The Putney Post

West Homer Elementary--5th Grade

Dates to Remember

February 7 and 8- Parent Teacher Conferences (No School)

February 7- PTO Meeting 6:30pm

February 14- Valentines Day Class Party 2:30-3:00

February 15- Science Fair Entry Form due

February 22- Twin Day

February 28- Postcard Book Report due

March 18- Science Fair Project due

Classroom Happenings

Last week was a full week in room 317! In reading, students practiced the skill of compare and contrast while reading Wonder by: R.J. Palacio. Your child compared the educational experiences of two characters and identified similarities and differences throughout their reading. In math, we reviewed the fraction skills that have been presented in math the past several weeks. Students added and subtracted fractions with like-denominators, simplified, and identified equivalent fractions. On Friday all three fifth grade classes participated in a joint math lesson as students rotated from teacher-to-teacher reviewing these fraction concepts. Finally, in writing students put their knowledge of expository structure to use while writing an essay about their favorite part of their body. The lesson was introduced through a class discussion on which body part they would miss having the most. It was very interesting to hear students' thinking. Their completed essays will be in the hallway for conferences. Be sure to check it out!

What's Next?

This week we will be having a literature circle discussion in reading. Students will be assigned a particular role (illustrator, connector, discussion director...) to play in their small group discussion. The discussion will center on Wonder by R.J. Palacio and the discussion will be student led. In math, we will be making the jump to unlike-denominators in our fraction work. Students will be adding and subtracting fractions with both like and unlike denominators. In writing we will begin our persuasive unit. Students will be asked to write an essay explaining which special (Music, P.E. or Library) is their favorite. We will start our persuasive unit by taking a look at magazine advertisements and asking ourselves, “What argument is this ad trying to make?” If you have magazine advertisements that you would be willing to send to school with your child, I would greatly appreciate it! Of course, all ads need to be school appropriate.

No School on Thursday and Friday this Week

There will be no school on Thursday or Friday this week. Due to the three day week, there will be no spelling! A reading log will not be sent home either. However, the expectation is that students continue their reading routine as usual.

I am looking forward to meeting with each of you on Thursday and Friday during conferences! If you have a last minute conflict with your scheduled time please let me know ASAP. The sooner I can reschedule the better.

On Monday I will be sending home "parent homework". It is a yellow sheet of paper asking for your thoughts in regards to what is going well for your child this year and what goals you have for him/her for this spring. It is simply an opportunity to get your ideas down on paper before the conference. Don't feel like you need to fill out the page if it is not helpful for you.

Valentine's Day

February 14th is just around the corner. We will be having a class party the last 30 minutes of the school day on Valentine's Day. Students are welcome to bring in Valentine's Day cards and/or treats. Please be sure to include all students on our class list. A class list will be send home with your child on Monday.

IXL Math Practice

Skills that align with our current math studies: L1, L2, L3, L4, M1, M2, M3

Spelling and Vocabulary Practice

Play games and get extra practice with our weekly spelling and vocabulary words on If you need your child's password please let me know!