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Hi, I'm Mr. Reeves, and I've taught for six years.   I love teaching 5th grade!
 

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May 15-19, 2017

Just a quick update.  On the book report, I noticed that I put free choice non-fiction on my post.  It really works best with fiction.
 
Either way is fine, but a fiction book will be easier to do.  I apologize for the confusion.
 
I thought the program went so well!  Everyone did a great job.
 
FYI,
 
The poem is due, May 25, 2017, with extra points given if done the two days previous.  
 
The book report on a box is due May 26, 2017.
 
Thanks,
 
Todd Reeves
 

Week of May 1-5, 2017

Language Arts--Today we are presenting the March/April book reports on Animals via google docs with slides.  This should be fun!
 
***I have attached the May book report form and the May poem.  The book report will be done on a cereal box and should be fun!  The poem (is really a poem), and should be easier to manage than last month's Gettysburg Address!
 
Math--We are studying prisms, pyramids, trapezoids and other shapes, and will soon be diving into volume.
 
History--We enter the aftermath of the nuclear bomb and go headlong into the Cold War with the Soviet Union.
 
***Thanks to everyone for your great help and support with the State Fair reports.  I thought the students did some great work!
 
Thanks much!
 
Todd Reeves

April 27, 2017--Book report form and poem for May

Hi Parents,
 
The book report for May will be a free choice, fiction, and the will be done on an empty cereal box.
 
Also, the poem for May should be much easier.  I know that this month's Gettysburg Address memorization has been a challenge.
 
Thanks for all you do to support your students.
 
Sincerely,
 
Todd Reeves

Week of April 17-21, 2017

History  
  We will start with the crazy one!  We put the reports together on Tuesday, and the tri-fold is due on Friday.  I handed out tri-fold requirements to those who wanted them, but they are included as #14 on the original 6-page document posted back in January.  State Fair oral presentation will be Thursday, April 27, 2017.
 
Math    
We have completed the SAGE math test, and today we are working on the chapter 10 test in class today.  Chap
 
Language Arts
The March-April book report presentation is due on May 1, 2017.  The Gettysburg Address recitation is due April 26.  Students can do it one/two days early for extra points.

March 27-31, 2017

Language Arts
Grammar  We are exploring present-perfect and past-perfect verb phrases.
Spelling--Sort 12, which emphasizes a base word and a word derived from that base, example: fragile, fragility.
Reading  In addition to reading groups, we will be using an informational text to explore a waterfall-like lava flow in Hawaii.
Writing  We will be working on our "If you lived" paragraphs for the State reports.
 
In addition, we will be reciting the March poem.  Mon.-Wednesday of this week, with extra points available on Monday and Tuesday.
 
History--We will continue work on our hand-drawn state flag and state symbol.
Our history lessons will focus on the migration west across the continent.
 
Math--We will be converting units of measure, and introducing concepts of capacity, metric units, and mass.

March 20-24, 2017

Language Arts
Grammar  We are studying plural pronouns, nouns and verbs.  We will also do sentence diagramming.
Spelling  This week is sort 11, which emphasizes short & long vowel sounds, including Schwa.
Reading   In addition to individual reading groups, we will be using Scholastic resources for informational text.
Writing   Much of our writing will focus on opinion/persuasive writing--taking a point of view and defending it.
 
Remember the Emily Dickinson poem will be due the week of the 27th-31st.
 
Also, the book report is a combo for March/April.  Please refer to specific instructions already posted on previous weeks.  Don't wait until the last minute!
 
Math  We are learning how to plot graph data
 
History  Our test on the end of the Civil War, and on Lincoln's assassination is tomorrow.  We will be reviewing every question today (Monday)in class.

Informational Text Book Report

This is the book report form that we will be using for the April-May book report.  This will give each student an opportunity to create a power-point presentation about a particular animal, and should be fun and educational.
 
Thanks!
 
Todd Reeves

March 6-10, 2017

Language Arts  I will include on this post the March/April book report form.
Grammar   We are continuing our work with pronouns
Spelling     We are working on sort 9, with silent and sounded consonants, example: design vs. designate.
Reading     We will read additional accounts of elementary and secondary-age black students in the early days of the civil rights movement
Writing     We will be writing about aspects of slavery that we hate, and also working on our landmarks page for the state history project.
 
Math
We are working on fraction division, using reciprocals and multiplication.
 
History     We are focusing on abolitionists, and the precursor events and issues to the Civil War.

February 27-March 3, 2017

Language Arts--book report due Tues., Feb. 28, 2017
Grammar     We are working on singular, plural, and possessive nouns/pronouns
Spelling    Sort 8, where a -de- word becomes an -sion word, ex. explode/explosion, or an -it ending becomes -ion, ex. admit/admission
Reading     In addition to reading groups, we will be exploring school integration in Little Rock, Arkansas, where 9 black students first attended a white high school.
Writing     Will will be working on our State history writing for the state report.
 
History--State History paragraphs are due Friday, March 3rd.  We will be working on these during class in L.A.
In history class we are focusing on slavery, and the lead-up to the civil war.
 
Math --We are working on multiplying fractions and mixed numbers.  We will have a review test and test on these concepts this week.

Week of Feb. 21-24

History     Because of the short week and the maturation assembly, we miss history this week.
Language Arts
***Important reminders for LA
Feb. 27--JFK speech segment is due.  Students can earn extra points by completing this early.
Feb. 28--February book report is due.
 
Grammar     We are identifying possessive pronouns and always reviewing appropriate sentence construction.  We will also do sentence diagramming.
Spelling     This week is sort #7
Reading     In addition to reading groups, we will read informational text about the tallest bridge in the world, and about ethnically diverse names.
Writing     Students will write about the tallest bridge in the world, and about fear of heights, in addition to regular writing for scholastic articles.
Math
We will do the mid-chapter checkpoint, and work on lessons 7.7, 7.8, 7.9, and 7.10.  As math builds on itself, it is critical for your student to understand and apply concepts as we continue to move forward.  

Week of Feb. 13-17, 2017

History   We will be discussing/testing various events in the move ever westward, particularly the move to California
 
Language Arts
a.  Grammar   We continue working with fragments/run-ons, and the art of using compound sentences to combine ideas.
b.  Spelling   We are studying word pairs in sort #6. ex. music, musical
c.  In addition to reading groups, we are studying informational text regarding the presidential election and sticky frog spit.
d.  In writing, we begin work on an introductory paragraph for the state report.  You may want to ensure that your student is doing some research on her/his state, so that class time an be most effectively utilized.
 
Math--We are learning how fractions make up parts of a whole.
 

Free Dress Day

Hi Parents,
 
Friday, February 17, 2017, will be a free dress day, because both the elementary and junior high students met their reading goal!
 
Thanks!
 
Todd Reeves

Week of Feb. 6-10, 2017

History     We will be discussing the new U.S. government, and the movement of settlers ever westward.
Also--IMPORTANT--the three-pronged binder and cover sheet for the states project are due tomorrow.  I will be showing the students an example of a cover sheet today.
 
Language Arts    
a.  Grammar     We continue our work with appositives, compound predicates and subjects, and sentence fragments.  We will also diagram some sentences
b.  Spelling     We are working on spelling sort #5 with words ending in -ion-  -ss.
c.  Reading   We will be doing leveled reading groups, and exploring Jackie Robinson's entry into professional baseball.  We are also reading about pollution in India and early Viking explorers.
d.  Writing    We will be writing about examples of prejudice, and weather phenomena.
 
Math
We are working with fractions, mixed numbers, and patterns.