04/18/24 – Do Now Due – Students will complete 5 problems each day, Monday through Thursday. Students have to turn in their Do Now every day by placing it in the inbox for their class. No Do Now worksheet should go home or leave the classroom. Students should use the time given in class to complete the work. Today, 04/15/24, I noticed many students not working on the assignment. This is the same behavior that was exhibited when the Do Now activity was online.
04/18/24 – 5th Grade Freckle Activity Due – Students will see the assignment on their Freckle dashboard on Thursday. Students can redo the activity if they do not get the grade that they want. However, the questions will be different, but the skill is the same. Students will only have the class period to complete the activity. They cannot do the activity at home because they chose not to do the activity during the allotted time.
04/19/24 – 5th Grade Topic 10 Test
04/19/24 – 6th Grade Freckle Activity Due – Students will see the assignment on their Freckle dashboard on Thursday. Students can redo the activity if they do not get the grade that they want. However, the questions will be different, but the skill is the same. Students will only have the class period to complete the activity. They cannot do the activity at home because they chose not to do the activity during the allotted time.
Announcements
Small Group Work – Each student is assigned to a small group based on their percentile ranking on the Star 360 Math Assessment.
Folder – Each student should have a folder with three prongs. This is my 4th request for this folder. Most students have their folders, but there are still some students who do not. Students can’t stay organized if they do not have a folder with three prongs or a binder. Each group is given a set of worksheets at their instructional level. I teach the skills on the worksheet in a particular order. I give students the worksheets in that order. However, students without a folder or binder do not keep their worksheets in that order. Some of the students who do not have a folder or binder bring none of their worksheets to class.
Grading – Unfortunately, I have to start grading small group work because students are not doing it. This work is designed to improve their test scores. I will change the weights of assignments to minimize the effect of the small group work although it should help students since the instruction is at their current achievement level. Please see the weights below. Students will receive a stamp for the small group work they complete on time. The work must be in a folder with prongs or a binder to receive stamps. Each group has a different number of stamps to earn each week. Students will also have IXL activities to complete to make sure they have mastered their small-group skills. There will also be an IXL quiz periodically.
New Weights of Math Grade
Assessments – 30%
Class Work – 25%
Homework – 10%
Participation – 10%
Small Group Work – 25%
Supplies – Thanks to all the parents who donated to the community supplies at the beginning of the school year. We need facial tissue in my classroom. So, if you haven’t donated, now is a great time. Also, too many students attend my class without sharpened pencils and a composition book. Please make sure your student has the necessary supplies to thrive in my math class.
CPS 5th Grade Promotion Policy – This is the first year that promotion is not guaranteed for a 5th grader. Students with a D or F average throughout the school year in any major subject, and if they do not show growth in small group skills, then they will have to attend summer school. I provide intervention or enrichment for all students through small-group instruction. If your 5th-grade student has less than a C average in math and is not showing any growth during small group instruction, they will have to attend summer school and meet that criteria before they are promoted.
I can use line plots to solve real-world problems.
5th Grade Small Group Skills
Group 1 – Multiply rational numbers. Divide rational numbers. Compute a unit rate from a ratio of fractions.
Group 2 – Add, subtract, and multiply decimals.
Group 3 – Interpret a multiplication equation as a comparison.
6th Grade Learning Objectives
I can find the area of quadrilaterals (parallelograms, rhombuses, kites, and trapezoids), triangles, and other polygons.
I can represent solid figures using nets.
6th Grade Small Group Skills
Group 1 – Identify function rules given a table. Show conditions by linear equations. Show conditions by linear inequalities. Graph solution to a system of linear inequalities.
Group 2 – Read and construct dot plots and histograms. Add integers.
Group 3 – Compare fractions. Add and subtract fractions with like denominators. Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators.