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December 6, 2019


Biology?  Telescope? Hydrated? Aquarium? Fraction?  What do these words have in common? These words are all derived from Greek or Latin roots.  We are learning many of these popular roots and practicing how to use them to define newer words to expand our vocabulary.  We are continuing with Hoot, and participating in some deep discussions 

about honesty, the environment, and of course, the dreaded cottonmouth moccasin snakes.  What’s going on at that construction site anyway? Roy has found footprints and three plastic garbage bags there………what is that running boy up to anyway?


How do you adapt to this changing Cleveland climate?  We are finishing up Chapter 7 in social studies on “How Physical Environments Influence Human Activities”.  There is a quiz on TUESDAY. Review key terms and be able to use them.


In science, now that we are expert in force, friction and gravity, we will turn our focus to Newton’s Laws.  As we study Newton’s Laws, we will continue to explore many hands on activities to keep the students engaged.  Acceleration, inertia, and uniform motion are terms we will begin put into action as we “play.”


In math, we will be moving into subtracting decimals.  Overall, the students did very well on comparing and rounding decimals.  



December 6, 2019

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Posted by Jeffrey Marlow on December 6, 2019 (Comments Closed)

November 22, 2019


We are thankful to be working with a wonderful group of students this year.  Happy Thanksgiving.


Last call for donations for the Yuletide Hunger Drive.  Please help support this worthy endeavor. It helps many people during the holiday months.  


Our wonderful PSO is also having a fundraiser to help finance special school activities and raffle tickets have been given to your child for purchase.  Consider buying some tickets to possibly win gift cards and $$$.


We wrapped up latitude and longitude this week.  Students started a brief chapter on “How Physical Environments Influence Human Activities”.  We will be discussing the ways we adapt, modify, and depend on our environment. Students will also think about the consequences of modifying the environment including intended and unintended results.


Do five paragraph essays BUG you?  In language arts, most students have completed essays on the benefits of insects.  Ask your child what they have learned on this engaging topic! When we get back after Thanksgiving, students will be reading a chapter book with assigned chapters at home, and working on skills/concepts involving Greek and Latin Roots and sequencing.  


In Math, we are finishing up comparing and rounding decimals.  The quiz will be on Tuesday due to adjusted schedule on Monday.  The we will move on to Adding and Subtracting Decimals.


Owl pellets are the talk of the town in 5th grade.  What are they? Where did they come from? What do you do with them?  Our lab on Monday will reveal all the questions answers and more.

Posted by Jeffrey Marlow on November 15, 2019 (Comments Closed)

November 15, 2019


Enjoy your weekend.   

Make sure you have earbuds or headphones that have your name on them.  Many students are reporting that they have lost their earbuds. These are used several times throughout the week.  


One of the best reviews my students have ever done is something we call, a “Proof of Review.” A Proof of Review is when the students make up a quiz, create a presentation, make a game, a video create video, or make a song using the terminology and concepts taught during a unit.  The students were assigned a proof of review for the Ecosystem Test on Tuesday. The final Proof of Review is due on Monday, November 18th. Here is a review for the test, but the kids can not solely use this as their POR.  The final Ecosystem test is Tuesday, November 19th. THERE WILL NOT be a redo for this test.  The terms “‘Proof of Review”” and “Here” are hyperlinks on the From the Nest article on my webpage.


Are you able to locate absolute locations without using a street address?  Students have been focusing on latitude and longitude this week at school. Using a “magic stick”, students are identifying where places are from the equator and the prime meridian.  There will be a quiz on Wednesday focusing on vocabulary of Chapter 5 and using latitude and longitude..


The students met Mr. Dull as they learned the patterns associated with multiplying and dividing by powers of 10.  Our objectives are: “I can represent powers of 10 using whole number exponents (10³ = 10 x 10 x 10 = 1000).  I can explain patterns when multiplying a number by powers of 10.  And I can explain the movement of the decimal point when multiplying or dividing by powers of 10.”  We will focus on Comparing and Rounding Decimals next week..


In language arts, we are working on five paragraph essays.  Students have several sources to use to locate information on the benefits of insects.  We have spent time discussing ways to write interesting topic and concluding sentences with the use of transition words.  


Don’t forget, our Yuletide Hunger Drive goes on until Thanksgiving Break.  Students have also brought home fundraising material that benefit our PSO and activities at the middle school.  Consider supporting both of these worthy drives.

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Posted by Jeffrey Marlow on November 15, 2019 (Comments Closed)

November 8, 2019


We made it through another week!  It is definitely feeling more winter than fall today!  Please remember to dress appropriately for outdoor recess.  We have a long wintery season ahead.  


In language arts, students are reading from Lewis and Clark and Me.  Each chapter is told from Seaman, the dog traveling on this famous expedition with Lewis and Clark..  Students have been working on sequencing, cause and effect, finding sensory details, and retelling the story.  We also discussed how when the story is told from the perspective of a dog, we get details about the adventure we might not have known.  We have also taken a two story assessment focusing on homographs and cause and effect.


Can you find your location using latitude and longitude?  This week in social studies, we learned some terminology about this skill and created “magic sticks” to help us practice finding places on a map.


Mr. Marlow will be back on Monday.   🙂


The Middle School’s Yuletide Hunger Drive starts next week.  The following items are most needed. Please consider donating to this worthwhile cause.  


CEREAL – Boxes •   


JUICE – 46- or 64-oz. cans or 6-packs •           

TEA BAGS – Boxes, Any Size




• SOUPS – Cans





•  SOAP (Bar or Liquid)

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Posted by Jeffrey Marlow on October 18, 2019 (Comments Closed)

October 18, 2019


We are finally having a little fall weather!  Enjoy the chill in the air and the sound when the heat kicks on!  Gather up those sweaters, jackets, and boots as we approach November.


Our Halloween parties are taking place on Thursday, October 31st at 1:25-2:10.  

Students may wear costumes to school.  Please no weapons, face paint, or gory decor.  


. The end of the quarter is October 24th.  Students will not have school next Friday, October 25 th, due to a record’s day.  We will be watching the movie, Wonder, auditorium with the entire 5th grade on the 24th  Should be a fun treat!


In social studies, we recently assessed geographic regions of North America.  This week we also discussed cultural and economic regions in the Western Hemisphere.  To wrap up this chapter, we will be focusing our attention on geographic features of South America.   Students are learning about the locations of the Andes Mountains, the Amazon Basin, and other unique features of South America.  We could still use some egg cartons-more mountains to make! Thank you.


The students took an assessment this week on dividing using different algorithms. We will take a unit test next week and then we will look at understanding decimal place value. The kids have been working hard and I’m very proud of them.


In science, we will take the symbiosis quiz on Monday. We will then spend the remainder of the week working on invasive species AKA non-native species.


Language arts students have been learning about famous explorers, Lewis and Clark.  We will be busy next week reading and completing activities using the book, Lewis and Clark and Me.   This is a story told from the perspective of their dog Seaman, a Newfoundland, who traveled with Lewis and Clark across the country looking for the Northwest Passage and the Pacific Ocean. It’s neat reading about how Lewis and Clark made their way through some of the geographical regions that we are talking about in social studies class.  


We are in the midst of creating our invasive species “Wanted Poster.”  We will be sharing our slides next week and reviewing for a final ecosystem test which will be October 30th.  Look for study guides and review materials next week.  


Red Ribbon Week starts next week for our district.  “Send a Message, Stay Drug Free!” Here are ways to participate:


October 23 (WED)  Wear RED “Red-y to Live a Drug Free Life”

                            Lunch Table Contest


October 24 (THUR) Emoji Accessories or Yellow  “Send a Message, Stay Drug Free”


October 28 (MON) Wear your pajamas  “Drugs End All Dreams”


October 29 (TUE) Hawaiian Clothes  “Catch the Wave, be Drug Free!”


October 30 (WED)  Homeroom Contest (Dress according to your HR’s theme) “Drugs are Despicable, BEE Drug Free”


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Posted by Jeffrey Marlow on October 4, 2019 (Comments Closed)

October 4, 2019


Happy Friday! It finally feels like the fall season!


In social studies, we are learning about geographic regions of North America.  Students will work with a team to construct a map of the geographic regions of North America.  Teams will use a variety of materials including sand paper, egg cartons, and fabric to construct each region.  Any old craft supplies that you think could work on our maps would be fantastic. Students also learned about how areas that have large populations have favorable climates and a body of water near them.  Mountains also affect the climate of an area! Ask your child what he/she learned about regions!


We will be saying “So Long” to Auggie and friends next week.  Reading Wonder  has been a fabulous way to kick off the school year in language arts.  After losing Daisy last week, and the trauma of the fifth grade trip to the nature retreat, the students were elated to meet Auggie’s new pup, “Bear.”  What happened on that overnight field trip anyway? Ask your child to fill you in on the details. Cause and effect is the focus skill next week, Did someone mention Haiku?  We’ve been drafting some very creative “Halloween Haiku” poems, and it’s rather fun to see the whole class quietly clapping and mouthing out syllables! Students are also spending a little time researching a national park and finding information such as climate, wildlife, location, and fun facts!


In math we are Dividing Multi- Digit Numbers.  The multiplication test will come home on Monday to be corrected and signed.  If your child struggled, I will continue to work on these skills. We can not divide productively if we can not multiply


In science, the students are working in groups and becoming “Experts in the Field” as they prepare presentations on many of the concepts covered during this unit. 

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Posted by Jeffrey Marlow on September 27, 2019 (Comments Closed)

September 27, 2019


Conference nights are approaching fast.  We will be contacting you if we feel a conference is needed.  If you would like a conference to discuss your child’s progress with the team, please let us know.   We will schedule you on one of these evening.s  Conference dates are October 24th and 30th.

Well, it was a rough week for Wonder.  You have probably heard by now all about Daisy and the Pullmans.  It was an emotional section of the book, to say the least. We only have a little over 50 pages left in this book, and I believe many of us will be sad for it to come to the end of such a fine piece of literature.  In addition to opinion and poetry/haiku writing, we will be working with cause and effect, and homographs.  

In math we will be wrapping up Lesson 4, Multiplying Mulit-Dignit Numbers by completing the test on Wednesday.  We will move to Dividing Multi- Digit Numbers later in the week. i-Ready is an integral part of our math program.  The online instruction helps build and reinforce math skills while reteaching prerequisite skills and enriching the depth of knowledge of key concepts.   This year, our new math program, “Ready Classroom,” is a perfect fit for the online iReady to work together on similar concepts of the curriculum.  

iReady also addresses reading skills.  Each student is asked to complete 45 minutes in iReady reading as well as 50 minutes weekly in math.  Although students have the opportunity to work on iReady at school, due to scheduling and/or particular events in a given week, your child is encouraged to work on the program at home should more minutes be needed to reach the goal of the 50 minute minimum per subject.  

We had our second science quiz of the quarter.  Will be digging deeper into symbiotic relationships next week.  There will be several interactive activities in which the students will be engaged. There will be a larger summative over the entire unit at the end of the unit so please do not throw out anything related to ecosystems until further noted.  

In social studies, students will be learning about regions.  Included in our study of regions are geographic features of North and South America, climate, population, culture, and economics.  Students are working with a small group to create a geographic region map of North America. Students will be expected to know the locations of each geographic region and be able to describe the types of landforms found in each region.  

Do you have extra craft supplies around the house?  Old sandpaper, cardboard egg cartons, nature related scrapbooking materials,?  If so, we would love donations. Please do not buy anything.  


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September 20, 2019


Happy Homecoming Weekend!  Fifth grade students were able to decorate our hallways with all kinds of inspirational “BEE” messages as well as honeycomb pictures using hexagons.  Students were given the opportunity at recess to create some bees and honeycombs to add to our hallway decor! What spirit our 5th graders have!

A Chapter 4 Assessment is scheduled for Thursday, September 26.  Students were given a study guide which is due Tuesday, and we will do some review activities next week before the test..  We will move to our next topic, “ Geographic Regions of the Western Hemisphere”. Students will learn about landforms in both North and South America.  

As we read Wonder, we are hearing the story not only from Auggie’s point of view, but we’ve also heard from Via, Summer, and Jack Will, so far.  What a fantastic way to teach perspective! We are also working with context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words. This is especially important while reading words in the text such as phobia, flabbergasted, , and inkling for example.  We are boosting our grammar skills too, through Daily Language Review , Write Source., and “Good Morning Sunshine” weekly skills. With practice and reinforcement of skills, the students will be able to edit their writing more accurately.

Our new math series has Family Letters at the beginning of each lesson.   A lesson may last from 3-5+ days. We encourage you to read the Family Letter regularly so you may know what concepts or skills your child is currently focusing on in class.   We usually have a quiz at the end of each lesson, and will have a test periodically throughout the unit. We will have a quiz on using formulas to find volume on Tuesday. Then we will multiply using multi digit numbers.

In science, we are studying symbiotic relationships Did you know that in our science books there are vocabulary cards the students can use to learn the meanings of new words?  The more they are exposed to these words, the better their understanding of the concept will be. We all have busy lives. Take some of the drive time in the car to study vocabulary related to our content and more importantly to talk to your child about life.  Play high/low.  

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Posted by Jeffrey Marlow on September 13, 2019 (Comments Closed)

September 13, 2019



We finished our assessment of our 50 states!  It is wonderful that students have a better idea of where states are located in our country.  I am proud of their efforts in preparing for these assessments. We will be finishing up our chapter on maps next week.  A study guide will be coming home very soon to prepare.  


We have been busy in language arts!  Students continue to read Wonder.  We are now reading the story from different characters’ perspectives.  Our class discussions reveal so many wonderful insights and feelings. We all look forward to reading to find out what will happen next!  Mr. Browne’s November precept: “Have no friends not equal to yourself.” We are also working on using context clues to determine the meaning of an unknown word.  Other language arts topics include prepositions, using commas in a series, and identifying the main idea of a passage. After reading two hurricane related stories, students wrote a paragraph about ways people prepare for hurricanes and use the knowledge of hurricane hunters to plan ahead.  


If you need to contact us, the best way would be via email.  We are dealing with the new phone system and sometimes we do not see the messages that come in through Class Dojo.  


Students visited the library this week and have the opportunity to check out books each week on Tuesdays during IE.


In science, we took our first quiz on biotic and abiotic, organisms, populations, communities and ecosystems, all in Lesson 1.  We will move on to Chapter 4 lesson 2 next week.. We will be looking at how organisms interact in ecosystems. Some of the words to know are predator, prey, producer, consumer, decomposer, food chain and food web.  


In math, we are still working with volume, Unit 1 Lesson 2, “Finding Volume Using Unit Cubes.”  At the beginning of each lesson is a family letter and an activity. Reading the family letter and completing the activity with your child is paramount for your child’s success.  We should finish Lesson 2 by Wednesday and we will take a short summative quiz. Then we will move into Lesson 3 where we will “Find Volume Using Formulas.”


Homecoming is next week!  The middle school is having a spirit week to celebrate. Here is the schedule:

Monday:  PJ Day

Tuesday:  Jersey Day

Wednesday:  Twin Day

Thursday:  Cowboy Day

Friday:  Wear our grade level color assigned:  BLACK


5th graders have also been asked to decorate the hallway for spirit week.  We are asking for toilet paper rolls and cardboard egg cartons for decorating.  


The midpoint of the 1st quarter is next week.  Please check in on Progress Book to review current grades.  They change when new assignments/tests are entered.  


Our team is scheduled to attend the middle school book fair next week.  Students will have an opportunity to visit the fair and purchase books during that time. Students will need to bring money with them to make purchases or set up an account on the scholastic website. A flyer went home today that has some of the books available and instructions on making purchases.  You can also check out the scholastic website for additional titles. See flyer for details.

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Posted by Jeffrey Marlow on September 6, 2019 (Comments Closed)

September 6, 2019


Enjoy your weekend!


Get ready for iReady!  Students work on iReady math and reading programs each week at school during our IE block.  We are expecting students to complete 45-60 minutes in each subject. Most should be completed in class during IE.  Whatever time is left, students should complete at home to get the 45-60 minutes. Please let us know if you do not have access to a computer at home so we can make arrangements at school.  Completing bellwork at home would give a student approximately 10 extra minutes at school in the morning to work on iReady.


If you need to communicate with us, the best way is via email.  Class Dojo and Remind will be used for us to communicate with you. 


We continue to enjoy reading Wonder.  Auggie already has a special place in our hearts.  Mr. Browne’s precept we read about this week was “Your Deeds are Your Monuments.”   We talked about how we want to be known- by the things we do which are much more important than the things that are said.  


We also have been working with all kinds of reading/writing skills such as figurative language, identifying text structure, interjections, and conjunctions.!


Hurricanes have been a topic of conversation not only on the news, but also in our classroom.  In language arts, we read two articles about hurricanes and answered questions using both of them.  This topic will also serve as a writing prompt next week.  


Guess what 50 questions will be included on a social studies assessment on Friday the 13th?  If you guessed the 50 states, you are right! Students will be given a blank numbered map and an alphabetical list of the states.  They will match the state shape to the name. This is a summative assessment. We will also be wrapping up chapter 4 on maps very soon..  A study guide will be given as we near the end of this chapter.


In Math, we finished Lesson 0, finding perimeter, and area using double digit multiplication.  Again, I would encourage the students to practice their math facts. My wife and I would have flashcards all over the house and in every car so the kids could practice while driving to and from activities…. The curse of having 2 parents who teach math!   Lesson O was a prerequisite to finding volume. So we will be starting volume next week… for real!  


In Science, we looked at the biotic and abiotic factors in various ecosystems.  Next week, we will look at the levels of organization in ecosystems… organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems are terms the students should be very familiar with by the end of the week.