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Grade 5 News

Thursday, August 23, 2018
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Dear Parents,
 
We would like to compliment your children as we arrive at the end of our first week of school. They met all of our expectations in every aspect of the day. They got from class to class with no problem, remembering which supplies to take, and bringing their computers back each day fully charged. We also took note of what polite and respectful students they are. We are looking forward to teaching them this year.
 
There will be a parent meeting about Stone Canyon Outdoor Ed at the Castle Pines Campus on the evening of August 28th at 5:30 PM. This is the two-day overnight trip 5th grade will be taking on September 24th through the 26th. The curriculum and related activities of this trip will have an emphasis pertaining to the fifth grade science curriculum. The meeting will be conducted by Dustin Handrich, the Program Manager for Stone Canyon Outdoor Education. He will be able to answer all of your questions. Please put this date on your calendars.
 
Back to School Night will take place on Thursday, August 30th at 6:00 PM. Please join us that night to hear about your child’s 5th grade curriculum as well as all of the activities that will take place this upcoming year. You will rotate through your child’s daily schedule meeting each of their 5th grade teachers and gain a better understanding of what they will be learning throughout the school year. Please begin the 5th grade Back to School Night in your child’s homeroom class.
Our MAPS testing will begin next week and will take place each day during your child’s Literacy Block. Please help to ensure that their laptops come to school fully charged for testing. Student scores will be sent home before parent-teacher conferences which will take place in October.
 
The Fifth Grade newsletter will be posted once per month on the first Friday of each month. However, this newsletter will be for the end of August and the month of September. You can find our newsletter on the 5th grade webpage.
As you will see below, this newsletter will contain an overview by each teacher of what your child will be learning in each of their subjects during the upcoming month.
 
Thank you,
 
The Fifth Grade Team
 
Subject Area News for September:
 
MATH:
 
Mrs. Garcia - In Math, we will be reviewing math skills from last year through the first thirty math lessons. We will review skills students are struggling with, and begin on lesson 20. Students will be responsible for keeping a math notebook for writing daily notes and vocabulary in class. Homework will consist of practice sets and starred problems. It is also important for students to be studying and practicing their math facts. Students will be taking the MAP’s Math during the third week of school. Please view Infinite Campus for assignments and test dates. Please encourage your child to see me if they have any questions.

Mrs. Gay - After a review of a few concepts, we will be starting at lesson 25 in the Saxon math book the last week in August. During August and September we will likely cover lessons 25 – 40, although there will be a few days at outdoor lab that may slow us down. Tests will be posted in IC several days ahead and students will be offered a review sheet ahead of time. If at any time your student is confused by a concept or lesson, please have them email me or encourage them to see me during one of our study halls.
 
Ms. Meyers – In Math Course 1, we will be reviewing math skills from 4th grade in lessons 1-15. We will spend more time on those few lessons where students are struggling based off of the Benchmark testing and then move on. We will then begin with lesson 16 and continue in lesson order. Every night, students will have homework, which is the written practice and starred problems. There will be a test after every 5 lessons. Please make sure students are practicing their math facts as often as possible! Students will be taking the MAP’s Math during the third week of school. Please remember to view Infinite Campus for upcoming assignments and test dates.
 
Mrs. Hernandez - Our Math class will be covering lessons up through Lesson 26 during the month of September. We will also be reviewing our addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts on our timed quizzes. The lessons will contain the following concepts: a review of fractions, number lines, one-digit multiplication, and word problems. Much of what the students learn this month should be a review for them.
 
READING/LANGUAGE ARTS BLOCK:
 
Mrs. Gay/Mrs. Garcia/Mrs. Williams - In Literacy for August and September, we will begin our first novel, Don Quixote. We will work on comprehension skills, story elements (character, plot, setting, and theme), and cause and effect. Students will be responsible for keeping up with the reading material and activities. Students will be assessed through chapter tests, comprehension questions, journal entries, vocabulary tests, and in class activities.
Spaulding spelling tests will be given weekly beginning August 31st. Spellings lists can be found in student’s One Notes, under the Spelling tab. Students will have weekly assignments in Spelling to practice their words.
Hake Grammar will begin next week. Each lesson builds upon the previous lesson.
In writing students, will focus on writing topic sentences with supporting details.
Students will be taking the MAP’s reading and grammar test during the third week of school.

SCIENCE:
 
Mrs. Gay – In science we are off to a great start creating our interactive notebooks and diving into the scientific process. We’ve already saved Sammy the Worm through teamwork and ingenuity, and discussed how science is about questioning, exploring, and testing. We will be talking about the Scientific Method, how to graph results, how to use the lab equipment, and participating in at least one lab each week. As students begin Don Quixote in literacy, it seems like a great time to explore matter and its interactions!
 
With Outdoor Ed in September, I’m hoping to see a lot of parents at our meeting on Tuesday!  Outdoor Ed will include several team building activities, life science and physical science classes, and a lot of fun!  
In other science news, we are off to a great start creating our interactive notebooks and diving into the scientific process.  We’ve already saved Sammy the Worm through teamwork and ingenuity, and discussed how science is about questioning, exploring, and testing.  We will be talking about the Scientific Method, how to graph results, how to use the lab equipment, and participating in at least one lab each week.  As students begin Don Quixote in literacy, it seems like a great time to explore matter and its interactions!
 
HISTORY:
 
Mrs. Hernandez - During the month of September we will be studying the Renaissance. We will cover topics ranging from the d'Medici family through the Early and High Renaissance, and ending with the Northern Renaissance. We will be having at least two quizzes and one final test. There will be review activities to prepare for these tests. All of the information we will be learning will be stored in their Renaissance OneNotes. This is your child's best resource in preparing for tests. Students will also be making a Go Animate project to accompany their learning, but the project will not be due until October.