Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Pippi Projects!


For our Pippi Gand Finale, you will choose to complete a Character Analysis or Book Reflection of the book Pippi Longstocking. Whichever you choose, I expect it to represent your best work:

Neatest Writing
Colorful Illustrations and Images
No errors in grammar, spelling, or punctuation.


This is a final project and it will take time. 
Luckily, you have until January 5 to complete it.

Choose One:
(click on the images to enlarge them)


If you choose to do the Book Reflection for your project, you will write a creative HAIKU about the novel Pippi Longstocking

What's a Haiku?


This assignment is worth 50 points in the gradebook. The scoring guide is the same for both projects:


All illustrations should pop off the page. Sometimes it helps a project look "finished" when you use a fine tip black marker to outline the illustrations. Then, color in the whole image... background too!

Here is a sample of a student's illustration that is "neat and colorful"...

Send me an image or PDF of your final project. It must be close-up and clear, so I can read the information and admire the pictures! You can scan it or take a very clear picture of it.
Then, UPLOAD it to FILE SHARING on your OLS.


Extra credit points if you also send me a picture of you holding your final project!

I am super-duper excited to see your projects!

Make Pippi proud!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Comparing Big Juicy Decimals


If you ask me, 2015 is the perfect year to learn about comparing decimals to the thousandths using <  >  and = symbols. Am I right?

You can compare many things in life, such as cats and mice...

You can also compare numbers.

Before we go any further, let's time travel back to third (or maybe second) grade.

In your younger years you might have learned about alligators who liked to eat numbers. 

BIG numbers.


The alligator's big mouth and sharp teeth always opened to the bigger number,
as do the and >  symbols.

Even though we are big fifth graders, we can continue to use this visual to remember the correct way to write the greater than and less than symbols. I still do and I'm an old lady.


Now let's talk about comparing crazy-big numbers with multiple digits and decimals! This is actually really fun. You always start with the digit that has the greatest value (the one on the far left). Compare the numbers with the same place values. If they are the same, move to the right until you find numbers that are different.

The numbers above start out the same 452. However, when you get to the tenths column, you notice that the numbers are different . Well, which number is greater (or larger) 7 or 2


452.781  >  452.209

(452.781  is greater than  452.209)

Done! Move on!

Check out these examples below. The highlighted digits are the ones we compared to find out which was greater. Notice how they have the same place value? That means they can be compared.

Here are a few helpful resources for this concept...

(movie & info)


(lesson & game)

(interactive decimal sort)


Check your k-mail for a printable version of the notebook page for this week. You can use the Grip and Rip trick to quickly add it to your spiral. Here is a look at my notebook page. Please make sure your spiral is up to date before next Tuesday's class!

Click on any picture on this blog to enlarge it.


See you later, alligators.

Friday, December 1, 2017

December Calendar


Here's the December Class Calendar, 

(click on the calendar for a closer look)

Check your e-mail for a printable version.


December 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Winter Break (No School)

January 1, 2018
New Year's Day
(No School)

January 15, 2018 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School)

January 26, 2018
Last Day of Semester 1 

your 1/26/18 gradebook scores will be recorded on a formal 
report card to be sent home the first week in February 

10 more school days until winter break!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Idioms, Figuratively Speaking


First off, a few announcements...

The cat's out of the bag! 
Memoirs and Personal Narratives were mailed yesterday and should arrive this week! 

 Just to keep you in the loop... 
Here's what you'll find in your mailbox.


 The ball is in your court. 
If you want to try for a higher score, you can read my feedback, 
edit your paper, and upload it to File Sharing.


Here is a look at all of the swag, so far. 
Some students may have more than others, but everyone should have something!
 If you are a new student this month, your lanyards are coming soon!

Brag Tags are the best things since sliced bread.  

Moving on...

In class today we reviewed the definition of Figurative Language.

Adding figurative language to your writing is a piece of cake.You guys became experts at using metaphors, similes and onomatopoeia in your writing when you wrote your memoirs and personal narratives! Now, we are going to learn about IDIOMS.

Idioms are SO FUN to add to your stories, add to conversations, 
and to look for when you are reading.

To find out more about idioms, check out the links below!

 Idiom Site
A List of Commonly Used English Idioms (PDF)
Idioms from Around the World
 Paint by Idioms

Keep your eyes peeled
for idioms as you read Pippi Chapters 9 and 10!

Elvis has left the building.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017



This is the coolest way to add and subtract fractions.


Confused? Watch this video (at least the first 4:44 minutes).

It's a quick way to solve fraction addition and subtraction problems with unlike denominators.

Click here for the BOOM BOOM POW notebook page.
This X Chart always comes in handy too.
Please make sure your notebook is up to date before our next class.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

X Fractions with Scaling (and Pudding)


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.


Before moving on, let's watch a silly movie about the different types of fractions...

rude, polite, and confused.

(or something like that)




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 page from this lesson. Check your work to make sure your answers are correct and your notebook is complete. You can click on the image to enlarge it.



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

Mmmmm... Orrrreeeeeeos...