News from Room 305

September 25, 2015

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Week in Review


This week we focused on the final two learning targets for this unit - writing numerical expressions and using the order of operations (PEMDAS) to solve numerical expressions. A quiz on Expanded & Word Form is coming home today. I worked with several small groups this week, and offered all students a retake for this and their Powers of 10 Quiz.

If you 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.

This unit's math learning targets:

-I can describe the relationship between two place value positions. (move one place to left x10; move one place to right 1/10)

-I can write numbers in word form and 5th grade expanded form.

-I can use an exponent to write powers of 10.

-I can multiply a three-digit number by a two-digit number.

-I can write numerical expressions.

-I can use the order of operations to solve numerical expressions.


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).

To increase student vocabulary, students groups were given character trait cards and asked to sort them into eight categories. After about ten minutes of intense work, I gave them a hint that one of the categories was 'synonyms to kind.' Each group came up with the rest of the headings and organized it however they liked. I heard great conversations about characters and people as groups debated over the meanings of the words. In the second session of this activity, students were allowed to 'use their resources' to look up word meanings.

The class read "A Royal Mystery," a Readers' Theater, and compared and contrasted the two main characters Rena and Althea. They also examined two short compare/ contrast passages and noted the language (also, in addition, but, however, etc) and the structure. The comparisons were in one paragraph and the differences were in another.

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.


Students learned about another property of matter this week - volume. The volume is the amount of 3-D space an object takes up. They built rectangular prisms out of centimeter cubes and determined the volume of small boxes by filling them with cubes. On Friday, they learned that Archimedes discovered displacement while taking a bath (the water level rose when he got in). They used that same idea to determine the volume of a marble. Students filled graduated cylinders with water, dropped in the marble, and determined the amount the water rose. Since 1mL = 1cm^3, they were able to figure the volume of the marble.

Social Studies

The class learned about the Woodland, Plains, Southwest, and Northwest Coast Native Americans, and classified their information into the four categories they determined last week: natural resources, shelter, spiritual beliefs, and art. Because the texts and short videos both mentioned male/female roles, students determined that they wanted to add that category as well. On Friday, they began creating graphic organizers to compare and contrast the regions.

Ms. Steenstra reviewed latitude and longtitude with students in PE today. She turned the gym floor into a coordinate grid marked the parallels and meridians with cones on the sides. Students threw frisbees into the "world" and then wrote down their absolute locations (latitude and longitude coordinates). She also shared pictures of her friend standing over the Prime Meriden in Greenwich, England - one foot in the Western Hemisphere and one foot in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Keep Clipping Box Tops!

The Box Top Race has begun. 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!

Next Week's Specials' Calendar:

Monday, September 28- Day 3: Art

Tuesday, September 29 - Day 4: Library

Wednesday, September 30 - Day 1: Music

Thursday, October 1 - Day 2: PE

Friday, October 2 - Day 3: Art

Upcoming Events:


10/7 CiCi’s Pizza Night, 4:30-8:00 pm

10/7- Walk to School Day

10/8 All Pro Dads 7:10 AM - Large Group Instruction Room

10/6-PTA Exec. Board Meeting 7:00 pm

10/9-10/15 Scholastic Book fair

10/9- PTA Dance 6:30-8:30 pm

10/13- Parent/Teach Conferences, 3:10-7:10 (Receive grade cards at conferences)

10/15- Early Release, 12:50 pm - Parent/Teach Conferences, 1:10-7:10

10/16-No School

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Contact Information:

Laura Perryn

(816)736-5600 x.2637