5th grade opinion pieces

Since kindergarten, the Common Core Standards have been stressing the mechanics of writing strong opinion pieces. This year, there’s an added emphasis on logically organizing written work. Your child’s opinion pieces should start by clearly introducing and stating her opinion about a topic. Then, she should set up and follow a logically ordered structure to introduce each reason she’ll offer in support of her opinion. Her reasons should be supported by facts and details (a.k.a. evidence), and your child should use linking words, such as additionally, consequently, and specifically to connect her evidence-backed reasons to her opinion. Finally, she should close her argument with a well-articulated conclusion that supports her original opinion.


For the month of January and February, we will be working heavily on non-fiction skills that lend themselves to an author's opinion. Throughout various reading passages, we will devote our learning to several skills readers need to know to analyze argumentative text.

Language and Writing

We will also be learning to write opinion pieces that are supported by facts and our own opinions. Those facts will be drawn from, not only the reading passages, but on-line searches that will help to support each detail. (integration of information from several texts.)

Grammar and Reading skills- Continuation of figurative language such as onomatopoeia and adages.

Onomatopoeia game below:


Lang. Arts.

As we review all Language Arts skills from Quarter 1 and 2, we are adding in new ones.

For most of Jan. and Feb, our sixth graders will be focusing on Informational text. Students will be expected to analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of that idea.

We will also be learning how an author develops a point of view. This will play into the persuasive texts that our sixth grade will be reading. They will also be developing their own ideas and writing an argumentative essay.

Toward the middle of February and into March, the sixth grade will be integrating information presented in different media or formats. Students will be reading several text and/ or media formats to compare and contrast information. Comprehensive report writing will follow those informational texts.


Mrs. Roark/6th Grade Math/3rd Grading Period

Module 3=Apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers.

6.NS.5 Understand that positive and negative numbers are used together to describe quantities having opposite directions or values

6.NS.6 Understand a rational number as a point on the number line. Extend number line diagrams and coordinate axes familiar from previous grades to represent points on the line and in the plane with negative number coordinates.

6.NS.7 Understand ordering and absolute value of rational numbers.

6.NS.8 Solve real-world and mathematical problems by graphing points in all four quadrants of the coordinate plane.

***January and February will be all about RATIONAL Numbers! Be looking for information to go home soon about an upcoming Project due by the end of this grading period.

Mrs. Roark/5th Grade Math/ 3rd Grading Period

Module3=Equivalent Fractions, Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions, Adding Fractions and Mixed Numbers, Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers, Multiplying Fractions and Mixed Numbers, and Dividing Fractions.

***January and February will be all about FRACTIONS! Be looking for information to go home soon about an upcoming Fraction Project due by the end of this grading period.


5th Grade Purple

We are starting the new year off talking all about fractions. 5th graders are responsible for understanding how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions with unlike denominators. Looking into our math facts, almost off of the purple math students have successfully passed their multiplication facts and will be venturing onto division facts shortly. (5.NF.1-7)


6th Grade

6th graders switched back to science on January 6th. We will continue our life science unit on cells and cell division. Students are stunned to see how fast bacteria can grow using the process of mitosis. Concluding our life science unit, we will enter into our physical science unit starting with matter. Science will end on February 5th for 6th graders. (6.LS.2) (6.LS.4) (6.PS.1) (6.PS.2)

5th Grade

Ending our life science unit with photosynthesis, 5th graders were excited to start our earth and space science unit as we explore astronomy. During this month we will dig deeper into the understanding of stars, moons, planets, and other celestial bodies. Students were very interested to find just how small Earth really is when compared to other bodies in our galaxy. 5th graders will begin back on February 8th with science and continue our Earth and Space Science unit with cycles and patterns between the Earth and sun. (5.LS.2) (5.ESS.1-2) (5.ESS.3)
Star Size Comparison HD

Social Studies

5th Grade Social Studies

The 5th Graders came back to me for Social Studies on January 6th and we dove right in with the Columbus explorations. We will continue our study of the European exploration of the Western Hemisphere.

History Heritage 3. European exploration and colonization had lasting effects, which can be used to understand the Western Hemisphere today.

The students will also be working on timeline skills and interpreting data.

History Historical Thinking and Skills1. Multiple-tier timelines can be used to show relationships among events and places.

Government Civic Participation and Skills 11. Individuals can better understand public issues by gathering and interpreting information from multiple sources. Data can be displayed graphically to effectively and efficiently communicate information.

6th Grade Social Studies

When the 6th Graders come back we will be wrapping up the World religions and then moving into Ancient Civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, India and China.

History Early Civilizations 2. Early civilizations (India, Egypt, China and Mesopotamia) with unique governments, economic systems, social structures, religions, technologies and agricultural practices and products flourished as a result of favorable geographic characteristics. The cultural practices and products of these early civilizations can be used to help understand the Eastern Hemisphere today.

Here is a link for students and parents view the social studies AIR test that they will be taking in April. You can sign in and take the practice version of all the available items.