September 26, 2013

September 26, 2013

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

We have been working very hard in 5A this week! We won the weekly magazine sale so we will have a free dress day tomorrow 9/27!!!

The following is a curriculum update for the following week 9/30 -10/4.


The Chapter 1, Longing for God test is on Tuesday, October 1st.  Students should be reviewing the study guide and rereading the chapter for review. We went over the study guide in class and students were supposed to correct any mistakes that they found.

Friday, September 27, we will begin the first lesson in the Steps to Respect, Anti-bullying Curriculum.

Next week after our test we will begin Chapter 2, Worshipping God. In this chapter we learn about Caring for God’s Creation in the natural world.


We will begin Chapter 2, Multiply Whole Numbers

9/30-Am I Ready Assessment/Vocabulary

10/1-Lesson 1, Prime Factorization

10/2-Continue L, 1

10/3-Lesson 3, Powers and Exponents in Expressions

10/4-Lesson 4, Multiplication Patterns

Social Studies

Next week the 5th graders will begin Lesson 2, Native Americans and Their Land. The test for Lesson 2 will be on Friday October 11th.

Students will be able to:

  • Explain how one Native American group believes the world began. (Creation Story of the Hopi)
  • Trace Migration Routes of Native Americans into North America
  • Describe some natural environments that Native Americans encountered in North America
  • Identify some ways the Inuit adapted to the environment in the Arctic

Students will be working in pairs to complete the Interactive Notebook Reading Notes in class.

Language Arts

Students have been working hard on their first Grammar Unit: Verbs, Nouns, and Adjectives. Students took a grammar test on September 26th and scores will be posted online within a week.

Beginning next week students will continue to study adjectives and use them in writing. Students will be creating, Pumpkin Adjective Art in class. After the completion of our adjective art, students will start their descriptive writing paper and learn more about what makes descriptive writing so unique.


Students will determine what evidence shows that continents have moved. They will learn about the theory of plate tectonics. They will also be able to describe what events are caused by plate movement.


The 5th Graders have begun reading Hatchet; a contemporary classic survival story with strong themes of determination and courage throughout. As we begin the story, we’re practicing using context clues to understand new vocabulary. This involves using the words around the unfamiliar word for clues as to its meaning. As we continue reading the story, we will be working on a variety of skills to increase reading fluency and comprehension.

Have a great week!