November 16, 2017
Dear Fifth Grade Parents,
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I will see you all at conferences next week!
This is a curriculum update for the week of 11/30 – 12/3:
During Advent we will be collecting school supplies for a Catholic school in Puerto Rico who is in need. I will send out more information about this after Thanksgiving break. We will begin Chapter 15, Forgiveness and Healing. In this chapter we will learn about the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. Students will also be learning how to prepare for Reconciliation and we will receive this Sacrament on Thursday 12/14.
12/4 – Ch. 4 Test Part 1
12/5 – Ch. 4 Test Part 2
12/6 – Ch. 5 Lesson 1, Estimate Quotients
12/7 – Ch. 5 Lesson 3, Divide by A Two-Digit Divisor
12/8 – Ch. 5 Check My Progress (Lessons 1-3)
Chapter 5, Add & Subtract Decimals
Friday: Lesson 5, Using Models to Add Decimals
Monday: Lesson 6, Add Decimals
Tuesday: Lesson 7, Addition Properties
Wednesday: Lesson 10 Subtract Decimals
Thursday: Review, Subtract Decimals
After the conference break, the 5th graders will complete our 4th unit of multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers. We have been working with determining whether our answers are reasonable. This is a very important skill for helping students find which operation is needed to solve a story problem. Our unit 4 test will be after the conference break, and then we will start our final 5th grade unit: measurement.
After the Thanksgiving break we will be moving on to Chapter 6, Early English Settlements. In this chapter, students will learn about the early English settlement of Roanoke, Plymouth and Jamestown. Students will be preparing and presenting “Act-it-Outs” to better understand the reasons for the settlements, hardships of the settlements, and reasons for the success and failure of the settlements.
- describe what is known about the failed settlement of Roanoke
- explain key challenges and successes of the settlement Jamestown,
- explain key Challenged of the settlement at Plymouth
Students will begin a research-based science unit called Microworlds. In this unit, students will learn to use their powers of observation with the help of magnifying lenses and microscopes to see familiar things in a new way. They are also introduced to a fascinating new world-the cellular structure of living organisms.
This week in 5th LA students continued working on their Fictional Narrative short stories. As I have said before, it is so fun to work with 5th graders and see how passionate about their own stories they get. We have just finished up Unit 1, so students have also been being assessed this week on the first unit of the year. These short assessments have been a great way to see where students are at for the end of the first trimester, and they also help guide me on what areas need to be to focused on for next trimester. Have a great break! We will start on November 27 with Unit 2.