Welcome to Mrs. Lord's
Hello! My name is Crystal Lord and I have been teaching in Prince William County for 22 years! I graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor's degree in Kindergarten and Elementary Education with an academic concentration in math and science. I also earned a Master's in Administration degree from George Mason University.
I look forward to teaching your child this coming school year!
On-line Math Textbook
Our math textbook is available on-line! I took all of the students to the computer lab last week and showed all of them exactly how to access the textbook from home. They wrote down each step and their username and password.
To access the math textbook from home, please type the following into your browser window (https://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/connected/login.do). Your child's username and password are the same. It is their 6 digit student ID number, followed by a capital A. Click on the picture of the math textbook and you are in!
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Fraction-Decimal Number Sense
Our next unit in Math is Fraction-Decimal Number Sense. We will begin by learning how to change a fraction into a decimal and then how to change a decimal into a fraction. That information can be found in the students math textbook on pages 330-332.
Once the students have mastered that concept, we will begin to master key fraction-decimal equivalencies. I will provide each student with a set of flash cards, similar to multiplication facts. Students will need to know these by heart, as it will make this unit so much easier for students to feel success. We will use the flash cards in class to play various games. The games include Go Fish!, matching games, and Memory.
The final step will be learning how to take a set of fractions and decimals and order them from least to greatest or greatest to least. The approach I will take in class is to change all of the fractions into decimals and then compare the decimals.
This unit will be assessed on Friday, December 16.
One of my favorite science units in 5th grade is the Oceanography unit! In this unit, students will learn that the ocean floor looks very similar to dry land. It has mountains, valleys, plains, and trenches. We will begin this unit by identifying these geographical features and recreating the ocean floor with a salt dough map.
Students will learn what salinity is and how going deeper in the water effects pressure, temperature, light, and salinity. We will then move on to the three basic movements of the ocean: waves, tides, and currents.
The students will finish up the unit looking at the 3 different zones of the ocean and the ocean life that thrives in each zone. The unit will be assessed prior to winter break.