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5th Grade Weekly Classroom Newsletter - December 5th

Fifth Grade's Curriculum Corner


I hope you had a restful break and were able to spend time with friends and family .

Math MAP Test is on Friday, 12/12.

Study Island

I have some assignments on Study Island. Please make sure your child completes 30 questions on each assignment and demonstrates a mastery of 70% or more.

6th Grade Math

Next week
, we will start working on Investigation 2 which focuses on developing computational skill with and understanding of fraction multiplication. Various contexts and models are introduced to help Mrs. Ozkan's Math Geniuses make sense of when multiplication is appropriate.

Check 1 will be given on Thursday,12/11 over Investigation 1.

5th Grade Math

Next week, Mrs. Ozkan's Math Geniuses will continue learning about fractions. The students have learned factors, prime numbers, composite numbers and greatest common factor. They will be using GCF (greatest common factor) to simplify /reduce fractions on Monday. We will also talk about LCM (least common multiple), mixed numbers, comparing and ordering fractions.

Mrs. Ozkan's Math Geniuses will be given Chapter 4 Test on Wednesday, 12/17. Study guide will be handed out next week on Friday, 12/12.

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5th & 6th grade Reading classes:

**ALL CHOICE BOARD PROJECTS ARE DUE MONDAY, DECEMBER 8! 5th grade Reading is required to complete 2 activities. 6th grade Reading is required to complete 3 activities. Please e-mail me if your student needs any of the articles, handouts, etc.**

Next week, we will be having our unit test over "Behind Rebel Lines." All classes were given a study guide for "Behind Rebel Lines" on Thursday, and we will review it on Monday, December 8. All classes will test on Wednesday, December 10. The study guides and comprehension packets are also due Wednesday. Reading logs will be due on Friday next week. The packets, study guides, and reading logs for each class are located on "Class Resources" if your student lost it. For the remainder of the week, we will be working in our textbook "Storytown."

REMINDER: Reading MAP test is on Thursday, December 11!

"Behind Rebel Lines" Book- Online version:

Holiday Party- Friday, December 19!

5th grade will be celebrating the end of the semester/start of winter break on Friday, December 19. Please let me know if you are intersted in volunteering or donating goodies for our homeroom party! Just send me an e-mail!

Study Island

I have added assignments on Study Island for students to practice their reading skills. Please make sure your student demonstrates a mastery of 70% or more.

Class Resource Page
If your student is missing an assignment or needs to print off a lost one, please refer to the class resource page on the school's portal through the school website.
**For the interactive notebook, the file was too big; therefore, it will not open. If your student is missing a specific page, please let me know, and I will send a separate e-mail.

Developmental Reading Assessment

Throughout this semester, we have been using the Development Reading Assessments (DRA) in first period to help establish students' reading levels and to monitor reading progress throughout the year. For more information, you can visit


December starts a new Scholastic Reading Club month! Because of the Winter Break, December 19 is the last day to send in any Scholastic book orders. Please use either exact cash or a check written out to Scholastic Reading Club.

The class code for ordering Scholastic books is : NF78L


Current News
For the week of December 8th through the 12th, we are finishing our Pronouns Unit. I am aiming to have review day on December 15th and the test on December 17th.

Study Island
I have assignments on Study Island. Please make sure your child completes 30 questions on each assignment and demonstrates a mastery of 70% or more. If you are not able to access these assignments please email me ASAP.

Class Resource Page
If your student is missing an assignment or needs to print off a lost one, please refer to the class resource page on the school's portal through the school website.
I scan-in all of the assignments that I can and post them there. I have a list of the passwords and usernames for those of you that are struggling to access it. Please email me if you need it.

Home Access Center
If you would like to keep up with due dates for this unit, they are all posted a ready on Home Access Center. This will also be a great place to check for NHI's as well and absent work. I post all assignments at the beginning of each unit. I do my best to update grades as often as possible, but sometimes that is only once a week. I appreciate your patience!

Spelling Words
This week's spelling words are posted on Spelling City. Please see the link below under the "Spelling" sections for the link to the page. I update it every Monday, except for those times we have no school on Monday. I also send home definitions and packets for the students to work on for extra practice. These packets are due for a grade every Thursday before the quiz. Our Spelling Quizzes are held on every Friday.


This week we are wrapping up chapter 7 with a small test so that we can start on chapter 8 at the beginning of next week, December 8th. With MAP testing being scheduled, we will work our way through the chapter slower; hopefully finishing it before we leave for our winter break.

The students will have a vocabulary quiz on this chapter; hopefully next week on Thursday. The words are: Corporation, Monopoly, Labor Union, Strike, Persecution, Tenement, Slum, Settlement House, Stockyard, Progressives, and Muckraker.

I will announce the date for their test over this chapter next week.


There are only three more weeks for first semester to be over. For the next three week we will be going over two lessons from Chapter 4. Lessons are "What is Static Electricity", and "What makes a Circuit?"

Monday, Dec. 8th we will have Quiz 1 over Static Electricity. For the quiz, students need to know,

*Electric Charge,

*Static Electricity,

*Electric Field,

*Electric Force,



Next week we will start talking about circuits. (Electric Circuit, Series Circuit, Parallel Circuit.) Because there is MAP testing next week, we will have short classes. If we have time, students will creates circuits by using wires, batteries and light bulbs. If we don't have enough time, we will complete the experiment following week.

Homeroom: First semester is almost over. Everyone is so excited. I thought adding a little more joy and excitement wouldn't hurt anybody. And I came up with this idea to share presents that I wrapped for them. I have a basket, that has names of students written on a piece of paper. Every afternoon, I will pick one lucky person. Each gift has numbers on them. Monday, Dec. 1st was day 1. The student that was called out on Dec. 1st get the gift that has number 1 on it. This way, until the end of this semester, every student in my homeroom will come home with a present.

These websites has games that are related to what we are studying:

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Home Visit Program at FSAES

As part of FSAES Home Visit Program, teachers visit students and parents at their home.

Overall goal of home visit is to help strengthen relationships between parents, students and teachers and inform parents & students on how much they care.

We would LOVE to visit our students at home at your convenience.

If you would like to participate, please e-mail me at or FSAES Home Visit Coordinator Ms. Mingus at