February 4, 2013

If you’re interested in a free ebook from Scholastic, click here!  Be sure to check out the Scholastic book orders going home today, too!  Remember to check out info for ordering online under “Reading Programs & Resources” above!
P.S. Please remember that this Friday is a minimal day, which means school gets out at 12:30, and no lunch will be served!

Math resources
 (please practice at home & use these!  This is one of the very toughest units in 5th grade math):
*3 steps in multiplying decimals/big numbers that are multiples of 10:
1) Multiply the regular number first (ignore the 10’s and the decimals; in 3.6 x 20, just do 36 x 2 = 72)
2) Multiply on the tens (in 3.6 x 20, now add on the 0 from the 20 = 720–which is really multiplying it by 10 once, or shifting it to the left 1 place!)
3) Add the decimal (in 3.6 x 20, now add on 1 decimal place found in factors to your product = 72.0).

Homework: 
1) Math (7-13): p. 185 all, p. 186 evens.  Also, redo all low-scoring quizzes & practice/watch videos above!
2) Read 20 minutes (and every single day if your reading log grade is a little low to bring that up!)
3) Spelling due Wednesday!

4) Bring or email a current event each day this week!!

5) Missing work–remember our deal of demonstrating responsibility & respect!
6) Science Google Earth: (optional–I have also added this link under the Science tab): Just click on the link, download the file to your computer (under the “File” drop-down), and open it in Google Earth at home.  If you don’t already have Google Earth on your computer, it’s free to download, and tons of fun to play on!  🙂
7) Pick a person to interview for your wax museum project–any professional who manages resources!  
8) Practice typing games by going to “Games & Practice”–>”Language Arts.”  Remember that the DWA will be a typed assessment, so any typing practice you put in now will help!


Items of Business: 
*Class Store: If you have any extra soda, candy, trinkets, jewelry, or toys that you would like to donate to class store, please send it with your child! We would like to do one more often to serve as a motivator for positive behavior!
*We would always welcome donations of gerbil food for our class pets!


Upcoming Events: 
*Feb. 4-8: Counselor’s Week!  Hooray for Mrs. Mattingly!
*Feb. 8: Half day (professional development for teachers): 12:30 dismissal!
*Feb. 13: Wax Museum at 1:00 pm in the 5th grade classrooms!  Click here for more information!
*February 14: Valentine’s day party!  Sign-up sheet to be posted, and I will also email a class list so you have everyone’s names!
*February 15: Progress reports sent home
*February 18: No school! President’s Day!
*February 19: Boxtops due
*February 22: Boxtop dress down
*February 25-28: Parent Teacher conferences/book fair!
*February 28: Early dismissal: 1:45
*March 1: No school
*Week of March 4: DWA testing!  You may practice more on UtahWrite at home if you write down your username/password in class (we will also be doing so in school!)  Also, remember to practice typing games under Games & Practice–>Language Arts!
*March 15: Poetry Contest!!  This is an opportunity to have your poetry actually published!!  They are focusing on haikus this year, but all poetry forms are encouraged!  Click here for information on how haikus are written!
*March 22nd: Arbor Day poster contest (our school has registered our grade already)!

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