Fifth Grade

*This page is used to fill you in on what the class has been working on during the past week, as well as a sneak peek into next week.

Hello 5th grade parents, (9/18-22)

I hope everyone is enjoying their Thursday out of school.  Here is the brief summary of what we have been working on in the core subjects, and what is coming up.
1) In Language Arts, we read a short story called “Ms. Ida’s Porch” about a family telling their children about living through segregation and how “you can only know where you’re going in this world if you know where you’ve been.”  We made connections to our heritage and discussed the projects the students have been working on.
2) In Math, we continued to work on whole number computation skills, most recently doing a lesson on the Order of Operations(PEMDAS).  We also worked on some problem solving skills and will start preparing for our chapter test next week.
3) In Social Studies, we have continued to research our Native American tribes and will finish our clay models and prepare to present these next week.  Students also received their next GFGA checkpoint assignment to list 10+ activities we might do in their city.
4) In Science, students took their first Chapter Test on Tuesday and they got it back Wednesday and we went over it together.  We also kicked off our new unit on Weather, brainstorming topics and questions we hope to answer, and they did a neat experiment on water pressure in Science Lab.
1) September Assembly – Friday, 9/29 at 2:10pm in the gym.  We’ll have a pep-rally, volleyball game, and recognize September’s Talented Tornadoes, which are Anna Makanui, Lucy Calloway, and Ana Dombrosky in 5th grade.
2) Heritage Pot Luck – Saturday, 10/7, at 5pm at Stacy Dombrosky’s house.  You should have received a Sign-Up Genius email to help organize what food is coming, and I look forward to seeing many of you there! 🙂
3) Schoolhouse of Wonder – Friday, 10/13 – our first field trip of the year is coming up.  Students will get to experience some hands-on activities about what life was like for Native Americans and Early Settlers in America, which will go great with what we are learning in SS.  Students will need a packed lunch for this day, and outdoor clothing.
4) New Student! – You have hopefully heard that we added a new student to the class yesterday.  When you get the chance, please welcome Victor Brown and his family to the TDS community.  The class has been very excited and I’m sure he will be a great addition! 🙂
Have a wonderful finish to the week and weekend, and, as always, let me know if you have questions about anything.  Take care,
-Dan Forringer

Good afternoon 5th grade parents, (9/11-15)

It has been another productive week, with students starting to settle in to the homework routine and classroom expectations.  We’re finishing some of our first units, and starting to work on our first projects, which require time management and organizational skills that may be challenging at first.  In particular, I hope they’ve all discussed ideas with you for their heritage projects, and they will be letting me know their plan tomorrow for which ones they will create.  Stacy Dombrosky (Ana’s mom) has offered her house as the location for the Heritage Pot Luck we’ll have in October, and I’ll send out more information about that soon.  Here is what we’re working on in the core subjects, as well as a few reminders/announcements for the week.
1) In Science, we finished Chapter 1 and students received a study guide for their first assessment on Tuesday of next week.  We completed the chapter review pages and worked on the smart cards in class this afternoon, so they should have a lot of good ways to prepare!
2) In Social Studies, students have started creating their clay models of their native american tribes, focusing on showing the environment, homes, traditions, and how they get food.  Students all have a resources page in their google docs and we got a lesson from the new librarian, Mrs. Rich, on best strategies for researching information.
3) In Math, we’ve been working on whole number multiplication and how the distributive property is involved in the standard method of multiplication.  Today, we did a quick cryptography lesson (in honor of our Spy School book) and then started looking at whole number division, which will be our focus for the next few days.
4) In Language Arts, we read a story called “The Dancing Bird of Paradise” about a Japanese-American girl who loved to dance, but was placed into an Internment Camp during World War II.  It’s a true story about Sahomi Tachibana, who persevered and continued to dance and became one of the most well known Kabuki dance teachers in the United States.
1) Hurricane Relief – reminder that students can bring in gift cards(for Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Kroger, Amazon), art supplies, toys, coloring books, or children’s books.  We’ll all be writing them cards on Friday in Crossroads.
2) Student Council – next week is Campaign Week, so students will announce if they are running for Representative in their class, and we’ll share speeches on Friday.  This year, for students who run for representative and don’t get elected, they may choose to join a Service Committee that will assist at certain times.
3) Talent Show – now is the time to start planning if you want to participate for the Talent Show on Friday, October 6th!
4) GFGA check in – all students should have tried contacting their visitor’s bureau and potentially received/gathered materials.  They will have an assignment next week to find activities to do there, but the official project will not be assigned until we complete the Heritage Project.
5) Field Trip forms – I think I have everyone’s, so thanks!  To clarify, NO MONEY needs sent in for field trips this year, since there will just be a 1 time charge to TADS that will cover all field trips.
6) Schoolhouse of Wonder – speaking of Field Trips, our first one has been scheduled for Friday, October 13th.  I could potentially use 1 or 2 chaperones for this trip, so you can email me if you are interested.
I hope everyone is having a good week, and please let me know if you have any questions or comments about anything.  Take care,
-Dan Forringer

Hello 5th grade parents, (9/4-8)

It’s a short week, and I’m seeing many of you tonight, so I will try to keep this brief!  The 5th graders are making good progress with learning routines and expectations, and we’ve had a productive week.  Here is what we’ve been working on in the core subjects:
1) In Math, we reviewed chapter 1 and took our first assessment on Wednesday, which students got back today and we went over carefully.  Our next unit is on whole number computation, and we’ll be working on multiplication and division skills for the next week or two.
2) In Language Arts, we read a story called “Our Song” about a girl from Senegal, Africa, who visits Africa to learn about her heritage.  We’ve talked more about what heritage means to us, and I will officially introduce the Heritage Project tomorrow and students will work on that over the next few weeks.
3) In Science, we discussed the results of our Oobleck investigation, and continued to learn about the scientific method and how scientists investigate.  We’ll work on lesson 3 today in class and do another investigation about what type of paper towels absorb water best tomorrow.
4) In Social Studies, we’ve split into our tribe groups, and students read and answered questions about their specific tribe, preparing to make a clay model in class to visually represent different aspects of their tribe to the class.  Students also all know their GFGA city and should be trying to contact their visitor’s bureau to gather more information for creating a field trip.  You should also have been shared a google doc with information about this project.
1) Back to School Night – tonight, starting at 6pm!
2) Book Club – this is an optional lunch club that I’m offering for students who are interested in reading and discussing a book during our free time! 🙂  I hope to pick a book and get started next week.
3) Hurricane Harvey Collection – refer to the TDS Newsletter, and we’ll discuss this more in class tomorrow.
I hope everyone’s having a great week, and I look forward to speaking with many of you tonight and sharing more information about the year!  Take care,
-Dan Forringer

Hi 5th grade parents, (8/28 – 9/1)

It has been an exciting first full week, as we start getting into our first academic units and continue to learn the routines and expectations in the classroom.  We’ve had a few behavior discussions and the class has responded well, and they are off to a good start!  Thanks for sending in all the great toddler pictures!  We’ll be working on making up some fun captions for these and creating our bulletin board this afternoon!  Here are some specifics as to what we have been working on in the core subject areas.
1) In Math, we’ve been learning about place value and expressing whole numbers in different forms, and we’ll have our first unit assessment next Wednesday.  Students also received their first Superstars sheet due tomorrow, which they’ll usually get on Wednesdays, have a chance to collaborate and work on them in class, and then turn them in Fridays.  We also did our first Ted-Ed Math riddle investigation this morning, which I thought the kids did a great job with!
2) In Language Arts, we’ve read our first story about heritage in Imagine It, and students will have their first reading and spelling tests tomorrow.  We also started our first read aloud book, On the Run: Chasing the Falconers, by Gordon Korman, which the kids seem to be really enjoying!  We have also started our Wordly Wise routine, so students should have taken home a “Wordly Wise list” and have a schedule for when assignments are due.
3) In Science, we’ve started our unit on the Scientific Method and completed lesson 1 on what scientists do.  We’ve discussed the scientific method and prepared for our investigation we will do tomorrow on whether Oobleck is more like a solid or a liquid.  We’ll perform tests and collect data and draw conclusions about this fascinating and messy substance that has qualities of both solids and liquids!
4) In Social Studies, we have selected our GFGA cities, and we’ll head to the computer lab tomorrow to find the city’s visitor’s bureau and their first assignment will be to try to contact them and talk to someone about what 5th graders can do in their city!  They might send them free brochures and maps as well.  We have also started our unit on Native Americans, with kids watching a home video through google classroom and playposit, and then discussing it and some of the major tribe groups in class.
1) Welcome to Ms. Todd Tignor!  TDS has hired a 4th/5th grade Teacher Assistant that will spend time helping out in our classrooms 4 days a week.  Ms. Tignor has 30+ years teaching experience and has recently moved back to Durham and we are excited to have her join our school.
2) TDS shirts tomorrow – students are asked to wear their white TDS shirts for a school picture tomorrow.  With the forecast calling for rain, students may want to just bring their shirt to change into if needed, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed for okay weather!
3) Back to School Night next Thursday, 9/7, from 6:00-8:00pm.  See you there!
4) Teacherease/grades – you should have received an email from Kelly Aguilar about the online grading program.  I do post grades consistently throughout the quarter, so this, along with the homework website, are good resources for keeping up with their work.
5) Talent Show – October 6th.  Good time to start considering… 🙂
I hope everyone has had a good week and is looking forward to a nice, long weekend!  Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about anything, and I’ll talk to you later.  Take care,
-Dan Forringer

Hi 5th grade parents,

It has been an excellent first couple days with the new 5th graders!  We’ve talked a lot about rules, routines, and what respect means to us, and we’ve also played some “getting to know each other”(GTKEO) games.  We created a list of how we want to show respect this year, and I put it together into a contract that we’ll all sign tomorrow(attached).  We also learned how to put up/down and fold the flags, and started our first read aloud book.  I will use this update to briefly share what we’re currently working on in each of the core subjects, so here is what we are getting started with.
Subject Summaries:
1) In Language Arts, students wrote me a letter in their writing journals and shared a little about the books they read over the summer.  They picked one book to write a brief book review about, and we’ll share these tomorrow.  Our first unit is on Heritage, so we’ll be reading stories related to heritage and doing a project to learn more about our own families and traditions.
2) In Math, we did a couple logic puzzles yesterday to get the kids thinking and recognizing that a lot of math is problem-solving and gathering information.  Today, we reviewed factors and multiples and explored the divisibility rules for the numbers 1-10.  We then applied the rules to make factor lists and determine if numbers are prime, and played a factor game.  Our first unit in Math in Focus will be on place value and number sense with whole numbers.
3) In Science, they’ve done a couple fun demos in Lab with mentos and coke, and then we’ve also experimented with our Airzooka and Hand Boiler in the classroom.  We played 20 questions today and are becoming more familiar with the Scientific Method, which is what our first unit will focus on.
4) In Social Studies, I will officially introduce the Great Fifth Grade Adventure(GFGA) Project tomorrow, and students will start narrowing down which city they’d like to do.  We’ll begin working on this, and then our first class unit will be a study of the different Native American tribes that live in the US.
In addition to subject summaries, I’ll include reminders and announcements about things that are coming up soon.  Here are a few events, along with a couple requests from me.
1) Information Sheet and Toddler Picture – the students all took home an information sheet today for you to fill out, and I would also love to get a toddler picture of them, that we will use for our “Guess the 5th Grader!” bulletin board.  They’ll write captions that go with it, so feel free to pick this with them and discuss ideas! 🙂
2) Back to School Picnic – this Friday(8/25) at 5:30pm.  See you there.
3) TDS Dance Club and Fall Sports teams are looking for participants.  Let me know if you have interest in that.
4) Homework website – Here is a link to the class website, which is mostly going to be useful as a place to see their homework assignments and upcoming projects.  This will start to be updated next week as they start to receive more typical homework.  There is also a link on the website to the class gallery that will have pictures from the year.  The password for this gallery is tornado518:
5) LS Back to School Night – Thursday, September 7th, at 6pm.
That seems like enough information for now.  I hope everyone is having a good week, and let me know if you have any questions.