Our updated ETA is 3:25. See you all soon! If it drastically changes in the next 30 minutes, I will post an update. If not, we will see you all at 3:25!
Friday, November 17, 2017
We just got on the interstate to make our way back home. As of right now our ETA is 3:20. Please make sure you do NOT park in the bus port. Park in the main parking lot and wait at the bus port to welcome your students home. I will be updating our ETA at 2:45 just in case we get into some traffic.
We have all had a blast but of course we are all super exhausted! We walked over 23,000 steps yesterday! See you all soon!
Please click on the link below to learn how you can help with the 5th grade Holiday Shoppe baskets. PTA raises a lot of money raffling these baskets every year, so I hope each of you can help. All of 5th grade is responsible for our two baskets so please don't be overwhelmed by this list. :o)
Thanks for your help! Please contact Kim Campbell (email@example.com) with any questions.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
|I had SO MUCH FUN at the iFly experience with our Addison students!|
Over the past couple of weeks, we have introduced our new standards where we will explore the states of matter, physical and chemical changes, and mixtures and solutions. The students have investigated key content vocabulary, and have completed Study Centers in small groups to gain knowledge on matter, how matter changes, and how they can identify physical and chemical changes.
This week, I am very excited to be introducing our first PBL (Project-Based Learning) unit. We have set up our PBL journals for the three week unit, and we are set to begin working with our PBL teams this week!!
For more information on PBL's, the task that the students will be completing, and final project information, please check out the "Science with Mrs. Westbrook" blog!
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Tomorrow, students will be submitting all of the packets involving multiplication of decimals and quarter 1 review assessments. They need not complete any problems involving decimal division if they do not feel confident at it.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
You will be working on Conceptua Math everyday and complete all of the assignments by October 19th. Please login using the following information
If you do not have access to internet at home, please come to my room during lunch or morning time.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
* Picture Day
* PTA/5th Grade Performance - 6:00 (Students will wear their black LIM t-shirts).
* (For more information regarding the 5th Grade performance, please go to Dr. Champion's blog):
* Reward Movie
* Submit Order of Operation/ +/- Decimal Packet
* SLT Inauguration @ 8:00 in the cafeteria
* Science Touchstone Assessment
* Social Studies Touchstone Assessment
* Math Test (Order of Operations and Expressions)
* 4H Club will meet after school in Mrs. Westbrook's classroom from 2:30-3:45
* Early Release Day for CCSD
* Conference Week and Early Release - Please return the Conference Form to your child's HR teacher, if you have not done so, in order for us to confirm a conference time.
* Red Ribbon Week (schedule will be sent home).
Final Rock Eagle Payments are due!! We have to send in final numbers to Rock Eagle, so be sure that you have paid the $200 total for the trip by October 27.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
1. THIS Friday, September 22 we will be having a quick nutrition vocabulary quiz. The students will need to study the information they pasted into their science journals about nutrients, and the quiz will contain the following health/nutrition vocabulary words: nutrients, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water.
2. The end of the quarter is Friday, October 6. On the 6th, we will be taking our End-of-Quarter Constructive/Destructive Touchstone Assessment. The assessment will cover the standards from Q1, and a study guide will be sent home with the students.
3. Our next unit of study will be on States of Matter and Physical/Chemical Changes!! Lots of fun things headed our way in science!
Picture Day will be on October 5, 2017. Please be looking for information to be sent home regarding the purchase of individual pictures!
October 5 will also be our 5th grade performance and PTA meeting. The PTA meeting will be at 6:00 in the cafeteria, with the 5th grade performance immediately following. (The 5th graders will also perform for the school during the day). We are very excited to see their show, and we hope to see each of you there to support our kiddos!
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
In reading, the students' Study Guide is due to Mrs. Barkley tomorrow, September 20, and they will be having their Novel Study test on Thursday.
The students have started phase III of their Hurricane Research Project. They are using their research from previous lessons to create a project to showcase what they have learned about hurricanes. They were given a choice board and have selected the project that best suits their learning style.
Choice Board items include:
* A PowerPoint Presentation
* Create an Infographic to showcase hurricanes (students used a StoryWorks magazine as a model).
* Design a brochure
* Use www.thinglink.com to create a media presentation using images and information about hurricanes (this is for our "tech savvy" friends)
* Write an information piece about hurricanes using Microsoft Word
* Write a newspaper article from the perspective of a reporter at the time of the hurricane they researched.
This project will be done in class over the next few days, and will be due on Friday by the end of the day. We will be utilizing the following Learning Commons areas: maker space, computer pods, ipads, etc) as we are working on our projects, and the students will have access to all the materials they need for the project here at school.
Tomorrow in the science lab the students will work in groups to conduct a STEM lab, where they will work through the Engineering Design Process to build a levee.
Next up?? After the break, our 5th graders will begin a PBL (Project-Based Learning) task about constructive and destructive processes, where we will yet again be utilizing space in the Learning Commons to gather research and build designs.
Our End-of-Quarter Touchstone on Constructive/Destructive Processes will be on Friday, October 6. A study guide will be given to the students prior to the assessment.
Monday, September 18, 2017
- Group 3 and 4: Finish Order of Operations Packet
- Group 1 and 2: Finish 4 Division word problems and also work on Conceptua Math at home.
Friday, September 15, 2017
4H Club will have it's first meeting of the year on Monday, September 18 from 2:30-3:45 in Mrs. Westbrook's classroom. Please be sure you tell your child if they are ASP or car rider afterwards.
Reading Update from Mrs. Barkley:
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Our first 4H Club meeting will take place on Monday, September 18 from 2:30-3:45 in Mrs. Westbrook's classroom. Please be sure that you know how you will be going home that afternoon (car rider or ASP)!
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017
We have so far worked on Place Value concepts and whole number computation. Students should know fluently to add, subtract, multiply and divide multi-digit whole numbers. In the following weeks, we will move on to decimal computation.
We start with IOWA testings on Monday. If everything goes as per schedule, students will be administered Math IOWA on Wednesday (9/13). I will be going over some test taking strategies and expose students to concepts that have not been introduced to them as of yet. Please use the following power point to prepare for the test.
IOWA Test Prep
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Reading Update from Mrs. Barkley:
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Math: Multiplication worksheet (#'s 2,4,6,8,9,10,11,12,13).
Science: Be sure you have finished your Steps to Saving Fred section of your planning sheet. We will finish tomorrow in class, we will finish our Solution Flow-Charts, and we will have students/teams share how they saved Fred!
Social Studies: Today students went home with a rubric and a slip of requirements for a mini-research on the Leaders of the Civil War. Students will be allowed to make a PowerPoint, a Sway presentation or use index cards to display their research. Because there was so much to go over today some classes did not have an opportunity to begin. Therefore, Tuesday and Wednesday next week will be research days in class.
Students may bring their B.Y.O.D. device only if they have a consent form with a serial number for both days. They are more than welcome to the laptops, desktops, and I-pads we have in order to conduct their research. All links, extra information, and PowerPoint explanation of the lesson is on the Social Studies Blog. I am extending the due date to September 8th since we could not begin it today. In total, there are 10 mandatory leaders and 3 extra credit people from prior to the Civil War.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Monday, August 28, 2017
Also, please be reminded that there will be no school on Monday, September 4, 2017 due to the Labor Day holiday.
We are very excited about the trip, and it will be here before we know it, so we need to begin planning out how many cabins/chaperones we will need in November!
In addition to the 3 spelling activities, the students will need to complete one of the study activities at the bottom of the spelling contract!
These activities will be due by Friday, and they will be given some morning time to complete some of the activities here at school. Each homeroom teacher will be giving a spelling test on Friday morning. The students will have 11 spelling words + 4 content-related words this week.
Please see the Spelling Page/link for students to use to practice the pre-loaded spelling list on Spelling City!!
This week, students will be introduced to STEM/STEAM in science. The students will be learning the difference between STEM and STEAM, we will be focusing on the Engineering Design Process, and the students will be working in teams to conduct a STEM lab on Thursday where they will work together to Save Fred!!
In order for the students to complete the STEM lab there are some supplies that we will need. If you can, please consider donating the following items for STEM lab on Thursday:
Gummy Life Savers
Clear Plastic Cups
Students took the Place Value unit test on Friday. They received their graded papers along with feedback today. Many students did well in the tests. To encourage them to use strategies and check their work, I had promised them bonus points if they show me evidence of their answers. Many students took advantage of it and realized how it helped them avoid careless mistakes. Students who did not do well in the tests will be pulled for a reteach session. They will get an opportunity to retake the test and their scores will be averaged. They will also be expected to do some extra practice at home to help them master the skill.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Today's Homework Assignments:
Reading: Finish chapter 4 summary cards
Math-Finish the math packet and study for the math test tomorrow.
Science-Quiz tomorrow!! See blog for what to study!
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
It is hard to believe that we are already in our 4th week of school!! So much has been going on in our classrooms, and we love what we see from our students! Teachers will begin entering grades into Synergy, so please be sure you have confirmed your ParentVue account so that you can see how your child is doing in each class.
Here is what is going on this week across the curriculum:
This week we have been working on the last concept of the place value unit- Multiplying and Dividing decimals by powers of 10. Students have been asked to take their math binder home everyday this week to study and prepare for the unit test on Friday.
Students are being given time in the class to finish the notes and classwork pages in the binder and ask for any clarifications if needed. Please encourage them to study using the binder and also the resources found in math blog.
The test will involve all of the following concepts:
- Ability to represent decimal numbers in word form, standard form and expanded form.
- Ability to identify the value and place value of a digit in a number.
- Ability to compare and round decimal numbers.
- Ability to multiply and divide whole numbers and decimal numbers by powers of 10.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Thursday, August 17, 2017
If you have not had a chance to send in your child's baby picture, please do so ASAP, so that we can get it scanned in for the yearbook. If you would rather, you may email your child's baby picture to Mrs. Barkley directly. Her email address is Lindsey.firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have only received about 8 or so baby pictures, so please get them in!!
We can't wait to see how cute they were (well, they are still cute, but... you know) ;)
Do you recognize any of THESE cute babies????
With the Total Solar Eclipse just around the corner, we are very excited to have the opportunity to perform some tasks in our classroom that will give us information about the moon, the phases of the moon, solar eclipses, and the path of totality for the Total Eclipse that we will watch on Monday!!
In Science tomorrow with Mrs. Westbrook, the students will complete a WebQuest about Solar Eclipses. They will use information on the website to read and locate information about eclipses, which will give them background information prior to viewing the eclipse on Monday.
Students will use the following link to access their Solar Eclipse WebQuest:
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
* Social Studies-Study for your quiz on Thursday using your study guide.
* Reading-Get your project sheet signed (ALP students will have this for homework tomorrow night, since you were not in class today).
* Math-Complete math pages 53-54 in your Volume 1 math text (even numbers ONLY).
* Please remember to send in any forms you may have that have not been given to your child's homeroom teacher yet. The Total Solar Eclipse permission slip is very important if your child will be viewing it outside on Monday, and we need all of the Rock Eagle permission packets in ASAP, so that we can plan for cabins and chaperones.
* Your Summary Project and your Novel Study Test will be on September 8. Please mark these due dates on your calendars.
* If you have not sent in your child's headphones or earbuds, please do so as soon as you can. We are beginning to use these in our classes, and we have noticed that not all students have them.
* In Science on Friday we will be using the steps of The Scientific Method to complete a lab in class. The students will be conducting an experiment using chewing gum. If you can, please donate unopened packs of the following flavors that we can use for our experiment:
** If your child, for whatever reason, cannot/does not want to chew gum, they will be paired up with a friend and will use that friend's data to complete the lab sheet.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Today, all 5th grade students were given both math textbooks to keep AT HOME (both Volume I and Volume II). Homework assignments will be assigned from those textbooks throughout the school year, so please be sure they are in a safe place and do not get lost. When students are assigned a math page for homework, they will tear out and bring in THAT PAGE ONLY to turn in to Mrs. Jagannathan!
For August 8, 2017:
Volume I: pages 33 & 34, as well as the Contract for Math Text. These contracts should be signed by the child's parent and returned to school tomorrow.
Science/Total Solar Eclipse Update:
For those of you who are granting permission for your 5th grader to view the Total Solar Eclipse outside on Monday, August 21, please be sure you have reviewed, signed, and returned the GREEN permission slip that was given to you at Open House. If you did not attend Open House, the green permission slip should have gone home with your child.
Those students who do not return their permission slip will be watching the Eclipse via live stream in the classroom.
Be sure to thank a Foundation board member when you see them because they have purchased certified Eclipse glasses for ALL of our students at Addison, even those who will not be going out to watch it! :)
There is no reading homework from Mrs. Barkley directly, but please be sure you are reading for at least 20 minutes tonight! Build that reading STAMINA!
Use the study guide you were given in class today to study for your quiz on Thursday! Know your Bill of Rights!!
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Remember that OPEN HOUSE is tomorrow night! 5th grade will be presenting in the cafeteria after the PTA/ Foundation meeting, where we will also include information about Rock Eagle. If you are unable to attend, please send questions to your child's homeroom teacher. We look forward to seeing you all there!
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
EMOJIN' the chances!! There are currently no additional homework assignments today, but students need to be sure they have finished everything they have been working on in each of their classes, and that they are reading for at least 20 minutes tonight. Vocabulary maps and Scientific Method questions for science, Amendment flipbooks for social studies, and any other in-class assignments should be completed by tomorrow morning.
Please be reminded that Thursday is our Open House, and that 5th grade Open House will take place in the cafeteria immediately following the PTA/Foundation meeting and introduction of teachers. We are excited to see everyone and we look forward to meeting those of you who we have not had the change to meet yet!
~ 5th Grade Teachers
Thank you for your understanding!
Monday, August 7, 2017
This Thursday, August 10 is Open House at Addison! We hope that each of you are able to attend, as we will be going over important information about 5th grade and each of our classes! Here is a breakdown of the Open House schedule for Thursday: