5th Grade Rocks

Mr. Westenberg and Mrs. Wiegman

Book Club

Thank you to our latest book club hosts, Joann and Justin Sheldon. We read Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein picked by Sydney. If you are looking for a good book for your child, this one was a book club favorite. Our next AM book club will be hosted by Chriss and Nicky Bond on March 22nd at 6:00. The book is called Hoot by Carl Hiaasen ($6.00). In April, Elan Brown and Isabelle Lurtz are hosting the PM Class Book Club, and the book is title 68 Rooms by Marianne Malone. Date will soon be announced. Let me know if you'd like me to order a copy for you using my Amazon Prime ($6.99).
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PARCC Schedules

PARCC is almost here! I'm attaching the schedule here to help you plan for skiing and upcoming events. It starts on April 12th and goes to April 27th.


Reading Groups

Our 5th grade DRA reading goal is level 60 which is a huge jump from a level 40 (where they were supposed to be at the end of 4th grade). In order to help students reach this goal, I have a few small reading groups. These students meet with me 3-5 days a week for 20-30 minutes to go over high frequency words, vocabulary, text features of genres, fluency, comprehension, and finally writing to a prompt. Most of these students are great readers, yet struggle to express their comprehension in writing. Here is a video of what our writing day looks like if you are curious.


Rainforest Unit

We are beginning to finish up this fun unit. Our last activity will be to read other genres such as poetry and fiction to compare to this wonderful nonfiction book called The Most Beautiful Roof in the World by Kathryn Lasky. Using nonfiction, the class delved deep into main ideas and author's point of view, neutral, positive, negative, biased, or unbiased. It's just difficult to remember what genre to use this skill, fiction or nonfiction? Another fun activity we did was called Nonfiction Signposts.


In writing, we've been studying opinion essays especially the organization: opinion, reason, and explanation. Most students have mastered transitions to signal a new reason is being introduced. 5th graders need to use a variety of transitions, too like transition words (First,...), phrases (In conclusion, ...), and clauses (after climbing into the magnificent canopy, ...). When their essays come home next week, check to see what types of transitions they used.


Slavens has some amazing 5th graders. All 5th grade Destination Imagination teams made it to state this year! Woo Hoo! These are 3 amazing teams that have really worked hard on teamwork, creativity, and critical thinking. And...our very own Zach Long made it to the State Spelling Bee and represented us well. Milana Rosazza and Zach Long also were our Super Citizens this quarter. Way to go 5th graders!

Math and Science

Just finished Unit 6 Geometry and starting Order of Operations. I have added this link to show you the scope and sequence for this unit. Let me know if it doesn't work.


We also just finished the weather unit which kids wrote a story about the weather in a particular city and included climate elements. Next, we're onto the Human Body. There is a field trip on April 13 to the Nature and Science Museum to have some fun at the human body exhibits and see how healthy we are. The puberty talk isn't until May. Don't worry! Permission slips will be coming home in May before that conversation just to let you know what we'll be discussing.