Week 19-25 5th Grade Home School Lesson Plan

Yes, I got a little side tracked the past several weeks that I didn’t post the lesson plans, but we sure have been busy at work. I got the time to sit and type them so here are the lesson plans for weeks 19-25

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WEEK 19

Language Arts

  • Writing Business Letters
  • Addressing Envelopes

Spelling

List of 18 words
(cactus, celebrate, cement, certain, citizen, citrus, convoy, cumbersome, cyclone, dangerous, gallery, gesture, gopher, gurgle, gypsum, Gypsy, magic, region)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

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Reading

  • Tuck Everlasting by: Natalie Babbit
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Tangram Set
  • Fractions

Science

  • Slavery
  • California Gold Rush
  • Missouri Compromise
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities

WEEK 20

Language Arts

  • Creative Writing
  • Have your child write about a personal experience.
  • (Worksheets all week)

Spelling

List of 18 words
(affection, autograph, cough, enough, familiar, foreign, frequent, furniture, geography, laughter, muffler, paragraph, philosophy, physical, raffle, slough, stuff, tough)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

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Reading

  • Tuck Everlasting by: Natalie Babbit
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Simplifying Fractions
  • Conversions

Science

  • Mountains
  • Science worksheets and Test

Social Studies

  • Slavery continued.
  • Events leading up to Civil War
  • Have child imagine she’s a slave, have her write a plan for her escape.
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities

WEEK 21

Language Arts

  • Creative Writing
  • Make a story plan.
  • Rough Draft
  • Final Draft

Spelling

List of 18 words
(ballet, castle, crumb, doubt, height, knack, knight, known, knuckle, listen, plumber, soften, thumb, weight, wreck, wren, wrench, wrestle)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

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Reading

  • Circle of Gold by: Candy Dawson Boyd
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets Everyday
  • Adding and Subtracting Fractions

Science

  • Volcanoes
  • Science worksheets and Test

Social Studies

  • Civil War
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities

WEEK 22

Language Arts

  • Writing Dialogue
  • Practicing writing dialogue between characters.
    (Worksheets all week)

Spelling

List of 18 words
(accounts, adventures, arches, blouses, classes, compasses, couches, decisions, dresses, erasers, eyelashes, inches, indexes, larynxes, syllables, telescopes, toothbrushes, walruses)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

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Reading

  • Circle of Gold by: Candy Dawson Boyd
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Unlike Fractions
  • Adding and Subtracting Fractions

Science

  • Caves
  • Science worksheets and Test

Social Studies

  • Significance of the colors blue and gray during Civil War
  • Famous Battles of Civil War
  • Emancipation Proclamation
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities

WEEK 23

Language Arts

  • Paragraphs
  • Topic Sentences
  • (Worksheets all week)

Spelling

List of 18 words
(anniversary, beauty, chimney, decoy, dictionary, highway, holiday, industry, monkey, mortuary, party, quantity, salary, strawberry, survey, turkey, valley)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

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Reading

  • Syllables
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions

Science

  • Canyons and Waterfalls
  • Science worksheets and Test

Social Studies

  • Geographic Regions
  • Mountain States, North Central States, South Central States
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities

WEEK 24

Language Arts

  • Main Ideas
  • Look at paragraphs in a magazine or newspaper and take away the first sentence. Have your child re-write an appropriate topic sentence.

Spelling

List of 18 words
(calves, echoes, elves, geese, halves, heroes, leaves, moose, potatoes, scarves, shelves, thieves, tomatoes, wives, wolves, women, yourselves)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

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Reading

  • Outlining a story.
  • Stone Fox by: John Reynolds
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Fractions

Science

  • River Systems
  • Science worksheets and Test

Social Studies

  • Northeastern States, Southeastern States, Midwestern States, Pacific States
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities

WEEK 25

Language Arts

  • Paragraphs
  • Topic Sentences

Spelling

List of 18 words
(conserve, constructed, impatient, imperfect, impersonate, impractical, impure, prearrange, prepaid, preview, react, recall, recharge, reclaim, redecorate, redeem, relate, retain)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

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Reading

  • Life Skills
  • How to use a phone book
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Different denominators and Mixed Fractions
  • Multiplication of Fractions

Science

  • Oceans and Seas
  • Science worksheets and Test

Social Studies

  • US Climate Zones
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities
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Week 19-25 5th Grade Home School Lesson Plan

How we got Lucky

I woke up one Saturday morning just like any other, except the difference that morning was what I saw when I turned on my phone. It was an ad that was posted on a Facebook yard sale page with a picture about a puppy who was found on the side of the road and needed a new home. I immediately messaged the woman and asked her if the puppy was still needing a home and that I was very interested in getting her. She quickly responded with “Yes, we’re currently on the way to take her to the pound, can you meet now?”

I hadn’t even gotten out of bed yet, so I told her to give me a second to get dressed and I could meet her, so the first thing I did was jump up and put some clothes on and went to meet the lady within 5 minutes and pick up this poor puppy. She told me that they found her in a garbage bag in their front yard and that they couldn’t keep her because their kids have allergies. I’m not sure how true that story was or how long she had her, but I could tell that she was malnourished. Considering she was about to be dropped off at the pound, I’m so thankful that I found her in time to intervene.

When I brought her home the first thing she did was get some loving from the kids and also my hubby. She was very timid and shaking, she wouldn’t come to any of us when called like a normal puppy would. We could tell she wasn’t socialized properly. We estimated her age to be between 10-12 weeks according to her size, also guessing what she was mixed with, we concluded probably Pitbull and Beagle. Since this was a nice Saturday morning we planned to go out walking like we usually do on weekends with nice weather.

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She did really well with walking with us unleashed. She kept up along side us and looked like she was enjoying herself. It was a nice first experience with her of many to come. Afterwards, we went to the store to grab her first round of puppy shots, dewormer and some other doggy things she needed (especially puppy soap).

Over the past week we:

  • Socialized her to: us humans, cats, riding in the car, leash walking and rain.
  • Taught her to come when called (since she was so timid)
  • Working on potty training (which she is doing really great at)
  • Learned commands sit, lay down, shake and speak. Which took less than 10 minutes each to teach.

This past Saturday we had planned to take her to a mobile vet clinic that was scheduled to be at our city’s Farm Supply store, we knew she may be too young for her rabies but we wanted to see a vet for free that could maybe give us a better idea on her age. We were the first ones there when they were setting up and the vet took the time to have a conversation with us while he waited for the techs to set everything up.

He was really nice and when the table was ready he checked her out for us and said she looked like she was in good shape, confirmed she looked like a pit/hound mix, but that she was way younger than 10-12 weeks like we thought. He put her age at 6-8 weeks, which means she was somewhere between 5-7 weeks when we got her. We were shocked because she’s such a big puppy. Given her newly found age range and being 10.5 lbs we used a growth chart and her assumed breed to determine she could be upwards 62 lbs when she’s full grown. Using his time-table on her age, we went halfway, and aged her 7 weeks so we also decided to give her the birthday of December 3rd and that’s what we’ll celebrate from here on.

The mobile clinic will be back several times over the next few months, but she won’t be old enough until the date they’ll be back in April. By that time it will also be the time to register her with our city because the age for registering dogs is 4 months.

We’ve had her a little over a week and we love her. She has so much potential and she’s a fast learner and super sweet. She’s going to be a great family dog and she’s going to be very loved and very spoiled for all of her days. She is truly a lucky girl. ♥

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How we got Lucky

I really don’t like snow

I can remember being young and liking going outdoors and playing in the snow. I also remember growing out of it. I was born in upstate New York where snow was inevitable. My family migrated… yes, migrated… south to southern Virginia when I was seven years old. The winters down here are so mild in comparison.

Down here when they call for 2-3″ the stores are flooded with patrons and there is short supply if any supply of bread, milk, eggs left. We just got hit with 7 inches on Saturday and 3 days prior I was trying to get bread for the house because we run out fast and the store was empty Wednesday & Thursday. We have 7 people here all the time plus extra kids around too when I have our 2 nephews and this past weekend was our weekend with my husband’s daughter. Finally though on Friday night, we managed to get bread.

This is 5am Saturday morning.
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On top of getting all this snow, we also got issues with ice. The residential roads are still not all clear today (Tuesday). They closed schools yesterday and today. The kids haven’t been back yet since they got out for Winter Break. I’m sure tomorrow they will though. We had to go out yesterday and when we got back we were not able to get my van back in the driveway, so we had to walk all 5 kids up the ice and make it inside. Only 2 fell and my youngest daughter (4) was NOT to pleased with getting snow all over her bare hands. She cried the entire way tot he front door.

Over the snowy weekend, the kids were split up so they could each enjoy their time. My 4 year old daughter went to my mom’s before the snow hit and spent 2 nights at her grandma’s while she was snowed in. She played outside and had a good time. My older 2 boys (8 & 5) went to their grandparent’s to spend majority of their time outside playing on the sled track they had built at the neighbors and having a blast. I love that they have so much fun with their grandparents. I enjoy seeing them so happy. My youngest son (3) was sick so he could not go outside to play. Our older girls (11 & 10) played outside all of 20 minutes on Saturday and didn’t want to go back out since. I definitely couldn’t blame them. I don’t like being out in that mess either.

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I’m hoping this is the last snow of the season, but it probably won’t be. I just get so fed up with the crazy that comes with the weather and being trapped at home. I do however love seeing the joy on their faces when they see the snow finally come, it reminds me of when I was little and we moved here with so little snow, when we did get it, it just felt magical.

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I really don’t like snow

Week 18 – 5th Grade Home School Lesson Plan

Language Arts

  • Building Vocabulary
  • Verb Pairs
  • Confusing Words
    (Worksheets all week)

Spelling

List of 18 words
(Select words from the past 8 weeks that your child had trouble with)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

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Reading

  • The War with Grandpa by: Robert Kimmel Smith
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Graphs, Double-Line Graphs
  • Review Place Value and Basic Mathematics
  • Review concepts of geometry
  • Second Quarter Test

Science

  • Review Science – Plant Glossary
  • Science worksheets and Test

Social Studies

  • Continue discussion about Texas
  • Read about Presidents up to Lincoln and social reform in the nineteenth century.
  • Continue reading about early presidents
  • Make copy of United States Map, have your child color the successive expansions of the country in different colors. Thirteen Colonies (1776), Post-Revolution (1783), Louisiana Purchase (1803), British Cession (1818), Florida (1819), Texas (1845), Oregon Country (1846), Mexican Cession (1848), Gadsden Purchase (1853), Alaskan Territory (1867) and Hawaii Territory (1898).
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities
Week 18 – 5th Grade Home School Lesson Plan

The Faces of ADHD/ODD

My oldest son (age 7, he’ll be 8 at the end of December) was diagnosed ADHD (combined) & ODD on November 16th. We knew he had trouble staying focused and listening and following some instructions, he also had a defiance streak among other issues. It wasn’t until he started 2nd grade this year that the issues started showing themselves more in the school environment. His defiance was aimed towards teachers instead of just us, he lacked focus and couldn’t control his verbal outbursts, which made him a disturbance in the classroom. He ended up having to spend just about every day in the office.

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In the few short weeks since school following the start of school which was August 10th, I got note after note home from his teacher. We scheduled a parent teacher conference by the first PTA the following month. Pretty soon 2 months into school he had 2 referrals with a third on the way. He was even seeing the guidance counselor once a week and she recommended the teacher fill out a form for his Pediatrician. We had 3 parent teacher conferences and eventually all this struggle led to what the school calls an RTI which is an Intervention done by the school officials (principal, guidance counselor, teacher) so they could better assist him with trying to do better, keep busy and stay focused. Since they knew he was about to be going to the doctors for an ADHD evaluation they were making changes that were typical for an ADHD child.

Surely enough between the form the teacher filled out and the form I filled out for at home, along with his report card, his conduct markings for the first 13 weeks of school and the referrals plus the information I gave about him on a more personal note. She did not hesitate to diagnose him ADHD and ODD. She also referred him to a psychiatrist for further assistance on other issues. She then prescribed him Vyvanse that day and I started him on it the next day. We let him know that the pill wasn’t magic and that he also had to do his best along side it.

On just his 2nd day on the medication I got the first ever positive note home! I was thrilled. After a week his conduct report came home and it was a 71%, it’s never even been close to that. We noticed a drastic change with him at home too. He’s more attentive, focused and less defiant.

They have an app called Class Dojo and all school year it’s been negative after negative to the point where he was so bad at school he missed out on 2 school functions based on his conduct. Since the medication he hasn’t had a SINGLE negative mark on his Class Dojo, they all look like the photo below. Amazing. His second conduct report came home this past Tuesday and it was 100%. It’s a complete transformation.

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For 2 weeks I’ve been getting notes home about how good he’s been doing. It’s like he’s a different child. I was skeptical about medicating him at first. I didn’t want to be one of those parents who jump right into drugging their children for all their problems. But ever since he started taking it and I’ve seen the incredible changes there is no doubt in my mind that this was the best choice for his education, his well-being and his overall function.

I know his 2nd 9 weeks report card is going to be too far gone to repair, but I’m pretty confident that by the 3rd 9 weeks his grades are going to drastically improve. We’ve seen the improvement just in his behavior in the 2 short weeks he’s been on the medication. We’ve also seen the graded work that has been coming home. It’s a major change to what we were considering the norm.

Here’s an example of a few weeks prior vs. the 2 weeks on the medication.

Here is his 1st 9 weeks progress report.

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Also his 2nd 9 weeks progress report which has improved a little bit from the first 9 weeks, so I am looking forward to seeing the changes in the 3rd 9 weeks now that he has something to help him focus more.

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I’ve heard of so many people having children misdiagnosed and many parents against medicating their children. I was worried about all the same things, heard all the same horror stories. I put my worries aside to do my best to help my child. I was so ready to suck it up and figure something out no matter what it was. I was at my wits end. Tired, no exhausted, and completely stressed to the max. Sick of crying day in and day out, begging for answers that never came. This may not be the complete answer, but in just the short time he’s been diagnosed and medicated… it’s amazing how much that child has changed and how his behavior and focus have gotten so much better. It’s like the child I always knew he could be, he just needed help getting there. I’m proud of him and I tell him every single day.

The Faces of ADHD/ODD

Week 15, 16 & 17 – 5th Grade Home School Lesson Plan + Progress Report

I’ve gotten bad about keeping up with entering these into my blog but I’m here to catch up now and I’ll just include them in one post instead of 3 different ones. We’ve been busy bees around here with the Thanksgiving holiday and now my daughter is visiting her dad while he’s in town for a week so she’s taking this week off and will continue her schooling when she returns. That being one of the many plus sides to homeschooling, we can schedule it to fit our lives.


WEEK 15

Language Arts

  • Learning Quotations
  • Write a Tall Tale
  • Quotations worksheet
  • Signal words

Spelling

List of 18 words
(afford, carton, curtain, departing, directions, emergency, forlorn, further, girth, harbor, observe, origin, perfume, refer, starch, sturdy, temper, thirst)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

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Reading

  • Hang Tough, Paul Mather by Alfred Slate
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Congruent, Symmetry, Perimeter, Area

Science

  • Plant Identification
  • How Trees Grow
  • Science worksheets and activities every day.

Social Studies

  • Pioneer Life
  • Pioneer Travel
  • The Pioneer Movement
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities

WEEK 16

Language Arts

  • Poetry
  • Plan a science fiction short story, start rough draft.
  • Capitalization
  • Review Proper Nouns
  • Revise, Edit and Improve short story.

Spelling

List of 18 words
(bucket, button, crunchy, dusk, guppies, judges, lucky, public, refund, ruffle, skunk, spun, struck, subject, thunder, trust, ugly, umbrella)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

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Reading

  • Hang Tough, Paul Mather by Alfred Slate
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
    Introducing terms: intersecting, parallel, and perpendicular.
  • Types of triangles: equilateral, isosceles, scalene, and right.

Science

  • Plants and Their Needs.
  • Writing Assignment
  • Science worksheets and activities every day.

Social Studies

  • Lewis and Clark Expedition continued
  • Painting project (4 panels) depicting their journey.
  • Pioneers: Introduce and discuss their lifestyle
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities

She also got her progress report for the 2nd NINE weeks and that’s as follows:

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WEEK 17

Language Arts

  • Review and Discuss Poems
  • Pronouns and Nouns
  • Possessive
  • Collective Nouns

Spelling

List of 18 words
(blind, blue, climb, close, frog, fruit, plate, plump, sleep, slow, small, smell, speak, spin, swarm, sweep, track, trap)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

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Reading

  • The War with Grandpa by: Robert Kimmel Smith
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Discuss Graphs and how to Graph.
  • Graphing activities

Science

  • Not in the Plant Kingdom
  • Science worksheets and activities every day.

Social Studies

  • Read about America’s 6th President.
  • Read about America’s 7th President.
  • Westward Movement
  • Texas Revolution
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities
Week 15, 16 & 17 – 5th Grade Home School Lesson Plan + Progress Report

Perfect Treats for the Family

I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to try some products I’ve never used before and to even get the familiar products we  love to review on.

I’ve received my first TastyVoxBox via Influenster for free and I was thrilled to discover what was inside and begin my reviews.

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Tasty VoxBox Included:

1- Full size bottle of Frank’s Red Hot Original Hot Sauce
1- Full size can of French’s Crispy Fried Onions2- Yogi Tea Bags
1- Bag of Kashi Dark Cocoa Power – Plant Shake
2- Packets of Splenda Naturals (Sugar Substitute)
1- Country Crock Recipe
Coupon for Country Crock and Smart Ones

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Now I’m still in the process of testing these products, but I’ve gotten a few under way already.

Splenda Natuals
I’ve had pre-existing experience with this product and though it’s not my go-to, it’s tolerable to me in some instances, like for instance running out of coffee creamer. I enjoyed a cup of coffee with milk and Splenda last night to quench my craving. It’s definitely an acquired taste in my opinion, especially when you are used to using granulated sugar.

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Frank’s Red Hot

This was already one of my favorite hot sauce brands. My husband and I pretty much can put hot sauce on everything. Chili, BBQ, Pizza, Stews, Tacos, Quesadillas, etc. It’s the perfect amount of spicy with excellent flavor. We love it.

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French’s Crispy Fried Onions

My husband and I enjoy these on many things. Him and the kids can eat them straight out of the can. Hubby also likes them on Green Bean Casserole. We also eat them on our hamburgers, inside our diced home-style potatoes and mixed with green peppers for steak toppings. Today I enjoyed them on top of my BBQ burger sliders!

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Country Crock

We use this for oiling a pan prior to cooking to add great flavor to food. I’ve also used it in baking and absolutely love the easement of it’s packaging and the flavor it brings out in our treats. I’ll have to use the coupon to get some more because when using it for baking and cooking a lot, it doesn’t last long here. I’ll probably bake some holiday cookies soon!

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The other items in the box I’ve never tried but will definitely get around to them so I can review them for this campaign with Influenster. I’m glad I got the chance to help spread the word and get some of these product names out there. For those who are already fans, cool; If you’re just discovering some of them like I am, I hope you’ll continue to try new things as I do!

 

Perfect Treats for the Family