Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Please send in any donations for out food pantry walk.  Thank you!

*One Book One School read aloud Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Mrs. Conley is reading The Losers Club by Andrew Clement

Idiom of the week = He has butterflies in his stomach.
Word of the week  = arduous  previous words of the week = (colossal, bizarre, ravenous, and punctual)

Class agenda this week:  10/10

We are writing letters to our Uganda pen pals and continuing our work on paragraphs. We are meeting with our 8th grade buddies this Friday and we will be sharing our Monster paragraphs and illustrations.

Reading lessons include mini lessons on traits and setting.  We are writing to journal prompts about our books.






Friday, September 8, 2017

First Week Of school

Mrs. Conley is reading OCDaniel by Wesley King

Class Read aloud = Be a Perfect Person In Just Three Days

Happy Friday!

We had a very busy and productive first week of school! Everyone has already gotten used to their blue and white day schedules.  There has been a lot of chatter about how fun it is to walk to their classes by themselves like big kids.  On Wednesday we met our 8th grade buddies. We meet with our buddies once a month, and during this time we celebrate our Citizen of the Month awards and we have a related activity that we do together. These activities are both academic and community related.  In the Teton homeroom we had 5 name doubles so we matched those students that share the same first names together.  Neat! We attached a few pictures below.

Our orange homework folders are set up with names.  The homework calendar is in the front sleeve while the students’ schedules are in the back. Please help us to bring these back and forth to school daily.

During reading we went to the library and Ms.Stuhr introduced us to our fabulous library and shared her library expectations.  Ms. Stuhr and Mrs. Conley share book talks during library times. The students received bookmarks with their library numbers that they will have here through 8th grade. Reading classes go to the library every week as a class and throughout the week students are welcome to return and exchange books.  

In language arts we are working on our Best Part of Me short paragraphs.  This fun activity goes with the picture book The Best Part of Me by Wendy Ewald.  We hope to have most of these fun paragraphs displayed for Tuesdays Open House.

This week in math we began reviewing our math facts.  We’ve learned two new games, Towers and Rollin’ With the Facts, to help us with our fact fluency.  We also began a get to know you activity called, “Me, By the Numbers.”  Students are choosing eight numbers that describe them in some way.  I’m excited to see their finished product.  We are beginning our first Everyday Math Unit which focuses on perimeter, area, and volume.  

In science we have been learning about our brain and how it works.  We learned that making mistakes and struggling with ideas actually helps our brains grow.  We will come back to this idea all year.  

The kids are settling in beautifully learning classroom procedures and have been very insightful as they worked together to come up with shared expectations for our classrooms.  We’ll share these with you at open house on Tuesday.  They have been delightful and we are looking forward to our year with them.  

Thanks,
Karen & Kelly



 




Monday, September 4, 2017

WELCOME BACK





Welcome to Fifth Grade!

Hello!  We are so excited to work with you this year and can’t wait to meet you. Mrs. Jagolinzer (Mrs. Jag for short) will be one of your fifth grade teachers this year.  She will teach math, science and social studies, and Mrs. Conley will be teaching language arts and reading.

Mrs. Jag lives in Cumberland with her husband and their younger son, Samuel, her dog, Vince, and her cats, Ella and Louis.   Ben, her older son, will be a junior at Kenyon College in Ohio this fall.  Sam will be a senior in high school.  She has had a wonderful summer.  She and her husband spent time hiking, swimming, going to lots of concerts and she even managed to reupholster a chair for her husband’s office.

Mrs. Conley lives in South Portland with her husband and their three children.  Her oldest children, Shannon and Patrick, are twins and they are both seniors in college.  Patrick is majoring in sports management and criminal justice at SMCC. Shannon is a nursing major at St. Anselm.  Shannon also runs for the cross country team. She is aiming to make it to the Division II Nationals this year.  Mrs. Conley’s youngest daughter, Kayla, will be a freshman at Scarborough High School  where she will play soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. They, too, have enjoyed every minute of their summer.  Some of their special moments included family time at Higgins Beach in Scarborough, and hiking, kayaking, and biking in Acadia National Park.

We hope you and your family have had a wonderful summer as well.  We are looking forward to hearing about your summer adventures when you return to school on Tuesday, September 5th.  We will be working and playing hard this year.  Between Mrs. Conley and Mrs. Jag you can expect about forty-five minutes to an hour of homework each night.  Budgeting your time this year will be an important skill.  You can expect homework on Monday through Thursday nights with the weekends generally free for family and fun.

Fifth graders use their math facts every day. You’ve got a bit more time to play Yahtzee, cribbage, bake recipes, play Monopoly, or any other activity that helps you master your facts.  You can even call out math facts as you’re driving to the beach. ☺  We will use all of our multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction facts this year.  You can find some additional activities on our teacher pages.  We know you can do it!

Mrs. Conley’s daughter, Kayla, just finished reading a favorite series of hers.  If you haven’t had a chance yet to settle down with a good book, it’s not too late.

We will organize our school supplies during the first few days of school.  The school supply list can be found at http://hms.yarmouthschools.org/supply-lists. The scissors that you bring in will be put into a community bin to be kept in the classroom.

Enjoy the last few weeks of your summer.  Rest, relax, and have fun.  We can’t wait to meet you.  It’s going to be a fun year!

See you soon,


Mrs. Jag & Mrs. Conley

Monday, May 15, 2017

Great American Night

Great American Night 
 Wednesday, May 24 from 6-7.

Students please arrive in costume at 5:55

Friday, March 10, 2017

Spirit Week schedule



Spirit Week will be March 13 - 17.
Themes of the days: Monday - Spirit/Clipper Pride - wear blue & white; Tuesday- Eras: Grade 5 - 50s Wednesday - Wacky Wednesday; Thursday - Color day: Grade 5 - orange Friday - Look like your favorite book, movie, tv, comic or cartoon character.
Hallway themes: Famous streets/boulevards. Grade 5 - Hollywood Blvd.

Monday, February 13, 2017

February 2017

Reminder 

 Colonial Craft Fair Day is March 24

Currents are finishing up their persuasive essays! The students came up with topics that are meaningful to them such as: cheer leading should be a sport in Yarmouth, Yarmouth should have a bike path connected to the EMS, a community recreation center would be a wonderful addition to the Yarmouth community, Yarmouth should have half days, and students need longer lunches and recesses.

EUROPEAN EXPLORERS CHANGES THE WORLD

Library, reading, and social studies lesson are investigation this focus statement.  Students will be reading and taking notes and researching their own explorers when we return from February vacation. Students will share their knowledge with a project that they can choose from. Some students will be creating a biography picture books while others will create a project using Prezi.

Students are doing wonderful job hitting their reading goals.  I am very impressed.  Students are reading through the following series: Maximum Ride, Pegasus, Ranger's Apprentice, Pendragon, Lightning Thief, and Stormbreaker.  We are all working our way through reading a variety of genres.  I love hearing the students tell me that they read 100 pages after school becasue they weren't able to put their books down. 

Read aloud

I just finished reading aloud Greek nature myths and I am now reading Flush by Carl Hiaason.  We are finishing book talks about our favorite book so far this year.

Daily Oral Language Wordly Wise

We are continuing with our daily grammar and punctuation lessons. The wordly wise units are due every other week. 





Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fall New


Idiom of the week - She's down in the dumps.

Vocabulary word of the week - lollygag

Mrs. Conley is reading - The Seventh Most Important Thing by  Shelley Pearsal


class read aloud =  Animal House and Iz by Betty Hicks - We are working on making inferences and discussing the characterisitc traits of the main characters.


Language Arts classes -

We are busy with Daily oral Language and Wordly Wise lessons!  Our 15 vocabulary words in Wordly Wise can be practiced on Quizlet. Students are working hard on recognizing the different meaning some vocabulary words have. 

Students finished writing a formal paragraph about their favorite holidays.  We have worked on supporting detail. Each of our three details include explanations that match our topic sentences.  I have read about some wonderful holiday traditions including Yankee Swaps and Pickle-in-the-Tree Games. We are also working on strong verbs and figurative language.  These will be sent home to be added to their portfolios.  Also coming home are the vocabulary pages where students created a full page.  Students investigated a new vocabulary word that they found in their books theat thea re reading for class.   The activity includes looking up the definition, part of speech, and how their words are pronounced. Finally, students write a 10 word sentence using their new word.  

We wrote our first pen pal letters to our friends in Uganda!  Mr. Roscoe will be leaving to go to Uganda next week.  Soon after he returns, he will deliver our pen pals' letters for us. :)


In reading we are making inferences and discussing characteristic traits of our main and supporting characters. .  Some of our favorite book titles this fall are:  The Running Dream, Maximum Ride, The Ranger's Apprentice, Nory Ryan's Song, Red Kayak, Fablehaven, and more!!