October 6, 2016

October 6, 2016


Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Tomorrow there is no school because of our teacher in-service at Blanchet High School. Please look for the letter regarding Opportunity to “opt your child out” of the Touching Safety Program, which we will be teaching during the month of October. The letter has detailed information. It is in the Boomerang envelope today.


10/10 – Review worksheets and reteach various concepts

10/11 – Chapter 3, L. 1 – Relate Division to Multiplication

10/12 – Chapter 2 Test Multiplying Whole Numbers

10/13 – Chapter 3, L. 2, – Hands On: Division Models

10/14 – Chapter 3, L. 3, – Two-Digit Dividends



We have begun Ch. 2 Worshiping God. Students will work on this study guide on Monday in class. On Wednesday we will begin Chapter 3, Signs of God’s Presence. These are both short Chapters. The test for Chapters 2 & 3 will be on 10/17.


Social Studies

We are currently working on Ch. 4, Why Europeans left for the new world. In this lesson, students learn about European Exploration in the 15th and 16th Centuries by “excavating” and examining objects from “sunken ship”. In a Social Studies skill builder, pairs take on the role of underwater archeologists to investigate eight placards, each of which contains an image of an artifact from an explorer’s sunken ship. After analyzing and reading about the artifacts, students will categorize them into 3 different categories: as motives for exploration, as new technology that encouraged exploration, or as “new” products from the Americas. * Students may bring in their swim goggles for our deep-sea diving adventure!

This week we completed the “Reading Notes” in the Interactive Notebook. Next week I will be giving the correct answers in class and going over the Reading Notes to make sure students have the correct answers. The test for this lesson will be on Friday 10/14. A study guide will be handed out on Thursday 10/6.



Students will use the Engineering Design Process to design, implement, evaluate, and improve a process for cleaning an oil spill so that the oil has the least impact on the surrounding ecosystem.


Language Arts

This week in Language Arts students’ spelling focused on vowel sounds. In grammar students reviewed common and proper nouns and when to capitalize them. Students continued to work with narratives in writing by specifically focusing on dialogue between characters. Students are working on using precise language in their written dialogue to portray their characters’ personalities and points of view.



Next week we will wrap up Hatchet and review important story elements and vocabulary. There will be a final test over the story; 5A will have theirs on Thursday and 5B will have their test on Friday.  This has been a really fun unit. I hope your child has enjoyed reading Hatchet!

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