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Spelling Reminder!

Remember that if you forget your spelling words at school, you can look them up here under "Classroom Files". There are also ideas for how to study and practice the spelling patterns at home!


Spring Break Boredom? Try Bullet Journaling! 

Using notebook paper or grid paper, journal throughout the week! Find Ideas below:


  • Create a "My Favorite Foods & Drinks List" Create a color code. Color an orange square next to your favorite salty foods, a blue square next to your favorite sweet foods, a red square next to you #1 favorite drink, a pink square next to your #1 favorite snack, and a yellow square next to the foods you eat at least once a week.
  • Create a "Top Nine Favorite Activities List" by drawing a nine square grid like the one below. Draw a picture of your favorite activities in each square. Be creative. Use fun font to label each picture. Instaed of drawing yourself reading a favorite book, draw your favorite character from the book or just draw the book spine with the title of the book. 
  • Create a "Perfect Day at School" timeline. Start at 7:20 and end at 2:20. Try to include everything you can that would make this the perfect day at school. Include pictures and labels if you feel like being extra creative. 
  • Draw a sun with multiple rays extending from the center. In the center write "My Sunshine", and on each ray, write something that makes you happy. It could be simple such as, "the birds tweeting" or "Dr. Pepper"! It could be more important too like "when my brother plays games with me" or "The ability to go to a safe school each day"...
  • Draw puffy pieces of popcorn all over the page (looks kind of like a cloud with one big round piece on top). Inside each popcorn piece, write down the name of a movie you have seen. Color the "funny" movie popcorn yellow. Color the "scary" movie popcorn orange. Color your "favorite" movie popcorn blue. Color the "SERIOUSly good" movie popcorn green. Color movies based on "books or true stories" pink. 

March Extra Credit

1. Research the origin of St. Patrick's Day. Write a brief essay about where the holiday originated and how people celebrate today. 

2. Copy and paste the link below to read the short story "Tornado Coming".

After reading, complete the five assessment questions (to the right of the story). Write your answers down on a blank sheet of paper. 


February Extra Credit

1. Read the infographic below and then research the sugar amount in ten foods you like to eat. Write these down on a list. Be sure to include the sugar amount in one serving of the food. Then, write an opinion letter to a food company telling your opinion on whether they should reduce the amount of sugar in their food. Tell them why they should or should not using facts from the infographic.


2. Read the poem "The Rose That Grew From Concrete" on the link below:

Answer the following discussion question. You can write your response or email it to Mrs. Hale-  **Be sure to answer all parts of the question**

In the context of the poem, how does an individual rise above hardship? Have you ever felt like a “rose that grew from concrete,” as described by Tupac Shakur? If so, what was the difficult situation that you faced, and how did you rise above it? If not, who is someone else you might describe as a “rose that grew from concrete”? What makes them similar to this rose?

3. You have learned in class about invasive species through our reading and writing activities. Take your learning a step further by creating a "Wanted" poster about an invasive species. You must tell these things: 

1. The species name

2. Their origin (original location)

3. Where the invasive species "invaded" (its nonnative location)

4. What the species looks like (length/height, weight, coloring, etc.)

5. What the species does to its nonnative ecosystem that is causing HARM (will probably be more than one thing)

6. A Wanted Picture/Illustration of the animal

Note: The pictures below are just examples. They may or may not have the information you need. Be sure to include all the necessary information and fact check! 

 *5 Extra Credit Pointskudzu

January Extra Credit 

1. Research blizzards and write a short essay informing others about this weather.

*5 Extra Credit Points

2. Read "Origami- An Ancient Art" by going to this link: 

  • You can use the guided reading mode if you want by clicking the box to the right of the passage and it will help you read.

Answer the Discussion question (to the right of the text) on a blank sheet of paper or you may e-mail it to Mrs. Hale at

*5 extra credit points

3. Read the social studies passage "Tea Overboard!" by going to this link: 

Answer the 5 multiple choice questions in the Assessment tab to the right of the passage. Hit Next to go to the next question. You can write these down on your own sheet of paper. 

*5 extra credit points


December Extra Credit

1. Write a short story with a simple and entertaining plot (not 10 pages pretty please) that uses ALL of your spelling words for the week. If you can also incorporate a wintry or holiday theme, you get two extra points on top of the five you will already receive! *5 Extra Credit Points (one for the month)

2. Write a story about the homonyms There, Their, and They're. Give them each their own character traits and BE CAREFUL when writing...THEY'RE very tricky! ;) *5 Extra Credit Points (one for the month)

3. Do 5 nights of spelling word work (get assignments from the homework boxes linked on Classroom Files with your current unit words) and turn them in on Friday. *5 Extra Credit Points (can do one per week)

4. Research a topic of your interest and write about it in fifth grade form (five paragraphs- intro, body, conclusion). *5 Extra Credit Points (one for the month)

5. Reindeer Run-On's...Create a 5 question multiple choice test with run-on sentences that other students must correct. Below you can find an example. *5 Extra Credit Points (one for the month)

How could you correct the run-on?

Comet is an extremely stinky reindeer he knows it is true!

a. Comet is an extremely stinky. Reindeer, he knows it is true!

b. Comet is an extremely stinky reindeer, he knows it is true!

c. Comet is an extremely stinky reindeer, and he knows it is true!

6. Turn in 10 days worth of journal entries signed by a parent (journal ideas listed in Just for Fun section) *5 Extra Credit Points (one for the month)



Welcome to the World of Writing

Welcome to Mrs. Hale's website! This is the place for you to check out our class calendar, learn about writing projects, view vocabulary and/or presentations from class, learn more about Mrs. Hale, view our latest spelling words, get access to monthly journal writing ideas, check the schedule, find langauge arts games, and MORE! Please familiarize yourself with the site and use it as frequently as you are able.

Pencils ready?! This year we will learn all about HOW TO WRITE! More specifically, we will learn how to become effective writers who communicate in a variety of ways with different audiences for different purposes. Blogs, articles, reports, name it! We will write it.

Some of the goals for the year are…


  • Create opinion, informative, and narrative writing pieces
  • Learn to use a variety of transitions (for effect and organization)
  • Create catchy, interesting leads
  • Edit and revise writing
  • Peer Editing/Assessment & Self-Assessment
  • Learn to use writing resources like the dictionary and thesaurus
  • Learn different forms of writing: letters, articles, reports, essays, blogs, etc.
  • Learn to identify key information in a passage and prompt
  • Paraphrase information correctly
  • Learn to use both text and technology resources to enhance writing
  • Learn to use critical thinking skills (referring to a text, inferring, using deeper thought processing)

Language & Speaking

  • Write complete and correct sentences
  • Learn how to use conjunctions correctly
  • Learn strategies to catch mistakes in one's writing
  • Learn about comma rules
  • Learn to spell grade-appropriate words correctly
  • Use homonyms, such as "there, their, and they're", correctly
  • Learn to write the correct version of grade-appropriate homonyms
  • Learn to speak with inflection when reading aloud
  • Learn to capitalize and punctuate sentences correctly
  • Learn to use context clues in a sentence to find the meaning of a word


*For a detailed list of standards covered this year, please see the link Common Core Standards under the tab "Links for Students and Parents"