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Mrs. Herbstman/Mrs. Fullmer

Fifth Grade News
August 21, 2015

Social Studies: The students will be setting up their notebooks and starting to learn about the Geography of the U.S.

Science:  Students will be beginning their unit on Living Systems.

 Herbstman Reading: Students will be reading Letter from Camp. They will assess on Thursday. Their worksheets are due by the end of the week.

Fullmer Reading: Students will begin reading “The Wizard of Oz.”  If you have a copy of this book please send it with your student.  We could use extra copies.

 Herbstman Writing: Students will be writing letter to themselves for October.

Fullmer Writing: Students will be learning about personal narratives.

 Spelling: Week 1 list will be tested at the end of the week. Please study!  They can practice, study, and play games with the words at spellingcity.com/fullmers or access it through Mrs. Fullmer’s Wiggins Page.

 Herbstman Math:  Students will start Chapter 1

Fullmer Math: Students will start Chapter 1

Notes from the Classroom:

Welcome to 5th grade. We have had a blast the past 2 days with our new group and are glad that we can have their parents with us. Here is a little about us.

Mrs. H: This is my 5th year in 5th grade. I teach Social Studies for the grade level as well as Math and Language Arts for half of the grade level. I graduated from WHS in 2007 and from UNC in Greeley in 2011 and was hired on to teach 5th grade in Fall of 2011. My favorite part about this age is the fact that they are starting to figure out who they are. It may be a struggle for them, but they always persevere.

Mrs. Fullmer: This is my second year at Wiggins Elementary.  I teach  Science for the grade level as well as Language Arts and Math.  I moved to Colorado from Utah two years ago with my family.  I graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Weber State University in 1997 and received my Elementary Education Certification last year.  I have  taught preschool, elementary , Jr. High and High School Students throughout my educational career.  I love teaching 5th grade because  the students  are beginning  to not just learn facts, but to develop thinking skills and  create new ideas.

 

Another Note: We changed the Birthday Treats Policy. We will now hold monthly Birthday Parties. The months of August and July will be held together on Friday, August 28. We will start the celebration at 2:45. If you are bringing treats, please bring something that is healthy. Please contact us if you plan to bring something for your child. We can have up to  2 birthday cakes brought for the grade level. 

 

 



April 24, 2015
Important Dates:

· 4/27 and 28: Science CMAS

· 4/30: End of the Year PARCC Testing

· 5/1: AgFest

· 5/12: Middle School Tour

· 5/13: 6 p.m. Continuation

· 5/14: Field Day in Afternoon

· 5/15 Last Day of School

· 5/15 and 16: TPO Flower Basket Sale

Learning in the Classroom

Herbstman Math:  We will be reviewing chapters students struggled on this past year. We will start with fractions.

Fullmer Math:  Students will be beginning unit 9.  They will work on finding the volume of rectangular prisms using a variety of methods and use these techniques to solve real world and mathematical problems. (CCSS: 5.MD.5a)

Science: Through our Mixtures and Solutions Unit, students will be able to develop, communicate, and justify a procedure to separate simple mixtures based on physical properties (DOK 1- 3) .

 Herbstman and Fullmer Reading: Students will be finishing Theme 6 this week.

Herbstman Writing:  Students will be doing assessments.

Fullmer Writing: Students will begin working on how-to power points.  They will report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themessage. (CCSS: SL.5.4), use appropriate eye contact and speak clearly at an understandable pace. (CCSS: SL.5.4),and include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes. (CCSS: SL.5.5)

Spelling: We are finished with spelling for the year!

Social Studies: Students will be reviewing Chapter 9. They will test on May 4th and 5th.

 Note from your Teachers

The students will have a very busy week this week. On Monday and Tuesday, they will be doing their Science Assessments. It is important for your child to get a good breakfast and rest this week. They will also be doing the End of the Year Assessments on Thursday. This data will be used to see how the kids have grown this year.

On Friday, the kids will be going on a field trip to NJC for AgFest. Agfest is an awesome opportunity for kids to learn about the environment they live in. This includes stations with GPS, beekeeping, germs, and chickens. On May 1st, we will be able to purchase pizza for the kids so they need to bring a drink for lunch.


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April 17, 2015
Important Dates:

April 27-28 Science CMAS Testing
April 30 Language Arts and Mathematics CMAS Testing
May 1- Field trip to AG Fest in Sterling

Fullmer Reading- Students will be reading "The Scavenger Hunt "and "A Bad Move" in order to determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text. (CCSS: RL.5.2)

Fullmer Writing- Through writing opinion essays, students will report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes. (CCSS: SL.5.4)

Science- Through our Misxtures and Solutions Unit, students will be able to develop, communicate, and justify a procedure to separate simple mixtures based on physical properties (DOK 1- 3) .

Fullmer Math- The assessment for our fractions unit will be on Tuesday, April 21.  There is a fractions jeopardy game on the website under useful links ( https://www.superteachertools.net/jeopardyx/jeopardy-review-game.php?gamefile=1428670557#.VTEG8F33-iw )  and a review packet that will be coming home on Monday to help the students review for the the assessment. Students will be tested on their ability to use equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions. (CCSS: 5.NF), and multiply and divide fractions (CCSS: 5.NF)

Spelling List- Black Frontiers

March 27, 2015

Important Dates:

· April 3-10: Spring Break

· April 16: Midterm

Herbstman Math: Students will be finishing Chapter 11 and will test on Thursday.

Fullmer Math:  Students will be learning  to: Solve real world problems involving multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers. (CCSS: 5.NF.6)

Science: Students will be finishing up our Living Systems Unit and testing on Wednesday or Thursday.  There is a jeopardy game on my web page to help the students review for the test.  Look under the useful links section, and select the Living System’s Jeopardy link. Compare and

contrast a human system to that of another organism, and provide hypotheses about why the similarities and differences exist (DOK 2-3)

Herbstman Reading:  Hong Kong’s Bun Festival  Assessment on Wednesday

Fullmer Reading: Students will be reading about some different Asian festivals and exploring the concepts of cause and effect.  Compare and contrast two or more character’s points of view, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact). (CCSS: RL.5.3)

Herbstman Writing: Students will be working on their How-To project

Fullmer Writing: Students are writing letters to the editor.  They are learning to: write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information. (CCSS: W.5.1)

Spelling list– What’s the Big Idea Ben Franklin?

Social Studies: Students will test on Chapter 8 at the beginning of this week. They will also assess on States Map 1-40 this week.

A Note from your teachers...

We would like to assemble a slide show for the 5th grade class. If you have any digital files  (photos from class parties, field days, music performances, ect.) you can e-mail them to herbstmana@wiggins50.k12.co.us by April 2.

We finished up the PBA for PARCC this last week and the kids did an AMAZING job. We are rewarding them on Thursday, April 2 with forts, pajama day, Rootbeer Floats, and donuts. They will have a fun afternoon on April 2 with the morning being the usual schedule.

Hercules, our class hamster is getting low on food.  Any donations would be appreciated.

Have a great week! 

 

 

March 20. 2015

Important Dates:

3/23-3/24- PARCC Math Testing 10:00-12:00
4/3-4/12- Spring Break
4/27-4/28- CMAS Science Test
4/30- End of Year Parcc Testing- All Day
5/1- Field Trip - AG Fest - Sterling, CO

Spelling-  Name that American-   www.spellingcity.com./fullmers/
Spell grade-appropriate words correctly, consulting references as needed. (CCSS: L.5.2e)

Writing- Students will be finishing their Turf Mutt narratives for the Scholastic.com contest.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. (CCSS: W.5.3)

Math- Students have begun Unit 8 that involves all things fractions.  A parent letter was sent in the Friday Folders.  A link to that letter is:   
http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/parents/5th-grade/Study%20Link%207.12.pdf
Use equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions. (CCSS: 5.NF)
Solve real world problems involving multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers.11 (CCSS: 5.NF.6)

Science- Students will be learning about instictive and learned behaviors.  The end of unit test will be April 1 and 2.
Analyze and interpret data to generate evidence that all organisms have structures that are required for survival in both plants and animals (DOK 1-2) 


March 12. 2015

Important Dates:

PARCC Testing:
3/17-3/19- ELA Testing 1:00-2:30
3/23-3/24- Math Testing 10:00-12:00

No Spelling or Reading Passages this Week. 

3/18-Fullmer Math Test-

3/20-Library Multi-Genre Party 3:00pm


March 5, 2015

Important Dates:

· 3/6 No School

· 3/10/11/12 -Parent Teacher Conferences

· 3/13 No School

 


Herbstman Math:  Students are continuing to work  on Chapter 10. They have a tentative test date of March 20.

Fullmer Math: Students are working on Chapter 7.  The next test will be on March 18

Science:  Students are learning about the sensory system.  We talked about the central nervous system this week and will be learning about attention next week.

 Herbstman Reading: Students are taking theme 5 Posttest and 6 Pretest on Monday. They will then be reading Endangered Animals at a Glance (test Tuesday) and If (Test Thursday)

Fullmer Reading: Students are taking theme 5 Posttest and 6 Pretest on Monday. They will then be reading Endangered Animals at a Glance and If (Test Thursday)

 Herbstman Writing:  Students will be working on paired texts that relate to science.

Fullmer Writing:  Students will begin writing Letters to the Editor.

 Spelling listAcross the Wide Dark Sea

Social Studies:  Students are continuing to learn about what led up to the American Revolution (chapter 8)

 


 February 27, 2015

Important Dates:

· 3/2 Dr. Suess Day

· 3/3– Fullmer Field Trip

· 3/5- Herbstman Trip

· 3/5– End of 3rd Quarter

· 3/10; 11; 12– Parent Teacher Conferences

Herbstman Math:  Students will start Chapter 10 talking about Algebraic Expressions.

Fullmer Math: Students will continue with Chapter 7.  Videos are posted on my web page  under math links to           help students and parents review the concepts.

Science 1 & 2:  Students are learning about the sensory system.

 Herbstman and Fullmer Reading: Students will be reading  Start Spangled Relic which talks about Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination. They will test on Wednesday.

 Herbstman Writing: Students will be doing Journal Prompts this week.

Fullmer Writing:  Students will turn in their final draft of their literary opinion papers on Thursday.

Spelling listThe Fun They Had  (Test on Wednesday)

 Social Studies: Students are starting Chapter 8: Road to the Revolution. Students need to know the first 10 states for their test at the beginning of the week.

A Note from Your Teachers

Dr.Seuss Day will be on Monday, March 2. The students are encouraged to wear green in honor of the book Yertle the Turtle.

End of Quarter is already here! This quarter flew by. Look for Parent/Teacher Conference Forms to go home this week. 

Snowshoeing is next week. Please make sure that your child has everything they need. If they are in need of something, please contact the school so we can make sure that all students are prepared for the fun experience.

Please make sure that your child brings a small, lightweight  backpack in order to carry their lunch during snowshoeing.