5th Grade News

Weeks of February 8 - 19


Welcome to Mrs. Riddle and Mrs. Waggoner's Weekly Newsletter! Here, you will find our learning targets for the week, along with upcoming events/reminders.

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Learning Targets

Reading and Social Studies: We are still working on figurative language as part of our ELA block; however, we are moving on to the skill of comparing and contrasting the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts or information in two or more texts. Basically, students will be asked to synthesize information gathered from more than one source. We will be utilizing various tools that we've used this year (infohio.org, Achieve3000, Google Classroom, etc.)

We will also be studying European exploration and colonization, and the lasting effects that can be used to understand the Western Hemisphere today.

As you can imagine, it would be very difficult to cover so much material separately in class, so I will be using reading material related to our Social Studies content to help students work on the current strategy skills of comparing and contrasting two or more sources.

A.R. Requirement for the 3rd quarter: Students must read 3 books on his/her level with an 80% accuracy on the Accelerated Reader Quiz. ONE of the books must be NON-FICTION and ONE must be FICTION. The last book can be free choice - fiction or non-fiction. Of course, students are encouraged to read more than this; however, this is the minimum requirement. Completed A.R. tests are due Monday, March 7th.

Achieve 3000 - There won't be any homework articles this week. Two articles will be completed in class.

Writing - This quarter, we will be working on writing informative/explanatory text to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. Some of this will be done during ELA/SS class.

Math - Students have been working on writing numerical and algebraic expressions. They have also been working on simplifying algebraic equations by combining like terms. We are going to finish up with solving for a single variable, as well as solving inequalities and algebraic word problems. We will have a test on Friday, February 12th. (The test will only cover writing simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and simplifying algebraic expressions without evaluating them.)

Next, we will move onto reading, writing, and comparing decimals to the thousandths place.

MOBYMAX: All students need to be doing 15 minutes of MobyMax nightly. This is part of their homework score and many students are forgetting this requirement. MobyMax login and password information can be found in your child's B.E.E. Binder for their required 15 minutes nightly (or 60 minutes/week). If this is an issue at all, due to network resources, please let us know and we can work something out at school. Please send in a note if this is the case.

Science - We are continuing our physical science investigations. Students have worked with potential and kinetic energy. We have discussed different variables related to movement and force. We have been doing some experiments to demonstrate what we are learning.

Upcoming Events

February 8-11 - Jump Rope for Heart

February 11 - Parent's Night at Memorial 7-8pm - GREAT INFO FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL!

February 12 - Officer Phil Assembly and Valentine Parties @ 2:15

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Mrs. Riddle

Mrs. Riddle teaches English Language Arts, Socials Studies and Writing to the 5th grade students on the Riddle/Waggoner team.

Mrs. Waggoner

Mrs. Waggoner teaches Math, Science and Writing to the 5th grade students on the Riddle/Waggoner team.