Parent Peek: Pocahontas, Personification, & Plants

It is hard to pick what to blog about this week. The 5th grade at DES has been busy, busy, busy!


20141026_112940Students completed an Auburn / Alabama writing project that will be on display in our hall. They had20141026_112917 to compose a detailed paragraph about how either Auburn or Alabama use the 7 Habits to be successful teams. Here are two examples written by Grayson K. and Lane S.:

Students were excited to read about history in their reading class this week. They read about the mystery of Roanoke, the settlement of Jamestown, and two primary source documents written by John Smith in 1608 and 1624. Students also analyzed the lyrics to Disney’s “Colors of the Wind” featured in the movie, Pocahontas. The class learned about personification and identified examples of personification in the lyrics.


The 5th grade reading class wrapped up the week by writing a letter to Disney. After reading John Smith’s account of his experiences with the Powhatan Indians and viewing clips of the Disney movie, students chose one of two viewpoints:

I agree with Disney’s portrayal of John Smith and Pocahontas.(OR) I disagree with Disney’s portrayal of John Smith and Pocahontas.

20141026_113047The purpose of the assignment was for students to back up their point of view by citing evidence20141026_113111 from our primary sources and historical information they learned in social studies class. We composed the first paragraph as a whole group. The second paragraph was on their own. Students wrote their letters, checked for errors, made edits and wrote revisions. Here is one example from Andie R.:

Academic rigor can still be entertaining!

Reading Homework: (M) Practice Book page 45 and Learning Log pages; (T) Finish ALL Learning Log pages; (W-F) Read for AR points (We will be testing in reading class on Wednesday and Friday)


Students made terrariums in Mr. Blue’s room. Here is a picture of some of the final products.


Social Studies:

The 5th grade is still conducted a community service project through our Auburn / Alabama Dollar Drive for the East Alabama Food Bank. Help us out! The food bank can provide 7 meals for every $1 we donate. All donations can be turned in during Mrs. Smith’s class.


Mrs. Squires is now sending home a math newsletter each week. Make sure you ask your student about it. She also sends it out via e-mail. To get on that e-mail list, contact Dr. Dark at

All Classes:

This is the cover of our 5th grade leadership notebooks. You will hear more about these in the future!

20141024_101237Student Sneak Peek:

What is your viewpoint? Do genetically modified foods benefit the world?

AU / AL Dollar Drive & Writing Project

IMG_0038Don’t forget our Dollar Drive for East Alabama Food Bank. You can provide 7 meals for $1 by donating to our Dollar Drive for the East Alabama Food Bank. Please bring all donations to social studies class. Let’s see how many meals we can provide for citizens in East Alabama! The Alabama fans are ahead. Step it up, Auburn fans!

In Mrs. Wilson’s class you have a writing project due on Tuesday. Complete all of the work in your Writing Project Packet. Your final copy should be on the paper provided by Mrs. Wilson. Don’t forget to decorate your project in either Alabama or Auburn colors!

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing ToothThis Week in Reading:

We will take a look back at history through our reading. We will travel back in time to the Lost Colony. Do you know what we will read about? Here is a clue: Croatoan. At the end of the week, I will introduce a new writing project that accompanies our reading.

You will receive a new Learning Log on Monday. It is important that you keep these in your reading folders and bring them to class every day. You will turn these in on Wednesday, October 29th for a homework grade.

All year long we will use clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. One clue we can use is the prefix of the word. A prefix is a letter or group of letters attached to the beginning of a word that partly indicates its meaning. Common prefixes include anti-(against), co- (with), mis-(wrong, bad), and trans-(across).

Here is a cool prefix rap! Check it:

Reading Homework:

Monday – Finish Writing Project and Work in Learning Log; Tuesday – Learning Log; Wednesday – Read for AR Points; Thursday & Friday – Writing Project

Welcome Back from Fall Break / Important 5th Grade Information

niEEE9xiAWelcome back from Fall Break! 

In reading class we will be completing lesson four with a test on Wednesday. We have a little work left to do in our Learning Logs. The Learning Log is due Wednesday before your test.

We will begin a writing project this week. The writing process is an important part of becoming a good writer. You will use the writing process in every writing project you have this year. This video will help you learn about the writing process:

Reading Homework: Monday – Review Study Notes in Learning Log;  Tuesday – Finish ALL work in Learning Log;  Wednesday – TEST DAY;  Thursday & Friday – Writing Project

science-clip-art-1Science News: Students need to bring a CLEAR 2 liter soda bottle to class for a project. Please wash out the bottle before bringing it to class.

Social Studies News: You can provide 7 meals for $1 by donating to our Dollar Drive for the East Alabama Food Bank. Please bring all donations to social studies class. Let’s see how many meals we can provide for citizens in East Alabama!

-math-clipart-1Math News: Mrs. Squires e-mails out a newsletter every week. If you are not getting this e-mail, please have Dr. Dark add you to his 5th grade e-mail list. You can e-mail him at

Leadership News: Make sure you have a 3 rings binder for your Leadership Notebook. You will also need tab dividers. If you can being those too, it would be great!