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Welcome to Ms. Jackson's home page! I am thrilled to be a member of the TCES 5th Grade team and I look forward to encouraging each of your students to grow as mathematicians and scientists this year.

I am a graduate of Rice University and have taught in Houston ISD, Onalaska ISD, and Conroe ISD.  I also founded a K-12 private independent day school in Livingston, TX that promoted project-based learning (PBL), collaboration, and critical-thinking skills for students. I have taught many different subjects during my career and have served as a GT Specialist for grades K-8, been a K-12 curriculum developer, a swim coach, and a cheerleader sponsor. I have also had the honor to receive a certification from the prestigious Columbia University Teacher's College Summer Writing Institute.

In my spare time, my significant other Paul and I enjoy our dogs and cats as well as running and traveling. I also love, reading, photography, and even flying trapeze!

 

Recent Posts

Parents, as your child moves on to the next chapter in their lives and education, you can recognize their achievement with a special ad in the yearbook.  Go to Balfour.com and choose Yearbook Ad to place your order and celebrate your 5th grade graduate! Space is on a first come-first served basis, so order now!


If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Russell at deborahrussell@tomballisd.net.

Math News: Important date change!

MATH UPDATES:
  • Our Unit 5 - Measurement Assessment has been moved to Wednesday 2/28. (It was previously scheduled for 2/27 but there was a conflict w/ another exam being given that day)
  • Extra practice pages for this week are:
    • 667-668
    • 683-684
    • 689-690
    • 695-969
  • TMSCA: 

    Is your child interested in joining our Math & Science Team (TMSCA)?  We have an upcoming competition on Saturday, March 24th for 3rd - 5th graders.  Please contact Ms. Sims (sherisims@tomballisd.net) if you are interested in more information about our practice schedule. Here is the registration link to compete in the upcoming tournament:  https://goo.gl/forms/DgGv7WEVAZtfqP7o2

 
 

Preparing for Tuesday's Math CBA

Tips for being well prepared for tomorrow's district benchmark in math:
  • Review INB entries and topics
  • Review any Motivation Math problems from the year
    • If possible, cover answer choices with sticky note
    • Underline/highlight key words & numbers
    • Be clear on what the problem is asking you to find
    • Work the problem before looking at answer choices
  • Use Daily TEKS Review workbook & your INB to review topics
  • Use the Quizizz practice # 307813 at https://join.quizizz.com for multiplication and division of fractions
  • Get plenty of rest and eat a good breakfast
  • BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND PRACTICE STRATEGIES :-)

A reminder about Valentine's day cards: Students will be allowed to distribute Valentine's cards during the class party at the end of the day Wednesday. We would like to limit card exchange to that time only to avoid issues during the students' time at their lockers. Thank you for your support with this!! 

Math CBA: Tuesday 2/13

Our TISD math benchmark assessment for 5th grade is this coming Tuesday.  Today, I asked all students to take home their math INB to begin reviewing the topics we covered since the beginning of school. These include:
  • Place Value 
  • Mixed operations with whole numbers and decimals
  • Mixed operations with fractions
  • Geometry
I think that reviewing all of the Math Antics videos that I have posted to date this year would be a great weekend-study tactic! 
We will be reviewing topics on Monday during class, so be sure and have students prepared to ask any questions they have about the things they have reviewed.
 
Have a great weekend!

Math Mid-Unit 5: Geometry Assessment Thur 2/8

Geometry Test: Students have as a study guide a 5-page packet of practice problems. Most of the problems have been completed and checked. The enVision p. 667-668, and the Faceing Math #20 will be checked and any questions answered before the students take the test. 
 
The Math Antics videos posted below are also and excellent resource for review.
 
A helpful question to ask your student is, "What strategies are you going to use tomorrow to help you do your best on the test?"
 
Thanks for your support at home!

Math Antics: Triangles

A great way to supplement your review for Thursday's geometry test.

Math Antics: Classifying Quadrilaterals

Be sure to review the classification of quadrilaterals before the test on Thursday, 02/08!

To Scale: The Solar System

To kick off our new science unit - Sun, Earth, & Moon - we watched a fascinating video that puts the scale of our solar system into perspective.

Optional Math Practice & Upcoming Events

I hope everyone had a great weekend!
 
The optional practice problems for math this week are the enVision pages 659-666.
 
Also, these upcoming events should be in your student's planner:
 
2/07: Math Assessment - Geometry
2/13: Math CBA 
2/22: Math Night @ TCES 
2/27: Math Assessment - Measurement
3/02: Science Unit 9 Assessment -Sun/Moon/Earth
 
 

Week of Feb. 5-9 (It's a busy one!)

MATH: We are approaching the mid-point of our Geometry and Measurement Unit and will test over the Geometry portion this Thursday, 2/8. The students have several entries in their Math INB that cover the classification of polygons that they should be reviewing. 
 
SCIENCE: We have finished our short unit that covered the Formation of Sedimentary Rocks and will test on Monday, 2/5. Students should have their science INB's at home with them this weekend to review the process. They can also review this video: The Story of a Sedimentary Rock.
 
Have a great weekend!