- Fifth graders met with their first grade buddies in Ms. Sullivan's class this past week. See pictures of them getting to know each other here on the Student Work Page.
- Author Gregory Mone visited fifth graders this week to share about his work as a science-based writer and the writing process.
- Student teamed up to research and create presentations about a part of the US Government. They'll teach the class about their topic early this week and assess their work for this inquiry-based project.
- We took the Unit 2 Math Assessment on Friday and corrected them in class. I'll finish grading them shortly and they'll be going home for parent signatures.
What We Didn't Get To
Here is what didn't get covered:
- In Writing, we didn't make too much progress --need to learn about strong endings and bring out deeper meaning in our narratives.
- In Reading, we didn't make much progress in our read aloud and analyzing character.
- We still need to present our Government Inquiry Projects to wrap up Social Studies.
Upcoming Special Events
Wednesday, November 22nd:
- Early Release
- No School
- Teacher Professional Development Day, No School for Students
- 5K Geography Bee -Start studying here!
- Early Release
- Pine Hill Geography Bee
- Winter Chorus Concert
Please see the Pine Hill Calendar for more.
This Week's Plan
- Paraphrase and Quote a Text Accurately --when giving evidence to support a point.
- Analyze Character Development --with teacher read aloud of There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar.
- Infer about a Character's Traits --use evidence from the text to describe a character's traits and how that character deals with conflict.
- Providing Closure with a Strong Ending --what is closure and how to provide it through realizations, character changes, and big ideas.
- Bringing Out the Heart of Your Story --using flashbacks for backstory or flashforwards for future visions to give your story a deeper meaning.
- Comma Usage --use commas effectively for introductory elements and more complex sentences.
- Interjections --incorporating these fun ways of speaking into dialogue.
Unit 3: Fraction Concepts; Addition and Subtraction
- Representing Fractions --how to draw models of fractions and what fractions mean.
- Fractions as Division --solve division number stories that lead to fractional answers; write number models to build an understanding of fractions as division.
- Interpreting Remainders --report remainders as fractions.
- Fractions on a Number Line --use number lines to represent, compare, and rename fractions.
Unit: US Government and Civics
- Government Inquiry Project --present to the class, assess your work.
- Government Quiz --compile quiz questions from presentations and assess your understanding.
Unit: Water on Earth
- We finally launch Science now that we're wrapping up Social Studies for a couple of months.
- Science Notebooks --how to use a Science Notebook, create scientific drawings, record observations, and more.
- Create a Model of Water on Earth --experiment with the elements that control how water cycles on Earth.
Please see the Homework Page for more details. Students will need to do the following at home this week:
- Homework Project: Continue working on Government in Outer Space. Due Monday, November 20th. Here is the planner.
- Reading Response Blog: There is a new Blog #3. See the Reading Response Rubric for expectations.
- Independent Reading: Read 20 minutes each day (or 140 minutes per week -120 this week) and log the title, author, and time spent reading in your Planner.
- Math: There will be a math page each night.
How to Help Your Child
Parents, here are some things you can do at home to help your child succeed with school life this week:
- Review the Unit 2 Math Assessment with your child when it comes home (likely Tuesday) and have a conversation together about what went well and what could have gone better. Ask your child if they studied for the assessment and if so, how.
- Ask your child to share what they learned from their US Government Inquiry project. Also ask them what they learned from other groups' presentations.
Thanks for Reading!
So that's the plan for the week! Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or feedback. Have a great week!