5th Grade News

February 2016, Volume 2

Dates and Reminders


26 - KSHB Meteorology coming to talk to 5th grade

week of 29 - 3rd quarter Math Fact Fluency Tests

week of 29 - SRI Test (Scholastic Reading Inventory)


3 - Family Literacy Night

10 - Elementary College Night

25 - Spring Break Begins

Important Information Sent Home

Be sure to check your child's bag for information about...

  • Elementary College Night - March 10 from 5-6 p.m. @ the High School Commons
  • Grandparent/Family Literacy Night - March 3 from 5- 6:30 p.m. @ Westview

5th Grade Field Trip

The 5th Graders will be taking their Field Trip to Earnest Shepard Youth Center for a day in Team-Building Challenges. We will need anywhere from 8-18 parents to volunteer to help at this trip. Students will be placed in 8 teams of 10 and will have to work through obstacles like ropes courses etc and work together to solve problems.

Check out their website for more information:

Earnest Shepherd Youth Center

(816) 781-7733

Check Us Out at www.earnestshepherd.com

Academically Speaking


Now that we have finished our whole class Book Club for Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea, we are writing our own imagined narrative as it relates to school. Our focus is on composing writing that falls under the category of realistic fiction which is the genre of writing Rob Buyea used for Because of Mr. Terupt. We are using details from the text and emulating introductions and conclusions. We will soon be publishing our writing through a variety of ways—students will choose to either compose their story onto final copy paper, type their story into Google Docs, or create a Google Slides presentation for their imagined narrative.

Reading Take-A-Ways: Ask your child to tell you about their imagined narrative. Ask them if they are adding fictional elements to a true story from their life or imagining a story that is completely fictional.


In science the students have been studying the effects of weather on our planet and what conditions have to be present in order for weather to occur. The students will soon be experimenting with how heat from the sun warms earth materials and will be learning about conduction and convection soon. We are fortunate enough to have Nicole Miller from KSHB News coming to speak to us about Meteorology on Friday February 26th.

Science Take-A-Ways: Ask your son or daughter about some of the weather components - Like the difference between climate & weather!


Students have just wrapped up their unit on adding and subtracting mixed numbers and are moving onto multiplying and dividing fractions. On Google classroom there is a homework help video for whenever a student needs it. Expect two homework pages of math homework a week until the middle of April.

Math Take-A-Ways: Get a timer and race your child with solving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems. Who is quicker? Need sheets? Visit http://www.commoncoresheets.com/Drills.php

Jigsaw Book Club Discussion