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5th Grade Weekly Classroom Newsletter - January 23rd

Fifth Grade's Curriculum Corner

MATH CENTER - MRS. OZKAN

Answer Keys for Georgia MIlestones Common Core Practice Books

Answer keys for Georgia MIlestones common core practice books are available. If you need them, please email me at kozkan@fsaelementary.org. Since answer keys are copyrighted materials, please don’t make the copies. You can barrow the answer key booklets and return to me as soon as you get the answers.

6th Grade Math

Next week, we will be starting our unit on algebra - Variables & Patterns. The overarching objective of the Variables and Patterns Unit is to develop students ability to recognize, describe, and analyze two kinds of relationships between variables: (1) change in the value of a single variable over time; and (2) change in the value of a dependent variable as it responds to change in the value of a related independent variable. Students should learn how to reason about those relationships using numeric, graphic, symbolic, and verbal representations.


Parent letters for the unit were handed out today in class and the books have been issued to the students.


5th Grade Math

Next week, we will be starting our unit on multiplying and dividing fractions. Students will apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to multiply and divide fractions. We will focus on developing computational skill with and understanding of fraction multiplication. Various contexts and models are introduced to help students make sense of when multiplication is appropriate.

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. Study Island MAP Learning Path will help your child to reach his/her goal.

Classes with students who finish 15 questions and demonstrate a mastery of 70% or more (blue ribbon on each lesson) in each lesson will be given a pizza party.


I've sent Math MAP Learning Path Reports today at home. Please check your child's folder and let me know if you have any questions. I will keep the winners' names on the board in my classroom and update the names every Friday.

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READING CENTER - MS. HOLLEY

5th grade On-level Reading Classes (periods 1 and 4):

Next week, we will begin the short story, “Project Mulberry.” We will be focusing on finding the main idea and details within a text. Throughout the week, students will be working in small groups. Each group will focus on reading fluently, working on the new vocabulary, and finding the main idea and supporting details. On Friday, January 30, students will take a test over “Project Mulberry” comprehension and vocabulary. The vocabulary is located at the bottom of the newsletter. Reading logs are also due on Friday, January 30.


5th grade Advanced Reading Class (period 7):

Next week, we will begin our unit on Poetry. Students will fill out guided note sheets throughout the week as they learn about the different types of poetry. Next week, we will focus on introduction to poetry, personification, similes/metaphors, alliteration, and idioms. Students will study each type of poetry, including characteristics and examples of each. They will also practice writing each type of poem. On Friday, January 30, students will take a quiz over the 4 types of poetry that we covered. Reading logs are also due on Friday, January 30.


6th grade Reading classes (periods 2 and 3):

Next week, we will begin our unit on Poetry. Students will fill out guided note sheets throughout the week as they learn about the different types of poetry. Next week, we will focus on introduction to poetry, personification, similes/metaphors, alliteration, and idioms. Students will study each type of poetry, including characteristics and examples of each. They will also practice writing each type of poem. On Friday, January 30, students will take a quiz over the 4 types of poetry that we covered. Reading logs are also due on Friday, January 30.


We will begin our next novel study in February. The next book that Advanced 5th grade students will be reading is "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The next book that 6th grade students will be reading is "Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry" by Midlred D. Taylor.


On level 5th grade students will continue to use the short stories within our textbook Storytown.


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. There are also individual learning paths that have been created. This is a great tool to use to help prepare your student for the Georgia Milestones test in April.


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. http://fultonsunshine.org/
**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 http://www.wpcsd.k12.ny.us/Page/307


REMINDER:

January starts a new Scholastic Reading Club month! Because of the Winter Break, January 30 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

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ELA - MS. POUNCEY

Current News
For the week of January 26th through the 30th, we will be finishing our Expository writing unit with presentations on Monday and starting our next grammar unit on adjectives. Please be on the lookout for the study guides and HW packets to go home on Wednesday of next week.

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. http://fultonsunshine.org/
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.

SOCIAL STUDIES CENTER - MRS. PIERCE

Next week in Social Studies we will be wrapping up chapter 10 with a test on Wednesday, February 4th. I've spent a lot of time stressing to the students the importance of this topic as well as study habits. Students should always write the questions for their homework and make sure their answers are in complete sentences. This is so that they can retain the information as they work. Every test I have given them have been questions I have asked in class and we have discussed at length. Students are always encouraged to take notes as we talk so that they can refer back to them to study.

We will have started our "Fakebook" presentations on Friday, January 30th; however, we may still have some to present on the following Monday. The students have come to me with some very great questions and ideas. I'm really looking forward to seeing their creativity shine.

As always, please email me should you have any questions or concerns.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

SCIENCE - MS. KARAKOYUN

Congratulations to students who scored the highest on the Chapter 4 test. Great Job!!!!

Electric House Project was a blast. I was very excited to see all the projects. Although we had very limited place to walk, everyone of us were excited to see projects. I believe students learned a lot from building this project. A Chinese proverb states:
"Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I’ll remember. Involve me, I’ll understand."

Next week we will start a new unit, Life Science. The unit will start with Cells and Microorganisms. With this new unit, we will also start on a new project. However this will be an in class project. First, students will draw plant/animal cells, then they with create a 3-D version with play-doh, or any materials that they would like to bring in. I will provide the plates and play-doh. Students will work in pairs. Time will be provided to the students to finish in class, however, if they don/t finish, they will be able to take it home to work on it. This project will be due on Feb 2nd.

Science Fair Report - Feb 9th.
Science Fair Project - Feb 13th.

Volunteers Needed for Graduation Party!!!

Every year the parents of Fulton Sunshine Academy 5th grade parents sponsor and supervise a week full of activities for the graduating elementary seniors which provides SAFE AND FUN celebration for our students. It also represents the last time the students will be able to celebrate their friendships together as a group. Graduation Party has been an ongoing tradition for many years.

One of the goals is to make the event affordable so all students are able to attend. We need EVERYONE's HELP to make this event a success. We are asking a minimum donation of $35.

Volunteer opportunities are available or you can help by donating money. Please complete the flyer and return it to your child’s homeroom teacher ASAP.

If you have any questions, please contact your Grad Committee Chairpersons :

Prasanthi Karamched : prashanti28@yahoo.com
Pinki Patel : php72@comcast.net

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 kozkan@fsaelementary.org or FSAES Home Visit Coordinator Ms. Mingus at amingus@fsaelementary.org.

Tutoring Reminders

Every week, subject teachers offer tutoring for students that need extra help. Here are a few reminders about tutoring:


-Students are invited by teachers as they see neccessary.


-If you feel your student needs extra practice with a specific topic, please e-mail the subject teacher. This way, when your student comes to tutoring, we will be prepared to help.


-Students need to have something to work on during tutoring, i.e. make-up work/test, missing homework


-If students consistently become too much of a distraction to other students, they will be sent to ASP.


-If students fail to comply, they will be removed from tutoring.


We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. We look forward to a great second semester!