Major General

This Friday, we have the delight of watching one of my favorite musicals (actually, it is an operetta), The Pirates of Penzance, written by the amazing Gilbert and Sullivan.

This week in LA, we will have many activities relating to this operetta. In class, we watched the video of “I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General.” As this is one of the highlights of Pirates, I wanted to be able to share it again for your viewing at home!

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Fractional Bridge Reflections

Hi students! We had quite an experience with building our fractional bridges, didn’t we?

1. Restate what we had to do when building these bridges and completing the challenges.

2. What were some of the questions that you had for me as you were working on this?

3. How did you solve this problem?

4. What were some difficulties with this project?

5. What was your favorite thing about your bridge?

6. What changed between your planning and the actual building? Did your bridge end up looking just like your plan?

7. What else would you like to add?

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Writing Test Online Practice

Our writing tests are this week! Here are some great resources for the multiple choice test (Tuesday, March 5) and the direct writing prompt (Wednesday, March 6):

QUIA  (SOL Writing Mrs. Armbruster)



(Rags to Riches game on writing process)



Games that have students respond to prompts/process-Kathy Applebee-Responding to writing prompts



Students correct mechanics of writing

Writing Mechanics Test (Mrs. Greiner)



Partner Jeopardy game that has student find capitalization errors for points.  It also has some keyboarding.

Capitalization Jeopardy  Mrs. Moeller



Present Tense Verb fill in the blank

Grammar  Toni Young



Rags to Riches game that has student read passage and find details that does not belong.



Rags to Riches game where students find simple subject

Mrs. Armbruster



Rags to Riches game on grammar.

Mrs. Bowen



Rags to Riches Game on grammar

Daniel Hoisington



Language Arts Jeopardy game that covers many skills and has keyboarding

Lisa Tucker



Rags to Riches game on nouns, adjectives, and verbs



Students identify if sentence is complete or run on.

Mrs. Armbruster



Students identify sentences as fragment, run-on or complete.

Mr. Hinman



Students identify sentences as complete. Fragment, or run on.



Students play matching game for sentence and paragraph review.



Tami Maloney’s Site IQ Interactive Site


  Writing: Part I –


This test comes to us from Texas Department of Education. Consists of 28 questions with on-line scoring. Consists of:

Incomplete sentences
Run-on sentences
Correctly written sentences that should be combined
Correctly written sentences that do not need to be rewritten


English-Zone (Grammar) – This outstanding web site provides visitors with engaging, entertaining, yet educational activities, language lessons and interactive language exercises. It also provides teacher’s of English easy to use printable worksheets suitable as handouts, quizzes or language lessons.






Henrico County QUIA 5th Grade Writing Passages

Writing Passage 1


Writing Passage 2


Writing Passage 3


Writing Passage 4


Writing Passage 5


Writing Passage 6


Writing Passage 7


Writing Passage 8


Writing Passage 9


Writing Passage 10


Writing Passage 11


Writing Passage 12


Writing Passage 13



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Fractional Bridge

How exciting that we are building bridges! In order to be ready for Monday’s building, your group will need to submit as a comment what you will need. Here’s how you will do it:

In the comments write:

1. The names of the group members

2. Your bridge name

3. List the fraction of each item that you are planning on getting. Make it very clear how much of each item you will need.
(Example: 1/2 of 12 marshmallows = 6 marshmallows needed)

This will lock in your “order” for your materials.

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Comparing and Equivalent Fractions (Flipped Classroom)

By Thursday, you should look at the following videos that have a * by them. The others are extras. We are starting to get into more complex fraction work, so you might have to watch the videos a couple of times until they make sense. Remember the point of the flipped classroom is so you learn the concepts by watching these videos, and then we can build on that knowledge and help it make sense at school. If you are not spending time working on this at home, it will be very difficult to work on this here at school.

*Equivalent Fractions Introduction

Equivalent Fractions Word Problem

*Least Common Multiple (LCM)

Comparing Fractions using lowest terms
(a little advanced in explanation)

*Comparing Fractions simplifying and finding a common denominator to compare

Fractions in Lowest Terms simplifying/reducing fractions
(a little advanced in explanation, but shows the concept)

*Ordering Fractions (finding the common denominators of multiple fractions to order them)

To respond to this blog post, please simply state what was difficult for you to understand, what was easier to understand, and any questions you have. Please be specific so I can help you! All responses must be submitted by the start of school on Thursday.

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Fractions (Flipped Classroom)

Students, here are some fantastic videos and modules for you to watch and work through to understand the beginning of our fractions unit.

Make sure you watch all of the videos, unless they have a * by them (those are the enrichment videos). When you have watched all of the videos, please respond to the questions at the end of this post.

Fractions from StudyJams: Watch the video and do the quiz and take the quiz. Make sure to record your score.

*Identifying Fraction Parts

*Identifying Numerator and Denominator

Fractional Parts of a Set Module

Fractional Parts of a Set

*Fractional Parts of a Set (simplified video that matches with the game below)

*Parts of a Set Game (simple fractions)


When you have watched the videos and done the modules, answer the questions below:

1. What was your score for the StudyJams quiz?

2. What is 3/4 of 8?

3. Is there anything that confused you during these videos? Be specific.

Remember, you must use your first name only and a fake email address. Your answers must be in complete sentences and show your best work. Any work that does not meet these criteria will have to be redone by the student.

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Leftovers Division Game

Thanks so much to Nikolas and his family for forwarding this game on to us!




Here are the directions:

What You Need:

  • One deck of cards (Remove jokers, tens, and face cards.) – (Print a deck.)
  • A place marker for each player (e.g. a bean, coin, etc.)
  • One Leftovers game board (Print this out.)
  • Scratch paper (to solve problems)

What You Do:

  1. Shuffle the cards and place them face down in a pack.
  2. Players take turns drawing one card from the pack. They must take the number on their card and divide it into the number on the square their place marker is on. (For example, if the first player drew a nine, they would compute 34 divided by 9, as the first square has the number 34 in it.)
  3. The player takes the remainder from their answer and moves that many spaces along the game board, following the direction of the arrows. (Using the example above, 34 divided by 9 equals 3, remainder 7. This player would move 7 spaces.)
  4. A player wins when they reach “HOME.”


  • If a player lands on the same space as another player, they may send that other player back to Start.
  • Include tens and face cards. Jacks = 11, queens = 12, and kings = 13.
  • Allow calculator use. Players should move the amount of spaces shown in the whole number, not in the decimal. Or you can round the answers.
  • Write “Go ahead two spaces,” “Lose a turn,” etc. in some of the cells.
By William L. Gaslin, Charles Lund, & Martin M. Gaslin 

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Happy Holidays from Mrs. Doyle’s Class

Here is some fun from our last day of school in 2012. We had a blast at the Jingle Bell Jam!

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More Catapult Research

YouTube Video on Building Trebuchets (Catapults)

Craftsman Experience: How a Trebuchet Works

*Note: the first 7 minutes are the most educational.

 How a Trebuchet Works

Students Testing Catapults, Force, Mass, and Angles

Forces (BBC Module)

The Scientific Slugger Game: The Science of Baseball

The Science of Baseball

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Toutatis Asteroid

Thanks to Aidan for telling us about the Toutatis asteroid, which passed by Earth over the past couple of days. Here are some articles about it:

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