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Kindergarten Parent Information Nights...January 16th at Vista Grande or January 18th at Dapplegray Elementary...6:30 start time

Mrs. Donahoe Loves Fifth Grade

This Week in Vista 1  
We have added ixl Language Arts homework.  Due in the next week: A.1-A12.
January 12: International Day at Soleado and Reading Buddies visit
January 15: No School: Martin Luther King's Day
January 16: We will start our new Language Arts program: Wonders.  This program is published by McGraw Hill.  Cornerstone, Silver Spur, and Soleado are the fifth grade classes trying out Wonders these next few weeks.  We are done with Benchmark.  Expect a letter with a new login and password for the Wonders' website called connectED.
Daily reading: Read daily, keep track on their reading log.  
Social Studies:  We have completed our studies on the Colonies and Revolutionary War
We are reading:  Blood on the River (we have read chapters 1-7 already)
Grammar book:  We are working on a booklet about PARTS OF SPEECH.
Guess what we are up to?
We are working on sentence structure.  We have a blue workbook we will be completing in class.
-Subjects and predicates.
-Subject verb agreement.
-Types of sentences: declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, imperative.
-Simple vs. Compound sentences.
-Complex sentences.
-Active voice vs. passive voice.
-Sentence fragments and run-on sentences.
Will there be a test?  Yes.  I will be assessing each skill right after we learn it with a short assessment.
We are working on  grammar and writing skills!  Presently, we are working on an opinion piece.
-Correct capitalization and punctuation.
-Correct spelling and use of grammar.
-Sophisticated vocabulary (we don't use the words stuff, thing, big, etc.).
-No sentence fragments and no run-on sentences.
-Use of adjectives and use of correct verb tenses.
-A good beginning (hook) and a strong ending.
-State your position clearly and support it with details.
-Present the opposing argument and debunk it.
Will there be a test?  The final piece of writing (after editing and revising) will receive a grade.
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We finished reading Wonder, a realistic fiction novel by RJ Palacios.  We analyzed it for
-narrator's point of view
-figurative language
-new vocabulary
-character development
-conflict and plot
We are learning about the 13 colonies.  Please check the Social Studies review to keep up with the material.
We are using EDMODO so that students can communicate with each other and teachers can post notices to students.  
Students: go to  Click Join a Group.  Follow instructions.  Code is 8dfdpd
Parents: pick up the phone and text code 8dfdpd to 27291 and get class updates.
We are using the My Classroom Economy program.  If you want to learn more about the program, please check out the website:  It is a great way to teach financial literacy in the younger years.  It is also fun!