Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Week of December 11

Class read aloud
Animal House and Iz by Betty Hicks

Mrs. Conley is reading  Hello Universe

Idiom of the week = Hold your horses
Word of the week  = industrious

Class agenda this week:  12/11

We are working on Wordly Wise Unit 6.

Daily Oral Language lessons

Class quick writes.

Reading lessons include mini lessons on theme, alliteration, and reviewing similes, metaphors, and onomatopoeia

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.  

Karen & Kelly


Monday, September 4, 2017


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

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!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Wordly Wise and Dance Mat Tyoing

Idiom of the week - I'm all ears.

Word of the week - punctual

class read aloud - Animal House and Iz by Betty Hicks

Mrs. Conley is reading - Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Home

Our language arts classes have started Wordly Wise.  The workbooks have assignments in them Monday through Thursday nights.  Each unit has sections A through E .  A rich vocabulary is essential to successful reading comprehension.  Please take a look at this week's 15 new words.

We have begun Dance Mat typing.  The students will be memorizing the rows of the keyboard and practicing with Dance Mat typing.  Extra practice from home is always a good idea. Our link is found off of the helpful links.

Reading classes will be discussing inferencing and working with character traits with our class novels and independent reading books.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

September 2016

Reminder: Open House is Tuesday, September 13 at 6:30

Idiom of the week - It's raining cats and dogs.

Vocabulary Word of the Week - colossal

Class Read aloud - Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days by Stephen Manes

I am looking forward to getting to know the new Tetons and Acadians.  In language arts this week, the students will write about their 'Best Part of Me' which is a prompt from the book The Best Part of me by Wendy Ewald.  I'll have fun pictures and short writing pieces on display for open house.  We will also have our first lesson in Daily Oral Language this week.  In reading I'll help them set up their Reader's notebooks, we will begin discussing theme and figurative language, and we will visit the library for our first lessons this Thursday for the Acadians and Friday for the Tetons.  Everyone will have chapter books to read by the weekend. 

The students will quickly become acclimated to their Blue and White Day schedules.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Read aloud Flush by Carl Hiasson

Vocabulary word of the week = compassion
Idiom of the week = I'm green with envy.

Poem of the week

If I Could Grant a Wish for You This poem is written in rhyming couplets. We will be writing our own Wish Poems for Mother's Day.

In language arts class students are taking dot jot notes about their explorers.  We practiced  pre reading activities for informational reading.  Modeling with Christopher Columbus, classes filled out a graphic organizer.  We looked at the pictures from the article and jotted down what we thought the article was about.  Next, we read the captions and jotted what we learned from the captions.   We looked at maps, charts, and graphs and jotted down information that they showed us.  We then jotted down key ideas we had about the article on Columbus.  Lastly, we looked at the titles, headings, and bold-face words.  We rephrased these into questions.   Student received an article on their own explorer from Biography for Beginners.  The students filled out a graphic organizer on their own explorer before reading the article.  We took dot jots on their explorer's early life, voyages, death and conclusions which includes how his discovery/outcomes changed the world.

We are creating Google My Maps that show where their explorers went  Paragraphs are typed right on this site!