Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Few displays around Room 54

Assignment Sheet Nov. 2-6

FIFTH GRADE NEWS
*Fundraiser money is due November 20th!!!
*Barrier Island Payment #3 is due November 4th!

ELA NEWS
We will begin reading our new novel Qwerty Stevens: Back in Time with Thomas Edison. Classes will continue studying grammar and writing multi-paragraph essays.


MATH NEWS
We will be reviewing all fractions for a test on Thursday!


SCIENCE NEWS
We'll be conducting lots of hands-on activities with balanced and unbalanced forces.


SOCIAL STUDIES NEWS
We will continue to introduce our new unit: the Industrial Revolution. Be sure to look for information about our invention projects!

SPELLING
1. humorous
2. calendar
3. character
4. tournament
5. determine
6. mis-bad, wrong
7. spect-observe
8. tri-three
9. fac-to do or make
10.aqua-water
11. misbehave
12. inspector
13. tricycle
14. factory
15. aquatic

Quote
The difference between education and intelligence is that intelligence will make you a good living. ~Charles Kettering

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Parent Portal! Important News for Parents!

Keep Track of your student's grades online (Click Here for more information)

IMPORTANT!!!!
Parent Portal Overview
Parents and guardians of students in Anderson School District Five will now be able to view student progress through PowerSchool, the District's student information system. PowerSchool is used to schedule, take attendance, store transcripts, report cards, and more. PowerSchool "brings together teachers, students parents, and administrators" in an easily used web-based data system. PowerSchool, and the parent portal, may be accessed from any place with Internet access. The application uses a secure link that encrypts the data to and from the end user and is very secure.

Parents interested in acquiring access will need to visit your child's school and must fill out a PowerSchool Parent Portal Registration Form which will be kept on file with the school. Picture ID must be provided to the front office along with the form. This information will be verified against parent/guardian records on file to protect the confidentiality of your son/daughter's information. Parent/student access to PowerSchool will be by unique login ID (username) and password. For families with more than one child in the District, a separate parent username and password will be provided for access to each child's information.

This webpage is designed to guide parents/guardians through accessing information available within PowerSchool.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fifth Grade Cheer

Fifth Grade
We are Fifth Grade

Fifth Grade
We are Fifth Grade

Let’s get it now
It’s time to shine
Just take a bow
I’m feelin’ fine

It’s time to learn
So kiss your brain
I’m in the groove
Now let it rain!

Let it Rain... Let it Rain!

We are Fifth Grade!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

RCA Conference pictures

Ron Clark Academy Educators' Conference Oct. 23-25


Here I am with Ron Clark and Kim Bearden

Here I am reliving my cheerleading days as I jump on the bungee jump at RCA! (Mr. Clark touched the ceiling!)

Well, this weekend I had the amazing opportunity to visit the Ron Clark Academy for the second time. I went for a weekend conference where I was involved in workshops, saw Mr. Clark teach (again), and watched their students perform. The weekend was AWESOME! I love getting ideas that I can easily come back and implement in my classroom. Mr. Clark and Mrs. Bearden, the co-founder, even gave my class a SHOUT OUT!!! ENJOY!
video

Assignment Sheet Oct. 26-30

FIFTH GRADE NEWS
Friday, October 30th is a staff development day and Monday, November 2nd is a student holiday! See you on Tuesday, November 3rd!!!

ELA NEWS
We will be completing an art integration lesson this week with Mrs. Hart to finish up our study of Because of Winn Dixie. Students will also be working on the 9 weeks writing prompt.

MATH NEWS
We'll be adding and subtracting fractions this week!

SCIENCE NEWS
We will be starting our new unit: Forces and Motion! This is a fun unit with lots of hands-on experiences!

SOCIAL STUDIES NEWS
We will continue to introduce our new unit: the Industrial Revolution. Be sure to look for information about our invention projects!

SPELLING
1. angel
2. angle
3. lose
4. loose
5. breathe
6. extra-beyond
7. inter-between
8. semi-half
9. co-together
10.en-in, into
11. extraordinary
12. interchangeable
13. semifinalist
14. coordinate
15. encourage

Quote
"When in doubt, tell the truth." ~Mark Twain

Monday, October 19, 2009

Assignment Sheet October 19-13

FIFTH GRADE NEWS
The first nine weeks ends this Wednesday, October 21st. Now would be a good time to start setting goals for improvement for the second nine weeks!

ELA NEWS
We are continuing with Because of Winn Dixie. Classes will be taking a unit test on this book before Wednesday. We will begin our mosaics the following week!

SOCIAL STUDIES NEWS
We are wrapping up the Westward Expansion unit and will be taking a test this week. Our next unit will focus on the Industrial Revolution.

SPELLING
1. whole
2. where
3. which
4. weight
5. whether
6. pend-hang
7. grad-step
8. nym-word
9. cred-believe, trust
10. stat-stay
11. pendulum
12. gradual
13. synonym
14. incredible
15. stationary

Quote
Good judgement comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgement. ~Rita Mae Brown

All the Action Verbs

VERBS!!!!
Written by Mrs. Bracken
Calhoun Academy of the Arts
Anderson, SC
Sing to: Beyonce “Single Ladies”

All the Action Verbs.... All the Action Verbs
All the Helping Verbs... All the Helping Verbs
All the Linking Verbs... All the Linking Verbs
All the Action Verbs

Now put your hands up!
Action verbs
Acting Up
Showing what the subject does
Running- Swimming
Dancing-Singing
Sometimes it’s action you can’t see

Direct objects, follow the verb
Answer what? Or whom?
Just stay on track!
There’s no turning back-
Cause there’s just a lot to learn

CHORUS:
When you write a sentence you must put a verb in it
It’s not a complete sentence until you put a verb in it
Lights, Camera, Action- put a verb in it
Come on- now you hear me-put a verb in it

Uh oh oh Uh oh oh oh oh oh Uh oh oh (x2)
REPEAT CHORUS (but no the uh oh's)

To help us all out
We’ve got some helping verbs
Working with the main action verb
Am are were have
Has is was had
Helping out is not so bad

Now another kind
They’re called linking verbs
They’re opposite and don’t show action

They link the subject with the predicate
She is strong--the racers seem ready

CHORUS:
When you write a sentence you must put a verb in it
It’s not a complete sentence until you put a verb in it
Lights, Camera, Action- put a verb in it
Come on- now you hear me-put a verb in it

Uh oh oh Uh oh oh oh oh oh Uh oh oh (x2)
REPEAT CHORUS

Oh- It’s present tense if it’s happening now
All you do is add an “s”
Past tense is easy, too- just add an –ed
The future tense will come
So just use will or shall
Make sure it agrees- singular or plural
Subject singular add an “s”
A plural leave alone
If you don’t it will be wrong
It will be on like Donkey Kong

All the Action Verbs.... All the Action Verbs
All the Helping Verbs... All the Helping Verbs
All the Linking Verbs... All the Linking Verbs
All the Action Verbs... Now put your hands up

When you write a sentence you must put a verb in it
It’s not a complete sentence until you put a verb in it
Lights, Camera, Action- put a verb in it
Come on- now you hear me-put a verb in it

Uh oh oh Uh oh oh oh oh oh Uh oh oh (x2)

What You Know about Nouns

"What You Know About Nouns"
Sing to "What you Know" T.I.
Written by: Fifth Grade Teachers at Calhoun Academy
Anderson, SC

What you know about nouns!?!? What you know about nouns!?!? What you know about nouns!?!? We know all about nouns!!
A person, a place, or animal or thing. Like a boy or a school or a dog or a ring.
What you know about nouns!?!? What you know about nouns!?!? What you know about nouns!?!? We know all about nouns!!
--Repeat—
When we talkin' nouns, you know we mean the stars of sentences, so let us tell you what they are. (PEOPLE) like the students, yo. (PLACE) like the schools, yo. (ANIMAL) like the fishes, yo. (THING) like the dishes, yo.


Now if it's singular, it stands for one of ya,
And if it's plural, it stands for more than one of ya.
You change by adding s, to all those normal nouns.
For example, pencils, pens and maybe crowns.
Now if it ends in X, ch, sh, double s. You add an es to the end, nonetheless.
You carry boxes yo, and ride the buses, yo, Or wear the dresses yo, and eat the lunches, yo.
A person, a place, or animal or thing. Like a boy or a school or a dog or a ring.
What you know about nouns!?!?
What you know about nouns!?!?
What you know about nouns!?!?
We know all about nouns!!


When we talking nouns with a consonant before the “y”, come on drop the “y” and add “ies”
city with an -ies
family with an -ies
cherry with an -ies
party with an -ies
Now if the ending is f or fe change the f to v and add es
A cat with 9 lives yo, the leaves on the trees yo, the calves on the farm yo, two halves of a pizza yo,

Not every noun follows the pattern
irregular nouns-change a few letters
You walk on ya feet yo,
you feed the geese yo
You trick the mice yo,
you teach the children yo


Some don’t change, no matter how many
The word sounds the same, and the spelling doesn’t change
Fishing for 1 trout or fishing for two trout
Hunting for 1 deer or hunting for 10 deer
The two types of nouns are common and proper
Common is just plain but proper gets specific
Keep the lowercase-- on the common nouns
Proper nouns are queens so give them special crowns
Your school is Calhoun yo, Your state is S.C yo, Your country is the US yo, Your planet is the Earth yo


What you know about nouns!?!? What you know about nouns!?!? What you know about nouns!?!? We know all about nouns!!
A person, a place, or animal or thing.
Like a boy or a school or a dog or a ring.
What you know about nouns!?!? What you know about nouns!?!? What you know about nouns!?!? We know all about nouns!!

I Know What Possessive Means

“I Know What Possessive Means”
Sing to “Obsessed” by Mariah Carey
By: Kim Bearden- Ron Clark Academy

So oh oh oh ohSo oh oh oh ohSo oh oh oh ohSo oh oh oh ohSo oh oh oh ohSo oh oh oh ohSo oh oh oh ohSo oh oh oh ohWhen you’ve got wordsDifferent nouns
And you need to know whose they are
Apostrophes go
With an s
We’ll learn the rules for
Different sets
Singular nouns
Apostrophe s
It’s always the same, except for with names
With those you choose what you want to do
You got it now? You got it now? OhI know what possessive means (boy, I want to know)It’s so easy can’t you see (when everybody knows)
It’s not too hard to learn just threeRules to make your friends impressed
Use ‘em right each time—you’ll have success
Show ownership or relationship
Keep it straight in your mind
It’s confusing you what you’ve got to do
But it’s easy you will find
Plural nouns that end in s
Simply add apostrophe after the S

Oh oh oh…

I know what possessive means
Oh, oh, oh….


Plural nouns
That don’t end in s
Add the apostrophe
Before the S

That’s all there is
No complications
Only three rules
No hesitation
Tell the world how they should use themMake them stop
Always abusin’ ‘em
Tell mom and pop
Tell corporationsHave a press conferenceHave a conversationI know what possessive means (boy, I want to know)It’s so easy can’t you see (when everybody knows)
It’s not too hard to learn just threeRules to make your friends impressed
Use ‘em right each time—you’ll have success

Show ownership or relationship
Keep it straight in your mind
It’s confusing you what you’ve got to do
But it’s easy you will find
Plural nouns that end in s
Simply add apostrophe after the S

I know what possessive means

Westward Expansion Song

My student teacher from Clemson decided that she really wanted to write a song to go along with our Westward Expansion unit. So, here are the lyrics. Enjoy and use this to help study for your test.


Hey, do you know how our country got so big, so big, so big, so big?
Pioneers traveled West by covered wagons, wagons, wagons, wagons
On trails used by Native Americans like Oregon and Santa Fe, Santa Fe
1849 in California, gold rush!

They packed up and said I’m leavin’ never looking back again
I found some riches sure to make me a rich man
No more that crowded land
We settlin’ that land
Yeah, we gonna get farmland, farmland
And we’re leavin’ never looking back again
So, tell the government that you wanna homestead
Cowboys, ranchers
Miners, farmers
How do you share the land like that?

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh….

Now all this travel brought about a new railroad, railroad, railroad, railroad
Union and Central raced for more money, money, money, money
This made travel faster than they’d ever seen, ever seen, ever seen, ever seen
The East and West were now connected

They packed up and said I’m leavin’ never looking back again
I found some riches sure to make me a rich man
No more that crowded land
We settlin’ that land
Yeah, we gonna get farmland, farmland
And we’re leavin’ never looking back again
So, tell the government that you wanna homestead
Cowboys, ranchers
Miners, farmers
How do you share the land like that?

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh….

Go West, go West, go West
Just tell ‘em to the left, left, left
Go West, go West, go West
Cause we gone and we gone and we gone
Go West, go West, go West
Yeah, we deserve nothing but the best
Go West, go West, go West

They packed up and said I’m leavin’ never looking back again
I found some riches sure to make me a rich man
No more that crowded land
We settlin’ that land
Yeah, we gonna get farmland, farmland
And we’re leavin’ never looking back again
So, tell the government that you wanna homestead
Cowboys, ranchers
Miners, farmers
How do you share the land like that?

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh….

Thursday, October 15, 2009

New Special Area Schedule

Mrs. Bracken’s Special Area Schedule

Week 1
Monday- Drama-Small
Chorus/Beginning Strings/CADE

Tuesday-Art-Hart
Advanced Strings

Wednesday-Music-Mantooth
CAP

Thursday-PE-Smith
Beginning Strings/CADE

Friday-Library-Jones
Advanced Strings


Week 2
Monday- Dance-Morf
Chorus/Beginning Strings/CAP

Tuesday-Art-Hart
Advanced Strings

Wednesday-Music-Mantooth
CADE

Thursday-PE-Smith
Beginning Strings/CAP

Friday-Computer/Guidance-Rowland/Tritt
Advanced Strings


Beginning Strings students need to go to PE on Wednesdays with Mrs. O’Neal’s Homeroom. Week 1- Cade Members need to go to PE on Friday with Mr. Pearson’s homeroom. Week 2- CAP Members need to go to PE on Friday with Mr. Pearson’s homeroom.






Mr. Pearson’s Special Area Schedule

Week 1
Monday-Library-Jones
Chorus/Beginning Strings/CADE

Tuesday-Music-Craft
Advanced Strings

Wednesday-Dance-Morf
CAP

Thursday-Art-Hart
Beginning Strings/CADE

Friday-PE-Smith
Advanced Strings

Week 2
Monday-Computer/Guidance-Rowland/Tritt
Chorus/Beginning Strings/CAP

Tuesday-Music-Craft
Advanced Strings

Wednesday-Drama-Small
CADE

Thursday-Art-Hart
Beginning Strings/CAP

Friday-PE-Smith
Advanced Strings

Barrier Island Fundraiser

Please help support our trip to Barrier Island. We have a lot of really neat items for sale. Come check them out in the front office.

Notepad with Ribbon- $10.00
Small notepad without ribbon- $5.00


Bag Tags- $5.00


Fleece Blankets- $15.00 (Profit- $3.00 per blanket/ $2.00 profit for extra personalization)

Cinch Sacks- $15.00 (Profit $5.00/ $2.00 profit for extra personalization)


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Monday, October 12, 2009

Assignment Sheet Oct. 12-16

FIFTH GRADE NEWS
Wednesday, October 14th is a HALF DAY! Students will be dismissed at 11:00.
ELA NEWS
We will continue reading our second novel, Because of Winn Dixie, this week. Vocabulary quizzes will be given after every fifth chapter.

MATH NEWS
Buckle up! We are starting a new unit on FRACTIONS!

SCIENCE NEWS
Students will continue working on their research projects and begin preparing their presentations.

SOCIAL STUDIES NEWS
We will be finishing up our unit on Westward Expansion this week in preparation for a test the following week.


SPELLING
1. though
2. alone
3. poem
4. occasion
5. no one
6. geo-earth
7. hydro-water
8. meter (metr)-measure
9. port-carry
10. sphere-round
11. geology
12. hydroplane
13. thermometer
14. transport
15. spherical

Quote
Yesterday is history; tomorrow's a mystery; Today is a gift…that's why it's called 'the present.' ~Anonymous

Monday, October 5, 2009

Assignment Sheet Oct. 5-9

FIFTH GRADE NEWS
Barrier Island Payment #2 is due! Please turn in your $45 if you have not already done so! Also, be on the look-out for fundraiser information!


ELA NEWS
We are starting our second novel, Because of Winn Dixie, this week.


MATH NEWS
We will continue with GCF and LCM. Look out for a quiz on Wednesday! We will end the week with a quick taste of fractions.


SCIENCE NEWS
We are continuing our study of ecosystems.


SOCIAL STUDIES NEWS
This week, we will continue discussing ranchers, cowboys, and Native Americans and the effects expansion had on these groups of people.


SPELLING
1. usually
2. beginning
3. worried
4. possess
5. finally
6. geo-earth
7. hydro-water
8. meter (metr)-measure
9. port-carry
10. sphere-round
11. geography
12. hydrant
13. metronome
14. portable
15. atmosphere

Quote
"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different."
CoCo Chanel

Saturday, October 3, 2009

RCA latest


Ron Clark Academy was on CNN this weekend. Take a look. We do not have a two story slide inside our school, but we have learned so much from RCA (and we know it works), so we are trying to create this same type of atmosphere in our fifth grade classes at CALHOUN!!! What do you think students? How do you like fifth grade and why?

CLICK HERE