Thursday, December 19, 2013

Thursday, December 19

*Sorry that you have not had the blog to double check. There was a block by JSD for blogs.

Make sure that you read 30 minutes every day and that you keep working on Reflex to keep up your fluency. Level up on Edmodo!

Science/History Fair Project due  January 30. Don't procrastinate!

Friday, December 13, 2013


Read 30 minutes and record your time.


Edmodo > Homebase > Level Up!

Science/History Fair Project

Bring 2 D-cell batteries

Passport signed and returned on Monday- (Some people have not brought their progress note from last week either.)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

History Fair Resources, Rules, Guidelines, and Ideas
History Fair

Science Fair Rules and Resources
Science Fair 


Read 30 minutes and record your time.


Math (Finish up 3-6 if needed.) Most students finished this in class.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Hour of Code

Hour of Code- Our class did an awesome job of coding! 

Read 30 minutes and record your time.

Edmodo Game/Assignments

Students need two D-cell batteries for a science activity.

Remember to keep working on your science/history fair project! 

Monday, December 9, 2013

December 9, 2013

Our Class Will Be Participating in the World-wide Hour of Code!

Read 30 minutes and record your time.


Edmodo Class Game

(Finish up Social Studies study guide if you did not finish today in class.)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December 4, 2013


Read 30 minutes and record your time.

Reflex (green light)

Science/Social Studies Fair Project due Jan. 30

Class Game/Assignments: Edmodo> Homebase> Groups (left side) will show you your current level.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Day on the Mayflower

Today students boarded the Mayflower and learned all about the Pilgrims and the importance of the Mayflower Compact to American History. It was a little uncomfortable, a little wet, and at times it seemed like forever for land to be spotted in the distance. But, the Elk Meadows Pilgrims did spot land, signed their own Mayflower Compact, and couldn't wait until the scouts had found a safe place to land. Ask your student about what happened today and what they learned.

Science or History Fair due Jan. 30. Have you made your choice? Have you turned in your signed note with your topic?

Read 30 minutes and record your time.
Reflex- Green light

Work on Leveling Up! Go to Edmodo. Go to Homebase Group. Look on the left side by groups to see your level and list of assignments. Make sure to follow all the directions! 

Monday, December 2, 2013

December 2, 2013

Science or History Fair due Jan. 30. Have you made your choice? Have you turned in your signed note with your topic?

Read 30 minutes and record your time.
Reflex- Green light

Work on Leveling Up! Go to Edmodo. Go to Homebase Group. Look on the left side by groups to see your level and list of assignments. Make sure to follow all the directions! 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Homework:  Reading 30 minutes, Reflex, and Class Game

Go to Edmodo > Group: Homebase and then look on the right side. You are all starting on the RECRUIT LEVEL

Each level will have a mission to complete and bosses to defeat.

Complete each small mission to LEVEL UP! As you LEVEL UP, you will gain perks, powers, and privileges. Sometimes there will be extra QUESTS for XP that you can complete.

The higher your level, the higher your grade.

Game On!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Science Experiments are due Monday!

Read 30 minutes.


Passport signed and returned

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Read 30 minutes and record your time.

START your science experiments! They are due on Monday!

Math:  Finish your practice test.

Catch up with any missing assignments.

D.A.R.E. Graduation on Friday Morning!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

150 Years Gettysburg Address


Read 30 minutes


Catch up with any missing work!

Monday, November 18, 2013

November 18, 2013


Read 30 minutes and record your time.

Work on Reflex until you see a green light.

Handwriting: "Gettysburg Address"

Spelling: Unit 7

Math:  Worksheet Homework/Remembering (Review for math test)

Science: Edmodo- Virtual Cave

Monday, November 11, 2013

November 11, 2013

Congratulations to Kenzie, Kiaora, and Robert for competing all weekend and earning so many medals. Because of their efforts, our school won this Fai-To! Yay!

Read 30 minutes and record your time!

Handwriting:  Earth's Features (Most completed this assignment in class.)

Math:  Worksheet 2-9

Social Studies:  "Lost Colony" comprehension due Wednesday.

Reflex (until you see a green light)

Assignments from last week- Please make sure that you have turned EVERYTHING in and that you FOLLOWED instructions for the assignments (especially the ones on Edmodo). Typing "Done" does not give you credit.

1.  Signed/returned passport
2.  Columbus and the Arawak comprehension 
3.  Math worksheet 2-5
4.  Intro to Earth's Features (Edmodo)
5.  Lost Colony (Edmodo)
6.  Tree Kangaroo Quiz
7.  Tree Kangaroo Writing Response (Studysync app)
8.  Tectonic Plate Puzzle (finished in class)
9.  Earth's Changing Surface Cornell Notes (class)
10.  Learn Zillion videos for rounding decimals (Edmodo)
11.  Study Jam Cornell Notes (Type a summary in Edmodo and bring your notes to class.)
12.  What is a Butte? (Edmodo) Your response must be turned in as an assignment AND posted in the replies under the assignment so that people can read your response.
13.  Math Worksheet 2-6
14.  Spelling pg. 113
15.  Spelling Crossword Puzzle
16.  Earthquake Blubbr Quiz (Edmodo)
17.  There were three times that I counted being on Reflex. You can do extra time to make up the missing work. If you are on the red alert list, you should do some extra time.

Reflex Red Alert List
Mikara, Nryah, Hector, Jason, Madilyn, Garrett, Anneke, Ty, Robert, Kenzie, Jagger, Jake, Emilia, Brook, Hailey, Treysen, Cecelia, Daniel, Genesis, Cris, Tanner, Kaitlynn, Madison, AJ   

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Read 30 minutes and record your time.

Reflexmath until you reach a green light

Math: WS 2-6 Remembering/Homework

Reading:  Tree Kangaroo Quiz on Edmodo

Science:  Earthquake Quiz

Language Arts:  What is a Butte? (Edmodo assignment)

Students need to attend parent/teacher conferences. We will have our conferences in the computer lab.

Monday, November 4, 2013


Read 30 minutes and record your time. until you get a green light

Spelling: Unit 6 pg. 113 (Most everyone finished in class.)

Science: Write one sentence (on Edmodo) about what you would really like to learn about our new science unit.

Social Studies: (Edmodo) Write 1-3 sentences about your theory of the Lost Colony.

Reading:  Reread the excerpt about the Tree Kangaroo and then take the QUIZ on Edmodo.

DARE:  Bring back your note.

Parent Teacher Conferences Wednesday/Thurs.
You must attend with your parents!

***Don't forget your passport and your Columbus assignment if you forgot today.

If you have not finished your explorer report, finish it tonight!  

Thursday, October 31, 2013

October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Work on Reflex at least two times this weekend!

Read and record your minutes.

Make sure to have your passport signed so that you'll be prepared on Monday.

Have a Blast! 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

October 30, 2013


Read 30 minutes and record your time.

Reflex- 10 minutes or until you reach a green light

**Make sure that you are caught up with all of your assignments and that you've fixed your low scores.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

October 29, 2013


Read 30 minutes and record your time.

Reflex 10 minutes (even if you had a green light today in class)

Social Studies:  TEST We did not have time for the test today, but we will take the test tomorrow!

Writing: Studysync (Make sure that you have reviewed all of your writing assignments and that you have the best possible score.)

SpellingVocabularyCity:  Make sure that you have taken all of the tests- spelling and vocabulary for Heredity Part 1 and 2 

Monday, October 28, 2013

October 28, 2013


Read 30 minutes and record your time.

Reflexmath: Work until you see a green light.

Math:  Decimal worksheet- all sides- show your work

Social Studies:  Make sure that your Voki is finished and that you have all three pages for your report. Study for your Explorer TEST!

Language Arts: Word study practice (spelling contractions) and (word ladder) are due tomorrow.

Reading:  Reading comprehension page is due tomorrow.

Halloween Parade starts at 8:45 Thursday. Party is immediately following the parade.


Monday, October 21, 2013

October 21, 2013


Read 30 minutes and record your time.

Math:  Edmodo math video- Columbus Problem Solving paper

Language Arts:  Demonstration Speech due tomorrow!

" Some Smug Slug" Alliteration on Edmodo due

Word Study:  Spelling practice/ Word ladder

Social Studies:  Study the questions for your Explorer TEST!  Work until you see a green light!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

October 10, 2013


Math: Work on either Manga, Zondle, or Reflex.

Spelling:  Study spelling words for the test.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Oct. 9


Read 30 minutes and record your time.

Math: Worksheet 1-12 Remembering Problems 1,2, 5,6,11,12,13

Spelling: Study these words for a spelling TEST!


Friday, October 4, 2013

October 4, 2013


Read 30 minutes and record your time in your planner. Work until you see a green light.

Spelling/Vocabulary TEST on Monday! 9 (behavior, environment, instincts, learned behavior, population, specialized structure, species, survival) Earn a medal!

Halloween Party Aug. 31 immediately following the parade. The parade starts at 8:45.

If you would like to help with a party, please send me an email with your phone number. We would also appreciate donations to cover the cost of the party.  Thanks! 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

October 2, 2013


Read 30 minutes and record your time in your planner.

Vocabulary: Science vocabulary practice (green sheet)

Spelling:  Study your science words. (behavior, environment, instincts, learned behaviors, population, specialized structures, survival, variations)

Math: Finish the worksheet (problems 1-12) to be prepared for tomorrow.

Mangahigh: Teacher Challenges: You pick one Prodigy lesson and see if you can earn a Bronze medal tonight. Do your best!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Can You Explain How To Make A Peanut Butter and Jam Sandwich?


Read 30 minutes and record your reading. (Work until you see a green light.) (5 minutes)

Math: No math homework, but make sure that you are prepared with all of your assignments.

Writing:  Write a paragraph about how to make a Peanut butter and jam sandwich on notebook paper. Bring it to class tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

September 25, 2013


Read 30 minutes and record your minutes in your planner. Work until you see a green light. If you saw the green light today, this is not homework tonight. Work 5 minutes on the Course Lessons

Math:  Worksheet Unit 1-8 both sides Do Your Best to come prepared! Watch the video again if needed.

Writing: Studysync reading response paragraph. (Most students finished this today in class.)

Spelling/Vocabulary:  Be Ready for the TEST tomorrow! heredity, inherited, life cycle, offspring, organism, parent organism, trait, variations

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

September 24, 2013

We're Making Progress!!!
 Can We Get the Green Section to be Larger?

Read 30 minutes and record your time in your planner. (Work until you see the green light! The more you work on it, the faster the green light will appear.) 10 minutes on the Course Lessons

Math:  Math worksheet 7-1 both sides. Edmodo math video Unit 1 Lesson 8

Spelling/Vocabulary Words: For this week know the following words: heredity, inherited, life cycle, offspring, organism, parent organism, trait, and variations. 


Monday, September 23, 2013

September 23, 2013


Read for 30 minutes and record your time in your planner. Make sure to write down your minutes in the little box on the right side. Have your parents initial/sign your planner. 10 minutes  You should have over 145 minutes by now. This will be your technology grade on your report card. Work until you see a green light 6 days out of 7. It is better to work a little bit every day rather than one long session once or twice a week.

Math: Watch the 2 videos of instruction for Unit 1 Lesson 7 and Problem Solving on Edmodo. Follow the directions for the Edmodo assignment.

Spelling/Vocabulary: heredity, inherited, life cycle, offspring, organism, parent organism, trait, variations
Be ready for your spelling/vocabulary TESTS on Thursday! (The definitions are on your paper that you put in your planner.)

Please, check your grades on Edmodo. Is there something that you need to get turned in to me? Do you have the grades that you want on your report card?

We're going to dissect owl pellets tomorrow! Oh, yea! 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

September 18, 2013

Congratulations to our class for meeting more milestones with Reflexmath! We've solved 58,000 facts as a class and we are now fluent with 1,450 new facts! That's truly amazing!

Read 30 minutes and record your time. Work until you see the green light.

Math:  (pink paper pg. 65 and 75) "I Want You" adding/subtracting fractions. Nearly everyone finished this in class or came very close to finishing.

Language Arts: Memorize "The Man Who Thinks He Can"

Ticket to Recess: Finish and turn in the paper about synonyms and Indian State names

Pajama Day Tomorrow!


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Constitution Day

Today we had Brent H., an attorney, come to speak to us about the constitution and why we have laws.


Read 30 minutes and record your time.

Spelling: If you were absent, make sure to complete "Word Study Week 2". You can find a paper in the extra paper tote tray on the coat rack.

Language Arts:  Memorize the poem, "The Man Who Thinks He Can" and recite it to the class by Sept. 27.

Math:  Go to Learn Zillion and type in two quick codes: LZ 974 and LZ975. If you were absent, you should also type in the code LZ973. Watch the math videos and then do the math problem in Edmodo to get credit for this assignment. about 15 minutes

PTA Fundraiser-Tomorrow is our last day to bring in party supplies and junk food. ALL funds will go to fifth grade to help pay for a fieldtrip.

Crazy Shoes Day tomorrow!  

Friday, September 13, 2013

September 13, 2013

Mayan Ceremonies Monday
Tribes will dance and offer their rainforest "sacrifices" of fruits, vegetables, animal furs, jewelry, etc. to the Rain Goddess: Chac. Hopefully, the tribe will get just enough rain for their corn to grow, but not so much rain that it will rot.


Read 30 minutes and record your time.

Edutyping 10 minutes

Reflexmath 10-15 minutes

Mangahigh  Work on pg. 4. Try to earn a bronze medal on those three lessons.

Crazy Hair Day- Monday!

PTA Carnival/Fundraiser (All money donated goes toward paying for fieldtrips.)   Our class has chosen to do a party themed basket/book. Please bring any party supplies and any kind of junk food. Thank You!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

September 12, 2013

Reflex Math is helping our fluency of multiplication/division facts. We made some GREAT progress today!


Read 30 minutes and record your minutes.  

Page 4 of teacher challenges. Try to earn a medal for each lesson on page 4.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


 This morning started out with the fifth graders listening to a true hero story, singing some patriotic songs, and then saying the Pledge of Allegiance together. Thank you to all of the every day heroes that inspire us!


Read 30 minutes and record your time.

Edutyping 10 minutes

Reflexmath (Work until you see the green light.)

PTA Fundraiser Basket- We're asking everyone to donate party goods/junk food to go with our book. We will need everything donated within the next week. The money will be used to help pay for the fifth grade field trip.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Bears: Today we actually had the chance to see and feel the skins of a Polar Bear, Grizzly Bear, and a Black Bear. What were your observations? inferences?


Read 30 minutes and record your time.

Edutyping 10 minutes (If needed, the school code is elkmea49) Work until you see a green light.

Science:  Edmodo- Watch Monarch Butterfly life cycle

Friday, September 6, 2013

September 6


Read 30 minutes and record your time. 10 minutes (Work until you see a green light.)

Math: Go to Learn Zillion app in Edmodo. Type LZ1436 in the search bar and search. You will come to a lesson about comparing fractions with different denominators. Watch the video and be ready to discuss this concept in math on Monday.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Mealworm Condo

You will need a mealworm condo for Monday's science activity.

Find a small plastic container (or something like it) with a lid and airholes for the mealworm.

Put bran flakes or uncooked plain oatmeal in the bottom. You may also want to put a piece of egg carton, toilet paper tube, or paper towel roll in your condo.

They will also need a source of water. You'll need an apple slice, potato slice, or piece of carrot.

If you can bring a whole apple, we are using apples for another activity and that would help out. Try to bring a different variety of apple- Fuji, Gala, etc.

A mealworm is NOT a worm. You do NOT need to dig in the ground to find one. I will give you one in class.

This is going to be FUN!!!

Thursday, Aug. 5


Read 30 minutes and record your time in your planner.

Math Unit 1 Lesson 4 (Edmodo) (Watch for your green light.)

Edutyping 10 minutes

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Archeological Dig Tomorrow!

Remember your Archeological Dig Box and Tools for tomorrow's Social Studies activity!


Read 30 minutes and record your time.

Math: Edmodo/ Unit 1 Lesson 3 (Watch the video of instruction and follow directions for the little assignment. Make sure to click TURN IN before typing your answer.) : Practice until your light turns green.

Edutype: Practice for 10 minutes.

You have until Friday to resubmit any grade that you would like to fix for a higher score.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Play-Dough and a Shoebox

Play-Dough needed for tomorrow for our Social Studies activity.

Students were given a note with a recipe last week.

1 C water
1 C flour
2 tsp. veg. oil
1/2 C salt
 2 tsp cream of tartar

Cook on medium heat until mixture pulls away from the side of the pan. Dough should not be sticky!

Shoe box- Students have a note about our archeological dig activity on Thursday.

Find 10 small items that represent you. Do not use valuables, pictures, or put things in baggies. 

Write down your 10 items. Turn them in for your Edmodo assignment.

Bury your 10 items.

On Thursday, bring your box of dirt with your 10 things buried in a sack of some type so that no one will know which box is yours.

Bring some archeological tools like a spoon, toothbrush, paintbrush, etc.

Other Homework:

Reading: 30 minutes Read and record your minutes in your planner.

Math: Edmodo: Unit 1 Lesson 2 Parts 1 and 2

Social Studies: Dig Box due Thursday

Other: Parents need to set up an Edmodo parent account. Scroll down to see the instructions.
Many of you forgot to get your Passport signed. Make sure to get it signed tonight!

Digital Citizenship assignment is past due: Make sure that you discuss online safety and get your Edmodo paper signed and turned in as soon as possible.

Other info for Parents:

I'm in need of a room parent to coordinate other parents for holiday activities. If you could do this, please write a quick note in your child's planner.

I'm also in need of parents to come Friday mornings to watch the class from 8:25-9:15. I don't have anyone for this Friday. If you can help out, please write a quick note in your child's planner.

Please set up a parent account for Edmodo as soon as possible. Scroll down to the next post to see directions. This will be my main form of communication with you and I think it's important that you get all of the information about our class.

Thank you for sending me such great kids this year! We have had an excellent start and I'm really looking forward to knowing each student better. :o) 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Information for Parents

Please set up a Parent Edmodo Account. This will be my main form of communication with you.

Have your student log in to Edmodo. On the bottom left side panel is the parent code for your child. You will need that code to set up a parent account.

Go to

Click on "I'm a Parent" and sign up.

Here is a link for other information about the Parent Account. Parent Account Information

One of the first things that you'll want to do is to edit your notifications. Here's some information about your settings. Info about settings

Here's some of the information that you will be able to see about your child. Parent Info About Child

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tech in the Classroom

Parents, please fill out the following form. Thank you!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

What is Edmodo?

Edmodo is an online social learning network (SLN) made for teachers, students, schools, and parents. It is a secure network which allows teachers and students to connect, share content, access homework, participate in discussions and receive class information.

Edmodo is accessible online using any Internet capable device, such as a PC, Mac, tablet (iPad), and Smartphones (including Android devices and iPhones). Free downloadable apps allow students to quickly and easily access their account from any mobile device or computer and set up notifications within Edmodo to receive alerts via text or e-mail regarding important class assignments and reminders for upcoming events. Parents will also be invited to create their own account which will allow them to monitor their child's assignments, grades, and posting activity.

Edmodo will not be used as a social network like Facebook. The site will be used to discuss school-related content only, in an open forum design. Private student-to-student messaging is not a supported feature of Edmodo.

Students are expected to adhere to the following rules:
  1. Pay attention to your audience. All of your posts will be seen by all of the fifth grade students, teachers, Mr. Ichimura, and the D.A.R.E. officer. Only the posts that you send directly to Ms. King are private. You should only send posts directly to her if there's a problem, you have a question that cannot be answered by a peer, or want to confidentially report bullying or other issues.
  2. Do not address other students in your posts. For example say, "I respectfully disagree about..." NOT "I disagree with Sally about...."
  3. DO NOT USE OUR CLASS SITE FOR SOCIALIZING! Do not post a question like, "Hey, John, Steve, and Scott- Do you want to come to my party on Saturday? Save your personal business for IM, texting, or other social networking sites with your parent's permission.
  4. Stay Positive! You can debate and disagree with others without put-downs and making a person feel badly about their post.
  5. USE APPROPRIATE LANGUAGE! Do not use slang words such as "suck, gay, OMG, etc." Do not use text abbreviations.
  6. Write complete sentences.
  7. ·      Keep your privacy: no personal or identifying information about you, your family, or your friends. Don't give out last names, school name, phone numbers, user names, passwords, or places and dates of where you can be found.
    ·      Do not post information or pictures of others without their permission.
    ·      Make sure that any pictures that you use have subjects that are dressed according to Jordan School District's dress code. (No swimsuits, tank tops, shorts, etc.)
    ·      Make your comments worth reading.
    ·      Start a conversation. Discuss a connection that you have to the writer. Ask a question.
    ·      Be positive, interested, and encouraging.
    ·      If you disagree, be polite about it.
    ·      Stay on topic of the discussion and keep your comments school appropriate. Our purposes are educational - not a place to socialize.
    ·      Re-read your comment before you hit submit- think before you send!
    ·      Aim for correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
    ·      Use capitals in the right places: people's names, places, the beginning of a sentence, and on "i"- no evil i's.  Using all capitals is like yelling.
    ·      Punctuate properly: period at the end of a sentence, space after a period, comma, or end bracket. One "!" will do: you don't need a string of exclamation marks.
    ·      Don't use chat or texting language like lol, i, u.
    ·      No "Hi!" "Bye!" comments. Be thoughtful.
    ·      Remember, you are putting your best self forward, so polish your comments.
    ·      No plagiarism/copying! Please be sure to give credit where credit is due.
Students who violate the guidelines may face disciplinary action including, but not limited to : suspension of their Edmodo account, loss of computer privileges at school, detention, or suspension from school.

There are or will be additional tutorials for using Edmodo in Edmodo. If you have trouble getting in, please email me at or just wait until school starts. Don't panic! :o}