5th Grade Newsletter
Monday, February 1st, 2021-Friday, February 12th, 2021
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Bison On Track Calendar Adjustments
All students should be working a minimum of 1 hour in Exact Path for Math and 1 hour in MindPlay for Reading per week.
On Track Calendar
What assignments do I turn in to my teacher?
Math: Unit 10 Decimal Addition and Subtraction
Math Lesson Structure Review…
Math lessons are designed to take 60 minutes. Please be aware that students can click through a lesson that doesn’t have a graded quiz and mark it complete without actually doing all the parts of the lesson. Please check in with your students to see that they are doing all the steps in each math lesson.
- Get Ready! Warm Up: Introduces and orients the students to the lesson.
- Learn and Try It: Activities include bite sized instruction coupled with guided practice.
- Workbook Pages: Offline work. Please be sure to have students show you their workbook pages daily to gauge if they are grasping the concept.
- Quiz: 1-2 ungraded questions that gauge student understanding OR a graded quiz on the final day of the concept.
We are working in Unit 11 Decimal Multiplication with Decimals .
- Multiplication of whole Numbers by Decimals.
- Multiplying two Decimals.
Links to Video Lesson
Multiplying with one Decimal: https://youtu.be/STyoP3rCmb0
Multiplying with Decimals: https://youtu.be/JEHejQphIYc
Decimal Addition/Subtraction Real World Problems: https://bit.ly/2K6tFZB
Math Academic Vocabulary
One of the best ways to improve your student's MAP math score it to get them familiar with the vocabulary used during testing. Quizlet is a great site to use.
If your student struggle with 5th Grade Math, one reason can be that they are struggling with their math facts. Encourage daily practice of Math facts to produce fluency using flash cards or interactive Math games and apps. Below are a few helpful resources:
Math TGA #3 Due 2-4-21
Unit 10 Lesson 12: Big Ideas Mini Project
The Expectation is for this TGA to be File-shared.
Reading / ELA
Unit 9 - Get to Know a Supreme Court Justice
Sonia Sotomayor faced lots of challenges in her early life, but that didn't stop her from reaching an incredible goal. In 2009, she was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. In this unit, you'll read a nonfiction text about Justice Sotomayor and the speech she gave to Congress during her confirmation hearings, exploring the language, structure, and big ideas in the text.
Justices often write opinion pieces about the cases they hear. In this unit, you'll begin drafting your own opinion piece that will be TGA #3.
Our next TGA will be an Opinion/Persuasive Essay. You should have practiced your opinion writing in Unit 8. In Unit 9, Lesson 8, you will begin your prewriting for TGA #3. It will be turned in in Unit 10, Lesson 14. Currently it will be due March 29th.
Please see below for the rubric (Grade 5 Writing Rubric) that will be used in grading your Teacher Graded Assignments (TGAs) this year and let that be your checklist before turning in your final drafts. If you have a printer, I recommend you print the rubric and keep it handy as you are working on your essays. This is the same rubric the State Department of Education will use to score your essay in April.
Who is Sonia Sotomayor is a paperback that was sent with your K12 curriculum.
Seesaw Weekly Writing Prompts
Students have begun weekly writing practice in Seesaw. The prompts are assigned by the homeroom teacher through Seesaw, and students are expected to respond directly on the slide.
Lessons in Units 6 & 7 will be preparing us for the bigger Unit 9 Ecosystems. It's important to understand how plants make food and the uses of bacteria and fungi to keep a balanced ecosystem. Students will be reading the book Come Learn with Me: The Kingdoms of Life's Classification along with the lessons in OLS. Students should have received this book with their other curriculum materials.
Science is "optional," but attendance is highly encouraged as all 5th graders will be tested in Science on the OSTP in April.
2/02/2021 Unit 6 Lesson 4 Photosynthesis
2/04/2021 Unit 7 Lesson 4 Kingdom Archaebacteria
2/09/2021 Unit 7 Lesson 5 Kingdom Eubacteria
2/11/2021 Unit 7 Lesson 7 Kingdom Fungi
Some Extra Fun: Create a place to collect art items and recyclables you may want to use for creating things in Science. Feel free to create things that will help you understand Science concepts. Take pictures of you with your Science creations/labs and email/File Share them to Ms. Lewellen with your name and your homeroom teacher's name. CREATE BRAVELY!
Tips and Tricks for a Smooth Year
- Attendance is extremely important for all class connects. Even though Science is considered “optional” it is still highly encouraged.
- Create a family schedule so everybody knows when students are in class connects
- Come prepared! Cook, eat, use the restroom, feed animals, do chores, run errands before/after class connects.
- Stay on track every day with the On-Track Calendar.
- Check USA Test Prep regularly for assignments, quizzes, and “Tickets Out the Door.”
- Email all teachers (Homeroom, Interventionist, SpEd) when the student will be absent.
- Clean out cache and cookies regularly to help with computer speed and memory.
- Watch recordings of class connects missed. Here is a helpful video to demonstrate how to access recordings through the OLS.
- All OLS (Online School) lessons require 80% Mastery for completion. The video below demonstrates a lesson that has not been marked complete because it was not mastered by the student.
- It is highly encouraged students have 3 notebooks (simple one subject notebooks are perfect) so that they may take notes in Math, Reading and Science classes.
Important Upcoming Dates
- February 4th: Math TGA #3 Due (Unit 10, Lesson 12)
- February 9th: Spelling Bee for students in grades 3rd-5th
- February 15th: No School - President's Day
- February 16th-19th: Interim 2 live in CC (We will revert to our alternate CC schedule this week.)
- February 25th & 26th: No School - Professional Development
- March 1st-5th: Read Across America Week
- March 5th: 3rd Quarter Grades Due in Gradebook
- March 8th: Parent/Teacher Conferences 6:00-8:00 PM
- March 11th: Parent/Teacher Conferences 6:00-8:00 PM
- March 12th: Last Day of 3rd Quarter
- March 12th: No School - Parent Teacher Conferences 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
- March 15th-19th: No School - Spring Break
- March 29th: ELA TGA #3 Due (Unit 10, Lesson 14)
- April 2nd: No School - School Break
- April 5th: Writing Sample #4 Due (Unit 10, Lesson 15)
- May 26th: Last Day of Semester/4th Quarter
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