Friday, October 13, 2017

End of Week 7!

Good afternoon friends and families of 5D!

Well, for a shortened week, the students sure did a lot of exciting learning!  Here's a little about our week!

  • Played TRASHKETBALL to review our unit 1 concepts
  • Took our assessment (scores will go home next week and students will have an opportunity to rework mistakes)
  • Game Day Friday to celebrate conquering our first unit
  • Pre-Assess for unit 2 on Monday- Adding and Subtracting Decimals
  • Fishbowled a book club in action to see their moves and talk
  • Book Clubs met to practice what we saw in the Fishbowl
  • Gave characters advice from their problems
  • Created a story mountain to help organize our narrative
  • Learned creative elaboration to make small moments sound exciting
Social Studies
  • Worked on a planning document as a group on our Three Worlds Meet Project
  • Highlighted notes that will help with our projects
  • Began doing more research for our project
  • Received help from some 5D and 5L graduates who are now 7th graders!
Important Dates!

Conference sign ups!  
Early Release Days... Wednesdays, November 1st and 8th
See link below

Social Studies Projects

TRASHKETBALL- Backboard Round!

More Trashketball!

Book Clubs in Action!

Have a fantastic weekend to all!  Enjoy your kiddos most of all!


Friday, October 6, 2017

Week 6!

Hello friends and families of 5D!

Another fantastic week done.  I cannot believe how hard the students are working in each and every part of the day!  It definitely makes me smile to see the amount of learning and effort in 5D!

Here are some of the things we did this week...

  • We worked HARD on multiplying and dividing decimals by powers of ten
  • We learned 1/10th and ten times a a number and beyond
  • We tried hard to read decimals to the millionths and achieved it!
  • We read Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar as well as One Grain of Rice
  • We played games with 5L
  • A unit assessment will happen next Thursday (we will review Tuesday-Wednesday and students will bring home a study guide)
  • We worked as book clubs to talk about character problems and possible lessons they may learn
  • We dabbled in themes for The Honest Truth
  • We opened up our minds in book club as we shared different perspectives
  • We wrote POWERFUL leads for our narrative using author insipation
  • We continued writing our narrative
  • Scar Island is our new Read Aloud
Social Studies
  • Europe is complete and now the students are better understanding the perspectives of all three worlds on exploration.  Exploration was GREAT for some and TERRIBLE for others.  The students brainstormed topics for a projects and ways to showcase their learning.  Next week they will work in groups to begin their project.
Social Hour
  • This time was spent talking about safety and letting adults know when one is frightened or anxious about something going on.  We addressed this due to an incident during our Team Building day at SHP. 
  • We met our Koala reading buddies today briefly.  We will be hiking with them occasionally to being our science walks and work.  I'll let you know ahead of time when these happen so students are dressed appropriately.
Fun with 5L
  • This afternoon we had a blast with 5L.  After a little friendly competition of "sprinting and high knees", we enjoyed a 5D vs 5L kickball game.  I'm not sure who had more fun... the students or the teachers!

SeeSaw Reflections

Math Games with 5L

Enjoy your three day weekend!


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Week 5

Hello all,

What a great day we had a Stratham Hill Park.  Through many activities, the students needed to work together to solve problems.  We all learned a lot about each other and how we work best as a team.  These days help us exponentially!

Here's a glimpse into the rest of our week...

  • Rounded decimals
  • Explored powers of ten to get ready for next week
  • Completed a diagnostic assessment in iReady that gives me great information
  • Attended our first book club and worked on the constitution of set rules and norms
  • Studied our internal and external character traits
  • Benchmarked most students in reading (I learn so much from this and will share it during conference time)
Social Studies
  • Put ourselves in the shoes of an early explorer
  • Learned about Africa and what it was like before exploration
  • Learned about why the people of Africa were taken to the Americas
Art: Kids will be going out for art this Monday so make sure they are dressed for the weather.

Blind-folded Explorers

SHP Team Building
Tarp Flip and Knot Tie

Human Ladder and Build a Shelter

Noodle Stroll 

See you Monday!


Friday, September 22, 2017

Week Four FLEW by!

Hello friends and families of 5D,

I cannot believe we have been in school for four weeks already!  These students have worked so hard and we are into the full swing of our curriculum and happenings in 5th grade.  Here are a few things we did this week!


  • Continued with decimals (place value, what they look like, standard, expanded and word form)
  • Started Prodigy (an online math game for students to further their thinking)
  • Compared and ordered decimals
  • Reflected on our progress/growth in math this week
  • Brainstormed what makes a quality sticky when reflecting on your reading
  • Browsed books for our book clubs that will be starting next week
  • Brainstormed TURNING POINTS of our life that could become dramatic narratives
  • Wrote long and strong off a sticky with a claim and supporting evidence
  • Reflected on our growth in reading so far this year
Read Aloud
  • Finished The Honest Truth and boy, was it a tear jerker
  • Used this book to model all our thinking, writing and reading in literacy
Social Studies with 5L
  • Started looking at the continents to see the location of the Three Worlds
  • Read about America before Columbus
  • Watched a video that depicted time before exploration
  • Took notes in a number of organizational ways
This afternoon we worked on a mini project involving... "What KINDNESS is..."  The students all jotted down their definition of what it is and some of their thoughts made me warm inside.  You should all be se proud of the children you have raised.  They are among the kindest, most sincere kids I've had the pleasure of teaching!

Important Dates!!!

We have our first EARLY RELEASE this Wednesday.  Students dismissed at 12:50!
SHP Team Building next Friday!  Students need appropriate clothing and shoes for the weather as well as lunch, snacks and plenty of water.

Enjoy your children this weekend... until Monday!


Friday, September 15, 2017

End of Week Three

Great Week for all of us!

Thank you for coming to open house this week!  Here's a link to the presentation from 5D.

We had a lot of learning happening this week.  Here's a glimpse into what we did...


  • continued order of operations
  • reviewed multiplication
  • reviewed division
  • games with 5L
  • logged into 5DL on KidBlog
  • came up with writing ideas
  • wrote a letter to our parents/guardians
  • read for pleasure
  • browsed books for our next book club
Social Studies with 5L:
  • reviewed the 5 themes
  • brainstormed what the three worlds were like before exploration
  • delved into identity and perspective
Math Games with 5L

Moments of our Life for Writing

Book Browsing

Important Dates!!!

9/27/17 at 12:50 Early Release
9/29/17 SHP Team Building

Enjoy your weekend!


Friday, September 8, 2017

Week TWO!

Hello 5D Families,

This week surely flew by!  We got into a more academic routine for math and literacy.  The students did a lot of thinking and brainstorming around classroom agreements in math and literacy.  We worked on other creative projects to bring the fifth grade hallway alive!  We can't wait to showcase it for you at Open House next Thursday the 14th.

Here's a glimpse into our week...


  • We talked about math workshop and how speaking, listening, thinking and behavior should look like in each center
  • We learned about order of operations for a math project
  • We practiced transitions to each center
  • We learned the games 24 and Salute!


  • Students brainstormed strategies on how to keep your eyes and mind in a book
  • Students brainstormed ways to become a stronger reader
  • We are reading The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart as our read aloud

Social Hour with 5L

  • We talked about social media and the way people are portrayed online (it's never too early to start)
  • We discussed ways that social media can influence our life
  • Students received their Chromebooks and started a digital citizenship program by Google called, "Be Internet Awesome"


  • Students worked in groups to create an Army Man Launcher 
  • We competed as classrooms in a whole fifth grade activity

Important Dates

Open House 9/14 at 6:30 in my Classroom
Picture Day 9/21
Early Release 9/27 (Dismissal at 12:50)
5th Grade Team Building at Stratham Hill Park 9/29 (Permission slip came home today

Math posters and some students reading...

Digital Citizenship

Army Man Launcher STEM activity

Our new Assistant Principal, Kate Belanger read aloud to 5D today!

Have a fantastic weekend!!!


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Week ONE, Complete!

Oh my goodness!  I can't even tell you what a fantastic week we had!  I feel like I already know these 5D kiddos!

Here are a few pictures from our week getting to know each other and 5L.

Human Knot with 5L

Tallest Card Tower Activity with 5L

Glider STEM Activity with 5L 

Painting Project with 5L

Artifact Museum

I hope you all enjoy your four day weekend!