Thursday 1-18


*No Homework Tonight

Today, students started working on their Bridge assessment, which is the test that replaced the MAP test this year. Block one ran into tech. issues, unfortunately, so they will have to wait to finish the assessment until tomorrow. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this week, students began a short documentary called King: Man of Peace in a Time of War. 

Block Two did not have the same tech problems, so they were able to complete their Bridge tests. They also worked on some opinion writing on the topic of self-driving cars.

Have a wonderful evening!

Wednesday 1-17

Today, students worked with Ms. Bibuka on this weeks social studies assignment. Students who did not meet with Ms. Bibuka had time in the classroom to work on their assignment or to silent read.

Students also reviewed what a simile is, and wrote some of their own similes.

Finally, students had the opportunity to go to the media center. Students studied Martin Luther King Jr. quotes.

Tuesday 1-16


*No Homework Tonight

Today, we started class with our weekly circle. This is a time where students get to share a rose-something positive that is going on for them, a thorn-something that has been challenging, or a rosebud-something that they are looking forward to. This is always a wonderful way for the class to check in with one another, and it is great to hear what is going on for all of the students.

Next, students continued their small group work with Ms. Bibuka or had time to work on their assignment from last week.

Finally, we continued reading Locomotion, which is a book that is written in a series of poems. Students have been doing a great job of digging into the different meanings behind the poems. Wonderful job, class!

Have a nice evening.

Friday 1-12

Weekend HW 1-12

Book orders are due on Tuesday, January 14th. To place an order, please visit Our class code is MPJHF.

Today, students reviewed the vowel-consonant+e syllable pattern with a timed game to see how quickly they could categorize the words given to them into the correct areas.

Next, students continued listening to “Locomotion”, and identified characters in the poems and what was happening in each poem.

Students also wrote an opinion paragraph. We talked about what makes strong opinion writing.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday 1-11

*No Homework Tonight

Today, students ready an excerpt from Laurence Yep’s historical fiction story The Journal of Wong Ming-Chung- A Chinese Miner, California 1852.

Students summarized parts of the story and identified key details.

We also began reading the story “Locomotion” by Jacqueline Woodson. Students identified the characters in the poems and what was happening in the story. I continue to be impressed by the students abilities to dive into a poem and pull out important details from the text!

Have a wonderful evening.

Wednesday 1-10


*No Homework Tonight

Today, students completed an assignment about how to use context clues to define a word. They also practiced using dictionaries to find the meanings for words when context clues were not enough! I was very impressed with the enthusiasm about using dictionaries!

Students also completed an assignment about how a narrator’s point of view influences how events are described in a text. Students have such an impressive amount of background knowledge when it comes to poetry, and it has been wonderful to explore these poems with them. We studied words that indicate point of view, and identified the narrator’s specific point of view in “I Hear America Singing” by Walt Whitman and “I, Too” by Langston Hughes.

Have a wonderful evening!

Tuesday 1-9

*No Homework

Today, students began unit four- author’s purpose.

Students read “I Hear America Singing” by Walt Whitman and “I, Too” by Langston Hughes. Students wrote a brief summary of each poem and talked about how the two poems were connected.

Students also visited the media center and talked about book recommendations and had some time for silent reading.

Here is a funny video of my son, Rhys, if you’re interested! Rhys made quite the mess eating a smoothie, I am glad that fifth graders are a little bit more neat!! 😀

Monday, 1-8

Welcome back, everyone!

No homework tonight!

Today, students had the opportunity to share about their break. On Mondays, we love to reflect on the past couple of weeks and share a highlight from the weekend, or something that we are working on. It was great to check in with everyone.

Students also took an assessment that looked at the skills that they had learned over the past three units. Students were fresh, and did a wonderful job. Many students will be continuing their assessment tomorrow, but if they would like to log-on and work at home, they can do that by going to

*Remember to use google chrome as a browser and to make sure that pop-ups are allowed!

Wednesday 12-20


*No Homework Tonight

Today was our final official day for service learning presentations! For me, it is bittersweet. I am sad that the projects are coming to an end, but so incredibly proud of the work that the students have achieved. Well done to all students who have completed service projects this year! I think this year, students assumed more responsibility with their projects than any other group I have taught. Well done, and thanks for all of the family support that made these projects possible.

Today projects included:

Reese created kits for people experiencing homelessness to help them in the winter.

Theo did a project that donated used soccer equipment to people in need.

Sonia did a project with Secondhand Hounds and transported some animals in need.

Natasha visited Feed My Starving Children and shared about her experience.

Ben made homemade soup with his family and gave it to people in need.

Cito helped a dog in need in his neighborhood and gave it a bath before bringing it to the animal shelter. Since the dog did not have any identification, this was the best option.

Chaz has been a student leader helping with our school’s Unified Sports team, which supports students with disabilities. Chaz has been assisting in some of our special education classrooms as a student leader and has been extremely helpful in assisting students in need.

Andrew W. worked on a project with Secondhand Harvest and helped to pack pears and rice. He is planning to make another trip with his family.

Jocelyn raised money by selling apple cider to buy toys to donate to the Masonic Children’s Hospital.

Students also visited the media center today. Have a wonderful evening!

Tuesday 12-19

HW 12-19

Today, students studied how the visual elements of our text enhance the the story. We looked at what details the illustrations give the story that the text doesn’t share, and the impact an illustration has on the mood of a story.

We also looked at  open syllable patterns.

Students continued watching Tom and Huck, and identified key details about Tom, Huck, and Becky.

Have a great evening!