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Hello. My name is Justin Rasmussen. I teach fifth grade at Athlos Leadership Academy, and this is my fifth year teaching at this school. I taught 3rd grade at a charter school for two years in Eden Prairie before I found this wonderful school. I graduated from St. Cloud State University, with a degree in K-6 Elementary Education.

In my free time, I enjoy biking, fishing, reading, and anything sports related. The sports I enjoy most are baseball, football, bowling, and basketball. I am a die-hard Minnesota sports fan, as painful as it may be!

I am looking forward to teaching and preparing your students for their future. If you have any questions/comments, please feel free to e-mail or call me at any time.

Justin Rasmussen
 

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Week of 1-21-20

Permission slips were sent out two weeks ago for our field trip to the Minnesota History Center. The cost is $15. The trip is planned for Tuesday, February 4th from 9-1:45.

 

Our box top competition began last Wednesday, please send any you have at home to school so students can earn a free dress day and recess!

 

Conferences are on Monday, January 27th. Please sign up online or send me an email and I can block off a time for you to come in. Looking forward to meeting with all of you and discussing your student’s progress this year!

 

Math-We are continuing unit 6, which has a variety of skills taught. This week, we are converting metric units using division and multiplication, and also finding the mean, median, mode, and range of a set of numbers. There will be homework for 6.3, 6.5, 6.5a, and 6.5b.

 

Language Arts- On Tuesday, we will be typing the biographies students have completed. After that, students will be in groups to create a poster on the person they researched. They will present their posters on Friday, and will be graded on their listening and speaking skills.

 

Science-We continue our study of simple machines. The six we are focusing on are: levers, pulleys, wheel and axle, wedge, inclined plane, and the screw. There will be a study guide sent home Friday, with the test being the following Monday.

 

Spelling-Spelling test is on Friday.

 

Spelling Week 16

  1. ordinarily
  2. ordinary
  3. physically
  4. planet
  5. plentiful
  6. plenty
  7. powerful
  8. prairie
  9. prepared
  10. prevent
  11. protection
  12. protective
  13. protect
14. relieve

Week of 1-13-20

Permission slips were sent out last Wednesday for our field trip to the Minnesota History Center. The cost is $15. The trip is planned for Tuesday, February 4th from 9-1:45.

Donuts with Dads is this Thursday in our classroom, from 7:25-7:55. 

Our box top competition began last Wednesday, please send any you have at home to school so students can earn a free dress day and recess!

 

Math-We are wrapping up unit 5 this week, the study of adding and subtracting mixed numbers. We will have two days of review, and a test on Monday. A study guide will be sent home Tuesday. Thursday, we begin unit 6 which is the study of multiplying and dividing decimal numbers, as well as converting different units of measurement.

 

Language Arts- Most students are close to completing the reading of their biographies, and will begin to type their three paragraph essay. A rubric for what is expected in the paper will be sent home. Final drafts need to be completed by Thursday, at this time, we will type up the papers on the computer. After papers are done, students will group up with the others who read there same book and complete a poster together and present to the rest of the class. This will be a 5-7 project between the paper and presentations.

 

Science-We continue our study of simple machines. The six we are focusing on are: levers, pulleys, wheel and axle, wedge, inclined plane, and the screw.

 

Spelling-Spelling test is on Friday.

 

Spelling Week 15

  1. license
  2. liquid
  3. location
  4. located
  5. located
  6. magnificent
  7. main
  8. minerals
  9. method
  10. modern
  11. mysterious
  12. mystery
  13. occasion
  14. personality

Week of 1-6-20

Math-We begin Unit 5 this week, it is the study of finding common denominators, adding fractions and mixed numbers with uncommon denominators. We will cover 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, and 5.5 this week. There will be homework sent home every day.

 

Language Arts-We begin our study of the “Who Was?” series. I will introduce 8 different books that study the lives of people around the world and they’ll vote on the person they’d like to research. Every day they will read one chapter while taking Cornell notes. After their novels are completed, they will write a five paragraph biography paper.

 

Science-We begin our study of simple machines. Students will take notes every day on different types of machines and how they affect our everyday lives.

 

Spelling-Spelling test is on Friday.

 

Spelling Week 14

  1. heavily
  2. heavier
  3. heavy
  4. imagine
  5. image
  6. inches
  7. independent
  8. individual
  9. influence
  10. innocent
  11. instance
  12. instrumental
  13. instrument
  14. leisure

 

Week of 12-16-19

Our class is looking for donations for our tree parade next Friday. Students get the chance to decorate me as a holiday tree, so any donations are appreciated!

 

Math-We will wait until after the holiday break to begin Unit 5 in our curriculum. This upcoming week, students will be given a chance to get in groups and teach skills to the class that we’ve learned thus far in the year. On Wednesday, they’ll be receiving holiday packets that involve adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing.

 

Language Arts-Tomorrow, students will take a poetry test where they will be reading a poem and answering comprehension questions. The rest of the week, they’ll be writing their own free verse poem and will present these in front of the class.

 

We finished our class novel, and will begin a new one once we get back from the holiday break.

 

S.S.-We continue our study of the settlers of the thirteen colonies and the events that occurred around this time, there will be a test on Friday.

 

Spelling-Spelling test is on Friday.

 

Spelling Week 13

  1. drawn
  2. drew
  3. draw
  4. equipment
  5. equipped
  6. equip
  7. fearful
  8. fear
  9. functional
  10. function
  11. furniture
  12. future
  13. gathering
  14. hundred

Week of 12-9-19

Our class is looking for donations for our tree parade next week. Students get the chance to decorate me as a holiday tree, so any donations are appreciated!

 

Math-We have one more day of unit 4, and then we have two days of review before our Unit 4 assessment on Thursday. We begin unit 5 on Friday, which is the study of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing of mixed numbers. We will have homework every night this week.

 

Language Arts- We finish our study of figurative language on Monday, and begin our poetry unit on Tuesday. Students will read and study different poems. They’ll practice comprehending each stanza and write a summary of the poem after reading it.

 

Students continue their class novel titled “A long way from Chicago.” They will be given a chapter to read and a comprehension packet to complete. A chapter will be assigned every 3-5 days.

 

S.S.-We continue our study of the settlers of the thirteen colonies and the events that occurred around this time.

 

Spelling-Spelling test is on Friday.

 

Spelling Week 12

  1. choice
  2. chosen
  3. chose
  4. choose
  5. columns
  6. correct
  7. current
  8. desirable
  9. desire
  10. division
  11. divide
  12. Dr.
  13. extremely
  14. extreme

Week of 12-2-19

Career week is December 2-6, looking for volunteers to come to the class and share what they do for a living. The sign up is below:

 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4aacac23a0f58-career2

 

Dancing Classrooms Culminating Event - We'd love to see you there! This is a fun event where students get to dress up and show off all the amazing things they learned as part of their Dancing Classrooms program during the first few months of school.  The event will be taking place in the Athlos gym on December 5 from 11:30-12:30.  Each class will have a reception in their classroom following the event.   This is a free dress day for all of 5th grade so they can dress up for their performance.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this. 

 

Math-We continue our study of Unit 4, decimal place value and plotting coordinate pairs. This week we will be continue analyzing graphs and plotting them on a coordinate plane, also, students will practice adding and subtracting decimals. We will have homework for 4.8, 4.9, 4.10, 4.11, and 4.12.

 

Language Arts- We continue our study of figurative language, the skills covered will be: onomatopoeia, alliteration, rhyming, hyperbole, and personification. After each skill is taught a mini quiz is given. After all skills are taught, we will begin studying poetry and eventually students will write their own poems.

 

Students continue their class novel titled “A long way from Chicago.” They will be given a chapter to read and a comprehension packet to complete. A chapter will be assigned every 3-5 days.

 

S.S.-We continue our study of the settlers of the thirteen colonies and the events that occurred around this time.

 

Spelling-Spelling test is on Friday.

 

Spelling Week 11

  1. height
  2. high
  3. apparent
  4. ascending
  5. basically
  6. basic
  7. bough
  8. bow
  9. bow
  10. campaign
  11. capital
  12. capitol
  13. cereal
  14. coarse

Week of 11-25-19

We only have school Monday and Tuesday this week due to Thanksgiving Break, happy holidays!

 

Career week is December 2-6, looking for volunteers to come to the class and share what they do for a living. The sign up is below:

 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4aacac23a0f58-career2

 

Dancing Classrooms Culminating Event - We'd love to see you there! This is a fun event where students get to dress up and show off all the amazing things they learned as part of their Dancing Classrooms program during the first few months of school.  The event will be taking place in the Athlos gym on December 5 from 11:30-12:30.  Each class will have a reception in their classroom following the event.   This is a free dress day for all of 5th grade so they can dress up for their performance.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this. 

 

Math-We continue our study of Unit 4, decimal place value and plotting coordinate pairs. This week we will be continue analyzing graphs and plotting them on a coordinate plane. We will have homework only on Monday, I’m giving students a break from homework over Thanksgiving!

 

Language Arts- We began our study of figurative language on Friday. This week we will study idioms and alliteration. After each skill is taught a mini quiz is given. After all skills are taught, we will begin studying poetry and eventually students will write their own poems.

 

Students continue their class novel titled “A long way from Chicago.” They will be given a chapter to read and a comprehension packet to complete. A chapter will be assigned every 3-5 days.

 

S.S.-We begin our study of the settlers of the thirteen colonies and the events that occurred around this time

 

Spelling-Due to the short week, no spelling!

Week of 11-18-19

Our class is still looking for donations for our fun run on Wednesday. All the proceeds go towards building a new playground. If you haven't registered and donated yet you can do so at funrun.com.

 

Math-We continue our study of Unit 4, decimal place value and plotting coordinate pairs. This week we will be comparing decimal numbers, rounding decimals, and plotting coordinates on ac oordinate plane. We will cover 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, and 4.8. Homework will be sent home every day.

 

Language Arts- On Monday and Tuesday, students will practice expanding and reducing sentences. Wednesday, they’ll have their final Language Arts assessment of the trimester on main idea and details and summarizing a non-fiction passage.

 

Students continue their class novel titled “A long way from Chicago.” They will be given a chapter to read and a comprehension packet to complete. A chapter will be assigned every 3-5 days.

 

S.S.-We continue our study of why pioneers traveled to North America, and the reasons they did so.  

 

Spelling-Spelling test is on Friday.

 

Spelling Week 10

  1. principal
  2. principle
  3. testimony
  4. discussion
  5. discuss
  6. arrangement
  7. arrange
  8. reference
  9. refer
  10. evidence
  11. experience
  12. session
  13. secretary
  14. association

Week of 11.11.19

Math-We have our Unit 3 test on Tuesday, review day is Monday, a study guide will be sent home for students to study. On Wednesday, we begin Unit 4 which is the study of decimal place value to the millionths. Homework will be sent home every day.

 

Language Arts- We have a test on Monday which reflects point of view and inferencing. On Tuesday, we will start our study of main idea and details, and summarizing.

 

Students begin a new class novel titled “A long way from Chicago.” They will be given a chapter to read and a comprehension packet to complete. A chapter will be assigned every 3-5 days.

 

S.S.-We continue our study of why pioneers traveled to North America, and the reasons they did so.  

 

Spelling-Spelling test is on Friday.

 

 

Spell Week 9

  1. musician
  2. music
  3. plane
  4. plain
  5. problems
  6. rehearsal
  7. rehearse
  8. removal
  9. removed
  10. remove
  11. siege
  12. valley
  13. vegetable
  14. career

Week of 11-4-19

Our class will be going to the Book Fair on Tuesday, send money with your student if you choose.

 

Math-We continue Unit 3, it is the study of fractions. Students will add fractions with uncommon denominators, as well as add mixed numbers this week. We will cover 3.10, 3.11, 3.12, 3.13, and 3.14. There will be a test next week. Homework will be sent home every day.

 

Language Arts- We begin our study of inferring and point of view. Students will use context clues in passages to answer questions as well as understand which perspective a story is being told from.

 

Students begin a new class novel titled “A long way from Chicago.” They will be given a chapter to read and a comprehension packet to complete. A chapter will be assigned every 3-5 days.

 

S.S.-We begin our study of the age of exploration.

 

Spelling-Spelling test is on Friday.

 

Spelling Week 8

  1. identified
  2. identify
  3. ignorance
  4. ignorant
  5. ignore
  6. indication
  7. indicate
  8. interference
  9. interfere
  10. leadership
  11. leader
  12. messenger
  13. message
  14. pigeon

Week of 10.28.19

Conferences are Monday, from 7:30-7.

 

If you have not already, please sign up for conferences using the following link:

 

https://www.athlosbrooklynpark.org/apps/news/article/1101208

 

 

Math-We continue Unit 3, it is the study of fractions. Students will add fractions with uncommon denominators, as well as add mixed numbers this week. We will cover 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, and 3.9 this week. Homework will be sent home every day.

 

Language Arts- We continue our study of theme this week, and will take a test on Wednesday which will include them and responding to literature. On Thursday, we begin our study of point of view.

 

Students begin a new class novel titled “A long way from Chicago.” They will be given a chapter to read and a comprehension packet to complete. A chapter will be assigned every 3-5 days.

 

Science-We continue our study of soil, rocks, and landforms. We will have two review days this week, and the test will be given Thursday. A study guide will be sent home on Wednesday to study.

 

Spelling-Spelling test is on Friday.

 

Spelling Week 7

  1. elegant
  2. emperor
  3. establishment
  4. established
  5. establish
  6. excellent
  7. excel
  8. gather
  9. generally
  10. grateful
  11. heir
  12. inherit
  13. hoarse
  14. icicle

Week of 10-21-19

This week, we have Books for Bingo on Tuesday from 5:30-7. On Friday, it is dress up like a Super Hero day. It is considered a free dress day if students decide not to dress up like a super hero.

 

If you have not already, please sign up for conferences using the following link:

 

https://www.athlosbrooklynpark.org/apps/news/article/1101208

 

Conferences are on Monday, October 28th. I look forward to meeting with all of you!

 

Math-We begin Unit 3 Monday, it is the study of fractions. Students will solve division stories, study fraction lines, and add mixed numbers this unit. We will cover 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, and 3.6 this week. Homework will be sent home every day.

 

Language Arts- We begin our study of theme this week. Students will read passages and determine the author’s message.

 

This is the last week students will be reading Tuck Everlasting, they are to finish their novel and complete the packet by Friday.

 

Science-We continue our study of soil, rocks, and landforms. This week we will study the difference between renewable and non-renewable resources. There will be a test given next week.

 

Spelling-Spelling test is on Friday.

Spelling Week 6

  1. attack
  2. attorney
  3. balance
  4. calculation
  5. calculate
  6. central
  7. ceremony
  8. concealed
  9. delicious
  10. described
  11. describe
  12. disappear
  13. dropped
  14. drop

Week of 10-14-19

This upcoming week is MEA, so no school Thursday and Friday. If you have not already, please sign up for conferences using the following link:

 

https://www.athlosbrooklynpark.org/apps/news/article/1101208

 

Conferences are on Monday, October 28th. I look forward to meeting with all of you!

 

Math-We will be having our Unit 1 assessment on Wednesday. Monday and Tuesday will be review days, we will be reviewing area and volume. A study guide will be sent home Tuesday.

 

Language Arts- Students will be taking a two day assessment Monday and Tuesday, covering all reading skills we’ve learned the last two months. On Wednesday, we will discuss our class novel Tuck Everlasting.

 

Students have been given the novel Tuck Everlasting, they are assigned one chapter every couple of days. They are to read the chapter and answer comprehension questions. They are allowed to read this novel in class, so if they use their time wisely, they shouldn’t have to bring their novels home as homework.

 

Science-We continue our study of soil, rocks, and landforms. This week we will study how rapid changes affect Earth’s land.

 

Spelling-No spelling this week!

 

Week of 10-7-19

Math-This week we will be studying how to find the volume of rectangular prisms. The common formula is LxWxH or BxH. We will cover 1.9, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, and 1.13. Homework will be sent home every day. There will be a test the following week with a study guide sent home the night before.

 

Language Arts-Students will be taught how to create a successful summary after reading a grade level passage.

 

Students have been given the novel Tuck Everlasting, they are assigned one chapter every couple of days. They are to read the chapter and answer comprehension questions. They are allowed to read this novel in class, so if they use their time wisely, they shouldn’t have to bring their novels home as homework.

 

Science-We continue our study of soil, rocks, and landforms. This week we will study the effects of erosion on Earth’s surface. Students have science books they’ll follow along in while taking notes and conducting experiments the next couple of weeks.

 

Spelling-Each week students will receive fourteen words, we test on Friday. Below are the spelling words for this week.

 

Spelling Week 15

  1. license
  2. liquid
  3. location
  4. located
  5. located
  6. magnificent
  7. main
  8. minerals
  9. method
  10. modern
  11. mysterious
  12. mystery
  13. occasion
  14. personality

Week of 9-30-19

Math-This week we will be studying how to find the volume of rectangular prisms. The common formula is LxWxH. We will cover 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, and 1.10. Homework will be sent home every day.

 

Language Arts-We begin our study of plot. Students will write their own plot mountains showing the beginning, middle, and end of a story. There will be a quiz on Thursday.

 

Students have been given the novel Tuck Everlasting, they are assigned one chapter every couple of days. They are to read the chapter and answer comprehension questions. They are allowed to read this novel in class, so if they use their time wisely, they shouldn’t have to bring their novels home as homework.

 

Science-We begin our study of soil, rocks, and landforms. Students have science books they’ll follow along in while taking notes and conducting experiments the next couple of weeks.

 

Spelling-Each week students will receive fourteen words, we test on Friday. Below are the spelling words for this week.

 

Spelling Week 4

  1. suggest
  2. mere
  3. senatorial
  4. senator
  5. senate
  6. receive
  7. respectfully
  8. respectful
  9. respect
  10. agreement
  11. agree
  12. unfortunate
  13. majority
  14. major