Class News

Important End-of-Year Dates

posted May 25, 2018, 11:47 AM by Ella Frazier

Friday, May 25th - End of Year/EOG Celebration at the YMCA Bowling Alley from 5:30 to 7:30
Monday, May 28th - no school, holiday
Wednesday, May 30th - Reading EOG
Thursday, May 31th - Math EOG
Friday, June 1st - Robotics Competition, 8:30 @ Southwest
Tuesday, June 5th - 5th Grade Graduation/Awards @10:00 and Picnic @11:30
Thursday, June 7th - Reading Celebration/Field Day 
Friday, June 8th - Last Day and Early Dismissal

Almost There!

posted May 21, 2018, 6:53 AM by Ella Frazier

EOG's are next week!  Can you believe it?  This week will be all review.  Homework for this week is:

5th Grade
Science Practice Test: Monday - questions 1 to 25; Tuesday - questions 26 to 50; and Wednesday - questions 51 to 75  (The Science EOG is this Friday!)
Math Practice Test: Monday - questions 1 to 20; Tuesday - questions 21 to 40; and Wednesday - questions 41 to 65

4th Grade
Math Practice Test: Monday - questions 1 to 21; Tuesday - questions 22 to 42; and Wednesday - questions 43 to 65

Also, please have students practice the online quizzes as much as possible.  If you do not have access to a computer or internet, just send me a note and I will print as much as possible.

We've Got This!!

5th Math and Science Homework

posted May 4, 2018, 5:50 AM by Ella Frazier

I do not like to give homework over the weekend, but we are behind.  Students have a math practice test and their science coach books.  I'm asking students to work on completing the practice test and on the weather chapter in the coach book.  I told them to take 10 to 15 minutes a few times each day to do a few problems and read over a part of the weather chapter.  If they do just a few minutes at a time, they can get some of the work done and still enjoy some weekend activities.  We will continue to review and check the math practice test Monday and to discuss the weather chapter also.  Please don't make students miss a fun activity or play time to do homework, but please have them do some work.  Thank you.

5th Grade Information April 13th

posted Apr 13, 2018, 5:54 AM by Ella Frazier

If you did not come to conference, your student has his or her report card and reading counts report in the Friday Folder.
There is also a very important notice about buses for next year.  The city is creating new, more efficient, bus routes next year.  They must know if your child plans or does not plan to ride the bus next year.  They must know either way.  Please fill out the sheet and return it by Friday, April 20th.
All students have a permission slip to go to Charles England on April 25th for chorus and band recruitment for middle school.
If your student is going on the overnight field trip, there is an informational packet in the Friday Folder.  There are three different permission slips and a packing list.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact me.
Please check your child's Friday folder and return it with all the slips Monday.  Thank you!

Week of April 9th

posted Apr 8, 2018, 2:07 PM by Ella Frazier

Well, spring break is in the books.  It's time for the push to the end.  This week both 4th and 5th grade will be working with line plot graphs.  Students must plot different sets of data and then answer questions about the data.  Fifth grade will begin geometry by the end of the week.  They will be learning how to compare and classify different types of polygons.  Fourth grade will begin algebraic patterns by the end of the week.  In science 5th grade will begin forces and motion - Newton's laws of motion.  Fourth grade will finish up rocks and minerals.  Students didn't really get much time classifying rocks, so we're going to practice more.  Then we will spend some time with matter - physical and chemical changes.
Both 4th and 5th grade will also begin EOG review.  Homework this quarter will be 6 to 10 EOG-style questions each night. Each week we will target specific skills. It is important students do the homework and have it ready to check the next day.  I will keep a record of how many questions students get correct and students can still earn extra credit for homework.  Missing work or incomplete work will not be counted.  Remember you can check the Homework Calendars for assignments. We will also practice specific skills in class.  Students will earn points for homework and classwork to use for a special Friday STEM challenge.
Important Dates:
April 12th - Early Dismissal/Conferences (more information to come)
April 13th - District EBOB competition
Week of April 16th - 20th - 5th grade DARE
April 19th - Media Festival (Congratulations to Zyanna, Genesis, Melina and Hailey for having their project chosen for the Media Festival)
May 1st and 2nd - 5th Grade trip to Fort Caswell

4th Grade Projects

posted Mar 15, 2018, 10:44 AM by Ella Frazier

Fourth grade has started an extra credit project called "The Million Dollar Project"  It's a self-directed webquest.  I am giving them time in class, but some asked if they could work on the project at home.  The answer is yes.  So, if possible, please allow them to work on it.  The link is HERE.  Fourth grade is also working toward learning a couple of measurement songs.  If students learn the songs well enough, we are going to produce a music video.  The songs can be found on the homework page.  So, if possible, please allow students to download the songs so they can listen at home.  Thank you!!

Week of March 5th

posted Mar 4, 2018, 5:20 PM by Ella Frazier

We are in the long stretch now.  Progress reports were in Friday folders.  I hope you saw them.  Please remember to return Friday folders on Monday.  This week both grades will begin learning about measurement and how to convert between units, both standard and metric.  Fourth grade only converts units from a larger unit to a smaller unit.  Fifth grade must convert from smaller to larger and larger to smaller in multi-step problems.  We will be practicing measurement for a couple of weeks.  We will also continue to review fractions and all operations.
In science 4th grade began a unit on rocks and minerals and 5th grade will continue with body systems.
Upcoming Dates:
March 7th - Spring Pictures (class pictures)
March 14th - 5th grade goes to the symphony
March 23rd - 5th grade science quarterly test
March 27th - Reading quarterly tests
March 28th - Math quarterly tests
March 29th - Early Dismissal
March 30th - Holiday
April 2nd through the 6th - Spring Break

Media Festival Preparations

posted Mar 4, 2018, 5:06 PM by Ella Frazier

I did not realize media festival entries are due by Friday, March 9th.  I had planned some days this month for students to stay after school and work on projects.  However, with the looming due date, those dates will no longer work.  So, if any student wants to stay after school Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday this week until 3:30, they are welcome.  I just ask they have a note saying they can stay and who will be picking them up at 3:30.

Week of February 26th

posted Feb 25, 2018, 5:09 PM by Ella Frazier

This week 5th grade will continue to practice all fraction skills and all operations (add, subtract, multiply and divide) with decimals.  We may begin our next topic, measurement, at the end of the week.  In science we will continue with cellular life processes and begin body systems.  Students will be creating a model of the human body.  Fourth grade will continue with decimals as fractions and adding fractions.  They may also begin measurement at the end of the week.  In science, they will finish up with weathering and erosion and begin rocks and minerals.
Congratulations to Colin Weeks and Victoria Ross for competing in the system wide spelling bee.  Congratulations to Victoria for winning the bee.  Great job!
Don't forget Wednesday is the last day to turn in Coupon Book orders.  All sample books used to sell must be paid for or returned.
We are having a problem with students not having a pencil to use in class.  Please ask your student if they need pencils.
This week is Read Across America week.  Each day is a special event.  Monday is crazy sock day.  Tuesday is twin day.  Wednesday is crazy/wacky hair day.  Thursday is crazy hat day and Friday is college T-shirt day.
Progress reports will be sent home Friday.

Just Some "Stuff"

posted Feb 21, 2018, 7:17 AM by Ella Frazier   [ updated Feb 21, 2018, 5:03 PM ]

Don't forget the Coupon Book Fundraiser.  This is the last chance to earn money for the overnight field trip.  Please remember the sample book in your selling kit must be returned.  If it is not returned the cost of the book will be added to the cost of the field trip. The last day to order is February 28th.  
The fifth grade trip is to Fort Caswell on May 1st and 2nd.  All money for the trip must be paid by March 28th.  We must submit our final number going on the trip and payment in April.  If you would like to be a chaperone, you must have the background check done by this date also.

Both 4th and 5th grade students have started a math notes booklet.  Over the next week or two we will be adding notes about all math topics.  Students will use this for the rest of the school year to practice and prepare for the EOG.
One obstacle that seems to keep many students from doing well is actually writing down and COMPLETELY working out math problems.  Many, for whatever reason, feel they can work problems or parts of problems in their head without writing it down.  This is causing many to make careless errors.  I have stressed to students they need to write down the problem, they need to be neat and organized and they must work out the whole problem.  Please talk to your student to make sure they understand the importance of this.
Don't forget the 5th grade homework calendar and the 4th grade homework calendar for math.  You can also use the Parent Portal to check grades. Students should also be reading EVERY night.
Progress reports will be sent home next Friday.

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