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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 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!

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.