Update from Room 124

Week of October 17, 2016

Newsletter Update

I decided I liked this format MUCH better than the other format I tried a week or two ago. Therefore, there was a week where you didn't receive an update from me. I apologize for the gap in communication, as I was hoping to find something "free" and to no avail. So, I'm back using this format, hoping that I can find a way "around" to make sure that all parents receive this and that some email hosts don't kick out my email (as happened a couple of weeks ago). Thanks for hanging in there with me! =)

About 20 Days Left

I have had parents ask me to share this link once again. I only have about 20 days left to fund this project for our classroom!! If you would like to donate or have an employer who would like to help a classroom with some literacy projects, please consider donating or sharing this link! I am less than $250 away from my goal!!


There have been questions about whether or not donations for this project are tax deductible. YES!!! Donations to donorschoose.org for my project ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE as they are a 501(c)3 organization.https://www.donorschoose.org/about/finance.html

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Book Orders!!

Once again, I will offer Scholastic Book order forms for the kids. You can order online (easiest) or the "old fashioned way" by paying with a check (made payable to Scholastic Book Club) and turning in the paper order form.

BOOKS ORDERED ONLINE (or paper orders) turned in by Monday, 10/17 will be delivered in time for Halloween. I will continue to take paper orders through Monday, 10/24. I will be placing two orders in the month of October... one on Monday, 10/17 (online processing and paper orders turned in) and the other on Monday 10/24 (for paper orders ONLY).

GROUP CODE for online ordering: GVBP8

This month’s Scholastic Reading Club flyers are now available! Please take a few moments to explore the selection together and let your child help choose books he or she is excited to read. If you are looking to order a book from the previous month's form (and the book is NOT included on this month's form) you should be able to select another month once you start your digital order. If not, please let me know and I can/will place the order from the previous month's catalog.

You can order online at scholastic.com/readingclub, where you’ll find a wide selection of quality children’s books that are just right for your child’s reading level and interests. Or return your paper order form to me with a check made out to “Scholastic Reading Club.”

Remember, you help our class earn FREE Books and supplies with every order. Thank you for supporting your child’s reading both at home and in the classroom!

Please let me know if your order includes a gift for your child, and I will contact you when it arrives!

First Time Ordering Online?

  • Go to https://orders.scholastic.com/GVBP8
  • Enter our one-time Class Activation Code (if needed) -- GVBP8
  • Shop and submit your child's book order
  • Your books will be delivered directly to the classroom
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READING- Students have been working on learning about the 6 Signposts of fiction reading. These come from the book Notice and Note, which helps students really delve into the literature and examine the characters, author's intent, and more through questioning, discussion, note-taking, and more. We have one signpost left to learn about and that will happen on Monday.

WRITING- We have been working on and off (more recently "on") of a Memoir piece. Students have selected one moment in time to share in a 6-paragraph writing piece. We have been working on various elements of writing. Monday and Tuesday of next week, students will find themselves making some editing and revising changes to their writing piece as we dig deeper into what makes "good writing". The FINAL draft of their Memoir will be due on Wednesday, 10/19.


- The students took their Unit 1 Benchmark Assessment a couple weeks ago. A report on their performance should be in their Take Home Binder. Please sign this report and return it to school, if you haven't already.

Unit 2 will cover place value, exponents, traditional multiplication, and strategies for division. Fifth grade IXL sections that can be used to support these concept include: A.3, C.13, C.16, D.1, D.5, and Z.12. Occasionally there will be IXL assigned as homework. When this occurs, students are expected to reach at least 90% mastery and will have a period of time to complete this.

- This week students learned about exponents, powers of ten, and exponential notation. The students themselves made the connection between what we were learning about exponents and how they fit into the order of operations. We also began to review multi digit multiplication and learn the U. S. traditional method of multiplication.

IXL sections that support these topics include: C.3, C.5, and C.9. As we will be covering multi digit multiplication, it is highly important that students have efficient strategies when multiplying single digits. The app Door 24 Plus is a free, game based app from the creators of iReady. iReady is an assessment program we use in Walled Lake to monitor student achievement and growth. Once students download the free app, they can use their Google username and password to access the app. This will allow their data to be tracked, so they don't lose any progress they have made. Please email Ms. Helgemo if you have any questions regarding the use of the app.


- Students have been learning about capacity and what it takes to sink an object in comparison to the capacity (fluid - water) the boat can hold. Students experienced graphing data on a two-coordinate graph. In addition, students had the option to build their own boat from cardboard, as a part of the annual Cardboard Challenge. Finally, students had a chance to "play" with various objects to see if the density, capacity, and mass make a difference when trying to sink an object, through the use of various websites. Vocabulary booklets should continue to be completed as the vocab booklets are due when we take the unit BA on November 1st.

- This week in science, students have been learning about the effects of changing variables with a plane... adding and removing passengers. Students completed their I-Check #3 and those were scored on Thursday. Next week Thursday (10/20), is the vocabulary quiz for all 16 terms. We continue learning about variables with our next set of Investigations by learning about things that flip (think catapult).


- Previously, students learned about the Northwest Coast Native Americans using a Close Reading Strategy as well as the Sentence, Word, Phrase Thinking Routine. In addition, they reviewed for the vocabulary quiz by working on the Quizlet website. The grades for this quiz will be posted to Family Access last weekend. Next week, we will discuss the upcoming Google Slides Native American Research Project and Part 1 of the Unit 1 BA. The BA is tentatively scheduled for October 19th.

- This week in Social Studies, students researched various tribes in order to create a list of possible choices for their Indian Life Ways project. Tribes were assigned on Thursday, and the Google Slides project is due on November 4th. Students may find the rubric on Google Classroom Social Studies and in their Google Documents. Also, a study guide was sent home for the Unit 1 part 1 Social Studies Benchmark Assessment. This BA will be given on October 19th. Grades can not be provided for a few weeks until students complete part 2 of this BA. A study guide has also been provided on Quizlet, and students may access it through Google Classroom.



10/19: Social Studies Unit 1 BA, Part 1

10/20: Science Vocabulary Quiz (all 16 terms)

11/1: Science BA (Vocab Booklets DUE this day)

Upcoming Events

10/31: 1/2 Day, dismissal at 12:09

10/31: Halloween Parade/Parties at 10:30am

11/8: Conferences (8am-6pm) --- sign-up information to be shared soon

12/14: Report Cards available after 4pm