## Million Word Challenge Kickoff

Million Word Kickoff

## Week 5 Learning Targets

Reading- Effective readers activate their background knowledge before they begin reading, stop and review for comprehension as they are reading, and ask questions throughout. This week we will be focusing on these strategies and explicitly teaching how to do them. We will also be looking at the sequence of events in narratives, or the story structure.

Writing- We are going to wow everybody who walks by our Standards Based Board with our published copy of our 1st 5th Grade Narrative. This week will entail polishing our drafts with revising, editing, and lots of peer feedback.

Math- Wow! What a difference a few days can make! Over the past week we have analyzed the value of 6 digit numbers, worked with exponents, reviewed expanded notation, compared number order and broken millions into fractional parts. Next week is the first unit assessment in our new curriculum and we're expecting great results. The remainder of the week we will be looking at equivalent fractions. There's a whole lot of thinking going on! The very best way you can assist your fifth grader in this learning is helping every night with the memorization of the multiplication facts to 12x12. Everything we will be doing in some way comes back to them. If a large portion of their thinking is 'counting up' the basic facts, then their brain is already tiring before they even wrap their minds around the problems they are asked to solve. Thank you for encouraging your precious one to own those combinations. It takes all of us working together to accomplish greatness! :)

Science-

Properties of matter will be our investigation this week. A few areas we will be examining are melting and freezing points, buoyancy, density, and solubility.

## Daily Homework and Responsibilities

** 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.

## 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.

## B.L.I.N.G. Club

Girls, it’s time to get your B.L.I.N.G. on!!! Come join your friends at the PVE GIRLS ONLY reading club! If you are enthusiastic about reading, love to talk about books, and are responsible with technology then this is the club for you. Come and get an application from room #303.

Applications are due no later than Friday, September 19th to Mrs. Green.

## Spelling/Vocabulary Test Monday, September 29

Spelling Words-

America

balloons

beautiful

build

caught

charge

country

dance

decide

Vocabulary- (Must know definitions)

Complete subject- all the words that tell who or what a sentence is about

Complete Predicate- all the words that tell what the subject is or does

Compound Sentence- two sentences combined into one , usually joined by a comma and Conjunction (For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So) FANBOYS is a great way to remember the conjunctions

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.