5th Grade Market Day Tomorrow!



Help support the 5th grade by purchasing handmade crafts and treats tomorrow, Friday, January 18th! The sale will take place in the upper elementary hallway immediately following lunch. Items will be priced between 25¢ to $2.00. Thank you for your support!


Homework Packet


Students received a homework packet today. This will be due next Monday, January 14. Just a reminder that all packets contain the following:

  • Multiplication or division fact fluency game
  • Math review pages
  • Cursive handwriting practice
  • A reading passage with questions (this is not included in this week’s packet by mistake!)

Additionally, students are expected to:

  • Read at least 20 minutes every night and answer the questions on the front of the packet.
  • Complete Xtra Math if your child is still on 6-second multiplication or division (if you have access to internet at home).
  • Complete the IXL skills until a Smart Score of 75 (if you have access to internet at home).

Helpful Hints:

  • Break the packet into smaller, manageable chunks and encourage your child to complete one each day. That way, students can do high-quality work for each section rather than rushing to complete it over the weekend.
  • Set a consistent time and place each day that your child can complete the portions of homework. This creates a predictable routine that your child can follow.
  • Look over the packet when your child is done. Are the pages complete? Is the handwriting neat? Make sure your child is setting high expectations for himself/herself.
  • Feel free to also check your child’s work (even if it’s with a calculator!) Students should fix their work if it’s incorrect. The goal of this homework is to improve what they have already learned!
  • The homework packet will never contain information that students have never learned. Therefore, if your child is struggling, ask her/him to think about strategies he/she has learned to solve those types of problems. Ask him/her to teach you those strategies.


Parent-Teacher Conferences


It’s almost time for our second round of Parent-Teacher Conferences! Conferences will take place on Thursday, January 31, Monday, February 4, and Wednesday, February 6. Your conference time will take place on the same day and at the same time as it did in the fall in order to accommodate parents with multiple children at DES. Please look for the note in your child’s take-home folder today to see your assigned date and time. Please indicate if this time works for you by filling out the bottom of the form and returning it to school with your child. If this conference time does not work for you, I’m happy to do a conference after school at 3:10 p.m. or 3:40 p.m. on any of the conference days. Thank you!

Multiplication and Division Test


On Tuesday, your child took a math test. This math test assessed students’ ability to multiply (i.e. 245 x 6 and 45 x 87), divide (i.e. 546 ÷ 6), and answer word problems. On Wednesday, students were given the chance to fix the mistakes on their test. Some students worked with me.

Your child is coming home with the graded math test today. Please look it over and discuss the results with your child. We will continue to focus on these skills by reviewing through homework, math RtI, and future math units. You can also help your child practice at home using IXL.

It is important to note that 4th graders have learned multiple methods for solving multiplication and division problems.  Throughout instruction in this unit, students practiced the standard algorithm, however many were not able to use with complete accuracy.

If you are helping with homework at home, encourage your child to use the method that works best. The multiplication model is known as the area model of multiplication and the division method is called the place value strategy. Your child should be able to explain these methods to you or you may google them for more information. Please feel free to contact me with questions!

Pajama and Movie Day Tomorrow!


Tomorrow, students are invited to wear their pajamas to school. They may also bring slippers and ONE SMALL stuffed animal or pillow. The stuffed animal or pillow must be small enough to fit in students’ lockers. Students will be participating in a Read-a-Thon all morning, so they can bring reading materials from home, if they would like.

As a special holiday treat, Mrs. Gust is going to show a movie in the afternoon. All students will gather in the gym for the movie, and they will also receive popcorn.

Holiday Break runs from Monday, December 24 through Wednesday, January 2. Students return to school on Thursday, January 3.

Homework This Week


There will NOT be a homework packet sent home with your child this week. Instead, please have your child read at least 20 minutes per day and complete Xtra Math if your child is still working to complete multiplication or division.

Tonight, I have sent home unfinished work home with students to complete.

Multiplication Problems: Students were given time in class to complete 10 multiplication problems with a partner. Students that are not finished must do them at home and turn them in tomorrow. Students have learned how to use the area model to find the answers to each problem. The picture below shows the area model method for the equation 25 x 83. T partial products addition equation is written underneath.

Some students do not need the area model, so they choose to only use the partial products method. Students SHOULD NOT need help completing this assignment, but they do make small mistakes. I would appreciate it if you would check their work to make sure they have multiplied and added correctly.

Writing Homework: Over the past week, students have started generating ideas for our persuasive writing unit. They have been writing claims, thinking about their audience, and coming up with strong reasons to support their claim. Today, students were given time in class to fill in their “Claims Audience Reasons Form.”The goal was to write 3 claims and 3 strong reasons to support each claim. If students did not finish, they must finish tonight and bring it back to school tomorrow.

Hour of Code


Hour of Code: Today students participated in Hour of Code, led by Ms. Anderson and Mr. Curry, both volunteers from Herman Miller. The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming. Students are encouraged to continue their coding practice at home by visiting hourofcode.com. Click on the activities link to find programs.