Grade 5 Gifted!

with Mr. Horak

My First Student of the Week is.......

Lindsay Faggion.

Lindsay enjoys swimming with her family, eating lasagna, and playing at parks. She also loves to read (her favorite book is "School of Fear", and her favorite subject just happens to be.... Yep, reading (Humanities or ELA block).

When she grows up, she wants to be an Egyptologist. Now that would be one exciting career! Congratulations to Lindsay this week, you are one SPECIAL SCHOLAR!


The 5th grade field trip to USF is quickly approaching. Our trip is planned for Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Please be advised, have your student dress in appropriate clothing (dress for warm weather, while adhering to our dress code, and wear comfortable walking tennis shoes).

Conversation Starters

The 5th grade gifted classes are beginning a new communication system to help parents start academic conversations with their children. We will begin sending home our learning goals for the week, to help parents talk about what we did for the day and week. This means no more “What did you do today?” with the response of “nothing much” or “I don’t remember.

Reading: (Monday-Friday)

1. What roles did Sacagawea and York play in assisting both Lewis and Clark on their exploration?

2. How did the Corp of Discovery interact with the indigenous people of the new territory? What people did they meet, and how did this affect their outcome?

3. How do I close read a passage and look for the 5W and a H?

4. What are text features and why are they important?

Skill sets: (Monday-Friday)

1. How do I sight quotes, and how do they support my opinion?

2. Why is it important to justify my opinions with fact-based material?

3. How do I identify main idea and supporting details?

Writing: (Monday-Friday)

1. When writing journals, why is it necessary to have many details?

2. How do I describe objects using lively and colorful words?

Math: (Monday-Friday)

1. How do I relate division to multiplication? (REVIEW)

2. How do I problem solve using division and multiplication? (REVIEW)

3. Why is it important to understand grouping in division?

4. How do I graph and analyze data to create real-world connections?

5. What are common division practices? How do I use the practices?

6. How do I use algebra to solve equations?

7. How do I use division to solve simple word problems?

Content: (Monday-Friday)

1. How can I learn from observations?

2. How do organisms affect ecosystems over time?

3. What are the sections of the Constitution and why are they important?

4. What are the 3 branches of the government and how do they relate to each other?

5. What are the locations of the 50 states and capitals?


Milo Meets another interesting character!

Who is the Mathemagician? Who is he related to? What role does he play in this epic journey Milo is on? What item does he give Milo for his trip? How are numbers produced in Digitopolis? Ask these questions and more to learn about our in class book!