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5th Grade Newsletter

Classroom Overview

This newsletter will cover the happenings of our class from the months of November and December. This time of year always seems to fly by so fast! We have transitioned into our second trimester and areas of focus have shifted as well for all content areas. Continue reading to see what we are up to in our core classes. As winter break approaches, please keep the following in mind:

1. Winter break is from Monday, 12/21 to Friday, 1/1. Classes will resume on Monday, 1/4.

2. Our holiday concert is this upcoming Monday, 12/14 with concerts at both 10 AM and 2 PM.

3. There is an Institute Day on Friday, 1/15.

4. Keep an eye out for Outdoor Ed. information coming over throughout the week in January. This is the most important time of the year that information needs to be brought home and many forms need to be returned to school. Read below for more information on Outdoor Ed.

5. Continue to check our class page on the Washington website to view upcoming assessments.


Language Arts & Targeted Intervention

In Language Arts, our focus transitions from opinion texts to informative text in trimester 2. Along with this transitions comes a new set of skills that we will focus on to help with our comprehension of informative nonfiction texts and writing our own informative (expository) pieces. Before winter break, the students have been working on identifying facts and opinions, changing opinions into facts, identifying author's purpose, and identifying text structures.

When we return from break, we will continue with these skills, as well as continue to work on our summarizing and compare/contrast skills. As well, the return from break always signifies the upcoming PARCC assessments that will occur in the spring. In regards to language arts, we will continue to read rigorous, grade-level texts and analyze them focusing on comprehension strategies. Do not worry though, we still read for fun during Daily 3 and our current read aloud is the first book in the Among the Hidden series.

During our writer's workshop, the students will write their own informative (formerly known as expository) pieces. The focus in trimester 2 is to have students conduct their own research projects that will result in a final written paper and presentation. When we return from winter break, we will begin this project. Feel free to spend some time discussing possible research topics with your child. It should be a topic that your child is not already an "expert" on and one that will keep them engaged for a lengthier amount of time.

Finally, we have switched groups for T.I. classes. Therefore, your child probably has a new teacher for the last 45 minutes of the day. Our goal remains the same for our targeted interventions classes: to provide quality literature at your child's current reading level and GREAT book-based discussions and enrichment projects.


Your student more than likely has a new math teacher for this trimester. We switched classes after Thanksgiving break and already our classes are moving at the pacing that is most supportive to the students within that group. In the upcoming trimester the big focus is on FRACTIONS! We will write equivalent fractions, compare fractions, add-subtract-multiply-divide fractions and mixed numbers, and also find the percent of whole numbers. There are far fewer standards on the trimester 2 report card for math in comparison to the standards in trimester 1. However, the conceptual understanding of each topic of each component taught is necessary to succeed in the future. Please do not hesitate to send questions my way if you want to know how "we are teaching it here at school", or please share YOUR skills and strategies with your child. I want to have the students understand and be successful, not focus on the "right" way to do something.

Social Studies & Science

In Social Studies, we are wrapping up our unit of study on Mesopotamia. Next week, students will share their presentations on the Empires they have been conducting research on. On the Friday before break, we will reenact how Hammurabi of Ancient Babylon would have conducted his court (i.e. "An eye for an eye")

When we return from winter break we will begin our Force & Motion unit in science right away. Just as a reminder on social studies and science assessments, there is always an opportunity for improvement! If a student receives an "N" in either the vocabulary and/or main idea/concept category, the student will be given a minimum of 3 nights to take the assessment home and make corrections. Appropriate corrections will earn the student a mark of "S", showing that the correct answer was found, but support was needed.


Outdoor Education

Thursday, May 26th 2016 at 7am to Friday, May 27th 2016 at 5pm

Snake Road

Lake Geneva, WI

If you did not attend the informational meeting on Thursday, 12/10 for Outdoor Education, then please speak with your child ASAP. They should be bringing home important documentation that needs to be filled out and returned to school no later than Friday, January 8th. If the paper work is not complete and submitted, then your child will not be going to Outdoor Education. This is an AMAZING opportunity - please help us ensure your son or daughter gets to experience it.

Things to keep in mind:

1. The GREEN packet needs to be completely filled in and returned no later than Friday, 1/8

2. The BLUE packet is yours to keep! It includes a sample schedule and packing list

3. The WHITE packet needs to be completed ONLY if your child will require special medical needs

4. Chocolate sales will begin Friday, 12/11 - SELL, SELL, SELL!

5. The students will attend a meeting on Friday, 12/11 to learn about sales "tactics" and all of the official expectations regarding selling the chocolate


Check out our Classroom Webpage!

This webpage will give you access to our assessment calendar and links to study sites.


Our classroom welcomes donations throughout the entire school year. Items that are always in high demand are:

-Used chapter books and nonfiction texts


-Hand Sanitizer/Soap

-Pencils & Erasers

If you ever find yourself with extras of any of these items, we could definitely put them to use in our classroom!