Prairie View's 5th Grade News

Preview of last week's learning...

Summary Strategies/Book Clubs

Auction Time- Need Donations

We will be having auctions about every 6 weeks. This is a great way for our students to spend the "money" they have been earning for their classroom jobs and excellent behavior. We would love any donations to make this the best auction ever. Donations can vary from anything to new/slightly used small toys, finger nail polish, lotions, Pokémon, trinkets, etc. We would greatly appreciate any donations.

Week 14 Learning Targets

Language Arts- Our author study will continue. We are getting farther into Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen as we practice our reading skills. We are specifically looking at observations verses insights. We will practice writing summaries about fiction and nonfiction. We have studied different strategies to help with summary, and we are practicing becoming an expert at one. Ask your child to explain the strategy they have chosen. WE will be comparing our old opinion writing with our new one and making an improvement plan. Wow, we have a big week planned. Not to mention, we will be looking at the Constitution.

Math- This week will be action packed! We will begin with the exploration of quadrilaterals and triangles. Our End of Unit 5 Assessment will be on Wednesday. The Quarterly assessment is scheduled for Thursday. Our homework has provided a weekly review for this test. It will be the first really long assessment and was designed to build test taking stamina while identifying areas of weakness. We will finish the week returning to fractions and finding the least common denominators to assist finding the difference in a subtraction expression. The link to the parent letter for our new module of instruction is: https://www.origoslate.com/3/index.php#/21952 Follow this link for information on how to help your child at home. Remember to encourage your child to complete and return their math homework weekly.

Science- This week we will continue with Earth science unit. We will be learning about the effects of glaciers has on the land on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday we will be investigating fossils formations and sedimentary rocks. Thursday we be relating fossils and fossil fuels and learn about renewable and non-renewable resources. Friday we will close with weather and climate. Remember: vocabulary is key in science. Please take time to review these vocabulary words with your child over break: Renewable, Nonrenewable, Fossil fuels, Conservation, Natural gas, Oil, Sedimentary, Fossils.

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PVE Writing Rubric Expectations

Parents, we would like to refresh your memory of the 2014/2015 PVE instructional focus. Across all curricular arenas we are directing our attention to writing. It is our expectation that every student will progress at least one year in their level of writing. As a staff we have created a rubric to hold the students accountable. This rubric is posted below. When your child is writing any assignment at home, please hold them to the fifth grade standard. The rubric is not unfamiliar to the students. A checklist with goals is in their Go Folder (pictured below). Please review your child's checklist and goals with them at home. The rubric itself is in every subject notebook, and it is posted in every classroom. We are continually amazed by the quality of work our children produce and fully expect each child to meet their goal.

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Stride Academy

We do have Stride Academy again this year. It is a great online program for the kids to play and have fun while strengthening their reading and math skills. It works at their level and targets specific areas of need. Please login and enjoy! Please find your child's homeroom teacher information below.

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Million Word Challenge 2nd 6 Week Winner

Mrs. Davidson's Homeroom

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Million Words Challenge

We challenge you! This year we will be counting minutes towards our Million Word Challenge. Our goal is for each fifth grader to read for at least 30 minutes a night or 150 minutes a week. At the end of the six weeks your child should have read a total of 900 minutes to meet the goal. All you have to do is make sure your child is logging the minutes they read every night on the back of their planner, where their homework is located, and log their total minutes for the week. Teachers will take the reading log up at the first of each week. October 3 is our first goal check. We can all get 900 minutes by then! Please make sure you are signing their planner to verify they read the minutes logged.

Bring in Boxtops!

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Daily Homework and Responsibilities

Every night your child should be reading 30 minutes from a book, newspaper, blog, etc. of their choice. On the back of their planner, they have one question to answer about their reading. This should be in complete sentences and make sense. We discussed setting a routine, whether it be immediately when they get home or right before bed. Talk with your child about what routine works for your family. A great idea would be to set an alarm everyday to help remind them. 5th grade is a great year to release some responsibility to your child to complete their homework. This reading log will track their progress towards our million words goal.

** Please remember to sign your child's planner daily. This will remain in their green "Go Folder." It should GO with them wherever they go! It is an important means of communication between parents and teacher.** It also verifies their reading minutes.

Friday folders will come home on Fridays. Those will include graded work, notes from the school, and other handouts. This folder is purple. Please sign and return on Monday.

Vocabulary Test - Test December 8

Know the definition of the following:
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Please Bring Headphones/Earbuds/ Pencil Holder

With all the technology we will be using this year, having some headphones/earbuds would be a great convenience for your child. So if you have an old pair laying around the house that you don't mind losing, please send it with your child. They will be able to keep it in their pencil pouch or locker. Also, if you still have your pencil holder from last year, please bring it in.

Picture Retake

Tuesday, Dec. 2nd, 7:45am


PTA MEeting: Choir Holiday Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 16th, 5:30pm


Winter Classroom Parties

Friday, Dec. 19th, 1:45pm



Monday, Dec. 22nd, 7:15am to Monday, Jan. 5th 2015 at 7:15am

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