October 8, 2009

October 8, 2009

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

I hope you have a wonderful three-day weekend. Next week we will be back to school and very busy in the fifth grade. Please read the following for a brief curriculum update.

Language Arts: Students continue to practice descriptive writing. We review the effective use of adjectives. 5th graders will receive a study guide to help them prepare for a test that will be given next Thursday, October 15th. I have also included a copy on my web page. Several practice sheets will be posted on my web page for students to use and keep at home as they study. I strongly encourage the students to take advantage of them as study tools and to explore the links to various grammar games and resources that are listed on the study guide. Since we are already having a test next week, there will be no spelling assignment this week or test this Monday.

Monday: Lesson 19, Division Facts
Tuesday: Lesson 20, Three Ways to Show Division
Wednesday: Lesson 21, Test #3
Friday: Investigation #2

We are currently working on Chapters 2 & 3. The study guide will be due next Thursday. The test for this lesson will be after conference week. Please see web-site “Homework Page” for specific date.

Social Studies
The fifth graders are working on Chapter 3, Native American Cultural Regions. They will have completed their Interactive Notebooks in class pages 12-13. If for some reason they did not finish in class it is homework for Monday.

We will have a test review (5B Monday) & (5A Tuesday). The test for this Chapter is on Wednesday 10/14. Students should be reviewing a bit each night as well as doing the on-line test. It is very important that they know by memory the 7 different cultural regions in the United States, the tribes from each region and all the artifacts from each region. The handout on the artifacts is very important please remind your child not to lose it!!

Students continue to discuss their daily observation of the moon. Students will create models in class to show what the phases of the moon look like. Students will take at test next Tuesday (10/13) based on the notes on astronomy in their 5-sub and the Chapter 4, lesson 1 study guide from their text. Students will review the concepts in class to help them prepare for the test.

Next, students will learn how the sun compares with other stars and how scientists measure distances in space.

Have a great week!

Ms. Semandiris