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Welcome to Fifth Grade!  I teach Math and Science and, Mrs. Pittman is my teaching partner.  She teaches Language Arts and Social Studies. 
 
updated 8/6/2017
 
Parents: I want to say hello and that I am really excited about this year!  I am looking forward to teaching your children and getting them ready for middle school.   I am learning how to use several of the Apple programs and we will be using them more and more as I get more proficient with them.  
 
This first two to three weeks we will be working on our routines for the classroom, hall ways, cafeteria and support classes.  Please understand the importance of routines as that enables us to focus on our classwork.  
 
We will be doing classwork beginning this week and possibly some homework.  Normally, homework will be every night (Monday thru Thursday) in math, and their will be science homework occasionally.  Because of our limited time with Science, it is important that your child is reading the Science book nightly (not necessarily the entire lesson, but 1 or 2 pages).  Make sure that they understand the vocabulary and bring any questions they have about the reading or vocabulary back to class.
 
Math:  We will be working on place value, standard form, expanded form, written form and, how to read numbers correctly.  Additionally, if your child is having trouble with multiplication facts, please begin practicing them every night (see my math page for links to help).  I can't stress the importance of multiplication facts!  If they are struggling with facts, it will make decimals, fractions, and division very difficult.
 
Science:  In Science we will be looking at plant and animal cells.  They will have to identify various cell parts and draw the cells from memory (This will be over the next weeks)
 
 
 
 

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Oct 30 - Nov 3

Math:  the topics we are covering this week are Topics 9-2, 3,4, and 5
Proposed Homework:
Mon:  Pg. 225 16-20
Tue:  Pg. 226/227 16-25
Wed: Pg. 228/229 21-30
Thur:  Pg. 231 12-15
 
Science:  We are doing Chapter 3 Lesson 2 "The Outer Planets". Read and review associated vocabulary and review lesson.
 

Oct. 16-Oct. 20

Topics for the week.  
Math:  10-1. Adding/Subtracting Fractions with same denominators
           10-2 Common multiples and Least Common Multiples
           10-3. Adding Fractions with different denominators
           10.4. Subtracting Fractions with different Denominators
Proposed Homework for Math:
Mon:  Pg. 257/258    23-32
Tue:  Pg. 260/261.  25-35
Wed:  Pg. 262/263.  20-30
Thur:  Pg. 264/265.  22-31
 
Science:  We are covering Planets and Stars (Chap. 3). We will be covering this section for about 3 weeks. 
Science Vocabulary:  solar system,  planet,  moon, asteroid,  revolution, rotation, Galiliean Moons,  comet, dwarf planet,  star,  nebula,  white dwarf, supernova, constellation, star chart
 
Note:  we will be starting a project next week where the students will be gathering information about a scientist or mathematician and putting that information on a poster board or power point. They are beginning to look up information on the computer this week.  Details about the project will come home next week.

Oct. 2 - Oct. 6

Math:  The following topics are being covered this week: Topic7-5. Dividing Decimals by 10,n 100,n and 1000.   Topic 7-6 Dividing a Decimal by a whole Number, and Topic 7-8. Dividing a Decimal by a Decimal
 
Proposed Math Homework:
Monday, Oct. 2.  pg. 178/179. 28-37
Tuesday, Oct 3. pg. 181/182. 26-35
Wednesday, Oct 4.  pg.186/187  23-32
Thursday, Oct. 5. pg. 197. Set H
 
Science:  we will be reviewing animal adaptations, Ch. 2 Lesson 3 and cover Ch. 2 Lesson 4 Change over Time
Science Vocabulary:  variation, mutation, natural selection, fossil, absolute age, relative age

Sept. 22 - Sept 29

Math:  This week we are working on division Topics 4-4, 4-5,  and 4-6
Proposed Homework:
Monday 9/22.   Pg, 92.  17-25
Tuesday  9/23.  Pg. 95/96. 25-34
Wednesday  9/24.  Pg. 99/100. 22-30
Thursday.  Pg. 117   Set E
Friday:  Test on Topics 4-4,5,6
 
Science:  This week we are working Chapter 2 Lesson 3 Animal Adaptations.  We will also be reviewing Lesson 2 on Traits and Heredity
Vocabulary:  camouflage, protective coloration, protective resemblance, mimicry, and adaptation

Week of 9/18 to 9/22

Math:  We will be going over Topics 7-1, 7-2, and 7-4. this week.
 
Proposed Homework:
Monday:  Pg. 170/171 29-39
Tuesday:  Pg. 172.  9-20
Wednesday:  Pg. 176/177. 21-30
Thursday:  Pg. 195. Set D. (set D is the bottom of the page and has 8 problems
Friday:  Test over topics 7-1, 7-2, and 7-4
 
Science:  We will be doing chapter 2 Lesson 3 on Photosynthesis
Read/Review the above lesson, we will be completing activities in class and oral  reading.
 Science Quiz on Friday over photosynthesis

GoJimGo

Currently we are collecting for Go Jim Go for the LeBonehur Hospital
Monday-pennies,  Tuesday-nickels,  Wednesday - dollars,  Thursday-dimes and Friday-Quarters
Jim Jaggers will be visiting our school next week.   Thank you in advance for any donations.

Week of 9/11 to 9/14

Math:  the following math topics will be covered this week.  Topics 3-4, 5, and 6 on multiplication.
 
This is the proposed homework for the week of 9/11 to 9/14
9/11.   Math book page 65.  20-29
9/12.   Math book page 69.  19-27
9/13.   Math book page 70.  22-31
 
Science:  the following topics will be discussed this week:   Chapter 2 lessons 2 and 3
 
The following vocabulary needs to be reviewed:   instinct, gene,   dominant trait, recessive trait,   pedigree, carrier,  heredity,  inherited trait, camouflage, protective coloration, protective resemblance,  mimicry,  adaptation
 
Science books should be taken home nightly to read at least one or two pages as review.  Vocabulary should be studied nightly, working on one or two words a night.

Proposed Weekly Work: 9/5/17 - 9/8/17

 Math:  This week we are working on adding/subtracting whole numbers and decimal numbers.
Topics 2-1, 2-6, and 2-7
 
PROPOSED HOMEWORK:
9/5.  Math Book pg. 25.  15-26
9/6.  Math Book pg. 42/43. 22-30
9/7. Math Book pg. 45 16-27
9/8. Test over adding/subtracting whole numbers and decimals
 
NOTE:  Homework and tests are what is planned for the week.  If the students are having difficulty, and we may need more practice,  homework and tests may change.  I will inform of changes.
 
SCIENCE:  We are working on Chapter 2 Lessons 1 and 2 this week.  Students should be reviewing any notes they may take during the week, reviewing vocabulary nightly (one or two words a night), and read part of their science book each night.
There are no proposed tests or homework (other than reviewing as stated above)