Turk Tribune

5th Grade News - December 5, 2014

Upcoming Events

* MAP Test (Reading) - Monday, 12/8 @ 8:45 a.m.

* DARE Essay (will be read aloud to class) - Monday, 12/8

* Unit 2 Reading test - Wednesday, 12/10

* Yearbook Order Forms Due - Monday, 12/8

* Winter Holiday Party - Friday, 12/19 @ 12:50-1:50 p.m.


  • Need Tablet Help at Home? There is a parent/student resource folder available to you! This contains help sheets and instructions on how to use various apps, how to access materials, and some tablet basics. We will be adding more resources to the folder, so check back often!

    You can access the folder at: http://tinyurl.com/D158TechHelp


This week we began our review of Unit 2. We've spent time reviewing a variety of grammar concepts (action vs. linking verbs, possessive nouns), as well as vocabulary which will be on the Unit 2 tests. Another focus has been to identify and practice text structure(s), such as sequencing, cause and effect, compare and contrast, and chronological order. We also listened to a "Prefix Rap" to us remember many prefixes and their meanings. Our Unit 2 Reading test is Wednesday, 12/10.

Students spent time this week making revisions to their Personal Narratives, and today I introduced them to the website called "Big Universe", which is where I hope to have the children publish their narratives. We found cutting/pasting to be challenging on the tablet, so next week we'll try again using tablets and keyboard functions.


We are about halfway through Unit 5, which focuses on Fractions and Decimals. Some students are finding it difficult to convert fractions since this requires automatic recall of multiplication and division facts. Please encourage your child to use Xtra Math, flashcards, or any other method to increase recall of basic facts. I have started weekly 2-minute timed multiplication tests in the classroom - the students were super excited! These will not be taken for a grade; they are intended to help your child practice fact fluency.

I have added a Math sub-page on the Parent Page of Haiku. This includes numerous links to math practice sites as well as vocabulary practice various math terms.


This week we talked about the Quartering Act (which allowed British soldiers to stay with Colonists, receive free food and lodging, and the ability to collect taxes at any time). Students were asked to collaborate with their Colonial "families" to decide how to respond to this unwelcome requirement. We also learned about "The Ropewalker Incidenct", which was another example of how tensions were building between the Colonists and the British. How did you child's group choose to respond?


Make sure to get a good night's sleep for the MAP test Monday morning!

Have an awesome weekend!

Dana Turk