September 4, 2015

Miss Dobbs' Fifth Grade Class

Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences

Please be sure to sign up for a conference if you have not yet done so.

You can click on the section below (Fall Conferences 2015-2016) to be taken directly to the sign-up page.

Although Early Release days are on Sept. 23rd & 24th (Wednesday & Thursday), I will begin conferences the week prior to these days.


Labor Day is this Monday, September 7th. This is a student holiday.

Enjoy this time to spend with family and friends while celebrating Labor Day.

Science Test: Upcoming

Next Thursday will be our first science assessment. This will be over classification of plants and animals. Students have a study guide that we will use daily next week in preparation for the assessment on Thursday.

Test: Thursday, September 10, 2015

Vocabulary Test #2

Our next vocabulary test will be next Friday, September 11th.

Civil War Test (Social Studies)

Students will have their social studies test over the Civil War on Tuesday, September 15th.

Picture Day (SAY CHEESE)

Friday, Sep. 25th, 8-10am

1500 North Rd

Snellville, GA

Help Day Wednesday

For those who remember from last year, Help Day Wednesday will continue this year. Help Day will be held on Wednesday mornings, beginning at 7:45am and lasting until 8:20am. This is open to all students in my class. If I have not contacted you directly asking that your child attend Help Day and you still wish for your child to attend, please let me know in advance that you would like for your child to attend. He/she is more than welcome to attend. It just helps to have an idea of how many students are attending.

Help Day Wednesday: begins Wednesday, September 8th (7:45am - 8:20am)

Drop-off: Since Help Day takes place prior to school starting, students are to be dropped off at the front door. School doors remain locked until 8:20am. Therefore, I will meet students at the atrium doors at 7:45am. Please be on time so that I can devote as much time as possible to working with your child during this time.

PTA Movie Night

Friday, Sep. 4th, 12am

1500 North Rd

Snellville, GA

More info. to come.


Reading Curriculum


Week 1: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension (AKS 21)-Read on-level text with purpose and understanding (21a), Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary (21c)

Week 2: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words (AKS 20) - Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, and morphology (e.g., roots) to read accurately unfamiliar multi-syllabic words in context and out of context (20a)

Weeks 3-6 (Literary Text):

*Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings (AKS 21b)

*Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes (AKS 4)

*Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text (AKS 1)

Weeks 7-9 (Informational Text):

*Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area (AKS13)

*Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text (AKS 10)

English/Language Arts


Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening (AKS 40)

Weeks 1-2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking (AKS 38)- Write legibly in cursive, leaving spaces between letters in a word and between words in a sentence (38a)

*Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing (AKS 39) - Spell grade-appropriate words correctly, consulting references as needed (39f)

Week 3: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies (AKS 41)-Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin roots (e.g., prefixes, bases, suffixes) as clues to the meanings of words (e.g., photograph, photosynthesis) (41b)

Week 4: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings (AKS 42) - Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonyms, antonyms, homographs) to better understand each of the words (42c)

Weeks 5-6: Use a comma to separate an introductory element from the rest of the sentence and to punctuate a compound, complex, or compound-complex sentence (AKS 39b)

Week 7: Explain the function of conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections in general and their function in particular sentences (AKS 38b)

Week 8: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, vocabulary, including that signal contrast, addition, and other logical relationships (e.g., however, although, nevertheless, similarly, moreover, in addition) (AKS 43)

Week 9: Review

Social Studies

v Civil War (5 weeks)

v Reconstruction (4 weeks)


v Classification of Plants and Animals

(3.5 weeks)

v Cells (3.5 weeks)

v Learned Behaviors Vs. Inherited Traits (2 weeks)


Week 1: Routines and Procedures of Math Workshop and Order of operations and expressions (1.OA.1 and 1 .OA.2)

Week 2: Routines and Procedures of Math Workshop and multiply fluently using standard algorithm (9.NBT.5)

Week 3: Divide whole numbers using strategies (10.NBT.6)

Week 4: Standard, word, expanded form of decimals (6.NBT.3_a)

Week 5: Compare and round decimals (7.NBT.3_b and 8.NBT.4)

Week 6: Powers of 10 (5.NBT.2) a digit in one place represents 10 times… (4.NBT.1)

Week 7: Add and subtract decimals (12.NBT.7)

Week 8: Multiply decimals (11.NBT.7)

Week 9: Divide decimals (11.NBT.7)


Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences (AKS 31)

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience (AKS 25)

Weeks 1-4: Narrative Writing

Week 1: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences (AKS 24)

Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, with guidance and support from peers and adults (AKS 26)

Week 2: Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally (24a)

Week 3: Use a variety of transitional words, phrases, and clauses to manage the sequence of events (24c)

Week 4: Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events (24e)

Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills, with some guidance and support from adults (AKS 27) (Type to publish a narrative piece)

Weeks 5-9: Opinion Writing

Week 5: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information (AKS 22)

Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer's purpose (22a)

Week 6: Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details (22b)

Week 7: Link opinion and reasons using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., consequently, specifically) (22c)

Week 8: Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented (22d)

Week 9: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills, with some guidance and support from adults (AKS 27) (Type to publish an opinion piece.