November 10, 2016


November 10, 2016


Dear Fifth Grade Parents,


I hope you all enjoy your day off and long weekend in honor of Veteran’s Day. The following is a curriculum update for the week of November 14-18, 2016.



Next week on Monday, we will be completing our “My Baptism Story”. We will also be reviewing our study guide in class so students are sure to have the correct answers for the Ch. 14 test on 11/16. Thursday we will begin to practice for the Advent Wreath Blessing Prayer Service. The prayer service in on Friday 12/2, 8:30am in the school hall.



Ch. 4, Dividing by a Two-Digit Number

11/14 – Lesson 1, Estimate Quotients

11/15 – Lesson 3, Divide by a Two-Digit Divisor

11/16 – Lesson 4, Adjust Quotients

11/17 – Lesson 5, Divide Greater Numbers

11/18 – Fluency Practice/ALEKS


Social Studies

Next week we will be moving on to Chapter 6, The Early English Settlements. In the Chapter we will learn about Jamestown, Roanoke and Plymouth. We will also be creative making “Act-it-Outs” to better understand the successes and hardships these early settlers encountered.



This week 5th graders learned about the Close Reading strategy to read an article about the election process. Close Reading consists of reading and rereading informational text to increase understanding of the material. In a Close Reading, students are expected to interact with the text by highlighting and writing annotations. Finally, students respond to what they’ve read, this time by answering questions about the article. We will continue to practice this helpful strategy throughout the year.


Next week we will continue reading Old Yeller with an emphasis on practicing oral reading fluency. There will be a Selections Test over the vocabulary and story on Wed. These can be reviewed using the ThinkCentral Journeys website – Things To Do.


Language Arts

This week students continued working on their procedural essay, focusing specifically on using transitions. We have been editing each paragraph together in class and students will turn in a final draft the beginning of next week. In grammar this week students learned about direct and indirect objects and in spelling the focus was on words with vowel + /r/ sounds.



Students begin Lesson 2, “How Are Animals Classified?” Students will learn how vertebrates and invertebrates are classified into smaller groups

Students will take a quiz on Lessons 1 & 2 in their textbook next Friday (11/18). Students are completing two study guides in class to help prepare them for the quiz.




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