Ms. Jessup's Class Newsletter

March 3, 2014

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Line Creek Chipotle Night

Monday, March 3rd, 4-8pm

203-1 NE Englewood Rd

Gladstone, MO

Monday March 3rd is our PTA Chipotle night from 4pm-8pm. Just like last year, the event at Chipotle is fun and social!

Line Creek PTA

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February Reading Calendars Due

Tuesday, March 4th, 9am

Room 201


  • create opinion pieces that are fully sustained and consistently and purposefully focused on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information
    • introduce a topic or text with a clearly stated opinion that is strongly maintained and communicated within the context
    • provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented


  • create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer's purpose (e.g. introduction, body, and concluding paragraphs)
  • link their opinion and reasons using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g. consequently, specifically)
  • logically progress their ideas from beginning to end
  • create an effective introduction and conclusion for audience and purpose


  • provide thorough and convincing support/evidence for the controlling or main idea that includes effective use of sources, facts, and details
  • provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details
  • smoothly integrating the use of evidence from sources that is comprehensive and relevant

Produce and Distribute Writing
  • develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach in collaboration with adults and peers
  • produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
  • use technology with guidance, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others
  • demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting

  • conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic
  • draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research
  • apply grade 5 reading standards to literature (g.e., "Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or a drama, drawing on specific details in the text [e.g. how characters interact].")
  • apply grade 5 reading standards to informational texts (e.g., "Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point[s].")
  • summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work and provide a list of sources

Social Studies

Learning Goal:

  • Describe the growing conflict with Britain that led to the American Revolution (e.g. Stamp Act, Townshend Acts, Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party) through the perspectives of Patriots and Loyalists.

Overview: The American Revolution


1. Townshend Acts Repealed, Mostly

2. Using Primary Sources

3. The Colonists Rebel

4. The Boston Massacre

5. Letters by "Express"

6. The Boston Tea Party

Acuity Spring Testing

Tuesday, March 4th, 1pm to Thursday, March 6th, 2:30pm

Room 201


Essential Understandings of Topics 9-10 (Adding & Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers)

9-1 Equivalent Fractions

The same fractional part can have different names that are equivalent. To find equivalent fractions, you multiply or divide both the numerator and the denominator by the same number. (We learned how to write equivalent fractions.)

9-2 Fractions in Simplest Form

A fraction is in simplest form when 1 is the only common factor of the numerator and denominator. (We learned that using common factors to divide the numerator and denominator will help write the fraction in simplest form.)

10-1 Improper Fractions and Mixed Numbers

Fractional amounts greater than 1 can be represented in different ways. (We learned how to write improper fractions as mixed numbers and mixed numbers as improper fractions.)

9-4 Estimating Sums and Differences of Fractions

A number line can be used to determine the nearest half or whole a fraction is closest to. (We learned how to estimate sums and differences in fractions.)

10-2 Estimating Sums and Differences of Mixed Numbers

Sums and differences of mixed numbers can be estimated by rounding each mixed number to the nearest whole number. (We learned how to estimate the sums and differences of fractions and mixed numbers by rounding to the nearest whole number.)

9-5 Common Multiples and Least Common Multiple

All non-zero whole numbers have common multiples, including at least one. Sometimes the least common multiple of two numbers is one of the numbers. (We learned how to find the LCM of whole numbers.)

9-6 Finding Common Denominators

Fractions with unlike denominators can be added or subtracted by replacing fractions with equivalent fractions with like denominators. The product of the denominators of two fractions is a common denominator of both. (We learned how to find a common denominator for two fractions with unlike denominators.)

Plaza PTA Meeting

Monday, March 10th, 6pm

6501 NW 72nd St

Kansas City, MO

Dear 5th Parents (or Incoming 6th Grade Plaza Parents),

On behalf of the Plaza PTA and the Plaza Administrators, I would like to cordially invite you to attend our next PTA meeting on Monday, March 10th at Plaza Middle School.

Prior to the regular PTA business meeting, Park Hill Superintendent Dr. Springston will share information regarding the upcoming levy for FLiP and Safety at 6:00 p.m. in the Plaza Café. The Plaza PTA meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center. The current Plaza PTA board is accepting volunteers for various positions for the 2014-2015 school year. Handouts regarding future events. Please plan to join us to learn more about Plaza’s PTA and to begin your involvement in supporting the programs of the school!

If you have questions regarding this PTA meeting or other items regarding your child’s upcoming 6th grade year, please contact the Plaza Middle School office at 359-4210.

With a warm welcome,

Dr. Ivy

Dr. Lezlee Ivy


Plaza Middle School


Developing Investigations
The student will formulate a testable question and hypothesis that includes independent, dependent, and constant variables (e.g., related to the topic of force and motion) and determine the fairness of an investigation using the characteristics of a fair test.

Conducting Investigations
The student will determine the appropriate scientific tools to collect data, use the five senses to make qualitative observations, and measure and compare measurements from dependent variables collected from the inquiry.

Evaluating and Analyzing Results
The student will use quantitative and qualitative data to support reasonable explanations, use data as support for observed patterns and relationships, and analyze whether evidence supports proposed explanations.

Communicating Results
The student will communicate the procedures and results of investigations and explanations through symbolism, oral presentations, or writings.

Human Impact on Earth
The student will explain how major bodies of water are important natural resources for human activity and describe how human needs and activities have affected the quantity and quality of major bodies of fresh water.

Water Cycle
The student will describe the path of water as it cycles including surface run-off and groundwater flow, classify water in its various forms (e.g., snow, rain, sleet, fog, clouds, dew) as it circulates through the water cycle and classify bodies of water as fresh or salt water, flowing or stationary, large or small, solid or liquid, surface or ground.

5th Grade Growth and Development Session

Thursday, March 13th, 1-2pm

5801 NW Waukomis Dr

Kansas City, MO

Letters about the growth and development session will be coming home this week!


  • Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension by reading on-level text with purpose and understanding.
  • Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

  • Summarize two or more main ideas of a text using key details through literature and informational text.
  • Summarize fiction text including all literary elements (e.g. setting, characters, problem/solution, and events).

  • Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from informational text and literature.

Author's Purpose and Point of View
  • Explain/analyze how the author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in informational text.
  • Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described.
  • Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.

Literary Elements
  • Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem based on the point of view and details from the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic.
  • Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g. how characters interact).

Text Features and Structures
  • Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fit together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.
  • Use the overall structure (e.g. chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.

  • Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
  • Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.

Compare and Contrast
  • Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g. mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.
  • Compare and contrast how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or presentation of a text (e.g. graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).
  • Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.