Welcome to my online classroom! We are currently focusing on the following things in reading and math.
Reading: Journeys Unit 5 Lesson 23
Math: Math In Focus Chapter 13
In this chapter, students learn the properties of triangles and four sided figures. They learn to identify special triangles, categorized by angle measures or side lengths. They learn the sum of the three angle measures in a triangle is always 180 degrees. Students then apply this property to solving problems. As students carry out hands-on activities, they measure and discover that the sum of the lengths of any two sides of a triangle is always greater than the length of the third side.
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.
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.
We are currently writing an opinion essay on an article found in our Scholastic News. Students will form an opinion on whether or not children should learn a foreign language. Below is a link to the scholastic news article.
Below are links to the sheets which we use to plan and write our informational and opinion essays. They essay map is a very important tool that helps students organize their essay plan into a coherent essay.
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 homeworks 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 image of the reminder chart so that you may understand exactly how it works.