News from Room 305

October 9, 2015

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The focus standard for our whole number division unit:

Find whole-number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.

This week students looked for patterns to determine divisibility rules (ex. ends in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 - divisible by 2; end in 0 or 5 - divisible by 5, etc). The class created 1-50 number line displaying each numbers' factor pairs, arrays, and if the number is prime or composite. Students also used place value blocks and illustrations of place value blocks to show solve division problems.

If your child has not yet become fluent in multiplication facts, please continue to practice at home. Your child can use - username: lperryn. Their regular Lps password is their password. Using flash cards or making a game out of regular playing cars or dice works well too and is a great way to make fact mastery fun and interactive.

If your child has 100% mastery on Reflex Math or you would like them to work on additional math concepts besides fluency, they can log into and enter their name and our class code: s3svx4.


The focus standard for fifth graders this quarter is RL5.3: Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

Students used their own feedback, the class created checklist, and my feedback on a previous compare/contrast response to compare/contrast two characters from a previously read text.

Students analyzed pages from out class read aloud, The One and Only Ivan, to determine when authors use commas. We also sorted the collection of comma examples that students collected from their independent reading books last Friday and created an anchor chart. As students proofread their Personal Narratives this week, they focused on placing commas correctly.

We finished The One and Only Ivan, our read aloud, and found information and a video of the real Ivan on Zoo Atlanta's website. Students also read an article about the KC Zoo's new elephant.

Please remind your child to read 4-5 times per week in order to achieve his/her goal. If your child is having trouble finding a book that interests him/her, please let me know.


Students learned about the differences between physical and chemical changes - demonstrations included melting chocolate, boiling water, apple oxidation, and capturing the gas from mixing baking soda and vinegar. The class loved separating mixtures using sorting, magnetism, and filtration. Determining if mixtures were solutions too was also a highlight. Students mixed water with sugar, flour, and salt to see if the solutes were evenly distributed (dissolved) in the water.
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Keep Clipping Box Tops!

At the end of October, we will have a drawing for the top 5 students from each class that turned in Box Tops. So, please make sure your child's name is on the bag. Thank you!

Our class is in second place with 600! Ms. Bacon's class has 606. Please send in any box tops that you have been saving up.

Next Week's Specials' Calendar:

Monday, October 12 - Day 1: Music

Tuesday, October 13 - Day 2: PE

Wednesday, October 14 - Day 3: Art

Thursday, October 15 - Day 0: Road Rallies (early release 12:50)

Friday, October 16 - No School

Upcoming Events:


10/13- Parent/Teach Conferences, 3:10-7:10 (Receive grade cards at conferences)

10/14 - OLSAT testing

10/15- Early Release, 12:50 pm - Parent/Teach Conferences, 1:10-7:10

10/16-No School

10/19-10/23 - United Way Spirit Week

10/28-Last Day to turn in Box Tops for Fall Classroom Challenge

10/30-Fall Parties 2:20-2:50

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Contact Information:

Laura Perryn

(816)736-5600 x.2637