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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
Monday: Art
Tuesday: PE
Wednesday: Enrichment
Thursday: Library (Week A)   STEM (Week B)
Friday: Music

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Week 6 Sept. 12-15

Learning objectives for the week:
*I can identify photosynthesis as the food manufacturing process in plants. 
*I can use information about the impact of human actions or natural disasters on the environment to support a simple hypothesis, make a prediction, or draw a conclusion. 
Fire Poster (OPTIONAL) due Thursday 9/15
Citizenship Essay (REQUIRED) due Thursday 9/15
Chapter 1 Science Test Thursday 9/15
No school on Friday 9/16 for students

Week 5 Sept. 6-9

Learning objectives for the week:
*Draw on information from multiple print or digital resources explaining the events that made slavery a national issue during the mid-19th century.
*Evaluate each candidate in the campaign of 1860 and analyze how that campaign reflected the sectional turmoil of the country. 
*Explain with supporting details why Tennessee was divided on the issue of secession and the events that led it to eventually leave the Union.  
Monday Sept. 5th- No school- Labor Day
NEXT Thursday Sept. 15th- Parent-Teacher Conferences
NEXT Friday Sept 16th- No school for students-Teacher DLD day

Week 4 Aug. 29- Sept. 2

Learning objectives for the week:
*I can describe the different types of nutritional relationships that exist among organisms.
*I can compare how plants and animals obtain energy. 
*I can distinguish among symbiotic, commensal, and parasitic relationships.
Be sure to check out the "Symbiotic Rhino" song on our videos tab. 
No School Monday 9/5- Labor Day 

Week 3 August 22-26

We have had a great first two weeks so far!  We learned all about plant and animal cells and their organelles.  We made cells out of clay, created super cells out of objects brought from home, listened to the cell rap, and solved cell riddles and analogies.  Now on to social studies!
Learning objectives for the upcoming week:
*I can interpret the sectional differences between the North and the South in economics, transportation, and population. 
*I can use primary sources to analyze multiple samples of abolition leaders' writings and their stance on slavery, including: Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, the Grimke sisters, and William Lloyd Garrison. 

Welcome Back Students and Parents!

It is going to be a WILD year in 5th grade! 
Check our website weekly for our weekly learning objectives and notes and reminders. :)


Science: ipad Projects
Social Studies: Chatterpix Project, 50 States and Capitals
UPCOMING Events at Tara Oaks:
May 6: 4th Nine Weeks AR period ends
May 11: Wacky Wednesday, Chorus "On the Radio" Performance
May 13: 5th Grade Field Trip
May 20: Students vs Faculty Basketball Game
May 23: May Day
May 26: 5th Grade Luau
May 27: Last Day of School! (1/2 day)

Week 33 Science/Social Studies Apr. 18-22

Learning objectives for the week:
*I can determine the main ideas surrounding the presidency of Nixon, including the end of the Vietnam War, the trip to China, Watergate, and resignation. 
*I can explain the events that led to the Persian Gulf War and its outcome. 
*I can summarize the significant contributions to American culture of entrepreneurs and innovators.
*I can analyze the increase in terrorism, the tragedy of September 11, 2001, and the role of the United States in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq. 
*I can identify the significance of the election of 2008, including the primary run of Hillary Clinton and election of Barack Obama. 
Science TCAP Review Quiz #4 Wed. 4/20
Entrepreneur Paragraph due Wed. 4/20

Week 32 Science/Social Studies Apr. 11-15

Learning objectives for the week:
*Refer to details and examples about the significance of Tennessee in popular music, including Sun Studios, Stax Records, Elvis Presley, B.B. King, and Memphis, Tennessee. 
*Analyze the key events and struggles during the Civil Rights Movement
*Explain the effect President Kennedy's assassination had on the country, including passage of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act, and continuing the space program. 
*Integrate information from a variety of texts the explain the cause, controversy of, and outcome of the Vietnam War. 
Spring Fling Thursday after school!
Field trip Friday!  Wear class T-shirt. :)

Week 31 Science/Social Studies Apr. 4-8

Science TCAP Review Quiz #3 Friday- see study guide
Learning objectives for the week:
*Describe the role of the Manhattan Project and Oak Ridge, Tennessee in ending WWII and the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan. 
*Explain the purpose of the formation of the United Nations and the role of Cordell Hull. 
*Examine the meaning and the main events of the Cold War
*Trace the Korean War, its outcome, and the use of United Nations peacekeeping troops. 
*Identify the reasons for the growth of suburbs, homeownership, mass media, Interstate Highway System, and a consumer society after the war.