Canham and Franke Updates

Mrs. Franke and Mrs. Canham's 5th Grade Class

May 2017

Throughout the school year, our two classes have combined multiple times in all different content areas. This last month of school, we will do this on a more regular basis in order to provide collaboration between students in both classes. We are very fortunate to have two amazing classes in which all students respect one another, which makes combining our classes even more fun and engaging for all!

What's Happening in 5th grade?


Reader's Workshop

We will be starting new book clubs at the end of this week. Each time your child has a book club meeting, they need to have their assigned reading completed, and at least 8 sticky notes to mark their thinking for conversations starters. The day after the meeting they need to have a write long completed. Here is a link to the expectations and the group calendar can be found in your child's homework folder.

The students are also learning about different propaganda techniques in order to understand bias in the author's message.

Writer's Workshop

5th graders are continuing to work on their research papers. All of the students should have their resources and start to take notes this week. They will get class time to work on this, but will also need to work on this at home as well. Next week, we will be working on our rough drafts. Here is the student's research timeline.


We have started a unit on growth patterns. We are working on creating and using tables and graphs to represent growth patterns and creating algebraic equations to represent the growth pattern. When we finish, we will be working on describing, summarizing, comparing and representing data.

Social Studies

These last 2 weeks of social studies, we will focus on national government. Groups of students will be assigned to different branches of the government. Groups will then create an interactive lesson to share with other classmates about what they learned!

Science (starts approx. May 12)

The students will be starting their unit on roller coaster physics. Throughout this unit, the students will be learning about forces and Newton's laws of motion. The homework for this unit will be online through Discovery Education. This online homework, videos and reading, will allow us to do a lot of hands-on activities in class, and in the end - create a marble roller coaster!


MAPS Testing

We will be doing our final MAPS tests in the next 2 weeks:

Tuesday 5/2 - Math 12:45-2:00

Tuesday 5/9 - Reading 10:30-12:00

Please try to not schedule any appointments or vacations for your child during these times.

Spring Concert/Musical

Our 13 Colonies Musical will be our Spring Concert! The musical will be performed on May 18th at 2:30 in the Parkview gym. Please check with your child on what costume they may need for this performance.

Opportunity Day

Opportunity Day is on Friday. May 19th. Please make sure your child is dressed comfortable on this day.

Last Day of School Celebration

We will be going to Cedars III to bowl and play games the morning of June 7th. Please see the attached sign-up to help with volunteering that morning or to help with food donations.

5th Gr. End of Year Slide Show

A photo sharing site has been set up to help collect pictures for our 5th grade end of year celebration slide show.

Please go to the following website

and log in with the password: Bullpups (case sensitive)

Pictures to upload are any school function from any year at Parkview (K-5)

Thank you for helping make our 5th Grade Celebration memorable for all the kids!