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Vocab Root Lists

Vocab Root Lists can now be found in a folder in the Locker.  If you are a student who might need some extra time, here is your opportunity to start sooner than Monday to study for each list.  

Good luck!

The Locker
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JiJi at Home

Practicing JiJi Fluency at home is now required at this time.  Students have already started this section of the program and should continue with multiplication.  However, the goal is to get through multiplication and addition, as well.  

Directions were sent home on how to download an app for either an iPad or a tablet for using JiJi at home.  Directions for accessing JiJi math from your home computer are located in The Locker to the left (tablet instructions are there as well).  At this point, students will be limited to practicing concepts that have already been taught.  JiJi math is student-driven and very little guidance is provided while the students puzzle through the games and levels.  Please resist the urge to help your student.  Ask open-ended questions, such as, "What have you tried?" or "Why do you think that happened?" or "What is JiJi trying to do?"  This will allow your student to increase his/her critical thinking skills and help prepare them for problem solving at a whole new level.  With JiJi, making mistakes and trying things is part of the process and learning.  Gently remind your student to "think, then click".  Most of all....Have fun!!

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Michelle Africano

Jiji goal for the week: 100%

Bring a towel to school!

Picnic lunch on the grass season...bring a towel to sit on!!

Current Assignments
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Important Dates:

Dates to Remember: 

June

6.3 - 5th Grade Walking Field Trip to Sowers

6.6 - Market Day!

6.6 - Ruby's Dinner for Spring Fling Winners

6.13 - Chalk Festival for 5th grade

6.18 - Sports Day

6.19 - Rocket Launch

6.20 - Promotion

6.21 - Last Day of School

 

 

 

Important Dates for 2018-2019 school year:

  • First day of school:  September 6, 2018
  • Thanksgiving break:  Nov. 19- Nov. 21, 2018
  • Winter break:  Dec. 24 - Jan 4, 2019
  • Spring break:  April 15 - 19, 2019
  • Last day of school:  June 21, 2019

Typing Club!

Homework Expectations

Homework Expectations:  Here's what you can anticipate on a regular basis for homework...

  • Math: Expect math homework nightly, unless completed during class time.  If this is the case, students should bring the finished assignment home so you can see that it's finished and be brought back the next day for correcting. Anyone with a "Correct & Return" is expected to make corrections and turn it back in for full credit, C&R's are worth 1 point until turned back in corrected, then they are worth the full 2 points.  Homework is worth 2 points and accumulates quickly.  Missing assignments can impact a student's grade significantly if this becomes chronic. Assignments are posted daily on this site and it is the student's responsibility to check it for clarification or help with an assignment (I sometimes post a related video!).
  • States tests will take place every other week.  These tests are cumulative, so each week we will add 3 to 5 new states for students to memorize and identify on a map of the US. Memorizing capitals will earn class money!
  • Vocabulary tests will happen every week.  There will be 3 to 4 tests for each "unit".  For example, one week we will be on 1.3, the next week we will finish with 1.4, at which time we will start again with a new unit and begin the list again at 2.1. Students are required to study these at home in whatever manner works for them.  They will need to be able to use the root-embedded vocabulary word properly in a sentence.
  • Reading Logs will be done from time to time. Regardless of whether or not there is a reading log, students should read 15-20 minutes each night. Your signature in their planner communicates to me that you have checked on this task.  
  • Write@Home: This academic activity will rotate from week to week. I expect the students to work on applying what they learn during our writing blocks each time they complete one of these.  Please help your student with a light touch...they truly need to learn this process on their own.  
  • Fluency: Until you pass the Timed Test: Each student needs to spend 10 minutes on Fluency each night, Monday through Thursday, or until full mastery of multiplication facts is achieved.
  • Typing Club:  If possibly, spend 10 minutes on Typing Club each night, Monday through Thursday.  This will help them prepare for middle school, and will be optional but SO WORTH THE TIME!
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Don't be afraid to fail.  The most successful people in their industries were told they were never going to make it, and look what happened!  

Be courageous.  Be comfortable with being uncomforable.  

Make mistakes.  That's how you learn.

That's how you grow.

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Quote of the Week:

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We love Arrowhead Ranch!

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Scroll down! There's some really good stuff down there...

"Remind" Information

Send a text to 81010, with the message, "@africano (if you have trouble with the number, try 714-676-8254.)  OR, you can sign up to receive emails instead by emailing rmd.at/africano. You may opt out of these services at any time by "unsubscribing."  You can also use this easy link! https://www.remind.com/join/africano

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Really Cool Websites

http://childrensappreview.blogspot.com/: This is a blog site by an educational researcher called, A Matter of App.  Trustworthy.

www.khanacademy.org: Great videos to help with math.

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-fifth-grade-math: Videos specific to 5th grade Common Core.

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-fourth-grade-math: Really helpful review of 4th grade math skills (helpful for FRACTIONS!).

scholastic.com: A treasure of resources for parents, students, and teachers.

nimblefingers.com: Keyboarding practice. OR

learninggamesforkids.com: More keyboarding practice in a game format.

funbrain.com: Games for learning.

mrnussbaum.com/grade-5/: All kinds of learning help.

http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/grade/5-6/: Parent and afterschool resources for homework help.

learni.st: Learning about anything and everything.

math-play.com: Learning math through games.  Enough said.

discoveryeducation.com: One of the best out there for learning and exploration.

appolicious.com: All you need to know about the world of Apps!

manythings.org: Help for students learning English as a second language.

http://animal.discovery.com/: Animal Planet.

storybird.com: Create, read, and share your stories!

thecolor.com: Online coloring book pages.

arkive.org: Info on the world's species, all in one location.

turtlediary.com: Although 5th grade games are still in the works, you can search by topic and still get some valuable information on the water cycle, learning keyboarding, and more.

Got Flashcards?

Did you know that you can go to the Lakeshore website and make your own flashcards?  For those who need extra practice with math facts, vocabulary words, science concepts, and just about anything else, you can click on this link to take you there:

http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/general_content/free_resources/teachers_corner/flashcard/flashcardmaker.jsp?f=m

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