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News from 5th Grade

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Join our facebook page!

We are so excited to share our 5th Grade Facebook page with you! We will use it to:

  • Share pictures
  • Go LIVE so you can take a peek in our classrooms
  • Communicate with you
  • Send reminders of upcoming events, news, etc.

To join, send Ms. Rice your email address associated with your facebook account. You can send it through Class Dojo or email me directly at

Mark your Calendars


1 ELA Common Assessment

6 GA Milestones Parent Night (6-7PM)

6-7 Science Common Assessment

10 Science Olympiad (9AM @TES)

15 Report Cards

16 PBIS Celebration

19-20 Science Benchmark

21 Math Benchmark

26 Social Studies Benchmark

28 Math Common Assessment

Learning in 5th Grade

Math: Volume, Measurement and Line Plots

Info for parents:

Games for kids:

Key Vocabulary

  • conversion
  • metric/ customary units of measure
  • mass
  • weight
  • liquid volume
  • unit
  • unit cube
  • length


Reading Focus: Fact and Opinion

Writing Focus: Review Narrative, Informational, Opinion, and short constructed response.

Grammar Focus: reference materials, context clues, figurative language, word relationships, vocabulary/transition words and phrases

Monthly Focus: Cause and Effect

Anchor Text: The Watson's Go to Birmingham

Writing Vocabulary: Narrative, Informational, Opinion, Argumentative, Introduction, Topic, Multi-Paragraph, Organizational Structure, Reasons, Details, Evidence, Conclusion, and Descriptive

Reading Vocabulary: Fact and Opinion, Evidence, Problem & Solution, Chronological Order, Compare & Contrast, and Cause & Effect

Grammar Vocabulary: Idioms, Adages, Proverbs, Context Clues, Multiple Meaning Words, Synonyms, Antonyms, Figurative Language, Dictionary, Thesaurus, Conjunctions, and Verb Tense

Helpful Websites

Writing: - Narrative - Show, Don’t Tell Narrative Writing

Reading: - BrainPOP UK - Fact and Opinion (please login to complete)

Grammar: - Idioms - Proverbs

Social Studies: CIvil Rights Movement

Focus: Describe the importance of key people, events, and developments between 1950- 1975

Vocabulary: Jim Crow laws, Brown v. Board of Education, Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March on Washington, Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, and civil rights activities of Thurgood Marshall, Lyndon B. Johnson, Cesar Chavez, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr., assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr., space exploration


Science: Earth Science

Focus: Constructive and Deconstructive Forces

Vocabulary: erosion, weathering, delta, sediment, earthquake, volcano, epicenter, focus, plate tectonics, levee, dam, crust, mantle, inner core, outer core, seismograph, richter scale, magma, lava, flash flood

Common Assessment #3: March 6-7

Websites: (this teachers webstite has a ton of information and links)

Student of the Month - Responsible

These students were chosen for showing responsibility both inside and outside of the classroom. Way to go!!

Homework Club

If you haven't heard...we have started homework club in fifth grade! Each day, we check to see that homework was completed and brought to school. If so, students stay in the homework club! On Mondays, we reward students for their responsibility and ownership of their learning! From flexible seating to gum to free technology time...the rewards are endless!

Reminders about homework:

  • Reading 20 minutes per night
  • One choice board activity per night (unless you need to get ahead for things coming up like practice, church, etc.) for reading and math
  • Study Guides in Science and SS (Ideas: Create index cards to study, have a parent or sibling question you)

Stem Lab Grant

Use the link below to vote and help PES win a Stem Lab grant! You can vote DAILY! :)

We are so excited to be in a trial period with IXL! In math class, I am working with students to create a study plan leading up to Milestones. You can also check the monthly focus for ideas of what topics students could use practice on (all subjects)

Class Dojo

Class Dojo can be accessed to review behavior and classroom updates. You can also send direct messages to teachers or view classroom announcements.


Flocabulary is educational hip-hop videos to make learning more fun and engaging!

Education Galaxy

Use education galaxy to practice your math, ELA, science and social studies skills. Please have your student work under the "My Study Plan" section, as "Assignments" must be completed at school.

Raz Kids

Raz-Kids is an award-winning teaching product that provides comprehensive leveled reading resources for students. Kids access their leveled text through an interactive learning portal designed to keep them motivated and engaged. combines the world's smartest dictionary with an adaptive learning game that will have you mastering new words in no time.