Ms.Habhab’s 5th Grade: October 26th-30th

Class News:

Here is what we are learning this week:

  • Dear Parent(s),

    Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

    For a better future of our city, schools, and students , please click on the link now and fill out the census. It only takes a few minutes from your time to make a difference.

    Complete the Census application here:




  • My email is Please email me if you have any questions.
  • Meal Distributions  


    Fewer meal distributions should make it easier for families to get the food while reducing the risk of virus exposure for both our families and our staff. Each food bag will still contain both breakfast, lunch and milk for a child under 18, but now the bag will have food for each day until the next distribution.

    Food distribution will be at the following schools from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Dearborn High, Edsel Ford, Fordson, Woodworth, Salina Inter., McCollough/Unis, & OL Smith.

    This will be as “grab & go” breakfast and lunch bags. Students do not need to pick-up. One person from a family can go and pick up food bags for all children 18 and under in their family. This will be on the Honor System, no lunch cards will be needed!

Dear Parents of 5th Grade Students,

At Oakman Elementary, we began our at home online learning during the COVID 19 crisis using  “Google Apps for Education.” 

What is Google Apps?

Students need to know:

Students will follow school policies for appropriate use when using Internet based services like Web 2.0 applications & Google Apps. These services are considered an extension of the school’s network. Students have no expectation of privacy in their use as school and service administrators have the right and ability to monitor user accounts for policy and security enforcement.

Parents need to know:

Student email is archived and the student Acceptable Use Policy will be enforced. School staff will monitor student use of applications when students are at school. Parents are responsible for monitoring their child’s use of applications when accessing programs from home. Students are responsible for their own behavior at all times.

Oakman’s Social Worker Resources

The following resources and recommendations for parents are from our social worker Ms. Hassan:


Ms. Habhab’s 40 Book Challenge

Why Read 20 Minutes at Home?

Student A Reads

Student B Reads

Student C Reads

 20 minutes per day

 5 minutes per day

 1 minute per day

 3,600 minutes per school year

 900 minutes per school year

180 minutes per school year

1,800,000 words per year

 282,000 words per year

 8,000 words per year


Scores in the 90th percentile on standardized tests.

Scores in the 50th percentile on standardized tests.

Scores in the 10th percentile on standardized tests.

If they start reading for 20 minutes per night in Kindergarten, by the end of 6th grade, Student A will have read for the equivalent of 60 school days, Student B will have read for 12 school days, and Student C will have read for 3. (Nagy and Herman, 1987.)

Want to be a better reader? Simply, read!

Why read for 20 min.?

  • All 5th graders in Ms. Habhab’s class will be expected to read at least 40 books this year during independent reading at home.
  • You will be reading 40 (or more) books this year (beginning 9/7/20) and keeping track of the titles and genres on your Reading List sheet.
  • You will be reading from a variety of genres in order to explore books you might not ordinarily read, and to develop an understanding of literary elements, text features, and text structures.
  • Books that have been read (or will be read) in class cannot count, even if the student re-reads the book.
  • Students may ask the teacher, librarian, classmates, or their families for recommendations, but there are no specific title requirements
  • Any book with more than 200 pages will count as 2 books.
  • All books are selected by the student.
  • Select good fit books at your reading level. Use your DRA book graph as your guide and NWEA reading RIT score.
  • Use your Reading notebook to respond to your reading.
  • Each quarter you will be asked to present a “book talk” in front of the class for a grade.
  • Each week I will ask you about what you are reading, which books you have added to your list, which books you abandoned, and which ones you plan to read next.
  • Every Friday, you will turn in a completed Reading List.

Grade 5 Vocabulary for M-Step



appropriate information


audience (as in writer’s audience)

author’s message author’s point of view blog capitals/capitalization cause/effect
central idea
character’s actions characters’ relationships chart/graph/diagram/table clear language
comma(s) compare/contrast conclude/conclusion/

concluding statement conclusion drawn/drawing a conclusion

concrete details conflict

connect ideas – (transitions in writing)

create definition(s)

describe/description/descriptive details/ realistic details


develop ideas (evidence/ elaboration)

dialogue dictionary entry draft

edit effect

effective beginning /ending elaborate/elaboration of ideas errors





first paragraph



grammar usage



infer/inference(s)/ inference(s) made


informational paper/informational article



key detail(s)

key events

key point

main idea

main problem


mental picture (writing)


narrator notes



organize(d)/organization of ideas

paragraph passage phrase plot

point of view/view (point) pre-write


punctuation/punctuated purpose (e.g., author’s or speaker’s purpose)

purpose for writing (informative, opinion, narrative writing)

quotations/direct quotations/ quoting directly/quotation marks

reasons relationship report
research research question research report revise

root word

sensory details/language






specific/exact word(s)/ word choice(s)/information

spelling errors stanza

statement/sentence/set of sentences/pair of sentences/line

summary/summarize(s) supporting evidence/reasons synonym

transition words/phrases trustworthy source(s) verbs/verb tense/shifts webpage/website

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