5th Grade News
March 14, 2015
Mrs. Crenshaw's and Mrs. Lillich's Class News
Fifth Grade Explorers of Excellence!
Congratulations for exemplifying Westlake Charter School's Explorers Code of Perseverence, Respect, Gratitude and Responsibility! We are so proud of you! Keep up the great work!
3/16 - 20 2nd Parent Teacher Conferences
(4th–8th early dismissal)
3/20 - Friday 9:45 - Academic Awards Celebration Assembly
3/30/15 - 4/10/15 SPRING BREAK - No School
4/20/15- SBAC Testing this most likely this Week
5/11/15- 5th Grade CST Science Test this Week
5/25/15 MEMORIAL DAY
6/8-11 Westminster Woods Science Field Lesson
6/17/15 Last Day of School!
Field Trip Donations - Westminster Woods
Our Westminster Woods trip is coming up soon. We will have a meeting after our Spring Break!
You can make a complete or incremental donations to support this trip. Below is a short video that will lead you through the steps necessary to easily make those donations.
Please click on the following URL or paste it in the URL line at the top of your screen and hit enter to proceed to the video:
Mrs. Crenshaw's Homeroom, Reading, L.A., and Social Studies
Students continue to practice their keyboarding skills and are getting closer to reaching their goal of typing 25 words per minute with no more than two mistakes! Some students are already typing 30+ words per minute! Way to use those "home row keys!"
Congratulations to those students who met their 2nd Trimester AR reading goals! We will celebrate with pizza on Friday, March 20th!
Our next novel study will be on The Watson's Go to Birmingham --1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis. This is a novel narrated by Kenny, 9, about his middle-class black family, known as the Weird Watson's of Flint, Michigan. This novel touches on a number of themes including racism, friendships, trust, and family relationships. Students will be reading closely to study literature elements as well as responding to the literature through GoogleClassroom and our Class Blog.
This 3rd trimester of 5th grade we will continue to focus on non-fiction writing. Students will work in cooperative groups to research famous people, battles, unsung heroes of the American Revolution and will write a colonial newspaper. A biography of a famous person will be included as well as some creative poetry writing.
Students are learning some unique strategies to "dress up" their writing by adding adverbial clauses, dual adjectives, adverbs, and verbs as well as avoiding banned or boring words. Students love sharing their dressed up sentences or paragraphs!
Students continue their word study to build meaning and comprehension by studying to roots, prefixes, and suffixes. They are mastering similes, metaphors, hyperboles, idioms and personification.
During the last month, students learned about daily life in the colonial Virginia capital of Williamsburg. Next they compared the tense relationship between the colonies and Great Britain before the American Revolution to a strained relationship between a parent and a child. Last week students learn about six prominent colonists, who are either Loyalists or Patriots, and record these leaders' viewpoints about American independence in their online notebooks. Next we will learn about the events and ideas that led to Jefferson's drafting of the Declaration of Independence and consequently analyze how how the American colonies defeated Great Britain in the American Revolution.
Mrs. Lillich's Homeroom - Reading, Language Arts, and Technology
Accelerated Reading - Independent Reading: Congratulations to those students who met their 2nd Trimester AR reading goals! We will celebrate with pizza on Friday, March 20th!
Students should be reading 10-20 minutes a day in class and 20-30 minutes each evening. Students should be completing a book at least every 2 weeks and taking an AR quiz. New Trimester 3 AR Contracts will go home soon.
Reading for Literature:
Our next novel study will be on The Watson's Go to Birmingham --1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis. This is a novel narrated by Kenny, 9, about his middle-class black family, known as the Weird Watson's of Flint, Michigan. This novel touches on a number of themes including racism, friendships, trust, and family relationships. Students will be reading closely to study literature elements as well as responding to the literature through GoogleClassroom.
We have been learning about Point of View and Tone and Mood recently which are two Literary Elements. Students recently completed a Google Classroom assignment creating a Figurative Language Booklet using either Google Presentations, Google Docs or using their own illustrated work.
Reading for Information - We are reading our Time for Kids magazines learning about non-fiction text features for Reading for Information. Good Reading for Information Strategies include: Reading everything twice, Reading everything on the page including picture captions, titles, diagrams, and charts, Understanding vocabulary associated with the concept before answering questions, and using clues in the text to formulate answers. We also work on some Reading for Information passages in class.
Spelling and Vocabulary - Students should complete the word work associated with each word list and study a few minutes each day, mastering a few words each day to aid their success.
Technology and Project Based Learning and
GOOGLE CLASSROOM - Students should practice Typing as much as possible to work toward typing 25-30 words per minute.
Lillich's Math and Science News
We have an extensive amount of material to still cover in math before our test in April. The amount of in class work and homework will fluxuate somewhat depending on the concept and level of difficulty. We will be working on Data and Measurement converting units of measurement as well as reviewing Algebra Concepts. We will cover Graphing and more before our test.
One side note: The information in math written on the nightly agenda is the Assignment for the Day. Students often have 10-30 minutes in class to work on the assignment. What is not finished in class is homework. If students are working diligently in class and know their math facts, the left over time for the homework should still be less than 30 minutes of work.
At this point in the year, very little parent help should be needed when it comes to the math homework. Students have time in class to ask questions about problems when we grade the assignments the next day.
Science - We wrapped up Life Science and are studying Earth Science. We have our CST Test in Science in May that covers all of the 4th and 5th grade Science standards. Helping your student master vocabulary for each concept is one great way to help them as well as helping them study for their quizzes.
EnGradePro - Online Grading for your Student
Your student has a user name and password in their agenda to check their grades on-line at any time. A good rule of thumb is to check in with your student weekly and check grades together so that they can communicate information about assignments, grades, how they did, and find associated graded papers to share with you. Please do not wait until the trimester ends to begin to check grades. Checking EnGradePro daily will create more questions than answers and we do not recommend it. We do not usually enter grades every day. Check backpacks for graded work and go over it with your student, that is often much more productive.
A few bits of information to know about EnGradePro and Grading:
- There are some grade categories that have no grades and may not have any for the first trimester because we have not yet covered those standards.
- An “M” means a missing assignment. Your student did not turn in their assignment and this counts as a zero. Have your student check the “NO Name” bin in their classroom as a first way to problem solve this or perhaps check their backpack to see if they forgot to turn the paper in. Most of the time we would take their paper and grade it for a few points off.
- An empty spot in the grade book can mean we just have not gotten to grade a particular paper.
- Be sure when your child is absent to encourage them to complete and return all work so that it can be graded and entered in the grade book. Many times when students are absent they forget to return their work.
More than just Academics
Teaching Fifth Graders life skills.
Valentine's Day Party!
Thank you parent volunteers for their time and yummy donations!
Science Lab Day Learning about Vascular Plants
Learning about xylem and phloem.
Classifying Leaves in Science
Lab days are more fun!
More from Classifying Leaves Lab
Thank you to the students that brought the leaves from home for our lab.
Using our text, cooperative learning groups, and hands-on science to learn in creative ways.