October 22, 2015


October 22, 2015


Dear Fifth Grade Parents,


Tomorrow 10/23, we will be sending home Mid-Trimester Reports. Please review the report with your child. Please sign and return the signature page by 10/26.



10/30 – 2pm – 2:45pm Halloween Party


Curriculum update for October 26 – October 30, 2015:



10/26 Ch. 3 L. 3 Two-Digit Dividends

10/27 Ch. 3 L. 4 Division Patterns

10/28 Ch. 3 L. 5 Check My Progress Quiz

10/29 Ch. 3 L. 4 Estimate Quotients

10/30 Ch. 3 L. 5 Division Patterns


Language Arts

We are taking a two week break from our Journeys spelling and grammar studies during the IOWA testing window. This week students corrected the rough draft of their flashback narratives in class with guidance, and then were given class time to work on their final drafts. We then learned about writing strong introduction and conclusion paragraphs and practiced writing techniques for each. Students were given class time for this writing practice, but work not finished in class was sent to be finished at home.


Social Studies

The fifth graders will begin Chapter 5, Routes of Exploration to the New World. In this Chapter students will study 8 European explorers. Students will work in pairs to complete a matrix full of interesting information about each explorer.



Students will use their knowledge of parachutes, atmosphere, and the engineering design process to design a parachute that meets specific criteria for drop speed and parachute size. They will use the data they collected and concepts learned about parachute their earlier parachute experiments to help them imagine, create, test and improve their parachute designs. Students will use the information in their parachute packets they completed in class to take a short quiz next Wednesday (10/28).



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