5th Grade Flyer

Graden Elementary 2019-2020

News from Graden's 5th Grade Teachers

This flyer serves as a weekly update regarding information from the grade level as well as from each classroom teacher. It will automatically be sent to the guardian email listed in Infinite Campus for each Graden 5th grader.

WELCOME TO 5TH GRADE!

At Graden, the 5th grade teachers departmentalize for reading, writing, math, and science. Each teacher teaches social studies. What does this mean? Students receive instruction from their homeroom teacher for three content areas and then they receive instruction from the other partnered teacher for the remaining two subjects.


Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Vernon are partner teachers and Dr. Ivy and Mrs. Thorson are partner teachers.


Mrs. Brown teaches reading and writing for her students and Mrs. Vernon's students.

Mrs. Vernon teaches math and science for her students and Mrs. Brown's students.

Dr. Ivy teaches reading and writing for her students and Mrs. Thorson's students.

Mrs. Thorson teaches math and science for her students and Dr. Ivy's students.

Important Dates

January 14- Spirit Day...wear a t-shirt with a positive message

January 14- Graden PTA meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

January 20- No School MLK Jr. Day

January 21- Spirit Day...dress like a buddy day

January 28- Spirit Day...backwards day

January 28- VIP Assembly @ 9:00

January 28- Habit Lunch

January 30- Student Lighthouse after school

Mrs. Thorson & Mrs. Vernon's Announcements 1/10/2020

During the week of 1/13-1/17, we will be involved in the study of multiplying fractions (Topic 8). We will start with multiplying a fraction by a whole number, and then progress to multiplying two fractions, before finishing the unit with multiplying mixed numbers. In this Topic, important skills continue to include being able to simplify fractions in addition to the ability to convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions. Next week’s homework will focus on our computational skills SMART goal, and will include computation problems that are a review of previously learned skills. It will be due on Friday, 1/17, as usual.


In science, we will finish up with our parachute drop proving that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed toward the center of the Earth. It was great seeing their innovation and creativity in creating their own parachutes! We hope to review Wednesday, January 15th, and test on Thursday for the Gravity Scope. Our next scope is “Observing the Stars”, and students will be expected to support an argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to others stars is due to their relative distances from Earth.


In the coming weeks...

In social studies, students will learn about several major wars in the United States, including the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. They will analyze causes, details, and consequences of each war. Students will connect the outcomes of each war to political, social, and cultural changes that still remain in our country today.

Mrs. Brown & Dr. Ivy's Announcements 1/10/2020

In reading and writing, we have been celebrating our hard work from 2nd quarter by doing Gallery Walks. Students read each other’s biographies on Book Creator and wrote down 3 new things they learned…it is so impressive to see what they learn from their peers! We will continue Gallery Walks with their State Informational Essays. Students will follow the same protocol and write down 3 new things about 3 different states.


An ongoing goal in 5th grade is non-fiction reading comprehension. Students read the latest Time for Kids and answered multiple choice comprehension questions based on the text. This serves as great practice for middle school reading comprehension expectations!

Next week, we will begin Unit 5: Researching Debatable Issues. Our first discussion will be centered around the use of cell phones in schools. Students will read 3 different opinions/claims and then form an opinion/claim of their own, backed up with research and evidence that supports their claim. Then, students will gather a list of possible topics for future quick writes. Students will use Scholastic News and Time for Kids to research opinion/debatable topics that interest them.


In the coming weeks...

In social studies, students will learn about several major wars in the United States, including the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. They will analyze causes, details, and consequences of each war. Students will connect the outcomes of each war to political, social, and cultural changes that still remain in our country today.

Coordinator Sign-Up for Room Parents

Dear Parents,

All classrooms at Graden will have 3 class parties this school year. Each of these parties will need a party coordinator. Party coordinators are in charge of:

  • Planning the activities, games, and snacks for the party
  • Creating a Sign Up Genius to ask for donations and volunteers
  • Overseeing/carrying out the party

The dates/times of our classroom parties are:

  • Halloween - Thursday, 10/31/19, 2:30-3:15 (Setup at 2:00, Parade at 2:15)
  • Winter - Friday, 12/20/19, 10:30-11:15 (Setup at 10:15)
  • Valentine - Friday, 2/14/20, 2:30-3:15 (Setup at 2:15)

If you are interested in planning one of the parties for your child's classroom, please sign up below. This sign-up includes all teachers for your grade level, so be sure to sign up for the correct classroom!

Please ONLY sign up if you are willing to be in charge of planning the party. This is not a sign-up for those wanting to send in supplies or help out at the party. Those sign-ups will come out at a later date, once the party coordinator has planned the party knows what they are in need of.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A4FA9AA28A5F85-fifth

If you have any questions, please contact Lindsay Ramon, PTA Room Party Organizer, at lindsay.ramon@gmail.com

Thanks so much!!!

Habit Home Connections

Supplies are shown below for 5th grade students. The items on the left are considered "essential" and the items on the right are considered "optional", but greatly appreciated. Lists for all grades can be found on the Park Hill School District's web page.
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