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Welcome students and parents! My name is Mrs. Fleming and I teach 5th grade science and social studies. Thanks for visiting our class website! 
 
Mrs. Fleming's Homeroom Schedule:
Lunch: 12:45-1:15
 
LAMPS 
Monday: Art
Tuesday: PE
Wednesday: Enrichment
Thursday: Library (Week A)   STEM (Week B)
Friday: Music
 

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Week 22 Jan. 23-27

Learning objectives for the week:
*I can summarize why the United States was viewed as the land of opportunity by immigrants versus a growing sense of protectionism and nativism by American citizens.  
*I can analyze the appeal of the Great Plains to settlers and immigrants, including geographical factors, railroads, homesteading rights, and the absence of American Indians.
*I can write a short piece with concrete words, phrases, and sensory details of the life on the Great Plains from the viewpoint of a particular immigrant or migrant group. 
*I can describe the role of Buffalo Soldiers in settling the West, including Tennessee native George Jordan.
 
Book orders due Tuesday 1/24
Technology Project Slips due Friday 1/27
Kindness Week!  See handout for dress up day schedule. 
 
 

Week 21 Jan. 17-20

Learning objectives for the week:
*I can distinguish between physical and chemical properties.
*I can describe the differences among freezing, melting, and evaporation. 
 
iPad deployment Wed. 1/18
Technology project info sheet sent home Tues. 1/17
Technology project slip due Fri. 1/27
Technology project due Feb. 2/8

Week 19 Jan. 3-6

Learning objectives for the week:
*I can explain how mountains affect weather and climate.
* I can describe the effects of the oceans on weather and climate. 
 
Chapter 4 Science Test Friday

Week 17 Dec. 5-9

Learning objectives for the week:
*I can integrate information from several texts about the intent and failure of the impeachment of Andrew Johnson.
*I can analyze why the Radical Republicans turned to military Reconstruction and the backlash resulting in the rise of the KKK, black codes, and vigilante justice. 
*I can explain the impact of the Tennessee Constitutional Convention of 1870, including poll taxes, segregation, and funds for public education. 
*I can explain the compromise that ended Reconstruction with the election of Rutherford B. Hayes.  
 
Spelling Bee Friday 12/9

Week 16 Nov. 28-Dec. 2

Learning objectives for the week:
*I can describe internal forces such as volcanoes, earthquakes, faulting, and plate movements that are responsible for the earth's major geological features such as mountains, valleys, etc. 
*I can describe the effects of the oceans on weather and climate. 
 
 

Week 15 Nov. 21-22

Learning objectives for the week:
*I can analyze the goals and accomplishments of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, Freedmen's Bureau, and Fish University to help former slaves begin a new life. 
*I can compare and contrast the different Reconstruction plans of Lincoln Johnson, and Congress. 
 
Pizza Party Monday!
Thanksgiving Break Nov. 23-25 

Week 14 Nov. 14-18

Learning objectives for the week:
*I can distinguish among the planets according to their known characteristics such as appearance, location, composition, and apparent motion.  
*I can select information from a complex data representation to draw conclusions about the planets. 
*I can identify methods and tools for identifying star patterns. 
 
Chapter 3 Science Test Friday
Science Interactive Notebook Check Friday

Week 13 November 7-10

Learning objectives for the week:
*I can read and analyze a portion of Sam Watkins' journal, "Company Aytch" 
*I can explain why Lincoln chose Johnson as his running mate in the election of 1864.  
*I can explain the physical, social, political, and economic consequences of the Civil War on the United States. 
*I can draw on information from multiple print or digital resources to describe the impact of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on the nation. 
 
Wednesday Nov. 9- Veteran's Day Program at 2:30pm
Thursday Nov. 10- "See Memphis" Field Trip :)
Friday Nov. 11- Veteran's Day- No School

Week 12 Oct. 31- Nov. 4

Learning objectives for the week:
*I can distinguish among planets according to their known characteristics such as appearance, location, composition, and apparent motion. 
*I can select information from a complex data representation to draw conclusions about the planets. 
 
Field trip money due Tues. 11/1
Veteran's Day Program Wed. 11/9 at 2:30pm
"See Memphis" field trip Thurs. Nov. 10
Veteran's Day Holiday Fri. Nov. 11- No School
 

Week 11 Oct. 24-28

Learning objectives for the week:
*I can explain how fossils provide information about the past. 
*I can read an write an informative piece summarizing the Gettysburg Address to determine its meaning and significance. 
*I can use concrete words, phrases, and sensory details to describe the experience of the war on the battlefield and home front. 
*I can explain the contributions of Tennesseans during the war. 
 
Chapter 2 Science Test Tuesday 10/25
Red Ribbon Week- Wear Red on Wednesday 10/26
Wild Rumpus Day 10/28  dress Like a Zoo Critter for $1
 

Week 10 Oct. 17-21

Learning objectives for the week:
*I can identify physical and behavioral adaptations that enable animals such as amphibians, reptiles, birds, fish, and mammals to survive in a particular environment. 
*I can explain how fossils provide information about the past. 
 
 
OPEN HOUSE Thursday 10/20 5-6pm.  PTA meeting at 6pm.
Chapter 2 Test Friday 10/21
Field trip permission slip and money due 11/1 (forms going home 10/17)

Week 9 Oct. 3-7

Learning objectives for the week:
*I can use Chatterpix to create a video of one of the leaders of the Civil War
*I can explain the significance and outcome of the major battles and identify their location on a map. 
 
Hardtack Extra Credit Due Thursday
Civil War Battles Quiz Friday
Fall Break Next Week!
(Students return to school Oct. 17th)

Week 8 Sept. 26-30

Learning objectives for the week:
*I can recognize that information is passed from parent to offspring during reproduction. 
*I can distinguish between inherited traits and those that can be attributed to the environment. 
 
Tiger Walk Spirit Week:
Tuesday: Wear Red (Moments with Mom for last names A-M)
Wednesday: Wear White (Moments with Mom for last names N-Z)
Thursday: Wear Blue
Friday: Wear Class T-shirt- Tiger Walk Day! 
Saturday: Race for the Ville!
 

Week 7 Sept. 19-23

Learning objectives for the week:
*I can determine the meaning of of the terms of this period with a visual representation, including: Union and Confederate States, Yankees and Rebels, Blue and Gray, and Johnny Reb and Billy Yank.
*I can analyze the geographic, social, political, and economic strengths and weaknesses of the North and South.
*I can draw on informational text to explain the roles of the military and civil leaders during the Civil War, including: Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Frederick Douglass, and Clara Barton. 
 
Tailgate at Tara- Thursday Sept. 22nd-5th grade will be selling MEMPOPS to help with our spring trip to Biztown!