This Week In Room 411

Week of May 2, 2016


Monday, May 2nd

  • M-Day: PE/Music
  • No Band
  • 5th grade tours and eats lunch at Lexington Trails Middle School
  • National PE and Sports Week is this week. Dress like a PE teacher all week and complete the Fitness Calendar.

Tuesday, May 3rd

  • E-Day: Art
  • Band
  • MAP Reading Assessment
  • Band Concert is 7pm at LTMS. Students report to gym at 6:30pm.
  • Reading/Math Calendars due.

Wednesday, May 4th

  • T-Day: Library/Counselor
  • No Band
  • MAP Math Test
  • Fifth Grade Celebration Party at 2:15pm

Thursday,May 5th

  • C-Day: PE/Music
  • Band

Friday, May 6th

  • O-Computers
  • Math test is today.
  • Band
  • 50 cent Friday

Monday, May 9th

  • M-PE/Music
  • Band


Reading/Social Studies

Last week was simply amazing! The kids did such a great job with our Continental Congress simulations. They really got into their roles and crafted well thought out arguments to defend their positions. I was quite impressed!

This week we turn our focus to major battles of the Revolutionary War. Groups will work together to create a short presentation of their chosen battle. Activities like this are keeping the kids engaged, without overloading them as the year winds down.


This week we will work on writing poetry. The types we will explore are quatrain, haiku, and This is Mine, poetry. For the This is Mine poetry students may bring in an item that has special meaning for them. Students will take a picture of it and then write the poem. Please send in the objects by Thursday. No worries if they can't find something or forget as we have tons of items in our classroom to use.


This week students will focus on:

  • how plants get and create the nutrients they need in order to survive

Last week we unfortunately ran out of time to do our STEM canoe project. After returning from our LTMS tour we will begin designing and building our canoes. Students will work in pairs to design and then redesign based on the results of their first design.


This week our focus is on:

  • plotting two sets of data on a coordinate grid
  • extending a pattern and plotting the data on a coordinate grid

The test will be this Friday. Be sure to scroll down to the math resources. I have a couple of videos and links to math games that will help your child with our math focus.

Most days students will be able to finish their math practice in class. However, at home they could work on math facts, either through flashcards or In addition, spend ten to fifteen minutes on to practice our current concepts. If your child has mastered the ones for Numbers Base Ten, then move on to geometry as this is often one that interests students and one they can accomplish independently. Any time your child is requesting more math opportunities, direct them to this site. They are familiar with it.

Math Resources

Online Games

I included direct links to three of the many games available. For the last two games, there are many more coordinate games on the web site. Your child can play using just one coordinate, or for a challenge, use all four.


Coordinate Plane Song │ Ordered Pairs For Kids | Cartesian Plane Video
[5.OA.3-1.3] Numerical Patterns - Common Core Standard
Lunch Menu (Click Here)

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Turn Markers Into Energy

Below you will find information on how we can turn used markers, dry erase markers, and highlighters into energy. Please read and then send in any you may have. This program was brought to us by a Starside second grader.

Starside is on Twitter

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Contacting Mrs. Martin

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