March 9, 2020

Reading

For the next two weeks we will work with Lesson 19. Our anchor text is Darnell Rock Reporting. This week we will focus on author’s purpose, dialogue, characterization, and summarizing.  Our vocabulary strategy will have us learning more about the Greek & Latin suffixes -ism, -ist, -able, ible.

Essential Question: Why is it important to be aware of your community’s needs?

Vocabulary Words:

  • issue
  • deteriorating
  • dependent
  • exception
  • granted
  • effective
  • urge
  • violations
  • ordinance
  • minimum

Spelling Words:

  • lately
  • settlement
  • watchful
  • countless
  • steadily
  • closeness
  • calmly
  • government
  • agreement
  • cloudiness
  • delightful
  • noisily
  • tardiness
  • forgetful
  • forgiveness
  • harmless
  • enjoyment
  • appointment
  • effortless
  • plentiful

Math

Chapter 9: Multiplying and Dividing Decimals

In this chapter, students use patterns to help them multiply and divide decimals by 1-digit whole numbers, tens, hundreds, and thousands. They also learn the standard algorithms for multiplying and diving decimals by whole numbers; make reasonable estimates of decimals sums, differences, products, and quotients; and solve problems involving decimals, including multi-step problems and problems involving measurement.

 

This week we will focus on:

  • 9.1 Multiplying Decimals
  • 9.2 Multiplying by Tens, Hundreds, or Thousands
  • 9.3 Dividing Decimals
  • 9.4 Dividing b Tens, Hundreds, or Thousands
  • 9.5 Estimating Decimals
  • 9.6 Converting Metric Units
  • 9.7 Real-World Problems: Decimals

 


Writing

Last week students used their outlines to guide them through their rough drafts. They also took sometime to revise and edit their rough drafts with you. Thank you for your support! This week students will assemble their lap books and write their final drafts!


Switching

Grammar (Mrs. Garza)

In Language Arts students will complete their final drafts of their Snow Globe writing, where they will practicing using a variety of grammar strategies they have learned. We will also we being learning about transitions words.

Social Studies (Ms. Higgins)

In Social Studies this week, we will concluding our study of the Southern Colonies, and why they were settled.

Science (Ms. Zuke)

This week students will complete the phases of the moon activity and move on to a gravity mystery.  In this Mystery, students discover that gravity exists on all planets and moons, but the amount of gravity is different because it depends on how massive the object is. In the activity, Gravity Jump, students learn about the gravitational pull of the Earth, the Moon, and other places within our Solar System. Students measure how high they can jump on Earth and then calculate how high they would be able to jump on other planets.

 


Announcements

Camp Information

An orange information sheet was sent home on Friday regarding camp. It included information about pick up, drop off, medications, and a packing list.

Report Cards

This year is flying by! The second trimester ended on Friday, March 6th. Report cards will be ready to view online on March 13. If you are struggling to see your child’s report card while using the app, please try to use the website. If you have any issues or would like a hard copy, please let me know.

Daddy Daughter Dance

The Daddy Daughter Dance will take place on Friday, April 17 from 6:00-9:00 pm. It will be help at Crystal Gardens in Southgate. The cost is $35/couple and $10/each additional daughter. Tickets will include dinner, music, and a professional photo. This is for CURRENT Arno students only. You can sign up with this link, or fill out the form that was sent home with your child and return it to the Arno office. All RSVP’s are due by April 1st. Late RSVPs will NOT be accepted.

Please note that this due date is while students are at camp. Please have all RSVP’s and payments submitted before camp to ensure that you can go!

March is Reading Month!

Monday:

Penny Wars – Give pennies to your class and your nickels, dimes, and quarters to other classes. Pennies help you, but silver coins and dollars will count against your class total. All proceeds will go to future March is Reading Month events.

Tuesday:

Unplugged Night – Unplug from your electronic devices and do a fun activity together with your family like: play a board game, read together, make dinner together, or any other unplugged activity.

DEAR – Drop Everything and Read! This will be done in the classroom. Students may read a book from their book bin, school library, or bring one from home!

Wednesday:

Wear it Wednesday – Wear a T-shirt with words

Thursday:

DEAR – Drop Everything and Read! This will be done in the classroom. Students may read a book from their book bin, school library, or bring one from home!

MSTEP Prep

On Friday, fifth graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Friday, March 13.

On Thursday, students received their 3rd MSTEP Homework Packet. This will be due on Thursday, March 12.

March 2, 2020

Reading

For the next two weeks we will work with Lesson 18. Our anchor text is The Dog Newspaper. This week we will focus on fact and opinion, main ideas and details, narrative pacing, and analyzing the text.  Our vocabulary strategy will have us revisit homophones and homographs.

Essential Question: What do facts and opinions contribute to a story?

Vocabulary Words:

  • career
  • publication
  • household
  • edition
  • required
  • formula
  • background
  • insights
  • uneventful
  • destruction

Spelling Words:

  • duties
  • earlier
  • loveliest
  • denied
  • ferries
  • sunnier
  • terrified
  • abilities
  • dirtier
  • scariest
  • trophies
  • cozier
  • enemies
  • iciest
  • greediest
  • drowsier
  • victories
  • horrified
  • memories
  • strategies

Math

Chapter 9: Multiplying and Dividing Decimals

In this chapter, students use patterns to help them multiply and divide decimals by 1-digit whole numbers, tens, hundreds, and thousands. They also learn the standard algorithms for multiplying and diving decimals by whole numbers; make reasonable estimates of decimals sums, differences, products, and quotients; and solve problems involving decimals, including multi-step problems and problems involving measurement.

 

This week we will focus on:

  • 9.1 Multiplying Decimals
  • 9.2 Multiplying by Tens, Hundreds, or Thousands
  • 9.3 Dividing Decimals
  • 9.4 Dividing b Tens, Hundreds, or Thousands
  • 9.5 Estimating Decimals
  • 9.6 Converting Metric Units
  • 9.7 Real-World Problems: Decimals

 


Writing

Last week students completed an outline to prepare for the paper. This week they will use their outline to help them write their rough drafts. These will be sent home with students to be revised and edited. Please help them with grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Their papers should consist of 5 paragraphs: introduction paragraph; location, geography, and climate; attractions and landmarks; interesting facts; and a conclusion paragraph.  In class we have discussed how to make a paper flow by expanding on or explaining facts. We have also discussed using our own words, rather than copying from our research source. Thank you for your support in helping your child’s writing!


Switching

Grammar (Mrs. Garza)

In Language Arts students will work on their rough drafts for their short story this week. When their rough drafts are completed they will take them home to revise and edit. Please go over them with your child. Help them with grammar, punctuation, spelling, and flow of the story. Their story should be 3 paragraphs, include some dialogue between characters, and have a problem and solution. Thank you for your support with your child’s writing!

Social Studies (Ms. Higgins)

In Social Studies this week, we will begin to learn about the Southern Colonies, and why they were settled.

Science (Ms. Zuke)

This week, we will explore why the Moon seems to change shape (phases) over the course of a month. In the activity, Model the Moon’s Phases, students will use a styrofoam ball as a model of the Moon and a flashlight as a model of the Sun to gain a better understanding of how the interactions between the Sun and Moon are responsible for the Moon’s phases.

 


Announcements

Camp Information

All payments for 5th Grade Camp are due by March 3rd. Please send those into school with your child. If you pay with check please make it to Arno Elementary; if you pay with cash, please pay with exact change. Thank you for filling out the green sheet with potential roommates for camp. We are currently putting rooms together!

Today students will come home with a green order form for a 5th Grade Camp t-shirt/sweatshirt. These are optional and not required for participation in camp. Sweatshirts and t-shirts are in ADULT sizes. If you choose to purchase one, please keep the money separate from your camp payments and are CASH only. Order forms and payment for these are also due on March 3rd.

March is Reading Month!

Monday:

Penny Wars – Give pennies to your class and your nickels, dimes, and quarters to other classes. Pennies help you, but silver coins and dollars will count against your class total. All proceeds will go to future March is Reading Month events.

Tuesday:

Unplugged Night – Unplug from your electronic devices and do a fun activity together with your family like: play a board game, read together, make dinner together, or any other unplugged activity.

DEAR – Drop Everything and Read! This will be done in the classroom. Students may read a book from their book bin, school library, or bring one from home!

Wednesday:

Wear it Wednesday – Dress up as your favorite book character.

Thursday:

DEAR – Drop Everything and Read! This will be done in the classroom. Students may read a book from their book bin, school library, or bring one from home!

MSTEP Prep

On Friday, fifth graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Friday, March 6.

February 24, 2020

Reading

For the next two weeks we will work with Lesson 18. Our anchor text is The Dog Newspaper. This week we will focus on fact and opinion, main ideas and details, narrative pacing, and analyzing the text.  Our vocabulary strategy will have us revisit homophones and homographs.

Essential Question: What do facts and opinions contribute to a story?

Vocabulary Words:

  • career
  • publication
  • household
  • edition
  • required
  • formula
  • background
  • insights
  • uneventful
  • destruction

Spelling Words:

  • duties
  • earlier
  • loveliest
  • denied
  • ferries
  • sunnier
  • terrified
  • abilities
  • dirtier
  • scariest
  • trophies
  • cozier
  • enemies
  • iciest
  • greediest
  • drowsier
  • victories
  • horrified
  • memories
  • strategies

Math

Chapter 9: Multiplying and Dividing Decimals

In this chapter, students use patterns to help them multiply and divide decimals by 1-digit whole numbers, tens, hundreds, and thousands. They also learn the standard algorithms for multiplying and diving decimals by whole numbers; make reasonable estimates of decimals sums, differences, products, and quotients; and solve problems involving decimals, including multi-step problems and problems involving measurement.

 

This week we will focus on:

  • 9.1 Multiplying Decimals
  • 9.2 Multiplying by Tens, Hundreds, or Thousands
  • 9.3 Dividing Decimals
  • 9.4 Dividing b Tens, Hundreds, or Thousands
  • 9.5 Estimating Decimals
  • 9.6 Converting Metric Units
  • 9.7 Real-World Problems: Decimals

Here is a video to help out!


Writing

Our class has been working hard on gathering quality information to share about their state. Students will wrap up their research this week and will begin to work on the outline for their paper. They will also work on assembling some parts of their lap book.


Switching

Grammar (Mrs. Garza)

In Language Arts we will begin to practice the grammar rules we have learned with a writing project. Students will create a winter-themed short story. In this story we will focus on our use of complete sentences, compound sentences, dialogue, commas, semicolons, and verb tense. Our focus this week will be on brainstorming and beginning their rough draft.

Social Studies (Ms. Higgins)

In Social Studies this week, we will begin to learn about the Southern Colonies, and why they were settled.

Science (Ms. Zuke)

This week, students will be introduced to the Earth’s orbital movement around the Sun, as a means of seeing why the constellations change. In the activity, Universe-in-a-Box, students make a paper model that helps them visualize the Earth’s yearly orbit around the Sun. They use this model to understand why some constellations are only visible during part of the year.

 


Announcements

Camp Information

All payments for 5th Grade Camp are due by March 3rd. Please send those into school with your child. If you pay with check please make it to Arno Elementary; if you pay with cash, please pay with exact change. Thank you for filling out the green sheet with potential roommates for camp. We are currently putting rooms together!

Today students will come home with a green order form for a 5th Grade Camp t-shirt/sweatshirt. These are optional and not required for participation in camp. Sweatshirts and t-shirts are in ADULT sizes. If you choose to purchase one, please keep the money separate from your camp payments and are CASH only. Order forms and payment for these are also due on March 3rd.

iPTSA Spring Fever Basket Donation

We are asking for support from our  parents again this year!! We had such amazing baskets last year and would love to have some more again this year!

The Allen Park PTA/PTSA Council is holding a Silent Auction on March 7 to benefit the scholarship fund.  Last year the $15,500 in scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors at Allen Park High School and Community School.  Your kids will be seniors before you know it!

Please consider donating to our third grade basket for the auction!  All donations are due to your teacher no later than Tuesday, February 25th.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084aafa92fa3fc1-5thgrade1

Then join us March 7 at Spring Fever (9 am-3 pm at APHS) to bid on some auction gift certificates and baskets, treat yourself to some baked goods, and shop at the craft show and mom 2 mom sale.  More Spring Fever info can be found at https://apptacouncil.weebly.com/

MSTEP Prep

On Friday, fifth graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Friday, February 28.

February 19, 2020

Reading

We are slowing the Journeys curriculum down and stretching each lesson out for two weeks. Our goal is to really dive into each story and spend time focusing on the weekly skills and strategies. For the next two weeks our focus will be on Lesson 17. Our anchor text is LAFFF. This week we will focus on story structure, literary devices, point of view, and inferring/predicting.  Our vocabulary strategy will have us revisit reference materials.

Essential Question: What role does imagination play in the invention process?

Vocabulary Words:

  • impressed
  • admitted
  • produced
  • destination
  • original
  • concentrate
  • collected
  • rumor
  • suspense
  • compliment

Spelling Words:

  • tiring
  • borrowed
  • freezing
  • delivered
  • whispered
  • losing
  • decided
  • amazing
  • performing
  • resulting
  • related
  • attending
  • damaged
  • remarked
  • practicing
  • supported
  • damaged
  • remarked
  • practicing
  • supported
  • united
  • expected
  • amusing
  • repeated

Math

Chapter 9: Multiplying and Dividing Decimals

In this chapter, students use patterns to help them multiply and divide decimals by 1-digit whole numbers, tens, hundreds, and thousands. They also learn the standard algorithms for multiplying and diving decimals by whole numbers; make reasonable estimates of decimals sums, differences, products, and quotients; and solve problems involving decimals, including multi-step problems and problems involving measurement.

 

This week we will focus on:

  • 9.1 Multiplying Decimals
  • 9.2 Multiplying by Tens, Hundreds, or Thousands
  • 9.3 Dividing Decimals
  • 9.4 Dividing b Tens, Hundreds, or Thousands
  • 9.5 Estimating Decimals
  • 9.6 Converting Metric Units
  • 9.7 Real-World Problems: Decimals

Here is a video to help out!


Writing

We have finished up our Animal Lap Books, they were due on February 12th. Thank you for your support and helping your children with the editing/revising. They turned out fantastic! They will get their graded rubric passed back today. Our lap books will be hung up in the hallway.

Today we will move onto our next informational writing piece. Students will create another lap book, however, this time the topic will be on the different states int he US. Each student will choose their state today, and we will begin our research.


Switching

Grammar (Mrs. Garza)

This week in Language Arts we will finish up our lesson on semicolons and commas.

Social Studies (Ms. Higgins)

This week in Social Studies we will continue to  learn about the Middle Atlantic Colonies.  We will discuss why they were colonized and what the economy was like there.

Science (Ms. Zuke)

Students will learn why our ancestors divided the day into hours and how clocks measure the Sun’s apparent movement

 


Announcements

Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Our annual cookie dough fundraiser is in full swing. Please have all money and order forms turned in by the end of this week, Friday, February 21.

Camp Information

All payments for 5th Grade Camp are due by March 3rd. Please send those into school with your child. If you pay with check please make it to Arno Elementary; if you pay with cash, please pay with exact change. Thank you for filling out the green sheet with potential roommates for camp. We are currently putting rooms together!

Today students will come home with a green order form for a 5th Grade Camp t-shirt/sweatshirt. These are optional and not required for participation in camp. Sweatshirts and t-shirts are in ADULT sizes. If you choose to purchase one, please keep the money separate from your camp payments and are CASH only. Order forms and payment for these are also due on March 3rd.

iPTSA Spring Fever Basket Donation

We are asking for support from our  parents again this year!! We had such amazing baskets last year and would love to have some more again this year!

The Allen Park PTA/PTSA Council is holding a Silent Auction on March 7 to benefit the scholarship fund.  Last year the $15,500 in scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors at Allen Park High School and Community School.  Your kids will be seniors before you know it!

Please consider donating to our third grade basket for the auction!  All donations are due to your teacher no later than Tuesday, February 25th.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084aafa92fa3fc1-5thgrade1

Then join us March 7 at Spring Fever (9 am-3 pm at APHS) to bid on some auction gift certificates and baskets, treat yourself to some baked goods, and shop at the craft show and mom 2 mom sale.  More Spring Fever info can be found at https://apptacouncil.weebly.com/

MSTEP Prep

On Friday, fifth graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Friday, February 21.

February 10, 2020

Reading

We are slowing the Journeys curriculum down and stretching each lesson out for two weeks. Our goal is to really dive into each story and spend time focusing on the weekly skills and strategies. For the next two weeks our focus will be on Lesson 17. Our anchor text is LAFFF. This week we will focus on story structure, literary devices, point of view, and inferring/predicting.  Our vocabulary strategy will have us revisit reference materials.

Essential Question: What role does imagination play in the invention process?

Vocabulary Words:

  • impressed
  • admitted
  • produced
  • destination
  • original
  • concentrate
  • collected
  • rumor
  • suspense
  • compliment

Spelling Words:

  • tiring
  • borrowed
  • freezing
  • delivered
  • whispered
  • losing
  • decided
  • amazing
  • performing
  • resulting
  • related
  • attending
  • damaged
  • remarked
  • practicing
  • supported
  • damaged
  • remarked
  • practicing
  • supported
  • united
  • expected
  • amusing
  • repeated

Math

Chapter 9: Multiplying and Dividing Decimals

In this chapter, students use patterns to help them multiply and divide decimals by 1-digit whole numbers, tens, hundreds, and thousands. They also learn the standard algorithms for multiplying and diving decimals by whole numbers; make reasonable estimates of decimals sums, differences, products, and quotients; and solve problems involving decimals, including multi-step problems and problems involving measurement.

 

This week we will focus on:

  • 9.1 Multiplying Decimals
  • 9.2 Multiplying by Tens, Hundreds, or Thousands

Here is a video to help out!


Writing

Last week our class worked hard on their rough drafts. After a weekend of editing and revising we will complete our final drafts this week and finish assembling our Animal Lap Book!


Switching

Grammar (Mrs. Garza)

This week in Language Arts we will learn how to properly use commas and semicolons.  Lastly, we will practice our Lesson 17 Spelling List.

Social Studies (Ms. Higgins)

This week in Social Studies we will continue to  learn about the Middle Atlantic Colonies.  We will discuss why they were colonized and what the economy was like there.

Science (Ms. Zuke)

Students will learn why our ancestors divided the day into hours and how clocks measure the Sun’s apparent movement

 


Announcements

Valentine’s Day Celebration

On Friday, February 14th, our class will be having a little celebration. Students may bring in valentine cards for the entire class. We have 29 students. It is best to just have your child write his/her name on each card instead of including who the card is for. This makes for a speedier delivery in class.

Valentine Skating Party

The Arno Family Valentine Skating Party

  • When: February 12, 2020 from 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Where: Lincoln Park Skating Center 1419 Southfield Road, Lincoln Park, MI
  • Tickets: $7
  • An info sheet was sent home on Friday. You may return the sheet with your child

PTSA Spring Fever Basket Donation

We are asking for support from our  parents again this year!! We had such amazing baskets last year and would love to have some more again this year!

The Allen Park PTA/PTSA Council is holding a Silent Auction on March 7 to benefit the scholarship fund.  Last year the $15,500 in scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors at Allen Park High School and Community School.  Your kids will be seniors before you know it!

Please consider donating to our third grade basket for the auction!  All donations are due to your teacher no later than Tuesday, February 25th.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaaac2ea4f94-spring

Then join us March 7 at Spring Fever (9 am-3 pm at APHS) to bid on some auction gift certificates and baskets, treat yourself to some baked goods, and shop at the craft show and mom 2 mom sale.  More Spring Fever info can be found at https://apptacouncil.weebly.com/

MSTEP Prep

On Friday, fifth graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Friday, February 14.

February 3rd, 2020

Reading

We are slowing the Journeys curriculum down and stretching each lesson out for two weeks. Our goal is to really dive into each story and spend time focusing on the weekly skills and strategies. For the next two weeks our focus will be on Lesson 17. Our anchor text is LAFFF. This week we will focus on story structure, literary devices, point of view, and inferring/predicting.  Our vocabulary strategy will have us revisit reference materials.

Essential Question: What role does imagination play in the invention process?

Vocabulary Words:

  • impressed
  • admitted
  • produced
  • destination
  • original
  • concentrate
  • collected
  • rumor
  • suspense
  • compliment

Spelling Words:

  • tiring
  • borrowed
  • freezing
  • delivered
  • whispered
  • losing
  • decided
  • amazing
  • performing
  • resulting
  • related
  • attending
  • damaged
  • remarked
  • practicing
  • supported
  • damaged
  • remarked
  • practicing
  • supported
  • united
  • expected
  • amusing
  • repeated

Math

Chapter 8: Decimals

In this chapter, students are introduced to the place value of decimals through thousandths. In the process, they learn how to read and write decimals through thousandths, identify the relationship between fractions and decimals, compare and order decimals, and round decimals to the nearest hundredth.

 

This week we will focus on:

  • 8.2 Comparing and Rounding Decimals
  • 8.3 Rewriting Decimals as Fractions and Mixed Numbers
  • Chapter 8 Quiz

Writing

The students spent last week assembling their lap books and creating an outline for their research paper. This week students will use the outline to create a rough draft. Their papers should be 5 paragraphs, each with at least 5 sentences. Our goal is to work on using transition words and telling our facts in an interesting way.


Switching

Grammar (Mrs. Garza)

This week we will wrap up our lesson on irregular verbs and move into commas and semi-colons. Lastly, we will practice our Lesson 17 Spelling List.

Social Studies (Ms. Higgins)

This week in Social Studies we will learn about the Middle Atlantic Colonies.  We will discuss why they were colonized and what the economy was like there

Science (Ms. Zuke)

We are starting a new unit called Spaceship Earth. This week, students will use their bodies as a kinesthetic model of the Earth to understand how the speed of the Earth’s spin affects the length of a day.

 


Announcements

Valentine Skating Party

The Arno Family Valentine Skating Party

  • When: February 12, 2020 from 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Where: Lincoln Park Skating Center 1419 Southfield Road, Lincoln Park, MI
  • Tickets: $7
  • An info sheet was sent home on Friday. You may return the sheet with your child

Camp

This week, students who have signed up for camp will bring home a preference sheet for their cabin assignment at camp. We ask that you and your child fill this out with the names of four students they would like to bunk with. Girls will need to fill it in with the names of four other girls and boy will do the same with boys. These are not a guarantee that your child will be put with these students, however these are used as a guideline during the housing process.  Please have these turned in by Friday, February 7th.

MSTEP Prep

On Friday, fifth graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Friday, January 31st.

January 27, 2020

Reading

We are slowing the Journeys curriculum down and stretching each lesson out for two weeks. Our goal is to really dive into each story and spend time focusing on the weekly skills and strategies. For the next two weeks our focus will be on Lesson 16. Our anchor text is Lunch Money. This week we will focus on author’s purpose, voice, visual elements, monitor/clarify.  Our vocabulary strategy we will focus is word strategies.

Essential Question: In what ways can illustrations enhance a reader’s experience?

Vocabulary Words:

  • record
  • mental
  • launch
  • assuming
  • episodes
  • developed
  • feature
  • incredibly
  • villains
  • thumbed

Spelling Words:

  • scrubbed
  • listening
  • stunned
  • knitting
  • carpeting
  • wandered
  • gathering
  • beginning
  • skimmed
  • chatting
  • shrugged
  • bothering
  • whipped
  • quizzed
  • suffering
  • scanned
  • ordered
  • totaled
  • answered
  • upsetting

Math

Chapter 8: Decimals

In this chapter, students are introduced to the place value of decimals through thousandths. In the process, they learn how to read and write decimals through thousandths, identify the relationship between fractions and decimals, compare and order decimals, and round decimals to the nearest hundredth.

 

This week we will focus on:

  • Chapter 6 Test
  • 8.1 Understanding Thousandths
  • 8.2 Comparing and Rounding Decimals

Writing

Last week students focused on doing quality research for their animal. As a class they came up with important pieces of information that should be included in their research paper. Students also began to put together their lap books. This week we will focus on completing the lap book and beginning and outline for the research paper.


Switching

Grammar (Mrs. Garza)

This week students will take their quiz covering verb tense. This will be a great transition into our new topic of irregular and regular verbs. Lastly, we will practice our Lesson 16 Spelling List.

Social Studies (Ms. Higgins)

This week we will continue to learn about the New England Colonies.  We will discuss why they were colonized and what the economy was like there.

Science (Ms. Zuke)

This week students will conclude their unit about water. Their test will be n Thursday.

 


Announcements

Camp

This week, students who have signed up for camp will bring home a preference sheet for their cabin assignment at camp. We ask that you and your child fill this out with the names of four students they would like to bunk with. Girls will need to fill it in with the names of four other girls and boy will do the same with boys. These are not a guarantee that your child will be put with these students, however these are used as a guideline during the housing process.  Please have these turned in by Friday, February 7th.

MSTEP Prep

On Friday, fifth graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Friday, January 31st.

January 21, 2019

Reading

We are slowing the Journeys curriculum down and stretching each lesson out for two weeks. Are goal is to really dive into each story and spend time focusing on the weekly skills and strategies. For the next two weeks our focus will be on Lesson 16. Our anchor text is Lunch Money. This week we will focus on author’s purpose, voice, visual elements, monitor/clarify.  Our vocabulary strategy we will focus is word strategies.

Essential Question: In what ways can illustrations enhance a reader’s experience?

Vocabulary Words:

  • record
  • mental
  • launch
  • assuming
  • episodes
  • developed
  • feature
  • incredibly
  • villains
  • thumbed

Spelling Words:

  • scrubbed
  • listening
  • stunned
  • knitting
  • carpeting
  • wandered
  • gathering
  • beginning
  • skimmed
  • chatting
  • shrugged
  • bothering
  • whipped
  • quizzed
  • suffering
  • scanned
  • ordered
  • totaled
  • answered
  • upsetting

Math

Chapter 6: Area

In this chapter, students learn that when the sides of a rectangle are fractional units, the area formula A = l x w still applies. They identify the base and height of a triangle as measurements that are used to find its area. Students compare the area of a triangle with the area of a rectangle sharing the same base and height as the triangle. They find that the area of a triangle is half the area of this rectangle and deduce from this the formula for the area of a triangle.

 

This week we will focus on:

  • 6.2 Base & Height of a Triangle
  • 6.3 Find the Area of a Triangle
  • Chapter 6 Review
  • Chapter 6 Test

Writing

This week we will begin our first informational writing project. We will be creating lap books. Our first topic will be animals. This week students will get to choose which animal they would like to research and write about. We will begin our research this week and work on creating an outline of the information we think we should include in our lap book.


Switching

Grammar (Mrs. Garza)

This week we will review verb tense to help us prepare for regular and irregular verbs next week! Lastly, we will practice our Lesson 16 Spelling List.

Social Studies (Ms. Higgins)

This week we will continue to learn about the New England Colonies.  We will discuss why they were colonized and what the economy was like there.

Science (Ms. Zuke)

This week, students will examine the causes of flooding using the real-world example of Hurricane Katrina. In the activity, Save Beachtown, students propose plans to prevent flooding and save historic buildings in a coastal town–all while staying within budget

 


Announcements

Camp

This week, students who have signed up for camp will bring home a preference sheet for their cabin assignment at camp. We ask that you and your child fill this out with the names of four students they would like to bunk with. Girls will need to fill it in with the names of four other girls and boy will do the same with boys. These are not a guarantee that your child will be put with these students, however these are used as a guideline during the housing process.  Please have these turned in by Friday, February 7th.

Arno Olympics

MSTEP Prep

On Friday, fifth graders will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace. Students will be quizzed on Friday, January 24th.

PTA Food Drive

The AP high school counseling department could use our support with the food pantry. At the APHS food pantry they provide food & necessities confidentially for families of AP students that are dealing with unforeseen circumstances, some of which have been tragic. A box is in our main office to collect items from Monday January 13th through Friday January 24th. Students and staff can drop donations off and a PTA member will transport it to the HS pantry as our box fills up. Suggested Items Need; cereal, cereal breakfast bars, pop tarts, canned vegetables, canned fruits, tuna, pasta and spaghetti sauce, macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles (or something similar that’s a quick fix meal) and any type of snacks. We are also looking for personal hygiene products and socks. Thank-you in advance for your partnership on this.

 

January 13, 2019

Reading

This week we will begin Lesson 15 of the Journeys curriculum. Our anchor text is We Were There, Too! This week we will focus on compare and contrast, text and graphic features, and text structure.  For this week’s vocabulary strategy we will focus on the prefixes in-, im-, il-, and ir-

Essential Question: How are patriotism and courage related?

Vocabulary Words:

  • mimic
  • mocking
  • efficient
  • personally
  • lacked
  • rural
  • tedious
  • organize
  • summons
  • peal

Spelling Words:

  • formal
  • whistle
  • label
  • puzzle
  • legal
  • angle
  • normal
  • needle
  • angel
  • pupil
  • struggle
  • level
  • local
  • bicycle
  • channel
  • global
  • stumble
  • quarrel
  • article
  • fossil

Math

Chapter 6: Area

In this chapter, students learn that when the sides of a rectangle are fractional units, the area formula A = l x w still applies. They identify the base and height of a triangle as measurements that are used to find its area. Students compare the area of a triangle with the area of a rectangle sharing the same base and height as the triangle. They find that the area of a triangle is half the area of this rectangle and deduce from this the formula for the area of a triangle.

 

This week we will focus on:

  • 6.1 Finding the Area of a Rectangle with Fractional Side Lengths
  • 6.2 Base & Height of a Triangle
  • 6.3 Find the Area of a Triangle

Writing

This week we will begin our first informational writing project. We will be creating lap books. Our first topic will be animals. This week students will get to choose which animal they would like to research and write about. We will begin our research this week and work on creating an outline of the information we think we should include in our lap book.


Switching

Grammar (Mrs. Garza)

This week we will switch our focus to pronouns. We will learn about subject and object pronouns and practice using them correctly. Lastly, we will practice our Lesson 15 Selling List.

Social Studies (Ms. Higgins)

This week we will be learning about the New England Colonies.  We will discuss why they were colonized and what the economy was like there.

Science (Ms. Zuke)

This week, students will examine the causes of flooding using the real-world example of Hurricane Katrina. In the activity, Save Beachtown, students propose plans to prevent flooding and save historic buildings in a coastal town–all while staying within budget

 


Announcements

M-Step Prep

On Friday students were given their first set of M-STEP Prep vocabulary words. If they complete this packet and turn it in by Friday, they will 1 extra credit point on this week’s vocab quiz. Students who receive 80% or higher on the quiz will earn a charm to add to their necklace!

 

Food Pantry

January 6th, 2020

Reading

This week we will begin Lesson 14 of the Journeys curriculum. Our anchor text is James Forten. This week we will focus on sequencing events, explaining historical events, and summarizing.  For this week’s vocabulary strategy we will review Greek and Latin Roots.

Essential Question: What events or feelings would lead someone to fight for freedom?

Vocabulary Words:

  • persuade
  • apprentice
  • contributions
  • influential
  • aspects
  • authorities
  • bondage
  • provisions
  • dexterity
  • tentative

Spelling Words:

  • actual
  • cruel
  • influence
  • diet
  • museum
  • casual
  • ruin
  • pioneer
  • trial
  • visual
  • realize
  • create
  • riot
  • genuine
  • area
  • annual
  • audio
  • dial
  • theater
  • patriot

Math

Chapter 5: Algebra

In this chapter, students learn to write both numerical and algebraic expressions and equations to represent given situations. They also learn to simplify and evaluate expressions, and use expressions, inequalities, and equations to solve real-world problems. They learn that variables represent numbers with exact values that are not yet specified. they then solve simple equations by using number sense, properties of operations, and the idea of maintaining equality on both sides of an equation.

 

This week we will focus on:

  • 5.2 Using Letters as Numbers
  • 5.3 Simplifying Algebraic Expressions
  • 5.4 Inequalities and Equations
  • 5.5 Real World Problems

Writing

This trimester our writing will focus will be on informational writing. Before break we finished our “How to Wrap a Present” paper, which helped students learn to use detail in nonfiction writing. This week we will shift our focus to topic sentences and begin research for our first informational writing project.


Switching

Grammar (Mrs. Garza)

We will kick of the new year by focusing on direct quotations and interjections. Lastly, we will practice our Lesson 14 Selling List.

Social Studies (Ms. Higgins)

We will be continuing to learn about the European colonization of North America by focusing on some of the permanent New England Colonies.

Science (Ms. Zuke)

We are back on track and continuing with the unit: The Water Cycle and Earth’s Systems. This week we will be exploring how it rains by making a model that produces rain.

 


Announcements

M-Step Prep

With our return from winter break that means that the M-STEP is approaching. To help our students prepare for the test students will bring home 10 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns an 80% or or better on Friday’s quiz, they will earn a charm for their M-STEP charm necklace. Every Friday your child will bring home M-STEP vocabulary words and they will be quizzed for the following Friday. The first set of words will go home this week! Thank you for your support at home!