Grade 5/6 Tobin

Welcome Fifth and Sixth Graders!



Teacher Contact Information:

Email: ltobin@monroeschool77.com

Telephone: (603)638-2800 ex. 16


As of March 30, 2020 all academic materials for Fifth and Sixth grade are housed on Google Classroom or sent via Classtag. Thank you!

March 12, 2020

Fifth graders worked on estimating with decimals, while the sixth graders worked on wrapping up inequalities. We also started our section on geometry with the “Quadrilateral in Question” problem.

During Humanities we continued our studies of the Empire of Mail. Using the book “Atlas Obscura” we have been exploring many fascinating aspects of the African continent. We also reviewed systems for notetaking and exploring theme in books by enjoying the lovely book “Woolbur”.

https://chssp.ucdavis.edu/programs/historyblueprint/maps/medieval-map

Check out the map we have been using to understand the geography of Northern Africa!

March 16th Student Led- Conferences

March 19 - Early Release

March 24 - Beyond 7/2 - STEM program

April 13-17 Spring Break

Homework Club -every Monday and Wednesday.


March 6, 2020

Fifth graders worked on multiplying and dividing decimals. Our sixth graders focused on equalities and inequalities. We also took a look at linear equations and solving algebraic equations.

During Humanities we started a new mini-unit on the Empire of Mali. We have been looking at the Trans-Saharan trade routes and learning about Mansa Musa.

Student Led- Conferences

March 16th 1:15-5pm

The format will be several students sharing at a time with their family. There are times still available.

March 10 - Town Meeting


March 16th Student Led- Conferences

March 19 - Early Release

March 24 - Beyond 7/2 - STEM program

April 13-17 Spring Break

Homework Club -every Monday and Wednesday.

February 21

Fifth graders worked on multiplying decimals. The sixth graders wrapped up their algebra unit.

During Humanities everyone worked on their self-reflections for their student led conferences and setting new goals. We also did a short exploration of “Ishi” the last known of his tribe.

This week everyone got to choose whether they wanted to be an architect, engineer or a scientist. Each job came with a variety of tasks. Great way to wrap up before the break!

Student Led- Conferences March 16th 1:15-5pm

The format will be several students sharing at a time with their family (More of an Open House Format)


Have a wonderful February break! See you in March!

February 24-28 Winter Break

February 29 - Leap Year!

March 6 -Grades Close and Literacy Day

March 10 - Town Meeting

March 19 - Early Release

March 26 - Beyond 7/2

Homework Club -every Monday and Wednesday.


February 18th Spelling Bee

February 24-28 Winter Break

Homework Club -every Monday and Wednesday.

***Dance cancelled for February 14th***

Fifth graders created a decimal number line using the decimal cards. They also wrapped up their introduction to algebra. Sixth graders continued work on evaluating expressions.

During Humanities everyone made their own year long pictograph after examining Lone Dog’s Winter Count from the Smithsonian Museum. We also worked on parts 4 and 5 of Mission US and wrapped up the Lewis and Clark podcasts. Be sure to listen to the podcasts on Classtag.

During our mini-unit on energy we explored a water convection box and tested the conduction of different types of materials.

Week of December 16th

This week the fifth graders worked hard to complete some dividing fractions activities. The sixth graders explored percents. Everyone has been working on some fancy math garland to help decorate for the holidays.

During our Humanities time we have been busy reading about Lewis and Clark and keeping updated on Colin O’Brady’s trip. Students also created some prototypes of tools and equipment that could be used by Colin and the crew.

During expedition the fifth and sixth graders shared their Human Body Redesign projects with our MCS reviewers.

Best of the season to everyone!

Holiday Break - Dec. 23-Jan 3

January 13 - Early Release

January 20 - No School - Civil Rights Day

Homework Club -every Monday and Wednesday.


Week of December 9th

This week the fifth graders started the shift from multiplying fractions to dividing them. Sixth graders worked to finish up their unit on rates and to work on a project to show proportionality.

During our Humanities time we continued to learn about Lewis and Clark and we watched updates as Colin and his crew were getting ready to start rowing the Drake Passage! Students edited letters they wrote explaining why or why not they should go on the Lewis and Clark trip.

During expedition students have been busy with their “human body redesign” projects. They will present these to the review team on Monday. We have also started the shift over to our energy expedition.

December 20 - Holiday Dress up Day...Ugly sweater? Cool holiday shirt? Make your own?

Holiday Break - Dec. 23-Jan 3

January 13 - Early Release

January 20 - No School - Civil Rights Day

Homework Club -every Monday and Wednesday.


Week of December 2nd

This week the fifth graders worked on multiplying mixed numbers and whole numbers in real world applications. The sixth graders worked on rates.

During our Humanities class we started our “Incredible Journey” with Lewis and Clark. To parallel our studies we are also following a modern day explorer and his crew as they attempt to cross the Drake Passage!

During expedition students have been busy with their “human body redesign”

projects. Can’t wait to see what they create!


****From Mrs. Kenney:

Instrumental music students -please remember to practice on a regular basis. The holiday concert is fast approaching.****


December 12 - Winter Program 6pm

December 20 - Holiday Dress up Day...Ugly sweater? Cool holiday shirt? Make your own?

Holiday Break - Dec. 23-Jan 3

January 13 - Early Release

January 20 - No School - Civil Rights Day

Homework Club -every Monday and Wednesday.


Week of November 18th

This week the fifth graders worked on multiplying fractions.

Sixth graders worked to finish up a chapter on ratios. They also completed a great math activity called “Jump, Jump!” about proportional thinking.

During our Humanities class we finished our book “Chains”. Students also completed and shared their narrative writing pieces about the famous “Crossing of the Delaware”.

From Mrs. Kenney:

Instrumental music students -please remember to practice on a regular basis. The holiday concert is fast approaching.

FYI...new information...This week a local officer was in to discuss cyber safety with students. There is an app “Calculator +” that looks like a regular calculator, but with a secret code students have access to a secret vault -not necessarily for positive purposes.

November 27-29 Thanksgiving Break

December 12 - Winter Program 6pm

Homework Club -every Monday and Wednesday.

Many thanks to Ms. Clough for all her work with us this Trimester! We’ll miss her!

Week of November 4th

This week the fifth graders worked on multiplying fractions. The sixth graders worked on their PACE Common Task - Choose Your Own Adventure. Everyone spent some time working together on Freedom Trail Math.

During our Humanities class we worked on the next few chapters in “Chains”. Students also did some prefield trip work around the Freedom Trail and thinking about questions of justice and freedom.

During expedition students took a break from their human body work to develop the the new River Stewards Newsletter.

Special note to instrumental and band students. It is really important that students are practicing on a daily basis. This is the best way for students to develop their skills and stamina for playing an instrument well.

November 27-29 Thanksgiving Break

Late November: ROL’s will be sent home

December 12 - Winter Program 6pm

Homework Club has started -every Monday and Wednesday.

Many thanks to Arnold, Karen, Molley, Kristen, and Catherine for joining us on our Boston trip.


Week of October 28th

This week fifth graders continued their work fractions. They will be wrapping up and getting ready to move on after this week. The sixth graders have been working on ratios and making sure they are comfortable using absolute value to find distances on the coordinate plane.

During our Humanities class we continue to read the book Chains. Students took part in a World Cafe and explored some quotes and ideas from the book through writing and drawing. They also refocused on the implications of settings and how point of view can be used with texts.

**Band members are working hard to learn a holiday piece for the concert. Please encourage your band member to practice at home! The play time s/he has at school is not enough!!!!

Thanks -Mrs. Kenney

November 5 Picture Retakes

November 7 Trip to Boston! Bus leaves by 6:30...please arrive by 6:20 -thanks!

November 8 Veteran’s Day Program 2:15

November 27-29 Thanksgiving Break

Homework Club has started -every Monday and Wednesday.




Week of October 21, 2019

This week fifth graders continued their work on division and converting fractions to decimals. The sixth graders started exploring the concept of unit rates and ratios by exploring geometric shapes and “What’s the Best Deal?”

Student Led Conferences were fantastic! It was so wonderful to see the excitement of the fifth and sixth grade students sharing all their hard work with their families. Well done everyone!


During our Humanities time we focused on the use of symbols in literature and the idea of a “story mountain” to understand how a story can be formed. Students continued reading their book, Chains, and started their second narrative story.

November 5 Picture Retakes

November 7 Trip to Boston! Bus leaves by 6:30...please arrive by 6:20 -thanks!

November 8 Veteran’s Day Program 2:15

November 27-29 Thanksgiving Break

Homework Club has started -every Monday and Wednesday.

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.