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We love celebrating birthdays in Room 124! Feel free to send a special treat (other than food) to celebrate your child's birthday, such as birthday pencils to share with the class or donating a book in your child's name to our classroom library.
TEST/QUIZ/PROJECT DUE DATES
Wednesday, 1/16: Ch. 4 Social Studies test
Wednesday, 1/23: D.A.R.E. Essay Final Copy
Wednesday, 1/16: Late Start Day; School begins @ 9:45am
Monday, 1/21: No School; MLK Jr. Day
Thursday, 1/31: D.A.R.E. Graduation @ 3:15pm (Edison Gym)
Wednesday, 2/6: D.A.R.E. Graduation @ 3:15 (Edison Gym) - TO BE CONFIRMED
I attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with an area of concentration in Language Arts and a minor in Spanish. I earned my ESL Endorsement through Elmhurst College and I completed my masters at Concordia University Chicago in Curriculum and Instruction. This Spring, I will begin classes to earn my LBS1 Special Education Endorsement from Elmhurst College.
I enjoy teaching, but more than that, I love learning. I also love working with students. There's a quote in my classroom -- "Dream. Try. Do good." -- and it is my goal as a teacher to help students achieve their greatest potential and inspire them to reach their goals and make the world a better place. Along the way, it is my hope that my students will grow to love learning as much as I do.
When I'm not teaching, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, spending time outdoors, and reading. It's hard to believe that I've been at Edison School for 6 years now! I feel so lucky to work in such a wonderful place and after five years in 4th grade, I am so excited for my first year teaching 5th grade. I am looking forward to a great year!
Believe in yourselves. Dream. Try. Do good.
WELCOME TO 5TH GRADE!
Welcome to my website! Here you can find information about our classroom and check for updates about any assignments, due dates, and test dates.
The best way to contact me is through email. I will do my best to respond within 24 hours during the week. However, I am also available through the school phone number or in person by appointment.
PEP TALK TO TEACHERS AND STUDENTS!
Our district's literacy instruction focuses on the Common Core literacy standards. We focus on specific standards and use resources such as Schoolwide to teach these standards. The standards cover both literature (fiction) and informational (non-fiction) texts. We cover these standards throughout the entire year. The main standards we focus on include:
RL 5.1 / RI 5.1 - Quotes accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
RL 5.2 / RI 5.2 - Determines the theme or main idea, supporting with text evidence / key details from the text.
RL 5.3 / RI 5.3 - Compares and contrasts or identifies a relationship between elements of a text drawing on specific details.
RL 5.6 / RI 5.6 - Describes and analyzes how a narrator's point of view or multiple accounts of the same event / topic influences how events are described.
RL 5.10 / RI 5.10 - Reads and comprehends grade-level texts with accuracy and fluency.
SL 5.4 - Reports orally on topics or presents an opinion, using relevant details and facts to support ideas; uses multimedia components or visual displays as appropriate.
L 5.4 - Determines or clarifies the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases
Nightly Reading Homework
Students are expected to read 20 minutes each night. While there is no formal reading log to fill out, it is important that students spend some time reading each night. If you are looking for ways to help your child's reading improve, talk with them about what they're reading! Ask them to summarize what they read each night - this shouldn't take long and remind your child to focus on only the important parts. Ask them to make connections, ask questions. Ask them what they visualized when they read. Ask them what they learned in their reading!
In my locker on the left hand side of the website, you'll see some question stems you can use for both fiction and non-fiction books to discuss your child's reading with them. These are the same questions that I use in class with the students when I confer with them about the books they are reading.
***Always remember to have a Growth Mindset and the power of "Yet"!
Students should be practicing their multiplication facts every day! Try making flash cards at home using notecards and spending a few minutes each night going through them. There are also some great websites where students can practice their math facts - check out some of the ones I have listed under the "Important Links" sections! Becoming familiar, fluent, and confident with multiplication facts is very important as we continue to move through the math curriculum in 5th grade. Make a point to spend some time practicing them each day!
We have adopted Eureka Math for our new math curriculum. With this new curriculum, we aim to create problem solvers and critical thinkers who can:
- Make sense of never-before seen, "messy" problems and persevere in solving them
- Construct viable arguments involving mathematics and statistics and critique the reasoning of others
==> We are currently in Unit 3 (Eureka Module 3) Adding & Subtracting Fractions. <==
In math, we have an "in flip" flipped classroom. This means students get their instruction for math through a video made by the Edison 5th grade teachers. Students watch and interact with the video right at the beginning of class. This method of instruction allows students to learn at their own pace, rewinding and rewatching sections of the lesson as needed. The teacher is then freed up to either work with small groups for instruction or touch base with students who have been struggling with a certain concept. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to reach out and ask me! I would love to chat about it with you.
Unit 1, Eureka Module 1 – Place Value and Decimal Fractions
Students are deepening their knowledge of the patterns in the base ten system through a more generalized understanding of the relationships between and among adjacent places on the place value chart. Students then apply these new understandings as they reason about and perform decimal operations through the hundredths place.
Topic A – Multiplicative Patterns on the Place Value Chart
Topic B – Decimal Fractions and Place Value Patterns
Topic C – Place Value and Rounding Decimal Fractions
*Mid-Module Assessment – covers Topics A-C*
Topic D – Adding and Subtracting Decimals
Topic E – Multiplying Decimals
Topic F – Dividing Decimals
Focus Standards: 5.NBT.1, 5.NBT.2, 5.NBT.3, 5.NBT.4, 5.NBT.7, 5.MD.1
Unit 2, Eureka Module 2 – Multi-Digit Whole Number and Decimal Fraction Operations
Students apply the patterns of the base ten system learned in Module 1 to mental strategies and the multiplication and division algorithm.
Topic A – Mental Strategies for Multi-Digit Whole Number Multiplication
Topic B – The Standard Algorithm for Multi-Digit Whole Number Multiplication
Topic C – Decimal Multi-Digit Multiplication
Topic D – Measurement Word Problems with Whole Number and Decimal Multiplication
*Mid-Module Assessment – covers Topics A-D*
Topic E – Mental Strategies for Multi-Digit Whole Number Division
Topic F – Partial Quotients and Multi-Digit Whole Number Division
Topic G – Partial Quotients and Multi-Digit Decimal Division
Topic H – Measurement Word Problems with Multi-Digit Division
Focus Standards: 5.OA.1, 5.OA.2, 5.NBT.1, 5.NBT.2, 5.NBT.5, 5.NBT.6, 5.NBT.7, 5.MD.1
Unit 3, Eureka Module 3 – Addition and Subtraction of Fractions
Students’ understanding of addition and subtraction of fractions extends from their earlier work with fraction equivalence and decimals. In this unit, we move away from our focus of base ten units to studying and using the full set of fractional units.
Topic A – Equivalent Fractions
Topic B – Making Like Units Pictorially
*Mid-Module Assessment – covers Topics A-B*
Topic C – Making Like Units Numerically
Topic D – Further Applications
Focus Standards: 5.NF.1, 5.NF.2
Unit 4, Eureka Module 4 – Multiplication and Division of Fractions and Decimal Fractions
Students learn to multiply fractions and decimal fractions and begin working with fraction division.
Topic A – Line Plots of Fraction measurements
Topic B – Fractions as Division
Topic C – Multiplication of a Whole Number by a Fraction
Topic D – Fraction Expressions and Word Problems
*Mid-Module Assessment – covers Topics A-D*
Topic E – Multiplication of a Fraction by a Fraction
Topic F – Multiplication with Fractions and Decimals as Scaling and Word Problems
Topic G – Division of Fractions and Decimal Fractions
Topic H – Interpretation of Numerical Expressions
Focus Standards: 5.OA.1, 5.OA.2, 5.NBT.7, 5.NF.3, 5.NF.4, 5.NF.5, 5.NF.6, 5.NF.7, 5.MD.1, 5.MD.2
Unit 5, Eureka Module 5 – Addition and Multiplication with Volume and Area
Students work with two- and three- dimensional figures. Students begin with concrete exploration of cubic units and ends with the development of the volume formula for right rectangular prisms. Students will then combine their prior knowledge of area with newly acquired knowledge of fraction multiplication to determine the area of rectangular figures with fractional side lengths.
Topic A – Concepts of Volume
Topic B – Volume and the Operations of Multiplication and Addition
*Mid-Module Assessment – covers Topics A-B*
Topic C – Area of Rectangular Figures with Fractional Side Lengths
Topic D – Drawing, Analysis, and Classification of Two-Dimensional Shapes
Focus Standards: 5.NF.4, 5.NF.6, 5.MD.3, 5.MD.4, 5.MD.5, 5.G.3, 5.G.4
Unit 6, Eureka Module 6 – Problem Solving with the Coordinate Plane
Students develop a coordinate system for the first quadrant of the coordinate plane and use it to solve problems. Students use the familiar number line as an introduction to the idea of a coordinate and construct two perpendicular lines to create a coordinate system on the plane. They use this system to explore relationships between points, ordered pairs, patterns, lines and, more abstractly, the rules that generate them.
Topic A – Coordinate Systems
Topic B – Patterns in the Coordinate Plane and Graphing Number Patterns from Rules
*Mid-Module Assessment – covers Topics A-B*
Topic C – Drawing Figures in the Coordinate Plane
Topic D – Problem Solving in the Coordinate Plane
Topic E – Multi-Step Word Problems
Focus Standards: 5.OA.2, 5.OA.3, 5.G.1, 5.G.2
**Google Classroom - have your students log into our Google Classroom for math...all lesson videos are located there via EdPuzzle!
D205 Parent Math Website - many links to websites and videos for homework help
Duane Habecker YouTube Channel - my personal favorite resource; each lesson for Eureka is recorded here
Zearn - aligned exactly with Eureka math; includes practice problems and videos
Khan Academy - aligned with Eureka, provides practice problems and videos for explanations
**Students are able to access their Social Studies book online! Click on the TCI link under the "Important Links" section. Students will need my email address (email@example.com) as well as their normal computer log-in information to log into the TCI website.
We are currently studying Chapter 4: How & Why Europeans Came to the New World.
Our current unit in science is Waves!
SPELLING & WRITING
Our spelling program is called Words Their Way. This program focuses on students truly learning spelling patterns and rules. Students will be leveled into different groups based on the spelling pre-test I gave them at the beginning of the year. Each group will receive their own spelling sort (list). Each list has header cards that go with the spelling pattern they are learning. There will be several activities that students can do both in class and at home to practice their spelling words. Students will receive 2 lists - one that stays at school and one that goes home to use for practice. Our spelling tests will be on Fridays. Only a select number of words from their sort (list) will be chosen. They will not know which words they are being tested on until the time of the test, so they are responsible for knowing all of them. If they do not pass the test, they may receive the same sort (list) for the following week.
This week, students will be working in their Words Their Way groups. Here are some ways students can practice their spelling words at home:
Speed Sort: Time them to see how long it takes them to sort out their cards.
Blind Sort: This is like a spelling test, but with headers. You read off the words and your child writes them under the appropriate heading.
Writing Sort: Lay out the header cards. Then read the words to your child and have them indicate which heading the word would fit under and then they write it ---creating a column of words for each heading.
Book Search: Search through a familiar book and look for words that follow the patterns for the week and add to your sort.
***This is not official homework and nothing needs to be turned in at school. These are just fun, productive and more meaningful ways of studying spelling words with your child.
The standard that covers spelling is:
L.5.2 - Demonstrates command of the conventions of standard English, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
For writing, we focus on the following standards:
W.5.4 - Produces clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
W.5.5 - With guidance and support from peers and adults, develops and strengthens writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
W.5.9 - Draws evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
We focus on the following styles of writing throughout the year:
Trimester 1 - Narrative
Trimester 2 - Informational
Trimester 3 - Opinion / Argument