December News

It seems incredible that we are almost 1/2 way through 5th grade! Here is a brief overview of the things we will be working on during the next few weeks:


The classes have switched novels from November. During December, 5A will be reading Loser, and 5B will be reading Shiloh. Both classes will have an open-book, multiple choice test on Wednesday December 16th. Both books have AR tests that the students are welcome to take to count towards their 8 points needed for the quarter (those points will be due December 17th).


We are working our way through the Adjectives unit. Things seem to be getting easier for the classes as they continue to better understand nouns and the words that modify them. Please continue to expect daily assignments and a test over the unit (open-book) on Wednesday December 16th. I know that two tests are currently planned for this day, but both are open book, cannot be studied for, and should not pose too challenging for the classes.



We have begun our unit on the 13 original British colonies. This unit will not be tested until sometime in mid-January. The students will be using the textbook during this unit, so please know that there will be days with Social Studies assignments (though more often than not, there will be ample class time given to complete the work at school).



The Instagram project is due Friday December 11th. For extra credit, students may turn in their work early: Monday 12/7 - 3 points extra credit, Wednesday 12/9 - 2 points, Thursday 12/10 - 1 point.

November Events

We only have a few short weeks in November - here is a brief overview of what we are going to be working on during that time.


5A will be reading Shiloh and 5B will be reading Loser. Most of the reading will be done during class with assignments several times a week. Weekly Spelling words will come from the reading and can be found under the Documents tab on this page. The classes will switch novels in December.


The next unit, Early English Settlements, is a very short one. We will be discussing the British colonies of Roanoke, Jamestown, and Plymouth in North America. There will be a test on the last day before Thanksgiving break (watch for a study guide about a week before).


The next project will tie in with the Early English Settlements unit in Social Studies. The "What If The Colonists Had Instagram" Project will be assigned during November, but will not be due until December - more due dates to come once the assignment has been given.


The Pronouns Unit test will be Mid-November and will be open-book and open-note. The Adjectives unit will follow and most likely will go through most of December.

Instagram Project Research Websites

Jamestown Game


Click the link above to see how YOU would do if YOU were a Jamestown colonist.

Will you lead your colony to greatness or disaster?




What If the Colonists Had Instagram?

"What If the Colonists Had Instagram?" is the title of a cross-curricular social studies and writing project the students will begin working on this week. I am really excited about this project, which will allow students to showcase their creativity while learning more about the early English settlers in Jamestown, Roanoke, and Plymouth.

This project will be something the students will be expected to work on both at home and at school. I have class time set aside in the coming weeks to assist students here at school, but not enough to allow the project to be done entirely during school.

The final project is due on Friday December 11th.


You will find several useful pages under the documents tab on my webpage:

1. Assignment information sheet - this page not only explains the project, but outlines my expectations for the project. This page will be given to the students.

2. Project rubric - a copy of this will be given to the students and a rubric will need to be handed in with the final project.

3. Project Example - this is an example of how you could complete the project using the computer (this example was created in Word). Character, location, photo, caption, likes, comments, and citing of photo sources are all mandatory. Hashtagging is optional. This format does NOT have to be used. Projects may be computer generated, hand drawn/written (neatly!), traced, etc.