Grade 5/6 Tobin

Welcome Fifth and Sixth Graders!



Teacher Contact Information:

Email: ltobin@monroeschool77.com

Telephone: (603)638-2800 ex. 16

Week of October 15, 2019

This week fifth graders continued with fractions and dove into division with mixed numbers. The sixth graders worked to wrap up their chapter on the coordinate plane.

During our Humanities time students continued reading the book Chains. This week our focus was on the tone/mood of the story. Students also worked on their “quick” research on the Revolutionary events in Boston. They also planned for their student led conferences and continued the writing process with their narrative writing.

During expedition students have been exploring cells. They are now moving into a project that highlights each of the human body systems. Each student will research a system and then create an interactive presentation to share what they know. Later on they will complete a “redesign project”.

October 22 - Student Led Conferences - please see the sign up on Class Tag

November 5 Picture Retakes

November 7 Trip to Boston!

November 8 Veteran’s Day Program 2:15

Homework Club has started -every Monday and Wednesday.

Week of October 7, 2019

This week fifth graders continued working on adding and subtracting unlike fractions. Sixth graders worked on the coordinate plane.


During our Humanities time we continued reading our focus book Chains. Our focus this week has been on figurative language and suspense. Students have also started a quick research/writing project on “flashpoints” of the American Revolution in regards to Boston, MA. Students have also been having writing conferences to review their first narrative stories.

What is “Explore Time?”

Part 2

This year we are reading Math Scholastic to expand our thinking about how math integrates into the world around us. Our first magazine had an article about the work of MC Escher. Everyone created their own tile to demonstrate reflection, translation or rotation. They are using the tiles to create tessellation pictures.

October 14 - No School

October 22 - Student Led Conferences - please see the sign up on Class Tag

November 5 Picture Retakes

November 7 Trip to Boston!

November 8 Veteran’s Day Program 2:15

Homework Club has started -every Monday and Wednesday.



Week of Sept. 30

This week fifth graders continued working on adding and subtracting unlike fractions. Sixth graders worked on multiplying and dividing decimals using real life examples.


During our Humanities time we continued reading our focus book Chains. Students also created acrostic poems with evidence and thought about irony in the context of Chains. Students also peer reviewed their narrative writing projects, learned about appositive phrases, and completed their final drafts.

What is “Explore Time?”

This year during math we have something called explore time. It is a type of math workshop for older elementary/middle school aged students. During this time students may explore topics through hands-on or technology activities, read articles or use math materials in creative ways. Besides assisting students to practice their math skills it also extends students ideas of what math can be.

October 9 - Fire Prevention Day!

October 11 - No School for students - Teacher Inservice Day

October 14 - No School

October 22 - Student Led Conferences - please see the sign up on Class Tag

Homework Club has started -every Monday and Wednesday.



Week of 9/23/2019

This week fifth graders continued their study of dividing by 10’s, 100’s and 1000’s. They also started working on fractions. Sixth graders continued their work on dividing fractions and multiplying decimals.

During our Humanities time we read Chapters 7-10 of Chains. Students also learned more about spies and created bookmarks with Ms. Clough. They also spent time reviewing and editing their narrative writing pieces.

This week students had guidance with Ms. Gaouette.

Writing Non Negotiables

You may have heard students talk about “non-negotiables”. In an effort to improve student writing we have a list of writing expectations that we expect students to follow with every writing assignment. As we go through the year we will add to this list of expectations. With these good habits in place our students writing will be spot on!

October 2 - Open House at 6pm

Come see what we’ve been up to!

October 3 - Picture Day

October 9 - Fire Prevention Day!

October 11 - No School for students - Teacher Inservice Day

Homework Club has started -every Monday and Wednesday.





Week of 9/16/2019

This week fifth graders continued their study of multiplying by 10’s, 100’s and 1000’s. Sixth graders studied dividing fractions and multiplying decimals.

During our Humanities time everyone read Chapters 3-6 of Chains, worked on Mission US Part 3 -the March of the Apprentices. We also explored four different versions of the events of the Boston Massacre -we had a great conversation about perspectives.

During expedition we have been further exploring both plant and animal cells. Students worked on color coding models and watched a BrainPop video about organelles.


What is Mission US?

Set in Uxbridge and Boston, MA in the winter and spring of 1770 students take on the role of apprentice Nat Wheeler as he explores Boston and observes the events surrounding the early events of the American Revolution. There is an element of choose your own adventure!

September 23 - Early Release


October 2 - Open House at 6pm

Come see what we’ve been up to!

October 3 - Picture Day

October 9 - Fire Prevention Day!

October 11 - No School for students - Teacher Inservice Day

Homework Club has started -every Monday and Wednesday -next week Tuesday and Wednesday due to early release.





Week of 9/9/2019

This week fifth graders worked on multiplying by 10’s, 100’s and 1000’s. Sixth graders studied negative numbers and place value. Students have been having a lot of fun during our math explore times -be sure to ask them about it!

During our Humanities time we started our book Chains. Students also looked at a political image from a 1770’s London Newspaper and worked on their historical narrative fiction stories.

During expedition we continued our studies by exploring how microscopes work and making a model of the human eye. We were all excited when the fish for the aquaponics set up arrived!

September 23 - Early Release

October 2 - Open House at 6pm

Come see what we’ve been up to!

October 3 - Picture Day

October 9 - Fire Prevention Day!

October 11 - No School for students - Teacher Inservice Day

Homework Club has started -every Monday and Wednesday.



9/05/2019

This week fifth graders have been working on rounding and estimation -including front end estimation with adjustment. Sixth graders studied greatest common factor, least common multiple and square roots.

During our Humanities time we have been thinking about what qualities and skills make for a good spy. We also have been learning about the Boston Massacre and Boston Tea Party. Students have started their first narrative writing project.

During expedition we continued our studies by examining mealworms.


September 23 - Early Release

October 2 - Open House at 6pm

Come see what we’ve been up to!


Homework Club will start next week.


New this year: Flex Time! We have had a great start to our afternoon sessions. Glad to see how many students signed up for activities. Please see Mrs. McKeever or Mrs. Kenney for more information or questions.

This year we are using Class Tag to communicate with families. Please be sure to check for class and personal messages.

If you have not received an invitation or need assistance with the program/app please contact me at ltobin@monroeschool77.com.



August 29, 2019


This week fifth graders have been working on place value to ten million -utilizing word, standard and expanded form. Sixth graders have been working on the number line and prime factorization.


During our Humanities time we have been completing activities to assist us with setting the stage for our class book “Chains”. We are focusing on the events leading up to the Revolutionary War. This included a simulation of taxation -ask the fifth and sixth graders what happened!


Our read aloud is the “Guts and Glory” Story of the American Revolution. This week we also focused on a poem by Phillis Wheatley and the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence.

This year we are using Class Tag to communicate with families.

If you have not received an invitation or need assistance with the program/app please contact me at ltobin@monroeschool77.com.

Sept 2 Labor Day - No School

September 23 - Early Release

Homework Club will start the first full week of school.

Students will have gym next Wednesday.