News from Room 305

October 9, 2015

United Way Spirit Week is Next Week!

Monday: PJs & Pennies

Tuesday: Twin Day & Nickels

Wednesday: Favorite Sports Gear & Dimes

Thursday: Decade Day & Quarters

Friday: Royals or LO Spirit Wear & Dollars

Each day next week, we will be collecting coins and dollars to raise money for United Way. We are hoping to reach our LO student goal of $3000. Students will use the money they bring in to vote on pumpkins in Mrs. Barnett's Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest. All the money brought in will go to United Way. Thanks for your help!


The focus standard for our whole number division unit:

Find whole-number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.

Students continued to gain mastery in linking the long division algorithm with its meaning (shown through pictures or place value blocks). They also learned how to use arrays to solve division problems. This reinforced some concepts like the distributive property that students learned in Chapter 1. Students investigated prime and composite numbers last Friday and put their knowledge to the test during a couple of games of Factor Captor. After playing, some students shared their strategy of choosing the prime numbers on the game board, so their opponents couldn't get any points that round.

If your child has not yet become fluent in multiplication facts, please continue to practice at home. Your child can use - username: lperryn. Their regular Lps password is their password. Using flash cards or making a game out of regular playing cars or dice works well too and is a great way to make fact mastery fun and interactive.

If your child has 100% mastery on Reflex Math or you would like them to work on additional math concepts besides fluency, they can log into and enter their name and our class code: s3svx4.

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The focus standard for fifth graders this quarter is RL5.3: Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

We blended Social Studies and Reading this week as we compared two authors portrayals of Christopher Columbus. In Ann McGovern's Christopher Columbus, he shows great perseverance and dedication through many of his life's trials. However, in Jane Yolen's Encounter, Columbus takes on a villainous role as the story is told from a Taino boy's point of view.

Please remind your child to read 4-5 times per week in order to achieve his/her goal. If your child is having trouble finding a book that interests him/her, please let me know.


The Matter Unit tests are coming home in today's Friday Folder.

We jumped into our study of weather and the water cycle. Students learned about the different layers of the atmosphere and created a scale diagram of it.

Keep Clipping Box Tops!

At the end of October, we will have a drawing for the top 5 students from each class that turned in Box Tops. So, please make sure your child's name is on the bag. Thank you!

Our class is in second place with 600! Ms. Bacon's class has 606. Please send in any box tops that you have been saving up.

Next Week's Specials' Calendar:

Monday, October 19 - Day 4: Library

Tuesday, October 20 - Day 1: Music

Wednesday, October 21 - Day 2: PE

Thursday, October 22 - Day 3: Art

Friday, October 23 - Day 4: Library

Upcoming Events:


10/16-No School

10/19-10/23 - United Way Spirit Week

10/28-Last Day to turn in Box Tops for Fall Classroom Challenge

10/30-Fall Parties 2:20-2:50


11/4 CiCi’s Pizza Night, 4:30-8:00

11/10 PTA Meeting 7:00 pm

Retake Fall pictures 7:15 am

11/12 All Pro Dads 7:10 am

1st grade Music Program 5:30 pm

11/19 5th grade and Choir Concert 5:30pm

11/25-11/27 Thanksgiving: No School

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Contact Information:

Laura Perryn

(816)736-5600 x.2637