Welcome to my online classroom! We are currently focusing on the following things in reading and math.
Reading: Journeys Unit 3 Lesson 13
Click the following for some activites to do with your chid at home that will help them succeed in this lesson: https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/1507/home_letter_13.pdf
Math: Math In Focus Chapter 14
Welcome to 5th grade Math In Focus Curriculum: https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/1507/beginning_of_year.pdf
In this chapter, students begin working with solid figures for the first time. By using a carefully constructed concrete-visual-abstract approach, students will gain a good understanding of solid figures, their metrics, and their visual representations.There are two related contexts for volume — the capacity of containers and the amount of space taken up by objects. These are explored in this chapter. Counting unit cubes is used initially to find the volume of solids. This method is used to derive the formula for the volume of a rectangular prism, which can then be used to find the volume of liquid in a rectangular container or the capacity of a rectangular container.
Click the following for some activities to do with your child at home that will help them succeed in ths chapter:
It is important to know that we must master our mutiplication facts and division facts for numbers 1 through 12 by the end of fifth grade. I cannot stress enough how important these skills are for almost every 5th grade math concept, for success on the state tests, and for success in 6th grade and beyond. The multiplication facts are a foundational skill that your child must have in order to progress through our curriculum. Students are expected to study these at home on a regular basis, as they do with their spelling words, throughout the year. We will also be working on our fraction fluency. This means becoming very familiar with basic fraction facts, such as 20 is one fifth of 100, 30 is one third of 90, 250 is ½ of 500, etc. The links below are sheets which students can use to study their multiplication facts and fraction facts at home.
Book Report: Every quarter, we will have one book report due at the end of the quarter over a book of the student’s choice. This quarter, students must create a cd album that represents their book. The front must have album art that they draw/color and they will create 10 song titles that represent characters, events, or settings within their book.
Writing: Opinion Essays and Informational Essays
In preparation for the WYTOPP, we will be focusing on two types of essays for the entire 5th grade year- opinion essays and informational essays. We will gradually advance our skills in these two types of essays until we have reached our end-of-the-year writing goal. By the end of the year your child will be expected to write an opinion essay and informational essay that is well organized and contains an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Quoting accurately from related texts and correctly using these quotes to support their ideas within the essays will be a huge focus throughout the year.
Below are links to the sheets which we use to plan and write our opinion essays. We are currently writing one over ebooks vs. paper books
Our Behavior Management System:
We use a reminder chart for bahvior management. Each day will start with a new, blank chart. Each day will be ended with a candy reward, something small such as a Starburst or M&M, and 15 minutes of a fun activity. If a student receives one reminder that day, it will be logged on the chart and they will lose the candy reward. Two reminders results in a loss of five minutes of the fun activity, three reminders results in a loss of ten minutes of the activity, and four reminders means they will not be able to participate in the activity at all. The type of infraction is also logged on the chart, using the key at the bottom. For example, if a student needs to be reminded to speak kindly to their classmates, I will write MK for “mouth”, “kind” next to their name on the chart. In order to keep you updated on their behavior, I will mark a color – blue, green, yellow, orange, or red -on their homework each day. Blue indicates no reminders that day, green for one reminder, yellow for two, orange for three, and red for four. Homeworks will need to be signed every night by a guardian indicating that the guardian has seen the behavior color and that the student has completed their homework for that day. You will also see a participation grade on their homework each day. Their participation grade is based off of three things: how well they took notes throughout the day, how well they stayed on task during individual or partner work, and how much they participated during class discussions.
Below is an example of the reminder chart so that you may understand exactly how it works.