Jan 01

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a lovely holiday break!  As we move into the colder weather, make sure your child wears a warm coat during recess! Brrr. . . it is a bit chilly outside! Thank you again for all of the lovely gifts and for spoiling me with your adorable children!


We will be taking benchmark assessments near the end of January! The benchmarks will cover all material learned since the start of the year!

OCEAN WRITING due this week (if your child has not already turned in the assignment)


We are jumping into statistics this week! The students will learn how to collect and organize data. They will be creating their own line graphs, bar graphs and STEM and LEAF graphs. The students will learn about the mean, mode, median and range through hands on games and jingles! Students will continue to review fractions, decimals and percents to better prepare for their benchmark exam.

5.15 The student, given a problem situation, will collect, organize, and interpret data
            in a variety of forms, using stem-and-leaf plots and line graphs.

5.16   The student will


  • describe mean, median, and mode as measures of center;
  • describe mean as fair share;
  • find the mean, median, mode, and range of a set of data; and
  • describe the range of a set of data as a measure of variation.


  • Determine the probability of a sample space
  • Find the outcomes
  • Calculate the mean, mode, median and range of a given set of numbers
  • Create a Stem and Leaf Chart; Use a Stem and Leaf chart to determine the mean, mode, median and range of a set of numbers


The students will differentiate between vascular and non-vascular plants through hands on studies, as well as STEAM projects. Students will be able to organize animals into vertebrates and invertebrates.



The students will be learning about adjectives and adverbs this week. They will review grammar skills to prepare for the upcoming writing benchmark.


Dec 03

Weekly News- December 4 – 8


  • The students are reviewing all fraction concepts this week!
  • Fraction Test will be on Thursday and Friday of this week.
  • Students will be tested on adding and subtracting mixed numbers, ordering fractions and decimals on a number line, comparing fractions and decimals, simplifying fractions to lowest terms

Helpful Math Resources


  • Students will compare and contrast plant and animal cells this week
  • Students will create candy animal and plant cells in class
  • Students will finish in class project of the Organelle Trail and build an animal cell in a group
  • OCEAN WRITING FINAL DRAFT- Due in two weeks (Friday, December 15)
  • See SCIENCE OCEAN rubric on this blog

Helpful Science Resources:





  • Adverbs
  • Adjectives
  • Review Possessive Nouns


Nov 19

Weekly News

Technology Day is on TUESDAY. Our 5th Graders won the BOX TOP competition!  Make sure your child turns in the signed consent form to allow the use of technology on Tuesday! They were in your child’s blue folder last week.



  • The ROUGH DRAFT of the OCEAN STORY is due on MONDAY


  • Ordering Fractions, Decimals and Mixed Numbers Quiz on TUESDAY
  • Please encourage  your child to show their work. They should be converting the fractions to decimals and then compare and order.
  • Introduce adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers


  • Review possessive nouns
  • Introduce adverbs

Nov 14

Weekly News – November 12-17


  • We are working on FRACTION conversions this week
  • Students will be able to compare and order fractions, decimals and mixed numbers on a number line
  • Math 5/6 will be able to compare PERCENTS in addition to fractions, decimals and mixed numbers
  • Students will also learn to simplify fractions to lowest terms
  • Add and subtract fractions with like and unlike denominators

PLEASE make sure your child makes corrections of all MISSED problems on their recent math test. The best way to learn is through your mistakes. . . correct the missed problems!  Show all of your steps.



  • Please study the plant / flower notes sent home
  • Review the Science Vocabulary
  • Science Plant Test this Thursday
  • Rough draft of the Ocean story will be extended to Monday


Nov 06

Weekly Updates


  • Decimal Math Test will be moved to this Friday
  • Introducing Fractions this week
  • Students will be able to understand the relationship between fractions and decimals
  • Convert fractions to decimals
  • Shade fraction parts


  • Parts of a plant
  • Vascular vs. Non-vascular plants


  • 4 Square due this Friday ( please use the RUBRIC)- November 10
  • Rough draft due next Friday- November 17
  • Final draft due-  Friday- December 1

Oct 23

Weekly News- October 25 – 29


  • Science Test THIS Thursday! Please make sure you STUDY your ENTIRE packet! Don’t wait until last minute to study!
  • FINAL DRAFT of the ROCK WRITING is due on FRIDAY. 
    • Please make sure  you click the SCIENCE page for the RUBRIC. All of the students should have a paper copy of the rubric as well.
    • Make sure you FOLLOW the rubric CLOSELY!

5.6 The student will investigate and understand characteristics of the ocean environment. Key concepts include
a) geological characteristics;
b) physical characteristics; and
c) ecological characteristics.

Abyss – a deep space, gulf, or cavity that extends from 4,000 meters to 6,000 meters
abyssal plain – the flat part of the ocean floor (3,500-6,000m deep)
continental rise – pile of sand and sediments at the base of the continental slope; curves down from the slope to
the ocean floor (4,000-5,000m deep)
continental shelf – the land around the edge of a continent that is under the shallowest water (150-200m deep)
continental slope – the steep drop-off in the seafloor that extends from the shelf down to the rise (200m-4.000m
crest – the top of a wave before it breaks
currents – streams of water within the ocean; can be caused by wind or water temperature and salinity deeper in
the ocean
depth – the distance below the ocean’s surface
Gulf Stream – a major ocean current on the east coast of the United States
Midnight Zone- the area that extends from 1,000 meters to 4,000 meters; pitch black due to no sunlight at all;
extreme pressure due to depth
ocean ridges – mountains found on the ocean floor where plates of the Earth are moving apart.
ocean trenches – deep cracks in the flat bottom of the ocean floor ( up to 11,000m deep)
phytoplankton – plant-like organisms that produce most of the Earth’s oxygen and serves as the base of the
ocean ecosystem
plankton/zooplankton – small floating organisms that eat the phytoplankton
salinity – a measurement of the amount of salt dissolved in water
seamount – an underwater mountain that lies completely below the sea (also called an ocean ridge)
Sunlight Zone – the area that extends to a depth of 200 meters; well lit by sunlight and most of the oceanic food
is produced and found there
tides – the rise and fall of the oceans due to the gravitational pull of the moon and, to a lesser degree, the sun
trench – deep valley on the bottom of the



  • We will continue to REVIEW Order of Operations this week, as well as review decimal computation  (add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals)
  • We will INTRODUCE Input/Output boxes as well as number patterns

5.17 The student will describe the relationship found in a number pattern and
           express the relationship.

All students should

  • Understand that patterns and functions can be represented in many ways and described using words, tables, and symbols.
  • Understand the structure of a pattern and how it grows or changes using concrete materials and calculators.
  • Understand that mathematical relationships exist in patterns.
  • Understand that an expression uses symbols to define a relationship and shows how each number in the list, after the first number, is related to the preceding number.

Oct 18

Weekly Updates- October 16-20


  • Students are learning about the Order of Operations this week using PEMDAS. Please check out the MATH LINK on this blog for videos and activities related to 5.7 Order of Operations
  • The students are learning a jingle and movements in class to remember the Order of Operations. We will be applying the order of operations to also solve problems including adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals.
  • Check out the MATH ANTICS video in the MATH LINK on my blog. This is a very explanation of how to solve problems using the order of operations!
  • Math Homework is due on Friday! We will be  checking homework on Friday.
  • MATH 5/6 will be working on the Order of Operations as well, however this will be 6.8 Order of Operations.


  • The students are working on their ROCK ESSAY at home and in class! The rough draft is due this FRIDAY, October 20 and the FINAL copy is due on OCTOBER 20. Students have the rubric for the rock essay. They are writing a creative story traveling through the rock cycle from the point of view of a rock. Students must follow the grading rubric carefully. They are not only graded on creative writing, but CONTENT! Each paragraph must include key elements! See my SCIENCE LINK for the ROCK ESSAY RUBRIC.
  • This week, we are moving into the OCEAN UNIT. Students will be investigating the impact of salinity on water as well as building a model of the ocean floor. New study packets will be handed out this week! Please MAKE sure your child is studying their science packet!


  • Rock Writing ROUGH draft is due this Friday, October 20
  • Rock FINAL DRAFT is due Friday, October 27

Oct 10

Weekly News- October 9 – 13

Reminders: Please make sure your child turns in their $6.00 for Scholastics if you have not already.


We are now working on decimal computation skills. We are starting with decimal place value, rounding decimals, adding and subtracting decimals, multiplying decimals and dividing decimals. Students will be tackling word problems.

The 5/6 group will be working on advanced decimal word problems, as well as dividing decimals with decimals in both the divisor and the dividend.

We are moving ORDER OF OPERATIONS to next week and focusing on decimal computation, which is a change from the calendar. Please note that the upcoming test will be on decimal computation skills and word problems, not order of operations.

I am grading all of the math notebooks. The students should have them back by the end of the week.

For extra practice in Science and Math, go to:
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ROCK ESSAY- The students are working on a rock story. They are writing a story from the point of view of the rock, where the rock is changing form from an igneous, to a metamorphic to a sedimentary rock. The students are using descriptive words, creativity and rock facts to develop their story. They will be graded on their creativity, writing skills, and science content. The students have a rubric in their science journal.

4 Square due Friday: October 13
Rough draft of Rock Story due: Friday, October 20
Final typed draft due: Friday, October 27

We are now moving into our weather unit! Students will be creating weather tools and learning about types of clouds and weather fronts.

Key Science Vocabulary for the Weather Unit

air mass — a large body of air which has about the same temperature and humidity throughout
air pressure — the weight of air pushing on everything around it; determined by several factors including the
temperature of the air
anemometer — a tool that measures wind speed
barometer — a tool that measures air pressure
cirrus clouds– feathery clouds associated with fair weather
cold front — the leading edge of a cold air mass that pushes up lighter warm air (Clouds may develop, and the
sudden rising of warm air may lead to showers or thunderstorms.)
condensation — the change of matter from a gas (water vapor) to a liquid state
cumulonimbus clouds– tall, dense, puffy clouds associated with heavy rain and thunderstorms (often very
large and dark at the bottom)
cumulus clouds– fluffy, white clouds with flat bottoms (When they get larger and darker at the bottom, they
produce thunderstorms.)
evaporation — the change of matter from a liquid to a gas (water vapor) state
forecast — a prediction about the weather made by a meteorologist
front — the boundary between air masses of different temperature and humidity
high pressure — Cold air is heavier than warm air. Its matter is more closely packed together and it pushes
down harder on the earth’s surface; therefore, a cold air mass is called a high-pressure area. (Since cold air holds
less water vapor, it also tends to be drier air. If you are outside, feeling pleasantly dry and cool, chances are you
are in a high-pressure system.)
humidity — the amount of water vapor in the air
hurricane — a huge, slowly-spinning tropical storm that forms over water and has winds of at least 119km/h
low pressure — Warm air is lighter than an equal volume of cold air; warm air is lighter and tends to rise from the
Earth’s surface. (Because it is rising, warm air presses down on the Earth’s surface with less force. If you are
outside and the weather is cloudy and windy, you are most likely in a low-pressure area.)
meteorologist — a scientist who gathers weather data by using a variety of instruments
rain gauge — a tool used to measure precipitation
precipitation — a form of water which forms and falls from the Earth’s atmosphere (rain, sleet, hail, snow)
stratus clouds– smooth, gray clouds that cover the whole sky usually associated with light rain and drizzle

Oct 01

Weekly News- October 2-6

Math Updates:
The students are continuing to work on multiple step word problems this week. Students will learn how to divide problems with two digit divisors using the traditional method of long division.

The Math 5/6 Group will continue to review absolute value, exponents and integers. No new content this week.

Interactive Math Notebooks: The Interactive Math Notebooks will be collected on Friday. The students are learning how to organize their notes, write neatly, highlight key words in word problems, highlight titles and use all of the page in their notes. They should write titles on each entry, capitalize the titles, highlight the titles and cut and paste information into their interactive journals. They MUST have their journals daily. As we rotate to the different centers, the students should be completing their center work in their interactive journals.

I told the students that I am looking for a nice progress in their notes from the beginning of the year until now. I do not expect them to start the year with perfect notes. However, I’m hoping over the next few weeks, they will learn how to organize their notes neatly, highlight titles, organize information so that they may also use these notes in middle school.

The student will investigate and understand important Virginia natural resources. Key concepts include:
a)   watershed and water resources; 
b)  animals and plants; 
c)  minerals, rocks, ores, and energy sources; and 
d)  forests, soil, and land.

The students will create STEAM projects this week reflecting students’ understanding of the Virginia resources. This should be a review of 4th grade content (as the SOL reflect both 4th and 5th grade).

In Science, the students are working on a rock writing project. The students are writing a creative story about a rock that changes form from an Igneous rock, to a Metamorphic rock to a Sedimentary rock. They are writing from the point of view of the rock, using their creative juices!

Sep 25

Week of September 25 -29

Monday- MAPS MATH test

Scholastic News- Thank you to all the parents who have already turned in money for Scholastic News. If you have not, please makes sure you bring in $6.00 this week (cash or a check to Scholastic) for your child’s subscription to the Scholastic News series.

Curriculum Updates:


We will be moving into LONG DIVISION this week! Students will be solving long division problems with no remainders, remainders, estimation and two digit divisors. We will continue to review lattice multiplication from last week.
Math Vocabulary
Prime numbers
composite numbers

5/6 Group will review exponents, perfect squares, integers and absolute values.


We are studying rocks and minerals, earthquakes, types of boundary lines, categorizing rocks into Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary rocks. We will be reviewing the layers of the earth, as well as learning about erosion, weathering and deposition through stream tables. Students will have an opportunity to look at rocks with magnifying glasses and categorize them based on their knowledge of the three rock types.

Key Vocabulary:
inner core
Outer core
Igneous Rocks
Sedimentary Rocks
Metamorphic Rocks
divergent boundary
convergent boundary
transform boundary
rock cycle
continental drift
plate tectonics


Continue studying your Earth Science packet.

8 questions for Math. Please try and work on the problems nightly, two a night.