October 9, 2014

October 9, 2014

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

The Fifth Graders will be starting The ITBS testing on Monday, October 20 and continue through Friday October 31st. Please try your best not to make any dentist or doctor appointments during this time. Remember to make sure your child gets lots of rest and good nutrition especially next week before testing as well as during the testing period.Week of October 13 – 17, 2014


Next week we will continue to work on Chapters 2 & 3. The students will be writing Cinquain Poems about nature as we learn about “Caring for God’s Creation”.


10/13 – Ch. 2, L. 6 Hands On, Use Partial Products and the Distributive Property

10/14-Ch. 2, L. 7 The Distributive Property

10/15 – Ch. 2, L. 8, Estimate Products

10/16 – Ch. 2, L. 9, Multiply by One-Digit Numbers

10/17-Ch. 2, L. 10, Multiply by Two-Digit Numbers

Social Studies

Next week the fifth graders will continue to work on Chapter 4, Why Europeans came to the New World. We will have the test for this Chapter on 10/17. We will begin ITBS testing the week of October 20th.


Next week 5th graders will jump out of Journeys and into a class novel. We will be reading Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Students will be applying many of the Target Skills we’ve been working on these past several weeks in Journeys. We will also use this time to set up some of the routines that students will be using in Book Clubs later in the coming months.


Students will be able to describe how physical and chemical weathering occurs in rocks. Students will make a model showing how physical and chemical weathering can happen using pieces of chalk.

Language Arts

This week in Language Arts students worked on common and proper nouns in grammar. In writing, students learned different pre-writing strategies and specifically worked on a Who/When/Where chart for their upcoming short narrative. Students also focused on writing using either flashback or flash forward. Next week, students will focus specifically on writing an introduction and a conclusion for their narrative stories.