Week of December 10th…

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had a great weekend!  STRETCH, STRETCH, STRETCHING our brains is what we’ll be doing, and making them stronger, as we become involved in the following activities this week.  Keep plugging away 5th graders… You’re doing great!!!

Curriculum News:

Reading:  Today in reading, we read, analyzed, and identified the implied main idea from an interview with Jordan Romero.  He is the youngest person to climb the Seven Summits.  Throughout the remainder of the week, we will mark up a text-dependent analysis prompt and write a well written introductory paragraph to begin our two-column notes, graphic organizer.  This prompt will be based on the Romero interview and our expository non-fiction passage from our anthology.  We’ll then work together, and in groups, to fill in our two-column notes with three pieces of proof and direct quotes, plus their analysis.  If we finish this before the end of the week, we will begin comparing and contrasting two different non-fiction passages to identify how different text features are used that help the reader identify the main idea.

Spelling:  Your child received their spelling homework packet today.  They are aware that the packet is due on Thursday and that our test is on Friday.  

Math: This week in math we needed an extra day to finish up unit 6 on Monday.  On Tuesday we will move on to unit 7, which focuses on patterns and mathematical expressions. The first lesson will be about the order of operations, where we will learn all about PEMDAS. Wednesday we will move on to writing numerical expressions when given a word problem. Thursday’s focus will be generating and extending numerical patterns. Friday we will wrap up the week with a quick quiz to show what we learned for Tuesday through Thursday. Keep up the hard work in math fifth graders!  

Thank you for your continuous support and have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of December 3rd…

Hello Martic 5th Grade Families,

I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend.  Here is what is coming down the pike that will enable us to stretch our brains and make them stronger!!!

Curriculum News:

Reading:  Today, we continued reading, analyzing and identifying the main idea with its supporting details in short paragraphs.  Tomorrow we will begin our expository nonfiction passage and work through identifying the main idea and supporting details according to its headings.  Once we have completed this, we will begin to work on summarizing. Keep working hard!

Spelling:  Your child received her/his spelling homework packet today.  She/he is aware that the packet is due on Thursday and that our test is on Friday.

Math: This week in math we are wrapping up unit 6. Monday we will focus on dividing decimals by whole numbers, and learn how to divide decimals by decimals on Tuesday. Wednesday’s focus will be dividing decimals by powers of ten and moving the decimal to the left one place value per zero in the power of 10. Thursday will be a review day for everything we have learned in unit 6, and Friday will be the end of unit test. Thank you again for the effort in trying out the online homework, and this week we are trying online answers through Google Classroom too. Keep up the hard work in math fifth graders! 

Thank  you for your support and have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Eby 🙂 

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Week of November 27th…

Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I  hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  The children came back today ready to stretch, exercise and strengthen their brains.  Way to go 5th graders… You ROCK!!!

Curriculum News:

Reading:  Today, we shared our prior knowledge on how to identify the main idea and its details.  We then worked on a main idea and details fact find with a partner and unpacked our thinking.  Throughout the remainder of the week, we will practice reading, analyzing, and identifying stated and implied main ideas of nonfiction texts beginning with short paragraphs.  Next, we will work with a nonfiction passage to identify the main idea and its supporting details of specific headings.

Spelling:  Your child received their spelling homework packet today.  It is a review packet so it has four pages instead of three. She/he is aware of this.  Also, he/she knows that the packet is due on Friday and that the test is on Friday as well.

Math: This week in math we picking up where we left off last week with multiplying decimals. Tuesday we learned how to multiply a decimal by a power of ten, shifting the decimal point to the right for as many zeros that there are in the power of ten. Wednesday we will work on identifying and applying multiplication properties with decimals. Thursday will be a review day of all the skills covered in multiplying decimals, and we will also take the mid unit quiz. On Friday we will begin learning about division of decimals, starting with estimating quotients. Thank you for the effort to try out the online homework, and keep trying it out this week too. Keep up the hard work in math fifth graders!  

Have a wonderful week and thank you for your support!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of November 12th…

Hi Everybody,

I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend. Read on to find out some of the activities that will help us to exercise our brains this week and make them stronger and more powerful.

Reading:  Today we did a close reading and writing activity that centered around an informational passage on Veterans Day.  Ask your child to share the information that they learned with you.  Tomorrow and Wednesday, we will be wrapping up interpreting nonfiction texts and text structures.  Thursday and Friday, we will be divided into readers’ theater groups and practicing our fluency.  Each readers’ theater group will work with a script that is loaded with idiomatic expressions! 

Spelling:  Your child received their spelling homework packet today.  He/she knows that the completed packet is due on Thursday and that our test is on Friday.

 Math: This week in math we will be wrapping up our fifth unit for adding and subtracting decimals. Monday we will focus on subtracting decimals, especially with a missing place value that needs to be replaced with a zero. Tuesday and Wednesday we will be working a lot on single and multi-step word problems involving addition and subtraction. Thursday will be a review day for all of our skills that we covered, and Friday will be the end of unit test. Keep up the hard work in math fifth graders!  

Have a wonderful week, and thank you for your continuous support!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of Nov. 5th…

Hi Martic 5th Grade Families,

It’s going to be another busy week for us, and we are looking forward to the challenge!  Here are some of the activities that we’ll be involved in that will keep our brains stretching and getting stronger.

Curriculum News:

Reading:  Today, we began our next lesson.  The focus skill is to recognize that authors use different text structures to organize ideas.  We will also zero in on the text structure of cause and effect.  Specifically, reading, analyzing, and identifying the cause and effect text structure in expository nonfiction. This is the genre that our reading passage is for this lesson.

Spelling:

Your child received her/his spelling list and homework packet today.  He/she is aware that the homework packet is due on Thursday and that the test is on Friday.

Math: This week in math we will begin our fifth unit, adding and subtracting decimals. Monday we will start the unit off by reviewing the steps to rounding a decimal number. Tuesday we will apply our rounding skills to estimating sums and differences of decimals. Wednesday we will focus on adding decimal numbers, and Thursday we will review addition properties with commutative, associative, and identity. Friday we will review everything from the week, and work on some word problems. Keep up the hard work in math fifth graders! 

Reminders:

We will visit the bookfair this Wednesday morning, Nov. 7th.

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are 1:30 dismissals.

Conferences are being held on Wednesday morning, afternoon, evening, and Thursday afternoon.  (Nov. 7th and 8th) I’m looking forward to seeing you at your child’s conference!

Thank you for your support, and have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of October 29th…

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had a great weekend!  Keep reading to find out how we will be bending, stretching, and exercising our brains to make them STRONGER this week! Keep giving 150% effort fifth graders… You’re doing GREAT!!!

Curriculum News:

Reading:  Today and tomorrow, we are going to wrap up our independent reading activities from last week. Wednesday and Thursday,  we will branch out from identifying the comparing and contrasting text structure to also identifying the other four text structures.  These are problem/solution, cause/effect, chronological order, and description.  Students will be reading different articles and analyzing them for key features of each text structure.

Spelling:  Your child received his/her spelling list and homework packet today.  Since the children are off on Friday, due to teacher in-service, the homework packet is due Thursday, AND the TEST is on THURSDAY as well.  The students were made aware of this and wrote it in their planners. 

Math: This week in math, we are wrapping up our division units. On Monday and Tuesday, we will practice our strategies for dividing up to 4 digits by 2 digit numbers. Wednesday we will have review stations to practice everything we learned during unit 4, and Thursday will be the end of unit test. Keep up the hard work in math fifth graders!

Reminders:

This Friday, November 2nd, school is not in session.

Our school is collecting food for those in need.  Each grade level is responsible for one type of food.  If possible, please have your child bring in a can of cranberry sauce.  Thank you very much.

Thank you for your support  and have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of October 22nd…

Hi 5th Grade Families,

I hope you are all doing well!  Here’s what’s coming down the pike, this week, that will enable us to form new neurological connections in our brains.  I know our fifth graders will continue to keep their growth mindsets on…WAY TO GO!!!

Curriculum News:  

Reading:  This week, we will continue to work with our informational narrative which gives information about a topic while telling a story.  The topic is life in different tidal zones. Tomorrow, we will do a close reading and zero in on the text features of the passage, their purposes, and use them to help us better understand the passage.   For the remainder of the week, we will continue our vocabulary study as well as read, analyze text, and identify the text structure of comparison and contrast.

Spelling:  Your child received their spelling homework packet today.  They know it’s due on Thursday and that the test is on Friday.

Math: This week in math we are moving on to unit 4, dividing by 2 digit divisors. On Monday we worked on estimating quotients by rounding and using compatible numbers. Tuesday we will work on dividing by 2 digit divisors using the traditional method from unit 3. On Wednesday we will practice dividing with the Big 7 strategy, which may be easier for some students this time around. Thursday we will take our first Benchmark test of the year, which will review units 1-3. Friday we will continue to practice our division strategies of traditional and Big 7. Keep up the hard work in math fifth graders!

Thank you for your support and have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of October 15th…

Hi Everyone,

Do you think the fall weather is here to stay?  I hope so!  To find out how we’ll be stretching our brains and making them stronger this week… Keep on reading.  

Curriculum News:

Reading:  Today, we had some catching up to do from last week.  So, we wrapped up our independent vocabulary activity. Tomorrow and Wednesday, we will be doing review activities for reading, analyzing, and interpreting fictional texts. Thursday and Friday we will begin a new lesson.  The passage is an informational narrative, and the focus skill is reading, analyzing, and identifying the comparison/contrast text structure.

Spelling:  This week, our lesson is a review lesson. It contains a handful of words from each of the first four lessons.  Your child received her/his homework packet today and is aware that it is due Thursday.  Since this is a review lesson… There are four pages in the homework packet instead of three.  I made the children aware of this. They also know that their test is on Friday.

Math: This week in math we will conclude our third unit, dividing by 1 digit divisors. Monday we are practicing questions where a zero will appear in the middle or end of the quotient. On Tuesday we will work on some questions involving interpreting the remainder, and how it may impact the overall answer to a word problem. On Wednesday our focus will be one and two-step word problems, and Thursday we will review everything we learned during the unit. Friday is the end of unit test, so don’t forget to complete that study guide Thursday night. Keep up the hard work in math fifth graders!

Reminders:

This Friday, October 19th, is a 1:30 dismisssal.

Thank you for your support and have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of October 8th.

Hello Fifth Grade Martic Families,

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend!  Keep reading to find out how we will be strengthening our brains this week.  I know that our 5th graders will continue to give 150% effort… Way to go!!!

Curriculum News:

Reading:  Today, we reviewed how to read, analyze and determine a character’s motives/reasons in order to be successful on our independent focus skill activity. We also set up our lesson three vocabulary cards so that we are ready to do our independent study and buddy study tomorrow.  This will enable us to complete our vocabulary activity successfully and on our own by using context clues.  Thursday and Friday, we will be engaged in review activities for interpreting fictional texts which we covered throughout lessons one and two.

Spelling:  Due to the short week, Mr. Plumbo and I have decided to take a break from spelling.  Your children are not bringing home a homework packet, and they won’t have a test on Friday.

Math: This week in math we will continue our third unit, dividing by 1 digit divisors. Tuesday we will practice the “Big 7” strategy of division, where students will learn how to use multiplication facts to help divide. On Wednesday we will focus on the “Partial Quotients” strategy, which is very similar to the partial products we learned during unit 2. On Thursday we will review the traditional strategy, which students will be familiar with from past years. On Friday we will review all the various strategies for division. Please do your best to practice each strategy at night on homework, because you may find a new way that makes division easier for you this year. Keep up the hard work in math fifth graders!  

Thank you for your continuous support and have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of October 1st…

Hello Everyone,

Happy October 1st!  I hope you were all able to get outside this past weekend and enjoy the beautiful fall weather.  Here’s what is coming down the pike this week that will enable our brains to stretch and become stronger.  Our fifth graders have been keeping themselves in a growth mindset, and I know that they will continue to do so.  They ROCK!!!

Curriculum News:

Reading:  Today, we continued working on reading, analyzing and identifying the author’s point of view and perspective in a passage. Tomorrow, we will begin lesson three.  Our focus skill is to make inferences regarding a character’s motives that the author reveals through a character’s traits, thoughts, words, and actions.  Our passage is a historical fiction piece. 

Spelling:  Your child received their spelling homework packet today.  They know that it is due on Thursday and that their test is on Friday.

Math: This week in math we will wrap up our second unit. Monday we will have review stations to practice every skill covered in the multiplication unit, and Tuesday will be the end of unit test. Make sure to get those study guides done on Monday night. Wednesday we will begin our first division unit of the year, and practice relating division to multiplication facts. Thursday we will focus on dividing numbers by powers of 10, and Friday will be basic 2 digits by 1 digit division. Keep up the hard work in math fifth graders!

Reminders:

Thursday, October 4th: Picture Day

Monday, October 8th:  School is not in session

Thank you for your support and have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of September 10th…

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had a nice weekend despite the rain that we received.  Here’s what’s coming down the pike this week that will strengthen our brains by  s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g them. We are ready for our first five day week of the school year!  I know we will all keep our growth mindsets on!

Curriculum News:

Math: This week in math we will be wrapping up our first unit on place value.  Monday we worked on our hardest skill yet, focusing on shifting values to the left and right, learning that it is ten times larger to the left and 1/10 the value to the right. On Tuesday we will review everything we have learned so far in the first unit with some stations. Wednesday will be the first unit test of the year. On Thursday we will review the test, and begin the second unit. Unit 2 will start with finding prime factors of numbers, and determining if a number is prime or composite. Friday we will work on exponents for the first time, and talk about how an exponent is repeated multiplication of the base number. Keep up the hard work in math fifth graders!  

Reading:  We worked very hard last week but were not able to wrap up lesson one by the end of the week. So, today we picked up where we left off.  We did our first independent study and buddy study of our lesson one vocabulary words.  This prepared us to be successful when we completed our first vocabulary activity of the school year today.  For the remainder of the week, we will work through our focus skill activities and begin learning how to mark up a TDA prompt and write two-column notes.  If we complete this, we will begin lesson two.

Spelling:  Your child received their first spelling homework packet today if she/he does spelling with me.  Everyone knows that the homework packet is due Thursday and that the test is on Friday.  Each child wrote this in their planner, and I wrote it on the homework information board.

Thank you for your support and have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Eby 🙂


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Week of September 4th…

Hello Families,

This is my first post for the 2018/2019 school year.  The children have been working hard and doing a super job of getting into our routine!  I know they will keep up the good work.  Read on to see how we will be stretching our brains and making them stronger this week.  You ROCK 5th graders!

Curriculum News:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Reading:  Last week we wrapped up our small unit on learning about the differences between having a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset.  Plus, we finished learning about the eight different smarts that we each possess in our brain. Throughout the year, we will incorporate these concepts into our lessons.  Last Wednesday, we began our first reading anthology lesson. We will continue the lesson today and finish it up by the end of the week. Our focus skill for lesson number one is plot: conflict and resolution. Our reading selection is realistic fiction.

Math: This week in math we will continue our practice with place value. Tuesday we learned how to compare and order whole numbers up to the millions. Wednesday we will take our first quiz of the year, then practice comparing decimals to the thousandths place. On Thursday we will continue working on comparing decimals, and work on ordering decimals as well. Friday we will put everything together, and work on comparing and ordering whole numbers and decimals together. Keep up the hard work in math fifth graders!

Spelling:  Spelling will begin next week on Monday, September 10th.

Thank you for your support and have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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August 27th…

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to remind you all that tomorrow from 4:00-6:00 PM is our Meet the Teacher Night.  If you can make it, your child will take you on a scavenger hunt around our classroom.  Hope to see you there, and have a good night!

Thanks,

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of May 28th…

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!  This is my last official post for the 2017/2018 school year.  Where has the time gone?  I can’t believe that we are down to single digits for the number of days remaining!!! Read on to find out what brain stretching and strengthening activities we will be up to this week.

Reading:  Due to the extra time that we took on our last round of readers’ theaters, last week, lesson twenty-six was started today.  We all thoroughly enjoyed the performances of the twisted fairytales!  Your children put 150% effort into being a team player when preparing their presentation with her/his group. YOU 5th Grade readers and writers ROCKED the HOUSE!!! Our reading passage is a nonfiction narrative about the Lewis, Clark, and Sacagawea expedition. This ties in nicely with our last social studies unit of the Westward Movement.  Our focus skill is paraphrasing and summarizing.  This will be the last anthology lesson that we cover for the school year.

Math: This week in math we will continue to review fraction and decimal computation during stations on Tuesday and WednesdayOn Friday we will begin our final math project of the year, building toothpick bridges. Students will work in groups to balance a budget as they buy supplies for the bridge, and on Wednesday of next week, we will see which bridge can hold the most weight. This week will also be our last homework assignment in math. Keep up the hard work fifth graders!

Reminders:

This Thursday, May 31st, is our field trip to the Whitaker Science Center in Harrisburg.  We are really looking forward to it! Shortly after the students arrive, at the regular time, in the morning, we will get into our designated groups and board the buses.  If your child is packing a lunch at home, please remind her/him that lunch boxes are not permitted.  Everyone’s lunch needs to be in some sort of a disposable bag.  Please also remind him/her that a drink MUST be in a plastic bottle or cardboard carton. We CANNOT take any glass bottles.  All lunch materials and any leftover food must be thrown away when we are done eating.  We are not allowed to bring any food items back on the bus, to Martic, with us.

Next Wednesday, June 6th, we will have our end of the year read-in!  We are not wearing pajamas this time around. Please remind your child to bring a blanket or sleeping bag to spread out and read on.  Plus, books, books, books!

Next Thursday, June 7th, is our students’ last day from 9-11:30.  Lunch will not be served on this day.

I have truly enjoyed teaching your children this school year!  Each and every one of them is a wonderful and unique individual who has a lot to offer our world!!!  Thank you for everything that you have done, and do,  for your child on a daily basis!

Take care and have an enjoyable and relaxing summer!

 

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of May 21st…

Hello, 5th Grade Martic Families,

I’m sorry that I’m getting this out later than usual.  I hope you all had a nice weekend!  Your children came in ready to work, which is wonderful to see especially so close to the end of our school year!!!  Here’s how we’ll be stretching and strengthening our brains this week.

Curriculum News:

Reading: Today, we continued practicing our readers’ theaters and made any necessary props.  Tomorrow, we will begin performing and see if we can get them all in.  If not, we will finish the performances on Wednesday. We will also begin lesson twenty-six on Wednesday.  Our passage is a nonfiction narrative and our focus skill is summarizing and paraphrasing.  The children have been cooperating very well and working extremely hard to make their twisted fairytale readers’ theaters as realistic as possible!  WAY TO GO 5TH GRADERS… YOU ROCK!!!
Spelling:  Woo Hoo… Your child brought home her/his LAST spelling homework packet for his/her 5th Grade Year!!!  Where has the time gone? Since this is a review lesson, the homework packet has four pages, instead of three, which I reminded everyone of today. Also, they’re not any challenge/bonus words As always, your child knows that the packet is due on Thursday and that their last test, of the year, is Friday!

 

Math: This week in math we will wrap up our sixth-grade preview unit. Monday we will review equivalent ratios one more time, and do review stations of everything we have learned on Tuesday, Wednesday we will have one final quiz about the sixth-grade material we covered. On Thursday and Friday, we will begin any final fifth-grade skills we had trouble with based on the final benchmark test we took this marking period. Keep up the hard work fifth graders!

 

Reminders:

Tomorrow, we will go to our last book fair of the 2017/2018 school year from 9:15-9:45.  Our wonderfully, generous PTO is giving each student a voucher for one free book up to $5.oo, and then they get to pick a 2nd book for free that is $5.00 or under.  THANK YOU, PTO…WE TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR GENEROSITY!!!

Next Monday, May 28th: School is not in session in the honor of Memorial Day.

Have a wonderful week, and thanks for your support!

Thanks So Much,

Mrs. Eby 🙂

 

 

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Week of May 14th…

Hi Everybody,

I hope all of you had an enjoyable weekend! We continue to stretch our brains and make them stronger every day, so please read below to find out some of the ways that we do this.

Curriculum News:

Reading:  Today and tomorrow, we will be wrapping up lesson twenty-four and working with our Time for Kids magazine.  Wednesday, we will roll into our last group of readers’ theaters for the year.  They are “Twisted Fairytales”, and they are my favorite group of the year!  They usually end up being the children’s favorite as well. My hopes are for the students to begin performing them, to their reading class, on Friday.

Spelling:  Your child received her/his second to last spelling list and homework packet for fifth-grade.  He/she will turn in their packet on Thursday and take their test on Friday.

Math: This week in math we will continue our sixth-grade preview. Monday we are going to have stations to review unit rate and ratios from last week, and Tuesday we will take our first quiz on these skills. Wednesday and Thursday our focus will shift to equivalent rate, and how graphing can help us solve problems involving ratios. On Friday we will end the week learning how to determine if a set of ratios are equivalent. Keep up the hard work fifth- graders!

Have a wonderful week, and thank you for all that you do!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

 

 

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Summer Fun items…

Hello Everyone,

This is a reminder to please send in a summer fun item(s) for our 5th grade Spring Fling basket, if possible, over the next few days.  Thank you very much, and have a great day!

 

Mrs. Eby  🙂

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Week of May 7th…

Hello, 5th Grade Martic Families,

I hope this blog finds your week off to a great start!  Our brains are continuing to stretch like rubber bands to get stronger and stronger every day.   I know you’ll keep putting 150% effort into everything that you do 5th graders… YOU ROCK!!!

Curriculum News:

Reading: Today, we began lesson twenty-four by reviewing our focus skill.  Our focus skill is to recognize and understand figurative language expressions within a passage.  Figurative language is another type of literary device that authors often use.  Fantasy is the genre of this lesson’s text selection.  Tomorrow, we will preview the new robust vocabulary words by using our prior knowledge and context clues to predict and confirm their meanings.  Wednesday and Thursday we will engage in our first and second close readings of the fantasy passage.  Plus, we will get started on our independent comprehension, vocabulary, and focus skill activities.
Spelling:  Your child should bring home her/his homework packet for this week today.  It is lesson twenty-eight, and there are 30 lessons in our spelling series. So after this week, we will only have two more to complete. WOW…!!!  the packet is due Thursday and the test will be on Friday.

 

Math: This week in math we will begin our preview of sixth-grade material. On Monday we will review how to find the GCF and LCM of a pair and set of numbers. Tuesday we will talk about how to express rates and ratios as a simplified fraction. Wednesday we will look at the meaning of rate a bit closer, and relate it to the meaning of ratio. The rest of the week will be spent on unit rate as well as ratio tables and scaling ratios up and down. Keep up the hard work in math this marking period fifth grade!

Reminders:

This Friday, May 11th, is a 1:30 dismissal.

Your child should’ve brought home a Whitaker Science Center permission slip.  If he/she hasn’t shown it to you yet, please ask to see it so that you can fill it out and send it back to me. Our trip is scheduled for Thursday, May 31st.

Thank you for everything that you do and for your support.  Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of April 30th…

Hi Everybody,

Wow… It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is May 1st already!  Where is this year going?  Keep reading to find out how we’ll be stretching our brains and making them stronger this week.

Curriculum News:

Reading: When I introduced the focus skill of imagery, last week, the children were very intrigued by it.  Thus, I found some other activities that we were engaged with involving the use of imagery in reading and writing. Everyone really enjoyed doing them and did an excellent job!  Today, we did our lesson twenty-three vocabulary introduction activities.  Throughout the remainder of the week, we will do our first and second close readings of the realistic fiction piece.  Plus, we will work through our comprehension, vocabulary, and focus skill independent activities.

Spelling:  Your child received this week’s spelling homework packet today.  He/she knows that it is due on Thursday, and our test is on Friday. Please continue to help your child prepare for his/her spelling test every Friday.  Thanks!

Math: This week in math we will continue our review of graphing skills, working on creating and interpreting bar graphs, line graphs, and pictographs. On Thursday, we are going to learn fraction and decimal equivalence for 1/2s, 1/4s, 1/5s, and 1/10s. On Friday we will keep working on fraction and decimal equivalence, but for 1/3s, 1/8s, and 1/12s.This will be the last week of fifth-grade math review, and next week we will move on to previewing 6th-grade concepts. Keep up the hard work in math this marking period fifth grade!

 

Reminders:

This Friday, May 4th, is Olympic Day in the morning.

 

Have a wonderful week and thank you for your continuous support!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

 

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Week of April 23rd…

Hello, 5th Grade Martic Families,

What a beautiful spring day it is! Here are a few ways that we’ll be forming new neurological connections which will change the structure and functioning of our brain this week.

 

Reading:  Today and tomorrow we are wrapping up lesson twenty-one’s activities.  Wednesday, we will begin lesson twenty -three. Our passage is a realistic nonfiction piece, and our focus skill is imagery.  Imagery is one type of literary device which appeals to our five senses and makes writing interesting and vivid.
Spelling:  Your child received her/his spelling homework packet today.  He/she is aware that it is due on Thursday and our test will be on Friday.

 

Math: This week in math we will review fraction computation again on Monday through Wednesday. Students will be reviewing steps to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions and mixed numbers. As part of the review, we are using recipes for baked goods to write our own word problems. On Wednesday, students are invited to bring in a baked good they made or got from the store, to share with the class as we solve each other’s word problems. Thursday and Friday we are working on graphing skills and will review how to make and interpret bar graphs, line graphs, and pictographs. Keep up the hard work in math this marking period fifth grade!

 

Have a wonderful week and thank you for all of your support!

 

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of April 16th…

Hello Everyone,

I hope you were all able to enjoy the beautiful weather that we experienced this past Saturday. Here’s what is coming down the pike, this week, that will give our brains a workout and make them stronger.

Curriculum News:

Reading: The practicing and performing of our idiomatic readers’ theaters took more time than what I had anticipated last week. The children did a fabulous job of reading at a fluent rate with wonderful expression!  Hopefully, your child has shared with you some of the idioms that we worked with.  If not, encourage them to.  Since the readers’ theaters took longer than expected we began lesson twenty one today. The passage is expository nonfiction, and the focus skill is author’s viewpoint/perspective.

Spelling: Since the children are completing two Math PSSA tests today and Wednesday, the 5th grade isn’t doing a spelling unit this week.

 

Math: This week in math we will be taking our math PSSA tests on Monday and Wednesday. During our math classes, we will spend time wrapping up our unit reviews. Monday will focus on fraction computation again and Tuesday we will focus on converting measurements in metric and customary systems. Wednesday we will review our most recent unit, which was geometry. Thursday and Friday we will have math stations and do our unit 12 test corrections as well. Keep up the hard work in math this marking period fifth grade!
Reminders:
Wednesday, April 18th… The children will take their LAST PSSA Test for the year!!!
Friday, April 20th… It is a 1:30 dismissal.
Thank you for all of your support.  Try to stay dry today, and have a wonderful week!
Mrs. Eby 🙂
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Oops… Sorry!

It’s me again! It just hit me that I posted the wrong dates. I am very sorry.  Wednesday and Thursday are the days that we will complete our last two ELA PSSA Tests.

Thank You,

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Friendly Reminder for 4/11 and 4/12…

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to remind you all that on Tuesday(4/11) and Wednesday(4/12) morning, we will be taking our second and third ELA PSSA Tests.  Thank you very much for helping your child to get a good night’s sleep and to eat breakfast for both of these tests. After completing Wednesday’s test, we are done for the remainder of the week.  Have a great day!

 

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of April 9th…

Hello, Martic Fifth Grade Families,

Your children came in this morning ready to hit the ground running and put 150% EFFORT into their first ELA PSSA!  Woooo Hooo… Way to go 5th grade, and we know you will keep it up!!!  Read on to find out what we’ll be doing to change the structure and functioning of our brain this week.

Curriculum News:

Reading: Today, we got into our designated idiomatic Readers’ Theater groups. After figuring out who was going to portray each character, the groups began practicing their fluency. The children will continue to practice tomorrow, and we are shooting to begin performances Wednesday and hoping to wrap them up by Friday.  We will also begin lesson twenty one.  The passage is expository nonfiction, and the focus skill is author’s viewpoint/perspective.

Spelling:  Due to PSSA testing this week, we are not doing a spelling unit.

Math: This week in math we continue reviewing our previous fifth-grade units. Monday we will talk about unit 5, focusing on adding and subtracting decimals. Tuesday will be unit 6, which was our multiplication and division of decimals unit. On Wednesday we will review unit 7, talking about patterns, the order of operations, expressions, and graphing ordered pairs. On Thursday we will practice unit 8, which focused on adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers. Friday we will wrap up the week with unit 9, multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers. Keep up the hard work in math this marking period fifth grade!

Heads Up:  Your child was given a Martic Spring Fling Basket Raffle flyer today,  If she/he doesn’t give it to you, would you please ask him/her for it?  It explains that Martic’s Spring Fling is Friday,  May 18th from 5:00-8:00.  It also gives ideas for an item that your family could donate for our 5th-grade basket. Please consider doing so if you are able.

Reminders:

Next Monday and Wednesday are the two days that fifth grade will be taking the Math PSSA Test in the morning.

Next Friday, April 20th is a 1:30 dismissal.

Thank you for your continuous support, it is greatly appreciated!  Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

 

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Week of April 3rd…

Hi Everybody,

I hope everyone had an enjoyable long weekend.  Read on to see how we will stretch and strengthen our brains this week!

 

Curriculum News:

 

Reading:  This week, in reading, we will be finishing up our Text Dependent Analysis essays that we began last week.  We will also work on reading, analyzing, and identifying an author’s point of view/perspective, as well as, review several reading focus skills that we have been working on throughout the year.  Towards the end of the week, we will work with our Time for Kids informational magazine.

 

Spelling:  Your child received their spelling homework packet today.  This week’s list contains review words, so there aren’t any bonus/challenge words.  I reminded the children that a review packet has four pages to complete instead of only three pages.  Your child is aware that the homework packet is due Friday, as well as the test being on Friday.

 

Math: This week in math we will begin reviewing each fifth-grade unit since we completed unit 12 last week. Tuesday we will focus on unit 1, which was our place value unit. In unit 1 we talked a lot about number forms, especially expanded notation, fractions, and decimals, as well as comparing decimals and wholes. On Wednesday we will review unit 2, which focused on multiplying whole numbers, prime and composite numbers, and properties of multiplication. Wednesday and Thursday will be review days for our division units. We will work on our division strategies for whole number with single and double-digit divisors. Keep up the hard work in math this marking period fifth grade!

 

Reminders:

Monday(4/9), Wednesday(4/11), and Thursday(4/12):  English Language Arts PSSA testing in the morning.  Please remind your child to get plenty of sleep and to eat a good breakfast.

 

Thank you for your support and all that you do to make our school and home connection successful!

Have a wonderful week!

 

Mrs. Eby 🙂

 

 

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Week of March 26th…

Hi, Martic 5th Grade Families,

I hope you all had a nice weekend!  It’s nice to see that we will hit the low 50’s this week and even the low 60’s one day.  Here’s what’s coming down the pike this week that will make our brains stronger.

Curriculum News:

Reading:  Our reading passage this week is an informational piece about cave science.  The students constructed a RAP+C graphic organizer/rough draft structure in order to be ready to set their purpose for reading today.   They set this purpose by reading a Text Dependent Analysis(TDA) prompt and then began reading the passage. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be used, by our readers and writers, to write a rough draft essay and transfer it into its complete published essay form.
Spelling:  Your child does not have a spelling unit to complete this week.  That being said, they will not have a spelling test either.

Math: This week in math we will complete our study of geometry for unit 12. Monday’s focus will be on calculating the volume of a composite figure, where students will learn how to find the volume of a shape that has more than one prism combined together. Tuesday and Wednesday will be review days about everything we have learned in fifth-grade geometry. Thursday will be the unit 12 test, so look out for the study guide coming home on Wednesday night. We are just about done learning new skills for fifth-grade math this week, so keep up the hard work fifth grade!

 

Reminders:

Friday, March 30th, and Monday, April 2nd:  School is not in session.

 

Have a wonderful week, and thank you for your support!  You, fifth graders, are AWESOME workers…Way to go!!!

 

Mrs. Eby 🙂

 

 

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Week of March 19th…

Hello Everyone,

Happy spring!  Spring supposedly arrived around 12:15 this afternoon. However, as I’m typing and looking out of our classroom windows, you’d never know it.  The snow just keeps coming down!!! Keep reading to find out what brain-stretching and strengthening activities we will be up to for the remainder of the week.

 

Reading:  This week, we will be reading and analyzing a couple of fictional stories of two journeys set aboard the Mayflower. Before reading each passage, we will set our purpose for reading by reading the questions that we know we will need to be looking for clues and answers to as we read each passage. We will also be working with our Time For Kids informational magazine which informs us about many different current events.  Plus, it is loaded with many different text features!

 

 

Spelling:  Your child received his/her spelling homework packet yesterday.  She/he is aware that the packet is due Thursday, and the test is on Friday.

 

 

Math: This week in math we will continue unit 12, learning about geometry. Monday we will work on classifying quadrilaterals based on congruent sides and sets of parallel sides. We are also discussing how different quadrilaterals can be classified as each other based on similar attributes. Tuesday we will review polygons, triangles, and quadrilaterals, then take a quiz on what we know so far. Wednesday we will move on to classifying 3D figures, and Thursday’s focus will be calculating volume of a prism. Our last lesson this week will be about volume of a composite figure. Keep up the hard work fifth grade!

 

 

Reminders:

This Friday, March 23rd is a 1:30 dismissal.

Keep staying in a growth mindset and working hard 5th graders…YOU ROCK!!!

 

Thank you for your support and have a wonderful week!

 

Mrs. Eby 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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Week of March 12th…

Hello Everyone,

Here’s to another week of exercising, stretching our brains, and making them stronger!  Your children have been working extremely hard, and we are SO PROUD of them!!!

 

Reading:  In reading this week, we are working very hard to wrap up our Text Dependent Analysis Essay that we began last week. We will also continue to work on lesson nineteen while doing this.  Our focus skill is to continue to practice reading, analyzing, and identifying the main idea and supporting details of a passage.  Our anthology piece is a biography about Thomas Edison.  You fifth graders ROCK and have continued to give 150%effort…WAY TO GO AND WE KNOW YOU’LL KEEP IT UP!!!

 

Spelling:  Everyone received their spelling homework packet today.  They know they will turn it in on Thursday and our test will be on Friday.

 

Math: This week in math, we will be finishing up unit 11. Monday and Tuesday will be our review days, practicing various conversion questions, fair share, and logic word problems. The test will be on Wednesday, so the study guide will come home Tuesday night. After we complete unit 11, we move on to our last fifth grade unit of the year. Thursday we will begin our study of geometry, which will start with identifying regular and irregular polygons. On Friday we will move onto classifying triangles based on their sides and angle. Keep up the hard work fifth graders!

 

Have a wonderful week and thank you for all of your support!

 

Mrs. Eby 🙂

 

 

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Week of March 5th…

Hello, 5th Grade Families,

I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend. Here’s a peek at what we’ll be working on this week in order to stretch our brains and form new neurological connections!

 

Reading:  Today, we started our next Text Dependent Analysis graphic organizer/rough draft (RAP+C).  The prompt is based on our realistic fiction narrative from lesson eighteen. The students are working with a partner, this time, instead of the whole class doing it together. Tomorrow we will continue writing our rough draft and try to finish it. However, we may find that we need to wrap it up at the beginning of class on Wednesday. When we do finish it, we will begin lesson nineteen.  Our reading passage is a biography of Thomas Edison.  We will review the focus skill of reading, analyzing, and identifying the main idea of a text along with its supporting details.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Math: This week in math, we will continue unit 11 by practicing logic word problems on Monday. On Tuesday students will begin converting metric units of measurement. We will start with metric length, converting between kilometers, meters, centimeters, and millimeters. Wednesday we will move on to metric mass, learning how to convert between milligrams, grams, and kilograms. For Thursday’s lesson, we will practice metric capacity, working with liters and milliliters. We will end the week by reviewing each metric conversion on Friday, getting ready for our test the following week, Keep up the hard work fifth graders!

 

Spelling:  Your child received her/his spelling homework packet today.  He/she is aware that it is due on Thursday and that our test is on Friday.

 

Thank you for your continuous support, and have a wonderful week!

 

Mrs. Eby 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week of February 26th…

Hi Everybody,

Everyone came to school today ready to hit the ground running… Keep on persevering and having a growth mindset fifth graders!  YOU ROCK!!!

 

Curriculum News:

 

Reading:  Today we began wrapping up lesson seventeen and will completely finish it tomorrow.  We will also get started with lesson eighteen’s focus skill.  For this lesson, we will read, analyze, and recognize the main idea of a text.  Plus, we’ll identify details (proof) that support the main idea.  Wednesday, our robust vocabulary lesson will be our main focus which will help us prepare to comprehend the first and second close readings of our realistic fiction passage on Thursday and Friday. As always, we will unpack our thinking while reading closely to ensure our comprehension.
Spelling:  Your child received her/his next spelling list and homework packet today.  The children are aware  that their packet is due on Thursday and the test is on Friday.

Math: This week in math we are beginning our eleventh unit, which is measurement. Monday we will start off by learning how to convert customary units of length between miles, yards, feet, and inches. On Tuesday we will focus on converting weight between tons, pounds, and ounces. Wednesday we will move on to customary capacity conversions, converting between gallons, quarts, pints, cups, and fluid ounces. Thursday will be a review day of all these conversions and the first quiz of the unit. On Friday we will take a break from conversions, and learn how to use line plots to find the fair share of the data. Only 2 more units left in fifth grade, keep up the hard work class!

 

Reminders:

 

Tomorrow:  Spring pictures will be taken.  It is also “Dress Like a Twin” Day

 

Wednesday:  Hat Day

 

Thursday:  Crazy Socks Day

 

Friday:  Wear Green Day

 

This is the last week to bring in books for the book swap.

 

Have a wonderful week, and I am very grateful for your support!

 

Mrs.  Eby 🙂

 

 

 

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Week of February 19th…

Hi, Martic 5th Grade Families,

I hope you and your family were able to enjoy our three day weekend!  Before I get to our curriculum news, I’d like to share with you a segment on what is coming up this Friday at Martic.  I believe this is our third, or fourth,  year participating in this district-wide activity.  We hope your child will participate if possible.

Kids at Work Day is on Friday, February 23rd, 2018!

As a way to promote career exploration and awareness with our elementary students, Penn Manor elementary schools are planning a special day across the district.

On Friday, February 23, 2018, students will be invited to wear clothing that represents careers that they may be interested in exploring as an adult. For example, your child may come dressed as a construction worker, a doctor, a teacher, etc. Please make sure that your child’s clothing is appropriate for a day of learning and wouldn’t distract other students in his/her classroom.  As an added component to Kids at Work Day, teachers and staff will be wearing their college, military, trade school, or past/present career attire.

Our hope is that Kids at Work Day will be a great way to start conversations at home and at school about different types of careers, why someone chooses a career, and what kind of training/schooling is needed to get started in a particular career.

 

Curriculum News:

 

Reading: Today, we completed our lesson 17 vocabulary lesson that we began last Friday.  Tomorrow, we will do the first close reading of our realistic fiction passage, unpack our thinking, and discuss what we’re reading to ensure comprehension. We will also practice drawing inferences along the way.  Thursday, we’ll complete our second close reading and independently complete our comprehension activity.  On Friday, we’ll review inferencing and our vocabulary to ready us for successful completion of our independent focus skill and vocabulary activities.

 

Spelling:  Your child received her/his spelling homework packet today.  Since it is Tuesday, the packet won’t be due until Friday.  The test will also be on Friday.   It is a review lesson this week, so there are four activity pages to complete instead of three.  I always remind the children of this but want to make families aware of it also.

 

Math: This week in math we will continue our multiplying and dividing fractions unit. Tuesday was our first day of dividing, and we talked about how to use inverse operations when dividing a whole number by a fraction. Wednesday we will use a very similar strategy while dividing fractions by whole numbers. On Thursday we will review all of the multiplication and division strategies we have learned in unit 10, and Friday will be our end of unit test. Keep up the hard work fifth graders!

 

Your children are working extremely hard, across the curriculum, and we are very proud of them!!!  We know they will continue to do so.  Thank you very much for your continuous support.  It really means a lot!

 

Have a wonderful week, and enjoy the warm weather today and tomorrow!

 

Mrs. Eby 🙂

 

 

 

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Week of February 12th…

Hello Everyone,

Here’s to a complete five day week… We are looking forward to exercising, stretching, and making our brains stronger!!! Read on to find out some of the activities that we will be engaged in.

 

Curriculum News:

 

Reading:  Monday and Tuesday, we will be reviewing our new robust vocabulary and focus skill of inferencing for lesson sixteen. These review activities will enable us to proficiently complete our independent vocabulary and focus skill exercises. Wednesday, we will read to gain information from our Time for Kids magazine and hold our open floor discussion on some of the articles.  On each of these days, we will also continue to transfer our RAP+C graphic organizer rough draft into a five paragraph essay. Thursday, we will begin lesson seventeen.  Our reading passage is realistic fiction, and our focus skill is to draw inferences about a text.  We will then support our inferences with text evidence, clues from the author, combined with our personal experiences. Friday we will do our first close reading of our realistic fiction narrative.
Spelling:  Your child received her/his spelling homework packet today.  He/she is aware that it is due on Thursday and that our test is on Friday. Our words, this week, are homophone pairs, so we will really need to pay attention to the context clues when completing our homework packet.
 Math: This week in math we will continue our multiplying and dividing fractions unit. Monday we will practice multiplying whole numbers by fractions, and learn what to do when the fraction does not evenly split apart the whole. On Tuesday we will work on multiplying fractions by fractions and move on to multiplying mixed numbers for Wednesday’s lesson. Thursday we will work on multiplication with scaling, working on our understanding if a product should be larger or smaller depending on the multipliers. Friday we will end the week with our first lesson on dividing whole numbers by unit fractions. Keep up the hard work fifth graders!
Reminders:
Wednesday, February 14th:  Your child may bring in Valentines if she/he wishes.  If he/she chooses to, please help them make sure that they have one for all of the students in our homeroom.  We have 22 children in our homeroom class.
 Friday, February 16th:  School is in session

 

 Monday, February 19th:  School is not in session
Thank you for your support and have a wonderful week!  🙂
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Week of February 5th…

Hello, 5th Grade Martic Families,

I hope you all had a great weekend.  If you are Eagles fans,  I’m sure your family enjoyed the Superbowl as much as mine did!  Here is what is coming down the pike this week that will engage our brains.

Curriculum News:

Reading:  Today, we worked our hardest in order to attempt to finish our Text Dependent Analysis RAP+C graphic organizer.   We got very close to accomplishing this goal, however, we will need to wrap it up at the beginning of class tomorrow.  Boy, we are really stretching our brains and making them stronger!!!  Then we will begin our anthology lesson number sixteen.  Our focus skill is making inferences based on clues from the author combined with our own personal experiences.  Our reading selection is realistic fiction. Wednesday and Thursday, we’ll do our first and second close readings of the realistic fiction passage by discussing the text along the way and by unpacking our thinking. We will finish up our week, on Friday, as we work through the comprehension activity.
Spelling:  Your child received her/his spelling packet today.  It is due on Thursday, and the test is on Friday.
Math: This week in math we will finish up reviewing for unit 9 on Monday, and take the end of unit test on Tuesday. Study guides will be coming home Monday afternoon. Wednesday we will begin our multiplication and division of fractions unit, starting off Wednesday with figuring out fractions of a whole. Thursday we will learn how to estimate products of fractions, using rounding and compatible numbers. Friday we will end the week by finding products of fractions. Keep up the hard work fifth graders!
Thank you very much for your support and have a wonderful week!
Mrs. Eby 🙂

 

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Week of January 29th…

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a nice weekend!  Read on to find out how we will exercise and make our brains stronger this week.

Reading: Today, the three readers’ theater groups continued practicing their fluency by reading and acting out their lines.  This helped them prepare for their performance tomorrow during our reading class.The children have been cooperating and working very hard in each of their groups.  We are excited and looking forward to the performances! Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, we will be tackling our third Text Dependent Analysis essay which will be centered around our last expository nonfiction passage from our anthology.  We will continue to use the RAP+C graphic organizer to structure our thoughts before writing it in essay form.
Spelling:  Your child received our weekly spelling homework packet today.  She/he is aware that the packet is due on Thursday and that our spelling test will be taken on Friday.

Math: This week in math we are starting the week out with a quick review of everything we learned last week in unit 9, and completing the quiz for this unit. On Tuesday we will move into the second half of unit 9, and begin estimating sums and differences of mixed numbers. On Wednesday we will add and subtract mixed numbers with unlike denominators, and Thursday focus on how to subtract mixed numbers with renaming. Friday we will review how to subtract with renaming since that is the hardest skill in this unit. Keep up the hard work fifth graders!

Have a  wonderful week and thank you for your support!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

 

 

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Week of January 22, 2018…

Hello, 5th Grade Martic Families,

Well,  I think that we will finally have a full 5 day week …  Wooo Hooo!!! Here’s what’s on our agenda.

Curriculum News:

Reading:  Today, we did our second close reading of lesson fourteen’s expository nonfiction passage independently. We also proficiently read, analyzed, and answered the comprehension questions on our own. Believe me, our fifth graders were really STRETCHING their brains and making them STRONGER! Way to go fifth graders!!!  Plus, we were able to cut out, set up and begin our independent study of our robust vocabulary words for this lesson.  Tomorrow, we will continue our independent study of our vocabulary and move into our buddy study which will help us to be successful when completing the independent vocabulary activity. Our focus skill of being able to identify cause and effect text structure will also be reviewed, thus preparing us to work through the focus skill activity successfully as well.  Wednesday, we will read, analyze, and hold an open floor discussion with our Time for Kids informational text.  Thursday,  we will begin lesson fifteen which is our next set of readers’ theaters.  The children will be divided into three different groups, figure out who is going to be each character, and begin practicing their fluency by reading through the script as a team.  This fluency practice will continue on Friday.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Spelling:  Your child received her/his spelling homework packet today.  He/she knows that it is due on Thursday and that our test will be on Friday.

Math: This week in math we are starting our adding and subtracting fractions unit. Monday we learned how to round fractions to 0, 1/2, or 1 based on the difference between the denominator and numerator. On Tuesday we will review how to add and subtract fractions with common denominators and move on to uncommon denominators for Wednesday and ThursdayOn Friday we will continue to solve addition and subtraction word problems, working mainly with uncommon denominators again. We did awesome as a whole grade level on our last unit test, and I couldn’t be prouder of the hard work we do every day. Keep it up, fifth graders!

Have a wonderful week, and thank you for all of your support!

 

Mrs. Eby 🙂

 

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FYI…

Hello,

I just wanted you to be aware of a couple of changes in our “Specials” schedule.  Beginning next Wednesday, Jan.17th, this is what it will look like…

Day A:  Library

Day B:  Art

Day C:  Music

Day D:  Gym

Thank you and have a great weekend!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of January 8th…

Hi Everybody,

It’s me, Mrs. Eby, again…  I told you I’d be back today. Keep reading to find out what’s going on this week and how we will exercise our brains!

Curriculum News:

Reading:  Yesterday we did our second close reading of our tall tale and worked through our comprehension activity.  Today, we moved into our independent and buddy study of our vocabulary words, as well as, reviewed identifying cause and effect relationships.  This enabled us to successfully get started on our independent vocabulary and focus skill activities. Tomorrow, we will wrap up our activities for lesson thirteen. Thursday, we will work with our Time for Kids magazine by doing some reading, analyzing, and having an open floor discussion. On Friday, we will begin lesson fourteen.  Our focus skill is to recognize cause and effect organization /text structure in expository text.  Our reading passage is an expository nonfiction piece.  I know everyone will continue to give 150% effort… Way to go!!!

 Spelling:  The children did not get a new list of words or homework packet this week.  They will turn last week’s packet in this Thursday and take the test on Friday.
Math: This week in math we are continuing our fractions and decimals unit. Monday we learned about simplifying fractions using the GCF, and Tuesday we learned how to find the least common multiple of a set of numbers. Wednesday will be a review day to practice everything we have learned so far in unit 8. On Thursday our focus will be comparing fractions as greater, less, or equal. Friday will end the week learning how to convert fractions to decimals, by turning denominators into multiples of 10 or 100. The following week we will review everything we learned in unit 8 on Wednesday, and take our end of unit test on Thursday. Keep up the hard work in math fifth graders!
  Reminders:
This Friday, Jan. 12th:  School is NOW in session
Next Monday, Jan. 15th:  School is not in session
Next Tuesday, Jan. 16th:  Students DO NOT HAVE SCHOOL  due to teacher in-service that was originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 12th.
Thank you for your support, have a wonderful week, and enjoy the warmer weather that is coming our way!
Mrs. Eby 🙂
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Hello Everyone,

With the 12:00 dismissal today, I have decided to send out our blog tomorrow.  Until then, I just wanted you to know that we are keeping the spelling words from last week for this week.  I won’t collect the homework packet, from last week, until this Thursday.  Thank you and be safe.

 

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of January 2, 2018…

Hello Everyone,

Happy 2018!  Your children came back from break today ready to jump into our routine… Way to go 5th graders!!!  Here’s how we will be stretching our brains and making them stronger this week.

Curriculum News:

Reading:  Today we began lesson thirteen.  Our focus skill is identifying cause and effect relationships between and among literary elements, and our passage is a tall tale.  We were introduced to our new robust vocabulary words and started our vocabulary lesson.  Wednesday we will finish up our vocabulary lesson, plus do our first close reading of our tall tale.  Thursday and Friday we will complete our second close reading of our tall tale as we unpack our thinking along the way. This will prepare us for our comprehension, vocabulary, and focus skill activities.

Spelling:  Your child received their lesson 15 homework packet today.  It is a review lesson, so there are four activity pages instead of three.  Also, we do not have challenge/bonus words this week. Since today is Tuesday, your child knows that the packet is not due until Friday.  The spelling test will be given on Friday as well.

Math: This week in math we begin our eighth unit, which is fractions and decimals. Tuesday we will begin by relating fractions to division and talk about converting improper fractions to mixed numbers. Tuesday will be a review day for GCF, and Wednesday we will apply GCF to simplifying fractions. On Friday we will take a quick quiz on GCF, simplifying, and fractions related to division, then practice finding the LCM of a group of numbers. Keep up the hard work in math fifth graders!

Thank you for your support, have a wonderful week, and stay warm!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of December 18th…

Hello, 5th Grade Families,

I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend.  Keep reading to find out what we will be doing this week to engage and stretch our brains.

Curriculum News:

Reading:  Today we finished reading and analyzing our informational narrative for lesson twelve.  We then set up our vocabulary cards and began our independent study.  Tomorrow, and Wednesday, we will continue our independent study which will ready us for our buddy study and our independent vocabulary activity.  We will also do a review activity for comparing and contrasting in order to help us be successful when completing our focus skill activity. On Thursday, we will work with our Time For Kids informational magazine.  Friday, we will have our annual 5th-grade Read-In which is explained below.

Spelling: Your child does not have a spelling homework packet or a test this week.

Math: This week in math we begin by learning how to plot and identify coordinates of an ordered pair. On Tuesday we will apply a pattern to ordered pairs on a coordinate grid, involving 1 or 2 steps within the pattern. Wednesday will be our review day of everything we learned in unit 7, so study guides will come home Wednesday night. Thursday will be the end of unit test day. Keep up the hard work fifth graders!

Reminders:

This Friday, December 22nd, the students will be dismissed at 1:30.

We will return to school on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Also, this Friday, we will be holding our annual 5th Grade Read-In!  Your child may wear pajamas and bring slippers if she/he chooses to do so.  The children are encouraged to bring a sleeping bag,  blanket, pillow, and books, books, books!!!  We will push all of our desks and chairs to the outskirts of our classroom, spread out our belongings, and read, read, read!!!

Happy holidays to you and your families, and thank you for your support!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

 

 

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Week of December 11th…

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a good weekend and were able to enjoy the first snowfall of the winter season.

Curriculum News:

Reading: Today, we did our independent and buddy study, of our robust vocabulary, for lesson 11.  We also reviewed comparing and contrasting.  Each student then completed their vocabulary and focus skill activities independently.  Tomorrow we will wrap up lesson eleven and then do some work with our Time for Kids magazine.  Wednesday, we will begin lesson twelve.  Our reading passage is an informational narrative, and we will continue to work on comparing and contrasting as our focus skill. Thursday and Friday will be spent getting familiar with lesson twelve’s new vocabulary and doing our first close reading of the informational narrative piece. We are busy, busy, busy stretching our brains and making them stronger!  I know you will keep putting 150% effort into everything that you do 5th graders… Way to go!!!

Spelling:  Your child received her/his spelling homework packet today.  He/she is aware that the completed packet is due on Thursday and that our test will be on Friday.

Math: This week in math we begin our 7th unit of the year! The first skill we learned today is order of operations, and tomorrow we will work on writing numeric expressions based on a word problem. Wednesday our focus will be identifying and extending numeric patterns, and we will begin a fun project to help practice that skill. On Thursday we will have a review day and quiz based on our first 3 lessons. Friday we will wrap up the week learning how to identify and plot a point on a coordinate grid. Keep up the hard work fifth graders!

Thank you for all that you do to make the home and school connection successful!  I really appreciate your continuous support!  Have a wonderful week!

 

Mrs. Eby 🙂

 

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Week of November 27th…

Hi, 5th Grade Martic Families,

I hope you and yours had a relaxing, memorable Thanksgiving and break as well.  It’s hard to fathom that November is quickly coming to a close!  Read on to find out how we will exercise our brains this week and get back into the school groove.

Curriculum News:

Reading:  Today we got into our new Readers’ Theater groups.  The children worked together to compromise and divide up the different characters’ lines amongst themselves.  They did an excellent job of working through this process!  Good teamwork fifth graders!  I know you will keep it up! Each of the three groups then began practicing their fluency by practicing their lines.  Tomorrow, the groups will each get to run through their Readers’ Theater again, and one group will perform, for their reading class, at the end of class.  The other two groups will perform on Thursday.  After each performance, we will evaluate and discuss the mindset of each character.(Growth, Fixed, or a little bit of both?)  On Friday, we will wrap up our week by reading, analyzing, and having an open floor discussion about the main article and a couple of other informative articles, from Time for Kids, as well.

Spelling:  Your child received their spelling homework packet today.  Since today is Tuesday, the packet is not due until Friday.  The spelling test will also be on Friday.  Your child is aware of this change in our schedule.

Math: This week in math we will start by multiplying decimals by powers of 10, and learn a quick trick to finding the products. On Wednesday we will review the multiplication properties, and take our unit 6 quiz on ThursdayFriday we will change gears, and start talking about decimal division, beginning with estimation. Keep up the hard work each and every day in math fifth graders!
Thank you for your support and have a wonderful week!
Mrs. Eby 🙂
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Week of November 20th….

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to our two day week!  Even though we are only together for two days, we will be stretching and strengthening our brains as always.  Read on to find out how.

Curriculum news:

Reading:  Today in reading, we read the story of Sarah Hale.  She is the woman who saved Thanksgiving!  We then read and analyzed a Text Dependent Analysis (TDA) prompt together, based on this book, and began filling out our RAP+C graphic organizer.  This graphic organizer helps us to map out our TDA essay.  Tomorrow, we will revisit the text and continue to work together on the RAP+C graphic organizer.

Spelling:  Your child does not have a spelling homework packet or test during our short week together.

Math:  Math: This week in math we will be reviewing topics from unit 5 that we struggled with as a fifth grade. We will also begin practicing how to multiply decimals by whole numbers, and decimals by decimals. There will be no homework this week since we only have 2 days of math. Keep up the hard work in math fifth graders!

I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with your children every day and for your continuing support.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!!

Mrs. Eby  🙂

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Week of November 13th…

Hello, 5th Grade Martic Families,

I hope you all had a great weekend despite the cold winter-like weather…….Brrrr!  Read on to discover how our brains will be working out this week.

Curriculum News:

Reading:  We kicked our week off by starting lesson nine.  Our passage, for this lesson, falls under the genre of narrative nonfiction.  Our focus skill is using time clues to identify the sequence of events in a reading selection.  Also, to understand that sequential order is one text structure that authors use to organize text.  Today, we were introduced to our new robust vocabulary words.  By reading and analyzing them, in context, we shared our prior knowledge and used context clues to predict their meanings. Next, we either confirmed or reworked our prognostications when comparing them to the actual meaning of each word.  Tomorrow, we will review our vocabulary and focus skill before beginning our first close reading of the lesson’s narrative nonfiction piece. The remainder of the week will be spent on doing our second close reading and analyzing the text which will enable us to be successful when completing our comprehension activity independently. Also, we will do review activities with vocabulary words and our focus skill. Keep on reading, analyzing, and unpacking your thinking fifth graders because you are continuing to stretch your brain and make it stronger! Way to go!!!

Spelling: Your child received their spelling homework packet today.  She/he knows it is due on Thursday and that our test is on Friday. Our words this week follow the VCV pattern.

Math: This week in math we will be wrapping up unit 5. Monday we will start practicing single and multi-step word problems involving adding and subtracting decimals. We will continue practicing word problems on Tuesday, where students will be creating their own single and multi-step problems for classmates to solve. On Wednesday we will review everything we have covered in this unit, and the study guide will come home for homework. Thursday will be the test day, and Friday we will take a quick look at our next unit, and discuss our unit 5 test results. Keep up the hard work fifth graders!

Thank you for your support and have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of October 30th…..

Hello Everyone,

Our 5th graders continue to stretch their brains and make them stronger every day!  Woooo Hoooo…… Our 5th Graders ROCK!!!  Here are a few ways that we will challenge and work our brains this week.

Curriculum News:

Reading:  Today, we did our second close reading of our realistic fiction passage and completed the comprehension activity independently.  Tomorrow, we will review how to break a narrative down in order to identify the main theme of a story.  We will also do our independent and buddy study of our vocabulary for lesson seven.  These activities will help us to be successful as we independently complete our focus skill and vocabulary activities as well.  Wednesday, we will wrap up lesson seven as needed, and on Thursday, we will begin lesson eight.  Lesson eight’s focus skill is using time clues to identify the sequence of events in a reading selection and to recognize sequence as one type of text structure.  Our reading selection is a narrative nonfiction.

 

Spelling:  Your child received his/her spelling homework packet today.  Since it is a short week, our spelling test will be on Thursday along with the homework packet being due also.

Math: This week in math we will be wrapping up unit 4, and beginning our fifth unit of the year. On Monday we completed review stations for everything on unit 4, and we will take the test on Wednesday. There will be no study guide this time, since the test is only the skill of division. On Wednesday we will review how to round decimals ranging from the nearest whole number to the hundredths place. On Thursday we will wrap up the week with estimating the sums and differences of decimals out to the thousandths place. Since it is another short week, students have the option of handing in their math homework early on Thursday, or wait until Monday of next week.

Reminders:

Thursday, November 3rd:  The children do not have school.

If you ordered school pictures, your child should have brought them home last Friday.  Class pictures will come at a later date.

Thank you for your support, and have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

 

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Week of October 23rd…..

Hi 5th Grade Martic Families,

It’s hard to believe that the end of October is right around the corner!   Our fifth graders are continuing to work hard, stretch their brains, and make them stronger…… Way to go 5th graders!!!  Here are some of the activities that we will be engaged in this week.

 

Curriculum News:

 

Reading:  Today we will finish up lesson six.  Tomorrow, we will begin lesson seven. It is a realistic fiction piece.  Our focus skill is to continue working on reading, analyzing, and identifying the theme of a narrative.  Also, we will discuss how characters’ qualities and actions contribute to the theme. Wednesday, Mrs. Wall will be visiting and doing a review Text Dependent Analysis essay writing lesson with us. We are looking forward to her visit!  Thursday and Friday, we will continue to work with lesson seven.

 

Spelling:  Your child received her/his spelling homework packet today.  He/she knows that the completed packet  is due on Thursday, and that their spelling test is on Friday.

 

Math: This week in math we will be working with 2 strategies to divide by 2 digit divisors. We will review traditional and Big 7 division throughout this week. For the division in this unit, students are encouraged to try figuring out how many times each part of the dividend can divide by the divisor, then check with a calculator if they are unsure. On Wednesday we will take a mid unit quiz, and Thursday and Friday is our first benchmark test in math.  Homework will look a little different this week, as each day is a review of each unit we have covered so far in preparation for the benchmark test. Keep up the hard work fifth grade!
Thank you for your support and have a wonderful week!
Mrs. Eby  🙂
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Week of October 16th….

Hello Everyone,

Happy Monday!  Here’s what’s coming down the pike in 5th grade this week.

Curriculum News:

 Reading:  We began lesson six in reading today.  Our focus skill is identifying the theme of a narrative based on analyzing a character’s qualities, motives, and actions.  Our passage is a realistic fiction piece.  Tomorrow, we will do a vocabulary review activity before doing our first close reading of our narrative.  Wednesday, we’ll do our second close reading of the passage and work through the comprehension activity with our group.Thursday, we’ll do vocabulary and focus skill review activities which will help us to complete our independent focus skill and vocabulary activities successfully.  Keep up the hard work fifth graders and having a growth mindset!
Spelling:  Your child received their spelling homework packet today.  She/He knows that it is due on Thursday and that our test is also on Thursday due to the students not having school on Friday.

Math: This week in math we will be reviewing everything we worked on in unit 3 on Monday, and taking the test on TuesdayWednesday we will begin our fourth unit, which is division with 2 digit divisors. We will begin the unit with estimation strategies, and end the week working with base ten blocks to divide by 2 digit divisors. Keep up the hard work in math fifth grade!

Reminders:

Friday, October 20th, the children do not have school.

Thank you for your support, and have a wonderful week!

 

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of October 10th…..

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a relaxing and an enjoyable weekend!  Read on in order to see some of the ways that we we will engage our brains this week.

Curriculum News:

Reading:  Today in reading, we reviewed our lesson five vocabulary words by first doing an independent study, with our cards, and then a buddy study.  This prepared us to successfully complete our independent vocabulary activity. This vocabulary will appear throughout each of our readers’ theater scripts.  Wednesday and Thursday, we will get into our designated readers’ theater groups, cooperate to assign the different parts, and read through the readers’ theater as we practice our fluency. (rate of reading and expression) On Friday, each group will perform their readers’ theater for their reading class.  We are really looking forward to these performances on Friday!

Spelling:  Mr. Plumbo and I decided to give the children a break from spelling this week.  They have earned it!  So, that being said, your child does not have a spelling homework packet this week, and she/he doesn’t have a spelling test on Friday.  Enjoy the break! 🙂

Math: This week in math we will be continuing unit 3, dividing with 1 digit divisors. Today we focused on placing the first digit in a quotient, when the first place value of a dividend can’t divide into the groups of the divisor. On Wednesday we will practice some division problems where part of the quotient is a zero, and the steps we take for that situation. Thursday will be focused around how to interpret a remainder in a division problem, as well as taking a quiz on all the skills we have covered so far. On Friday we will end the week with some word problem practice, and how to determine if a word problem is division.

Reminders:

Friday, October 20th, students do not have school.

Thank you for your continuous support, it is greatly appreciated!  Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of October 2nd…..

Hello 5th Grade Martic Families,

I hope you were all able to enjoy the beautiful fall weather this past weekend.  Here’s what we have coming down the pike this week.

Curriculum News:

Reading:  Today and tomorrow we are finishing up lesson four.  On Wednesday, we will begin lesson five which is our first readers’ theater for the year.  We have three different readers’ theaters, and each student will have a part in one of them.  The children will be practicing their fluency which is their rate of reading and expression.  We are looking forward to getting started on these readers’ theaters!

Spelling: Your child received her/his spelling homework packet today.  The children know that their completed packet is due on Thursday and that their test will be given on Friday.

Math: This week in math we will be continuing unit 3, dividing with 1 digit divisors. Monday we will go over division patterns with powers of tens, and talk about mental division with zeros. On Tuesday we will estimate using rounding and compatible numbers strategies. WednesdayThursday and Friday will be dedicated to dividing by 3 and 4 digit dividends, and the students will review 2 strategies from last year. Please do your best to practice these strategies on your homework, I know they can be different but you may find that after some practice you become really successful at division!

 

Reminders:

Thursday, October 5th is picture day! 🙂

Monday, October 9th: School is not in session

Thank you for your support and have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of September 25th…..

Hi Everyone,

Happy Fall!  I don’t know about you, but I’m waiting for cool and crisp fall weather to arrive.  Keep reading to find out how we will help our brains become stonger this week.

Curriculum News:

Reading: Today, we did vocabulary review activities which prepared us to be successful on our independent vocabulary activity for lesson three.  Tomorrow, we will finish up lesson three and work with our Time for Kids informational text. Wednesday we will begin lesson four.  The focus skill is making inferences regarding a character’s motives based on the character’s traits, thoughts, words and actions. Also, we will be introduced to and work with our new vocabulary. Our reading passage is a biography, and we will do our first and second close readings of this text on Thursday and Friday.

Spelling: Your child received her/his spelling homework packet today.  This packet has four pages of spelling activities, instead of three, because it is a review lesson.  I made the children aware of this. The homework packet is due on Thursday, and the test is on Friday.

Math: This week in math we will be wrapping up unit 2. Monday we will review word problems and Tuesday we will have one more review day of everything we have learned in the second unit. Wednesday will be the unit 2 test, meaning Tuesday’s homework will be a study guide. Thursdayand Friday we will begin begin focusing on basic division facts up to 2 digits divided by 1 digit.

Thank you for your support.  Have a great night and a wonderful week!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

 

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Please Read this RIGHT NOW……..

Hi Martic Families,

Due to a broken pipe and the loss of water at Martic, the children are going to be sent home at 1:00 today.  The maintenance staff is onsite and working on the issue.

Thank You,

Mrs. Eby

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Week of September 18th…..

Hello Martic Families,

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Here is what we will be stretching our brain with, this week, to make it stronger!  Keep working hard 5th graders….. YOU ROCK!!!

Reading:  Today we finished up our vocabulary and focus skill activities for lesson two.  Tomorrow we will begin lesson three.  Our reading passage is a historical fiction piece, and our focus skill is to make inferences regarding a character’s motives in a text. These motives will be revealed through traits, thoughts, words, and actions. We will continue to examine our main character’s “mindset” as well.

Spelling:  Your child received her/his spelling homework  packet today.  He/she knows that this packet is due on Thursday and that our spelling test is on Friday. Thank you for giving your child a practice test on Thursday night.

Math: Today in math we will be learning how to use the distributive property and partial products to multiply 2 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers. On Tuesday we will begin estimating products up to 3 digit by 1 digit using rounding and compatible numbers strategies. For the remainder of the week we will then work on multiplication using partial products, distributive property, and traditional method to solve up to 3 by 2 digit multiplication problems. On Friday we will have our first quiz for unit 2, so keep up the awesome work you have been showing me so far this year.

Thank you for your support and have a wonderful week!

 

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of September 11th……

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend!  Here is what is coming our way this week.  Keep up your hard work 5th graders!

Curriculum News:

Reading:  We will begin lesson two in our anthology today.  For our focus skill, we will be reading, analyzing, and identifying plot events, conflict, and the resolution of a narrative.  Our reading selection is an autobiography.  Today, we will start to work with our new robust vocabulary and use our prior knowledge and context clues to make predictions of the meanings of the new words. As the week continues,we will do our two close readings of the autobiography that will prepare us for our comprehension, vocabulary, and focus skill activities.

Spelling:  Your child received their spelling homework packet today.  Your child knows that the spelling homework packet is due Thursday, and the test will be on Friday.  Thank you for your help in giving your child a practice test on Thursday evening to help prepare her/him for Friday’s test.

Math: In math this week we will be concluding unit 1. On Monday we will have stations to review skills for tomorrow’s test. On Tuesday we will spend the majority of math taking the unit 1 test. Wednesday will be the start of unit 2, which is our multiplication unit. Students will begin the unit by looking at factors as well as prime and composite numbers. We will wrap up the week with learning about exponents on Thursday, and learning about multiplication patterns times powers of 10 on Friday.

Reminders:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       This Thurssday, September 14th, is “Meet the teacher Night” from 4:00-6:00 PM.  Hope to see you there!

This Friday, September 15th, is a 1:30 dismissal.

Thank you for your support and have a great week!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of September 5th….

Hello Families,

This is my first post for the 2016/2017 school year.  The children have been working hard and doing a super job of getting into our routine!  I know they will keep up the good work.

Curriculum News:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Reading:  Last week we wrapped up our small unit on learning about the differences between having a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset.  Plus, we finished learning about the eight different smarts that we each possess in our brain. Throughout the year, we will incorporate these concepts into our lessons.  Last Thursday, we began our first reading anthology lesson. We will continue the lesson today and finish it up by the end of the week. Our focus skill for lesson number one is plot: conflict and resolution. Our reading selection is realistic fiction.

Spelling:  Your child will receive her/his second spelling homework packet today.  He/she has Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night to complete the three pages.  The packet will be turned in on Friday morning.  Your child’s second spelling test will also be on Friday. Please help your child to prepare for the spelling test by giving her/him a practice test this Thursday evening.

Math: In math this week we will be continuing our first unit, which is studying place value concepts. Last week we worked hard on value of numbers and the 3 different number forms: standard, word, and expanded. This week we will begin comparing whole numbers on Tuesday, comparing decimals on Wednesday, and complete Thursday and Friday with more comparing and ordering of decimals and whole numbers. On Wednesday we will have our first math quiz, on number forms, place value, and comparing whole numbers. Keep up the hard work in class and on your homework assignments.

 

Reminders:  Thursday, September 14th is “Meet the Teacher Night” from 4:00-6:00.

Friday, September 15th is a 1:30 dismissal.

Have a wonderful week and thank you for your support!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of May 30th….

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!  This is my last blog post for the year.  I can’t believe how quickly the 2016/17 school year has flown!  I have really enjoyed working with each and everyone of your children!  They are all very special and unique individuals who have a lot to offer! Here’s what we’ll be up to.

Reading:  This week we will work with lesson twenty-nine which will be our last anthology lesson for the year. Our passage is a narrrative nonfiction piece.  Today, we will review our focus skill of reading and analyzing text in order to distinguish the difference between facts and opinions.  We will also be introduced to lesson twenty-nine’s robust vocabulary. Wednesday through Friday, we will do our two close readings of our passage in order to prepare us for analyzing it for discussion and to play a reading game. Our 5th graders have worked very hard, this year, to improve their reading and writing skills.  They are to be commended for their diligence, internal motivation, and growth mindsets! WAY TO GO 5TH Graders!!!

Spelling:  Last week we completed lesson 30 which was the last spelling lesson in our 5th grade curriculum.

Math: In math this week we will finish up our 6th grade preview. Tuesday and Wednesday we will focus on equivalent ratios, then finish up the week by reviewing skills from fifth grade based on our last benchmark test. On Thursday we will practice decimal computation for the last time this year, and Friday we will practice fraction computation for the final time. Keep up the hard work in class and on your final homework of the year!

Reminders:

Monday, June 5th, we will celebrate the end of the year with one more “Read In”.  Your child may bring a blanket or sleeping bag, a stuffed animal, and books.  We will not be wearing pajama bottoms or slippers this time.  We can’t WAIT!!!

Wednesday, June 7th , is our last day of school!  The children get out at 11:30, and they do not have a lunch  period on this day.

Thank you for a wonderful year and take care!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of May 22…….

Hello Martic 5th Grade Families,

I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend!  Keep reading to see what we’ll be working on this week.

Curriculum News:

Reading:  Today, we did our first close reading of lesson twenty-eight’s expository nonfiction piece.  Tomorrow, we’ll do our 2nd close reading and work through the comprehension activity with a partner as we discuss and show our evidence along the way.  Throughout the remainder of the week, we’ll be preparing and reviewing in order to be successful on the independent vocabulary and focus skill (fact and opinioin) activities.

Spelling:  Your child received her/his last spelling homework packet for the school year today!   Lesson thirty is our final lesson.  Since it is a review lesson, there are four pages in the packet instead of the usual three to be completed.  The homework packet is due on Thursday and our last spelling test will be on Friday.

Math: In math this week we will continue our 6th grade preview of unit 1. On Monday we will review GCF/LCM, ratios, unit rate, and equivalent ratio tables. Tuesday we will have our first quiz on 6th grade material, then Wednesday we will work on graphing ordered pairs according to equivalent ratio tables. Thursday we will practice graphing equivalent ratio tables again, then move onto more problems involving equivalent ratios on Friday. Keep up the hard work in class and on your homework!

Reminders:

Next Monday, May 29th,  school is not in session.

Thank you for your support and have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of May 15th……

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend.  Our trip to the Fulton, last Friday, was quite a success!  The play, James and the Giant Peach, was very entertaining and so was  our back stage tour.  We learned about the interesting history of the Fulton while taking the tour, too.  Today, a Fulton actress and actor came to Martic and helped us stretch our brains and imaginations as we worked through a few acting exercises.  We had a great time and the children really seemed to enjoy themselves!  Ask your child about it.  Here’s what we’ll be doing this week.

Curriculum News:

Reading:  Today we did our second close reading of our biography passage about Klondike Kate.  This helped us to be successful when independently completing the comprehension activity.  As the week continues, we will work through our vocabulary and focus skill activities on our own as well. On Friday, we will begin lesson twenty-eight.

Spelling:  Your child received his/her spelling homework packet today.  She/he knows that the packet is due on Thursday, and the test will be on Friday.

Math: In math this week we will begin our preview of 6th grade level math. On Monday we will review how to find the GCF and LCM of a set of numbers up to 100. On Tuesday we will learn about ratios, and how to simplify a ratio of two quantities. Wednesday we will practice finding the unit rate of a situation, and connect rate to ratio. Next on Thursday we will use ratio tables and scaling to solve real world problems involving equivalent ratios. Finally on Friday, we will end the week with a review of graphing ordered pairs, and connect that to solving problems involving ratios. Keep up the hard work on your homework this week!

I can’t believe that we are getting so close to the end of the school year.  Where is the time going?  Have a wonderful week and thank you for your continuous support!

 

Mrs. Eby  🙂

 

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Week of May 8th……

Hello Martic 5th Grade Families,

We are rolling right along and keeping our noses to the grindstone.  Keep up the hard work 5th graders!

Reading: This week, we will wrap up our peer comprehension and focus skill activities as well as our independent vocabulary activity for lesson twenty-six.  We will read current event articles from our Time for Kids magazine, analyze and discuss them.  Also, we will work through the TFK written comprehension activities with a group as we unpack our thinking for each other.  Next, we will dive into lesson twenty-seven.  Our focus skill is to summarize and paraphrase text along with understanding the similarities and differences between them. Our reading passage is a biography about Klondike Kate.

Spelling:  Due to Olympic Day this morning and going to the Fulton on Friday, we are not completing a spelling unit this week.  Your child will not have spelling homework or a spelling test.

Math: In math this week we will spend two more days reviewing fraction computation. The goal for Tuesday and Wednesday will be for students to distinguish between adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fraction word problems. On Thursday and Friday we will review the steps to calculating area and perimeter. During our area and perimeter review, we will incorporate converting units of measurement, as well as adding and multiplying fractions. After this week we will begin our preview of sixth grade math.

Reminders:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               This Friday morning, May 12th,  we go to the Fulton Opera House to see James and the Giant Peach!

Friday, May 12th is also a 1:30 dismissal day.

Thank you for all of your support and have a wonderful week!

 

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Important Reminders…….

Hi Everyone,

Monday is our Olympic Day in the morning!  Please have your child apply sunscreen at home because there will not be anytime to do it before heading out to participate in the activities.

We are still filling our Spring Fling 5th grade basket.  Remember, 5th grade’s theme is “camping”.  If you can send in an item to help fill our basket, it would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you for your support, and have a great weekend!

 

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of May 1st……

Hello Everyone,

It’s hard to believe that tomorrow marks the half way point for our 4th marking period! Stay tuned for what’s coming up this week.

Curriculum News:

Reading:  Today, we finished performing the Twisted Fairytales Readers’ Theaters.  The children did a fabulous job and really enjoyed performing as well as watching!  Tomorrow, we will begin lesson twenty-six.  Our focus skill is to summarize and paraphrase text.  Also, to understand the differences and similarities between summarizing and paraphrasing. Our reading selection is a narrative nonfiction piece about the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Spelling:  Your child received her/his spelling homework packet today.  The packet is due on Thursday and the test will be given on Friday.

Math: In math this week we will finish reviewing fifth grade math, before moving on to our preview of the sixth grade curriculum in the middle of next week. Monday we will review units 10-12 and then take the final benchmark test of the year in fifth grade on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday through Friday we will review the steps to adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers. This week we will be working on a project with baked good recipes. If you would like, students may bring in one of the baked recipes to share with classmates on Friday while we answer each other’s math problems. Keep up the hard work on all those fractions problems, and practice those multiplication facts.

Reminders:

Monday, May 8th:  Our Olympic Day is being held in the morning.

The children are still rocking the house with their growth mindsets!  Keep it up, 5th Graders!!!

Thank you for your support and have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

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Week of April 24th……

Hello 5th Grade Martic Families,

I hope everyone had a good weekend and got to enjoy the beautiful weather on Sunday! Today, the children completed the first section of their Math PSSA.  They worked extremely hard, and we are very proud of them!  Keep up the excellent work 5th Graders!!!

Reading:  Today we combined reading and social studies.  We worked with our Time for Kids magazine by reading, analyzing, and discussing some of the current events articles. We then partnered up and began working on a writing activity that required us to refer back to the articles to find evidence to support our answers.  We also read, analyzed, and discussed a passage on the Battle of Saratoga.  Our discussion was based on why the Battle of Saratoga was the turning point in the American Revolution. Tuesday, we will combine reading and social studies again.  Beginning on Wednesday, we will use the remainder of the week to get into our next set of readers’ theater groups to practice our fluency and prepare to perform for our reading class. This group of readers’ theaters scripts are “Twisted Fairytales”! They are very humorous, and I am looking forward to the children engaging with the scripts and each other! 

Spelling:  Due to our Math PSSA testing we are not doing a spelling unit this week.

Math: In math this week we will start our PSSA testing Monday-Wednesday. After testing is complete, on Thursday and Friday we will complete our reviews of the most recent units, 11 and 12. Students will review how to convert measurements in the metric and customary system, as well as classifying geometric shapes based on their characteristics. Since students will be working so hard Monday-Wednesday on the PSSA testing, there will be no additional math homework this week. Please get some rest each night after the tests, and come to school ready to go!

Reminders:

Tuesday (4/25) and Wednesday (4/26) : Math PSSA testing in the morning.  Please help your child to get a good night sleep and to eat a good breakfast.  Thanks so much!

Have a wonderful week, and thank you for your support!

Mrs. Eby 🙂

 

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Week of April 18th…..

Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone enjoyed their spring break.  This morning, the children came in ready to work!  Keep it up 5th Graders, you ROCK!!!  Here’s what we will be up to this week……….

Curriculum News:

Math: In math this week we will continue reviewing units from earlier in the year. On Tuesday we will review unit 8, which is our fraction and decimal number sense unit. On Wednesday the class will review unit 9, adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers. Thursday we will review unit 10, focusing on strategies for multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers. Friday will be dedicated to review stations for units 8-10. Keep up the hard work and do your best to get that review homework completed each night!


Reading:  Today we did our second close reading of our fantasy narrative from our anthology.  This enabled each student to work through the comprehension activity independently and proficiently. After the children finished their comprehension activity, they began to cut out and set up their robust vocabulary cards so they could begin their independent study. Tomorrow they will continue to do their independent study and then move into the buddy study of the vocabulary words in order to complete the vocabulary activity successfully on their own. We will also review different types of figuartive language and do our focus skill activity.  On Thursday, the students will finish up any of the activiities that they need to and begin reading, analyzing and discussing one of our group books.  We will finish up on Friday working with our Time for Kids magazine.
Spelling:  Your child received her/his spelling packet today, and since it is Tuesday, it won’t be due until Friday.  The spelling test will also be on Friday.
Reminders:
Next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, (the 24th, 25th, and 26th,)your child will be taking the Math PSSA in the morning.
Thank you for your support and have a wonderful week!
Mrs. Eby 🙂
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