This month all fifth grade students will focus on both fiction and non-fiction writing as they:
•Are guided through the steps of self-publishing their NaNoWriMo novels
•Review the elements of an “accordion paragraph” learned in September and October
•Review the use of transition words
•Learn how to string several paragraphs together to create a multi-paragraph essay.
This work will eventually lead to the writing of an artist biography that is 5-6 paragraphs long
Reading: This week students….
* should be at 50% of AR goal
*continued reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond
*began listening to a new read aloud novel called The Watson’s go to Birmingham 1963
This month our class will rotate to Ms. O’Leary to learn about chemistry. During this unit they will focus on the following:
· Learn that solids, liquids, and gases can be combined to make mixtures.
· Compare the mass of a mixture to the mass of its parts.
· Separate mixtures by particle size; using screens and filters.
· Identify substances by crystal shape
· Become familiar with physical properties of common solid and liquid substances.
· Measure and weigh solids and liquids, using appropriate tools to make quantatative observations.
· Write a plan for separating a mixture of three solid materials and test the plan for effectiveness.
We are finishing up Unit 3, Fraction theory and the addition and subtraction of fractions. We will review and take our unit test. Then we will dive into Unit 4, Adding and Subtracting of Decimals.
By the conclusion of Unit 4, students should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:
• model multiplication and division of decimals
• multiply and divide decimals by powers of 10
• use estimation when multiplying and dividing decimals
• multiply and divide decimals with fluency
• determine relationship between quantities algebraically
• recognize student errors in multiplication and division of decimals
• use decimals to solve problems
Students are engaging in many exciting hands on activities and games to help them explore these concepts.
This month in Social Studies we'll be studying Life in the Colonies by answering following Big Questions:
- Why did European nations and American Indians compete in North America?
- How did colonists and American Indians cooperate?
- What major conflicts did European colonists and American Indians have?
- How were American Indians forced off their lands?
- What conflicts occurred among American Indians?
- Who were the leaders in the struggle for American Indian lands?
Walker Creek Update:
*Please send your child with a sack lunch on Tuesday, January 20th
*Packing List Attached
*Pease see <<SECRET>> email I sent regarding the purpose of the attached envelope
*There will be no school on Monday, January 19th in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
*Mid Winter Break is February 16th-20th