Ms. Bircher's Fifth Grade Classroom

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Febuary 2018


We are learning about fractions. What they mean, how to add and subtract fractions with like denominators and unlike denomiinators. Then move into multiplying fractions by a whole number.

We are also reviewing and retesting order of operations, how to write and solve numerical expressions and graphing ordered pairs created with a pattern.

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. We are going to be focusing on the basic structure of a paragraph when writing a multi-paragraph essay.  This will include a good topic sentence, details with an explanation or example and a closing sentence for each paragraph.

With these new strategies we will be writing a four paragraph, compare and contrast paper then moving to a persuasive letter to our principal about something we want to change in our school.

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


This month we are continuing to work on the basic structure of a good sentence and adding details (adjectives, pronouns, adverbs and prepositional phrases).  This will flow into our writing making sure the subject and verb tenses we just learned are consistent.


We will work on the concepts of comparing and contrasting items in a fiction passage. This includes two characters and two settings within a text while reviewing other reading strategies. These strategies are more abstract but students are ready for them!


We continue to work and improve our fluency, phonics, vocabulary and multi-syllable routines to help us learn and use more complex vocabulary.


We are working on math and reading vocabulary and being able to communicate in complete sentences.  We are also working on prefixes, suffixes and root words, how they affect the meaning of the words and how to use them correctly.






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!