Thursday, February 1, 2018

February Calendar


It's finally FEB-RU-ARY!

(I still think January was 84 days instead of 31)

 (click to enlarge)

February 7, 2018
Editorial Peer Edit - bring your rough draft to CC and make sure you have a working microphone!

February 9, 2018
Editorial Final Draft Due (100 points possible)

February 19, 2018
Presidents' Day Holiday (No School)

April 2-6, 2018
Spring Break (No School)

Will Phil see his shadow tomorrow?

Have a great month!
Mrs. Sol

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Division with Decimals


Hey Friends! This week we are learning how to divide numbers that include decimals.

To divide decimals correctly, you have to remember 3 things.
  1. Use graph paper to line up your numbers correctly.
  2. Move the decimal, so that your divisor is a whole number. What you do to the divisor, you do to the dividend.
  3. Use your mad long division skillz to solve. 
(sing this song if necessary)

Here is a quick lesson from Cool Math:

Click here for the whole lesson!

Long Division


Hey kids! In math this week, we are going to learn how to find quotients of whole numbers with up to 4-digit dividends! Sweet!

To get up to speed on division, first watch this...

Then watch this...

Here is a peek at our notebook pages this week. 
Click the photo to enlarge.

To print a copy of the 5.NBT.6 notebook pages for this week, click the image below.

Let me know if you need help!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!


Here is our January calendar. Can you believe it's 2018?!
(click on the calendar for the printable version)

"We will open the book. 
 Its pages are blank.  
We are going to put words on them ourselves.  
The book is called Opportunity  
and its first chapter is New Year's Day."

                                                          - Edith Lovejoy Pierce
See y'all tomorrow!    

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Pippi Projects!


For our Pippi Gand Finale, you will choose to complete a Character Analysis or Book Reflection of the book Pippi Longstocking. Whichever you choose, I expect it to represent your best work:

Neatest Writing
Colorful Illustrations and Images
No errors in grammar, spelling, or punctuation.


This is a final project and it will take time. 
Luckily, you have until January 5 to complete it.

Choose One:
(click on the images to enlarge them)


If you choose to do the Book Reflection for your project, you will write a creative HAIKU about the novel Pippi Longstocking

What's a Haiku?


This assignment is worth 50 points in the gradebook. The scoring guide is the same for both projects:


All illustrations should pop off the page. Sometimes it helps a project look "finished" when you use a fine tip black marker to outline the illustrations. Then, color in the whole image... background too!

Here is a sample of a student's illustration that is "neat and colorful"...

Send me an image or PDF of your final project. It must be close-up and clear, so I can read the information and admire the pictures! You can scan it or take a very clear picture of it.
Then, UPLOAD it to FILE SHARING on your OLS.


Extra credit points if you also send me a picture of you holding your final project!

I am super-duper excited to see your projects!

Make Pippi proud!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Comparing Big Juicy Decimals


If you ask me, 2015 is the perfect year to learn about comparing decimals to the thousandths using <  >  and = symbols. Am I right?

You can compare many things in life, such as cats and mice...

You can also compare numbers.

Before we go any further, let's time travel back to third (or maybe second) grade.

In your younger years you might have learned about alligators who liked to eat numbers. 

BIG numbers.


The alligator's big mouth and sharp teeth always opened to the bigger number,
as do the and >  symbols.

Even though we are big fifth graders, we can continue to use this visual to remember the correct way to write the greater than and less than symbols. I still do and I'm an old lady.


Now let's talk about comparing crazy-big numbers with multiple digits and decimals! This is actually really fun. You always start with the digit that has the greatest value (the one on the far left). Compare the numbers with the same place values. If they are the same, move to the right until you find numbers that are different.

The numbers above start out the same 452. However, when you get to the tenths column, you notice that the numbers are different . Well, which number is greater (or larger) 7 or 2


452.781  >  452.209

(452.781  is greater than  452.209)

Done! Move on!

Check out these examples below. The highlighted digits are the ones we compared to find out which was greater. Notice how they have the same place value? That means they can be compared.

Here are a few helpful resources for this concept...

(movie & info)


(lesson & game)

(interactive decimal sort)


Check your k-mail for a printable version of the notebook page for this week. You can use the Grip and Rip trick to quickly add it to your spiral. Here is a look at my notebook page. Please make sure your spiral is up to date before next Tuesday's class!

Click on any picture on this blog to enlarge it.


See you later, alligators.