Friday, August 28, 2015

Week of AUGUST 31st-SEPTEMBER 4th

Class Update  
Reading - This week we continue our exciting study of "Nature's Fury" by reading a story about Volcanoes. Our reading comprehension skill focus is on Classifying and Categorizing in nonfiction text.

Common Core Math
-Adding + Subtracting/Mulitplying Decimals

Writing - This week our focus in writing is how to write an effective 5-Paragraph essay and intro to your narrative writing when we write about our biggest frustrations in life.
History-Continue Explorers Unit
Technology-Typing Web, NewsELA, 10 Marks Math

Reading-NewsELA-Read- Lava path leads to small Hawaii town
Math-Finish L10+Finish 10 Marks
Correct and return work
Choose a book for Cereal Box Project

Math-Finish L11+Do next 10 Marks
Choose a book for Cereal Box Project
Create a Quizlet acct. 
See study guide on Blog for History Test-Next Wednesday, September 9th


Monday, August 24, 2015

AUGUST 24-28th


In reading our class is continuing our unit of study on the forces of nature by reading, "Eye of the Storm" about Warren Faidley, a storm chasing photographer. Our reading skill focus is "text organization". We watched a brief documentary on youtube to learn about this amazing photographer.

This week in writing we will be working on writing an effective, well-organized paragraph. Each student will choose a hobby to write about. This will pave the way for the next assignment in the coming weeks when we start our 5-paragraph essays. Our focus is on organization (topic, specifics and details).

In Math we will be doing lesson 5-8 on place value, decimals with multiplying and dividing.

Math-Finish L5+Practice 144 second club 3 times
Sign Goal Sheet AR + Parents-due tomorrow
Correct + return work for a better grade
Book Orders due Friday

Read Science World p. 18+19 (Do summary) on green paper
Math-Finish L6+Practice 144 second club 3 times
Book Orders due Friday(Do not do online) send in form
Finish Tornado Google Doc, if necessary

Reading-25/4/1 on Green Sheet
Math-Finish L7
Book Orders due Friday(Do not do online) send in form

Reading-NewsELA-Forecasts, warnings spared lives from tornadoes
+ Take Quiz
Finish Rough Draft of Hobby Paragraph + Edit 
Math-Finish L9
Study DLR 2 for quiz
Book Orders due Friday(Do not do online) send in form

Friday, August 14, 2015

WEEK OF AUGUST 17th-21st

5th Grade Update-

We have a wonderful class this year with 30 fifth graders.  They are excited, focused and fun to teach! It's certainly going to be a memorable! You may sign up for a Parent Volunteer time here on this google doc:

Please let me know if you do not receive an email from me as I entered all of the parent emails into my Comcast acct, but sometimes it glitches. Also, please do not "reply all" unless necessary! After the first couple of emails I will "bcc" the info emails.

ELA- This week our class will kick off our study of "Nature's Fury" by reading a story entitled, Earthquake Terror and focus on "Sequence of Events" as our reading skill. In reading we will be taking our online Star Test to help establish our Accelerated Reader Goals for the first trimester. I will send home the goal sheet this week. We will also be reading nonfiction NEWSELA articles at home.
In addition, we will be reading Science World together.

In writing our class will be starting our Bio Poems.

In Math we started the new curriculum, Engage NY, and it is certainly a challenging new way of learning math. We are focusing on decimals, place value and powers of 10 in this first Module.

History-We start our unit of study on the Explorers.

Papers will go home on Mondays and students may correct their mistakes in BLUE pen and return them for better grades. Also, if your child is struggling in any assignment, I am available every day before school from 7:40-7:55 to help, especially in Math!

See you at school!
Mr. Sweet

Reading-25-4-1 (Read 25 minutes and write a summary of your reading that is one-paragraph/at least 4 sentences
Math- Finish Lesson 1 Homework
Finish Google Class Assignments
Sign and Turn in paperwork from office

Reading-25/4/1 - Write summary on green sheet
Math-Finish L2 Homework
Writing-Finish Bio Poem Rough Draft/proofread
Finish Bookmarks

Reading-25/4/1 - Read 25 minutes + write summary on green sheet
Math-Finish L3 Homework
Writing-Finish Bio Poem Final Drafts on white paper

Reading-Read assigned NEWSELA article on Nepal Earthquake + Take Quiz
Math - Finish L4
Google Classroom-Do Earthquake Brainpop Activity
Study for DLR Test tomorrow

Monday, August 10, 2015

1st Week of School!

Welcome back to school! I hope everybody had a fun and restful summer because we hit the ground running this Thursday! I can't wait to meet all of you as we begin a new adventure in learning together this year!

SUPPLIES that your will need for the new year: 
* 1 Box of Crayola Markers*.5 inch Round Ring White Binder for Common Core Math (important) 
(1.99 on Amazon)

* Zippered pencil pouch
* 2 Black Sharpies* One spiral notebook
* Binder paper 
* 2 Red ballpoint pens 
* 2 Blue ballpoint pens 
* 2 #2 pencils 
* 2 Pencil Sharpeners 
* Low-odor Dry Erase EXPO Markers (for math white-boards)
* One sock (for erasing the white boards) 

Mr. Sweet

Read through parent letter 
Sign and return forms
Login to NewsELA Code:
Login Name-First, Last
Password-AR Password
Login to Google Classroom

Monday, June 1, 2015


Drivers for the Boardwalk will need to be here at 10:15 on Wednesday.

Books-Please return any classroom AR books tomorrow.

Big Spin/Academic Awards-Thursday

Report Cards-Friday

Please do student survey, if not completed yet at:

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

May 26-29th

AR Goal Due Friday (Date change due to district closing program window)
Geography-Finish packet + study for
State Test tomorrow
History Test-Finish Quizlet on Ch.
10/Study for Thursday's Constitution Test
If this is not returned, they will not participate
in class videos/discussions (sorry for sending it home today, I thought
it was already sent home)
Corrected Work due Friday! 

AR Due-Friday, May 29th(Date change due to district closing program window)
10 Marks
Study Quizlet for your test in History tomorrow
Finish correcting and return work.
Wiffle Ball at 3pm for those who signed up

AR Due-Friday, May 29th (tomorrow)
10 Marks-Due tomorrow
Finish correcting and return work. Last day
Book swap tomorrow! Bring at least one book to participate
BOARDWALK DRIVERS-Leave at 10:20am (paperwork needs
to be filled out in office to drive)
Maria Townsend (5 students with seatbelts)
Cybele Candau-5
Lesha Kubacki-4
Gabby Mackle-5
Rose Hall -4
Sue Brenner-3
Shannon Spencer-4



A lot is happening this week! We have the two-part Family Life presentation that they have all been talking about! Wednesday will be part 1 of the "talk". We will be discussing conception and HIV. On Thursday the girls and boys will be divided into two groups and discuss puberty. I encourage you to discuss these topics with your child, as well. We have a question and answer time afterward both discussions/videos, which is done anonymously in written notes. Inappropriate questions are omitted.

On Wednesday we will have the States Test on a map. They will need to know the names and location of the states. Geography practice packets will be due on Wednesday.

On Thursday will be the Constitution test in History. (our last test of the year!)

On Thursday students from the AP Environmental Studies class from Aptos High will be sharing their final presentations to the 5th Grade Classes.

I encourage all of you to read stories from your child's Google Classroom account. They are amazing!

Also, initially I was going to be teaching 6th grade, but that has changed and I will be back in 5th next year. Sorry for the mixed message.

The end is nigh!

Mr. Sweet

Friday, May 15, 2015

MAY 18-22nd

Reading-AR Due Monday, June 1st
$23.05 is Due by this Friday.
Otherwise, students will have to pay full price at Boardwalk on their own.

Reading-AR 30 Min.
Correct and Return Science Test
Bring $ for field trip. Due Thursday
Optional: work on Quizlet to create
study guide cue cards for History Test-
Link on Right.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WEEK OF MAY 11-15th


This Monday we used the Chrome Books to be tested in ELA and Tuesday we did the Math portion.
On Wednesday and Thursday we will be doing the Science Testing with paper and pencil. Next Monday we will resume the performance tasks and do makeups for the students that were absent.
No homework during testing other than Accelerated Reading.

As a reminder, this Thursday is Open House at 6pm.

We will have some special songs that we will be performing along with a Powerpoint Friendship Poem presentation. This will be a good time to tour the room and see many of your child's writing and art projects from the school year.


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Monday, May 4, 2015

May 4th-8th

May the 4th be with you!

A lot is happening in Room 12!
Reading/Writing-We have ended RTI and our class is reading a fun and engaging book: "Tall Tales". It is about famous people from America's past including: Johnny Appleseed, Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyon, Davey Crockett and more. This book uses hyperbole in excess! We will be doing Literature Circles together this week so each student will have a job assignment each night.
In addition, we will be writing our own "Tall Tales" as a fun, culminating activity.

Spelling Vocabulary-Courtroom Vocabulary/Constitution from History

Math-We are continuing our Review from the year in preparation for testing, which starts next week.

History-We are learning about the US Constitution!

Geography-Our class is learning the 50 states and Capitals along with where they are on the map.

Courtroom Learning-Bob Wall, a local lawyer, will be teaching our class about the Cookie Court  trial and what it's like to be a lawyer this Thursday.

Friday-Field Trip to Watsonville Courthouse-We are leaving at 11am so drivers need to be here no later than 10:50 to get directions and info about the trip.
IF YOU ARE NOT A DRIVER, but want to come, you are welcome to come along and see the Mock Trial. It's fun!
Drivers/# of Students with seatbelts:
Heidi Fort/4
Robin Victory/4
Brett Hegna/5
Lisa Bird (if paperwork is filled out-6)
Rose Hall/4
Sarah Turpie/5
Dominique Hollister/4
Shannon Spencer
Debra Wiesner
Will Aiken
Sue Brenner

Finish Reading Paul Bunyan
Lit Circle Job 1
Math-Finish-L9 Review
10 MARKS DUE!!!!
Study Spelling

Finish Reading Pecos Bill
Lit Circle Job2
Math-Finish-L10 Review
Study Spelling
Cookie Court Crew-Work on your script

Finish Friendship Google Slide Show
Geography-Use "Like2learn" do 50 states/capitals
Math-Finish-L11 Review
Study Spelling
Cookie Court Crew-Work on your script

Geography-Use "Like2learn" do 50 states/capitals
Study Spelling
Cookie Court Crew-Work on your script
For those who signed up at auction:
Wiffle Ball/Pizza: Wednesday, May 27th-2pm
Camino Pacifico Grass area.

Monday, April 27, 2015

WEEK OF APRIL 27-May 1st

Read 25 minutes AR
Finish Math Review Unit 1/2
Begin Study Guide-Science Test Friday
Finish Unit 2 Wkbk pages (Lesson 1-6)
Study Spelling/Vocabulary

Read 25 minutes AR
Finish Math Review Unit 3/4
Begin Study Guide-Science Test Friday
Study Spelling/Vocabulary
Finish Final Drafts of Persuasive Essays

Read 20 minutes AR
Finish Math Review Unit5/6
Study Guide-Science Test Friday(With Book)
Study Spelling/Vocabulary
Sign and return "Healthy Kid Survey"

Read 20 minutes AR
Math Finish L7 Review+10 Marks
Study Guide-Science Test Friday(With Book)
Study Spelling/Vocabulary
Sign and return "Healthy Kid Survey"
Jog a Thon Forms!