Thursday, November 27, 2014

Give Thanks


Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

November Author's Chair


What fun I had today in Class Connect! I love your stories, poems, and projects! 

Here are the writing samples shared today.

River's Eye 
by EvaKay

I sit beside my river's eye
and try to fly
but every time I sit
I sigh and cry
and I try to fly again.

Elevator Quick Write
by Alexyz

I was riding on an elevator when...
It suddenly got stuck and the lights went off, but I had a flashlight so I wasn't scared. As I waited for 1 hour, I started to see ghosts and monsters in the elevator. An hour later, the elevator turned back on and went up. I was still seeing things and thought a Dinosaur was chasing me. When I got out, I ran out...

Elevator Quick Write
by Bethany

I was riding in an elevator when...
All of the sudden, it stopped. I freaked and my mom said, "It's probably just like the one at Tyler Tech, and it stops at the end." 
  "But we are at the top. I said. We are stuck." 
  "At least I have snacks."
  "Really how could you think of eating at a time like this."
  "Don't worry, we are gonna get out."
  "Don't worry, Don't worry, How could I not worry. We're stuck in an elevator!"

November Brainstorm
by Mrs. Sol's Class

World War II Normandy
By Jacob

Preparing for the invasion of the beaches at Normandy.

During world war II the Allies put together a campaign to trick the enemy troops into thinking that they where going to Pas de Calais. They used inflatable vehicles to deceive photo recognizance. They also used a tool to make the tank tracks and transmitted fake troop and supply movements. The Alli troops also led the Germans to believe that Norway and other locations were were potential invasion targets.

Weather delay in the beach invasion.
General Eisenhower chose the date of June 5, 1944 to invade the beaches of Normandy, but a storm hit and the invasion was delayed for 24 hours. When General Eisenhower gave the orders to invade the beaches he told the troops, “You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you.” The campaign consisted of 5,000 ships carrying troops and supplies and 11,000 aircraft.

Storming the beach.

Early in the morning of June 6th thousands of paratroopers took over bridges and exit roads. The allies took over several beaches prior to the landing at Normandy. US forces faced heavy defenses at Omaha Beach. Over 2,000 Americans lost their lives at that beach. Around 4,000 allied troops died that  day. The Germans were confused still thinking there was going to be an invasion at Pas de Calais. The German Commander Rommel was away on leave and Hitler refused to send help. By the end of June allied forces had marched across much of France.   

Victory in Normandy.

Late August of 1944 the allied troops liberated Paris which prevented Hitler from sending more troops to France. In May of 1945 The allies accepted Nazi Germany Surrender and claimed Victory over the German troops.

If you are in a writing mood and need a creative prompt, check out Scholastic Story Starters!

Book Report projects coming soon!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Haiku Review: The Hunger Games


The Hunger Games
By Suzanne Collins
[grades 6-9]

Wednesday, November 19, 2014



Today we tried using Newsela as a class. Hopefully everyone has an account now. If not, make sure you register before reading this month's article.

The article we are reading this month is 
Taking care of bear problems at Yosemite.

Click here to read the article and answer the questions:

Let me know if you have questions!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

R.A.C.E. to English Class!


Oh, how happy I am to be your English Language Arts teacher! This week was fun for many reasons. First, our Word of the Week was superlative which is a super over-the-top word. Remember to use the word superlative in conversation or in writing in the next seven days!

[Click any image on this page to enlarge it.]

Another cool thing about Language Arts this week was learning how to answer text-based questions thoroughly. We learned a handy "recipe" for making sure our answer is complete and convincing. 

Here is an example...

Every month we will practice our text-based responses, so by the end of the year you'll all be experts! This skill will come in handy in all courses from now, through college... and beyond.


Here is a peek at my ELA Notebook. 

The ELA printables should be added, along with your "Word Work" activity.

Homework Due 11/19/14:
  • Sign up for a Newsela account (check k-mail for our class code).
  • Watch this R.A.C.E. Strategy presentation on Prezi. Read through the information and enlarge the text as needed (the zoom icon is on the right). Answer the questions thoroughly in your ELA Notebook. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

In Honor of Our Veterans


This Veterans Day, Mrs. Sol's Class would like to honor the brave soldiers in our lives...

Mr. Sol

Lacie's cousin Tyler

Willis Cutler, U.S. Navy

"Andrew wanted to send in a picture of his Great-Grandpa Bill for Veteran's Day. Willis Cutler (Bill) served in the Navy during World War II. His stories are amazing and we are grateful that he is still with us today."

Ed Philips, U.S. Navy

J.C., U.S. Marine Corps

"Here is a picture of Olivia and her cousin J.C. He is an active Marine currently stationed in Hawaii. He has been sent on tour to Iraq once and Afghanistan three times. His last trip to Afghanistan some of his platoon stepped on a IED. He luckily wasn't hurt badly and was honored for his bravery and helping his platoon. He is our family hero."

On Veteran’s Day we honor
Soldiers who protect our nation.
For their service as our warriors,
They deserve our admiration.
Some of them were drafted;
Some were volunteers;
For some it was just yesterday;
For some it’s been many years;
We owe so much to them,
Who keep us safe from terror,
So when you see a uniform,
Please say "thank you" to the wearer.

 If you would like to salute a military veteran in your family, send his or her name and photo to me via k-mail or e-mail this week and I will add them to our honor page!

Thank you for your service.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Math Dojo: Multiplication of Fractions with Scaling


Here is another look at Multiplication of Fractions with Scaling. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Would you rather have 4 Oreos, or 4 x 1/4 Oreos?


This week in math we are learning how to predict the outcome of a multiplication problem by looking at the factors. When fractions are involved it's easy to decide if the product will be greater than or less than the original number.



If you would like to watch a very helpful video about this concept, go to Learn Zillion and type the code below into the search box.

Code: LZ3401

Here is another look at my notebook pages from this lesson. Check your work to make sure your answers are correct and your notebook is complete. You can click on the images to enlarge them.

If you were not able to finish your Quick Check in class, please k-mail your answers to me. I need a completed 5.NF.5 Quick Check from every student by Friday!

Many of your answers for the last question made me giggle. Here are a few of my favorites (click on the images to enlarge)...

What about Oreo cookies? 
Would you rather have 4 Oreos or 4 x 1/4 Oreos
(milk included)

Mmmmm... Orrrreeeeeeos...

Monday, November 3, 2014

Math Notebook Samples


Every week, we add to our math notebooks. By the end of the year, we will have a nifty catalog of information relating to the 5th grade Common Core Math Standards.

Notebook pages contain the concept number, an "I Can" statement which tells what we will learn in the lesson, important vocabulary words, samples, and practice problems. Sometimes there are pages to print and glue into the notebook. Other times, we add our own information during the lesson.

Here is an example of Makenna R's notebook. Her work is detailed and very neat.

This week's lesson has printable notebook pages and written information. Notebook pages were k-mailed earlier today. Here are samples for you to use. Click on the images below to enlarge them. Make sure your notebook is ready to go before tomorrow!

Please do not use your math notebook as a seat.

Only a bratty cat would find that acceptable. 

See you in math class!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November is here!


Here is our November class calendar! Print your progress screen or make a note of your percents at the beginning of the month. Then, try to reach to goal of 32% in all subjects by December 1!

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Check your k-mail for a printable version.

What's your favorite thing about November?