Ms. Then's Newsletter

Week of January 11th

Our new science unit- The Human Body!

Currently working on...

In reading we are learning strategies to expand vocabulary by examining unfamiliar key words.

Use word structure-

Looking to see if there is a base word, a prefix, a suffix, or a cognate (a word in another language that is similar).

Use context clues

Hints given in the sentence or paragraph that help you figure the difficult word out by yourself.

Use apposition-

When the author tells you what the word means (usually after a comma or a dash).

Use a dictionary or glossary

In Math we are continuing multiplication of 3 digit by 3 digit numbers with decimals. We are also focusing on multi-step word problems. (Reminder to students, if there are more than three numbers in the problem it will most likely be a two-step problem.)

In Science we are beginning our Human Body Unit with focus on the skeletal system. Students are building a life-size model to help demonstrate and identify the human body systems.

Students participated in the Claxton "Wall of Fame" project on Friday.

Claxton Fifth Grade Day of Service

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., fifth graders will be doing community service in the Asheville area on Friday, Jan. 15th. We need chaperones at the service locations, food donations, and to help serving lunch.

Service sites include;

Brother Wolf, Manna Food Bank, Asheville Greenworks, Riverlink, Haywood St. Church

Homework Updates

Beginning this week...Unfinished math work will be sent home to be completed. Students are required complete the assignment for homework and have a parent signature. Assignments are due the next day.

Thursday- Homework Packets are sent home.

Students should read at least 30 minutes and complete part of the math packet. Review science vocabulary and create flash cards for the following words: anatomy, backbone, bone, calcium, cartilage, muscle, rib, skeleton, skull, spine, structure, system, tendon, vertebrate.


Students should read at least 30 minutes and complete part of the math packet.

Saturday & Sunday

Students should continue to read nightly in order to build habits of a lifelong reader. Consider some of these activities to support what your students is learning in class.

  • Estimating- Have your child estimate when making any purchases. See how close they get when you check out your items. Other things they can estimate; electric/ water bill, heating/oil, or restaurant bill.
  • Science Vocabulary- Review flashcards with your child.
  • Read to Someone- A great way to build reading fluency is by reading to someone. Consider having your student read to a younger sibling or an elderly relative.
  • Washington DC Exhibits - Follow this link to explore exhibits we will be visiting in Washington DC

Monday- Students should read at least 30 minutes and complete part of the math packet.

Tuesday- Students should read at least 30 minutes and complete part of the math packet.

Wednesday -Students should read at least 30 minutes and complete part of the math packet. Please sign your child's agenda to show they have been reading for at least 30 minutes each evening.

  • Thursday homework packet and flash cards are due.
  • Guidelines suggest limiting nightly homework to 50 minutes for fifth graders.
  • As students complete reading a book they will then write book reviews into their reading journal during class.
  • Follow the links below for help with math homework. (The lesson number on the homework page will direct you to which video to watch)
EngageNY Grade 5 Module 2 Lesson 7
EngageNY Grade 5 Module 2 Lesson 8
EngageNY Grade 5 Module 2 Lesson 9

Washington DC Next Payment and behavior contract

Please send your next payment for your students Washington DC Field Trip. If possible, please use our online payment service.

Your student will be bringing a final behavior contract and permission slip for their trip to Washington DC home to be signed. Please review the expectations and sign the contract with your child.

Important Dates

  • First Payment for Washington DC now due- $100.00 (online payment available)

  • 1/15- Dr. King's Service Project for Fifth Grade and Lunch
  • 1/15- Next payment due for Washington DC
  • 1/18 &1/19- No School
  • 1/26- Report Cards go home.
  • 2/2- PTO/Parent Meeting 6 pm at North Asheville Community Center
  • 2/19- Early Release Day
  • 2/22- No School- Required Work Day
  • 2/25- Tea & Talk with the Superintendent for Claxton Families in the Media Center
  • 3/4- 7:00pm - 11:00pm "Light the Night" Auction