December 6, 2018
Happy St. Nicholas Day!
We have been very busy in the 5th Grade this week! Thank you so much for all the donations to our Carry the Future, Bundles of Joy collection that we are sponsoring.
Please visit the website: https://www.carrythefuture.org/
They have many stories of hope as well as videos of the various teams doing their work in Athens.
As you may already know, Mrs. Heuer is now on maternity leave. (She hasn’t had her baby yet but is due any day now.) Her substitute, Jennifer Herrin, has started. Should you need to contact her, her email address is email@example.com, but please attach your child’s homeroom teacher to emails too, as there are a few times due to previous commitments that there may be a “sub for the sub,” and we want to make sure there aren’t any gaps in communication.
We are working to complete the Ch. 14 study guide by 12/11. Time was given in class and then the rest is homework. We will go over the study guide on 12/11 to make sure students have the correct answers. The test for this chapter is on 12/18. We are trying to spread tests out so this is why this test is so much later. On 12/12, 5A students will be taking the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Chapter 4, Dividing By Two – Digit Divisors – The Boomerang from last week changed as the week progressed as the students needed re-teaching and more practice before the test.
12/7 – Ch. 4 L. 5 Divide Greater Numbers
12/10 – Fluency Practice
12/11 – Fluency Practice
12/12 – Chapter Review
12/13 – Chapter 4 Test
Friday: Review adding and subtracting decimals
Monday: Test Chapter 5, Add and Subtract Decimals
Chapter 6, Multiply and Divide Decimals
Tuesday: Lesson 1, Estimate Products of Whole Numbers & Decimals
Wednesday: Lesson 3, Multiply Decimals by Whole Numbers
Thursday: Lesson 5, Multiply Decimals
The fifth graders started their final fifth grade unit: Measurement. The students will be working with both the U.S Customary and Metric Systems of Measurement. The students will convert units of length, capacity, and weight/mass. They will also work with finding items that match different units. For example, the distance from HRS to West Seattle High School is approximately a kilometer or the mass of a gram is about 1 paperclip. This unit will be completed this unit before Christmas break. In January, the students will receive volume 1 of the sixth grade book.
Students are practicing using their microscopes. Students will learn how to prepare a wet-mount slide. They will also learn to focus up and down over the surface of an object that has depth. Students will then use their skills to identify unknown specimens using a microscope. Students will also learn about the smallest living unit, the cell, by examining the internal structure of an onion. Students will observe and sketch onion cells using microscopes.
This week the Fifth graders are working on Chapter 6, Early English Settlements. As we learn about Roanoke, Jamestown and Plymouth students will be focusing on the following question. On Friday (12/7) students will be performing an act-it-out to present the hardships faced in three settlements. Students are encouraged to wear a fun appropriate prop for the Act-it-out! A study guide will be given out on the Social Studies Google Classroom on 12/7. Looking ahead the test for this Chapter will be on 12/14.
We have been enjoying our Lesson 7 study about proverbs. We have been examining their meanings from around the world and what they reveal about a society’s culture. This week students are finishing up the lesson by writing essays about the importance of proverbs. Next week we will be moving into Lesson 8, which means the next spelling test will be Friday December 14th and will include challenge words!
NEWSELA udpdate. I’m sorry to report that some students are not able to consistently access Newsela from home. This is a free subscription, which worked beautifully for my students last year, both at school and from home. Although I really like the format, due to the difficulty some students are having, I will not assign Newsela for homework in the future. I would encourage those students who are able to access the site to continue to read the interesting articles and challenge themselves with the quizzes. It is a wonderful way to practice reading informational text, and to stay current on important events around the world.
Students should complete 60 minutes of typing practice for each week. Each grading week for 5A starts on Thursday and ends the following Wednesday. Next week students will start taking weekly typing tests. Students will be graded on their accuracy typing select groups of keys using the home row keys while their hands are covered. Speed will be expected to be at least 30 wpm for these keys. The first set of keys will be “f, j, and space”.