Class Newsletter

* You should have all received a letter Friday, March 10, that I have accepted a job as a medical writer for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. My last day at Richland will be Friday, March 31. Richland has been a part of my family since my older son, Sam, started kindergarten here in 2005. I have truly been blessed to teach your children.

March 27-31, 2017
Tuesday: MAP testing in Math and Science for 5-04, 5-05 and 5-02
Wednesday:
Reports Cards issued
Friday:
Boosterthon Fun Run
April 4: MAP testing for Reading/ Language Arts for 5-04, 5-05, and 5-02
April 14:
No School
April 18:
ELA TN Ready Subpart 1 (writing)
April 19:
ELA TN Ready Subpart 2 and 3
April 20:
ELA TN Ready Subpart 4
April 22: REEF Golf Tournament
April 25: Math TN Ready Subpart 1
April 26:
Math TN Ready Subpart 2 and 3
April 27:
Science TN Ready
April 28:
Social Studies TN Ready field test
April 28: Spring Fling
May 12: 5th Grade Field Trip to Huntsville
May 17: AR Bookstore
May 22: Yearbook Signing Party
May 23: 5th Grade BBQ luncheon (for teachers and students only)
May 25: Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony
May 26: Last Day of School, half-day

Reading
We will finish our study of the text "Vaqueros" and study/ review non-fiction text structures: description, sequence of events, cause/ effect, problem/ solution, compare/ contrast, and main ideas/ supporting details.
Students will analyze text and write text using these different text structures next week.
Vaqueros Comprehension and Vocabulary tests: Tuesday

Grammar
We will review verbs and continue with Daily Grammar Practice
Verbs Test: Wednesday

Daily Grammar Practice
its almost time for math so we will get our books

Spelling
No Spelling Test


March 20-24, 2017
If you have questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org.
If you need to reach me during the day, please call the school office at 416-2148 and leave a message. The office staff will get in touch with me.

Tuesday: Boosterthon kickoff
Wednesday: Science Fair
Thursday: Reading/ Language Arts TN Ready field test
March 28: MAP testing in Math and Science for 5-04, 5-05 and 5-02
March 29: Reports Cards issued
March 31:
Boosterthon Fun Run
April 4: MAP testing for Reading/ Language Arts for 5-04, 5-05, and 5-02
April 14: No School
April 18: ELA TN Ready Subpart 1 (writing)
April 19: ELA TN Ready Subpart 2 and 3
April 20: ELA TN Ready Subpart 4
April 25: Math TN Ready Subpart 1
April 26: Math TN Ready Subpart 2 and 3
April 27: Science TN Ready
April 28: Social Studies TN Ready field test


Reading
We will read "Vaqueros: America's First Cowboys" and "Rhyme on the Range" from our Journeys textbooks.
Comprehension skills: text and graphic features, main ideas and details, adages, summarization

Comprehension test: Tuesday, March 28

Vocabulary
Vocabulary skill: adages and proverbs
Words: extending, dominated, residents, flourished, acquainted, prospered, hostile, acknowledged, sprawling, decline
Vocabulary test: Tuesday, March 28

Spelling
Pattern: unstressed syllables
Words: entry, limit, talent, disturb, entire, wisdom, dozen, impress, respond, fortress, neglect, patrol, kitchen, forbid, pirate, spinach, adopt, frighten, surround, challenge
Spelling Test: Friday

Grammar
Verbs
Verbs test: Wednesday, March 29

DGP
oh no i have lost my brothers homework

Writing
I am planning to give the kids a practice writing assessment Tuesday or Wednesday. I need to give it on one of those days so I have plenty of time to give them feedback.

March 6-10, 2017
If you have questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org.
If you need to reach me during the day, please call the school office at 416-2148 and leave a message. The office staff will get in touch with me.

Monday-Thursday: Book Fair
Thursday:
Fino's East Family Night
March 13-17:
Spring Break
March 21:
Boosterthon Kickoff
March 31:
Boosterthon Fun Run
April 8:
Grounds Beautification Day
April 14: No School

Reading
We will finish reading The Cay this week, and students will work on activities related to the themes of the book and to show what they learned from reading the book. They may represent their learning with a poster, writing, or Power Point presentation. If they choose the Power Point presentation, they must provide a flash drive and they must know how to use Power Point.

Vocabulary


Chapters 5-19 Vocabulary List

Chapters 10-14 Vocabulary Test:
Tuesday, March 7

Vocabulary words:
catchment, steel bands, pompano, rancid, vaguely, submerged, d'jumbi, tethered, voodoo, kin, malaria, treacherous, crevices, hurricane
 
Chapters 15-19 Vocabulary Test: Friday, March 10
Vocabulary words: slithering, receded, flayed, groped, bung, legacy, precise, muted, flailing, gingerly, moray eel, badgering, priority

Spelling
There will not be a spelling test this week.

Grammar
We will continue our study of perfect tenses. This week we will study future perfect tense.
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/tenses/present_perfect.htm#perfect

We will have a perfect tenses test after Spring Break.

Daily Grammar Practice

Sentence:
 
By the end of soccer season, we will have played 20 games.


February 27-March 3, 2017
If you have questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org.
If you need to reach me during the day, please call the school office at 416-2148 and leave a message. The office staff will get in touch with me.
Friday: Skate Night
March 6-9: Book Fair
March 9: Fino's East Family Night
March 13-17: Spring Break
March 21: Boosterthon Kickoff
March 31: Boosterthon Fun Run
April 8: Grounds Beautification Day

Reading
We will continue reading The Cay by Theodore Taylor this week. We will finish the book and work on activities until Spring Break.
Chapters 1-4 Vocabulary Test: Tuesday
Vocabulary words: alabaster, mutiny, distilled, Nazi, Calypso, schooner, parched, sextant, ballast, bow, stern, lubricate

Chapters 1-4 Vocabulary List

Chapters 5-19 Vocabulary List

Chapters 5-9 Vocabulary Test: Friday
Vocabulary words: port, harass, scanning, harassment, cay, langosta, fronds, scorpions, reeve

Chapters 10-14 Vocabulary Test: Tuesday, March 7
Vocabulary words:
catchment, steel bands, pompano, rancid, vaguely, submerged, d'jumbi, tethered, voodoo, kin, malaria, treacherous, crevices, hurricane
 
Chapters 15-19 Vocabulary Test: Friday, March 10
Vocabulary words: slithering, receded, flayed, groped, bung, legacy, precise, muted, flailing, gingerly, moray eel, badgering, priority

Spelling
Words with Latin roots
Words: inspect, export, erupt, predict, respect, bankrupt, dictate, porter, report, spectacle, deport, interrupt, dictator, import, disrupt, portable, transport, spectator, verdict, dictionary Challenge: spectacular, contradict, corrupt, retrospect, rupture
Spelling Test: Friday

Grammar
We will continue our study of perfect tenses. This week we will study past perfect and future perfect tenses.
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/tenses/present_perfect.htm#perfect

Perfect tenses test will be Thursday, March 9.

Daily Grammar Practice

Sentence:
he stayed up all night because he had received a lot of homework

DGP Quiz - Thursday
We will have a Daily Grammar Practice quiz Thursday. Children will be able to use their notebooks. They will analyze one of the sentences from the 3rd Nine Weeks and will use DGP abbreviations to mark for parts of speech, subject, predicate, prepositional phrases, clauses, and types of sentences.

Writing
Students will read a short narrative and rewrite it from another character's point of view. This assignment will be completed in class either this week or early next week.

February 20-24, 2017

If you have questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org.
If you need to reach me during the day, please call the school office at 416-2148 and leave a message. The office staff will get in touch with me.
Thursday: Fino's East Family Night
March 3: Skate Night
March 6-9: Book Fair
March 9: Fino's East Family Night
March 13-17: Spring Break
March 21: Boosterthon Kickoff
March 31: Boosterthon Fun Run

Reading
We will begin reading The Cay by Theodore Taylor this week.
Vocabulary words: alabaster, mutiny, distilled, Nazi, Calypso, schooner, parched, sextant, ballast, bow, stern, lubricate
Chapter 1-4 Vocabulary Test: Tuesday, February 26
Vocabulary Word List

Spelling
Skill: Words with Greek roots

Words: telephone, autograph, microscope, photograph, televise, biology, microphone, paragraph, symphony, telegraph, megaphone, microwave, photocopy, biography, saxophone, telescope, calligraphy, xylophone, homophone, homograph 
Spelling Packet due Thursday
Spelling Test -- Friday


Grammar

Perfect verb tenses

Daily Grammar Practice
she has lived in the village since she was born

Writing
Compare-contrast essays are due Friday. Children have had ample time in class to work on the, but they also may work on them at home. You are welcome to provide feedback to your children, but please don't tell them exactly what to write or write it for them. Unfortunately, this situation occurs every year, and it is obvious when the child has had "extra help." If that is the case, it will negatively affect your child's grade.

February 13-17, 2017
If you have questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org.
If you need to reach me during the day, please call the school office at 416-2148 and leave a message. The office staff will get in touch with me.

Thursday: Domino's Pizza Night
Friday: REEF Movie Night
February 23: Fino's East Family Night
March 3: Skate Night
March 6-9: Book Fair
March 13-17: Spring Break

Reading

We will study poetry, figurative language, and poetic devices this week. Our main poem will be "Casey at the Bat."
Comprehension test: Friday
Link to "Casey at the Bat"

Vocabulary
Figurative language: simile, metaphor, idiom, personification, onomatopoeia
Poetic devices: alliteration, rhyme, rhythm, repetition
Figurative language test: Friday
Study Guide
Poetry Powerpoint


Spelling
Skills: Words with suffixes -ant, -ent, -able, -ible, -ist, and -ism
Words: vacant, insistent, reversible, patriotism, finalist, honorable, contestant, observant, urgent, pessimist, comfortable, absorbent, optimism, journalism, novelist, terrible, frequent, laughable, radiant, collectible
Challenge words: evident, triumphant, occupant, digestible, curable
Spelling Pack due Thursday.
Test: Friday


Writing
We continue to work on the problem-solution essay. It is due Friday, February 24.

Grammar
We will study verb tenses, with a focus on past perfect, present perfect, and future perfect.

Daily Grammar Practice
my children we must go live in the cottage


February 6-9, 2017
If you have questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org.
If you need to reach me during the day, please call the school office at 416-2148 and leave a message. The office staff will get in touch with me.

Thursday: Parent-Teacher Conferences
Friday: No school for students (District Learning Day)
February 16: Domino's Pizza Night
February 23: Fino's East Family Night
March 3: Skate Night
March 6-9: Book Fair

Reading
We will read "Tucket's Travels" from our Journeys book. Students will write about how the plot events in the story build on each other towards a climax and resolution.
Comprehension skills: Story structure, sequence of events
Comprehension test - Thursday
Comprehension Study Guide
*Students who complete the study guide and turn it in Thursday will earn five extra points on the Comprehension Test.

Vocabulary
Words:
undoubtedly, salvation, shuffled, stunted, evident, pace, seep, vain, mirages, factor
Vocabulary test: Thursday


We are also learning the meanings and Greek and Latin roots and studying figurative language. This week we are learning cent, circum, counter, and dict.

Grammar
We will review how to write titles.

Daily Grammar Practice
washington irving wrote the legend of sleepy hollow but he was a lawyer

Writing
Problem-solution essay



Comprehension Test: Friday
January 30-February 3, 2017
If you have questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org.
If you need to reach me during the day, please call the school office at 416-2148 and leave a message. The office staff will get in touch with me.
January 31: Watchdog Pizza Night
February 7-8: Mornings with Mom
February 9: Parent-Teacher Conferences (3:30-6:30 p.m.)
February 10: No School (District Learning Day for teachers)
February 16: Domino's Pizza Night
February 23: Fino's East Spirit Night

Reading
We will read "The Black Stallion" from our Journeys book. Students will write about how the relationship between the boy and the horse change as a result of the plot events in the story.
Read the story.
Listen to the story.
Comprehension skills: Story structure, theme
Comprehension Test: Friday

Vocabulary
Words: piercing, descended, savage, quivered, delicacy, fitful, heave, diminishing, rhythmic, marveling
Comprehension Test: Friday

Spelling
Words: salsa, mattress, tycoon, burrito, bandana, tomato, poncho, dungarees, lasso, patio, siesta, cargo, vanilla, tsunami, iguana, plaza, caravan, hammock, pajamas, gallant
Challenge words: mosquito, cathedral, alligator, tambourine, sombrero
Spelling Pack -- due Thursday
Spelling Test - Friday

Grammar
Writing titles
Grammar Pack is due Thursday.

Daily Grammar Practice
where does your grandmother live little girl

Writing
We will write a problem/ solution essay. The assignment is simple and straightforward. Children will each select an issue that they believe is a problem in the community. They will use a safe search engine called Sweet Search to research the issue. In the essay, children must state the problem and explain why it is a problem. They will then propose two or three solutions that children can carry out. Then they will write a conclusion that sums up the problem and solution. We will start this process in class, but there is not enough class time available to finish the essay, I will allow children to finish it at home.
The essay is due Thursday, February 9.









January 23-27, 2017
If you have questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org.
If you need to reach me during the day, please call the school office at 416-2148 and leave a message. The office staff will get in touch with me.
Thursday: Field Trip to the Symphony
Thursday: REEF Spaghetti Supper
Friday: School Pictures
January 31: Watchdog Pizza Night
February 9: Parent-Teacher Conferences (3:30-6:30 p.m.)
February 10: No School (District Learning Day for teachers)

Reading
We will read "Darnell Rock Reporting" from our Journeys textbook.
Skills: Author's purpose, summarization
Comprehension Test: Friday
Read the story.
Listen to story.

Vocabulary
Words: urge, minimum, effective, deteriorating, dependent, violations, granted, issue, ordinance, exception
Vocabulary Test: Friday, January 27
Quizlet Practice
Spelling
Spelling pattern: Words with suffixes -ful, -ly, -ness, -less, -ment
Words:
lately, settlement, watchful, countless, steadily, closeness, calmly, government, agreement, cloudiness, delightful, noisily, tardiness, forgetful, forgiveness, harmless, enjoyment, appointment, effortless, plentifu
Challenge words: suspenseful, merciless, seriousness, contentment, suspiciously
Spelling test: Friday

Grammar
We will continue our study of verbs, in particular the perfect tenses.

DGP sentence: little red riding hood take these things to grandmother said mother

Writing
Students will work on narrative writing. They will learn to rewrite a story from another point of view and how to create a different ending for a story.

January 17-20, 2017
If you have questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org.
If you need to reach me during the day, please call the school office at 416-2148 and leave a message. The office staff will get in touch with me.
Wednesday: REEF Read-A-Thon Ends
Thursday: Domino's Pizza Night
January 26: REEF Spaghetti Dinner
January 27: School Pictures
January 31: Watchdog Pizza Night

Reading
We will read "Darnell Rock Reporting" from our Journeys textbook.
Skills: Author's purpose, summarization
Comprehension Test: Friday, January 27
Read the story.
Listen to story.

Vocabulary
Words: urge, minimum, effective, deteriorating, dependent, violations, granted, issue, ordinance, exception
Vocabulary Test: Friday, January 27
Quizlet Practice

Spelling
Spelling pattern: Words with suffixes -ful, -ly, -ness, -less, -ment
Words:
lately, settlement, watchful, countless, steadily, closeness, calmly, government, agreement, cloudiness, delightful, noisily, tardiness, forgetful, forgiveness, harmless, enjoyment, appointment, effortless, plentifu
Challenge words: suspenseful, merciless, seriousness, contentment, suspiciously
Spelling test: Friday, January 27

Grammar
We will continue our study of verbs, in particular the perfect tenses.

DGP sentence: my mom read a story to my little sister and me and we really liked it

Writing
We will finish writing our compare/ contrast essays. We will work on them in class, and students may take them home for their parents to check. Essays will be due Thursday.
January 9-13, 2017

If you have questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org.
If you need to reach me during the day, please call the school office at 416-2148 and leave a message. The office staff will get in touch with me.

Thursday: Fino's East Spirit Night
Friday: Skate Night
January 15: Last day to order 5th Grade Yearbook ads
January 18: REEF Read-A-Thon Ends
January 19: Domino's Pizza Night
January 26: REEF Spaghetti Dinner
January 27: School Pictures
January 31: Watchdog Pizza Night

Reading
We will begin a new story Tuesday after students complete vocabulary and comprehension tests on the story from "We Were There, Too."  The story for this week is "LAFFF," a science fiction passage from our Journeys textbook.
Comprehension skills: Story structure, point of view
Comprehension test: Tuesday, January 18 (the day after MLK Day, so study this week!)
Listen to story.
Read story online.
Study guide
(If study complete a study guide and turn it in on test day, they will earn five extra points on the comprehension test. They must write complete sentences, show effort, and write neatly to receive credit. No partial credit will be given.)

Vocabulary
Words: impressed, admitted, produced, destination, original, concentrate, collected, rumor, suspense, compliment
Vocabulary strategy: Reference materials
Vocabulary test: Tuesday, January 17 (The day after MLK day, so study hard this week!)
Quizlet practice

Spelling
Because of the snow day Friday, the Spelling Test for "We Were There, Too" will be tomorrow (Tuesday)! See the spelling list under last week's section.

Words: tiring, borrowed, freezing, delivered, whispered, losing, decided, amazing, performing, resulting, related, attending, damaged, remarked, practicing, supported, united, expected, amusing, repeated
Challenge words: assigned, entertaining, operated, rehearsing, donated
Spelling test: Friday

Grammar
We will continue our study of verbs.

DGP sentence: students at garden elementary school had studied bud not buddy

Writing
We will finish our compare/ contrast essay on Joseph Plumb Martin and Sybil Ludington.

January 3-6, 2016
If you have questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org.
If you need to reach me during the day, please call the school office at 416-2148 and leave a message. The office staff will get in touch with me.

Important Dates
January 12: Fino's East Spirit Night
January 13: Skate Night
January 15: Last day to order 5th Grade Yearbook ads
January 18: REEF Read-A-Thon Ends
January 19: Domino's Pizza Night
January 26: REEF Spaghetti Dinner
January 27: School Pictures
January 31: Watchdog Pizza Night

Reading
We will read the non-fiction text "We Were There, Too" from our Journeys textbook. This story describes the roles teens Joseph Plumb Martin and Sybil Ludington played during The Revolutionary War.
Skills: Compare/ contrast
Comprehension Test: Tuesday, January 10
Click here to read the story.
Click here to listen to the story.
More information about compare/ contrast
Compare/ contrast Power Point

Vocabulary
Words: rural, tedious, lacked, personally, organize, mocking, efficient, summons, mimic, peal
Vocabulary test: Tuesday, January 10
Quizlet Vocabulary Practice
Vocabulary Power Point

Spelling

Words: formal, whistle, labelpuzzle, legal, angle, normalneedleangelpupil, strugglelevellocalbicyclechannel, global, stumble, quarrelarticle, fossil

Spelling Test: Friday
Spelling City Practice

Grammar

We will review transition words, particularly those used for compare/ contrast essays. 

Writing
We will write a compare/ contrast essay. Prompt: What similarities and differences do you see between Joseph's and Sybil's actions during the Revolution? Use text evidence to support your answer.


December 12-16, 2016

If you have questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org.
If you need to reach me during the day, please call the school office at 416-2148 and leave a message. The office staff will get in touch with me.
Friday: 1/2 day; Classroom Winter Party (5-04: There is a Sign-Up Genius sign-up sheet.)
December 19-January 2: Winter Break

Reading
We have finished The Birchbark House and will work on activities related to the book.

Vocabulary Words for Chapters 12-14: etched, scrolls, trough, peering, refrain, pitiful, anticipation, bound, indistinguishable, sobbed, harbored
Vocabulary Test for Chapters 12-14: Tuesday
Vocabulary List

Grammar
We will continue our study of verbs. We have learned a song with helping verbs and students will be asked to write down all 23 helping verbs as a quiz grade. They have until Wednesday to memorize these verbs and write them down. They must write them down from memory in class.

Writing
We have read two non-fiction passages about Australia and are writing an informative/ expository essay about why people might want to move to Australia.
We completed information gathering and organization last week. Students will draft their essays this week and turn them in Tuesday.

December 5-9, 2016
If you have questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org.
If you need to reach me during the day, please call the school office at 416-2148 and leave a message. The office staff will get in touch with me.
December 16: 1/2 day; Classroom Winter Party
December 19-January 2: Winter Break

MAP Testing
Mrs. Robinson will conduct math MAP testing Tuesday. Mrs. Bartholomew will conduct reading MAP testing Thursday. Mrs. Peterson will conduct science MAP testing Friday.

Reading/ Language Arts
We will finish reading The Birchbark House and will work on some comprehension/ writing projects in class. We will also read non-fiction passages about Westward Expansion and answer comprehension questions about them.

Vocabulary Words for Chapters 9-11: solemnly, comprehend, crimson, bashfully, fragrant, inevitable, feeble, grief, reverently, and solitary
Vocabulary Test for Chapters 9-11: Wednesday (date change)

Vocabulary Words for Chapters 12-14: etched, scrolls, trough, peering, refrain, pitiful, anticipation, bound, indistinguishable, sobbed, harbored
Vocabulary Test for Chapters 12-14: Tuesday, December 13
Grammar
We will begin a study of verbs.

DGP sentence: sara curled up in the window seat opened a book and read quietly
Writing
We will read two non-fiction passages about Australia and will write an informative/ expository essay about why people might want to move to Australia.
We completed information gathering and organization last week. Students will draft their essays this week.
Spelling
Spelling pattern: VV (double vowels)
Words: actual, cruel, influence, diet, museum, casual, ruin, pioneer, trial, visual, realize, create, riot, genuine, area, annual, audio, dial, theater, patriot
Challenge words: diagnose, media, appreciate, society, prior
Spelling Test: Friday


November 28-December 2, 2016
If you have questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org.
If you need to reach me during the day, please call the school office at 416-2148 and leave a message. The office staff will get in touch with me.
Friday: Field Trip to Pink Palace
December 16: 1/2 day; Classroom Winter Party
December 19-January 2: Winter Break

MAP Testing
Winter MAP testing is coming up soon. Mrs. Robinson will conduct math MAP testing December 6. Mrs. Bartholomew will conduct Reading MAP testing December 8. Mrs. Peterson will conduct Science MAP testing December 9.

Reading/ Language Arts
We will read Chapter 10-11 in The Birchbark House. We will also read non-fiction passages about Westward Expansion and answer comprehension questions about them.
Vocabulary Words for Chapters 5-8: luscious, stalking, intricate, frenzy, sheaves, cache, mulling, caulking, vigilance, ferocity
Vocabulary Test for Chapters 5-8: Tuesday

Vocabulary Words for Chapters 9-11: solemnly, comprehend, crimson, bashfully, fragrant, inevitable, feeble, grief, reverently, and solitary
Vocabulary Test for Chapters 9-11: Tuesday, December 6

Grammar
We are currently studying the correlative conjunctions either/ or, neither/or, whether/or, rather/ than, both/ and, and not only/ but also
Correlative conjunctions quiz: Thursday


Writing
We will read two non-fiction passages about Australia and will write an informative/ expository essay about why people might want to move to Australia.

Spelling
We will not have a spelling test this week because we don't have time for a spelling test this week since we are going to the Pink Palace Friday.


November 14-22, 2016
If you have questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org.
If you need to reach me during the day, please call the school office at 416-2148 and leave a message. The office staff will get in touch with me.
Wednesday: Progress Reports go home
Wednesday: City Saver sale ends
Friday: Skate Night
November 23-25: Thanksgiving Break
December 2: Fifth Grade Field Trip to the Pink Palace

MAP Testing
Winter MAP testing is coming up soon. Mrs. Robinson will conduct math MAP testing December 6. Mrs. Bartholomew will conduct Reading MAP testing December 8. Mrs. Peterson will conduct Science MAP testing December 9.

Reading/ Language Arts
We will read Chapters 6-8 this week. Students will receive a list of vocabulary words for Chapters 5-8. We will also be reading an excerpt of the novel Tuckett's Travels by Gary Paulsen that appears in our Journeys textbook. The central characters are pioneer children during Westward Expansion. We will compare/ contrast the two texts, focusing on the experiences of Native American and pioneer children during this period in history.
Chapters 5-8 Vocabulary Test: Tuesday, November 29

Spelling
Words:
nature, certain, future, villain, mountain, mixture, pleasure, captain, departure, surgeon, texture, curtain, creature, treasure, gesture, fountain, furniture, measure, feature, adventure
Challenge: leisure, sculpture, architecture, chieftain, enclosure
Test: Thursday

1. Grammar
DGP Sentence Week 13: i made on an awful mistake on the first day

Children will also practice using correlative conjunctions (either-or, neither-nor, both-and, whether-or, not only-but also) during literacy workstations.

November 7-10, 2016
If you have questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org. If you need to reach me during the day, please call the school office at 416-2148 and leave a message. The office staff will get in touch with me.

Friday: Veterans Day (No school)
November 16: 2nd Nine Weeks Progress Reports issued
November 16: City Saver fundraiser ends
November 17: Domino's Pizza Night
November 18: Skate Night
November 23-25: Thanksgiving Break

Reading/ Language Arts
We will Chapter 4-5 of The Birchbark House. We will focus on character study this week.

Vocabulary
Words: spared, nerve, banish, astonished, nerve, banish, astonished, deserted, reasoned, margins, envy, upright, bared
Vocabulary test: Thursday

Spelling
There are no spelling words this week.

Grammar
We will continue DGP. We will also study correlative conjunctions.
Sentence: read the cay and write a short review of it

October 31-November 4, 2016

If you have any questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org. If you need to reach me during the day, please call the school office at 416-2148 and leave a message. The office staff will get in touch with me.

November 11: Veteran's Day (No School)
November 16: 2nd 9 Weeks Progress Reports issued
November 16: Last day to turn in City Saver books/ sales
November 17: Domino's Pizza Night
November 18: Skate Night
November 23-25: Thanksgiving Break

Reading
We will begin reading the novel, The Birchbark House. Students will read the book in class. We don't have enough copies to send home the book. On days that CLUE students miss RLA, I will send home books with them so they can keep current with the reading.

We will read Chapters 1-3 this week.

Comprehension skills
We will focus on text structure of novels: characters, setting, plot, conflict, resolution, and theme.
This week we will discuss character, theme, and how to make inferences.


Vocabulary
spared, nerve, banish, astonished, deserted, reasoned, margins, envy, upright, bared
Vocabulary test: Tuesday, Nov. 8

Spelling
Words with final /ij/, /iv/, is/
Words: storage, olive, service, relative, cabbage, courage, native, passage, voyage, knowledge, image, creative, average, justice, detective, postage, cowardice, adjective, village, language Challenge: prejudice, cooperative, beverage, heritage, apprentice
Spelling packet is due Thursday.
Spelling test: Friday

Grammar: We will continue with DGP.
Sentence for this week: why dont you run and jump said scarecrow


October 24-28, 2016
If you have any questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org. If you need to reach me during the day, please call the school office at 416-2148 and leave a message. The office staff will get in touch with me.
Wednesday: Report Cards go home
Thursday: Fino's East Family Night
November 11: Veteran's Day (No School)
November 16: 2nd 9 Weeks Progress Reports issued
November 23-25: Thanksgiving Break

Reading/ Language Arts
We will read "Cougars."

Vocabulary
Strategy: Shades of meaning
Words: unobserved, available, detecting, mature, ferocious, resemble, particular, vary, contentment, keen
Vocabulary and Comprehension Tests: Friday

Spelling
Pattern: homophones
Words: steal, steel, aloud, allowed, ring, wring, lesson, lessen, who's, whose, manor, manner, pedal, peddle, berry, bury, hanger, hangar, overdo, overdue Challenge words: canvas, canvass, site, sight, cite
Spelling Pack due Thursday
Spelling Test: Friday

Writing
Children have been working on opinion essays about year-round schooling in class. They are due Thursday.

Grammar
We will continue with DGP.

Sentence of the week:  

both dorothy and tin man are characters in the oz books


October 17-21, 2016
If you have any questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org. If you need to reach me during the day, please call the school office at 416-2148 and leave a message. The office staff will get in touch with me.
Wednesday and Thursday: Daybreak with Dads
Thursday: Domino's Pizza Night
Saturday: Fall Grounds Beautification Day
October 26: Report Cards go home
October 27: Fino's East Family Night
November 11: Veteran's Day (No School)
November 23-25: Thanksgiving Break

Reading/ Language Arts
We will read "Everglades Forever."
Vocabulary
Strategy: Prefixes en-, re-, pre-, and pro-
Words: endangered, unique, adapted, vegetation, conserving, restore, guardians, attracted, regulate, responsibility

Vocabulary and Comprehension Tests: Friday, October 21
Spelling
Pattern: homophones
Words: steal, steel, aloud, allowed, ring, wring, lesson, lessen, who's, whose, manor, manner, pedal, peddle, berry, bury, hanger, hangar, overdo, overdue Challenge words: canvas, canvass, site, sight, cite

Spelling Test: Friday, October 28 (Since this test is homophones, kids really need to understand the meanings of the words to be able to spell them correctly. I am giving them an extra week to study.)

Writing
We will work on opinion writing.

Grammar
We will continue with DGP.

Sentence of the week: the wizard of oz which was written by l frank baum is the childrens favorite book 


October 3-7, 2016
If you have any questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org. If you need to reach me during the day, please call the school office at 416-2148 and leave a message. The office staff will get in touch with me.
Tuesday: Last day to bring in Box Tops for the 1st 9 Weeks.
October 10-14: Fall Break
October 19-20: Daybreak with Dads
October 20: Domino's Pizza Night
October 22: Fall Grounds Beautification Day
October 26: Report Cards go home


Reading/ Language Arts
We will read two opinion articles about year-round schooling, and the children will select the one that they agree with most. They will write an opinion essay about why they agree with that letter.


Vocabulary
Words: consecutive, extended, arrangements, society, quality, academic, troublesome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, behavioral, and strain

Grammar
We will continue with Daily Grammar Practice.


Oct. 3-7 sentence: did you read the fairy tale by mr. anderson before you went to bed


September 26-30, 2016
If you have any questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org. If you need to reach me during the day, please call the school office at 416-2148 and leave a message. The office will get in touch with me.

Monday-Thursday: Book Fair
October 10-14: Fall Break
October 19-20: Daybreak with Dads
October 20: Domino's Pizza Night
October 22: Fall Grounds Beautification Day
October 26: Reports Cards go home

TN Ready Benchmark Testing -- NEW ITEM 
Students will take a Reading/ Language Arts benchmark test Thursday and Friday. The reading portion consists of seven reading passages with multiple choices questions at the end of each passage. The reading section will be given Thursday. The writing portion will be given Friday. Students will read two passages and will write an essay in response to the prompt. This benchmark testing is taking place throughout  Shelby County Schools. It helps us know each student's strengths and weaknesses in preparation for the TN Ready, which will be given this spring. I moved the previously scheduled tests to Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Reading/ Language Arts
We will read "Quest for the Tree Kangaroo" from our Journeys textbook.
Target skills: cause and effect, quotes and description, domain-specific vocabulary
Read the story online.
Listen to the story.
Comprehension test: Tuesday, October 4

Vocabulary
Vocabulary words: dwarfed, presence, procedure, outfitted, transferred, calculate, snug, perch, enthusiastic, beaming
Vocabulary strategy: antonyms and synonyms
Vocabulary test: Tuesday, October 4

Spelling
Vowel + /r/ sounds
Words: glory, aware, carton, adore, aboard, dairy, ordeal, pardon, warn, vary, barely, torch, barge, soar, beware, absorb, armor, stairway, perform, and former
Challenge words: discard, forfeit, orchestra, rarity, hoard
Spelling test: Tuesday, October 4

Writing
We will work on summary writing.

Grammar
We will continue with Daily Grammar Practice (DGP) and continue our study of sentence structure.
Sentence: andersons stories became popular in 1835 and suddenly he was famous




September 19-24, 2016

If you have any questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org.
If you need to reach me during the day, please call the school office at 416-2148 and leave a message. The office will get in touch with me.
Wednesday and Thursday: Grandparents Day
Thursday: Domino's Pizza Night
Friday: School Pictures
Friday: REEF Movie Night
September 26-30: Book Fair
October 10-14: Fall Break

Reading/ Language Arts
We will continuing reading our two texts, "Elisa's Diary" from our Journeys textbook and a non-fiction text entitled "How to Overcome Shyness." There will be comprehension assessments on each text, and children will complete a writing assignment that incorporates information from both texts.
Elisa's Diary Comprehension Test: Thursday, September 22 

Vocabulary
Words: opponents, brutal, embarrassed, obvious, typically, supposedly, gorgeous, preliminary, sweeping, and officially
Vocabulary Test: Thursday, September 22

Grammar
We are continuing our study of sentence structure. We will focus on correcting sentence fragments and run-on sentences for the next two weeks. Children will take an assessment some time the week of September 26. 

The Daily Grammar Practice sentence of the week:
hans christian anderson was born in odense denmark on april 2 1805. 

Writing
Children will answer a text-dependent question from the story with a paragraph that follows the RACES model. (R-Restate the question/ prompt, A-Answer all parts of the question, C-Cite evidence, E-Explain the evidence, and S-Sum it up.)

They will also write a composition in class that includes information from both reading texts.

September 12-15, 2016

If you have any questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org or call the school office during school hours. I will return your call after school. If you need to reach me during the day, call the school office. The staff will get the message to me.
Monday: Capital Campaign ends
Wednesday: 1st Progress Report goes home
Thursday: Parent-Teacher Conferences
Friday: District Learning Day (No School for Students)
September 21-22:
Grandparents Day
September 22: Domino's Pizza Night
September 23: School Pictures
September 23: REEF Movie Night
September 26-30: Book Fair
October 10-14: Fall Break

Reading/ Language Arts
During the next two weeks, we will read two texts, "Elisa's Diary" from our Journeys textbook and a non-fiction text entitled "How to Overcome Shyness." There will be comprehension assessments on each text, and children will complete a writing assignment that incorporates information from both texts.
Elisa's Diary Comprehension Test: Tuesday, Sept. 20 

Vocabulary
Children will take a test on academic vocabulary Tuesday.
Words: analyze, persuade, compare, contrast, summarize, describe, explain, infer, develop, support, evaluate, evidence, gist, focus, determine
Bonus words: interpret, demonstrate, imagine, integrate, synthesize

I highly recommend that children make flash cards to study. Children who show me their flash cards will earn five extra points on the test.
Academic Vocabulary Test - Tuesday

"Elisa's Diary" Vocabulary
Words: opponents, brutal, embarrassed, obvious, typically, supposedly, gorgeous, preliminary, sweeping, and officially
Vocabulary Test: Tuesday, September 20

Grammar
We are continuing our study of sentence structure. Children will take a test on independent and dependent clauses Thursday.
Grammar Test: Thursday, September 15
*Children will begin bringing home Daily Grammar Practice for homework this week. We will go over the assignment from the previous night the next day in class. 

Writing
Children will write a composition in class that includes information from both texts.


September 6-9, 2016

If you have any questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org or call the school office during school hours. I will return your call after school. If you need to reach me during the day, call the school office. The staff will get the message to me.
September 8: Fino's East Family Night
September 9: Room Sponsor Breakfast
September 9:
Richland Skate Night
September 12: Capital Campaign ends
September 14: 1st Progress Report goes home
September 15: Parent-Teacher Conferences
September 16: District Learning Day (No School for Students)
September 21-22:
Grandparents Day
September 22: Domino's Pizza Night
September 23: School Pictures
September 23: REEF Movie Night
September 26-30: Book Fair

Reading/ Language Arts
We will continue our "close read" of a non-fiction article entitled "It's Not Just a Game" by Lori Calabrese. It is from the Engage NY RLA program. Children will be assessed on their ability to determine the author's opinion and how she supports her opinion with facts and details. We will not have a traditional comprehension test on this text.

Vocabulary
Students will study academic vocabulary terms that we will be using throughout the year.
Words: analyze, persuade, compare, contrast, summarize, describe, explain, infer, develop, support, evaluate, evidence, gist, focus, determine
Bonus words: interpret, demonstrate, imagine, integrate, synthesize
Academic Vocabulary Test: Tuesday, September 13
Spelling City

Grammar/ Writing
We will continue with Daily Grammar Practice. Students will begin bringing DGP home for homework the week of Sept. 12. We will also study the elements of a complete sentence and how to identify and avoid writing run-on sentences and sentence fragments. Students will work on a grammar packet about compound and complex sentences at home. 
Grammar Packet due Friday.

Spelling
No spelling words this week since it is a short week.

August 29-September 2, 2016

If you have any questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org or call the school office during school hours. I will return your call after school. If you need to reach me during the day, call the school office. The staff will get the message to me.
September 5: Labor Day (No School)
September 8: Fino's East Family Night
September 9: Room Sponsor Breakfast
September 9:
Richland Skate Night
September 14: 1st Progress Report goes home
September 15: Parent-Teacher Conferences
September 16: District Learning Day (No School for Students)
September 21-22:
Grandparents Day
September 22: Domino's Pizza Night
September 23: School Pictures
September 23: REEF Movie Night
September 26-30: Book Fair

Reading/ Language Arts
We will read a non-fiction article "It's Not Just a Game" by Lori Calabrese. It is from the Engage NY RLA program. Children will be assessed on their ability to determine the author's opinion and how she supports her opinion with facts and details. We will not have a traditional comprehension test on this text.
Double Dutch Comprehension/ Vocabulary tests: Tuesday, August 30

Vocabulary
Students will study academic vocabulary terms that we will be using throughout the year.
Words: analyze, persuade, compare, contrast, summarize, describe, explain, infer, develop, support, evaluate, evidence, gist, focus, determine
Bonus words: interpret, demonstrate, imagine, integrate, synthesize
Academic Vocabulary Test: Friday, September 9
Spelling City

Grammar
We will continue with Daily Grammar Practice. Students will begin bringing DGP home for homework the week of Sept. 12. We will also study the elements of a complete sentence and how to identify and avoid writing run-on sentences and sentence fragments.
I will give students a quiz on the four types of sentences (declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, and imperative) Thursday, Sept. 1.

Writing

Students will write an opinion paragraph about the benefits of sports using information from "Double Dutch" and "It's Not a Game." All writing will be completed in class.

Spelling
Words: 
ounce, sprawl, launch, loyal, avoid, basketball, moist, haunt, scowl, naughty, destroy, saucer, pounce, poison, August, auction, royal, coward, awkward, and encounter
Challenge words: poise, loiter, exhaust, assault, alternate
Spelling Test: Friday, Sept. 2
Spelling City (look for Elisa's Diary list)

August 22-26, 2016
If you have any questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org or call the school office during school hours. I will return your call after school. If you need to reach me during the day, call the school office. The staff will get the message to me.
August 25: Fino's East Family Night
September 5: Labor Day (No School)
September 8: Fino's East Family Night
September 9: Room Sponsor Breakfast
September 9:
Richland Skate Night
September 14: 1st Progress Report goes home
September 15: Parent-Teacher Conferences
September 16: District Learning Day (No School for Students)
September 21-22:
Grandparents Day
September 22: Domino's Pizza Night
September 23: School Pictures

Cereal Box Book Report
The Cereal Box Book Report on the second summer reading book is due on or before Friday, August 26. This project must be completed at home.
Click here for directions.
Click here for template for box sides. 
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Reading/ Language Arts
We will read the narrative non-fiction article, "Double Dutch," about a competitive jump roping team that learns the importance of perseverance. It is from our reading textbook Journeys.
Click here for a link to the story.
Click here for a link to an audio reading.

Comprehension strategies/ skills: Sequencing, summarizing
Vocabulary skills: Prefixes and suffixes
Vocabulary/ comprehension tests: Tuesday, August 30 (All comprehension tests are open book.)

Grammar/ Writing
Academic writing
-- We will learn how to structure an answer to a text-dependent prompt: The Snazzy Steppers went from being one of the worst Double Dutch teams in the league to being the best. How did they accomplish this feat? Write a paragraph explaining how hard the Snazzy Steppers worked to become champions. Include quotations and other text evidence to support your explanation.
R-Restate the prompt.
A-Answer the question
C-Cite the evidence
E-Ending sentence
Students will complete a "quick write" Thursday or Friday.

*If we have time, we will work on some common and proper nouns activities.

Daily Grammar Practice
We will continue working on Daily Grammar Practice in class. Students will begin bringing it home for homework the first full week after Labor Day.
The sentence we are working with this week is: 
mark twain and samuel clemens were the same person


Spelling
Long u words
Words:glue, flute, youth, accuse, bruise, choose, stew, loose, lose, view, confuse, cruise, jewel, execute, route, cartoon, avenue, include, assume, and souvenir
Challenge words: conclude, pursuit, intrude, subdue, presume
Spelling packet due Thursday.
Spelling Test: Friday


August 15-19, 2016
If you have any questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org or call the school office during school hours. I will return your call after school. If you need to reach me during the day, call the school office. The staff will get the message to me.
August 16: Meet the Teacher Night at 5:30 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades
August 18: Meet the Teacher Night for 4th and 5th grades at 5:30 p.m. and 6:20 p.m.
August 19: Welcome Back Coffee and PTO Meeting at 8:30 a.m. in the Cafeteria
August 26: Room Sponsor Breakfast
September 5: Labor Day (No School)
September 14: 1st Progress Report goes home
September 15: Parent-Teacher Conferences
September 16: District Learning Day (No School for Students)


Reading/ Language Arts
  • Please remind your child to bring his/ her copy of Wonder during the week. We have had a delightful time discussing character, summarization, and theme. I have so enjoyed discussing this "wonder"ful book with your children. They are truly inspiring!
  • The test on Wonder will be this Friday (August 19). Children received a study guide Thursday (August 11). It covers all the material that will be on the test. Children have had time to work on the study guide in class, and we are discussing it. Please make sure they study it at home as well. They may use the book on the test, but if they study the study guide they will be well prepared. Please remind your children that they must always write complete sentences. Click here for a copy of the study guide.
  • Directions for the second summer reading book were sent home with students Wednesday, August 10. The cereal box book report is due on or before Friday, August 26. Students will work on this project at home. Your child is welcome to turn it in early! (Click here for a PDF of the directions.) You may use this template for the cereal box or create your own. Please remind your child to write complete sentences.

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RLA Objectives
  • I can describe the character traits of characters in Wonder based on evidence from the text.
  • I can identify story elements (character, setting, conflict, resolution, plot, and theme) and how explain how they work together to form a novel.
  • I can explain the theme of Wonder using evidence from the text.
  • I can write simple, compound, and complex sentences.
  • I can identify the nine parts of speech (noun, pronoun, verb, adjectives, articles, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections) and understand how they work together to form complete sentences.
Writing/ Grammar
We will spend much of the first 9 weeks in a "Grammar Boot Camp," reviewing the foundations of good writing with your children. Please work with them at home on reviewing the 9 parts of speech and the structure of simple, compound, and complex sentences. Make sure your child can identify the parts of speech as they are used within a sentence. Watch this fun video that I'll be showing in class.

We have started reviewing how to complete Daily Grammar Practice. You may read more about it under the "Homework" tab on my website. Students will begin bringing home DGP for homework the first full week after Labor Day.

Spelling
We will have our first spelling test of the year on Friday (August 19). Students received their spelling homework packets Friday, August 12. Packets are due Thursday (August 18).
Spelling skill: long a and long e
Words: awake, feast, stray, greet, praise, disease, repeat, display, braces, thief, ashamed, sleeve, waist, beneath, sheepish, release, remain, sway, training, niece
Challenge words: terrain, succeed, betray, motivate, upheaval
Have a wonderful week!

August 8-12, 2016
If you have any questions, please e-mail me at bartholomewet@scsk12.org or call the school office during school hours. I will return your call after school. If you need to reach me during the day, call the school office. The staff will get the message to me.

Important Dates
August 8: First Day of School!
August 16: Meet the Teacher Night at 5:30 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades
August 18: Meet the Teacher Night for 4th and 5th grades at 5:30 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. 
August 19: Welcome Back Coffee and PTO Meeting at 8:30 a.m. in the Cafeteria
August 26: Room Sponsor Breakfast
September 5: Labor Day (No School)
September 14: 1st Progress Report goes home
September 15: Parent-Teacher Conferences
September 16: District Learning Day (No School for Students)

Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!
  • 5-04 Parents Only: Your child will be coming home Monday with a Parent Survey and a Student Information Card. Please return them Tuesday morning, if possible.
  • Student/ Parent Handbook: Parents, the SCS Code of Handbooks should go home on Wednesday. The Richland Parent/Student Handbook is online. Per Mrs. McNary, it is required that parents sign the acknowledgement form in the handbook and return to your child's homeroom teacher. We will go over the handbook during Meet the Teacher Night.
Reading/ Language Arts
  • Please remind your child to bring his/ her copies of Wonder Wednesday. We will begin discussing the book and working on assignments. Your child should bring it to school everyday until further notice.
  • Directions for the second summer reading book will be sent home with students Wednesday. The cereal box book report is due on or before Friday, August 26. Students will work on this project at home. Your child is welcome to turn it in early! (Click here for a PDF of the directions.) You may use this template for the cereal box or create your own.

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RLA Objectives
  • I can describe the character traits of characters in Wonder based on evidence from the text.
  • I can identify story elements (character, setting, conflict, resolution, plot, and theme) and how explain how they work together to form a novel.
  • I can explain the theme of Wonder using evidence from the text.
  • I can write simple, compound, and complex sentences.
  • I can identify the nine parts of speech (noun, pronoun, verb, adjectives, articles, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections) and understand how they work together to form complete sentences.
Wonder
I hope your child enjoyed reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio, the required summer reading book for fifth graders at Richland. Over the next two weeks, we will discuss Wonder in class. Students will work on writing assignments, and we will have a short test Thursday or Friday of next week. Please remind your children that they must write complete sentences anytime we have written assignments!
Writing/ Grammar
We will spend much of the first 9 weeks in a "Grammar Boot Camp," reviewing the foundations of good writing with your children. Please work with them at home on reviewing the 9 parts of speech and the structure of simple, compound, and complex sentences. Make sure your child can identify the parts of speech as they are used within a sentence. Watch this fun video that I'll be showing in class.
Beginning next week, I will begin showing your child Daily Grammar Practice (DGP). You may read more about it under the "Homework" tab on my website. Students will begin bringing home DGP after Labor Day.
Have a wonderful week!