Class News

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.

Week of February12th

posted Feb 12, 2018, 9:33 AM by Ella Frazier

Wow, February is flying by and I believe it has rained almost every day.  This week 4th grade will be learning about multiplying fractions.  They will be practicing this along with adding and subtracting fraction.  In science they will continue learning how the crust of Earth changes through weathering and erosion.
Fifth grade is working on dividing fractions.  They will be practicing that and all operations with fractions.  In science they are beginning the unit on cells and single cell organisms.  
Please don't forget you can always check your child's progress through the parent portal.  There is a link to the portal on the homepage of my website.  You can also check homework on the homework page of my website.  There is a link to a calendar for each grade.
Don't forget our coupon book fundraiser.  This is the last fundraiser for our overnight trips.
Students do not come to school Monday, February 19th.  It is a holiday.

Week of February 5th

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

Hey Ho, Let's Go!  Let February begin.  Fifth grade will continue with multiplying fractions.  They need to know how to multiply a whole number by a fraction, a fraction by a fraction and a mixed number by a mixed number.  We will be doing a lot of practicing this week and will be working on fraction word problems as well.  We may, toward the end of the week, begin dividing fractions.  In science we will finish up with genetics and begin learning about cells.
Fourth grade will continue to practice decomposing fractions, adding and subtracting fractions and multi-step word problems with fractions.  In science we will finish up with fossils.  A shout out and a huge thank you to Mrs. Persuad and Mrs. Kerley for donating more clay for fossil making.  We made some great fossils.  Students will bring those home this week.  This week they will begin learning how the surface of earth changes through the processes of weathering and erosion.   It's going to be a great week! 

Week of January 29th

posted Jan 28, 2018, 5:27 PM by Ella Frazier   [ updated Jan 28, 2018, 5:28 PM ]

Well, January has flown by.  Hopefully we can settle into the third quarter and a regular schedule again.  This week 4th grade will be working on adding and subtracting fractions..  This includes simplifying fractions, converting between improper fractions and mixed number fractions and decomposing fractions.  It's just fractions, fractions and fractions.  In science we began our unit on fossils.  We are going to be making actual models of different kinds of fossils.  A special shout out and thanks to Ms. Wilder, Victor's mother, and Ms. How, Jayla's mother, for donating air-drying clay.  We will put it to good use.  Fifth grade will be multiplying fractions all week.  In science we will continue with genetics.  Students are learning how some traits are genetic and passed down from parent to offspring though genes.  Other traits are learned or acquired from environmental influences.  Thank you to those parents who allowed students to bring those "Oh so embarrassing" baby pictures for us to compare traits.  Fifth grade is also working on the Stock Market Project.  This will be on-going for the rest of the year.

Some New Dates:
Report cards will be sent home Wednesday, January 31st
February Heart Family Projects are due February 5th 
A make up date for the awards assembly has not be determined yet.  I will let you know as soon as it is set.

Don't forget to check Friday folders and send those back on Monday.  

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