The Jones Journal

Updates from The Flock // October 2015

Important Dates

Portfolio Presentations (student-led conferences)

Monday, Nov. 16th, 3:30pm to Thursday, Nov. 19th, 6pm

4790 Cemetery Rd

Hilliard, OH

This meeting will be a student-led conference, which is NOT a traditional parent/teacher conference. Your child will lead the first part of the conference to present his or her accomplishments and goals. That means your child WILL attend his/her conference since he/she is leading it!

See below for more details about student-led conferences.

More information about signing up for your child's presentation will be sent in the coming days.

***** Notes From Mr. Jones *****

Parent Teacher Conferences

I've very excited to meet with you in November for your child's PORTFOLIO PRESENTATION.

This "portfolio presentation" is NOT a traditional parent/teacher conference. Your child will lead the first part of the conference to present his or her accomplishments and goals. After your child’s presentation, parents and teachers may use the remaining time to discuss strengths, concerns, issues, and academics. This format provides an opportunity for your child to…

  • Share samples of work
  • Learn self-evaluation
  • Be accountable for his/her work
  • Communicate with you about his/her progress and goals.

Reading At Home

REMIDNER: Students should be reading at home. I do NOT have a reading log that I require students to fill out. However, I do expect students to read at home. My hope is that students will read 20-30 minutes a night. In other words, your child should read 3-4 hours each week. Please help your child with this.

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A Quick Video to Ponder

Should students work a second shift after a full day at school?
Alfie Kohn: "Making students work a 'second shift'"

What Are We Learning?


We have just started discussing characters in our books. For example, we're spending our reading time looking at how readers use character's thoughts and the story as a whole to deepen their understanding of the text. This year, students will study relationships, friendships, struggles of book characters. The journeys that characters experience, both externally and internally, in a book. Plus, how to at first live as a character and later step out of that character’s shoes to grow big ideas about the character. Here are some questions you can ask your child as he/she is reading at home:

  • “Do you like or relate to one character more than you do to another? In what ways?”
  • “Why did the character do that? Why did other characters react in different ways?”
  • “How come the character is feeling that way? Do other characters feel differently?”
  • “Do you think he (or she) did the right thing?”

** I strongly encourage students to read about 3 hours at home per week.

Our current read aloud novel is Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.

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Your child has his/her own blog! Students have started blogging and they are really enjoying it. This blog will be a chance for them to write about their lives as fifth graders. Some are choosing to write each blog post around a theme, while others are writing what's on their mind at that time. Also, we spent time discussing how to write a good comment.


** Ask your child the difference between a "dead-end comment" vs. a "highway comment."


Our current math unit focuses on multiplying & dividing fractions. Your child will be exploring their previous understandings of multiplication and division (of whole numbers) to multiply and divide fractions. Students will understand:

  • Understand that a fraction represents the division of one whole number by another whole number
  • Represent a fraction as division using visual models
  • Explain how fractions represent division and write a remainder as a fraction
  • Understand that an equation such as ¼ x 8 is said as one-fourth of eight or interpreted as ¼ of 8 pies
  • Multiply a fraction by a whole number
  • Multiply a fraction by a fraction
  • Solve problems involving division of fractions
  • Understand that multiplication and division are inverse operations

Social Studies

In social studies, students are wrapping up our Zombie Apocalypse project. The purpose of this project was for students to gain a deeper understanding of the geography of the Western Hemisphere. This includes North and South America. Some questions we are asking are: How is the geography of the Western Hemisphere unique? How do physical and human geographic characteristics help shape the identity of places?

Here are some of what students are learning:

  • Latitude and longitude can be used to make observations about location and generalizations about climate.
  • Regions can be determined using various criteria (e.g. landform, climate, population, cultural or economic).
  • Variations among physical environments within the Western Hemisphere influence human activities. Human activities also alter the physical environment.

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