5th Grade Teamletter
December 05, 2013
Miss Reed: This week in math students practiced multiplying whole numbers by decimals, as well as their problem solving skills. They also learned how to multiply decimals by decimals. Students were introduced to a shopping project that will be due on Monday, December 16. They have an information packet on this project. Next week, we will continue our decimal unit by beginning division with decimals.
Mrs. Ames: This week students have discussed producers and consumers. We have also talked about food webs, food chains, energy pyramids, and natural cycles. Over the next couple of days, students will be completing an in-class project on food chains in specific biomes.
Mrs. Scaggs: We have worked this week on researching biomes and organisms that would be in a food chain in that particular biome. The students have worked hard finding a good picture of their organism, mapping the biome, completing a food chain and presenting the information. I am pleased with their effort and performance! We will wrap up Chapter 5 next week with a test probably Wednesday or Thursday. We will also be dissecting owl pellets soon after the test. Thanks to homeroom students who donated popcorn for our November homework reward.
Miss Reed: This week in social studies students had a not-so-pop quiz on the Bill of Rights. We also reviewed for their chapter 10 test, which was given on Tuesday. We began chapter 11 on Wednesday, which focuses on the growing of our nation through the Louisiana Purchase and the Industrial Revolution. This will be the last chapter we cover this semester.
Mrs. Scaggs: We took an open homework page test on Friday to finish up the last sections of Chapter 10. We will be starting Chapter 11 on Monday with the hope of taking a test over 11 prior to Christmas break.
Mrs. Throckmorton: Students took a test over Part II yesterday, and now we are ready to begin the final chapters of our novel. There are only 11 more days to read and take tests to get second quarter ARP points.
Miss Reed and Mrs. Throckmorton: This week's list contains words with the short vowel sounds of a-i-o-u. As always, students who did not pass Monday's pretest should study the list words each night. We recommend practicing with the SpellingCity.com site--look for Mrs. Throckmorton's list under SF Lesson 8.
Miss Reed and Mrs. Throckmorton: Students have finished their DAR essays, and we have entered them in the contest; we now anxiously await the results and hope that one lucky PORTA Central student will have written the winning entry! Students were tested over our sentence unit last Friday, and you should find them in tonight's checked paper folder. We are now learning about adjectives and hope that this quick review will help the kids spice up their writing! We will assess their learning with a test late next week, so be watching for the exact date.
Mrs. Thomas: This week students practiced keyboarding using Touch Typing Progressive (lesson 10), presented Problem Board problems and started creating a spreadsheet using the 12 Days of Christmas. This week they inserted their estimated costs of each item and used a formula to calculate the total cost for each item. Here is my website where students can go to practice keyboarding at home or access a variety of other web links that we use during school - http://protopage.com/portatech#Untitled/5th_grade. Next week we will be continuing to practice keyboarding, presenting Problem Board topics, and using the remaining time to participate in an “Hour of Code”. This is an international push to expose students to computer programming at all ages.