Grade 5/6 Tobin

Welcome Fifth and Sixth Graders!



Teacher Contact Information:

Email: ltobin@monroeschool77.com

Telephone: (603)638-2800 ex. 29

February 15, 2019

In reading, sixth graders finished Bridge to Terabithia. They completed their response packet and are working on their final assessment for the novel - an infographic that demonstrates their understanding of major literary elements.

Fifth graders finished up reading work from last week, which included recognizing generalizations, and learning about 5th grade words that we may come across in our school spelling bee.

During math the fifth graders have been working on comparing and rounding decimals to the thousandths place. Sixth graders have been working on line segments and polygons on the coordinate plane.

Many thanks to everyone for all the Valentine goodies! Much appreciated by all!

This week, during guidance, students have been working with Ms. Ward on skills for working together in groups.

***Week of February 18-22 Children’s Stage Adventures! - No Homework this week

February 22 at 6:30 Final Production at the Town Hall***

Feb. 22 Grades Close and Popcorn Friday Bring 50 cents

Winter Break Feb 25-March 1

March 15 ROL’s go home

March 21 Early Release

March 29 - MCS Spelling Bee

Homework Club meets on Monday and Wednesday right after school.









February 9, 2019

In reading, sixth graders are almost to end of their latest class novel. Students have been doing some excellent analyzing and connecting, writing their ideas down in response to weekly chapter questions.

Fifth graders read Tripping Over the Lunch Lady, a realistic fiction piece. They practiced generalizing, predicting, and spelling words with prefixes.

During math the fifth graders reviewed the area of squares and rectangles. They will be starting a unit on decimals. Sixth graders wrapped up their study of algebraic expressions and inequalities. Lots of great math thinking happening!

During our science time we have been working on a program called “Sliders”. Students have been given a traffic scenario about the town of McFarland. They have to work as traffic engineers to think about how to improve the current traffic situation. This week they have started building their cars to model various scenarios. Lots of great collaboration and fun!


Tuesdays - Winter Activities start for all students

***Week of February 18-22 Children’s Stage Adventures!

February 22 at 6:30 Final Production at the Town Hall***

Feb. 22 Grades Close

Winter Break Feb 25-March 1

March 15 ROL’s go home

March 21 Early Release

March 29 - MCS Spelling Bee

Homework Club meets on Monday and Wednesday right after school.


Jan. 18, 2019

In reading, sixth graders finished writing their essays about how Gilly’s character changed throughout the novel. We also began our next novel, Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson.

Fifth graders completed the Unit 3 test this week, did some choice reading, and played Bananagrams.

During math the fifth graders continued work on algebraic expressions. Sixth graders played an algebraic expression memory game and completed chapter 7.

The winter activity program is well underway. Everyone seems to be having a great time at their respective activities. It's exciting to hear about all the exciting adventures and new activities everyone is trying!


Tuesdays - Winter Activities start for all students

Jan. 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

Jan. 30 Early Release (Please note change)

Feb. 22 Grades Close

Homework Club meets on Monday and Wednesday right after school.




Jan. 11, 2019

In reading, sixth graders wrote short essays on character change. They looked for evidence from the text and analyzed it to determine how our main character had changed throughout the course of the novel. We also enjoyed watching the movie version of our novel, and comparing and contrasting the two.

Fifth graders read about special effects in film and tv. We focused on using nonfiction text features, identifying important ideas, spelling words with prefixes, and we learned about prepositions.

During math the fifth and sixth graders have continued their studies in algebra. Everyone has also been working on using and understanding dot plots.


During Humanities students have been working on researching different parts of the Silk Road. They will use their research to write an informational piece about their segment of the Silk Road.


Tuesdays - Winter Activities start for all students

Jan. 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

Jan. 31 Early Release

Feb. 22 Grades Close

Homework Club meets on Monday and Wednesday right after school.

Jan. 4, 2019

In reading, sixth graders are just about to finish up their novel. After they do, they’ll be writing an essay about character change, and looking through the text for evidence to support their ideas.

Fifth graders learned about character traits this week. They listened to stories with strong characters and discussed their traits, citing evidence from the story.

During math the fifth and sixth graders have both started units on algebra. Sixth graders are continuing to review concepts about percents, while fifth grade continues to solidify their learning about fractions. Everyone is also working on a unit about statistics.

During our humanities time we have embarked on our Silk Road journey! We will be studying the history, geography and the arts of this long trail.


Jan. 8 Winter Activities start for all students

Jan. 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

Jan. 31 Early Release

Feb. 22 Grades Close

Homework Club meets on Monday and Wednesday right after school.


December 14, 2018

In reading, sixth graders continued reading their class novel. They’ve been adding booksnaps to their Seesaw accounts and trying to learn more about GIlly, the intriguing main character.

Fifth graders read a biography about a man in 19th century London who created models of dinosaurs. They practiced identifying facts and opinions, principal parts of verbs, and using text features to predict and set a purpose for reading.

During math the fifth graders are working to finish up their unit on multiplying and dividing fractions. They did a paper folding activity to visualize dividing fractions by whole numbers. The sixth graders have been working hard to wrap up their unit on percents. Learning about sales tax, commissions and interest have been very interesting for them!

During expedition we have been working on understanding punnett squares, genotypes and phenotypes. Students explored traits through an activity that showed how alleles pass from one generation to another.

A most joyous and happy holiday season from all of us to all of you!

Dec. 21 Holiday Outfit for Community Crew (no jammies)

Dec. 24-Jan 1 - Holiday Break

See you in 2019!

Homework Club meets on Monday and Wednesday right after school.


STEM Club is every Wednesday until the holiday break.

December 7, 2018

In reading, sixth graders began a new novel, The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson. Students worked on identifying themes and using evidence to support their thinking.

Fifth graders read about Leonardo da Vinci’s horse. They practiced identifying the main idea and supporting details, visualizing, and spelling compound words.

During math the sixth graders continued their work on percents. Fifth graders have continued working on multiplying and dividing fractions.

Our trip to the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum was really fantastic! We learned so much about the history and culture of Native Americans. Thanks to all the parents who joined us and to Ms. Cindy for driving us.

Dec. 13 Winter Program 6:30pm at the Town Hall

Dec. 21 Holiday Outfit for Community Crew (no jammies)

Dec. 24-Jan 1 - Holiday Break

Homework Club meets on Monday and Wednesday right after school.

STEM Club is every Wednesday until the holiday break.


November 30, 2018

In reading, sixth graders finished reading Sounder. They discussed character change and made connections, and began a reflection activity on Seesaw. Fifth graders read a play this week called The Perpetual Motion Machine. They loved taking turns acting out the parts! They also practiced sequencing events, verb tenses, summarizing, and spelling words with the schwa sound. During math the sixth graders have been working on percents and completing a performance task for PACE. Fifth graders have been reviewing the addition and subtraction of fractions and exploring the concept of multiplication with fractions.

In expedition students have been working to understand genetics. They completed a “recipe for traits” using a simulation with “Dog DNA”. They are also creating a mind map to help organize all the concepts related to genetics.

Dec. 5 Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum rescheduled field trip


Dec. 7 ROL’s sent home


Dec. 13 Winter Program 6pm


Dec. 24-Jan 1 - Holiday Break


Homework Club meets on Monday and Wednesday right after school.


STEM Club is every Wednesday until the holiday break.




November 15, 2018

During math the fifth graders have been working on finishing up their work on adding and subtracting fractions. Sixth graders have been working on unit rates and reviewing dividing decimals.

In reading, sixth graders read several chapters in Sounder. They practiced some basic literary analysis and paid special attention to the historical context of the novel.

Fifth graders reviewed skills they practiced in Unit 2.

Many thanks to everyone who responded to the homework survey. Your feedback was very helpful! If you haven’t had a chance the survey is still open for your thoughts.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


November 2, 2018

During math the fifth graders have been working on adding and subtracting mixed numbers with unlike denominators. Sixth graders played “equivalent ratio bingo”, completed a tape diagram activity and worked to wrap up their section on ratios.

In reading, sixth graders completed their class novel. They applied what they’ve learned about character and theme to the story, and are working on a final project to demonstrate their understanding.

Fifth graders read A Summer’s Trade, a realistic fiction story about making sacrifices for family. They practiced spelling words with final syllable patterns, identifying main and helping verbs, and determining author’s purpose for writing.

This week we did a world population food simulation in order to understand how vital plants are to the wellbeing of the planet. Students also explored the distribution of food and clean water across populations. Students asked great questions during our follow-up discussion.

Nov. 9 Veteran’s Day Program 2:15

Nov. 12 No School

Nov. 16 Field Trip to Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum

Nov. 21-23 Thanksgiving Break


October 26, 2018

During math the fifth graders have been working on adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators. The six graders have been working on ratios. They really enjoyed the game “Guess my Ratio” and are making their own.

In reading, fifth graders read a folk tale set in China. The question of the week was “What are the rewards in helping others?” They practiced spelling words with r-controlled vowels, comparing and contrasting details of the story, and talking about the structure of the story.

Sixth graders continued reading their class novel, added to their booksnap folders, and discussed characterization. Specifically, they learned the difference between static and dynamic characters.

Nov. 9 Veteran’s Day Program 2:15

Nov. 12 No School

Nov. 16 Field Trip to Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum

Nov. 21-23 Thanksgiving Break




Homework Club meets on Monday and Wednesday right after school.

During Math Quest students worked on figuring out the fractional parts of a geometric picture called “Patches”. Students were required to generate mathematical evidence to prove that their conclusions were true. It was great to see the variety of solutions and explanations. Students showed great perseverance!





October 18, 2018

During math the fifth graders have been working on multi-step word problems. They have been working to finish up their section on order of operations, as well. Sixth graders have started a new section on ratios. They have also started a series of word problems.

In reading, fifth graders read a nonfiction piece about one man’s important role in a Civil War battle. They practiced sequencing events, inferring, writing the correct form of possessive nouns, and spelling irregular plurals.

Sixth graders learned about the different types of conflict in literature. They applied these to their class novel, and practiced using evidence from the text to support their ideas.

During guidance this week students have been working on creating SMART goals for themselves and the class.


**Week of Oct. 22 -No Homework Club or STEM**

Oct. 23 Early Release

Nov. 9 Veteran’s Day Program 2:15

Nov. 12 No School

Nov. 16 Field Trip to Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum

Nov. 21-23 Thanksgiving Break

October 12, 2018

During math the fifth graders have been working on order of operations. The sixth graders have continued their work on multiplying and dividing fractions and decimals. During math Quest students worked on determining fractional parts of a piece of geometric artwork called “Nests”.

In reading, fifth graders began Unit 2, with stories that are all about doing the right thing. This week’s story was At the Beach. They practiced spelling words with digraphs, comparing and contrasting, and visualizing.

Sixth graders started their second class novel, Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine. They’ve learned a bit about Autism, and are paying attention the main character to understand her unique perspective.

It’s conference time! We are working to set up meeting times with families in October and November. Please let us know if you would like a time. Thanks!

October 4, 2018

During math the fifth graders have been working on division and order of operations. Sixth graders have reviewed multiplying fractions and decimals.

In reading, fifth graders are having a review week. No spelling test!!

Sixth graders finished writing and editing their character essays, did some infographic work with challenges, and started their next class novel.

Mark the date!

November 16th we will be heading to the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, NH. We’ll leave school by 8:30 and return by 2:30.


Oct. 5 - No School for students, Teacher inservice

Oct. 8 - No school

Oct. 10 Fire Prevention

Oct. 23 Early Release

Nov. 9 Veteran’s Day Program 2:15

Nov. 16 Field Trip to Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum

Nov. 12 No School

Nov. 21 Thanksgiving Break






Sept. 28, 2018

During math the sixth graders worked on negative numbers and absolute value. Fifth graders continued their work on multiplying by 10’s, 100’s and 100’s and extended into multiplying 2 times 3 digits numbers.

In reading, fifth graders read a story about the building of the transcontinental railroad. They also talked about challenges immigrants face. Sixth graders finished their novel and worked on finding, and writing about, the theme of a story. They also did some brainstorming for their character trait essay.


Oct. 3 - School Pictures (Retakes Nov. 14)

Oct. 4 - Open House 6pm

Oct. 5 - No School for students, Teacher inservice

Oct. 8 - No school

Oct. 10 Fire Prevention

Oct. 23 Early Release

Nov. 9 Veteran’s Day Program 2:15

Nov. 12 No School

Nov. 21 Thanksgiving Break

Sept. 20, 2018

During math the sixth graders finished up their first unit on Positive Whole Numbers and started their next chapter on Negative Numbers on the number line. Fifth graders started a section on multiplication and division. During Math Quest everyone worked on using images to create fractional questions and strategies for solving those questions.


In reading, fifth graders read their first nonfiction text about Satchel Paige, a famous baseball player. They practiced the informational reading skills of surveying, predicting, and asking questions. Sixth graders finished up their first class novel, Out of the Dust, and started a performance task centered around the main character.

This week the fifth and sixth graders had their first week long session with our Guidance Counselor Ms. Ward. During their sessions they worked on understanding their brains and emotions, as well as, ways to be mindful. They are also working on a project to think of solutions for issues they feel are important.

Reminders:

Sept. 24 - Early Release

Oct. 3 - School Pictures

Oct. 4 - Open House 6pm

Oct. 5 - No School for students, Teacher inservice

Oct. 8 - No school

Reminder from the office -When picking up students from at the end of the day please wait in the front office -thanks!

Homework Club has started -it will be with Mrs. Kempton on Mondays and Wednesdays right after school. Please send a note in if your child plans to attend -thanks!



Sept. 13, 2018

During math the fifth graders continued their work with numbers to the ten millions. They also worked on rounding and front end estimation with adjustment. Sixth graders studied Greatest Common Factors and Least Common Multiples. They continued their work on Prime Factorization.

In reading, fifth graders read an excerpt from Scott O’Dell’s novel Island of the Blue Dolphins, paying attention to details from the text and unfamiliar vocabulary. Sixth graders continued reading their class novel, and also worked on some informational texts about the 1930s and the Dust Bowl. Both groups worked on their weekly spelling words.

Last week we had our first field study to the dam. It was a lovely day for the walk down. Students used their protocol sheets to record observations about the area. They completed the turbidity tests on site and then returned to school to complete the PH, phosphate, bacteria, dissolved oxygen and nitrate tests. Students will collect data throughout the year and report their findings late next spring.



Sept. 7, 2018

During math fifth graders have been working on place value to the ten millions. Sixth graders have been starting a unit on the number line with a focus on positive numbers and prime factorization. Both groups have been working together on our first Math Quest. The focus is on ways to estimate fractions using snowflakes.

In reading, fifth graders are exploring tall tales and working on summarizing a text as well as exploring character traits. Sixth graders have started their first novel, Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse. They are looking for evidence in the text and responding to it in their “dialogue journals.”

Reminder from the office -When picking up students from at the end of the day please wait in the front office -thanks!

Homework Club starts next week -it will be with Mrs. Kempton on Mondays and Wednesdays right after school. Please send a note in if your child plans to attend -thanks!


August 29, 2018

Thanks to everyone for a terrific first week! It has been such a pleasure getting to catch up with everyone after the summer and to make plans for our terrific year ahead.

During our first week of math students have been working on activities from Youcubed’s “Week of Inspirational Math”. They have been thinking about halving -what has to be true to make something a half? How can we prove that something is a half? Students also played a game called “Game of Totals” and started their beginning of the year math assessment.


In reading, students have been busy choosing choice books from our great new selection in the library. We’ve also started our first Reading Street story, and have been practicing our inferencing skills as we pay attention to character traits.

August 2018

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!