Weekly Highlights

Mrs. Jaeger's 5th Grade Classroom

News and Notes

February 19th - Talent Show Interest Forms (including Stage Crew) are due to Mrs. Jaeger

February 26th - Bridge Valley Day, wear Blue and Tan

March 7, 8, 9th - Human Growth and Development. Information went home in your child's Thursday Folder. Please notify our school nurse if you do not want your child to participate in the program.

Friday, March 18th - Art Field Trip (Jaeger and Howley Classes Only) Remember to submit your permission slip

Friday, May 27th - Philadelphia Field Trip (details below)

Liam competed in the Bridge Valley Spelling Bee and was a fabulous classroom representative! We are so proud of him!

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We completed our reading of Toliver's Secret and as I finished the last line in the book, the boys and girl applauded! Some students shared that they didn't think Historical Fiction would be 'interesting' or 'exciting' and were surprised that they enjoyed the novel as much as they did. If your child is looking for more books like Toliver, please encourage them to reach out to me and I can point them in the right direction.

We focused much of our time together on character development. We discussed how characters in our novel go through change during the course of the story-line and it is largely due to the influence and actions of other characters.

Ask your child:
  • In the book you are reading (for night read or independent reading), how is your character changing?
  • What characters are influencing that change?
  • What actions or events have taken place to promote the change in your character

For our final project, students will be tapping into their creative and tech savvy minds to create an iPhone home screen for Ellen Toliver. Students are pretending that the iPhone technology existed in 1776 and are identifying or creating apps that Ellen could have used on her journey. Students are illustrating the app icons and then writing a statement that justifies their app selection. Students will have class time to work on and complete these projects. They will be due on Friday. I did ask students not to share their ideas with friends so that everyone is submitting their original ideas, they can however, share the app ideas with you!

Additionally this week in reading, we will be learning about Point of View, identifying a theme with supporting details, and writing our first TDA (text dependent analysis) response. It will be a busy and exciting week during our reading block!

Philadelphia Field Trip

Friday, May 27th, 7:30am-3pm

525 Arch Street

Philadelphia, PA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


Students will be working through the writing process this week as they continue with their opinion papers. Students are at various stages; some brainstorming, others drafting, while others have taken to the computers to type. I will be introducing transitional phrases that work best in opinion writing at the end of this week, and all students will attempt to add the phrases that work best with their piece.

We are also exploring verbs this week. We will be reviewing action, linking and helping verbs and working towards not just memorizing what they are, but looking at how writers rely on these verbs to add color, action, and variety to their writing. We will be "kahooting" in class on Wednesday - so you will have to be sure to ask your child about the review game.

Head to our Special Events page to view the Rube Goldberg process video I created to showcase student Energy Projects.

Social Studies

Our next unit in Social Studies is learning about the 13 colonies. This week students will color a map that shows the three regions of colonies and has all thirteen colonies labeled. Students will also begin to do a mini-research project on a colony and will report their finding through an advertisement, (media to be determined) encouraging others to move to their colony. This will be an important starting point as we prepare to learn about the Revolutionary War!