:Math Message
3.2.17 Students have just completed their 2nd Math Interim test of the year. We will be reviewing from now until March 20th, when the CMAS Math tests begin. 1.19.17 We have returned from Winter Break and already covered Types of Numbersrational and irrationaland plotting points and shapes on a coordinate plane. Next, we explore more details about 2dimensional shapes, area, 3D shapes, surface area, and volume. 12.18.17 LINKS to BLUE BOOK CHAPTERS 1, 2, 3, and 11 are BELOW this message. Prodigygame.com online math option Today I sent home a permission sheet for this website. If I receive the permission slip back, I will provide my class code. This is an Online, RolePlaying, StandardsBased, Math Game. YOU DO NOT NEED TO PAY for anything for them to play. It is Optional, but those who play will get math feedback. Other Math Websites for Winter Break Here is a list of some math websites 5th graders suggested you visit over Winter Break to utilize your math skills: www.mathplayground.com/games Check out Weigh the Wangdoodles or Math Man, Order of Operations www.math4children.com Choose Games and 5th or 6th Grade www.abcya.com Choose 5th Grade, scroll down to the blue area for Math www.multiplication.com Can choose grade level content HERE ARE THE LINKS TO THE BLUE BOOK CHAPTERS: 12.7.17 FRACTION FUN, FINALIZED This week we are taking the posttest for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions. Although these concepts return throughout the year, this will conclude the major instruction. On Dec 14th, Thursday Folders will have results. REFLECTION WEEK In response to my recent PEBC training in November, we are dedicating time to explore our metacognition, thinking strategies, and goal setting around math. I look forward to this chance for students to selfmonitor their progress, so far this year, and set goals for next steps. 10.25.17 MATH INTERIM 1 COMPLETE Today most students completed their first math interim test of the year, which covered the skills and concepts we have visited so far. I will have the results available next week. Any student who did not finish today may have more time on Monday. TURNING TO FRACTIONS Next week we will begin our work on Fractions, with pretests on Mon/Tues. This work will include mastery of fractions with all four operations, as well as fluency converting fractions to decimals to percents. Pages highlighting expected background knowledge are scanned and available to view in the "Math Work" column on this page. FALL BREAK OPTIONAL HOMEWORK Two sheets, a fraction preview and a level 1 challenge sheet, are linked in the right column, which students may work on over fall break. These are not mandatory, and are simply available if desired. 10.6.17 TEST WENT HOME TUESDAY Please ask your child about the Decimal Post Test that was sent home on Tuesday. I have asked that they share it with you, have you sign it, and return it to me. POWERS OF TEN PROJECTS Some of your students have taken the Powers of 10 Google Classroom assignment to places I never would have imagined. This project has given students oportunities to explore this fundamental concept of number sense in a selfdirected manner. Please ask your child to share their progress on this project with you. JOG A THON JogAThon this morning was a HUGE success. Thank you all for your support of our school. I was so inspired, I almost ran myself :) CONFERENCES Next week conferences begin. I am excited to talk to you all, and meet some of you. Please remember these will be brief (8min or so) conversations with each teacher, individually. We can always set up more time later, if needed. Have a great weekend. 9.21.17 There is a link below to my letter home to parents in this weeks Thursday folder. 9.14.17 We are well into our review of fifth grade content: place value, rounding, powers of ten, order of operations and the standard algorithms for multiplication and division. Students are displaying a range of mastery of these topics which is being supported through differentiated learning opportunities like small group instruction and assignments on Ten Marks. I am stressing the importance of the standard algorithms as we move into more complicated work with decimals (when the partial quotient method begins to fall apart, and we stop using remainders with division). Our next destination is working with fractions and the four operations. 9.7.17 Every week we do a Fact Fluency FaceOff. 50 multiplication problems in 2 minutesthen they graduate to 1 minute. This measures their basic multiplications skills...skills that we will be using when we work with factors, fractions, algebra, and so on. I have explained to every class that these FFFO's are NOT their PRACTICE, these are the MEASURE of their basic math fact proficiency. Everyone is responsible for practicing and mastering these math facts on their own. Why, Mr. Hodges? Isn't that just drill and kill? I have explained it many ways, including:

Extension Reminder:
All year I have offered the option of extensions on assignments. The criteria for an extension are as follows:
Friday the 13th of April, 2018 The Chapter 8 Post Test pages & question numbers are linked below: 4.5.2018
The 6A pages below are due Friday, May 6th, BEFORE ELECTIVES
Math Work / Homework
FEB 24 Long Weekend Homework LINKS AVAILABLE ABOVE, if you misplaced them. JAN. 1921 OVERDUE Classwork LINKS If you have one of these two assignments overdue, and you cannot find your hard copy, here are links to reprint them:
Winter Break 10 Marks
Here are links to download Background Fraction Knowledge textbook pages and Optional Fall Break Homework:
1st Math Interim Test, Tuesday Oct. 24
Below is a link to the review packet, which students received Monday, 10/23, had time to work on independently and with small groups, and then went over then shared/reviewed correct answers with the teacher. 
Reminders
*I have received almost all Red forms, Tech agreements and checks for $95.00 made out to Polaris. Thank you! *We have started TenMarks math online, and we are only missing 3 parent signature forms. Make sure your child didn't leave theirs in their backpack! 
Special's Schedule:
Mon. Tues. Weds. Thurs. Fri. Art Gym Gym Library Art/Music 
Shoutouts!
To ALL fifth graders for producing artful, insightful, and immaginative examples of "What Math Looks Like!"
To ALL fifth graders for producing artful, insightful, and immaginative examples of "What Math Looks Like!"
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