Ms. Bircher's Fifth Grade Classroom

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November 2017


This month we are learning many different strategies to multiply and divide decimals. Then check them with estimation or multiplication. 

Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division math facts were learned in prior grades but will be reviewed and practiced to maintain fluency.

A strong emphasis will be placed on solving real-life word problems through multiple strategies all year.


We are continuing to use our "thinking maps" to organize our writing.  This will include a multi-paragraph persuasive paper about "The Homework Debate."

We are continuing to work on spelling words with different spelling patterns.


This month we are working on present and past verb tenses.  This will flow into our writing making sure our subject and verb tenses are consistent.


We are continuing to "close read" multi-paragraph texts to find the cause and effect and explaining our answers in complete sentences (orally and written forms).


We are working on math, science and reading vocabulary and being able to communicate in complete sentences when speaking. Our primary focus will be explaining cause and effect in sentences and passages using academic language and vocabulary.






Read 20 minutes each day, Monday through Friday, ALOUD and then write a 2-3 sentence summary of what you read using evidence from the text.

At least 10 minutes of math fact practice each day with paper and pencil, flashcards or on a math website.

Complete work not finished during class.

Adult to initial agenda EVERY day!