Fifth Grade Panda News

5th Grade Weekly Classroom Newsletter - Oct. 6 - Oct. 10


The 5th grade team is excited to introduce to you our new way of communicating with our parents. is an excellent resource that will allow us to provide you with a more detailed look into the approaching curriculum and the events we have planned. In addition to seeing what we have planned for our lessons or assessments, we will be able to provide a list of spelling words, vocabulary words, and additional miscellaneous information that we were forced to omit from newsletters due to spacing concerns. Each week a flyer will be sent to our parents so that you may view what your students will be doing. We welcome the input of our parents for any additional information you would like included that we haven't thought of yet.

Please don't hesitate to contact us, if you have any questions!

Have a spectacular week!

Fifth Grade Teachers

Fifth Grade's Curriculum Corner


Mrs. Ozkan's Math Geniuses were given a test yesterday. Test results from Thursday, Sep.25th will be posted on HAC on Wednesday, Oct.1st. Please be on the lookout for the test paper to go home for your signature on Thursday,Oct.2nd.

Period 1&7

Next week, Mrs. Ozkan's Math Geniuses will be starting on a new unit. The next unit is Comparing Bits and Pieces: Ratios, Rational Numbers, and Equivalence. In this unit, Mrs. Ozkan's Math Geniuses will extend their understanding of rational numbers. They also explore ratio as a comparison of two quantities and use rate tables to study equivalent ratios.

Textbooks were issued and parent letters were handed out today in class for the new unit.

Period 2,3&4

Next week, Mrs. Ozkan's Math Geniuses will be starting on a new chapter. In this chapter, we will use the meanings of division and patterns, explore divisibility rules and short division, estimate using compatible numbers and learn about the order of operations.

Mrs. Ozkan's Math Geniuses will be given division timed quizzes throughout the chapter.


Next week, we will wrap up our literary novel studies. Periods 1, 4, and 7 will finish reading The Phantom Tollbooth. Periods 2 and 3 will finish The Westing Game. All classes will have a vocab/comprehension quiz over the last chapters in the books in class on Friday, October 10. Reading logs are also due every Friday. REMINDER: This month is a new Scholastic Reading Club month! October 31 is the last day to send in any Scholastic book orders. Please use either exact cash or a check written out to Scholastic Reading Club.

The class code for ordering Scholastic books is : NF78L


Current News
For the week of October 13th through the 17th, we will be starting our unit on Persuasive Writing. I will have packets being sent home with timelines and due dates by next week!
Class Resource Page
If your student is missing an assignment or needs to print off a lost one, please refer to the class resource page on the school's portal through the school website.
I scan-in all of the assignments that I can and post them there. I have a list of the passwords and usernames for those of you that are struggling to access it. Please email me if you need it.

Home Access Center
If you would like to keep up with due dates for this unit, they are all posted a ready on Home Access Center. This will also be a great place to check for NHI's as well and absent work. I post all assignments at the beginning of each unit. I do my best to update grades as often as possible, but sometimes that is only once a week. I appreciate your patience!

Spelling Words
This week's spelling words are posted on Spelling City. Please see the link below under the "Spelling" sections for the link to the page. I update it every Monday, except for those times we have no school on Monday. I also send home definitions and packets for the students to work on for extra practice. These packets are due for a grade every Thursday before the quiz. Our Spelling Quizzes are held on every Friday.


PROJECT IS DUE OCTOBER 6TH. Students will be presenting their projects on Monday, Tuesday and half of Wednesday.

CHAPTER 2 TEST THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9TH. Students have two study guides for the test. We will go over it as a class on Tuesday and Wednesday. Please make sure that they have completed their study guide.


Next week in Social Studies we will continue with our study of chapter 6. On Monday the students will be doing a benchmark exam that will not be on their grade book; however, it will be used to see what they've retained so far as it will cover items we've discussed since the beginning of school, including some things from chapter 6. The students will have a vocabulary quiz on Thursday over key words form the chapter. They are: border states, draft, emancipation, casualties, camp, home front, civilian, telegraph, total war Freedmen's Bureau, reconstruction, and impeach.

Scoring High ITBS Practice Books

Each student in 5th grade has been given a “Scoring High” test preparation book to practice for the upcoming ITBS test, which is October 20th-24th. The ITBS is a nationally normed reference test that measures students’ progress in math, reading, science, and social studies. The “Scoring High” practice book is a great tool for teaching the students test taking skills and familiarizing them with the format of the test. The practice book covers all subjects with the exception of social studies. It will be used for warm-up and homework not as an instructional material. In order to help your children improve their test taking skills, please follow up and have them complete practice questions in the “Scoring High” book at home. We will be going over the practice questions in class. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Home Visit Program at FSAES

As part of FSAES Home Visit Program, teachers visit students and parents at their home.

Overall goal of home visit is to help strengthen relationships between parents, students and teachers and inform parents & students on how much they care.

We would LOVE to visit our students at home at your convenience.

If you would like to participate, please e-mail me at or FSAES Home Visit Coordinator Ms. Mingus at