Turk Tribune

5th Grade News - Friday, March 13, 2015

Upcoming Events

* Signed "Famous Person" report slips - due Tuesday, 3/17

*Robert Crown Presentation(s) - Thursday, March 19th. Permission Slips coming soon!

*End of 3rd Quarter - Friday, 3/20

*Spring Break - Monday, 3/23 - Friday, 3/27


  • Need Tablet Help at Home? There is a parent/student resource folder available to you! This contains help sheets and instructions on how to use various apps, how to access materials, and some tablet basics. We will be adding more resources to the folder, so check back often!

    You can access the folder at: http://tinyurl.com/D158TechHelp


We are finally back to our normal Literacy routine! This week, we focused on making generalizations, writing a couplet poem using synonyms, and learning the difference between indefinite and reflexive pronouns. Fun!

We also spent some time editing the letters we wrote to request an autograph from a person of the student's choice. We practiced our signatures, addressed the envelopes, and the letters will be mailed in the next couple of days. I can't wait to see if anyone receives a response!

Most people have turned in the Famous Person permission/choice form, which is due Tuesday, 3/17. If you haven't already found a book (biography) on the famous person, this weekend would be a great time to do this since I'll be giving the students some class work time to start researching and taking notes for their papers.

Battle of the Books (BOB) reading is progressing! Students should be finishing their 5th book by the end of this week in order complete the required reading for participation in the event, which is May 1st. Happy Reading!


We started Unit 9 this week, which focuses on plotting coordinate points on a grid, finding the area of irregular shapes (using the formula of A = b x h). We also reviewed multiplying fractions and decimals. Next week we'll move on to the area of triangles and parallelograms.

PLEASE be sure you child is practicing their math facts each night! It will make the homework process easier for those who are still struggling to multiply and divide without using their fingers :)

Social Studies

In Social Studies, we've been researching the major battles of the Civil War. Each "family group" has been assigned a battle to research and create a poster to teach the rest of the class. Students will present these next week, which will wrap up our Social Studies unit by the end of next week.

PBIS Teamwork Exercise

This week, our class completed a PBIS team building exercise which involved working together to move plastic cups using a rubber band and string. We discussed things that went well and what could be improved when working with others :) Check out the pictures below!


Welcome to our new student Samuel (Sam) Thalluri, who joined our class last week!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Dana Turk