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Monday, 03 October 2016 00:00

Falling into 5th Grade

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Happy fall everyone! Can you believe that we’ve already reached October? We have been working very hard the past month in 5th grade and have so many exciting things to look forward to this month. In Math, we have been working on different types of word problems and how to solve them as well as place value and different properties such as the communitive and identity properties. Students have also begun moving from addition and subtraction on their power-ups to multiplication and division. If they have not already mastered these facts (so that they can complete the entire power-up of 40 questions in under a minute) they need to be practicing fact nightly. Having quick recall on their facts will make skills later this year much easier for them. In Reading, we are on to our 4th lesson. Students have been working on theme, comparing and contrasting, suffixes, and multiple…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 00:00

Welcome Back

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Welcome back to school! We have had a wonderful first few days of 5th grade and are looking forward to a fantastic rest of the year. We have already jumped right in to content and are excited to share what we are learning with you! For those who did not make it to parent night, please take a look at the parent guidebook on my website horihan5thgrade.weebly.com. While you are there feel free to look at some of the different pages and resources I have posted. Students have already been introduced to the math resource links. There are some fun games to practice facts and skills as well as sites that help students work on skills they are struggling with. Also please try to log in to thinkcentral at home and let me know if you need your password and username sent to you. ThinkCentral is a wonderful way for…
Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:00

Happy Summer!

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Wow! We have reached the end of our time in 5th grade. Looking back at this year I am reminded of what a veteran teacher once told me: The most exciting and saddening day of the year is the very last day of school. This could not be more true for both teachers and students alike. I am so incredibly proud of how much each 5th grader has grown. Each one has had their own personal victory and many have had more than I can count. The kiddos have all improved their comprehension skills, challenged themselve with fractions and decimals, explored research papers, and so much more! All of these skills will help them succeed in 6th grade. As we move in to summer I want to encourage you to have your child read, write, and do math (mixed in with lots and lots of play of course)! Taking even…
Sunday, 24 April 2016 00:00

Count Down to Summer

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Happy May! Many of the students are already eagerly counting down the days to summer and middle school. They have all been working very hard, and I look forward to watching them continue to grow in these last few weeks of 5th grade. These last few weeks are packed with a lot of very exciting activities as well as (of course) important learning opportunities. Please encourage your student to stay up to date on their work and keep focused! We’re not done quite yet. In Math, we have some new concepts we will be covering in the last few weeks that we have been working up to during the month of April. This last month is when we really start perfecting our work with fractions and decimals. We will also be covering using formulas in math, specifically the formula for Volume. Students will continue to have nightly math homework. All…
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 00:00

Happy April

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I hope everyone enjoyed our breaks as well as the Easter celebration. Students did such a wonderful job with our Lenten lessons in Religion class and had great insights and questions about the events surrounding Jesus’ suffer death, and resurrection. We are now entering the part of the year where the weather is getting nicer and everyone starts to get a little bit of “Spring Fever”. It is still extremely important that students stay focused and up to date on their assignments though. We have a lot of great and important concepts that we will be covering in the coming weeks! In Math, we have been doing a lot of work with fractions including multiplying fractions, adding and subtracting fractions, and creating equivalent fractions. These will continue to be important skills for us in the reminder of the year as well as in 6th grade math. Students have also begun…
Thursday, 25 February 2016 00:00

Springing into 3rd Trimester

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February has just flown by. It was wonderful to meet with many of you at conferences. I think it helped set a great tone for our goals in this last part of the year! In 5th grade math we have been working several key skills. Our most recent math sections have discussed probability, adding and subtracting fractions, measurement conversions, working with decimals, and continued practice with long division and multiple digit multiplication. I strongly encourage students to practice their math facts for multiplication and division at home regularly. We work on these in class daily, but fact fluency makes all of the concepts we are working much easier. The more practice students can get the better! In Reading students have enjoyed finishing our unit on historical fiction texts focused mainly on the American Revolution, reading some Science Fiction passages, and most recently Biographies and Autobiographies. These stories have allowed us…
Monday, 30 November 2015 00:00

Decking the Halls for December Learning

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We’re looking forward to a busy month in 5th grade this December. As a school we will be participating in the Advent Program on December 13th and having class Christmas parties on December 18th. There are also 3 dress down days this month. December 3rd is a free dress down. December 11th and December 17th cost $1. In Religion all class are talking about Advent and how it helps us reflect on our lives as we prepare to welcome Jesus at Christmas. This ties in nicely to our chapters on choosing to love and making good choices. Math is preparing for our 7th test over lessons 30-35. We are also talking about fractions and mixed numbers, division strategies, classifying more shapes, and lots more arithmetic and geometry to bring us to a pause before Christmas break. Students have been doing lots of hard work so far and should be proud…
Saturday, 31 October 2015 00:00

October Updates

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5TH grade is wrapping up another wonderful month and is busy as usual! Students did a wonderful job wrapping up our first unit in Journey’s. They have learned about theme, sequence of events, cause and effect, and writing our own narratives. They have also begun moving into the new content for Math, and many students are beginning to notice that they need a little extra review before assessments. (So make sure you are using those study guides at home)! In Religion, all classes have wrapped up our first unit and 3rd and 4th grade have done great work leading our school in prayer services. All classes have begun working on Chapter for and can expect their next test within the first two weeks of November. We also have a lot to look forward to in the coming month: November 4th- Field Trip to See the Soweto Gospel Choir November 5th-…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 00:00

Falling into New Learning

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The school year has been quickly picking up pace and we have moved into our second month of school already! The students have been hard at work and have so much hard work to be proud of. In reading we have finished lesson 3 and are on track to finish our first big unit in early October. Students are also getting ready to apply all of the narrative writing skills we have been working on in their "big" narrative project. This narrative will take us two weeks to complete since the first week will be spent planning out what we want to write. I can't wait to see all of the creative stories they come up with! Our math students in 5th grade will be finishing lesson 20 which means an assessment in the very near future. The students are already excited about the investigation that they will work on…
Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:00

It's May

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May is here, and is sure to be a busy month for 5th grade! We have a lot of fun events to look forward to and a lot more learning to accomplish. We have 2 more big field trips scheduled for the year. We're off to the Water Works Festival on May 14th. Forms are due Tuesday, May 12th! Then, we are going to the Living History Farms on May 28th. Forms for that will go home shortly and will be due back by May 26th! In Reading, we just wrapped up our Frindle unit. Students did a great job with Lit Circle discussion and analyzing themes, main ideas, and character conflicts in the book. Grades for the Frindle tests, including our first essay response for reading are posted on Power School. We will start our next novel study this week and it will take us through the end of…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 00:00

April Blog

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Can you believe it’s already spring? Our year is very quickly wrapping up, but we are still staying very busy in 5th grade. Here is what we have to look forward to this month…. Math- we are working on lesson 83 next and will be due for a test again early in the week of April 13th! Reading- Reading tests have been changed around a bit to make up for the missed school days this month. Lessons 24 and 25 will be tested on Fridays. I will be assessing all areas for both of these lessons, and students should be sure to review their study guides prior to the tests as usual! Religion- All students have just wrapped up a chapter, and will be moving into our next section very shortly! We will only have a few more actual tests before all grades move into an end of the year…
Saturday, 31 January 2015 00:00

Fantastic February Update

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We're getting ready to wrap up our second trimester! Can you believe how fast the year is flying by? Our class has a lot to look forward to in the month of February! We’ll stay plenty busy with field trips, benchmarking, and lots and lots of learning! As we get going I just want to give you a quick overview of what we have coming up. Reading: Benchmarking, benchmarking, benchmarking! We will have our benchmarking on Friday, February 6th. Please make sure your student gets a good night sleep and eats a good breakfast before! A great way to help your child prepare is to continue to have them read out loud and to ask them questions about what they’re reading. Religion: We will be starting our Paschal Mystery Projects on February 2nd in preparation for the start of the Lent season. Each student will receive a break down of…
Monday, 01 December 2014 00:00

A look at December

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Happy December! We have a lot to look forward this month in 5th grade! Reading: We will be doing 2 more lesson this month! The first lesson will start on Dec. 3rd. We will take a spelling and vocabulary test on Dec. 9th, and students' packets for the lesson will also be due on the 9th. The second lesson will begin on Dec. 10th, but since we will be missing a few days of Reading for field trips, we will not take our comprehension, grammar, vocab, and spelling tests until Dec. 18th. Students will be given class time to work on their reading seat work packets, but are expected to complete them for homework if they do not finish them in class. These packet also contain a list of students' spelling and vocab words for the lesson. Language: We will have 2 writing projects this month! The first on will…
Saturday, 01 November 2014 00:00

November Blog 5th Grade

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Happy November Families! We are nearing the end of our first trimester with lots of fun and learning to look forward to as we sail straight into November! In October we took our field trip to the History Museum and Jordan House, finished up several writing assignments, and learned all about the different vocations in the Catholic Church! November brings with it our benchmarking, report cards, and so much more. In Reading We have started Unit 2 Lesson 8 and are focusing on cause and effect as we read about the Everglades and other ecosystems. Lesson 8 will have a Vocab and Spelling test on November 4th so pleas remind our student to review their words nightly. Students have a copy of spelling in their Readers Notebook and their Vocab in their Reading Notebook. Words were also included in the weekly email home. Benchmarking for 5th grade will happen on…
Sunday, 05 October 2014 19:00

Happy Fall

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  October is just around the corner, and we have a lot going on this month!  Several things are still in the works so stayed tuned for additional information coming soon.   Planner Policy:  5th grade has a new policy for our student planners.  Students must fill out their planner with all assignments (even those they have already completed).  Parents need to sign their child’s planner every night.  Students who have their planner signed every day during the week will get their name in a drawing for a prize the following week!  You should expect your child to have homework in at least one or two subjects every day.  Conferences Conferences are coming up the week of October 13th.  Make sure to sign up for a time when the sign-up sheet becomes available.  Assessments Students will be taking Iowa Assessments the week of October 6th.  Please make sure your student…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 15:38

Welcome Back!

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  Welcome back!  Can you believe we’ve already made it through a week of school?  We’ve gotten through quite a bit already, and 4th and 5th grade have already had their first Religion tests of the year.                In Math we’ve finished our first 5 lessons.  We’ve been working on odd and even numbers, adding whole numbers, different additive properties, and a variety of other skills.  The first few days, students had time to work on homework, but they’ve realized quickly the extra time to work on the assignment is getting shorter.  Within the next week or so you should anticipate your student having math homework on a nightly basis.                In reading we have been doing book clubs.  Students are reading one of three different books and practicing writing summaries and making inferences about what they are reading.  Starting the first week of September we will begin…