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Weekly Schedule

Monday

  • Language Arts 
  • Recess
  • 10:30-11:30~PE with the PE Teachers
  • Math
  • Lunch
  • Science/Social Studies
  • Computer Lab

Tuesday

  • 8:15 Music
  • Language Arts
  • STEAM Lab (every 2 weeks)
  • Recess
  • Math
  • Lunch
  • Computer Lab
  • Science/Social Studies

Wednesday

  • Language Arts
  • 8:45 Library
  • Language Arts
  • Recess
  • Math
  • Lunch
  • PE

Thursday

  • Language Arts
  • Recess
  • Math
  • Lunch
  • Science/Social Studies
  • Computer Lab

Friday

  • Language Arts
  • Math/Science
  • Recess
  • Art
  • Lunch
  • Computer Lab
  • Community Circle

Mrs. Williams's Fifth Grade Class

Be creative. Be colorful. Be butterflies...

Be creative. Be colorful. Be butterflies...

Important Announcements

Dear Parents and Families,

Attached below are links to assigned classwork for this week as well as the Parade Route scheduled for this Friday. I will continue updating this website and Google Classroom, including links to fun, educational activities students can do on their own and/or with their families, so please tune in regularly. In the meantime, stay safe and stay well. 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Williams

Science Resources for Remote Learning

The kids love when we use Mystery Science in the classroom. To support learning from home, Mystery Science has made their videos and related activities FREE to access and/or download. Students do not need a log-in. Click the link below and jump to Grade 5 to explore!

mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning

The link below has great activities for science and engineering. Some activities require more supplies than others, but some can certainly be done with items you have at home!

https://www.weareteachers.com/hands-on-activities-for-families/?fbclid=IwAR3yv4xrGhIwr-d10SIjyRXNqB0Q_VCYEHCB1h1XOyKayvonG9YPGVR3xE4

Below are some fun activities you can do at home if you have Alexa!

https://www.weareteachers.com/educational-alexa-skills/?fbclid=IwAR0tCY2GjeEfLrNUOtR8b6UAWyKNywWGJIgokURbX18_re2uKfsVli6Zd2k

Current Assignments

Students should use this week to finish their Expert Topic and Who Am I? Biography Projects if not completed already.

I have altered our Great Depression essays to be a single detailed body paragraph in which they write about ONE of their previously selected three subtopics (i.e. homelessness, hunger, illness, riding the rails, etc.). In this paragraph, they must include at least one quote from Bud, Not Buddy and one quote from one of the articles we read. They can type their paragraph into the text box provided in this week's Google Slides, which are due this Friday, April 24th. With that said, please remember that all due dates are flexible and if students need more time, they are welcome to email me to let me know. 

Volume Project (Due May 1st): Detailed instructions are provided in the assignment under "Classwork" on Google Classroom. After collecting 5-7 boxes, students are to select either inches or centimeters as their unit of measurement and measure each dimension of their boxes (length, width, and height). They will use these to calculate the volume of each box, before adding up these volumes to find the total volume of their structure. Once they have done these calculations, students can begin assembling and decorating their sculpture/structure with whatever materials they have at home (paint, colored paper, tape, glue, etc.). Students can take pictures of their progress and final project and post them to the Slides in Google Classroom.

Monday 4/20/2020

See Classwork 4/20-4/24 on Google Classroom (also listed as PDF under Announcements on this webpage)

Tuesday 4/21/2020

See Classwork 4/20-4/24 on Google Classroom

Wednesday 4/22/2020

See Classwork 4/20-4/24 on Google Classroom

Thursday 4/23/2020

See Classwork 4/20-4/24 on Google Classroom

Friday 4/24/2020

See Classwork 4/20-4/24 on Google Classroom

Make sure to turn it in on Classroom when you are done!

MGE Spirit Parade 1:30-2pm!!!

Language Arts

We are a little more than halfway through our study of Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. It is a wonderful novel that ties together themes about what it truly means to find "home." We will be reading this, in conjunction with specific chapters from an nonfiction text, Children of the Great Depression.

As we read, students will continue to practice their comprehension skills by pointing out text evidence, carrying out group and class discussions on the topics presented, and using context clues to determine the meanings of unknown words. They are building on their writing skills, including their ability to find, interpret, and explain text evidence to answer a question. 

When we finish the book, students will plan and write a five-paragraph essay answering the question, "What was life like during the Great Depression?" They will choose three topics to focus on and use text evidence from both sources to support their ideas.

Math

We are currently studying Module 4 in which students learn to recognize fractions as division and begin multiplying and dividing fractions by whole numbers and other fractions. In the first half of the module, students use tape diagrams, rectangular fraction models, and other visual representations to represent operations with fractions. The second half builds on this concept by introducing and practicing the standard algorithm to solve multiplication and division problems involving fractions. Overall, the class is doing exceptionally well with these concepts. I am proud of how much your children are learning and how much effort they put forth!

Social Studies

We just finished our unit on European Explorers. We have read selected sections of the textbook and other related works, discussed their importance as a class and in small groups, and created a visual representation to help us remember the important facts, figures, and main ideas.

Moving forward, students will be reading about the settling of the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies in preparation for our unit on the Revolutionary War when we return to school in April.

Science

In preparation for our Delta Discovery trip, we will be studying the water cycle and learning about some of the unique ecosystems we will encounter on our adventure! We will also study the impact humans have on our environment and the organisms that live there.

Computer Lab

Below are the various websites we will be using this year:

iReady (which can be accessed here) Your child will need their mdusd.net email and password to login.  If you need this, please contact me.

Typing practice (which can be accessed here)  Your child can use the google login which uses their mdusd.net email and password to login.

Computer code blocking (which can be accessed here)  Your child can login with their mdusd.net email and password.

Google Classroom (which can be accessed here)  This is where I will post all online assignments, writing assignments and otherwise, as the year progresses.  This site can also be accessed using your child's mdusd.net email and password

Freckle (which can be accessed here) Our class code is S49BZY. Students can use this site to practice math and reading skills at home.

Each of these websites can be accessed at home by your child along with others we will learn as the year progresses.  I will keep a running list here so your child can find them easily.

Formula for mdusd.net emails and passwords:  Your child's email is the number 27, followed by the first two letters of their first and the first three letters of their last name, then a number (usually 01) @mdusd.net.  Their password is their 7 digit student ID number followed by their initials.

Example:  A student named Jane Smith would have the email 26jasmi01@mdusd.net and the password 1234567js.  I hope that helps with any confusion around their logins for various programs we will be using this year.

Upcoming Dates

April

20-24 Finish Expert Topic and Biography Report if not done

24- Weekly Classwork Slides due

24- MGE Spirit Parade @ 1:30pm

May

1- Volume Project due

Scholastic Book Club

Current Due Date:

April 20th, 2020

Click on the link below to log on to the Scholastic website and place your order. To order books, you will need our class code: VXW3H

Our Class Donors Choose Page

Please consider sharing on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to help our classroom acquire the resources that will make our year absolutely amazing and memorable.