Weekly Memo (January 27-31)

Great Minds (Don’t Always) Think Alike

Tomorrow our class will begin reading a new book together called Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. It’s a great story about a young girl (Ally) who has a hard time in school because she learns differently from others. In the book, we read about her struggles and get a peak into what it’s like to see the world through someone else’s eyes. We also learn about what it means to be a good friend, and how we all need to accept everyone— especially because we’re different. This book teaches so many lessons that are perfect for 5th graders (and for adults!), and I’m excited to read it alongside them.

We’ll be reading it in many different ways— as a class read aloud, listening to and reading along with the audiobook, in small groups, in pairs, and individually. Most of the reading will be done at school, but students may need to read some at home as well. I would encourage you to get a copy and read along with us to further the discussion at home.

What We’re Learning This Week (if all goes as planned)

I’ll mark each thing we get finished, and you can check back each day to see what we were able to get accomplished (and what we didn’t quite make it to).

Comp. 10:20-10:50

PE 1:25-1:55
Comp. 10:20-10:50

Music 1:25-1:55
5th Grade Great Adventure (Secondary Campus)
Comp. 10:20-10:50

PE 1:25-1:55
Book Buddies 9:10-9:30

Library 2:10-2:40
Joshua Presentations
Joshua Presentations

The Story of Achan


The Story of Achan

DLR- Monday

Very vs. Real

DLR- Tuesday

Adverb Clauses

Diagramming Practice

DLR- Thursday

Adverb Clauses

Diagramming Practice
Adverb Clauses (continued)
List #22 (p. 104)
List #22 (p, 105)

List #22 (p. 107)


Rewrite missed words five times
Test (if necessary)
Lesson 56
Lesson 57

Lesson 58

Lesson 59
Social Studies

Review for Tomorrow’s Test

Cause/Effect of Boston Tea Party
Road to the Revolution Test

Studies Weekly #14— the Declaration of Independence
Studies Weekly #14— the Declaration of Independence
Fish in a Tree (Introduction & Chapters 1-4)

Journeys— "Dangerous Crossing"

Independent Reading (100,000 word goal)

Fish in a Tree (Chapters 6-8)

Journeys— "Dangerous Crossing"

Independent Reading (100,000 word goal)

Fish in a Tree (Chapters 9-12)

Independent Reading (100,000 word goal)
Fish in a Tree (Chapters 13-18)

Independent Reading (100,000 word goal)
Prewriting: Planning a Problem-Solution Composition

(Topic: Write a composition that states a problem in your community and a possible solution.)

Writing Draft with Idea-Support Map
Writing Conferences & Finish Final Drafts

Writing Conferences & Finish Final Drafts

This Week’s Memory Verse

No memory verse this week.

This Week’s Spelling List
List 22 (p. 104)
  1. aware
  2. prepare
  3. share
  4. dairy
  5. stairway
  6. dear
  7. beard
  8. appear
  9. volunteer
  10. career
  11. declare
  12. spare
  13. beware
  14. prairie
  15. repair
  16. weary
  17. smear
  18. cheery
  19. pioneer
  20. reindeer

This Week’s Vocabulary List (Quiz Friday)
  1. Bracing— giving support too make firm; strengthen
  2. Community Service— doing a project that helps your neighborhood and its people
  3. Conduct— the act of directing; management
  4. Cramped— conflicted and emitted space
  5. Delegates— representatives for people of a certain region
  6. Distracted— drawn away from something
  7. Embark— to set out on an adventure; begin
  8. First Continental Congress— group of delegates that met in September 1774 to discuss organizing against the British
  9. Independence Day— July 4th; the day Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence
  10. Militia— a group of citizen soldiers
  11. Minutemen— Patriots who could be ready to fight in 60 seconds or less
  12. Pamphlet— a publication of several pages
  13. Pressing— demanding immediate attention
  14. Representatives— a person who acts for one or more people
  15. Revolutionary War— war fought in America from 1775-1781 to gain and maintain independence from Britain
  16. Shattered— to break into pieces by force
  17. Second Continental Congress— group of delegates that met in May of 1776 to discuss independence from Britain
  18. Surveyed— looked over the path or features of; viewed
  19. Thomas Paine— author of "Common Sense"
  20. Viewpoint— a position from which something is observed or considered

This Week’s Tests & Quizzes
  • Tuesday
    • Social Studies Test (Road to Revolution)
  • Thursday
    • Spelling Pre-Test
  • Friday
    • Vocabulary Quiz (in-context words)
    • Reading Comprehension Quiz ("Dangerous Crossing")

Upcoming Projects

Chapel This Friday
  • Song— Austin
  • Song— Jude
  • Prayer— Colt

Safety Patrol Rotation

Important Dates & Upcoming Events
  • Tuesday, January 28
    • CAC Elementary Open House (6:00 PM)
  • Wednesday, January 29
    • 5th Grade Great Adventure at CAC Secondary Campus (detailed schedule below)
      • 8:15-8:30— Parents and Students arrive at Secondary Campus
      • 8:30-11:45— Scheduled Activities/Meetings
      • 11:45— Dismiss for Lunch (WLR Larry’s Pizza on Highway 10)
        • $6.00 child’s pizza buffet w/ drink (add $.50 for salad bar)
        • 9.98 pizza buffet w/ water
        • $12.23 pizza buffet w/ drink
        • $6.99 salad bar (does not include tax)
      • Students are free to leave with parents.
      • Transportation will be provided for students who will be returning to school. IF YOUR CHILD WILL NEED TO RIDE WITH ME, PLEASE EMAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW!

  • Friday, February 7
    • Field Trip to Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
  • Thursday, February 13
    • Art Project at Secondary Campus
      • Transportation— Bus
      • Departure Time— 8:10 AM
      • Return Time— 10:45 AM

Resource of the Week

Helpful Links

Classroom Resource Page (for class schedule, safety patrol rotation, textbooks, etc.)

Google Classroom (students may access this from their Google drive account)

Class ShowMe Page (video tutorials)