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Fifth Grade News

Friday, December 6, 2019
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Dear Parents, 

With only two weeks left before Winter Break, this will be a very short newsletter.  However, we did want to let you know about our Winter Celebration in 5th grade which will take place on Thursday, December 19th.  It will begin in our classrooms after lunch.  Our wonderful room moms have many fun activities planned for our party including an activity which will allow the students the opportunity to give to others. They will be creating holiday bags for underprivileged teenagers who are working during the day and trying to finish their high school degree in the evenings.

The break will be here before we know it, so Fifth Grade would like to extend their best wishes for a wonderful and restful two weeks with your families.

Thank you,

The Fifth Grade Team

The Month of December:

MATH

 

Mrs. Gay - We just finished chapter 4 and our students rocked decimal multiplication!  We are diving into decimal division for the two weeks left before winter break.  Just like chapter 4, students will not just be given skills to divide decimals, but ways to visualize what is happening when we divide decimals, reasoning to understand why we divide decimals the way we do, and multiple strategies for solving decimal division equations.  If your student has questions at any time, please encourage them to email me or visit me during study hall.

Mrs. Garcia - In Math, we are working on the fourth unit which is on decimals.  This unit will wrap up next week.  We will continue with decimals in unit five, where students will be dividing decimals.  Students will continue to be responsible for keeping a math notebook for writing daily notes and vocabulary in class.  Daily math homework will be given with approximately 20 to 25 problems.  It is also important for students to be studying and practicing their math facts. Please view Infinite Campus for assignments and test dates.  Please encourage your child to see me if they have any questions.

Ms. Meyers - In Math, we are continuing to work on Chapter 4, multiplying decimals.  We take our mid-chapter quiz today and the Chapter test will be next Friday.  The week before break, we will begin Chapter 5 on dividing decimals.

Daily math homework will be given with each lesson. It is still very important for students to be studying and practicing their math facts! Please view Infinite Campus for assignments and test dates.  Always encourage your child to see me if they have any questions. I want to also make you aware that students are familiar with our system of turning in scratch work each day from their homework the night before.

Mrs. Hernandez – We will cover Lessons 3.8 to 3.12 during December.  Unit 3 has covered adding and subtracting decimals as well as learning how to round decimals.   The Unit 3 test will be taken on December 18th.  When we return in January, we will begin Unit 4 which deals with multiplying decimals.  Please continue to review your child’s multiplication facts with them as often as possible.  The better they get with their facts, the easier math will be for them.

 

 READING/LANGUAGE ARTS BLOCK

Mrs. Garcia- In Literacy for December, we will begin Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.  We will continue to work on comprehension skills, such as story elements (character, plot, setting, and theme), cause and effect, and making inferences.  Students will be responsible for keeping up with the reading material and activities.  Students will be assessed through chapter tests, comprehension questions, vocabulary tests, and in class activities.  Their writing assignment/project for Midsummer Night’s Dream will be to create a newspaper article.  Students will have time to work on this project in class. 

Spaulding spelling tests will continue weekly.  Spelling lists can be found in Infinite Campus.  Students will have weekly assignments in Spelling to practice their words.  

Hake Grammar will also continue, with nightly homework.  Each lesson builds upon the previous lesson. 

In writing students, will focus on cause and effect relationships, and using transitional phrases for this type of writing.  They will conclude this type of writing with a newspaper article for Midsummer Night’s Dream.

 

Ms. Meyers/Mrs. Williams - In Literacy, from now until Christmas break, we will begin Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.  We will continue to work on comprehension skills, such as story elements (character, plot, setting, and theme), cause and effect, and making inferences. 

Students will be responsible for keeping up with the reading material and activities. They will have practice with acting out this play and understanding the language! Students will be assessed through tests on each Act/Scene, comprehension questions, vocabulary tests, and in class activities. 

Their writing assignment/project for Midsummer Night’s Dream will be to create a newspaper article.  Students will have time to work on this project in class. 

Spaulding spelling tests will continue weekly.  Spelling lists can be found in Infinite Campus.  Students will have weekly assignments in Spelling to practice their words.  

Hake Grammar will also continue, with nightly homework.  Each lesson builds upon the previous lesson. 

 

SCIENCE

 

Mrs. Gay - In science, we just completed our unit on Matter and Its Interactions with our test today.  We’ll be further exploring the idea of the conservation of mass with a short unit about our “Watery Planet” and then head into studying gravity and space.  Your students will come home on break understanding Earth’s Place in the Universe, and looking for their favorite constellations in the winter’s night sky!

 

HISTORY

 

Mrs. Hernandez – During the month of December, we will complete the unit on England’s Golden Age.   There will be a test on this unit the week before Winter Break. We are almost done with European history which will culminate with the Explorer’s unit. We will then move to the Western Hemisphere where we will begin studying the Mesoamerican Civilizations.

Fifth Grade Specials:

CP Specials Updates:

Please visit the respective links below to see what your child is experiencing in specials programming!

 

CP ART

CP MUSIC

CP TECH

CP PHYS ED

 

Please email us with any questions: lhernandez@aak8.org; mmeyers@aak8.org; bgarciar@aak8.org; jgay@aak8.org; awillilams@aak8.org