November 7, 2019
Dear Fifth Grade Parents,
I hope you are all having a wonderful beginning to the month of November. Please remember to check PowerSchool with your child to look for any missing/late assignments. If a student was absent they can turn in assignments for full credit, if they were late then the students can earn up to 70%.
I offer Check-in/Check-out on Monday, Tuesday and Friday after school from 3:00pm – 3:15pm. During this time I can help with the following:
- Materials Management – HW Planner
- Content Questions
- Late/Missing Work – PowerSchool
- Tips for studying
*A “Parent Homework” sheet is going home on 11/7. Please complete it and return by 11/12. Thanks so much!!!!
- Please sign up for conferences on the Holy Rosary Web-site (Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences are 11/25-27. ) Also, students are required to be at the conference because they LEAD the conference in 5th grade!!!
- 11/11 – Veterans Day – NO SCHOOL
- 12/6 – Advent Wreath Blessing Prayer Service (5A Leading) 8:30am School Hall
The following is a curriculum update for the week of November 12- November 15th:
11/12 – Ch. 3 Test
11/13 – Ch. 3 Test
11/14 – Ch. 4 L. 1, Estimate Quotients
11/15 –Ch. 4 L. 3, Divide by a Two-Digit Divisor
Chapter 4, Divide by a Two-Digit Divisor
Friday: Lesson 4, Adjust Quotients
Tuesday: Lesson 4 Review
Wednesday: Lesson 5, Divide Greater Numbers
Next week we will be working on our fourth unit, multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers. Each lesson will build on the previous lesson. We will be using some modeling to enhance understanding. We will complete this unit before conference/Thanksgiving week, setting us up to complete our fifth grade work before Christmas
Thursday: Lesson 6, Problem Solving Investigation
We are working on Chapter 3, Signs of God’s Presence. Students received the study guide today and worked on it in class. We will be having a test on this chapter on 11/15.
Students will learn how scientists classify all living things into five groups called kingdoms: Moneran, Protist, Fungus, Plant, and Animal. Students will then discover how scientists divide the organisms in a kingdom into smaller groups (genus and species).
We are currently working on Chapter 5, Routes of Exploration to the New World. Students have completed a challenge game today, which reviewed the information in the Interactive Notebook. Students have also been working to complete the Interactive Notebook reading notes for all the explorers in class. Looking ahead, the study guide will be passed out on 11/12. The test is on 11/19.
This week, we have been hard at work collecting specific evidence to help support our opinion essay. We are wrapping up our week by drafting our introductory paragraph and discussing what makes a reader want to keep reading? We will be designing “hooks” for our essays, to hopefully hook the reader into wanting to read more! Next week, we will continue to draft our essay and edit as we style our papers into M.L.A. format. The students are clearly invested in creating a strongly supported claim, it is wonderful to see their ongoing effort to improve their writing skills. Our next Spelling Quiz will be November 15th on Lesson 5 words, just 20 words (no challenge). Less time will be dedicated to reviewing our Spelling Words in class, next week, so please be sure students are dedicating time at home to prepare for the quiz. Words can be found on my website: https://6b.holyrosaryws.org/5th-la/.
5th graders are finishing up the novel Hatchet this week. Many are asking if there is a sequel, and in fact, there is! Brian’s Winter, also by Gary Paulsen, is the story of what would have happened had Brian not been found, and had to face winter in the Canadian Wilderness. There will be an end of book quiz on Wed. Nov. 13. I encourage students to participate in class review discussions and review the story as needed. Sparknotes.com is a good site for reviewing novels chapter by chapter, as well as providing support in areas of plot, character and theme. It’s a helpful site to explore together with your child. https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/hatchet/
Complete 1 hour of typing practice by Wednesday night on Typing Club. Each grading week for 5A starts on Thursday and ends the following Wednesday.