## Week 12 Learning Targets

Language Arts- We will be continuing our author study about Gary Paulsen. As a class, we will be continuing one of his many popular books, Woods Runner. This is a book set in the American Revolution. We will be analyzing the character's experience and co-constructing an opinion paper about the character. As we discover Paulsen's characters, we will be looking at historical context, making predictions, and considering character traits. The blending of reading and writing this week will be seamless.

Math- During the twelfth week of school, our fifth graders will be completing Module 4. Our study has included proper and improper fractions, common denominators, addition of fractions with related and unrelated denominators, and order of operations in a multi-step problems. It has been information and action packed. The end of unit assessment is scheduled for Tuesday, November 11. Our next study will include ordering decimals to the nearest whole number, tenths and hundredths. I am including the link to the parent letter providing additional information about the math in our next unit. https://www.origoslate.com/3/index.php#/21867 . Also,please encourage your child to complete and return their Math homework each week. It keeps prior instruction fresh in their minds and allows you to see exactly what our learning looks like.

Science- This week in science we will be finishing our unit in energy (sound, light, electricity, and mechanical). On Wednesday, November 13th, your 5th grader will be taking the district CBA over energy. Thursday and Friday we will move into our new unit: Earth science. Please remember your child has a science STAAR test this spring and VOCABULARY IS KEY!!! Here is some of the vocabulary for the next unit to practice with your child: abrasion, beach, and canyon, clay, coal compression, constructive, crust, delta

destructive, expand, earthquake, and weathering.

## PVE Writing Rubric Expectations

Parents, we would like to refresh your memory of the 2014/2015 PVE instructional focus. Across all curricular arenas we are directing our attention to writing. It is our expectation that every student will progress at least one year in their level of writing. As a staff we have created a rubric to hold the students accountable. This rubric is posted below. When your child is writing any assignment at home, please hold them to the fifth grade standard. The rubric is not unfamiliar to the students. A checklist with goals is in their Go Folder (pictured below). Please review your child's checklist and goals with them at home. The rubric itself is in every subject notebook, and it is posted in every classroom. We are continually amazed by the quality of work our children produce and fully expect each child to meet their goal.

We do have Stride Academy again this year. It is a great online program for the kids to play and have fun while strengthening their reading and math skills. It works at their level and targets specific areas of need. Please login and enjoy! Please find your child's homeroom teacher information below.

## Million Words Challenge

We challenge you! This year we will be counting minutes towards our Million Word Challenge. Our goal is for each fifth grader to read for at least 30 minutes a night or 150 minutes a week. At the end of the six weeks your child should have read a total of 900 minutes to meet the goal. All you have to do is make sure your child is logging the minutes they read every night on the back of their planner, where their homework is located, and log their total minutes for the week. Teachers will take the reading log up at the first of each week. October 3 is our first goal check. We can all get 900 minutes by then! Please make sure you are signing their planner to verify they read the minutes logged.

## Daily Homework and Responsibilities

** Please remember to sign your child's planner daily. This will remain in their green "Go Folder." It should GO with them wherever they go! It is an important means of communication between parents and teacher.** It also verifies their reading minutes.

Friday folders will come home on Fridays. Those will include graded work, notes from the school, and other handouts. This folder is purple. Please sign and return on Monday.

## Spelling/Vocabulary Test Monday, November 17

With all the technology we will be using this year, having some headphones/earbuds would be a great convenience for your child. So if you have an old pair laying around the house that you don't mind losing, please send it with your child. They will be able to keep it in their pencil pouch or locker. Also, if you still have your pencil holder from last year, please bring it in.

### PVE

PTA Meeting at 5:45pm.

Veterans Day Performance immediately following PTA meeting at 6:00pm.

PTA “Homework Help” until 7:00pm.

### PVE Cafeteria

Prairie View Family Thanksgiving Lunch Schedule

Kindergarten 10:30-11:10 am

1st Grade 10:50-11:30 am

2nd Grade 11:25-12:05 pm

4th Grade 11:45-12:25 pm

3rd Grade 12:20-1:00 pm

5th Grade 12:40-1:20 pm

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