5th Grade News

Week of November 16-24


Welcome to Mrs. Riddle and Mrs. Waggoner's Weekly Newsletter! Here, you will find our learning targets for the week, along with upcoming events/reminders.

Learning Targets

Reading and Social Studies - We are wrapping up our study of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. After Thanksgiving Break, we will step back in time to study Early Indian Civilizations (Maya, Inca, Aztec, Mississpi). We will also be working on informational writing as well as multiple-tier timelines (which show relationships among events and places).

A.R. Requirement for the 2nd quarter: Students must read 2 books on his/her level with an 80% accuracy on the Accelerated Reader Quiz

Achieve 3000 - Students will complete one article each week in class, and one article for homework each week. These articles are presented at your child's individual reading level. For homework, students are not required to do the "Thought Question". To find the articles, students need to go to www.mentorschools.net and find the Achieve3000 link. They will need to be logged into Google and they will choose "Reading - Riddle" or "Reading - Waggoner" to begin the article. (Students have done this twice a week, so I really don't anticipate there being a problem. Please let me know if there is a problem and I can help out or give your child time to do this at school.)

For the week of November 16th - students must complete "Let Them Eat Leaves" for homework.

For the week of November 23rd - students must complete "Snowy Owls Fly South"

Writing - Both classes are taking a break from narrative writing and working on other grammar and punctuation. Students will be working on poetry in Language Arts as well as informational writing in Science.

Math - We are moving on to adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators after spending some time on order of operations and divisibility rules. Students will have a quiz over divisibility rules on Friday (they may use their foldable as a resource).

PLEASE, encourage your children to practice their math facts EVERY DAY. Even if it is only for a few minutes. Also, MobyMax login and password information can be found in your child's B.E.E. Binder for their required 15 minutes nightly (or 60 minutes/week).

Science - Students will have a science test next week (Wednesday) over niche, limiting factor, carrying capacity, symbiosis, mutualism, commensalism and parasitism. Students will need to be able to identify these vocabulary words as well as read about a relationship and tell which symbiotic relationship it is.

A Note from Mrs. Riddle and Mrs. Waggoner:

Dear Parents,

First of all, thank you so much for coming to our recent Veteran's Day program! The students did a fabulous job and they worked hard! We were so proud to watch them during this wonderful program.

In SCIENCE, we will be studying animal and plant adaptations. We will be creating a biome project in school and need 2-liter pop bottles that are clear and have been washed out. Please begin sending those in!

This newsletter covers our plans for the week of November 16th, as well as the two days before Thanksgiving Break. As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you so much for your support this year. WE are thankful for our students and we are thankful for YOU!

Have a wonderful holiday break.

Mrs. Riddle and Mrs. Waggoner

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 17 - Bucket Filler Assembly

Wednesday, November 18 - Science Test

Thursday, November 19 - Order of Operations and Divisibility Rules Quiz

Mrs. Riddle

Mrs. Riddle teaches English Language Arts, Socials Studies and Writing to the 5th grade students on the Riddle/Waggoner team.

Mrs. Waggoner

Mrs. Waggoner teaches Math, Science and Writing to the 5th grade students on the Riddle/Waggoner team.