5th Grade Weekly News

September 17, 2018

Dear 5th Grade Families,
Thank you all who made it to Back to School Night!  It was nice to meet so many of you and start to put names and faces together!

Students will begin with new spelling/vocabulary and math homework routines this week. Please encourage your student to write neatly in their planners in order to keep organized with nightly homework as well as turn in their best effort work! Also remind your student to double check their backpack before dismissal to make sure they have their appropriate workbooks or books for homwork.

Students can be completing Accelerated Reader quizzes when they finish a book at home. Students are asked to have 10 points by the end of the 1st trimester.

If you have not turned in your technology form. Please do so as soon as possible.
Picture day is tomorrow. Tuesday September 18. Non Uniform Dress


Language Arts: In Writer’s Workshop we continue to discuss the writing elements of a good Personal Narrative.  We have started on the first rough draft and will continue to fine tune student writing this week. Grammar: Subjects and Predicates
Spelling: Long a, Students are expected to turn in the Monday-Thursday assignments on Friday. Spelling test will be on Friday.
Vocabulary: Lesson 1, First Vocabulary test on Lesson 1 will be Friday.
Reading: We will be reading a short story and identify the 5 main story elements. We will also talk about the Big 4 good readers do: Predict, Questions, Connections, Summarizing.
Math:We started our first math Unit on Place Value. Homework should be coming home nightly.
Religion: This week we have been reading about how God created the world in Genesis 1:1-2.
Social Studies: We begin a small unit on an overview of American People. American Land.

Thank you for your continued support and have a great week!

Mrs. Connell


September 10, 2018
Dear 5th Grade Families,
What a great way to start the school year. Thank you for helping your student with a wonderful transition to 5th grade. The first few days last week were spent reuniting with old friends, meeting new ones, learning expectations and getting use to new classroom routines.
This week is used to finish STAR testing and evaluate student academic levels. We will continue to learn how to use the planners to support organizing homework assignments. We will start homework routines next week with the implementation of math and spelling homework. My expectations around homework are that students take their time and turn in QUALITY work. I look through homework each week and if I feel a student rushed through the assignment, I will return the assignment to be corrected or completed during “Relish”. As questions come up around homework, please do not hesitate to email, call or write me a note.
Please help remind your student to have their binder and planner with them when they come to class each morning. We file ongoing assignments in our binders and they may need them in class.
I look forward to seeing you all Thursday night at 6 pm for Back to School Night.
Writer’s Workshop: We started Writer’s Workshop and learning the writing elements to create a Personal Narrative.
Reading Workshop: We are discussing the 5 main story elements: character, setting, plot, conflict and theme. We are reading different small passages to locate the elements.
LA: We have started working in our Grammar workbooks. This week’s focus is on different kind of sentences.
Math: STAR testing and Inspirational Math
Religion: We are creating self portraits and listing gifts that God has given us. We also talked about The Bible and are working on an activity to help locate different bible verses.
Growth Mindset: We read, The Most Magnificent Thing. In groups students are brainstorming, planning, sketching and eventually building a creation that can be used within the classroom. Students may be coming home asking for recycled materials.
Read 30 min. each night
Back to School Night- Thursday, September 13th at 6pm
Picture Day- September 18
Moveathon- October 11

Have a great week,
Mrs. Connell