Mr. Culbert

Welcome to 5th grade Math & Science

NOTE: Please check the home access center (HAC) for information on student grades. Also...please check out the quick links on the left-hand side of this page for help to many of your questions about my class.

Updated 01/16/2017

Note to Parents/Students: Welcome back from a nice long weekend. This week we will be doing our Mid-Year testing in math as we finish up the 2nd quarter. Therefore there will be no homework this week. We will also take our last multiplication mad-minute on Friday before switching to division the following week.  Monday begins the 3rd quarter, so students will receive a new math journal. Thanks for the wonderful science presentations and the student's Green World ideas. They were great! We head into a mini unit on Simple Machines and then a mini unit on Cells for the 3rd quarter in Science.

Dec. 2016
Note to Parents/Students: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of my TVMS 5th grade families. Thank you all for a wonderful first-half of the school year, which actually hits the half-way point on January 16, 2017. Also, THANK YOU for all the Christmas presents and food...very much appreciated! THANK YOU!

The following are some friendly reminders:

  • Students are encouraged to bring in headphones or earbuds for when we would use them on a computer. They may be stored in their locker or I can keep them organized and labeled in my desk. I have a few, but not enough for everyone.
  • The Green World science project is due on January 9th, 2017. Click HERE for more details. Please save work to your Google Drive account. You can also access information on Google Classroom.
  • Please do Xtra Math and Study Island over the break to keep your math facts fresh for 2017. Just a few minutes a day would be helpful!

Hoping you all have a fun, relaxing break.
See you next year!
Mr. Culbert

September 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope your child enjoyed the first week back to school as much as I did. As we head into this holiday weekend, I am excited to continue to get to know the students and their individual, educational needs as we head into a school year of learning, success and growth.
Today I gave each student their Homelink book. This book contains their math homework for the entire year. It also contains the answers to all the homework sheets. Please tear out all the answer pages. Each chapter begins with a four-page family letter. The answer key for each chapter's homework is the 4th page in each of these Family Letters. They are for YOU and not for your son/daughter. Please keep them so you can help answer questions and/or check over homework as needed. 
Here are some of my major bullet points on math homework this year:
  • Students will have math homework every night except Fridays (except under special circumstances)
  • Math homework should take no more than 30 minutes. If it goes past 30 minutes, please stop and write me a note. I will help the next day.
  • Homework will be assigned on the first day of the week, for the entire week. Assignments can be found on my website and students will be required to copy assignments down in their assignment books, for at least the first quarter. We will be checking for parent signatures every morning for the first quarter as well.
  • Homelink books may be kept either at home or in binders. Homework sheets need to come to school on the day they are due. I do not accept late homework.
  • Students may work ahead in their homelink book, but I will only help with homework topics that I have covered in class.
We also took our first multiplication Mad Minute today. It was a practice run and the scores did not count. Students will be taking the Mad Minute every Friday for the rest of the school year. TVSD expects 5th grade students to be able to correctly compute 20 basic multiplication facts in 60 seconds. We will do basic division facts during the second half of the school year.  If your child is scoring below this benchmark, please help them practice their facts until they can meet the standard. The goal is to reach 20 in a minute by the end of each marking period. 
Please visit my website and check out the links on the left hand side of the page. I cover a lot of other topics that may answer questions and have many links to help your child get to the web site that they are looking for.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Mr. Culbert


Below is a list of suggested items to purchase for the beginning of the 2016-17 school year specifically for Mr. Culbert's class. They are listed in order of importance. I also am including a "wish-list" with some items that you may be so kind as to donate to the class room:

  • 3-ring binder (fabric cover/closes with zipper)
  • A continuous supply of will need one every day!
  • Spiral-bound notebook (with lined notebook paper for Science class)
  • Dry Erase Markers...the more, the better
  • Pencil top erasers (not required, but a good idea)
  • 3-ring pencil holder for inside binder (not required, but a good idea)
  • Hi-Lighters (not required, but a good idea)
  • Colored Pencils (not required, but a good idea)
  • Colored Markers (not required, but a good idea)
  • Student Scissors (​not required, but a good idea)
Class Donation Wish-List
  • Clorox wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Liquid Soap
  • Tissues
  • Extra Dry-erase markers
  • Extra Pencils
  • Paper towels​