Personification.

Our next novel study will be Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Our goal will be to finish this novel around the beginning of March. Students will have daily classwork, a project, and a novel study test. Due dates for everything will come once I plan out the unit. This is a fantastic novel. I have a whole class set and have some for students to borrow if needed, but I do not have enough for students to have their own copy. If you would like to purchase your student their own copy, you can order it on Amazon for \$5.59 for a paper copy and \$4.49 for a Kindle copy. An audio and PDF version of the book will be available on the blog once we start reading.

Science:

As we enter quarter 3 we will be wrapping up our unit on Electricity and Magnetism (and after meeting with some colleagues around the county I have realized that we are 6 weeks ahead of some of them when it comes to our standards for Electricity!)  This is great news for our 5th graders!!

For the next 2 weeks we will be focusing on the following standards in science:

S5P3.  Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about magnetism & its relationship to electricity.
a.  Construct an argument based on experimental evidence to communicate the differences in function & purpose of an electromagnet.
b.  Plan and carry out an investigation to observe the interaction between a magnetic field and a magnetic object.

In addition to the current standards, we will still be building circuits, both series and parallel in the science lab, and the students will also build electromagnets on January 24.  We will be comparing magnets to electromagnets!

Class Dojo and Learning Clubs!!

Another reason we are so excited for the new year is for our new behavior incentive and Learning Club implementation!  You should have received an invitation to join Class Dojo, and we hope to have 100% participation from our 5th grade families.  Class Dojo is a great way to track behavior, communication with parents, and upload things that we are doing in our classrooms!  If you have not already done so, please go to www.classdojo.com and sign up today!

Learning Clubs will now replace our quarterly reward movie, and they will take place 3 times per quarter.  Students who have turned in all assignments and have positive Dojo points will select the Learning Club of their choice!  The first Learning Club date will be Friday, January 19!  We hope this is a great way for our students to Begin With The End in Mind by keeping up with their assignments so that they can enjoy Learning Clubs throughout the quarter!