Ms. Then's Newsletter

February 29th

Students tackle word problems and division together!

Important Dates

  • Third Payment for Washington DC now due- $100.00 (online payment available)

  • 3/1- PTO/Parent Meeting 6 pm at the Grant Center
  • 3/2- Rescheduled field trip with Muddy Sneakers at Weaver Park AND Favorite Book Character Day...(Student may dress as their favorite book character.)
  • 3/9- 5th grade field trip to the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
  • 3/13- Daylight Saving Time begins
  • 3/15- Annual Chicken Dinner and Math Carnival 5:30-7
  • 3/18- 7:00pm - 11:00pm "Light the Night" Auction
  • 3/19- Spring Grounds Workday at Claxton
  • 3/25- 4/3 Spring Break
  • 4/5- PTO/Parent Meeting 6 pm at Burton Street Center
  • 4/6-4/8- Washington DC Field Trip Depart at 6:00AM
  • 4/29-5/1 -Spring Musical Production
  • 5/2-5/6- Teacher Appreciation Week
  • 5/12-5/15- LEAF Festival
  • 5/24-6/7 -EOG Testing window
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    Muddy Sneakers Field Trip planned for this Wednesday

    This week we will be joining Muddy Sneaker at Weaver park for a closer look at Simple Machines from our Force and Motion Unit in science. We plan on leaving Claxton at 8:15 and returning around 10:30. Please email Ms. Then if you are interested in joining us as a chaperone. (We need one chaperone:) If the weather is not cooperating with our plans, I will send a text via "Remind" to let everyone know. Please have your student dress in layers and bring a rain jacket if possible.

    Here are descriptions of the 6 simple machines we will be using. See if you student can identify any of them at home.


    A lever is basically a long stick that you push or pull against a fulcrum, which is the point on which a lever rests. Changing this point will change the amount of power a lever can provide. A lever can help you lift something heavy or make something go fast. Using a hammer to pull out a nail is an example of using a lever. Some other examples are a see-saw and a balance scale.


    A wedge is two inclined planes back-to-back. Wedges are used to cut or push things apart. A thick, short wedge will split things apart faster, but it will take more force. A thin long wedge is easier to drive in, but will take longer. Some examples of a wedge are a knife, scissors, a plow, and a nail.

    Inclined Plane

    An inclined plane is any slope or ramp, like a wheelchair ramp or a slide. It makes it easier to push something heavy. A plane that is less steep will require a longer distance to travel, but will also require less force to push an object along the plane.

    Wheel and Axle

    This is one of the most commonly used simple machines. You can find wheels everywhere. The axle is that rod that the wheel spins on. You might first think of bikes and cars when you think of wheels but they are used other ways too. A fan is a wheel and axle. So is the knob on a faucet.


    A screw is a version of an inclined plane. It is an inclined plane wrapped around rod into a spiral shape. Screws can do two things. They can change a force that goes around, into a force that goes down. The kind of screws we use often thread into wood or metal.


    A pulley is a kind of wheel that has a groove for a rope. Pulleys make it easier to lift heavy things. You can attach one end of the rope to want you want to lift, like a bucket, and the rope goes over the pulley. As you pull the other end of the rope the bucket will lift up with less force it would take then to just pick it up.

    "Remind" Sign Up

    For quick reminders or field trip updates please text the number 81010 and enter the message @msthens

    Homework Updates

    Unfinished math work will be sent home to be completed. Students are required complete the assignment for homework and have a parent signature. Assignments are due the next day.

    Thursday- Homework Packets are sent home.

    Students should read at least 30 minutes and complete part of the math packet. Review science vocabulary and create flash cards for the following words: Lever, Wedge, Inclined Plane, Wheel and Axle, Screw, Pulley (Flashcards due 3/10)

    Friday-Students should read at least 30 minutes and complete part of the math packet.

    Saturday & Sunday

    Students should continue to read nightly in order to build habits of a lifelong reader.

    Monday- Students should read at least 30 minutes and complete part of the math packet.

    Tuesday- Students should read at least 30 minutes and complete part of the math packet.

    Wednesday -Students should read at least 30 minutes and complete part of the math packet. Please sign your child's agenda to show they have been reading for at least 30 minutes each evening.

    • Thursday homework packet and flash cards are due.
    • Guidelines suggest limiting nightly homework to 50 minutes for fifth graders.
    • As students complete reading a book they will then write book reviews into their reading journal during class.
    • Follow the links below for help with math homework. (The lesson number on the homework page will direct you to which video to watch)